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Inver House Distillers


Published on: 29/11/19 by Justine

Here at Fife Whisky Festival HQ, we’re looking forward to welcoming back the team from Inver House Distillers to next year’s festival on 7th March.

Inver House Fife Whisky Festival

With superb 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.  After recently rebranding, the new 15 years, 18 years and non-age statement, Huddart, went down well with Fife Whisky Festival goers earlier this year.

Inver House Fife Whisky Festival

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 locals.

Inver House Fife Whisky Festival

Balblair distillery, featured in the film The Angels’ Share, produces a Highland single malt. From 2007 onwards, its releases came in the form of ‘vintages’.  However, the distillery has now moved in favour of age statements with four expressions (12 years, 15 years, 18 years and 25 years in the portfolio) all bottled at 46%.  With a fantastic range of both sherry and bourbon cask matured whisky, you’ll be sure to find something to please your taste buds!

Inver House Fife Whisky Festival

With so much to choose from, make sure you stop by the Inver House stand and enjoy a dram or two with Krissa and Gordon!

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Fraiser Scotch Whisky Liqueur

Fraiser Whisky Liqueur


Published on: 27/11/19 by Justine

For those of you partial to a cheeky malternative now and then, we have the perfect thing! The good folk from Fraiser will be bringing their tasty whisky liqueur to the Fife Whisky Festival for the third year in a row!

Fraiser Fife Whisky Festival

Fraiser is a unique whisky liqueur; a blend of Scotch whisky infused with wild strawberries. At previous FWF events, it’s safe to say that this has gone down a storm.

Created by John Smith, who spent over 35 years in the whisky industry, including time at Glenmorangie as Head Blender, this delicious liqueur is perfect for both new and seasoned whisky drinkers alike who are looking for something a little different.

Fraiser Fife Whisky Festival

As well as the wild strawberries, there are notes of vanilla, almond and cinnamon which, when blended with the Scotch whisky, give Fraiser its unique taste.

It’s ideal for cocktails and both Norman and Donald will talk you through some of the recipes and give you an opportunity to taste them. How about a Strawberry and Elderflower Fizz? Or a Fraiser Royal?

Fraiser Fife Whisky Festival

Of course, bottles will be available to buy on the day through our onsite retailer, Luvians, so that you can try out these cocktail suggestions, and some creations of your own, at home.

We’re delighted that Norman and Donald will be returning to the Corn Exchange in Cupar for the third Fife Whisky Festival. Be sure to head over to the Fraiser stand to say hi and enjoy some of their strawberrylicious liqueur!

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NEAT Glass


Published on: 21/11/19 by Justine

We’re delighted that NEAT Glass will return to the Fife Whisky Festival on 7th March!

This will be their third year in a row at the Corn Exchange in Cupar and we’re looking forward to welcoming them back to the Kingdom.

NEAT Glass Fife Whisky Festival

The NEAT, or Naturally Engineered Aroma Technology Glass, was born in the USA in 2003 and has been designed to allow for all the aromas of the spirit to be appreciated without the hidden burn of alcohol on the nose. The neck of the glass intensifies the aromas of the spirit whilst the flared rim spreads the alcohol molecules separating essences from ethanol.
 
If this sounds a bit sciencey and if, like us, science wasn’t your strongest subject at school, that might not make too much sense. Which is why Gustavo and the team will be on hand to explain the science behind it all.

NEAT Glass

At previous Fife Whisky Festivals, the NEAT Glass has proved popular with festival goers due to its ability to remove the astringency of alcohol burn. It not only works with whisky, but also with gin, rum and cognac; any spirits in fact.

If you’re used to a Glencairn or a copita glass, it might take a little getting used to. However, there’s a shape and style of glass for everyone so head over to the NEAT Glass stand and give it a go.

If you like it – and we think you will! – this wee glass will be available to purchase on the day. 

 

Glen Moray whisky

Glen Moray


Published on: 15/11/19 by Justine

These are exciting times for Glen Moray and we’re therefore delighted that the team will be joining us for a Fife Whisky Festival hat-trick in March 2020!

Glen Moray Fife Whisky Festival

Graham Coull has started the next chapter in his whisky (or whiskey) story to become master distiller at Dingle Distillery in Ireland. Succeeding Graham is Dr Kirstie McCallum who is now Glen Moray’s head of whisky creation.

Kirstie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her years at (what is now) Distell including three years as Senior Blender. Dr McCallum will continue to develop the range of Glen Moray single malts as well as the blends in the company’s portfolio such as Label 5 and, recently acquired, Cutty Sark.

Recent additions to the single malt range include the delicious 21 year old Portwood Finish which forms part of the Elgin Heritage collection. Another recent release, this time as part of the Curiosity Collection (which also includes the Cider Cask Project from 2018) is the tasty Rhum Agricole Cask Finish Project – 10 year old Glen Moray whisky finished in AOC Rhum casks for approximately 24 months.

