Bruichladdich 1998 Ancien Regime 18.06.98 - Feis Ile 2011 (70cl, 46%)

Bruichladdich 1998 Ancien Regime

Bruichladdich 1998 Ancien Regime 18.06.98 - Feis Ile 2011 (70cl, 46%)

Bottle No 1614 of 2500.

Distilled on 18th June 1998 and bottled 2011, this bourbon matured whisky was limited to only 2,500 bottles and released exclusively at Feis Ile in 2011.

eis Ile, also known as the Islay Festival of Music and Malt had humble beginnings. It traces it origins back to 1985 and the establishment of The Islay Festival Association after it was realised that an event celebrating Gaelic, music and culture would drive tourism to the island. The inaugural event was two weeks of music, drama and workshops with ceilidhs, concerts and dances in the evening. The first whisky tasting took place as a festival event in 1990, and ten years later the island's distilleries began to be directly involved, organising their annual open days to coincide with it. Today it is one of the biggest events on the whisky calendar, annually drawing hundreds of revellers, and turning out an increasingly sought-after batch of limited edition whiskies like this. 

Like its island neighbour Bunnahabhain distillery, Bruichladdich has traditionally been an un-peated single malt, mostly owing to its requirements by the blenders who owned it. The last of these was Whyte & Mackay, who eventually shut it down in 1995, deeming it surplus to requirements. They sold the distillery to Murray McDavid in 2001, who launched the peated Port Charlotte and heavily-peated Octomore single malts in 2006 and 2008. A recommissioned Lomond still also now produces the popular Botanist gin there.

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