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Relive all the fun of Fèis Ìle 2019!

Nine days, 12 distilleries and open events, and one magical island. It can only be Fèis Ìle! Join us as we relive all the Islay (and Jura!) whisky fun. Back…

Nine days, 12 distilleries and open events, and one magical island. It can only be Fèis Ìle! Join us as we relive all the Islay (and Jura!) whisky fun.

Back in May, an intrepid team of five headed north from MoM HQ to the island of Islay for Fèis Ìle. The annual spirits extravaganza (there was a lot more gin around than you might expect) takes in all nine distilleries, plus open days at the Port Ellen Maltings and Islay Ales, as well as a focus on neighbouring Jura. It really is a bucket-list trip for whisky-lovers!

Every day we packed the car (with a designated driver, obviously) and decamped with full film kit at each location. We got fully involved in distillery, tours, tastings, and even putting YOUR questions to the great and the good of the island distilling scene.

Missed the action? You can catch-up on our day-by-day reports, videos and more here. But why not get a taste for all things Fèis with our supercut?!

MoM HQ at the Port Ellen Maltings. Safety first!

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Discover Highland Park with Martin Markvardsen!

Love Highland Park? So do we! We grabbed some time with brand ambassador Martin Markvardsen while he was in London to find out more about what sets the Orkney distillery…

Love Highland Park? So do we! We grabbed some time with brand ambassador Martin Markvardsen while he was in London to find out more about what sets the Orkney distillery apart, and of course, have an all-important taste…

One of just two distilleries to call the Orkney Islands home, Highland Park has a pretty compelling sense-of-place story. We met Martin Markvardsen at Strongroom Bar in Shoreditch for an in-depth chat, exploring peat, floor maltings, the brand’s Viking heritage and more. And have a taste, of course! Join us as we check out Highland Park 12 Year Old, Valknut, and the 18 year old expression in detail. Enjoy!

Delicious Highland Park

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What’s going on with barley at Bruichladdich?

Islay’s Bruichladdich has built a bit of a reputation for its obsession with barley types and terroir. We hung out at the recently-purchased croft next to the distillery to get…

Islay’s Bruichladdich has built a bit of a reputation for its obsession with barley types and terroir. We hung out at the recently-purchased croft next to the distillery to get an exclusive update on the barley trials. 

Last September, Islay distillery Bruichladdich bolstered its barley focus when it bought a neighbouring croft to accelerate its work in whisky terroir. Part of its vision? To explore new and heritage barley varietals and ultimately amp up the flavour in whisky.

The croft is now being used to test how as many as 60 different varietals take to the Islay soil and climate – and what their resulting flavour and yield might be. We take a walk up to the croft with Bruichladdich’s communications manager – malts, Christy McFarlane.

Filming up at Bruichladdich

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We put your Ardbeg questions to Mickey Heads!

Join us as we put your questions about Ardbeg to distillery manager Mickey Heads during Fèis Ìle 2019! Hurrah for Ardbeg Day! We marked the occasion by heading to the…

Join us as we put your questions about Ardbeg to distillery manager Mickey Heads during Fèis Ìle 2019!

Hurrah for Ardbeg Day! We marked the occasion by heading to the distillery and asking Mickey Heads YOUR questions! Want to see all the Q&As from the island? Check out the Fèis Ìle tag on the blog or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram! (@masterofmalt, if you didn’t know.)

Ardbeg Mickey Heads

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We put your Jura questions to Gregg Glass!

Join us as we put your questions about Jura to blender and whisky-maker Gregg Glass during Fèis Ìle 2019! Fèis Ìle isn’t entirely about Islay – Jura puts on a distillery day, too!…

Join us as we put your questions about Jura to blender and whisky-maker Gregg Glass during Fèis Ìle 2019!

Fèis Ìle isn’t entirely about Islay – Jura puts on a distillery day, too! We hopped on the ferry to put your questions to Gregg Glass – did we ask yours?

You can see all our Fèis Ìle videos using the blog tag, or check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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We put your Bunnahabhain questions to Andrew Brown!

Join us as we put your questions about Bunnahabhain to distillery manager Andrew Brown during Fèis Ìle 2019! Bunnahabhain was another Fèis Ìle distillery day to see a LOT of rain –…

Join us as we put your questions about Bunnahabhain to distillery manager Andrew Brown during Fèis Ìle 2019!

Bunnahabhain was another Fèis Ìle distillery day to see a LOT of rain – but spirits were not dampened! As part of our video series we chatted to distillery manager Andrew Brown – for the full video complement, keep an eye on the Fèis Ìle tag on the blog or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (@masterofmalt!). We’ll be posting videos every day until Friday!

Bunnahabhain Andrew Brown

A grey but still gorgeous Bunnahabhain

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We put your Kilchoman questions to Anthony Wills!

Join us as we put your questions about Kilchoman to distillery founder Anthony Wills during Fèis Ìle 2019! Fèis Ìle 2019 was pretty rainy – but that didn’t stop whisky geeks…

Join us as we put your questions about Kilchoman to distillery founder Anthony Wills during Fèis Ìle 2019!

Fèis Ìle 2019 was pretty rainy – but that didn’t stop whisky geeks across the island having a great time. One of the soggy days was Kilchoman – we caught up with the distillery’s founder Anthony Wills!

For more videos from Fèis Ìle follow the tag on the blog, or keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’ll be posting videos every day up until 28 June!

Kilchoman Anthony Wills

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We put your Ardnahoe questions to Andrew Laing!

Join us as we put your questions about Ardnahoe to distillery owner Hunter Laing’s export director, Andrew Laing, during Fèis Ìle 2019! We stopped in at Islay’s newest distillery, Ardnahoe,…

Join us as we put your questions about Ardnahoe to distillery owner Hunter Laing’s export director, Andrew Laing, during Fèis Ìle 2019!

We stopped in at Islay’s newest distillery, Ardnahoe, as part of Fèis Ìle 2019. It’s all shiny and new with the most glorious views – but what does Andrew Laing make of it all, and of your questions? Don’t forget to follow the Fèis Ìle tag on the blog, and Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, for even more from Islay!

Ardnahoe Andrew Laing

Ardnahoe in all its glory

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We put your Bowmore questions to David Turner!

Join us as we put your questions about Bowmore to distillery manager David Turner during Fèis Ìle 2019! You sent us your questions ahead of Fèis Ìle – and we put them…

Join us as we put your questions about Bowmore to distillery manager David Turner during Fèis Ìle 2019!

You sent us your questions ahead of Fèis Ìle – and we put them to the great and the good at every distillery. Did we ask your question? Check out the videos, published here on the blog (follow the Fèis Ìle tag), Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, every day until 28 June! Up today: Bowmore’s David Turner.

The Nightcap

Hello, Bowmore!

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We put your Laphroaig questions to John Campbell!

Join us as we put your questions about Laphroaig to distillery manager John Campbell during Fèis Ìle 2019! Love Islay whisky? So do we! We took your questions with us…

Join us as we put your questions about Laphroaig to distillery manager John Campbell during Fèis Ìle 2019!

Love Islay whisky? So do we! We took your questions with us to Fèis Ìle and put them to the great and the good on the island. We’re sharing the resulting videos every day up until Friday 28 June. So follow the Fèis Ìle tag on the blog, Twitter, Instagram Stories and Facebook Stories, and see if we asked your question!

Laphroaig John Campbell

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