As one member of the team is looking forward to a new addition of her own (congratulations to Emma!), we can’t wait to welcome Iain back to the Kingdom in March to showcase the Glen Moray range.

Glen Moray has rightly proved to be a big hit with Fife Whisky Festival goers, offering something for everyone’s palates. Be sure to head over to see Iain and the team on 7th March and enjoy a dram and a blether.

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Murray McDavid


Published on: 5/11/19 by Justine

Those fantastic folk at Murray McDavid are returning for their third Fife Whisky Festival in a row and we’re absolutely delighted to welcome them back to the Kingdom!

Murray McDavid Fife Whisky Festival

For those of you who have yet to discover this award winning independent bottler, Murray McDavid offers both single malt and single grain whisky as well as blended malts and well crafted blends within their acclaimed portfolio.

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.

Using casks from all around the world, this is where Murray McDavid’s team practises the ‘Art of Maturation’. The team has had a hard time of things of late; they’ve been busy assessing the hundreds of casks to be able to select those ready for bottling. It’s a difficult job but someone has to do it 😉

We’re looking forward to tasting some of these new releases in the not too distant future. Whether single malts from the Benchmark, Mystery Malts or Mission Gold ranges; single grains from the Select Grain range; blended malts from The Vatting range or whisky from the Crafted Blend range, Murray McDavid has got it covered. We’re quite sure there’ll be something for everyone!

Murray McDavid Fife Whisky Festival

Murray McDavid’s whisky has proved to be a big hit with Fife Whisky Festival goers at previous events and we can’t wait to welcome back the team to Cupar on 7th March for more of the same next year. Be sure to head over to their stand and chat to Paul (and perhaps Dean?) over a dram or two!

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James Eadie Fife Whisky Festival

James Eadie


Published on: 28/10/19 by Justine

James Eadie will be returning to the Fife Whisky Festival! Well, not the man himself. That would really be something else seeing as though he died in the early 1900s. However, his whisky legacy lives on in the form of the independent bottler of the same name, having been revived by James Eadie’s great-great grandson, Rupert Patrick.

Leon and Hugh from James Eadie have joined us at our previous festivals and their single cask bottlings have gone down a treat with festival goers. Last year, the cask strength Benrinnes 13 years, finished in a Madeira cask, proved popular. And, without wishing to sound biased here, the 21 years single grain from Fife’s own Cameronbridge was a cracking dram!

James Eadie Fife Whisky Festival

With most of the range being either single cask or small batch releases, there’ll undoubtedly be some changes and new additions to the James Eadie stand come March 2020.

James Eadie Fife Whisky Festival

As well as a superb lineup of single malt and single grain whiskies, Trademark X – James Eadie’s blended whisky – also went down a storm. 

Having tracked down the old ledgers, and tasted a sample from one of the last remaining bottles from the 1940s, Rupert Patrick set out to recreate the old Trademark X blend. The result is a lovely, well-balanced, peaty blended Scotch whisky bottled at 45.6%.

James Eadie Fife Whisky Festival

We’re really looking forward to welcoming back the James Eadie team to the Corn Exchange in Cupar and are delighted they’ve decided to make it a Fife Whisky Festival hat-trick!

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SMWS Fife Whisky Festival

Scotch Malt Whisky Society


Published on: 27/10/19 by Justine

The world famous Scotch Malt Whisky Society joined us for the first time for 2019’s Fife Whisky Festival  and we’re delighted to let you know that the SMWS team will be returning to Cupar for 2020’s event.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Fife Whisky Festival

Founded in 1983 at The Vaults in Leith by Phillip Hills and a group of fellow single malt enthusiasts, the SMWS started out bottling single cask Scotch whisky for their own enjoyment.

This was a bold move at the time. For the most part, very little whisky was bottled as single malts (let alone cask strength!) up to this point as the market was mostly focused on blended whisky. Moreover, there was also a downturn in the demand for Scotch whisky at this time and, in order to cut costs, production needed to be reduced and, in the case of some distilleries, stopped altogether. Despite all this, the SMWS grew and grew and the rest, as they say, is history.

Without naming any of the distilleries on the bottles, this independent bottler encourages you to choose whisky based on their detailed (and wonderfully flamboyant) tasting notes. Rest assured that, on the day, Andrew Park (SMWS’ Brand Ambassador) and the rest of the team will be there to point you in the right direction and lend a helping hand should you need it!

SMWS Fife Whisky Festival

As well as joining us for the main event, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society will be hosting an exclusive masterclass during Session 2. This tutored tasting is limited to just 12 places and, at the time of writing, this masterclass has already sold out. However, please drop us a line if you’d like to be added to the waiting list.

We’re looking forward to seeing the tasty treats on offer! Be sure to head over to the SMWS stand on 7th March and enjoy a few drams with Andrew and the team!

