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I have a few programmes installed on my computers to help with my little hobby of Photography (Adobe Lightroom , Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 ) – i use them a lot to edit the photographs and some graphics on here and the Islay Visits  Blog – You can also use them to have a bit of fun……….

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Amruts Bottling Line

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A couple of interesting Videos have been posted on You Tube by Purple Valley – Amruts importer in the USA – of Amruts Bottling line , i must admit i was a bit surprised by how labour intesive it is ! The macinery is very similar to what i’ve seen in several of the smaller Scottish Distilleries with their own line .

Char Mausum

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Now i know this isn’t a restaurant review site but all shall become clear…….. 

Mel wanted to take me out for a meal tonight and who was i to argue ! It was just a case of where ? After much thought i remembered a place Mr Chokalingam had recommended a few years ago , Char Mausum (Hindi for Four Seasons) just north of Newcastle in Stannington . It’s actually in an old Little Chef Restaurant in the Services but they done a very good job of doing it out , it’s very modern , light and spacious inside , a very nice place to have a meal . The staff are fantastic , very welcoming and friendly  , as some one said in a review i read on line , on your first visit they make you seem like you are a long time regular customer .

So to the food , we both had King Prawn Bhajee to start , now don’t think your bog standard onion one here , nothing like it ! it’s King Prawns cooked in spices and served on puri , absolutely WOW ! For mains i had Machli Masala Dopiaza , never had cod like it , it’s marinated in ginger , garlic and spices , deep fried and then cooked with onions , tomatoes and coriander  in a buna style sauce . Mel went for Karhai , which is a Northern frontier style of cooking using chopped ingredients , coarsely crushed spices and Chicken pieces . Both were stunning .

While Mel finished her wine i decided on a coffee and a dram from their very good line up of whisky i’d spotted when entering which included 3 Amruts ! I could make out the Fusion Label but not the other two (didn’t have my glasses with me ) so i asked , one of the staff from the bar came across and proceeded to tell me about the 3 , the differences and the flavours  - even explaining that the fusion wasn’t as peated as say Laphroaig – which i thought was fantastic , well trained staff who know what they are talking about !  I ordered the Cask Strength (61.9%) and when it came it was in a Glencairn (Amrut labelled) and was accompanied by a small jug of water and some ice in a tumbler complete with tongs to add if required ! Now i’ve ate in a few places in England and Scotland and i’ve never had anything like that , First Class ! Totally summed up the place !!! 

Great food , Great surroundings , Great Staff , Well Recommended ! And they do Takeaway……