To celebrate this year’s Islay Festival of Music and Malt, Caol Ila and Lagavulin distilleries have announced exclusive Festival bottlings for visitors to the distilleries.
18-year old Lagavulin aged in European oak
The Lagavulin 2013 special festival bottling, is amde from whisky distilled in 1995, which has been aged in ex European Oak Sherry Butts, and was personally selected by Lagavulin warehouseman Iain McArthur.
Triple-matured Caol Ila
This year’s Caol Ila festival bottling is a little special and unusual, explains distillery manager Billy Stitchell, who personally selected the whisky:
“Spirit distilled in 1998 has been triple-cask matured. For 12 years it rested in a combination of Refill Butts, Hogsheads and Barrels. The vatted whisky was then allowed to mature for several months in active hogshead casks to impart a spicy/oaky note to the existing delicate Caol Ila smoke. Finally it was treated to a final gentle maturation in European oak.”
Volumes and prices
Bottles will be on sale to individual visitors at the distilleries priced at £99. The Lagavulin festival bottling goes on sale at the distillery at 10:00 am on Saturday 25 May (Lagavulin open day); the Caol Ila bottling goes on sale at 10:00 am at the distillery on Monday 27 May – in both cases with an allocation of two bottles per customer.
Each release has been bottled at natural cask strength and comes in limited editions of 3,000 individually-numbered bottles.
The Islay Festival Distillery Days 2013 will run from 25th May until 1st June.