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Mac-Talla To Launch New Expression At Fèis Ìle 2023 Festival

Islay single malt brand Mac-Talla recently announced a second limited-edition release in celebration of the island’s Fèis Ìle 2023 festival.

A statement from the Islay brand notes that this expression builds on their core range of Islay whiskies, with each expression demonstrating the diversity of the Scottish island, featuring specially selected cask types and maturation styles.

For this year’s release, the Mac-Talla team selected 26 casks of Islay single malt, with the influence of PX Sherry casks that bring a fruity sweetness, as well as structure and depth to this smoky Islay malt.

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Islay single malt brand Mac-Talla recently announced a second limited-edition release in celebration of the island’s Fèis Ìle 2023 festival. (image via Mac-Talla)

The whisky itself will be launched during this month’s Fèis Ìle, Islay’s annual festival celebrating the island’s whisky and heritage. The official festival bottling will be available in the UK starting June 1st.

Its official launch is part of a program of events at Fèis Ìle 2023, starting with a Journey of Taste Whisky Dinner on May 30th at the Machrie Luxury Hotel and Golf Links, and ending with a festival day at the Machrie on June 1st with live music, games and barbecue.

Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers have history and connection with Islay, spanning four generations of whisky brokers, bottlers, blenders and distillers. The Morrison family owned and operated Bowmore Distillery for several years.

Douglas Crawford, managing director for Morrison, said that launching Mac-Talla PX as a limited edition Fèis Ìle bottling on Islay is a special event for Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers.

“Our company’s close ties with Islay continue and we are proud to represent the high-quality output of Islay’s distilleries with our Mac-Talla range,” he said. “Mac-Talla Pedro Ximénez Fèis Ìle 2023 is a complex whisky with the perfect balance of jammy sweetness and peat. A sweet, smoky symphony of burnt toffee, stewed berries and maritime smoke.”

Niel Hendriksz, sales director for Morrison, added that the results of the PX maturation on this smoky Islay single malt brings sweetness that settles the peat, “adding structure and depth, resulting in a deliciously complex balance.”

Mac-Talla Limited Edition: Pedro Ximénez Fèis Ìle 2023 clocks in at 54.6% ABV and has a suggested retail price of £72.

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