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Independent whisky brand Elements of Islay is releasing Beach Bonfire, a limited edition of 288 bottles which will be exclusively available at Islay’s whisky festival Fèis Ìle (26 May to 3 June 2023).

Bottled at 57.2% ABV, the blended whisky is matured in new oak, bourbon refill and sherry casks. The result is “a powerful, herbaceous Islay malt with a rich, complex profile, laden with bonfire ember smoke and a sweet spice finish”.

The brand’s head blender Oliver Chilton took inspiration for the new expression from a bonfire night where colours, smoke, flames, and sand all collided on a beach. Sounds like an interesting evening.

“We’re thrilled to present this blended malt for Fèis Ìle 2023,” said Chilton. “Beach Bonfire takes three distinct Islay spirits matured in a variety of different cask styles to bring a singular location and experience to life through flavour. The chance to condense and reimagine the incredible atmosphere of Islay’s coast by bonfire light into a glass of whisky is another step on our journey as blenders.”

Beach Bonfire is the first release from Elements of Islay since the re-launch of its core range last autumn. Like the rest of the range, Beach Bonfire is non-chill filtered and retains its natural colour.

Elements of Islay, Beach Bonfire, 70cl, 57.2% ABV, RSP £79.95 will be available exclusively at the Islay Whisky shop. A series of sampling sessions will also take place at the retailer.