Tuesday, 30 October 2018

1753 : Nine Distilleries. 2. Bruichladdich


The second of the nine distilleries was Bruichladdich on the Rhinns of Islay. Built in 1881 - comparatively recently in Islay terms - it was the creation of the Harvey Brothers of Glasgow. It was designed by brother John, engineered by brother Robert, and financed by brother William. Despite its "modern" design, the fortunes of the distillery have reflected those of the wider whisky industry, and it has been mothballed four times: 1907-18, 1929-35, 1941-45, and 1994-2000. Today it is thriving under the ownership of the Remy-Cointreau Group.

1752 : Nine Distilleries. 1. Laphroaig


I have just returned from a week on the beautiful island of Islay during which I managed to fit in a visit to each of the island's eight distilleries. Add on to that a quick trip over to the neighbouring island of Jura, and that is nine distilleries in total. 

The first visit was only an unhealthy walk away from where we were staying - the Laphroaig Distillery, about a mile or so from Port Ellen. It had the classic look of an Islay distillery - whitewashed walls stacked up against a seaweed-brown beach.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

1751 : You Can't Say No To A Goddess


We went to the Roman Baths at Bath last week. The rain forced me to leave my camera back at the hotel, but I still had my iPhone with me. As we walked around the museum this splendid bronze head of the goddess Sulis Minerva asked me to take a selfie. You can't say no to a goddess.