Olympus UK E-System User Group
Olympus UK E-System User Group

Join our unique resource for Olympus Four Thirds E-System DSLR and Pen and OM-D Micro Four Thirds photographers. Show your images via our free e-group photo gallery. Please read the e-group.uk.net forum terms and conditions before posting for the first time. Above all, welcome!


Go Back   Olympus UK E-System User Group > Show your photos > Foto Fair

Foto Fair Post your photos for friendly, non-critical feedback. This is the place to show pictures if you aren't yet ready for full-blooded critique, or simply want to share an interesting picture with other e-group visitors.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 4th October 2013
OM USer's Avatar
OM USer OM USer is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: London
Posts: 12,341
Thanks: 2,419
Thanked 1,524 Times in 1,450 Posts
Likes: 6,343
Liked 1,448 Times in 925 Posts
A wee dram from holiday

What better way to relax in the evening than with a wee dram to remind you of your holidays. Even better when its one you bottled yourself at a distilliary.

Here is the machine:



You fill the bottle, cork it, and put a foil seal over the top. Without doubt it is a single cask bottling at cask strength.
Finally you fill in the label and sign the excise book. The book is open to the tax inspectors so they know who bottled it.

Here is the result along with tasting glass to make sure you enjoy it at its maximum potential.



Not all distilliaries are open to the public though. Lock Lomond distilliary is not but we managed to find two "expressions" at the village shop in Balmaha - "Loch Lomond" and "Inchmurrin" (the latter and others we didn't see are named after islands in the loch).

A small shop at Drymen (the "gateway to East Lomond") has a good selection in a room at the back and also holds an occassional tasting.



There are other outlets in the area keen to sell you the "water of life" as well. I recommend the "Antartex Shopping Centre" (southern end of the loch) and the "Green Welly Stop" shop (top left of the loch). I managed to browse in here for over an hour before deciding what to buy.

I must be easily persuaded as from a few shops and a few distilliary visits this is what I came home with:



The two books are good reads and "101 Whiskies to Try" recommends all the versions Highland Park which I know finds favour amongst the forum members. I must revisit this whisky at a future time to see why.

Whilst taking the picture above the management suggested taking shots of the other contents of the cellar. First the Islay malts (some from the recent holiday hiding on the left side at the back).



Now the Islands. Not sure how the Tullibardine crept in here - that was from holiday 2 years ago. The management favours Jura.



Finally the remainder. The Springbank is from a visit over ten years ago - I have drunk one bottle and this is the second. The Penderyn is the only welsh whisky I know of, but is available in supermarkets both sides of the border.

Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to OM USer For This Useful Post:
bredman (4th October 2013), corned (4th October 2013)
  #2  
Old 4th October 2013
pandora's Avatar
pandora pandora is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Victoria, Australia
Posts: 16,647
Thanks: 891
Thanked 1,543 Times in 1,494 Posts
Likes: 1,999
Liked 4,374 Times in 1,975 Posts
Re: A wee dram from holiday

Och mon! ! ! It's a Gra-a-and sight

What a fabulous collection of whiskies, I can almost smell the aroma.

Thanks for making me reach for my own wee drop of scotch at this rather late hour, OM.
__________________
My Flickr

* mark * Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia **
The OM-D E-M1 Mark II * OM-D M5 MkII * XZ2 * XZ1 * E3
On post-processing: The camera kneads the dough, PP bakes the bread - Greenhill
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 4th October 2013
Floribunda
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: A wee dram from holiday

Quote:
Originally Posted by pandora View Post
Och mon! ! ! It's a Gra-a-and sight

Thanks for making me reach for my own wee drop of scotch at this rather late hour, OM.
I bet its not a "wee" drop either.
And this is the person who casts nastursiums (sic) at my tippling!

Lovely set - makes me almost wish I enjoyed a dram, which I'm afraid I have never done.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 4th October 2013
pandora's Avatar
pandora pandora is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Victoria, Australia
Posts: 16,647
Thanks: 891
Thanked 1,543 Times in 1,494 Posts
Likes: 1,999
Liked 4,374 Times in 1,975 Posts
Re: A wee dram from holiday

Quote:
Originally Posted by Floribunda View Post
I bet its not a "wee" drop either.
And this is the person who casts nastursiums (sic) at my tippling!
Woops ... Hoist on his own petard !
__________________
My Flickr

* mark * Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia **
The OM-D E-M1 Mark II * OM-D M5 MkII * XZ2 * XZ1 * E3
On post-processing: The camera kneads the dough, PP bakes the bread - Greenhill
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to pandora For This Useful Post:
  #5  
Old 4th October 2013
bredman bredman is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Sherwood Forest
Posts: 1,105
Thanks: 191
Thanked 142 Times in 118 Posts
Likes: 411
Liked 289 Times in 143 Posts
Re: A wee dram from holiday

I'm a whisky collector, and full time whisky geek. There is just a couple of distilleries left whose produce i haven't tasted. BTW, i'd gladly chew your arm off for that St Mag 23 and the 'beggie '78.


