Category Archives: Whisky

Birmingham Whisky Festivals

Birmingham Whisky Festivals

It’s exciting times to drink whisky in Birmingham, or to be in Birmingham and like whisky! Not only do you lucky people have this blog (run by two Birmingham based whisky fans), you also have the Birmingham Whisky Club headed up by Amy Seton. The club meets monthly on a Thursday evening in the Old Joint Stock in the centre of Birmingham and so far has been through a fabulous range of tastings. And now for the really exciting part – the first Birmingham Whisky Festival!

Midlands Whisky Festival

Midlands Whisky Festival

What a day we had! It is safe to say that the Midlands Whisky Festival rocks – it has a great location in the historic Stourbridge Town Hall, is organised by the historic Nickolls and Perks, and brought in malt fans and whisky from all over the world. It also provided us with an oppportunity to once again meet the fabulous Colin Dunn and try some spectacular Diageo Special Releases including the legendary Port Ellen!

Suntory Cocktails in London!

Suntory Cocktails in London!

Friday was a good day!  Sharon (my wife) and I (Jon) headed down to London for a packed day of tourist and whisky related activities. We had a lovely lunch cruise on the Thames, a trip on the London Eye and dinner in Covent Garden, but what you’ll really be interested in is what we did at the Corinthia!  By rights we were lucky to be there as it was my co-blogger Mike who had won the competition ran by Alwynne of Miss Whisky – picking up a lovely bottle of Hibiki 17 and a day out in London sampling Japanese whisky and enjoying cocktails in a private lesson.  Fortunately for us Mike is a teacher, and even more fortunately it wasn’t holiday time for teachers, so he couldn’t get the time off work paving the way for Sharon and I to go down and step in!

Islay Festival Days Five – Seven

Islay Festival Days Five – Seven

Well, days five, six, and seven were a bit of a blur and not 100% whisky related which is why we’ll combine the posts here!  They were great fun with some great whiskies as you’ll see below!

Day Five
We went back to Ardbeg for our second visit and for our second tour hosted by Dougie which was to be a real treat. We snapped up the Ardbeg Day bottle and then set off to explore the Peat Bog with a few drams. It was another excellent adventure and we were fully entertained by more childhood and Ardbeg stories before having sandwiches, cakes and tea out of china cups on top of the bog. Oh, and we had a crack at peat cutting!  So what of the whisky we tried?

Islay Festival Day Three

Islay Festival Day Three

We were greeted by even more sun on Monday – the third day in a row – so we donned our shorts and best summer wear and headed down to Port Askaig to visit Caol Ila. Recently reopened to the public after a 6 month closure, Caol Ila is a juxtaposition of a stunning setting looking over the paps of Jura with a rather disappointing looking 1970’s building. Still we’d come here to sample the whisky, not to marvel at its architecture and that’s what we did.