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Out-of-Office: Off to Islay, Campbeltown, Arran and Jura

In less than 24 hours I’ll be on a majestic ship, sailing towards the promised whisky land. I’ve been looking forward to this trip for over six months, and tomorrow my great adventure will finally start. It was just a tiny announcement on the home page of the Whiskybase Shop, but I was immediately drawn to it. A sailing trip on the impressive tall ship Thallasa to the West Coast Isles of Scotland. On board will be about 25 like-minded whisky enthusiasts. It is going to be great!

This blog post is very short, because I will have so much more to write about when I get home. So below is an overview of our itinerary and thats all I’ll post for now. More to come in a week or two.

Day 1: Sailing to Campbeltown where we arrive in the late afternoon. In the evening you can visit the town and surrounding.
Day 2: Normally tours are not possible on Sundays but the whisky manager, Grant Macpherson will show us around Springbank and Glengyle. He’s happy to give us a special tour! After visting the distilleries we visit the Cadenhead warehouse where Grant Macpherson will host a tasting for us.
Day 3: A tour of Lagavulin! After the tour Ian MacArthur will show us around the warehouse. He’s been working there for 44 years already! After Lagavulin we are expected at Ardbeg. We’re going to have a decades tasting with whisky from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 00’s.
Day 4: Visit to Bruichladdich distillery. Hopefully Jim McEwan himself will show us around. Sailing to Bunnahabhain.
Day 5: A visit to Bunnahabhain distillery. Afterwards we will sail to Jura.
Day 6: Visiting Isle of Jura distillery. Then we’ll sail to Northern Ireland, were we’ll stay the night in Ballycastle.
Day 7: Sailing to Lochranza and visiting Arran distillery.

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