__________________
__________________
Pete


https://www.flickr.com/photos/122278067@N06/
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 4th October 2013
Otto's Avatar
Otto Otto is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: North Yorkshire
Posts: 3,152
Thanks: 97
Thanked 285 Times in 250 Posts
Likes: 1,087
Liked 934 Times in 592 Posts
Re: A wee dram from holiday

I'm envious . I love a good single malt myself too, it's just a pity they're so expensive nowadays. I bet that Glengoyne is worth the money though! Now I'm salivating over your collection I might just have to go and order a couple of bottles of Ardbeg Uigeadail in time for the festive season .
__________________
Regards
Richard
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 4th October 2013
corned corned is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: East Mids
Posts: 120
Thanks: 59
Thanked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Likes: 34
Liked 18 Times in 11 Posts
Re: A wee dram from holiday

Ah - I remember that distillery shop well!

Here's what came out of it...
Attached Images
File Type: jpg PA042528.jpg (29.3 KB, 12 views)
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 4th October 2013
Homer Simpson Homer Simpson is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Loughborough
Posts: 554
Thanks: 82
Thanked 35 Times in 32 Posts
Likes: 26
Liked 35 Times in 23 Posts
Re: A wee dram from holiday

You seem to have missed off the two finest (IMHO) : Highland Park and Old Poultney.

About 5 years ago, my wife & I were living in the far north and took my son (25 at the time) over to Orkney "to see the sights", when he came up for a visit. This was in March IIRC.

We went into the Highland park shop - the chap in there said we were his first visitors for 5 weeks.
Whilst we waited for them to organise someone to give us a tour, I asked the chap if 25year old was really worth triple the price of my usual 12 year old.
Anyway we had the tour.
When we got back to the shop the same man said normally we give you a free taster here, but look, I've lined up a 30 year old, a 25 year old and your usual 12 year - taste them and tell me what you think.
I reckon me and the lad must have consumed about 100 quids worth of free samples that afternoon. Luckily the wife was driving
__________________
E1, E520, ED14-42, ED 40-150, 70-300, Various legacy including 50mm f2 macro.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 4th October 2013
Otto's Avatar
Otto Otto is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: North Yorkshire
Posts: 3,152
Thanks: 97
Thanked 285 Times in 250 Posts
Likes: 1,087
Liked 934 Times in 592 Posts
Re: A wee dram from holiday

My grandad used to be the Excise man for Old Pulteney. I agree it's good stuff. And I did order the Ardbeg .
__________________
Regards
Richard
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 4th October 2013
Homer Simpson Homer Simpson is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Loughborough
Posts: 554
Thanks: 82
Thanked 35 Times in 32 Posts
Likes: 26
Liked 35 Times in 23 Posts
Re: A wee dram from holiday

Quote:
Originally Posted by Otto View Post
My grandad used to be the Excise man for Old Pulteney. I agree it's good stuff. And I did order the Ardbeg .
I noticed your comment elsewhere, was he a native "Durdy Weeker" (person born in Wick)
__________________
E1, E520, ED14-42, ED 40-150, 70-300, Various legacy including 50mm f2 macro.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 4th October 2013
bredman bredman is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Sherwood Forest
Posts: 1,105
Thanks: 191
Thanked 142 Times in 118 Posts
Likes: 411
Liked 289 Times in 143 Posts
Re: A wee dram from holiday

Quote:
Originally Posted by OM USer View Post
Even better when its one you bottled yourself at a distilliary.
OM User, the Aberlour distillery offer fill-your-own and are well regarded. Usually they have two to pick from, a sherry cask matured and a bourbon cask matured. One of each would be a good way to sample the differences between the two traditional types of cask.


This is my current line up of opened bottles. The Willet Rye Single Barrel on the left will be opened later, and i haven't yet had the courage to open the Karuizawa Noh (the label with the mask) on the back-right (soon maybe).




