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Glen Moray whisky

Glen Moray


Published on: 10/12/18 by Justine

We have a lot of time for Glen Moray here at Fife Whisky Festival HQ. So, we’re delighted to announce that the Speyside distillery, which celebrated its 120th anniversary last year, will be joining us on 9th March 2019.

Glen Moray whisky

Not only does Glen Moray offer affordable, well crafted, single malts for the whisky novice and connoisseur alike, Master Distiller, Graham Coull, has also created such delights as the Mastery; a superb single malt using whisky from the 70s, 80s and 90s released to celebrate the distillery’s 120 years.

Owned by French company La Martiniquaise since 2008, the Elgin distillery offers both peated and unpeated single malts at excellent value for money as part of its Elgin Classic Collection. If you’re looking for today’s lesser spotted age statement, fear not: Glen Moray’s Elgin Heritage Collection includes a 12, 15 and 18 year old in the range.

Be sure to head over to the Glen Moray stand on 9th March to say hi to Emma and Iain!

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NEAT Glass


Published on: 23/11/18 by Justine

The NEAT Glass is returning to the Fife Whisky Festival on 9th March!
NEAT Glass
NEAT, or Naturally Engineered Aroma Technology Glass, was born in the USA in 2003.
This glass is scientifically proven to allow for all the aromas of the spirit to be appreciated without the hidden burn of alcohol on the nose.
Taste and aroma are true measures of a spirit’s quality, defining flavours from the spirit to make your whole experience one to be savoured.
NEAT Glass
Gustavo and the team will be on hand to introduce this pretty neat little glass, talk you through the science behind it and how it can assist in your whisky tasting journey.
 
The NEAT Glass will be available to purchase on the day. 
Murray McDavid whisky

Murray McDavid


Published on: 31/10/18 by Justine

Now, some whisky enthusiasts on social media like to refer to Monday as #MaltMonday. Here at Fife Whisky Festival HQ, we prefer to call it #MurrayMcDavidMonday…

For those of you who have yet to discover this great independent bottler, Murray McDavid offer both single malt and single grain whisky as well as blended malts and well crafted blends.

Murray McDavid whisky

Although mothballed in 1985, Coleburn distillery in Speyside still stands. Not only is it Murray McDavid’s headquarters but its warehouses nurture the casks of whisky which it will later bottle. With the recent news that certain closed distilleries are soon to recommence production, will Murray McDavid resurrect Coleburn as a working distillery? Who knows!? But wouldn’t it be fantastic if they did?

Although the Fife Whisky Festival falls on a Saturday, not a Monday, be sure to head over to the Murray McDavid stand on 9th March where Dean and Paul (formerly of The Creative Whisky Company) will be pouring some cracking whisky for you to taste.

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Loch Lomond Whisky

Loch Lomond Whiskies


Published on: 28/10/18 by Justine

Loch Lomond Distillery is one of the most interesting distilleries in Scotland. It was unique when it first opened in 1994, as it was the only distillery in Scotland which produced both malt and grain whisky. The set up is extraordinary: straight neck pot stills alongside swan neck pot stills, grain coffey stills as well as a coffey still creating spirit from 100% malted barley.

As the latter is not made in a copper pot still, it can’t be called a single malt under Scotch Whisky Association regulations. Therefore, has to be labelled as a single grain whisky.

As well as this single grain release, there are both single malt and blended whisky expressions in the Loch Lomond range.

Named after an island in Loch Lomond, the Inchmurrin range of single malts include the deliciously fruity and juicy Madeira Wood Finish expression.

If peat is your thing, fear not! The peated expressions in the Inchmoan (another island in Loch Lomond) range of single malts demonstrates just how versatile this distillery is!

Be sure to head over to the Loch Lomond Whiskies stand on 9th March. As you can see, there really is something for everybody! Ibon and the team will also be pouring delicious drams from another distillery – Glen Scotia. That, however, is a whole other blog post…

Glen Scotia


Published on: 24/10/18 by Justine

Once referred to as the ‘whisky capital of the world’, with nearly 30 distilleries operating in the 1830s, Campbeltown is now home to just three: Springbank, Glengyle and Glen Scotia.

Originally built in 1832, Glen Scotia (or Scotia as it was known then) has passed through various different hands. However,  much of the original design still remains.

Now, it’s no secret that one half of Fife Whisky Festival HQ has been singing the praises of the Glen Scotia Double Cask for quite a while now; it’s a well made NAS whisky at a decent price and you can’t say fairer than that!

Glen Scotia Whisky

Other expressions in the core range include the 15 years and the Victoriana but you can be sure that Ibon and the team will be bringing plenty of delectable drams with them to the Fife Whisky Festival on 9th March!

Be sure to drop by the Glen Scotia stand on the day to learn more about this amazing distillery and its whisky.

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SMWS

Scotch Malt Whisky Society


Published on: 6/10/18 by Justine

Great news: the world famous Scotch Malt Whisky Society will be joining us for the 2019 Fife Whisky Festival!

Founded in 1983 by Phillip Hills and a group of fellow single malt enthusiasts, the SMWS started out bottling single cask Scotch whisky for their own enjoyment. The venture grew and grew and the rest, as they say, is history.

SMWS

Without naming any of the distilleries on the bottles, this independent bottler encourages you to choose whisky based on their detailed tasting notes. However, rest assured that the SMWS team will be there to point you in the right direction and lend a helping hand should you need it!

