It’s not long now until The Scotch Malt Whisky Society returns to Islay House for our yearly pilgrimage to Feis Ile. We’ll be kick starting the Islay Festival of Whisky and Music on Friday, 26 May, celebrating the best local flavours with SMWS single cask, peaty masterclasses

Islay House is one of Scotland’s finest historic mansion houses. Now open as a hotel, including The Peat Cutter Bar, our free open day party provides the perfect opportunity to explore the house and its gardens. Here’s what we’ll be up to…

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ISLAY HOUSE GARDEN OF EDEN
FREE ENTRY, 1PM – LATE

Overlooking Loch Indaal, we’re holding a relaxed and informal garden party on the beautiful lawns at Islay House. Taste and explore a wide range of different flavours from local Islay producers. There will also be music, BBQ, Islay ales and superb whiskies. The renowned Seafood Shack is also back, serving tasty seafood. We’ll carry our garden party celebrations well into the evening with some fantastic Blues music under the bright Islay stars.

WHISKY BAR IS OPEN: EXCLUSIVE CELEBRATORY BOTTLINGS
Open from 1pm
Bottles & drams available to sample

The Peat Cutter Bar will be open from 1pm, serving a wide variety of peaty whiskies from all eight distilleries on the island, including an exclusive range of SMWS bottlings. Out on the lawn, the SMWS will be serving a unique collection of its fine single cask whiskies, selected exclusively from our spiritual home at The Vaults in Leith.
Exclusive celebratory bottlings: This year not only sees the opening of Islay House as a hotel, there will also be a range of different celebratory bottlings available to explore and buy. Keep your eye on our Facebook pages for news on the releases.

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PEATY PAIRING MASTERCLASSESS
SESSIONS: 2.30-3.30pm, 4.30-5.30 and an evening session 6.30-7.30pm

Join SMWS ambassador John McCheyne as we explore the world of peat with different pairing experiences. Enjoy three unique masterclasses and sample different SMWS single cask whiskies each session.

2.30-3.30pm
Peat & Pacari – Whisky & Chocolate
Join us after lunch for some sweet and peat indulgence. Pacari chocolate produce 100% Ecuadorian, organic and biodynamic chocolate. This complex chocolate matched with our peaty whiskies have real ‘WOW’ factor. Sample three whisky and chocolate pairings.

4.30-5.30pm
Hauf n’ Hauf Tasting – Whisky & Islay Ales
An old Scottish tradition done Islay-style. Taste and explore three SMWS whiskies matched with thee pairings from Islay Ales.

6.30-7.30pm
Pearl Dram – Whisky & Islay Oysters
Enjoy some afternoon peaty delight with three sensational single cask whiskies along with half a dozen juicy and fresh local oysters. Explore three rare whiskies and the influence oysters have on their flavour.

BLUES & WHISKY UNDER THE STARS
From 7.30pm
Get your whisky mojo working with our live blues session. The Blueswater will play into the night for those still dancing. A fantastic old-school rhythm and blues band, their high-energy performance is great to watch under the Islay stars, dram in hand.

Tickets are limited so book them now! Visit www.smws.com/events/islay-house-2017