Bunnahabhain to celebrate Fèis Ìle with virtual tasting tonight

Islay distillery team will host live stream to showcase Bunnahabhain’s two new festival releases

BUNNAHABHAIN Distillery will showcase its two Islay Festival editions in a virtual tasting tonight after this year’s Fèis Ìle was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The limited edition expressions – the Moine Amontillado Finish and 2002 Madeira Finish – sold out online in less than 24 hours following their release last week, with the team at Distell-owned Bunnahabhain donating 10% of all product sales to licensed trade charity The Ben.

Bunnahabhain will debut the new expressions to whisky fans in a special ‘Fèis-at-Home’ virtual tasting live on the Bunnahabhain Facebook page at 8pm tonight (Friday May 29) when Bunnahabhain distillery manager Andrew Brown, master blender Julianne Fernandez, master distiller Stephen Woodcock and visitor centre manager Dr Billy Sinclair will lead whisky fans through a tasting of the two expressions: Bunnahabhain Moine Amontillado Finish – a 2010 peated single malt (56.9% ABV) which has been finished in Amontillado sherry hogshead casks; and Bunnahabhain 2002 Madeira Finish – a non-peated single malt (53% ABV), matured for its final three years in Madeira sherry hogshead casks.

Distillery manager Andrew Brown said the Fèis-at-Home tasting aims to help people celebrate the Islay Festival in spirit.

We couldn’t have imagined that they would be released without a festival taking place this year,” he said.

“These limited edition single malts pay homage to the magic of Fèis Ìle, so even if you can’t be there in person, now everyone can take a little slice of that home. Until we raise a dram with you again in person next year.”