Islay Whisky Festival 2020 With Distilled Events

Whisky Tasting Masterclasses at The Islay Whisky Festival 2020

Once again I will be hosting Single Malt Whisky Masterclasses on Islay during the Islay Whisky Festival 2020. This is an exclusive opportunity to attend a tasting featuring drams from the different distilleries on Islay hosted by a former Caol Ila distillery manager.

I have no links to any distilleries so my tastings give guests an unbiased look in to the distilling industry on Islay. We’ll be tasting some awesome drams, both proprietary bottlings and independently bottled drams.

Dates and times for our Single Malt Whisky Masterclasses on Islay during the 2020 Islay Whisky Festival will be posted here in the near future so please watch this space!

If you would like to enquire about attending one of our exclusive tastings at the Islay Whisky Festival 2020, please complete the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Islay Whisky Festival 2020

The 2020 Islay Whisky Festival is set to begin on Friday 22nd May and run for just over a week until Saturday 30th May. Just like last year, we will be hosting a number of whisky masterclasses. Our tasting events on Islay are very special because we show whiskies from each of the distilleries as we are not tied to any of them. Our tasting events are therefore biased to one thing, Islay whiskies!

Join Our Events at The Islay Whisky Festival 2020

If you would like to express an interest in attending one of our events at the Islay Whisky Festival 2020, please fill in the contact form above and we will reserve your tickets and contact you for payment as soon as they are released.

Islay Festival Accommodation Available – On Our All Inclusive Week Long Guided Islay Distilleries Experience – Sorry this experience is now sold out – Join us in 2021!

We will be hosting an exclusive, week long guided Islay distilleries experience commencing Saturday 23rd May 2020. We are working closely with one of the largest sporting estates on the island to offer the Ultimate Islay Experience for up to 8 very lucky guests who are looking for the very best of what Islay has to offer during the greatest whisky festival in the world.

Whats Included In The Ultimate Islay Whisky Festival Experience?

  • Luxury traditional farmhouse accommodation with stunning Islay mountain views and roaring fires
  • All food specially prepared for guests including a three course evening meal each day
  • All transport to and from distillery events and transfers to and from the ferry or plane
  • A full itinerary of distillery tours and tastings
  • Myself David Wood, former Caol Ila Distillery Manager as your host for the week
  • The opportunity to fish for wild brown trout on the loch adjacent to the house
  • Deer stalking as an optional extra

Exclusive Islay Whisky Festival Accommodation

Our guests will be staying in a very large traditional sporting estate house for the entire week. The house is very well equipped and has plenty of space so as to ensure that all guests have privacy. There are spectacular views across Islay from both the library and the dining room, the perfect rooms to relax and have a dram whilst looking for golden eagle and sea eagle which are regularly spotted nearby.

Islay Whisky Festival 2020 Distillery Events

There are currently 9 distilleries on Islay, and soon to be 10 once the new Port Ellen Distillery is in operation. There is also a distillery on Jura, the neighbouring island, Jura Distillery. The other distilleries which will be holding special events throughout the week are Ardbeg, Ardnahoe, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Bowmore, Kilchoman, Laphroaig and Jura.

The distillery events programmes tend to be released a couple of months before the whisky festival commences. Once published, you will be able to book tickets for events at each distillery, but be sure to keep an eye out as they book up very quickly!

We hope to see you at one of our tasting events at the Islay Whisky Festival 2020!

Slainte and happy drams!

David

Reserve Your Tickets For David Wood’s Masterclasses at The Islay Whisky Festival 2019

Caol Ila Distillery Manager

Whisky Tasting Masterclasses at The Islay Whisky Festival 2019

Once again former Caol Ila Distillery Manager David Wood will be hosting exclusive Islay Single Malt Whisky Masterclasses on Islay during the Islay Whisky Festival 2019. This is an opportunity to attend a tasting featuring drams from the different distilleries on Islay hosted by a former Islay distillery manager.

