The SMWS will be back at Islay House to kick start the Islay Festival of whisky and music on Friday 20 May. With breath-taking views over Loch Indaal, beautiful gardens and some of the finest single cask whisky in the world, we look forward to seeing you there.

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Join us for a relaxed and informal Open Day on the beautiful lawns at Islay House – with music, ice cream, BBQ, local craft stalls, ales and of course, some great whisky. We’ll carry our Open Day celebrations well into the evening for those still dancing. The open day is free to attend.

Islay Whisky Festival 2015 Group from The Nakki Servo Whisky Club, Helsinki, Finland left to right... Pauliina (correct double i) Junnikkala Juho Sarasma Johanna Hakoniemi Antti Nissinen Simo Suoheimo

WHEN: 20 MAY 2016 1 – 10PM

Exclusive celebratory bottle
On sale from 1pm
There will be a celebratory bottle available to buy at the Islay House Open Day. Let us introduce you to 127.44 ‘Cantina Mexicana’, this 12yo ex-sherry butt is a real Latino lovely.

127.44 Cantina Mexicana
The nose was snout-grabbing – woody, like old sea chests or a dusty Mexican cantina floor (including leather boots and fag-ends), lots of liquorice; figs and oriental spices, then a beef stew with sherry and smoked paprika in it. The neat taste was simply huge – smoke, ash and burnt sticks; Moffat toffees, Liquorice Allsorts, balsamic pears and Amontillado sherry.
SMWS Members: £120 Non SMWS Members: £240
Drams available: £5

Islay Whisky Festival 2015

Project Flavour Behaviour Test Sessions
2.30-3.30pm, 4.30-5.30pm and evening session 6.30-7.30pm

How would you like to sample rare whiskies and learn something about yourself all in the name of scientific research? Volunteer whisky tasters are required to be guinea pigs at a series of secretive scientific research experiments happening at Islay House for this year’s Feis Ile.

Click here for more information and to sign up.

Islay Whisky Festival 2015. Pilgrims at Islay House

Chilli eating competition
Arriba, Arriba! Andale, Andale! We need some brave gringas and gringos to take part in our chilli eating competition, grand winner will take home an SMWS Feis Ile bottling. Sign-up on the night.

Find out more about Islay House here.