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Nerabus Gin - A New Gin from Islay

This years Islay's Festival looked like the busiest one ever, at least it did to me. There are hardly any "official numbers" but I've been told that there were 2,500 people attending Bruichladdich Open Day, that's almost the entire Islay population. And in between all the whisky tastings, distilleries open days and other whisky related events there was one whih stood out from the rest, not by the number of attendees but by the product that was launched. It was Nerabus Islay Dry Gin, distilled and bottled in Nerabus by John and Audrey Gow. And because today, the 9th of June, is World Gin Day, this is a good opportunity to give you some more information about this second Islay gin distillery.

Nerabus Islay Dry Gin was officially launched on Monday the 28th of May in Bruichladdich Hall. The initial batch of 500 bottles is almost sold out and Audrey Gow, one of the owners, told me that "the launch was fantastic and that they have received brilliant feedback on all aspects." That sounds like they are off to a flying start. Their classic Hebridean Gin is produced with traditional juniper berries, herbs and spices together with an infusion of wild Islay heather to create a unique Dry Gin of character. As I'm not a gin drinker I can't provide any tasting notes I'm afraid but based on the first responses it looks like John and Audrey are going to be busy this year. I wish them lots of success and if you need more information or want to buy a bottle please visit their new website on www.islayginltd.com

Photo by Island Light Photography

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Ella Edgar Dancers Islay - WW100 Dance Video

On Friday the 4th of May, at the WW100 commemorations in Port Ellen, Ella Edgars Dancers performed a special Dance based on the events which took place 100 years ago when hundreds of soldiers died when the Otranto and Tuscania sunk in Islay's waters. This dance was performed for a small group dignitaries in Ramsay Hall on May the 4th. Today, at the Islay Festival Bruichladdich Day, it was performed again. See the video below. Enjoy.

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Bruichladdich Day has Port Charlotte Theme

If you're passing or visiting Bruichladdich Distillery in the next days, and you probably will when you're on Islay for the Festival, try to have a look at the other side of the whisky casks outside the distillery. The front has "Bruichladdich" in big letters and on the other side you'll find the word Port Charlotte. Perhaps they'll reverse the casks on Sunday, that remains to be seen! But the wording is there for a very good reason!

This year Bruichladdich will relaunch the Port Charlotte brand and there is an exciting release coming up, a first permanent release of the Port Charlotte 10 and it comes in a cool green modern bottle. And there's also a Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2011. This one is distilled from barley grown on three Islay farms in 2010, Dunlossit, Sunderland and Kilchiaran. The Port Charlotte 10 will be available soon and will be priced at around £50.

And for those who will be present at Bruichladdich Open Day this year, and yes there will be plenty of sunshine, will have the opportunity to buy two other special Port Charlotte expressions, the Port Charlotte 'The Heretic' 2001 for £125 and The Distillery Valinch 50cl for £75.

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The Visitor Gifting Scheme for Islay

Islay has to deal with some problems which need funding, but to put it simply, there is no money. When, as an example, the Islay Community Council wanted to provide facilities for motorhomes on the island they couldn't do much due to a lack of funds. Another issue at the moment is funding for Rangers who do the Beach Cleaning which is at risk. Each year many tons of plastic waste are collected on Islay's beaches, making sure that we can enjoy our beautiful beaches which are one of Islay's most important attractions. With the current financial situation of the Argyll and Bute Council there won't be coming any funds from them to deal with these and other issues. Therefore we need to find an alternative way to generate income. That's where you as a visitor come in.

We need your help

Already a few years ago I had an idea to ask visitors for a voluntary gift to help improve things on the island. See it as a sort of Visitor Tax, the thing you pay in many parts of the world in addition to your accommodation costs. It's usually something like 50 pence or a pound per person per night. I'm sure that many visitors to Islay wouldn't mind paying something extra to support our beautiful island. However, it's a difficult task to organise this, as it's quite an undertaking to collect, register, and account for all these extra monies. Continue reading....

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