Ron MacLeod Report Feb 29: a ceilidh, a TV program, Isle of Eigg and Talisker whisky.

Ron MacLeod is Scots Chair V at the Centre for Scottish Studies at Simon Fraser University.  Here is his latest report featuring one of my favorite single malt scotch whiskey

Greetings, a message about a ceilidh, a TV program, Isle of Eigg and whisky.  Regards, the other Ron

1.  Ceilidh
What: Gaelic Society’s next ceilidh
Where: Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson (at 73rd Ave), Vancouver,B.C.
When: Saturday, March 1st, 2008
Time:  8:00 PM
 Other: small door fee; entertainment, munchies, some dancing.
All welcome

2. The following courtesy Angus MacIssaac. A short movie entitled “The Wake of Calum MacLeod” will be shown on Bravo television at 4:30 P.M., Friday, February 29th. The movie was made in Cape Breton so should have a great dollop of Highland realism.

 3. Life will never be the same on the island of Eigg again, and in this respect it can only be a good thing.  Islanders have at last joined the 21st Century and will now be able to enjoy the little things we take for completely for granted.  No
doubt there will be a rush of electrical equipment being delivered to
the island; appliances which the residents have not been able to use
previously because their power was provided by expensive diesel
generators and gas bottles.

Isle of Eigg Electrification Project switched on for the first time on
1st February 2008, allowing power generated from renewable energy
sources around the island to be supplied to all residents, through the
new island-wide high voltage distribution network. 
system will generate over 95% of the island’s annual energy demand
through a combination of Hydro Electric, Wind Power and Solar Energy,
which is believed to be the first time that anyone has successfully
integrated these three renewable energy sources. To ensure that
constant power can be provided, a battery storage system has been
designed which will compensate for short periods where energy from
renewable sources is not available. Two diesel generators have also
been installed to provide emergency back-up power, and to supplement
the supply should the output from the renewable sources be lower than
the demand.


4. Talisker Distillery in Skye is
looking forward to increased interest from connoisseurs around the
globe after one of its products was named “the world’s best single malt
whisky” in the industry’s most prestigious awards event.

was Talisker 18 Years Old that took the fancy of the judging panel —
and the supreme title for the first time — in Whisky Magazine’s 2007
Awards. A spokesman for Diageo, the distillery’s owners, said that
demand for Talisker was expected to rise sharply as a result.
award coincides with the retirement of Charlie Smith, manager at
Talisker for the past three years, following a distinguished career in
the whisky industry. Mr Smith was also manager at Dufftown, Cardhu and
Glenkinchie distilleries.

is succeeded by Willie MacDougal, a native of Aberfeldy who was site
operations manager at Oban Distillery for six years prior to a brief
spell at Blair Athol. His family has a long association with the
industry and Mr MacDougal says he is “totally thrilled” to be taking
over at one of the world’s most famous distilleries.
is one of the most successful malts in the world,” said Mr MacDougal,
“though — or maybe because — the distillery’s output is deliberately a
good deal lower than some other top-selling malts. It’s a distillery
with massive heritage and an amazing future, with fans all over the
world.” He added that he also intended to improve his piping skills
while on Skye.
Whisky Magazine judging panel’s comments on Talisker 18 Years Old fully
endorsed Mr MacDougal’s enthusiasm for the brand. Dave Broom, one of
the world’s leading whisky commentators, described it as “elegant with
fascinating balance between smoke and subtle sweet fruit. Ever changing
in the glass and on the palate.”

Edinburgh whisky dealer Keir Sword waxed even more eloquent:

rich and attractive. Leather, pipe-tobacco, sweet sherry and polished
oak on the nose, followed by a good creamy texture and a warming
finish. A very attractive

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