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i1.1 – SMWS Unfiltered Magazine hits the iPad

i1.1 – SMWS Unfiltered Magazine hits the iPad

I’m proud to be a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society [SMWS].  I love the fact that I have access to some great single cask, cask strength whiskies that no-one else can buy – I’ve had some fabulous whisky including a Bladnoch 20, Port Charlotte 7, Glen Moray 20 – and all at reasonable prices.  I love the fact that I can go down to London and sit in a private members lounge and drink the whisky in a beautiful bar.  And now I love the fact that I can read their brilliant magazine on my iPad as they continue to embrace technology.

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!

Compass Box Rock!

Compass Box Rock!

Epic isn’t usually a word associated with whisky tastings but that’s exactly what Friday was – epic! We may have only received a fleeting glimpse of the excitement with a 30 minute tasting in Birmingham, but 8 tastings across the length of the county in 24 hours is, well, epic!  John Glaser of Compass Box and Dominic Roskrow (whisky writer) travelled from Inverness to Brighton with 6 stops inbetween in a day!  They covered almost 700 miles, brought whisky to 200 lucky individuals, had some kippers (those who read the tweets will know what I mean) and attempted to make it into the legendary Guiness Book of Records – and all this to highlight the fact that The Whisky Shop now stock Compass Box!!

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.