Kilchoman has unveiled its Fèis Ìle 2021 whisky. This year’s release of 2,832 bottles will be available online from 2pm (Islay time) on April 21st from the distillery’s website along with three tasting packs for live events on our Fèis day, June 3rd. Like last year, the 2021 festival will be celebrating online.
Eight 100% Islay casks were selected for this year’s release, two 2011 oloroso sherry butts and six 2012 bourbon barrels. The casks were filled with 20ppm 100% Islay spirit, distilled from Optic and Publican barley varieties, harvested at Kilchoman in 2010 and 2011. This Single Farm Single Malt was matured in the distillery’s onsite dunnage warehouses before being bottled at cask strength; 56.3% ABV.
“As you might know, I am partial to marrying bourbon and sherry casks, I feel these two cask types allow me to increase complexity without losing depth of character,” said Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder and Master Distiller. “The bourbon barrels I’ve selected give a solid structure to the dram that allow for a balance of maritime Islay flavours and the natural citrus sweetness of our spirit to shine through. The two oloroso sherry butts I chose add depth and richness to the whisky, I’ve had an eye on these casks for a while and they’ve now reached their peak.
“I am delighted with this year’s Feis release and while I’m sad we won’t be sharing a dram in person we invite you to join us online for the next best thing.”
Kilchoman has created a packed schedule of events for its Fèis day on June 3rd, everything from fully immersive 360 degree interviews with the production team to behind the scenes Q&As and Live Tastings. More information on the schedule of events will be posted on the distillery website and social media.
The Kilchoman DNA, Through the Ages and Experimental Casks live tasting packs will go on sale at the same time as the Fèis Ìle 2021 release, 2pm on April the 21st (Islay time).
Last month, Kilchoman unveiled the 2021 release of its Loch Gorm whisky. Named after Islay’s largest freshwater loch neighbouring the distillery, Loch Gorm is the only annual limited edition matured entirely in oloroso sherry casks. Year on year the vatting of Loch Gorm changes in age, color and character.