Whisky Focus - Scotch Malt Whisky Society Unveils Islay House Open Day Programme

The SMWS Unveils Islay House Open Day Programme

10th May 2018
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society set to kick of the Feis Ile, The Islay Festival of Music and Malt, by hosting a free relaxed garden party on the beautiful lawns of Islay House.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 2018 Islay & Speyside Festival Bottlings

If you will be lucky enough to be heading to Islay for Feis Ile, The Islay Festival of Music and Malt which takes place between the 25th May–2nd June you may want to stop by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society's Islay House Open Day on the 25th May.

Islay House Open Day
The Society will kick off the festival by hosting a relaxed garden party on the beautiful lawns of Islay House, overlooking Loch Indaal. With free entry, this open day will welcome SMWS members and non-members alike to come along and enjoy the start of the festival.

Islay Ales and Islay Oysters will be on the menu throughout the day as well as a wide range of rare and fabulous SMWS whiskies.

From 4pm, Islay House’s Michelin-starred executive chef Alex Floyd, will be offering a mouth-watering seafood barbecue. Visitors will be treated to live Scottish music from a mix of bands including Simon Moran as well as a range of local craft stalls and exhibits which will be on display throughout the afternoon.

From 7.30pm, a spectacular evening of music and malt awaits, as the Islay party ramps up and continues well into the night.

Islay House Open Day: Free entry from 1pm – late (BBQ from 4pm onwards)


SMWS brand ambassador John McCheyne will be hosting a special regional event where he will explore the world of peat. Called the “Region Rumble”, guests will have the opportunity to taste, explore and vote for five SMWS celebratory bottlings to determine their favourite. Islay superfans will be tempted with two exclusive bottlings from Speyside.

Open Day: Friday 25th May
Region Rumble: Speyside v Islay: 2.30-3.30pm. Ticket price: £30

John McCheyne, will also host a number of SMWS tasting masterclasses throughout the festival. Guests will sample different drams, including at least one of the limited edition Islay Festival bottlings. John will lead the discussions, taking guests on a peaty journey where they are invited to explore the world of peaty single cask whiskies before voting for their favourite.

Tastings will take place at Islay House on:
Open Day: Friday 25th May: 4.30-5.30pm & 7.00-8.00pm
Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th, & Wednesday 30th May at 3.00-4.00pm. Ticket price: £20

The Society partner bar, The Peat Cutter at Islay House, will be open from 1.00pm, serving a wide variety of Islay malts from all distilleries on the island, including a rare selection of bottlings from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Out on the lawn, the SMWS will be serving a unique collection of its fine single cask whiskies, selected exclusively from its spiritual home at The Vaults in Leith.

For those fortunate enough to be travelling to the Islay Festival of Music and Malt, the SMWS will be releasing (Laphroaig) 29.244: Weaving wondrous dreams. To reward members who have made the journey to attend the Islay festival, this limited edition will only be available for existing and new members to purchase on the island.

The bottling is an 8-year-old peated whisky from a refill ex-bourbon barrel. With only 222 bottles available to members, this will be a very limited edition and sought-after bottle.

If you are not fortunate enough to be travelling to the Islay Festival of Music and Malt and you missed the Speyside Festival don't worry you can still get your hands on nine special limited edition SMWS festival bottlings which will be available to SMWS members from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society website

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