I've always felt that trips to Islay end up being much more than the whisky, and I knew I wasn't alone. I wanted my most recent trip for the annual Fèis Ìle to attempt to capture what it was, and connect with those who felt the same way. As we toured Lagavulin, Bunnahabhain, Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Laphroaig and Ardbeg we met up with so many people there for the whisky yet seduced by the magic of the island and it's people. We weren't able to tour Caol Ila, Bowmore or Ardnahoe this visit, but we can't wait to go back. We had magical final moments sipping 1970's Port Ellen outside the old distillery itself and then on the Islay peat fields. Wonderful.
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The filming was possible with help from my travel companion Bill. Also some folks we met along the way, such as Brian T, Mario C, Lindsay E & Max aka Whisky Bloke and his well-behaved and very cute companions Rex and Pugsy - find them here:
Also, special thanks to Brian of Burns Stewart, Leha of Kilchoman, Tom of Laphroaig, Lindy of Bruichladdich, Iain MacArthur of Lagavulin and Steve Haag at Islay House.
This has been my most ambitious solo project to date, and borne from the love I have of that little Island off the West coast of Scotland. I hope you'll indulge the video length.
For those curious about the fish - it's here: 23:18
Music by the awesome DJ Quads:
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