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Bunnahabhain Virtual ‘Feis at Home’ Feis Ile 2020

17th May 2020
Bunnahabhain Virtual ‘Feis at Home’ celebration set to keep the Feis Ile 2020 festival spirit thriving with tasting kits priced at £16.50 now available to allow whisky fans to join in from the comfort of their own home.

Bunnahabhain Virtual ‘Feis at Home’ Feis Ile 2020

As I am sure you are all more than well aware, the world famous annual Feis Ile music and malt festival on Islay is sadly cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but fans of the the Bunnahabhain single malt whisky will be pleased to hear that the Islay distillery is launching an online alternative, a virtual Bunnahabhain ‘Feis-at-Home’ celebration to keep the festival spirit thriving for 2020.

Bunnahabhain will be throwing its virtual doors open and transporting whisky fans to the shores of Islay via a special live tasting of not one, but two new festival editions. Distillery Manager Andrew Brown will be joined by Master Blender Julianne Fernandez, Master Distiller Stephen Woodcock and Visitor Centre Manager Dr Billy Sinclair for the live stream on Friday 29th of May from 8pm. The group will lead drinkers through a tasting and take part in a panel discussion about the two limited-edition expressions being released to mark the occasion.

People will be able to join along with the tasting using a sampling kit available to buy online, which will include the two new expressions, plus an extra special 'mystery dram' - the details around which will be revealed on the night.

Tasting kits available to purchase from the Bunnahabhain website priced at £16.50, they 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. Eagle eyed 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.”

On sale information on Bunnahabhain’s new festival editions will be announced later this week.

  • Bunnahabhain’s virtual ‘Feis at Home’ events will take place on Friday the 29th of May
  • A virtual tasting and panel discussion of two new festival editions will take place at at 8pm (BST)
  • Live streams from the distillery on Islay will take place at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6.30pm (BST)
  • Join in on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Bunnahabhain

Tasting kits can be purchased from, priced at £16.50: www.bunnahabhain.com Please ensure orders are placed by 25th of May (UK) or 18th of May (rest of world) to avoid disappointment.

You will also find the current Bunnahabhain whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

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