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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Islay – a windy Monday

Ardbeg – used barrels and part of the distillery by the sea shore 
The most easterly of the southern distilleries 

We spent yesterday exploring the southern part of Islay making a point of visiting all three of the famous distilleries just to the east of Port Ellen: from west to east Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. The three distilleries are in close proximity – probably no more than two miles separating the most westerly – Laphroaig – from Arbeg the most easterly.  

We had planned to get in plenty of cycling but the high and blustery winds have so far proved to be a discouragement as we don't fancy being blown across the road. Hopefully it will calm down soon.....

Laphroaig Distillery

 Laphroaig tasting note 

Sea weed close to the sea shore – the essence of Laphroaig?

 Lagavulin – one of Diageo's Classic Malts 
(above and below)

Ardbeg – well set up to receive visitors

Ornamental still

An 'illustration' of the closure of the Port Ellen distillery 
(closed in 1993)

The much lamented closed Port Ellen distillery
now a maltings for Diageo
Bottles are increasingly rare –  the Spar whisky shop 
in Bowmore has a bottle for over £2000.

Still rough water across Loch Indaal
after Sunday's storm
looking across from Bowmore to Bruichladdich  

The Bowmore Distillery 

(passed by on Sunday) 


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