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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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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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Loch Fyne Whiskies (2018)


Published on: 28/01/18 by Justine

Anyone heading along the A83 to Campbeltown, or Kennacraig en route to Islay, will pass Loch Fyne Whiskies in Inverary. The shop is just a few minutes stroll from the banks of Loch Fyne; we’re guessing the clue’s in the name!

As well as the fantastic whisky store, Loch Fyne Whiskies also offer their own range of single cask whisky, blended malts and blends. In particular, their Living Cask range is bottled from casks which are constantly topped up and never emptied.

Here at Fife Whisky Festival HQ, we were really hoping that whisky expert, Hamish, would be around on the day to offer you a wee dram. However, we appreciate that he’s getting on a bit now so the journey would prove too much for him.

Lucky for you, Andrew and the team will be on hand instead to pour some cracking whiskies. Be sure to head over to the Loch Fyne Whiskies stand and when you get there, tell them that Hamish sent you.

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That Boutique-y Whisky Company (2018)


Published on: 15/01/18 by Justine

That Boutique-y Whisky Company is an independent bottler of both superb single malt and single grain whiskies. They also produce high quality blends and blended malts.

Now, we all know that the most important aspect of a bottle of whisky is the quality of the contents but…those labels!! Designed by artist and illustrator, Emily Chappell, each bottle carries its own unique comic book style label ensuring that the Boutique-y range really stands out.

Thankfully, the whisky inside the bottle is every bit as impressive. One of the stand out drams of last year for one half of the Fife Whisky Festival team (that’s Justine, by the way!) was Boutique-y’s bottling of an 8 year old Miltonduff: a dram which defied all preconceptions about young whiskies.

We are over the moon that Boutiquey’s Bearded Beauty, Dave, will be heading to the first Fife Whisky Festival. Make sure you head over, have a chat and taste some boutiqueylicious drams.

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