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Day 3 – Arriving on Islay in a Gale!

Posted by in Uncategorized | May 22, 2012

After a quiet night in Inveraray we had an early start to catch the ferry to Port Askaig on Islay. The weather was not to be with us on this day, and neither was our luck. Though the ocean was only starting to work itself up on our voyage, by the afternoon 50mph winds were sweeping the island with lashing rain. Our distillery visits for the day did not work out on account of the weather, but we decided to see some of the island anyway.

Day 2 – On the Road to Islay

Posted by in Uncategorized | May 18, 2012

My group and I met in Edinburgh this morning and immediately starting making our way toward the western isles and Islay. Our first stop along the way was the Lowland distillery of Auchentoshan, which produces the only full time triple distilled single malt whisky still made in Scotland. Triple distillation was once common among Lowland distilleries, but was declining long before the early 1980’s when the only other triple distilled Lowland distilleries closed: Rosebank, Littlemill and St. Magdalene(Linlithgow).

   

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Scotland May 2012 – Day 1 and a Half!

Posted by in Uncategorized | May 14, 2012

Flew into London and after dropping my bags at the hotel I headed straight for Berry Brothers and Rudd’s (hereafter BBR) London offices and shop. The business is in in the heart of London at No. 3 St. James Street, and is both the oldest wine merchant in Great Britain and the oldest store front in London. The business hasn’t moved in over 300 years.

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Welcome to the NEW Ferguson’s Whisky Tours Website!

Posted by in Islay and the West Coast, Japan, Orkney and the Northern Highlands, Speyside and the Southern Highlands | May 14, 2012

Welcome to the NEW website for Ferguson’s Whisky Tours. It is still a work in progress, but I am very pleased to point out one new feature, we have added a blog. There isn’t much on there right now, but that’s about to change. I’ve been in London the last couple of days visiting Berry Brothers & Rudd and Compass Box. I’ll be doing a little write up on my visit with them, and will probably add a couple of photos.

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MacKinlay’s Shackleton Whisky Tasting: Antarctic Whisky Reborn

Posted by in Uncategorized | May 04, 2012

More than 100 years ago Ernest Shackleton’s South Pole expedition chose to abandon 3 crates of MacKinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt to the frigid Antarctic climate.

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