Just a couple of weeks to go to Islay whisky festival

Islay’s inaugural independent bottlers’ festival within the Fèis Ìle is taking place later this month.

It will be held in the Bowmore Hall on 30 May 2019 from noon-5pm. The event will showcase independent bottlers’ vast array of Islay and Jura whiskies for the first time, with the blessing of the Fèis Ìle committee.

Confirmed Exhibitors are Dramfool, Elixir Distillers, Islay Boys, Islay Mist, Lady of the Glen, That Boutique-y Whisky Company, The Single Cask, Vintage Malt Whisky and Wemyss Malts.

Several masterclasses will also be hosted at the festival and will be announced on the Islay Festival website in the run up to the event.

The first announced is a Wemyss Malts masterclass in which several of their peaty malt whiskies and new single casks releases will be tasted. Attendees will also help produce a limited edition Peat Chimney malt whisky live at the tasting to bottle and take home.

All paying visitors will be provided with a Glencairn glass to keep and use to receive their drams, and will be able to purchase bottles of whisky direct from the exhibitors.

Dramfool will be releasing an official Fèis Ìle bottling for purchase at the event, a 14 year old first fill sherry hogshead of Port Charlotte.

Stovies, oatcakes & Scottish cheddar, Clootie Dumpling, Shortbread, Cranachan and other refreshments will be available to purchase from the adjoining kitchen run by the Ladies from St John’s Church.

Visitors will be charged £25 for entry via tickets on the official Fèis Ìle website.

Visit www.islayfestival.com/festival-programme/ for more details.