Feis Ile

18 Jul 19
Leg before Wicket

A Dutch translation is published in Whisky Passion number 3 – 2019.  Every fortnight editor Michael Donnelly and his team issue another Ileach, the Independent Newspaper of Islay and Jura. For years I have been interested in the many whisky related articles. We talk about news gathering, changing content and the position of the whisky […]

11 Jul 19
Whisky Gospel

Another week another Feis Ile 2019 bottling review. This time it’s the official Lagavulin Feis Ile 2019 bottling – a 19 Year Old whisky that was matured in three types of casks: refill American oak cask, second Sherry treated American oak cask and a European oak puncheon. 6,000 bottles were produced for the festival, each […]

01 Jul 19
My Annoying Opinions

The summer is the slow season on whisky blogs but a) I have a lot of samples to get through and bottles to open and b) I’m not sure if this is really a whisky blog anymore—my food posts seem to get a far larger readership these days. Be that as it may, I will […]

30 Jun 19
BarleyMania | Whisky & Whiskey

Unlike in English, the word “Drilling” does not describe the activity of boring a hole in German. Instead, it means “triplet” over here. The Drilling in Hamburg-Bahrenfeld got its name due to the fact that it unites three different concepts under one roof:

28 Jun 19
My Annoying Opinions

The last time I reviewed one of Lagavulin’s special releases for Feis Ile was in 2014. I have a few of the subsequent releases on my shelves but haven’t opened any of them yet—hmmm I should do something about that. Anyway, that one was a 17 yo from a vatting of European oak sherry butts. […]

27 Jun 19
Whisky Gospel

Is it time to review some Feis Ile 2019 whiskies? Sure it is, there’s no official season to review specific whiskies… Let’s start with an indie bottling for Feis Ile 2019 done by Dramfool and it’s a 14 Year Old Port Charlotte in first fill Sherry hogshead which was personally selected for Ian Gray (the […]

25 Jun 19

Whilst Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall highlights our global plastics crisis on the BBC, here’s yet more distraction in the form of random plastic-free drams I’ve enjoyed of late.   Aberlour A’bunadh Batch #61 [2017] Ob. 60.8% WB87.47[89] N: I smell lovely oily nutty husky sherry casks. T: Rather spirity neat. I poured in a whole heap of water […]

25 Jun 19

Today, a random selection of ‘B’ drams I’ve enjoyed recently. Let’s start with two bourbon’s.   Virginia Black 2yo [2019] Ob. American Whiskey 40% [75cl] WB85[2] With a high [yet unknown to me] rye content, this is aged 2-4 years apparently. N: Bourbon is great when there’s a toasted toffee savoury sweetness with a touch of herbal […]

19 Jun 19
Mumble Skyflyers

For those who like a wee dram with their live music, The Rhythm and Booze Project is only choice this Fringe… Hello Paul, first things first, where are you both from & where are you at, geographically speaking? Paul: I’ve been living in Bristol these past few years. Felipe, originally from California, is based on […]

18 Jun 19
Malt Fascination

Mostly, when a Feis Ile bottling comes out, there are ways of identifying it apart from the release for the festival. Lagavulin generally has an age, Ardbeg had some ridiculous theme, Laphroaig has a Cairdeas edition and so on. Bowmore generally has some of these things too, or a specific cask type or so. In […]

10 Jun 19
Whisky and Wisdom

Drinkers today have many tools and resources at their disposal to both share and advance their knowledge of whisky.  Social media has its many pros and cons, but one of the pros is that, courtesy of Twitter or Facebook, you can ask a question about a whisky and, within minutes, you’ll have people from around […]

09 Jun 19
record of m.

Wednesday We were up reasonably early to get ourselves going before coffee service. We enjoyed coffee in our room while we finished packing and then had a full breakfast downstairs in the dining room. We loaded up the car, took a few pictures of the hotel and surroundings, and then bade the hotel staff goodbye […]

07 Jun 19
Malt Fascination

It’s probably not a secret for anyone who has spent any time reading this wee blog, but I love me some Bowmore. Apart from some expressions that are just a bit too straight forward I think their lighter Islay character, with the citrusy notes, go very well with the smoke, brine and sometimes light ‘cat […]

03 Jun 19
Pittsburgh Whiskey Friends

By: Aaron Hajduk We had a Great time at our Feis Ile: Islay Festival recently. Thanks to all those who came out! We had some great Islay Scotch selections. Scott the pulled pork & coleslaw you made was excellent; Alexander your focaccia bread was great; and my daughter made 3 different types of cupcakes for […]