Our good friends at InchDairnie Distillery will be nipping over from Glenrothes to Cupar to return to the third Fife Whisky Festival on 7th March 2020.
The team will be returning with the now famous InchDairnie Black Box where you’ll be able to hear all about how the spirit is produced including the different grains used and the flavour profiles achieved as a result.
Not only do you hear all of this information from the highest authority i.e. Scott the distiller, you’ll also have an opportunity to taste the spirit and judge for yourself.
Distilling started at InchDairnie at the end of 2015 but it’s unlikely that you’ll see any of its whisky on the shelves before 2025. Ian Palmer, managing director of InchDairnie Distillery, has over 40 years’ experience in the Scotch whisky industry and has decided to wait until the whisky has reached perfection before releasing it.
Although InchDairnie produces spirit to be used in Macduff International’s blends, we must therefore remain patient. We know that the distillery’s first release will be Ryelaw – a rye whisky – and it’s believed to be the return of the use of rye in Scotch whisky for the first time in over 100 years.
In the meantime, you can try the different types of spirit at next year’s Fife Whisky Festival including that made using a mash with a high proportion of malted rye.
The Black Box has proved to be a big hit with Fife Whisky Festival goers in previous years. What else will the team be pouring for 2020’s event? You’ll just have to head over there to find out.
At the time of writing, plans are well underway for the third Fife Whisky Festival and we’re delighted that Paul John Whisky has decided to join us to score their hat trick too!
Not only are we celebrating the revival of whisky making in Fife as well as revering the abundance of fantastic whiskies from all over Scotland, here at Fife Whisky Festival HQ we’re also big fans of Paul John: a whisky from much further afield.
Paul John single malt whisky hails from Goa, India. Made from barley grown at the ‘foothills of the Himalayas’, and with both peated and unpeated expressions in the range, these single malts have won award after award and all have proven to be a big hit with Fife Whisky Festival goers.
In the Flagship range, the Brilliance, Edited and Bold expressions are bottled at 46% and are all unchillfiltered. The Select Cask range, however, includes higher strength bottlings with whisky chosen from specific casks creating more distinct flavour profiles.
The distillery has also recently experimented with different cask finishes with one such experiment resulting in The Oloroso, bottled at 57.4%.
The climate in Goa, where the warehouses are situated, causes the whisky to mature differently to that in Scotland for example. The higher temperatures not only ‘accelerate’ the maturation process but also increase the rate of evaporation. The angels’ share in Scotland is often quoted as being around 2% per year; in India it’s thought to be as high as 10%. And we thought we had happy angels here!
We’re delighted that The Great Indian Single Malt is returning to 2020’s Fife Whisky Festival with either Shilton or Craig (or maybe even both – what a fantastic double act that would be!) guiding you through the superb Paul John range.
The first time we came across Morrison and Mackay was at the inaugural Home of Whisky Festival which took place at the Salutation Hotel in Perth in 2014. Kenny MacKay’s masterclass (and it was exactly that) was great and we’ve been fans of the Càrn Mòr range since.
Therefore, we were delighted when Morrison and Mackay joined us for the inaugural Fife Whisky Festival last year and we’re over the moon that they’re coming back in 2019!
Morrison and Mackay are independent bottlers of single malt whisky and have also brought the Old Perth blend back to life after an absence of nearly 30 years. They also describe themselves as ‘compounders of the finest Scottish liqueurs’. Compounders; what a great word!
Whether it’s from the Càrn Mòr Celebration of the Cask, the Strictly Limited or the Beinn a’Cheò ranges, all their whiskies are non-chill filtered, ensuring that all those lovely lipids remain to deliver some delicious drams.
Make sure you head over to the Morrison and MacKay stand on 9th March. As well as pouring samples of some great whisky, they may also tell you all about their new distillery, just across the border, in Aberargie…
Undertaking some research here at Fife Whisky Festival HQ, we started to become a little worried about Fraiser Whisky Liqueur. You see, we discovered that soon after they launched this strawberry whisky liqueur, it became the top selling brand at the Glasgow Whisky Festival, the Whisky Stramash, Drambusters and Ooshka. That success continued at Whisky Live London and the Stirling Whisky Festival, the following year, as well as at the National Whisky Festival in Glasgow. So we were concerned as to whether they would have enough for the good people of Fife. There was no need to panic; there was plenty to go around for last year’s Fife Whisky Festival goers!
Created by the former Head Blender for Glenmorangie, John Smith, Fraiser launched this whisky liqueur infused with wild strawberries in 2015. Since then, they’ve gone from strength to strength.
We’re delighted that the team from Fraiser is returning to the 2019 Fife Whisky Festival. Make sure you head over to their stand on 9th March and try this innovative whisky liqueur. If you like it, and we’re sure you will, our advice would be to purchase your bottle straight away; they have a tendency to sell out, you know!
Konrad Borkowski is an award winning photographer and author specialising in documentary, lifestyle and whisky photography. He lives on the Isle of Jura, but photographs mainly on the whisky island of Islay as well as other locations worldwide.
His images have featured in a variety of publications including The Times, Planet Golf, GQ Germany, Italian Internazionale and Cathay Pacific Discovery Magazine. He has also worked on a range of commissions from corporate clients such as Moët Hennessy, Beam Suntory, Whyte & Mackay and Kilchoman Distillery.
Konrad is the co-author of the book “Whisky Island” of which he produced all the photographs. On 9th March, he will be displaying his whisky themed limited and open edition photographic prints from the book in addition to his latest assignments.
We’re delighted that Konrad will be joining us once again for the 2019 Fife Whisky Festival!
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.
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!
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 McDavidoffer both single malt and single grain whisky as well as blended malts and well crafted blends.
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.
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…
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!
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.