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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.

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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.

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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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Kingsbarns and Wemyss Malts


Published on: 18/09/18 by Justine

Having visited Kingsbarns distillery several times now, we can say that a few things have changed since St Andrews Day 2014 when, founder, Douglas Clement’s ‘From Dream To Dram’ distillery was officially opened.

The first spirit came off the stills in January 2015 and in December this year, those members of the Founders Club, who supported Kingsbarns right from the start, will be rewarded with the inaugural bottling. We look forward to a general release shortly afterwards. If the recently released two year old spirit drink, created from two first fill ex-bourbon barrels, is anything to go by, these are exciting times.

Doug has since moved on to more success with a new venture, Fife Ambassadors, and the distillery is now owned and operated by the Wemyss family, who were partners from the beginning. Here at Fife Whisky Festival HQ, we still mourn the loss of the amazing Velvet Fig, a limited edition blended malt from Wemyss Malts. Thankfully, they still create plenty of other delicious whisky.

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As you can probably guess, we’re big fans of the Kingsbarns and Wemyss Malts teams and we’re delighted that they’re returning to the Fife Whisky Festival on 9th March. Whether it’s from their blended malts ranges (bottled at both 46% abv and at batch strength), their new Family Casks range or their single cask offerings, whichever dram you taste, you’ll not leave the Wemyss Malts stand disappointed!

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For those of you who also enjoy a malternative, Wemyss’ Darnley’s Gin and Darnley’s Spiced Gin aren’t too shabby either! Now that the new Darnley’s gin distillery is up and running at Kingsbarns, it’d be the perfect opportunity to taste them if you haven’t already.

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Eden Mill


Published on: 12/09/18 by Justine

As well as celebrating the talents of so many whisky makers from all over Scotland, here at Fife Whisky Festival HQ we’re revelling in the renaissance of whisky making in the Kingdom. So, we’re over the moon that the lovely folks at Eden Mill will be joining us once again on 9th March.

Eden Mill whisky

Eden Mill is the first combined distillery and brewery in Scotland. Although whisky making has only recently returned to Guardbridge, 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 family. 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 this year and releases of their first single malts have been very well received. Eden Mill is currently in the process of building its brand new distillery at the Guardbridge site.

Eden Mill Whisky

 

We’re looking forward to welcoming back Caitlin and Euan to 2019’s Fife Whisky Festival!

Eden Mill Whisky

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Distell


Published on: 12/09/18 by Justine

If you’ve seen the film The Angels’ Share, you’ll know that when Harry arrives at the distillery in the minibus with Robbie and the rest of the group, they park up outside Glengoyne. When they head inside the distillery, however, as if by magic they’re suddenly in Deanston!

The distillery started life as a cotton mill but was converted in 1965 with the first spirit running off the stills four years later. The whisky was originally bottled as Old Bannockburn, then later as Deanston Mill and now, of course, simply Deanston.

The range is all naturally coloured and unchillfiltered. The core range – Virgin Oak and 12 Year Old – are bottled at an unusual, but welcome, 46.3% abv. In addition, there have also been limited editions, such as the 2008 Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Matured, which have been bottled at a much higher strength.

We’re delighted to welcome the Distell team back to the Fife Whisky Festival in 2019. As well as pouring delicious Deanston drams, the team will also have whisky from their sister distilleries, Bunnahabhain and Tobermory (including Ledaig) for you to taste.

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Adelphi


Published on: 30/08/18 by Justine

The first time I came across Adelphi was during a visit to the Speyside whisky festival way back in 2007. My friend and I went to a whisky and chocolate tasting hosted by Alex Bruce and, to be honest, we’d never heard of Adelphi before; we only went because the tickets for our first choice event had sold out.

Well, a big thank you to all those people who bought tickets to the other event as it was at that moment that I caught the Adelphi bug. For the last ten years, I’ve spent the first hour of many a whisky festival loitering around the Adelphi stand like some kind of weird whisky stalker.

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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 and non-chill filtered. Oh…and delicious. Absolutely delicious.

