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!
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 Whisky: 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 – more than 200 awards in 6 years in fact!
We’re delighted that The Great Indian Single Malt is returning to 2019’s Fife Whisky Festival. Both the Flagship and Select Cask expressions in the Paul John range proved to be a big hit with festival goers last year. So make sure you head over to see Shilton at the Paul John stand on 9th March and give them a try.
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.
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 SMWSstarted out bottling single cask Scotch whisky for their own enjoyment. The venture 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 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!
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!
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 AbbeyDistillery, 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.
Be sure to head over to chat to Drew, Helen, Tim, Andrew and Gary and taste the Lindores ‘water of life’.