Ben Nevis went down a storm at last year’s Fife Whisky Festival! So we’re delighted that the team has chosen to return to Cupar and, this time, they’ll be bringing a very special release with them.
Ben Nevis Distillery was established in 1825 in Fort William by John Macdonald. It’s one of the oldest (licensed) distilleries in Scotland uniquely situated at the foot of Scotland’s / Britain’s highest mountain.
For a number of years, the distillery was owned by Joseph Hobbs who also owned Lochside distillery. Both distilleries shared one characteristic; they both produced not only malt, but also grain, whisky in the same building.
The Japanese distilling giant, Nikka, now owns Ben Nevis distillery and approximately half of all its new make spirit is sent to them to use in their Nikka blends.
However, the distillery produces some superb spirit to be matured here in Scotland culminating in some wonderful whisky ! As well as some very fine single malts, the range includes the Nevis Dew blends and McDonald’s Glencoe blended malt.
Be sure to head over to the Ben Nevis stand on 9th March and say hi to the team!
Angels’ Nectar, inspired by the Angels’ share, is a new range of blended malts from Highfern, a company founded in 2014 by Robert Ransom who was previously at Glenfarclas.
There are currently two expressions in the range; The First Edition is a blend of carefully selected Highland and Speyside malts and The Peat Edition is as the name suggests. However, with the latter, the whiskies are Highland single malts. So we’re talking Highland peat here rather than the Islay kind; expect more smoke and lovely heather notes rather than the TCP/antiseptic qualities which have become so closely associated with peated whisky.
Both blended malts are extremely well balanced and, dare we say, extremely easy to drink!
Angels’ Nectar will be joining us for the first time at 2019’s Fife Whisky Festival! Be sure to head over to see Robert and the team and enjoy some of the whisky those pesky angels missed.
We’re delighted that Whyte and Mackay will be showcasing their whisky wares at this year’s Fife Whisky Festival. And what a showcase it’s shaping up to be!
Pouring single malts from Dalmore, Jura, Fettercairn and Tamnavulin distilleries, Scott and the team will also be pouring their famous Whyte and Mackay, Shackleton and The Woodsman blends.
When James Whyte and Charles Mackay set up in partnership in 1882, it was shortly afterwards that they released their own blended whisky under their names: Whyte and Mackay Special. Initially a big seller in export markets, after the Second World War efforts focused on the UK market and Whyte & Mackay became, and remains, a household name.
In August last year, the decision was made to relaunch Fettercairn. The new range of single malts from this Highland distillery carry 12, 28, 40 and 50 year age statements.
Just a few months earlier, the company replaced its then current range of Jura single malts with five new expressions; the non-age statement bottlings of Journey and Seven Wood as well as three age statements (10, 12 and 18 years).
We think Scott and the team are going to be pretty busy on 9th March. Make sure you drop by their stand; you’ll have plenty to choose from!
At last, at last; Daftmill has arrived and we’re delighted that the Daftmill team will be joining us for the 2019 Fife Whisky Festival.
As one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries, situated near Bow of Fife just outside Cupar, it is the closest distillery to our festival venue.
In 2003, two brothers, Francis and Ian Cuthbert, applied for planning permission to convert the old mill into a distillery and the first spirit came off the stills in December 2005. Last year saw the inaugural and summer releases of the much anticipated single malt from this Fife distillery and very well received they were too!
(Photo courtesy of Jason Julier)
Amongst other activities, Daftmill Farm grows malting barley and about one hundred tons is kept for the distillery’s own use. Details of the barley appear on the reverse of the bottles avoiding any confusion; this is a Fife whisky through and through!
This fresh and fruity 12 year old single malt is delicious. However, don’t just take our word for it; head over to the Daftmill stand on 9th March and discover their whisky yourself.
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.
Unless you are from Mars and haven’t lived here, on Earth, for very long, if there’s only one Scottish single malt whisky that you’ve heard of, we’d wager that it’s Glenfiddich.
That’s probably because Glenfiddich is the number one best selling single malt Scotch whisky in the world with sales of 1.22 million cases in 2017.
In times past, when everyone was drinking blended Scotch whisky, Glenfiddich is an (if not the) example of how marketing raised awareness of single malts to become a category in its own right.
Initially marketed in the United Kingdom and the United States in the 1960s, it was also marketed in Sweden by the second half of that decade. The rest of, what was then, Western Europe followed together with Canada and Australia.
By the late 1960s and early 1970s, demand for Glenfiddich whisky was extremely high and, as a result, 16 new stills were installed at the distillery.
Although the whisky was generally considered to be around the 8 to 10 years old mark, the 8 years age statement was removed in the 1970s for the non age statement label of Special (Old) Reserve. It wasn’t until 2000 that an age statement reappeared; this time it was 12 years and, with its triangular shaped bottle, has become one of the most recognised whiskies in the world.
Be sure to head over to the Glenfiddich stand to chat to Mark who will be pouring not just the 12 year old single malt but also a number of other expressions in this distillery‘s range.
As much as we love the fact that most of 2018’s exhibitors enjoyed themselves so much that they’ve decided to return to our whisky festival this year, we also love the chance to welcome new exhibitors. So, we are delighted to announce that Highland Boundary Scottish Spirit will be joining us for the 2019 Fife Whisky Festival.
Founded by Marian and Simon, this spirit is flavoured using only hand picked Scottish botanicals either found on their farm or nearby. The farm is situated near Alyth in Perthshire on the Highland Boundary Fault line; hence the name!
These botanicals are then combined with grain spirit and spring water from the Alyth hills. Highland Boundary’s first release is a Birch and Elderflower Wild Scottish Spirit and they assure us that you won’t have tasted anything like this before!
Well, we think it’s always good to try something new. So if your New Year’s resolutions include giving your palate a bit of a shake up and tasting something different, be sure to head over to the Highland Boundary stand on 9th March and give this ‘malternative’ a go!
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!