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Issue 146 - Feis Ile Flip Fest

Whisky Magazine Issue 146
September 2017


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Feis Ile Flip Fest

The recent Islay festival has thrown up a raft of auction botles

This year's Fèis Ìle produced a record number of collectible Islay whiskies, with many festivalgoers braving the morning queues to buy up bottles to resell at auction to offset the costs of their trip. Additionally, there were ancillary releases to enjoy from independent bottlers including the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Douglas Laing, Elements of Islay, Loch Fyne, and The Vintage Malt Whisky Company. This year, flipping was facilitated by the presence of some well-known whisky auction companies on the island, offering to relieve you of your bottles more or less as soon as you exited the distillery gift shop. Whisky Auctioneer had a daily drop-off point in Bowmore town square to help compile their dedicated Fèis Ìle auction, while Just Whisky promoted their auction as the first opportunity to sell after the festival. The auction houses recognise this annual bonanza is good for business, and it widens access to Fèis Ìle bottlings to those whisky drinkers and collectors who cannot make the trip. The stage was set for an almighty Flip Fest; distillery competing against distillery, official producers competing against independent bottlers, auction house against auction house in a sellers' market, flippers competing against flipper for high prices, and bidders competing against bidder to get their hands on the rarest bottles. Who achieved the best prices? Can it fund your trip next year? We have all the answers.

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