Ardbeg Grooves (?) and other coming Feis Ile 2018 expressions

Ardbeg Day 2018 logo

Ardbeg Grooves & Ardbeg Day 2018

The famous Feis Ile, Islay Festival, is soon here. This year it is held from the 25th of May to 2nd of June.

As usual most of the distilleries on Islay will release a highly sought after special Feis Ile expression. We know so far Ardbeg Grooves will be the release of Ardbeg Day as their Feis Ile 2018 expression

Or is it?

Some bloggers claimed last week it’s completely bogus and the very early release of labels through the US authorities was made just to start a hype and to confuse whisky sites/blogs around the world. Our bet is still on Ardbeg Grooves since Ardbeg themselves this weekend emailed members of the Ardbeg Committee implying this year?Ardbeg Day whisky will be there grooviest so far, and the fact that the logos they used are the same as the ones showing on Ardbeg Grooves labels.

Anyway, we all got something to write about and the hype intensifies!

SMWS Feis Ile 2018

Another Feis Ile 2018 released surfaced late last week, this time from SMWS. The SMWS 29.241 is a 20-year-old single cask from Laphroaig called “A perfect moment – In celebration of Feis Ile 2018”, it has been bottled at 49.3% cask strength. 240 bottles are available. Since these labels are from the US database we are not entirely sure if this is a US-release only or if it means some of the 240 bottles will be sold in the US.

SMWS 29.241