SMWS

As well as joining us for the main event, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society will be hosting an exclusive tasting for each session. These tutored tastings will be hosted by Andrew Park, SMWS Brand Ambassador, and are limited to just 12 places each.

We’re looking forward to seeing the tasty treats on offer! Be sure to head over to the SMWS stand on 9th March and enjoy a few drams with Andrew and the team!

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lindores abbey distillery

Lindores Abbey Distillery


Published on: 2/10/18 by Justine

My first visit to Lindores Abbey was back in March 2016 and, as you can see from the photo, work on the distillery had yet to start.

Well, what a difference a couple of years makes! The distillery is complete and the stills are now running. Even though I had visited Lindores a few times since that first ‘pilgrimage’ and thought the distillery would prove to be a well thought out visitor experience, Drew and Helen McKenzie Smith have exceeded expectations.

For those of you who are unaware, it’s widely acknowledged that the Exchequer Roll of 1494 contains the first written reference to whisky in Scotland: John Cor, a monk at Lindores Abbey, was allowed “8 bolls of grain to make aqua vitae for the King”. Therefore, rather than creating gin whilst waiting for their spirit to mature, Lindores have decided to produce aqua vitae; more in keeping with the heritage of the site and the traditions of the Tironensian monks who arrived there in 1191.

Not only is this spectacular distillery the perfect venue for the 2019 Fife Whisky Festival Opening Dinner (read more here), we are delighted that Lindores Abbey Distillery, the newest (and yet, strangely, maybe also the oldest!) Fife distillery, will be joining us once again at the Corn Exchange in Cupar on 9th March.

lindores abbey distillery

Be sure to head over to chat to Drew, Helen, Tim, Andrew and Gary and taste the Lindores ‘water of life’.

lindores abbey distillery

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indie brands

Isle of Arran Distillery


Published on: 26/09/18 by Justine

After five days of glorious sunshine during my visit to Islay in the summer of 2014, I hopped on the ferry headed to Arran. Hoping for more of the same weather whilst visiting ‘Scotland in miniature’, it did, however, proceed to pish it down for the next two days. So, every cloud and all that; I pretty much installed myself at the distillery and this is when I really discovered the Isle of Arran Distillery and its single malt range.

The Isle of Arran distillery was built in 1995 and the first, legal, dram of Arran whisky, in over 160 years, was poured three years later.

The distillery is located in Lochranza, in the north of the island. However, the same owners are making progress with the construction of another distillery, Lagg Distillery, in the south at Brodick. This distillery will be responsible for producing the Isle of Arran’s peated malts and is on track to produce spirit for the first time at the end of February 2019 with the Visitor Centre opening in the Spring.

Arran currently produce peated as well as unpeated whisky and have always been prepared to experiment with a number of cask finishes, with great success.

indie brands

We are over the moon that Isle of Arran Distillers and the Indie Brands team will be returning to the Fife Whisky Festival on 9th March. With a number of expressions to choose from, including cognac as well as whisky, be sure to say hello to the team on the day and enjoy a dram or two from their extensive range.

indie brands

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old pulteney

Inver House Distillers


Published on: 22/09/18 by Justine

Here at Fife Whisky Festival at HQ, we’re looking forward to welcoming the team from Inver House Distillers to next year’s festival on 9th March.

With suberb single malts from Balblair, Pulteney and Knockdhu distilleries, we’re sure that you’ll have plenty to savour and enjoy at the Inver House stand.

Old Pulteney 12 years is a permanent resident in the FWF whisky cabinet; an outstanding, core range dram which should be a go to for everyone. With its recent rebranding, we’re looking forward to trying the new 15 years, 18 years and non-age statement, Huddart.

old pulteney

Situated in Wick, Pulteney is one of the most northerly distilleries on mainland Scotland and with its coastal influence on the maturing whisky, it is rightly known as The Maritime Malt.

Knockdhu distillery is where the AnCnoc single malt is produced. The whisky was given a different name so as not to be confused with the nearby Knockando distillery. However, if you know your Gaelic, you’ll be aware that AnCnoc means ‘black hill’, named after Knock Hill which is known as The Black Hill by the locals.

ancnoc

Balblair distillery, featured in the film The Angels’ Share, produces a Highland single malt. From 2007 onwards, its releases have come in the form of ‘vintages’ rather than age statements as such.  With a fantastic range of both sherry and bourbon cask matured whisky, you’ll be sure to find something to please your taste buds!

With plenty to choose from, make sure you stop by the Inver House stand on the day!

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InchDairnie


Published on: 18/09/18 by Justine

Here at Fife Whisky Festival HQ, we’re delighted that the InchDairnie team will be returning to Cupar on 9th March.

First point: The Glenrothes (the whisky) doesn’t come from Glenrothes (the town); it comes from Rothes in Speyside. Second point: Glenrothes, the town, has its very own distillery and it’s called InchDairnie. Right; that’s cleared that up.

 

Distilling started at InchDairnie at the end of 2015. However, it’s unlikely that you’ll see any InchDairnie whisky on the shelves before 2025. Ian Palmer, who has over 40 years’ experience in the Scotch whisky industry, has decided to wait until the InchDairnie single malt is at least a decade old before releasing it.

In the meantime, InchDairnie produces spirit to be used in Macduff International’s blends and we must remain patient, waiting for its single malt to reach perfection.

What will the InchDairnie team will be pouring?

What’s inside the ‘Black Box’?

You’ll need to head along on 9th March to find out!

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