The world’s most famous whisky festival is returning in virtual form from 28 May-6 June 2021 and we’ve got plans of our own to mark the occasion. Here’s a rundown of what to expect from The MoM Islay Festival celebration.

In previous years we’d currently be packing our bags and bracing ourselves for the awkward journey to the Queen of the Hebrides to spend 10 days in the company of whisky, music and wildlife fans at The Islay Festival of Music and Malt, or Fèis Ìle.

Islay online

For the second year running, however, we’re stuck at home and left with the task of celebrating Islay’s spirit, culture and beauty from afar. But we’re going to champion what we’ve got rather than curse what we’ve lost by putting together ten days of festival-based content for you to enjoy alongside the virtual event itself.

Following the schedule of the festival, we’ll post a new feature on our blog for each distillery. From the origins of the Smoky Cokey to the tales of trains, planes and ferries, we’ll have an original tale for every brand to enrich your festival experience. We’ll also let you know what each brand is up to on its designated day and what distillery exclusives to look out for. 

Alongside this, there will be daily Islay whisky deals as well as cocktail and food recipes to enjoy and even an Islay memories playlist on Spotify to get you in the festival mood while you read. All part of the plan to bring the magic of Islay to you.

Below is a timetable for each distillery day, be sure to add the following dates to your diary. Check out the festival website for a full breakdown of what each distillery will be up to, and bear in mind that event times and links could be subject to change.

So, come and join us on the Master of Malt blog every day with a dram in hand and a song in your heart to toast whisky’s most iconic celebration. Slàinte mhath!

The Master of Malt Islay Festival 2021

Wish we were here

Our Islay schedule

-Day One: Ardnahoe (Friday 28th)
-Day Two: Lagavulin (Saturday 29th)
-Day Three: Bruichladdich (Sunday 30th)
-Day Four: Caol Ila (Monday 31st)
-Day Five: Laphroaig (Tuesday 1st)
-Day Six: Bowmore (Wednesday 2nd)
-Day Seven: Kilchoman (Thursday 3rd)
-Day Eight: Bunnahabhain (Friday 4th)
-Day Nine: Ardbeg (Saturday 5th)
-Day Ten: Jura (Sunday 6th)