Spring is almost upon us (or already upon us as far as I’m concerned) and you know what does it mean, right? Yes, time for the annual post of the Feis Ile Festival bottles.
This year, the festival will run from late May into June 2017 (26st May to 3rd June 2017) and unlike the previous two years, there will be no special celebrations this year, just a “normal” festival but still it will be a exciting festival.
This post will detail all the available information on the festival bottles and I’ll update it each time more details will be revealed.
It’s a safe bet that just like previous years, we will have more Feis Ile bottlings from other independent bottlers and other sources – all will be updated in the post when the information will be released.
So here’s the list of Feis Ile 2017 bottlings and the available information:
Lagavulin – Open day on Saturday 27th May 2017
Bruichladdich – Open day on Sunday 28th May 2017
- TBD (Rumor: Port Charlotte Transparency (1000 bottles))
Caol Ila – Open day on Monday 29th May 2017
Laphroaig – Open day on Tuesday 30th May 2017
- Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017 (Cask Strength Quarter Cask) – (Probably 51.7%)
The Laphroaig Feis Ile 2017 offering is the Cairdeas 2017 which was fully matured in American Oak quarter casks (125 liter casks).
Bowmore – Open day on Wednesday 31st 2017
- Bowmore Feis Ile 2017 (TBD)
- Fill You Own – TBD
Jura – Open day on Thursday 1st June 2017
- TBD (Jura Tastival 2017)
Kilchoman – Open day on Thursday 1st June 2017
Bunnahabhain – Open day on Friday 2nd June 2017
As usual, Bunnahabhain Feis Ile 2017 line up contains two bottles:
Ardbeg – Open day on Saturday 3rd May 2017
- Ardbeg Kelpie (46%, £98.00)
Ardbeg Feis Ile 2017 offering is the non cask strength version of Ardbeg Kelpie. The committee release is bottled at 51.7% but the general version for Ardbeg Day will be bottled at 46%. The Kelpie is matured in virgin casks of new oak from the Republic of Adygea (Adygea is a federal republic of Russia, near the Black sea).
- Big Peat Feis Ile 2017 Sherry Cask (48%, £49.99)
Big Peat Feis Ile 2017 is a marriage of Single Malts from Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila and Port Ellen Distilleries, bottled at 48% and proudly without colouring or chill-filtration. For the first time ever, this Small Batch bottling of Big Peat has been finished in Sherry Butts.
SMWS (Scotoch Malt Whisky Society)
Looks like SMWS are outdoing themselves this year with no less than three bottles to celebrate Feis, and of course all three bottles are from Islay distilleries. Best bet it will be available at the SMWS event at Islay house and online in UK, USA and other markets. More details on those bottlings will be revealed closer to the festival.