David has no links to any distilleries so his tastings give guests an unbiased look in to the distilling industry across the island of Islay. During the evening guests will be tasting some awesome drams, both proprietary bottlings and independently bottled drams. Most will be small batch releases and cask strength releases.

At the Islay Whisky Festival 2019 David will be hosting two masterclasses with a maximum of 32 guests at each. Spaces are very limited so if you would like to reserve tickets please be in touch as soon as possible. Both masterclasses will take place at Islay Studios in Bridgend Square at the following dates and times:

MONDAY 27TH MAY 6.30PM – TICKETS £40

TUESDAY 28TH MAY 6.30PM – TICKETS £40

If you would like tickets for either of these events please click the relevant link above or complete the contact form below.

Islay Whisky Festival 2019

The 2019 Islay Whisky Festival is set to begin on Friday 24th May and run for just over a week until Saturday 1st June. Just like last year, we will be hosting a number of whisky masterclasses. Our tasting events on Islay are very special because we show whiskies from each of the distilleries as we are not tied to any of them. Our tasting events are therefore biased to one thing, Islay whiskies!

Islay Whisky Festival 2019 Distillery Events

There are currently 9 distilleries on Islay, and soon to be 10 once the new Port Ellen Distillery is commissioned in 2020. There is also a distillery on Jura, the neighbouring island, Jura Distillery. The other distilleries which will be holding special events throughout the week are Ardbeg, Ardnahoe, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Bowmore, Kilchoman, Laphroaig and Jura.

The distillery events programmes tend to be released a couple of months before the whisky festival commences. Once published, you will be able to book tickets for events at each distillery, but be sure to keep an eye out as they book up very quickly!

We hope to see you at one of our tasting events at the Islay Whisky Festival 2019!

Slainte and happy drams!

David

David Wood Islay

 

Reserve Your Tickets For David Wood’s Masterclasses at The Islay Whisky Festival 2019

Caol Ila Distillery Manager

Whisky Tasting Masterclasses at The Islay Whisky Festival 2019

Once again former Caol Ila Distillery Manager David Wood will be hosting exclusive Islay Single Malt Whisky Masterclasses on Islay during the Islay Whisky Festival 2019. This is an opportunity to attend a tasting featuring drams from the different distilleries on Islay hosted by a former Islay distillery manager.

David has no links to any distilleries so his tastings give guests an unbiased look in to the distilling industry across the island of Islay. During the evening guests will be tasting some awesome drams, both proprietary bottlings and independently bottled drams. Most will be small batch releases and cask strength releases.

At the Islay Whisky Festival 2019 David will be hosting two masterclasses with a maximum of 32 guests at each. Spaces are very limited so if you would like to reserve tickets please be in touch as soon as possible. Both masterclasses will take place at Islay Studios in Bridgend Square at the following dates and times:

MONDAY 27TH MAY 6.30PM – TICKETS £40

TUESDAY 28TH MAY 6.30PM – TICKETS £40

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RESERVE TICKETS FOR EITHER OF THESE EVENTS PLEASE COMPLETE THE CONTACT FORM BELOW. TICKETS WILL THEN BE ISSUED ON OR AFTER 1ST APRIL 2019.

Islay Whisky Festival 2019

The 2019 Islay Whisky Festival is set to begin on Friday 24th May and run for just over a week until Saturday 1st June. Just like last year, we will be hosting a number of whisky masterclasses. Our tasting events on Islay are very special because we show whiskies from each of the distilleries as we are not tied to any of them. Our tasting events are therefore biased to one thing, Islay whiskies!

Islay Whisky Festival 2019 Distillery Events

There are currently 9 distilleries on Islay, and soon to be 10 once the new Port Ellen Distillery is commissioned in 2020. There is also a distillery on Jura, the neighbouring island, Jura Distillery. The other distilleries which will be holding special events throughout the week are Ardbeg, Ardnahoe, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Bowmore, Kilchoman, Laphroaig and Jura.

The distillery events programmes tend to be released a couple of months before the whisky festival commences. Once published, you will be able to book tickets for events at each distillery, but be sure to keep an eye out as they book up very quickly!

