All Aboard for a Taste of Islay & Jura! 29.09.08 The Whisky Coast in conjunction with CalMac Ferries Ltd., adds a little dram(a) to Thursday sailings to and from Islay onboard M.V Hebridean Isles.  Taste of Islay & Jura is giving passengers the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most famous single malts.  Each week, in The Still Bar onboard the vessel, a different distillery offers complimentary tastings and nosings along with an interesting insight into the whisky’s history and heritage. From The Still Bar’s complete range, passengers are able to sample the finest drams that the islands are so famous for, and the drivers in any group will be offered a miniature to savour later!  There is also the chance to indulge tastebuds further with a selection of tablet from An Gleann Cottage Produce whose range of tablet creations are laced with butter, chocolate and, of course - Islay whisky!  The Taste of Islay & Jura promotion kicked off with Bruichladdich, with more to come from Lagavullin, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Ardbeg, Bowmore, Isle of Jura, Kilchoman and Laphroaig over the course of the 9 week promotion. This unique tasting opportunity is free to all passengers who have the added advantage of being able to purchase any of the whiskies and tablet on board from Shop@Calmac, at a 10% discount.  The Taste of Islay & Jura promotion takes place every Thursday until November 6th, on the 1530 sailing to Kennacraig from Port Askaig and on the 1800 crossing from Kennacraig to Port Ellen.  Fay Harris, Regional Manager for CalMac Ferries, Islay said “We are delighted to be collaborating with The Whisky Coast’s Taste of Islay & Jura promotion.  It is a great opportunity to showcase the island’s cultural & historical produce to passengers & visitors and it is an excellent way for CalMac to support the island's community & local businesses. It is hoped that this event can be used as a foundation for further promotional activities of its kind across the fleet in the future.”   The Whisky Coast, Scotland’s west coast whisky trail is a collaboration of all 16 distilleries on the west coast, along with more than 20 first class hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions, who have joined forces to promote the west coast of Scotland as an unforgettable holiday destination.  For more information please visit …ends… For more information please contact:Pauline Foster Pure Shores PR - ObanTel:          01631 569 651 Mob:        07791573247  Email:       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Nicola PorterRetail Promotion and Merchandising ManagerCalMac Ferries Ltd, Ferry Terminal Gourock PA19 1QPTel: 01475 650 310Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Note to Editors:·          Press trips to the Whisky Coast are available.  Please contact Pauline Foster on 01631 569 651 if you would like to visit members of the Whisky Coast along this spectacular coastline.  ·          The 16 distilleries that form The Whisky Coast include: ·          Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown·          Glengyle Distillery, Campbeltown·          Isle of Arran Distillery, Arran·          Ardbeg Distillery, Islay·          Bowmore Distillery, Islay·          Bruichladdich Distillery, Islay·          Bunnahabhain Distillery, Islay·          Caol Ila Distillery, Islay·          Kilchoman Distillery, Islay·          Lagavulin Distillery, Islay·          Laphroaig Distillery, Islay·          Isle of Jura Distillery, Islay·          Oban Distillery, Oban·          Tobermory Distillery, Mull·          Ben Nevis Distillery, Fort William·          Talisker Distillery, Skye  ·          The Whisky Coast tour operators are:·          Perry Golf, Helensburgh/U.S.·          Scotsell, Glasgow·          Rabbies, Edinburgh  ·          Associate members of The Whisky Coast are:·          Westin Turnberry Resort, Turnberry·          Balinakill Hotel, Campbeltown·          Loch Fyne Hotel, Inveraray·          Inveraray Castle ·          Auchrannie Resort, Arran·          Port Charlotte Hotel, Islay·          Harbour Inn, Islay ·          Machrie Hotel & Golf, Islay ·          Crinan Hotel, Lochgilphead·          Isle of Eriska Hotel, Oban·          Oban Bay Hotel, Oban ·          Hotel Eilean Iarmain, Skye·          Culloden House Hotel, Inverness·          Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, Inveraray·          Crannog Restaurant & Sea Island Cruises, Fort William·          Three Chimneys, Skye·          Loch Fyne Whiskies, Inveraray·          Isle of Mull Hotel, Mull ·          Torosay Castle & Gardens, Mull·          Golf Kintyre ·          The Whisky Coast is supported by:·          Highlands and Islands Enterprise ·          VisitScotland·          North Ayrshire Council·          Caledonian MacBrayne·          Loganair  

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