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.
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.
Fishermans Retreat Edition No.6 Bruichladdich, Rivesaltes French Wine Cask. With just 249 bottles available, this is an amazing release.
Distilled on Wednesday the 23rd of May 2007 and bottled in 2019, Fishermans Retreat Edition No.6 Bruichladdich, isn’t been on the market that long. It is therefor a privilege and an adventure to enjoy this 50.4% limited edition, single malt whisky.
MackNair’s Lum Reek is a combination of peated Islay and Speyside malts married together with older GlenAllachie. It had been matured in GlenAllachie warehouses before the final blending by Master Distiller, Billy Walker. One of the most respected blenders in the Scotch Whisky Industry.
At Gordon & MacPhail, they believe that the wood really makes the whisky. And they are right.
In the mid-1960s Gordon & MacPhail took the unprecedented step of launching a range of single malts under the brand name ‘Connoisseurs Choice’. Until this time, many of the whiskies the range featured would not hve been available as single malt. Today, ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ retains this exclusive nature with a range of rare and sought after single malts from Distilleries throughout Scotland.
For the peat lovers among us, this classic Islay whisky is a must to try. Ardbeg says to be the most peaty Islay whisky, that saying, makes you curious, doesn’t it.
Ardbeg was founded in the year 1815 and is a peaty, smoky Islay malt whisky. The water from the distillery is coming from Loch Uigeadail, pronounced oog-a-dal.
Pickering’s Gin, a fabulous collection of the perfect gin. I was so pleased that I received a couple of samples to try. It is a different direction, but still connected with Whisky, for they used casks from the whisky regions of Scotland.
I am a fan! And not just of the peacock and their peacocktails. It is just a fabulous Gin for amazing adventures.
On Thursday 24th September at 8pm local time the ninth annual Laphroaig Live will broadcast live on the web from the island of Islay.
Laphroaig is this year celebrating 200 years and to mark this very special anniversary we are returning to the home of Laphroaig, the island of Islay to showcase four phenomenal whiskies as well as going behind the scenes at the distillery with Laphroaig’s very own distillery manager on this auspicious year John Campbell who will be joined by no less than five of the previous distillery managers! The first time they have all been together.
Since setting off from Brittany, France in late August, contemporary artists Maxime Berthou and Mark Požlep have arrived safely at Bunnahabhain Distillery on Islay. The two men have been navigating land and sea in a restored 1941 fishing boat, carrying aged French wood which will be transformed into whisky casks.