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  1. Cycling on Islay: Whisky Trail

    Distillery by Bike: the Islay Whisky Trail

      Now, they say the customer is always right - and some times that's hard to hear, believe you me.  However, in this case the above fact is not faulted, nor questioned whatsoever, not one bit!  Fellow whisky  connoisseurs and buddying TCJ fans Rick and Stu took to the illustrious Isle of Islay to experience the islands eight working whisky distilleries. Stage 1:                       Bunnahabhain Distillery; the most northerly of the distilleries and considered by many to be the most untypical of Islay...  Swooping through the single track road, the momentous smell of malt was enough to awaken the Giant within!
    • Production Tour: 09:30 (50 mins - £7)
    • Warehouse 9 Experience: 10:30 (1 hour/ 5 drams - £25)
    All aboard the ferry Port Askaig-Feolin (duration 5:00 mins) - £3.20 return. Isle of Jura Distillery - previously known as: Craighouse, Small Isles and Caol nan Eilea, is next on the list and home to a peaty whisky (and about 6000 deer).  The road to Jura is peaceful, in fact there are probably as many cars on the road there as there is distilleries on the island!  The reserved shoreline road eventually takes a turn inland and begins to climb - there's really only one path to follow; that of the overgrown ferns and grass.  Further along the road, walls and farms begin to emerge and the chimney of Jura is in plain sight - a quick descent and you'll be right outside the stunning Jura distillery.
    • Distillery Tour: 14:00 (45 mins - £6)
    Caol ila Distillery; situated on the NE shores of Islay, with magnificent views across the Sound of Islay to the Paps of Jura.  This is the largest distillery on Islay, traditionally producing peated whiskey, but unpeated has since been produced - primarily for blending purposes.
    • Distillery Tour: 16:00 or Drop in for a wee complimentary dram (open until 17:30)
      Stage 2:                     Kilchoman Distillery - small in comparison to the others on the island and farm based, located not too far from Bruichladdich distillery.  Every step of the production process takes place on-site, giving the grand old expression 'from barely to bottle' great meaning.  By now there's probably been a few tumbles from the bike (nothing the Whisky can't help though, I'm sure), but you're well on your way to the next two distillery stops as over and beyond the dips, either side sits Kilchoman and Brusichladdich.
    • Distillery Tour: 10:00 (1 hour/ 2 drams – £7)
    • Tasting options not time specific
    Bruichladdich Distillery the very distinctive aqua marine colours of the casks and the bright yellow MOD registered submarine (you'd need to read the story to believe it) haha! The welcoming gesture marks the halfway mark on the Islay tour.
    • Tour: 11:00, 13:00, 14:00 (1 hour - £5)
    • Drop in for a free tasting – licensed after 11:00 (bottles under £200)
    Bowmore Distillery - the original Islay distillery and home to the oldest Scotch Whisky maturation warehouse in the world!  'A place of legend and craftsmanship, of beauty and reflection, the No. 1 Vaults is where Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky is meticulously matured until perfect. Our master distillers have been doing it that way since 1779'.
    • Classic Tour: 12:30/14:00
    • Tasting Bar: 12:00 – 15:30
    Stage 3:                     Ardbeg Distillery -  a favourite in the office, for sure!  'Ardbeg has been called “as close to perfection as makes no difference,” by whisky connoisseurs'.   These three distilleries are all only a matter of miles away from each other (1.1m to Lagavulin) Are you part of Velo Club d'Ardbeg yet...?
    • Full Range Tour & Tasting: 10:00 (1 hour 45 mins/ 5 drams - £20)
    • Old Kiln Café (lunch)
    Laphroaig Distillery - Closest to Port Ellen, Laphraoig is the most informal tasting experience offered on that part of the island. Only 1.2 miles to Lagavulin!
    • Laphroaig Experience Tour: 14:00 (1 hour/ 3 drams - £10)
    • Layers of Laphroaig Tasting: 15:15 (1 hour - £20)
    Lagavulin Distillery - another favourite in the office over here (watch this space for a jersey)...  Situated at the picturesque Lagavulin Bay, this is an experience not to be missed.  The sight of Lagavulin distillery hits you like the first time you put your nose to a smoky whisky - WOAH! It's certainly makes a big entrance, the way that it suddenly comes into view and how perfect it looks. The buildings are white and there is not a single blemish on them. There is a pagoda roof and a wall with “Lagavulin” in large lettering.
    • Core Range Tasting Tour: 15:30 (1 hour/ 3 drams - £15)
    • Sensory Tasting Experience: 14:30 (5 drams - £35)
    Cycling on Islay is something you have to experience!  For one - Islay whisky is among the best in the world, but there is also over 131 routes across the island!  
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  2. Whisky Cycling Jerseys