We hope to see you at one of our tasting events at the Islay Whisky Festival 2019!

Slainte and happy drams!

David

David Wood Islay

 

The Ultimate Guided Islay Whisky Festival Experience 2019

Islay Whisky Festival 2018

Due to a cancellation we have one place remaining on our very special week long Ultimate Guided Islay Whisky Festival Experience 2019. If you are interested in joining us, please scroll down and complete the contact form and we will be back in touch with you as soon as possible!

The Ultimate Guided Islay Whisky Festival Experience 2019

Once again we will be hosting our week long Ultimate Islay Whisky Festival Experience at the Islay Whisky Festival 2019. We truly believe that we are offering a week long experience that is truly unique on Islay and of the highest standard. No other week long whisky tour of Islay is hosted by a former Islay Distillery Manager during the festival. This is the perfect opportunity for those enthusiasts wanting to get the most out of their Islay Whisky Festival Experience.

Islay Festival Accommodation Available – On Our All Inclusive Week Long Guided ultimate Islay Whisky Festival Experience

We will be hosting an exclusive, week long Ultimate Islay Whisky Festival Experience commencing Saturday 25th May 2019 for one week. We are working closely with one of the largest sporting estates on the island to offer this experience for up to 8 very lucky guests who are looking for the very best of what Islay has to offer during the greatest whisky festival in the world.

What Does The Ultimate Islay Whisky Festival Experience Include?

  • Luxury traditional farmhouse accommodation with stunning Islay mountain views and roaring fires
  • All food specially prepared for guests including a three course evening meal each day
  • Local estate and island produce included in meals such as Islay scallops, venison, woodcock and crab.
  • Complimentary transport to and from distillery events and complimentary transfers to and from the ferry or plane
  • A full itinerary of distillery tours and tastings
  • David Wood, former Caol Ila Distillery Manager as your host for the week

Contact Us

If you would like to enquire us about our Ulitmate Guided Islay Whisky Festival Experience 2019, please fill in the form below and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Exclusive Islay Whisky Festival Accommodation

Our guests will be staying in a very large traditional sporting estate house for the entire week. The house is very well equipped and has plenty of space so as to ensure that all guests have privacy. There are spectacular views across Islay from both the library and the dining room, the perfect rooms to relax and have a dram whilst looking for golden eagle and sea eagle which are regularly spotted nearby.

Islay Whisky Festival 2019 Distillery Events

There are currently 9 distilleries on Islay, and soon to be 10 once Port Ellen reopens. There is also a distillery on Jura, the neighbouring island, Jura Distillery. The other distilleries which will be holding special events throughout the week are Ardbeg, Ardnahoe,  Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Bowmore, Kilchoman, Laphroaig and Jura.

The distillery events programmes tend to be released a couple of months before the whisky festival commences. Once published, you will be able to book tickets for events at each distillery, but be sure to keep an eye out as they book up very quickly!

We hope to see you at the Islay Whisky Festival 2019!

Slainte and happy drams!

David

 

The Islay Whisky Festival

Bunnahabhain Warehouse Experience

The Islay Whisky Festival

The Islay Whisky Festival comes around once a year and falls on the last week in May. During this fantastic celebration of all things Islay whisky, thousands of excited enthusiasts make their way to the magic Isle of Islay for a week of whisky events, tours, tastings and masterclasses. It is difficult to measure how many extra visitors, and how much extra income, the island gets due to the festival but it is commonly thought the island population rises from 2000 to over 10000 during the Festival week, in no means insignificant for the economy of the island.

Islay Whisky Tours

Each of the 8 malt whisky distilleries and Jura distillery too, have their own dedicated festival day. There is some overlap, Bowmore day is also Bridgend Square day and Islay Ales and the other businesses there also arrange events and enjoy a busy day of music, drams and general merriment. We love the Islay Whisky Festival and as well as hosting whisky and gin tastings and events in Leek, Staffordshire and throughout the UK, we will always host Islay whisky tastings at the Islay festival in the years to come.

