The cancellation of one of the most anticipated calendar dates for whisky fans has meant one popular distillery is having to change up its plans in a bid to ensure it can still offer a unique celebration.
While physical celebrations are on hold due to social distancing guidelines, Bunnahabhain is inviting those whisky fans who’d normally be travelling to Islay for this year’s Fèis Ìle festival to enjoy their ‘Feis at Home’ event instead.
Transporting them to the shores of Islay via a special live tasting of not one, but two exceptional new festival editions, the event will be hosted by renowned whisky expert Dave Broom and see Bunnahabhain master distiller Stephen Woodcock joined by master blender Julianne Fernandez, distillery manager Andrew Brown and Visitor Centre manager Dr Billy Sinclair for the live stream on Friday 29 th of May from 8pm (BST).
The group will lead whisky fans through a tasting and will take part in a panel discussion about the two limited-edition expressions being released to mark the occasion.
Tasting kits will be available to purchase from the Bunnahabhain website will allow people to follow along from the comfort of their home. And it wouldn’t be Feis Ile without a few surprises…with exclusive details on a new product to be revealed live during the tasting.
Ahead of the tasting, Visitor Centre Manager, Dr Billy Sinclair will take friends of Bunnahabhain on a Facebook Live tour around the distillery and island – a chance to get the full Feis Ile experience from afar.
Viewers will also have the chance to win a trip to the world-famous festival in person in 2021, with competition details announced on the first ‘tour’ to go live on Bunnahabhain’s Facebook page at 10am (BST) on Friday the 29th of May.
Bunnahabhain distillery manager, Andrew Brown, said: “Our world famous ‘Music and Malt’ festival here on Islay is a pilgrimage for many a Bunnahabhain fan and we love greeting them here at the distillery.
“We’ll miss seeing some familiar faces in person, but Feis Ile is always warm and welcoming, so we’re embracing the fact that live streaming technology will allow even more people to join in this year.
“We’ve got a great panel of experts on board to talk through our wonderful new festival editions, and anyone who’s visited Feis Ile before will know that’s not all we’ve got up our sleeve.
“You’ll have to tune in to find out more, but we can guarantee a memorable festival, even if it’s not running exactly as we had planned.”
Bunnahabhain’s virtual ‘Feis at Home’ events will take place on Friday the 29th of May
Live streams from the distillery on Islay will take place at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6.30pm (BST)