    Scottish Whisky Jerseys

    For 2017 we decided to introduce a couple of new brands to our collection of already existing whisky cycle jerseys - and of course with an office full of 'non' professional alcoholic beverage tasters, we knew  these distilleries were a no brainer! Whisky [wiski] (Noun) 1.  The term whisky comes from the Gaelic 'uisge beatha', or 'usquebaugh', meaning 'water of life'. Gaelic is that branch of Celtic traditionally spoken in the Highlands of Scotland.   NEW ARBEG 2017 - FRArdbeg Distillery creates a new look for 2017! A distillery much more aged than others, isolated on a small and remote Scottish Isle - Islay.  A place where dreams come true; through the advice of a pal or following the lead of a non ignorable aroma.  The only way to understand this feeling we're describing, is to venture along the winding road from Port Ellen, knock back a dram with a breeze through your hair.   ARRAN BLOG IMAGE Arran Distillery creates its first distillery cycle jersey! You are probably well aware, we are very big whisky fans at TCJ to say the least!  Designing and stocking some of Scotland's biggest whisky brands from  coastal islands - Isle of Skye and the Isle of Islay, which of course are home to iconic single malts including: Ardbeg, Bruichladdich and Talisker. Today, the Distillery is the only one on Arran!  Celebrating its 21st anniversary in June 2016 and throughout its years has produced a variety of ages and expressions.  The distillery also created a historic moment in 1998; opening their first cask of Arran Single Malt Scotch Whisky, also making it the first legal dram on Arran for over 160 years! Whilst making whisky is a slow process, life on Arran runs to its own rhythm.  As well as being home to the only distillery - there's also plenty of cycle routes to explore and an annual Malt & Music Festival. So you can mix your two loves together and enjoy a post-ride ritual with a recovery session including a dram!   RASSAY -FRThe Isle of Rassay Distillery . The first legal distillery on this island!  Is to begin producing handcrafted whisky this summer! This little island is popularly known for 'Calum's Road' a man made road built between 1960 -70.  The story of Calum MacLeod is a compelling one; there's a plaque placed on a historic cairn at a vocal point of this incredible road that states 'this former footpath to Arnish - a distance of 1¾ miles - was widened to a single track road with passing places and prepared for surfacing by Malcolm MacLeod BEM... He accomplished this work single-handedly over a period of ten years'. All available to buy on our website - now!
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ABOUT TCJ

High quality digital printing technology has evolved over the years and we have the facility to utilise it to the max. So we use it unlike most others! Initially to produce our own cycle jerseys, mainly for races, enduros and just plain fun. Most of all we just wanted something different to wear on the trails that subtly whispered our likes and dislikes, our joy of the sport and desire to be creative with it.

Trouble is, we kept getting nagged for jerseys from friends and fellow riders......It didn't take much of that to realise there was a demand for these quirky and limited edition designs we were wearing, so it began to dawn on us that we should go for it. Go large. Thanks to the help and encouragement from the fine companies you see in the following pages, we finally got ourself together and brought our designs to the public at large - and created TheCycleJersey.com ...Read More

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