Once again it’s time for our annual Summer Holiday , a little earlier than normal , a new place of residency and setting off for the ferry a little earlier than normal ! With taking our holidays a couple of weeks earlier than normal we couldn’t get Maol Buidhe so a new cottage was sought . We decided on one in an area we’d never stopped in before , on the edge of the Rhinns between Bridgend and Bruichladdich at a place called Lyrabus (about 1 1/2 miles up the Gruinart road from Loch Indaal ) . We also had to get an earlier ferry because the 1pm one sold out fast ! So we left Newcastle at 9.30pm on the Friday night to catch the 7am one from kennacraig .
Saturday 19th July
Arriving at about 4am we decided to get our heads down for a nap in the car , it had been a pretty uneventful journey up , weather had been decent and the roads quiet . At 6.30am we boarded Finlaggan where the first priority was the Calmac Breakfast . The weather was fairly dull on the journey over , not much of a view . We arrived at Port Ellen at about 9.20 and seeing we had most of the day to pass before going to the cottage just pottered about . We headed along the South Shore to see some of our favourite spots , Seal bay , Kildalton Church and Claggain Bay , having a bit of a close encounter with a few of the native wildlife species , A Roe Deer , a Buzzard (that nearly flew into the windscreen) and a Peahen and Chicks that thought it would be a good idea to rest on the road !
On the way back to PE we stopped at Lagavulin to see if there were any Feis Ile bottles left , there were , so we picked up 2 and a 12yo 2013 release .
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We then headed for Bowmore to pick up a few supplies and have a Coffee and a Cake at Roys , After a bit more drive about we had a drink in The Bridgend Hotel where Lorna showed up the new menus for Katies Bar and the restaurant . We finally got to the Lyrabus Croft at just before 4 . After settling in and having a bite to eat we sat in the lovely Sun Lounge admiring the view and having a drink or three before hitting the sack……
(Larger file than normal ! I’ll be doing another one later when it’s a bit brighter !)
Tonights Canadian Wine…… Crush 2012 Pinot Grigio – Chardonnay
Nose – sun shining on citric fruit , very fresh and a subtle floraliness .
Palate – very soft peach ,pear juice , lemon citric and a touch oak .
Comment – very refreshing , a perfect accompaniment to a summers evening on Islay (or possibly anywhere really nice!).
Sunday 20th July
Woke up to a rather dull morning but by the time we’d had breakfast the sun was out ! So off we headed for a little drive and for lunch at Ardbeg ! We’ve been eating in the Old Kiln ever since we first came across 15 years ago and we’ve never had a bad meal and this one didn’t let us down ! We started off with the Creamy Prawn cocktail , it could have been a main meal in it’s own right ! And both went for the main , Fillet of Seabass in a creamy wine sauce with pea puree and sauted potatoes , Divine ! At some point Jackie thrust a taster of the new Kildalton in my hand……
Ardbeg Kildalton 46%
Bright Gold in colour , quite sherried initially on the nose , youngish peat and lemon , reminds me of the Young Uigeadail….. The palate has more than a hint of sherry to begin with , then the usual Ardbeg Traits , though it does seem rather young . quite a long finish with peat quite a lot of peat actually .
Definitely reminds me of the Young Oogie!
One of the next door Neighhhh bours…..
To be continued