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Bunnahabhain, Feis Ile, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[17 Jul 2014 | 4 Comments | 885 views]
A killer Bunny : Bunnahabhain Dràm An Stiùreadair – Feis Ile 2014

Coming to the last bottling from this year’s Feis Ile festival 2014, Bunnahabhain have released two different Festival expressions : Westering Home, a 17 year old selling for a whopping £250, and the  second is called  ‘Dràm an Stiùreadair’ (pronounced Draam an Yoù-radar – meaning The Helmsman’s Dram in Gaelic), that was cheaper and more approachable at £95. Not often …

Feis Ile, Headline, Tasting Notes, bowmore »

[16 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 654 views]
Tasting Bowmore Feis Ile 2014

This year Bowmore have released two expressions for sale on Feis Ile. The first is a 1989 vintage, and was very expensive (350 quid), while the second one (the one we’re about to review here) is younger, and bottled at Cask strength from ex-bourbon barrels. I was quite keen on trying it, being a fan of the Bowmore Tempests (batch …

Bruichladdich, Featured, Feis Ile, Headline, Peated, Tasting Notes »

[15 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments | 1,174 views]
7 Year Old Quadruple-Distilled Octomore – Feis Ile 2014

This year’s funky Feis Ile bottling prize has to go to Bruichladdich, who have always been the quirky guy on the block when it comes to crazy finishes, and unique bottlings. Octomore is ridiculously peated anyways, add a Quad distillation process!!!  and what do you get? you get an Ultra peated whisky at almost 70% ABV… which started its …

Featured, Feis Ile, Headline, Islay, Kilchoman, Tasting Notes »

[9 Jul 2014 | 3 Comments | 794 views]
Kilchoman Feis Ile 2014

The smallest and youngest of distilleries on Islay (that is until next year, when Gartbreck distillery is up and working)  did also produce a festival bottling this year, and as young as their whiskies are (oldest to date was 6 yo), they are crackers.
The festival bottling  was matured for around 5 years, initially in first-fill bourbon casks before spending a …

Caol Ila, Feis Ile, Headline, Islay, Tasting Notes »

[8 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 629 views]
Caol Ila 2002 – Feis Ile 2014 festival edition

Time to continue the FE 2014 tasting notes with the 2nd bottling for the Festival by Diageo. This expression is essentially a 12 year old at Cask strength, personally selected by David Wood, Caol Ila Distillery Manager. It was distilled in 2002 and has been matured in Refill American Oak Hogsheads. It has been bottled at 55.5% ABV in an …

Featured, Feis Ile, Headline, Islay, Laphroaig, Tasting Notes »

[7 Jul 2014 | One Comment | 948 views]
Laphroaig Cairdeas 2014 Edition (Feis Ile 2014)

After that Spectacular Lagavulin FE 2014, who set the bar so high, it would be quite a challenge for the rest of the FE bottlings, won’t it? True. I chose to go with the Laphraoig of which I did not have very high expectations (mainly due to reading people’s reactions and SM remarks). Last year’s Cairdeas (also know as ‘the …

Featured, Feis Ile, Headline, Lagavulin, Sherry, Tasting Notes »

[3 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments | 1,161 views]
Lagavulin 1995 – Feis Ile 2014 edition

It seems Feis Ile 2104 was ages ago, but It was really only a month or so ago. This year (like too many) I was not able to attend (but planning on going next year!), but with a little help from my friends from the amazing #whiskyfabric, I was able to arrange a sample of each of the FE bottlings, …

Feis Ile, Headline, Islay, Kilchoman, Tasting Notes »

[29 May 2014 | No Comment | 607 views]
Celebrating Kilchoman day 2014 at Feis Ile with Kilchoman 100% Islay 4th edition , 2014

It’s Kilchoman day today at Feis Ile on Islay, and no better way to celebrate it from afar (sadly,but next year there is hope!) than drinking the latest offering from that excellent little distillery that you got to love. Time flies, and it seems that only yesterday i reviewed the 3rd edition of this expression. Let’s see how this one …

Ardbeg, Featured, Feis Ile, Headline, Peated, Tasting Notes »

[28 May 2013 | One Comment | 2,303 views]
It’s Ardbeg day! – Tasting Ardbeg Ardbog

It’s this time of year again, and Ardbeg day is upon us. This year Ardbeg is releasing a special bottling by the name of Ardbog (a nice word game combining ardbeg and the peat bogs into one word). Being an iconic distillery with a huge following , every new Ardbeg release causes quite a stir, and a lot of people …

Diageo, Featured, Feis Ile, News »

[21 May 2013 | No Comment | 1,869 views]
Diageo announces 2 new expressions released for Feis Ile 2013–Lagavulin & Caol Ila

18-year old Lagavulin from European Oak
The LAGAVULIN™ 2013 special festival bottling, from whisky distilled in 1995, has been aged in ex European Oak Sherry Butts, and was personally selected by Lagavulin warehouseman Iain McArthur.

Triple-matured Caol Ila 12 yo
This year’s CAOL ILA™ special festival bottling  is a little special and unusual, explains distillery manager Billy Stitchell, who personally selected the whisky:
“Spirit …