There are a couple of oddballs there. The Teerenpeli is an 8yo Single Malt from Finland, one of the few mainland Europe distilleries i would recommend as any good. The Nikka Pure Malt White (front centre) is a vatting of Islay (Caol Ila distillery probably) and Nikka malt (most likely Yoichi distillery) and is quite delicious.
__________________
__________________
Pete


https://www.flickr.com/photos/122278067@N06/
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 4th October 2013
OM USer's Avatar
OM USer OM USer is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: London
Posts: 12,341
Thanks: 2,419
Thanked 1,524 Times in 1,450 Posts
Likes: 6,343
Liked 1,448 Times in 925 Posts
Re: A wee dram from holiday

Mark, hope you enjoy your wee dram - whatever the hour.

Lyn, perhaps we can tempt you?

Pete, only a couple of distilliaries left? You have been busy. That is a nice collection you have - I don't recall trying anything from Europe or Japan so that is something to look foreward to.

Otto, you will enjoy your Ardbeg. When they started re-shipping about 12 (?) years ago the price was quite reasonable but they have now limited the supply and the price has risen. I do enjoy the "10" of which I have one bottle left.

Corned - a nice looking bottle you have (because it has been opened!)

Homer - I've not been to the Orkneys yet. I have tried both Highland Park and Old Poultney in the past. The only Highland Park I have at the moment is a miniature.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 5th October 2013
bredman bredman is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Sherwood Forest
Posts: 1,105
Thanks: 191
Thanked 142 Times in 118 Posts
Likes: 411
Liked 289 Times in 143 Posts
Re: A wee dram from holiday

Quote:
Originally Posted by OM USer View Post
Pete, only a couple of distilliaries left? You have been busy. That is a nice collection you have - I don't recall trying anything from Europe or Japan so that is something to look foreward to.
That's not my collection, they're just the open bottles . My collection is just shy of 300 bottles . Mainly closed distilleries, Ardbeg, and Japanese.

I haven't tried a Killyloch, Kinclaith, Ben Wyvis, or a Hillside. Had my first Glenisla recently.

Japanese malt is made in the Scottish style, and with their culture of perfection it is very good indeed, as good as Scotch malt. Japan is the 2nd largest producer of Malt and Blended whisky in the world... now i could really start to bore your socks off.



edit: i haven't tried Daftmill yet, but Francis is yet to release any yet from his young distillery.
__________________
__________________
Pete


https://www.flickr.com/photos/122278067@N06/
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 5th October 2013
StephenL's Avatar
StephenL StephenL is offline
Senior Pixelmonger
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Yorkshire Dales
Posts: 9,863
Thanks: 984
Thanked 1,126 Times in 921 Posts
Likes: 658
Liked 755 Times in 499 Posts
Re: A wee dram from holiday

We visited Islay many years ago, and visited all 8 distilleries. At Bruichladdich the owner opened the still safe as the first of the quadruple distilled was going through, and gave us a wee sample. Although raw, it was delicious, but obviously far to strong to drink.

We later invested in a case "in the cask", which was delivered some 5 years later, of the Octomore - the worlds peatiest whisky. It cost us, with duty, about £50 a bottle. We recently had it valued at £300 per bottle. We have 6 bottles left.

I also tried Japanese whisky for the first time a few weeks ago, and agree it is technically perfect. Perhaps too much so, as it somehow lacked a little character.
__________________
Stephen

A camera takes a picture. A photographer makes a picture

Fuji X system, + Leica and Bronica film

My Flickr site
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 5th October 2013
PeterBirder's Avatar
PeterBirder PeterBirder is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: BRAINTREE ESSEX
Posts: 5,950
Thanks: 1,760
Thanked 1,024 Times in 854 Posts
Likes: 1,922
Liked 798 Times in 467 Posts
Re: A wee dram from holiday

Another super set OM.

Very interesting narative which adds to the excellent pictures.

Regards.
__________________
Peter

she looked at me and said "It's official. I hate your camera. It's just so amazing and perfect I want one!"

E-M10 MK II, E-M5, E-PL1, E-PM2, mZ 12-50, mZ 14-42mm EZ, mZ 17mm f 1.8, mZ 25mm f1.8, mZ 45mm f1.8, mZ 75-300mm II.
OM1n, OM 50mm f1.8.
Oly Viewer3, Dxo Pro 11. FastStone.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First shots from my holiday alfbranch Foto Fair 21 18th September 2013 03:51 PM
Holiday destination... Wally The lounge 0 30th August 2013 12:09 PM
My holiday nightmare Shaw The lounge 10 13th October 2011 07:39 AM
Who needs to fly away on Holiday shenstone Foto Fair 12 22nd April 2010 09:39 PM
Bank Holiday suprise... The e-group Bank Holiday Challenge... theMusicMan Photo challenges 15 23rd May 2008 10:10 AM


All times are GMT. The time now is 08:10 AM.


The Write Technology Ltd, 2007-2019, All rights reservedAd Management plugin by RedTyger