Monday, 19 November 2018

The Big Fat List of Feis Ile 2019 whiskies

2019 is still some weeks ahead but it's time to start compiling the annual list of upcoming Feis Ile whiskies and events. It is easily one of the most read articles of the first half of the year so without further ado let's dive into the frenzy of the Islay Festival of Malt and Music!

Islay - The American Monument


Ardbeg is always one of the first distilleries that prepares for Feis Ile. The 2019 Ardbeg Drum is a rum-finished single malt. Expect a Carribean themed Open Day!

Ardbeg Drum

Picture: Colas Online

Take Ardbeg Scotch whisky from ex-Bourbon casks, rest it awhile in ex-rum casks from the Americas and you have... Ardbeg Drum. A flamboyant jamboree of flavours with fragrant pine resin, woodsmoke and seaspray dancing alongside ripe banana and pineapple. Lavender, liquorice and vanilla sway into rich dark chocolate before parading into a long smoky finish.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

The independent bottler SMWS already has plans to bottle a 10YO Caol Ila for Feis.

SMWS 53.286 - Salt strewn on smoky marmalade (Caol Ila)

SMWS 53.286 - Salt strewn on smoky marmalade
Picture: Colas Online

Source: Colas Public Registry

Entries from the TTB Public Registry (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau) are a fairly reliable source for upcoming new whiskies. Although not all entries make it to the market. There’s always the possibility a brand decides not to launch a whisky, even if the label has been approved. Until the distillery sends out a press release, this whisky should be considered a rumour…


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