Feis le 2016 ~ Islay Festival of Music & Malt

Too much whisky, too many people….. Can’t wait for next year?! Avarice has created a monster. The infrastructure of Islay is stetched to breaking. The week of the feis now turns Islay into Ibiza. It’s a whisky club scene…. More and more outside...

Whisky Marketing is so off piste..d

There are two types of people, Buyers & Drinkers. They are emphatically NOT the same thing ~ although, like a good conundrum, they CAN be the same thing! The marketing demographic for the new whisky drinker is the 28 year old, uber cool, hipster type. Probably...

The week that was… Whisky Course Islay Pt II

Wednesday afternoon, saw us leaving Kilchoman Distillery and heading to Port Ellen for the SECOND whisky tasting of the day ~ an exclusive Scotch Malt Whisky Society Tasting hosted by John McCheyne. Our guest for the evening was Florence Grey, chair person of the...

The week that was Whisky Course Islay…. Pt I

What a full on, fun filled, fact saturated, whisky flowing, friend making week. WHISKY COURSE ISLAY from 26 – 30 October 2015 inclusive, brought people from all corners of this round earth to Wild and Magic Islay. We had 15 delegates, most of whom turned out to...

The Future of Whisky Making

I have just watched a programme about Dan Barber and Blue HillDining. This restaurant and philosophy illustrate an old, new way of looking at dining and food production. Basically, they are trying to make people think about flavour and good husbandry in food...

Feis Ile 2015

Feis Ile agus Dhiura 2015 ~the busiest we have seen yet! We had extra open days & nights and millions of Events ~ Friday ~ SMWS Open Day at Islay House ~ with two new Festival bottles……. one from SMWS and one from Islay House And the first time meeting...