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.
This is a whisky I would recommend to everyone. Especially to those who never had a drop of whisky or says to dislike whisky. Not that long ago, someone told me out of the blue, she didn’t like whisky, at all! I know, its unbelievable, how and why, questions remained unanswered.
I just can’t imagine, that someone doesn’t like this spirit for it’s lovely. Aberfeldy for example is a golden dram that suits everyone, just give it some time, air and love. I am convinced that she and others would love it …
Even if you have never fished before, start in style by casting on one of Scotland’s finest salmon rivers – the Spey. You will stay close to the banks of the river at the famous Craigellachie Hotel which has been a weekend getaway for the likes of Guy Ritchie, Kate Moss and Noel Gallagher as well as Scottish indie bands CHVRCHES and Frightened Rabbit.
Similar to geo-caching, but with whisky, a trail of Angels’ Nectar Whisky Caches will be hidden across Speyside during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. Guests will be able to find the whisky filled caches via a series of clues after registering for the event via the Spirit of Speyside web site. The first to find each Angels’ Nectar Whisky Cache will be rewarded with a 200ml bottles of Angels’ Nectar Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, perfect for sharing.
Interesting for the oldest mention about producing whisky in Scotland, is a text from 1494, in which a monk of Lindores Abbey order goods to produce whisky for James IV of Scotland.
The GlenAllachie Distillery, located in Aberlour, Scotland. A distillery with a fabulous core range. A ranch everyone was excited about the last couple of weeks and still are for those who are still dreaming about their very first GlenAllachie nip. Dreams must come true, to make more space for new dreams or should I say; Drams.
There is a lot of love in this whisky …
A mouth-watering, thirst-quenching taster to one of Scotland’s greatest food and drink producing regions is being served up to audiences for the third year running, with tickets for Spirit of Speyside: Distilled being launched for sale this Friday (June 22).
The one-stop gathering, in the heartland of Scotland’s famed whisky-producing region, showcases an amazing array of food and drink all made in Moray-Speyside, showing how the thriving sector is making its mark through innovation, diversity and quality.
I got a chance to nose and taste the 18-Year-Old. A 46% single malt with a final maturation in Oloroso Sherry butts.
An online live tasting via Facebook from the Tamdhu Distillery, a lovely place. Held in a cold room, and people getting warm while listening and drinking the whisky. With Sandy & Gorden talking us through the range, this day had to offer.
Together with people in the distillery and online, it was one big adventure with some new experiences.