Whisky Focus - Lagavulin & Caol Ila Islay Festival 2013 Bottlings

Lagavulin & Caol Ila Islay Festival 2013 Bottlings


21st May  2013
2013 Islay Festival bottlings announced - a Sherry Butt matured Lagavulin 18 year old and a Triple Cask matured Caol Ila.

Every year to celebrate the Islay Festival of Malts & Music, Caol Ila and Lagavulin distilleries release exclusive Festival bottlings which are available for visitors to the distilleries during the Festival.

The Lagavulin and Caol Ila distilleries today revealed the whiskies which they will release during the 2013 Fis le (Islay Festival) which runs from 24th May to 1st June.

Lagavulin Fis le 2013

The Lagavulin 2013 special festival bottling is an 18 year old single malt which was distilled in 1995, it was aged in ex European Oak Sherry Butts, and was personally selected by Lagavulin warehouseman Iain McArthur.

This Sherry Butt matured Lagavilin 18 year old was bottled at its natural cask strength of 51% ABV and is limited to only 3000 individually number bottles.

The Lagavulin  Fis le 2013 bottling goes on sale at 10:00 am at the distillery on Saturday 25th May (Lagavulin open day) with an allocation of two bottles per customer.

Cail Ila Fis le 2013

This years Caol Ila special festival bottling is a little special and unusual, it was distilled in 1998 and it 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 maturation in European oak.

According to my calculations the Cail Ila Fis le 2013 bottling is around 15 years old. Bottled at its natural cask strength and limited to only 3000 individually number bottles.

The Caol Ila Fis le 2013 bottling goes on sale at 10:00 am at the distillery on Monday 27th May with an allocation of two bottles per customer.

Dr Nick Morgan, Diageos Head of Whisky Outreach, commented:

"We are again delighted to have two exceptional whiskies from Lagavulin and Caol Ila which we have bottled for the enjoyment of those visitors who come to celebrate Islays great whiskies and whisky-making traditions with us during the Fis.

"In the past our special single-cask Festival bottlings have sold out very rapidly, leading to disappointment for some visitors, and unfortunately allowing others to profit from their misfortune by re-selling bottles at inflated prices. This was never our intention.

"So this year we are releasing slightly more generous volumes without compromising the quality of our offering. We hope this will enable all Fis visitors who want to buy a bottle as a memento of of their visit to do so."
 

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