Islay Whisky Festival Distillery Days

Each distillery publishes their festival events and releases tickets a few weeks before the Feis week. Most put on extra tours, special tastings and masterclasses and also other activities such as fast RIB boat rides and special guided water source walks. As the festival has become more and more popular, tickets tend to sell out faster, especially at the Kildalton distilleries of Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig, it is not unusual for all tickets to sell out on the first day of release. So if you are looking to attend an event, you’ll need to be quick!

Islay Whisky Tours

Islay Whisky Festival Bottlings

To celebrate the festival, each distillery has a special, limited release whisky bottling. In recent years, because the festival has become so well attended, these releases are not as small batch as they used to be. Only 5 or 6 years ago, distilleries were able to release single cask bottlings which enthusiasts would snap up and quite often sell at a profit on auction sites. Now distillers have decided to increase the size of the releases in an attempt to ensure that there are enough to satisfy the demand of visitors. There are still a few gems to be discovered though. During Feis Ile 2017 Bunnahabhain released a run of only 1596 bottles.

The peated spirit was distilled in 2004 and matured in American oak and then transferred to port pipes for a short finishing period. The resulting whisky, ‘Bunnahabhain Moine Port Pipe Finish’, as well as being a beautiful dram, was also a real small batch rarity for festival visitors to buy, and very good value at £95.

Islay Whisky Festival

As well as official distillery bottlings, it is now not uncommon to find festival releases from independent bottlers who arrange events during the festival. Quite often visitors arrive on the island during the festival only to find that all the distillery events are full. The independent bottlers, who only promote Islay whisky during the festival, are often able to accommodate these visitors on their tastings and masterclasses and therefore offer a valuable addition to the Festival.

I became Distillery Manager of Caol Ila Distillery in 2013 but before that, in 2008, I began releasing my own Islay Festival bottlings for the Queen of the Moorlands Single Malt Whisky brand which I owned at the time. The first was this delicious 1982 26 year old Caol Ila single cask whisky, which was to be the first ever independent Islay festival bottling.

Whisky Masterclasses at The Islay Whisky Festival 2017 – Distilled Events

In late Autumn 2015, I decided to leave Caol Ila and to start my own customer facing whisky events company, Distilled Events. This year this gave me the opportunity to arrange my own events at the whisky festival, and with the help of friends on Islay, we held two very well attended masterclasses at the Gaelic College in Bowmore.

Islay Whisky Masterclass

I was incredibly surprised and pleased at the support that my friends in the whisky industry were willing to give me. Guests were treated to ‘As We Get It Islay’ from Ian Macleod Distillers, an incredible pair of drams from Wm Cadenheads in the form of a 26 year old single cask Caol Ila and a 16 year old single cask Bowmore. Port Askaig Malts supplied us with a great young peaty dram, Port Askaig 8 year old, and just like ‘As We Get It’ the cat was really amongst the pigeons with guests arguing about the provenance of these tasty whiskies. From Chorlton Whisky we had an awesome 23 year old single cask Bunnahabhain which, just like all the other drams on show, went down a treat with our guests.

Islay Whisky Festival 2018

We are already making plans for our events at the Islay Whisky Festival 2018, the months will slip away and before we know it we will be enjoying festivities once again on Islay. Keep an eye on our tastings and events page and also on our Distilled Events Facebook page and you will then be able to buy tickets online once they are released.

We also arrange bespoke Guided Islay Distillery Experiences throughout the year, taking groups of enthusiasts to Islay on 5 or 7 day whisky trips packed with tours, tastings and masterclasses and enjoying all that Islay has to offer. If you are interested in joining us on a trip or if you would like more info about our bespoke Guided Islay Distillery Experiences, please click here.

Here are some pics from our events at the Islay Whisky Festival 2017. Enjoy.

Slainte

David

Islay Whisky Festival

Islay Whisky Tours

Islay Whisky Tour

Islay Whisky Tours

Islay whisky tour

Bunnahabhain

David Wood Islay