Feis Ile 2019 Bottle: A Preview


In the depths of our warehouses, our spirit lies in the weird and the wonderful. Long-revered as pioneers of cask experimentation, few stones have been left unturned in our infinite search for flavour. And yet, in a strange twist of irony, it’s one of the most historic cask types that is the path least traveled by our spirit – SHERRY.

Despite being a fan favourite, quality sherry casks are some of the most difficult to procure for the Scotch whisky industry. The solera system adopted by Spain’s bodegas mean few of the genuine articles ever make their way onto the marketplace. Much of the industry has resorted to the ‘seasoning’ of casks but our refusal to use this inferior quality wood for the sake of a name, makes our sherry-influenced whisky incredibly rare.

That being said, we have invested time and effort to develop a long-standing relationship with one of the most interesting Bodegas in Spain – Fernando de Castilla in Jerez.

Sherry Casks from Fernando de Castilla

With Islay’s Festival of Music and Malt just around the corner, our Head Distiller Adam Hannett took to our warehouses to identify a unique whisky. One that is sure to reward the pilgrims who have traveled to Islay each year, to celebrate malt, music and a gathering of like-minded ‘Maltheads’.

In no exaggeration, Adam has really outdone himself this year.

Presenting the Feis bottling for 2019:



This super-heavily peated Octomore spirit, reaching 162.6PPM, was distilled in 2007. It has spent its entire maturing life in the finest Oloroso and Pedro Ximinez butts from Fernando de Castilla. Just four were hand selected and combined to create a whisky of astounding rarity and significance. Having celebrated its 12th birthday in February this year, it is the oldest Octomore released to date.

“The flavour profile is unbelievable, huge smoke, huge dried fruit notes and an earthy, rounded presence on the palate, unlike younger expressions of Octomore this is less vibrant but it has even greater depth of flavour – tobacco, coffee, tar, leather and that earthy dried smoke quality.” – Adam Hannett

As with all Feis Ile bottlings, this Octomore will only be available to purchase at the distillery from the 26th of May 2019. It was bottled unchilfiltered and colouring free at 55.7%abv and is limited to just 2,000 bottles. It is likely sell out on the day of release and will be limited to two bottles per person at £175 each.

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