Independent educational whisky school Islay Whisky Academy launches the first volume of its online course, WHISKY AFFINITY©️, on 15 October. This in-depth series is a springboard for understanding Scotch whisky and its production, providing people around the world a fresh view into the world of whisky and its context in Scottish and Gaelic culture.
‘Whisky Festival in a Box’, the first virtual festival from The Whisky Lounge, has been created to unite whisky lovers up and down the country, after suspending all live events due to Covid-19
Each tasting box available to purchase, aims to bring the festival experience home; containing 6 whisky samples and official whisky festival ‘SWAG’
Staying true to The Whisky Lounge’s mission to ‘turn everyone on to whisky’ all sessions will be streamed live and for free on YouTube, Facebook & Twitter from The Spirit of Yorkshire distillery
All virtual festival attendees will receive 10% off purchases of full bottles of whisky through official retailer, House of Malt, for the whole of the festival weekend
The limited edition range features three 12-year-old single malts finished in virgin oak casks sourced from France, Spain and the USA
Building on a remarkable run of award wins, The GlenAllachie Distillery is launching The GlenAllachie Virgin Oak Series, a new limited edition range of Speyside single malt whiskies which have been finished in specially selected casks of different oak species from specific regions around the world.
Whisky enthusiasts are being given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, through a limited edition launch offer, to buy into Scotland’s most northerly mainland Scotch distillery, which today (6 October) unveils its name as ‘8 Doors Distillery’.
8 Doors Distillery is a new Scotch whisky micro-distillery and visitor centre set to open in John O’Groats in 2021, after planning permission was granted in March this year. The £1 million project will establish the first whisky producer in the Caithness village since 1837. It is a dream come true for its founders, local husband and wife team Kerry and Derek Campbell, who have developed a passion for Scotch over many years.
Elevating Robin Redbreast from the icon of the brand to the voice of the brand, Robin is a plucky yet charming character, with a dry wit and Irish sense of humour that reflects Ireland and the home of Redbreast in Midleton, Co Cork.
Tomatin, the award-winning Highland distillery, has today announced the release of a limited-edition 2006 Fino expression, launching exclusively to the UK market.
The 2006 Fino expression was initially matured for 13 years at Tomatin Distillery on the 10th November 2006, and moved to the finest Spanish Fino Sherry butts on 12th November 2015.
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.
First they pot-distil from locally-grown barley, then re-distil the spirit in Puffing Billy to turn it into vodka. Regular filtration would strip away the character and texture of the barley, so instead the spirit vapours are steamed through charcoal
inside the still itself rather than filtered as a liquid.