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Adelphi Fife Whisky Festival

Adelphi


Published on: 26/10/19 by Justine

The team from Adelphi has decided to make it a hat trick and we’re absolutely delighted that they’ll be returning to Cupar in March 2020!

Adelphi Fife Whisky Festival

This independent bottler, with strong links to Fife, bottles single cask, cask strength whisky with the number of bottles ranging from 100 to 700. The whisky is all naturally coloured, non-chill filtered and absolutely delicious.

Focusing primarily on flavour, Alex Bruce and the Adelphi team only accept around 4% of the casks they are offered. Only once these special casks are identified and selected, bottling of these single cask, limited edition whiskies can take place.

Adelphi Fife Whisky Festival

As for the Adelphi team, well, they’re a busy bunch of people. As well as their single cask offerings, Adelphi has collaborated with Fusion Whisky to create whiskies fused from Scotch and single malt whisky sourced from distilleries around the world. As well as creating The Glover in 2015 – a fusion of Scotch and Japanese malt whiskies – we’ve also seen subsequent releases including The E & K (Scotch and Indian whiskies) and Winter Queen (Scotch and Dutch whiskies).

Earlier in 2014, the company also opened their very own distillery; Ardnamurchan. Situated on the (you guessed it) Ardnamurchan peninsula near Glenbeg, the Ardnamurchan spirit has already garnered much praise from the whisky community. This year, the distillery won the Community Contribution of the Year at the inaugural Scottish Whisky Awards and, Operations Director, Gordon Hamilton, recently saw his hard work in the Scotch whisky industry recognised and rewarded by being inaugurated as a Keeper of the Quaich in October.

Adelphi Fife Whisky Festival

We’re absolutely delighted that the team(s) behind Adelphi, Ardnamurchan and Fusion Whisky will be returning to the 2020 Fife Whisky Festival on 7th March. Be sure to pay them a visit on the day – they’ll have plenty of great whisky for you to choose from!

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Eden Mill


Published on: 23/10/19 by Justine

With the renaissance of whisky making in Fife now in full swing, we’re delighted that the Kingdom’s own Eden Mill will be returning to the Corn Exchange in Cupar, for the third year running, to join us for 2020’s Fife Whisky Festival.

Eden Mill Fife Whisky Festival

As well as celebrating the talents of so many whisky makers from all over Scotland, and further afield, a Fife Whisky Festival wouldn’t be quite right without our local distilleries showcasing their whisky wares!

Although whisky making has only returned to Guardbridge fairly recently, the place itself has quite the whisky making heritage. Converted to a paper mill in 1872, it was previously known as Seggie Distillery, founded in 1810 by none other than William Haig of the illustrious Haig whisky dynasty. The distillery continued until 1860 when it was transformed into the Guard Bridge Paper Mill.

In 2012, the site reopened as Eden Mill Brewery and distilling returned to Guardbridge two years afterwards. Using smaller size casks for maturation, and employing an innovative wood policy, Eden Mill’s whisky came of legal age in 2018 with the release of the distillery’s own single malt whisky in April 2018.

The release of the Hip Flask Series proved incredibly popular at 2019’s Fife Whisky Festival.  Bottled in 20cl bottles, this range of single cask expressions highlights the different mashbills, the different processes and the different maturation techniques including the use of different casks which can all take place when producing small batch whisky. 

Fife Whisky Festival

Eden Mill is currently in the process of a £4 million expansion project to build its brand new distillery at the Guardbridge site. This will allow the team to increase their production of whisky (as well as gin and beer) in addition to offering a more in depth visitor experience.

Eden Mill Fife Whisky Festival

We’re looking forward to welcoming back the Eden Mill team to 2020’s Fife Whisky Festival!

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Isle of Arran Distillery Fife Whisky Festival

Isle of Arran Distillery


Published on: 3/10/19 by Justine

The Isle of Arran Distillery will be returning to the Corn Exchange in Cupar on 7th March 2020 to showcase their whisky wares for the third Fife Whisky Festival.

We’re delighted that the Arran team will be joining us again and we’re sure that you are too! At our previous events, their whisky has proved to be a big hit and we’re certain it will be much of the same for next year.

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.

Recently, history was made once again. Whereas the first distillery is located in Lochranza, in the north of the island, construction of a second distillery, Lagg Distillery, in the south at Brodick is now complete. The distillery at Lagg will be responsible for producing the Isle of Arran’s peated malts. It produced its first spirit in March 2019 with the Visitor Centre opening its doors a few months later in July.

Isle of Arran Distillery Fife Whisky Festival

As if the team wasn’t busy enough, the core range of Lochranza malts has recently undergone a make over. Now sporting a brand new look, the new branding is simple and elegant.

 

We are, of course, over the moon that the Isle of Arran Distillery and the Indie Brands teams will be returning to the Fife Whisky Festival on 7th March.

With a number of expressions to choose from, including cognac as well as whisky, be sure to drop by their stand on the day and enjoy a dram or two from their extensive range.

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