As for the Adelphi team, well, they’re a busy bunch of people. As well as their single cask offerings, Adelphi also created The Glover – a fusion of Scotch and Japanese malt whiskies – in 2015 shortly after opening their very own distillery – Ardnamurchan – in 2014.

As well as the impressive single cask offerings, 2018’s Fife Whisky Festival goers were able to taste the Fusion range: Glover 4 Edition, E&K, Winter Queen and Brisbane. We were very lucky indeed that the last one was launching in Melbourne and Cupar almost simultaneously!

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We’re absolutely delighted that the Adelphi team will be returning to the 2019 Fife Whisky Festival on 9th March. Be sure to pay them a visit on the day.

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Single Cask Whisky

The Single Cask


Published on: 28/08/18 by Justine

The name pretty much sums it up! Each bottle of whisky from The Single Cask comes from, well…a single cask. With the mission of ensuring that each whisky ends up in your glass in its purest form, what’s also great is that all of the Single Cask releases are un-chillfiltered, naturally coloured and bottled at natural strength.

This independent bottler started in 2010 and now has whisky bars and shops in both the UK and Singapore. As well as offering superb single cask bottlings, The Single Cask team can also arrange cask ownership.

We’re delighted that The Single Cask will be sharing their whisky wares with you all once again at 2019’s Fife Whisky Festival. Make sure you say hello to Tom and enjoy a dram or two from their splendid selection!

Single Cask Whisky

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Springbank


Published on: 26/08/18 by Justine

Springbank is the oldest independent family owned distillery in Scotland. Founded and owned by the Mitchell family since 1828, the distillery actually produces three different single malts: Springbank, Longrow (heavily peated) and Hazelburn (unpeated).

What’s also unique about Springbank is that it’s the only distillery to complete the entire production process, from malting 100% of their barley using traditional malting floors to the final bottling, on site.

If you visit the distillery, you’ll not find too many computers! Most of the work is carried out by actual humans. Of course, times change and technology advances but when you visit Springbank distillery, it’s great to see that certain traditions are being kept alive.

We can’t wait to welcome back Grant and the Springbank team to the

2019 Fife Whisky Festival.

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James Eadie


Published on: 18/08/18 by Justine

So, who is, or was, James Eadie? Maybe the best person to answer that question is Rupert Patrick, his great great grandson:

We can’t wait to welcome Leon and the James Eadie team back to the Fife Whisky Festival in March 2019.

Not only will they be pouring Trademark X – a delicous peaty whisky – they’ll also be pouring a selection of their single cask and small batch bottlings.

James Eadie Blair Athol 14

We hope there’ll still be some Blair Athol 14 years left by March; it’s so tasty it’s likely that our bottle here at Fife Whisky Festival HQ will need replacing.

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Fife Whisky Festival Opening Dinner


Published on: 17/08/18 by Justine

Following the huge success of the inaugural Fife Whisky Festival in March, we are delighted to launch an additional first for 2019: the Fife Whisky Festival Opening Dinner.

On arrival at Lindores Abbey Distillery, you will be greeted with a delicious Aqua Vitae cocktail and have the opportunity to mingle with the other guests in the Legacy Bar and Still Room before taking your seat for the banquet style dinner in The Cloister.

Each of the three courses, prepared by Lindores’ award winning chef Andrew Wilkie, will be paired with a carefully selected whisky:

Starter – Scotch Broth with Parsley Toast*

Main – Roast Chicken Chasseur with Creamed Potato and Green Beans*

Dessert – Warm Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream

We are honoured that the Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, Karen Betts, has accepted our invitation to speak to you after dinner. As the head of the industry’s trade body, there is no better person to talk to you about protecting and future-proofing the demand for Scotch whisky.

Following on from tea or coffee and your fourth dram, the fantastic Fife duo, The Coaltown Daisies, will entertain you with their dynamic folk, soul and americana music for this exclusive performance from the writers and performers of The Whisky Song – the official theme song for World Whisky Day – and winners of the coveted CalMac Culture Music prize.

Coaltown Daisies

Great whisky, great food, great company, great music and a great venue!

This is an event not to be missed!

UPDATE:

Transport to Cupar and St Andrews is now available after the event.

Just check the box if you wish to reserve a place.

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*vegetarian options available