One of 4000 Bottles
Fèis Ìle (the Islay Festival of Whisky and Music) was founded by the local people of Islay in 1986 to celebrate the heritage and culture of Isle of Islay and to provide a pan cultural and activity based series of events.
Each of Islay distilleries commemorates the event with a special bottling. A 1989 Vintage Laphroaig, bottled at 17 years old, was released for the Friends of Laphroaig in time of 2007 Fèis Ìle. The bottling also celebrated the opening of the Friends’ lounge at the distillery. The cask strength edition (50.3% abv) was limited to 4000 bottles.
Nose: smoky and salty, with notes of seaweed and iodine, hints of grass and anise, vanilla, bananas, apples, orange peel and rather muted oaky notes.
Palate: pretty complex, peaty and slightly oily, sea breeze, vanilla, cotton candy, milk chocolate, bananas, white pepper, ginger, pinch of salt and some oak.
Finish: long and warming, sweet and smoky, vanilla, tropical fruits and delicate oaky dryness.