If there is one Scottish whisky festival that I’d recommend over all the others it’s the Islay Whisky Festival or “Fèis Ìle” to give it the correct Gaelic title.
The Fèis Ìle started in 1985 as a celebration of Islay & Gaelic culture and was not really conceived as a whisky festival. But whisky is a big part of Islay culture so it was inevitable that it would become an important element of Feis Ile.
The festival in its current format, whereby each distillery hosts an open day, started in earnest in 2000. Since then the festival has become firmly established as one of the highlight events in the whisky calendar and this popularity means you need to be well prepared.
So here are some top tips that will help you make the most of a visit to Fèis Ìle.
Thousands of whiskey fans entered an online ballot to purchase the new limited-edition Redbreast Dream Cask Ruby Port Edition, produced by Irish Distillers at its world-renowned Midleton Distillery in Cork.
With just 912 bottles produced, a staggering 7,400 people signed up for a chance to purchase this year’s Dream Cask, launched through Redbreast’s Birdhouse online members’ club to mark World Whiskey Day 2020. Bottle number one will be auctioned the Celtic Whiskey Shop in Dublin, with all proceeds going to Marys Meals Ireland https://www.marysmeals.ie/.
Darnley’s Gin launches ‘Smoke and Zest’, the second in their limited edition Cottage Series range, each telling a different story of the botanicals found around their Fife distillery and beyond. Locally grown barley and the quest to create a ‘smoky gin’ is the inspiration behind this innovative recipe which is made in the London Dry style.
In making Smoke and Zest, Darnley’s Gin Distiller Scott Gowans experimented with various methods and collaborated with both his family and the Kingsbarns Distillery team to bring this flavour profile to life. The new Darnley’s recipe celebrates the Fife grown barley that has been selected for sister brand Kingsbarns Single Malt Whisky which is distilled in the same location, at East Newhall Farm, outside the village of Kingsbarns.
Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, which is crafted at Midleton Distillery by Irish Distillers – the producer of some of the world’s most enjoyed whiskeys – has taken home the World Whisky Trophy at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition, one of the world’s most influential spirits competitions, now in it’s 50th year.
Jura Single Malt Whisky has unveiled new additions to its family of single malt whiskies with the launch of Jura Tide and Jura Time, both aged for 21 Years, they bring to life the tiny island provenance for the super-premium market.
With not one, but two 21 year old expressions, Jura offers a classic Single Malt age statement popular with enthusiast whisky consumers worldwide. The pair offer a unique point of difference for collectors and are produced to strict allocation due to the limited availability of Jura’s older aged maturing inventory.
Whisky and food, a perfect combination. And with Fathers day coming up (June 16), what could be more perfect than serving some amazing pairings. Here you will find some idea’s to make and perhaps to persuade your dad to go fishing or to buy that special thing, you always wanted.
Get down to Berber & Q this National BBQ Week to experience their Johnnie Walker Johnnie & Ginger; the perfect pre-dinner drink for your BBQ banquet!
The limited edition cocktail was crafted by Josh Katz, founder of London’s trendy BBQ joint, Berber & Q, to celebrate National BBQ Week. Expertly designed to complement Berber’s famous Joojeh Chicken Kebab, the charred and smokey notes of the chicken are perfectly countered by the light and summery cocktail.
Valentine’s day is just around the corner. Are you ready to surprise the person you love or admire with a special cocktail? Cupid whispered a few suggestions into my ear that could help you making a decision for there is a cocktail for every occasion.
Valentine’s Day is a day on which lovers give each other extra attention, for example with sweet chocolate gifts, flowers, cards or aphrodisiac whisky cocktails.
I’m calling all men and women to grab the most beautiful glass they own (carefully) to fill it with love, whisky and butterflies.
There is nothing like a great festive drink or cocktail that keeps the cheeks rosy and the adults cozy. Best of all, there is no shortage of fun holiday whisky drinks out there. In this article you will find some of Drinkable Gifts favorite holiday bourbon cocktails that will leave you feeling warm and festive this season with some holiday food pairings to get the party started.
Drinkable Gifts made an amazing info-graph with different kinds of cocktails for the holidays to come to add to your favorites. What is your favorite to bookmark?
This year, The Loch Lomond Distillery has the perfect Christmas gift selection for whisky lovers with its very own Three Wise Men; a specially crafted trio of 12 Year Old whiskies, each with its own unique style and character.
Traditionally, the ’12 days of Christmas’ marked the time between Christmas Day and the arrival of the three wise men; Gaspar, Balthasar, and Melchior, making this collection of 12 Year Olds the perfect way to toast the festive season.
Loch Lomond Distillery has also created a recommended serve for each expression representing each of the three gifts, to provide some added inspiration for those entertaining guests this Christmas – or perhaps even seeking a quiet moment to themselves…