Posts Tagged “Feis Ile”

Lagavulin 16 Year Old – Fèis Ìle Lagavulin Open day 2010 (52.7%)

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Lagavulin 16 Year Old – Fèis Ìle Lagavulin Open day 2010 (52.7%)

It’s once again the first day of the Fèis Ìle festival, which makes it time to taste a Lagavulin in celebration. Last year, I tasted the 2014 Festival bottling, but have somehow missed the 2015 release. I’m sure a sample will turn up eventually, but this is a good opportunity to reach back to the 2010 edition of the…

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Cult of Ardbeg Day is Here – The Brilliance of Guerrilla Marketing

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Cult of Ardbeg Day is Here – The Brilliance of Guerrilla Marketing

Ardbeg, masters of marketing hype that they are, have attempted (and are reasonably successful) to make the Fèis Ìle open day into something more global than just the festival on Islay. Despite being a rather small operation (1.3 million liters per year, smaller than Bruichladdich and about a third of Laphroaig). How was this done? The…

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Fèis Ìle Bowmore Open day – Tasting the Bowmore Fèis Ìle 2014

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Fèis Ìle Bowmore Open day – Tasting the Bowmore Fèis Ìle 2014

Bowmore open day is today, and we honor the self proclaimed oldest distillery on the island with a dram of the 2014 Fèis Ìle bottling. This was a particularly good selection of casks, which shine even through the relative youth of the whisky. The Bowmore Small Batch seems to be of a similar age, but doesn’t…

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Fèis Ìle Laphroaig Open day – Tasting the Càirdeas 2014

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Fèis Ìle Laphroaig Open day – Tasting the Càirdeas 2014

Laphroaig is one of the most popular distilleries on Islay, and the Càirdeas releases have an almost religious following among aficionados. Officially, this is a Friends of Laphroaig release which to the best information I have is an 8 year old, having spent seven years in ex bourbon casks and was finished for one year in Amontillado…

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Fèis Ìle Lagavulin Open day – Tasting the Lagavulin 1995 Sherry Bomb

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Fèis Ìle Lagavulin Open day – Tasting the Lagavulin 1995 Sherry Bomb

Last year’s Lagavulin festival bottling was probably the best of the Fèis Ìle crop last year. A sweet sherry bomb, this is a great sipper. As I mentioned in another post, Lagavulin has the most limited core range of all distilleries, holding a single expression: the 16 year old. Other regular bottlings include a yearly release of a 12…

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An Independent Fèis Ìle Bottling – Douglas Laing’s Laphroaig 14

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An Independent Fèis Ìle Bottling – Douglas Laing’s Laphroaig 14

Yes, I know…we’re right in the middle of a Talisker series that will still include the 18, 25 and 30 year old expressions. But Fèis Ìle is here, and I got together all of the festival bottlings from last year to taste on each distillery’s open day. This is a concept pioneered by my colleague and…

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Staying with Bunnahabhain, an 18 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Finish

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Staying with Bunnahabhain, an 18 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Finish

I love the effect a good Pedro Ximénez cask has on whisky. I think its interplay with the spirit is beautiful, sometimes to the point of  usurping the whisky in favor of an almost syrupy sweetness (Not unlike the GlenDronach 21 reviewed here). The effect is lessened, of course, in non first fill barrels and in finishes,…

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