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“WHISKY: the Islay edition” yearns for a chesterfield and a glass of whisky as it transports the viewer to a sanctum of the Scottish gold. It doesn’t just inform us about whisky, it evokes the finesses of the liquor, the art of tasting, the craft of distillation, the history of the distilleries and the richness of the isle of Islay itself. The documentary takes us to a small Scottish island called Islay. It is the home of 8 world famous whisky distilleries. The complete process of making whisky is divided in 8 parts. The 8 distilleries represent each a part of this process, in order of appearance: Ardbeg, Kilchoman, Bowmore, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Bruichladdich.

“WHISKY: the Islay edition” is part of a series about the magic of the golden liquid called whisky. The first documentary takes us to a small Scottish island called Islay. It is the home of 8 world famous whisky distilleries. Whisky consists mainly of peat, water, barley and most importantly, it is made by people. All of these ingredients are found on the Islay island. This island close to Ireland is 25 miles long and has a wide variety of landscapes, animals and historic sites.

The complete process of making whisky is divided in 8 parts. The different distilleries represent each a part of this process. The story gives us an overview of how the 8 distilleries operate, how whisky is made, the history behind it, how to do a whisky tasting and of course the magical island of Islay itself.

A demonstration of golden authenticity

In recent years whisky has become fashionable again. Once derided as booze, the hard stuff or the bottle, it has now regained its golden glory. Hardly unexpected though, as it’s hard to find a better exponent of our yearning for authenticity. Whisky after all is as pure as they come. And that’s exactly what P-O-K’s Whisky series are about: revealing that very genuineness of a traditional liquor in all its splendor. The Islay edition is but the first expedition, in a journey that will take us all around the world, in search of the origins of the liquid gold. A documentary that delves to the core of ancient tradition.

AN ATMOSPHERIC EXPLORATION

Whisky. The Islay edition takes the viewer to a sanctum of Scottish whisky. It evokes the finesses of the liquor, the art of tasting, the craft of distillation, the history of the distilleries and the rich- ness of the isle itself in beautifully crafted HD images. The documentary shows us these distill- eries, their particularities, their typical approach, their own special setting. After all, whisky – as the warm Scottish voice narrates – is bound to the land where it is distilled. You can taste the sea breeze, the peat, the wild call of nature, which all get their well earned screen time in this picture.

A DELIGHT FOR WHISKY LOVERS AND CULTURAL CREATIVES

This documentary is aimed at the male part of the large group of cultural creatives, the demo- graphic segment described by Paul H. Ray, that longs for authentic, traditional culture and truthful experiences. This group makes up about 15% of the population.

The Distilleries

The same love for the subject is apparent when it comes to the distillation process itself. Don’t expect to see overly technical cold installations with unfeeling digits or computers. No, where gold is created, gold is unmistakably present. The documentary oozes dark brown richness, as you would expect to find at the bottom of your glass, even where it tackles subjects such as malting, fermentation, distillation or bottling. The whole process is described meticulously by the distillers themselves, with an aesthetic eye for detail, served on the right temperature.

DISTILLERIES FEATURED


Isle of Islay


THE ISLAND

The isle mentioned is Islay, far out the most important island of the Hebrides: a 25 mile long strip of barley surrounded by waves, devoted to that singular drink. Here we find 8 of the most famous distilleries, or one for every 375 locals, children included. The documentary shows us these distilleries, their particularities, their typical approach, their own special setting. After all, whisky – as the warm Scottish voice narrates – is bound to the land where it is distilled. You can taste the sea breeze, the peat and the wild call of nature, which all get their well earned screen time in this picture.

Starring Bob Minnekeer

 

WHO’S BOB MINNEKEER?

Bob Minnekeer is more than a master of ceremonies when it comes to the tasting.    He’s also our guide revealing us the wonderful sights, the peat, the barley, the nature of the island. This Ghent-born (Belgium) whisky connoisseur , this true whisky pioneer of the Benelux, his heart lies in Scotland where he drank in the culture and tasted over 10.000 malt whiskies. Spreading the art of the gold liquor is his vocation. Organizing tons of tastings, writing 7 books on the subject, he singlehandedly made whisky fashionable this side of the Channel.


What’s in the box

“WHISKY: the Islay edition” box contains a BLU-RAY (Full HD 1080p 24fps) and a DVD encased together with a booklet in a stylish cover with details of the Distilleries, tasting notes, signature fields, certificate of ownership and one free Whisky at the Glengarry offered by Bob Minnekeer. Each copy has its own unique serial number printed on the box.

IN EVERY BOX YOU WILL FIND

  • A Blu-ray (playable in all regions – Full HD 24fps).
  • A DVD (playable in all regions – Format: PAL).
  • A Small booklet with details of each Distillery, tasting notes and blank signature fields!
  • Each box has his unique serial number (Limited edition of 7000 pieces worldwide).
  • 1 FREE Whisky in the Glengarry offered by Bob Minnekeer.

 

The Tasting

And of course whisky is served, explaining the art and pleasure of it. How do you go about appreciating whisky? The documentary leaves no doubt: you don’t drink it, you taste it, with care, openness and devoted attention. What glass to use? What can you tell from smelling a cork? How do you read the tears in your glass? Bob Minnekeer, our host throughout “WHISKY: the Islay edition” shows us how you could perform a tasting. Could. No rules, only the unwavering love for the liquor itself.


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