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Glen Scotia Fife Whisky Festival

Glen Scotia

Published on: 9/01/20 by Justine

Once referred to as the ‘whisky capital of the world’, with nearly thirty distilleries operating in the 1830s, Campbeltown is now home to just three: Springbank, Glengyle and Glen Scotia.

Originally built in 1832, Scotia (as it was known then) has passed through various different hands. However,  much of the original design of the distillery still remains.

Glen Scotia Fife Whisky Festival

In recent years, however, significant investment has led to a new visitor centre at the distillery as well as updating and installing new equipment. The branding has also been revamped – although a part of us still misses those fluorescent Highland Coos! What hasn’t changed though, thanks to Master Distiller, Iain McAlister, is the quality of the liquid in the bottle.

Iain, who was born in Campbeltown, has been managing Glen Scotia for twelve years. He was able to draw on his background as an engineer to develop production at the distillery.

Glen Scotia Fife Whisky Festival

Glen Scotia has proved to be a big hit at previous Fife Whisky Festival events so we’re delighted that the team will be joining us in Cupar again in 2020 for the third year in a row.

We know that brand ambassador, Ibon, will be pouring some great drams on the day; whether it’s the 15 years, 16 years, 18 years or (if you’re incredibly lucky) the 25 years, there’ll be something for everyone’s palate.

Glen Scotia Fife Whisky Festival

And with the Double Cask expression proving itself to be a well made non age statement whisky at a decent price, this has been one of the most popular choices amongst previous Fife Whisky Festival goers. So not just something for everyone’s palate but something for everyone’s wallet too!

Be sure to drop by the Glen Scotia stand on the day to have a chat with Ibon and try some of the fantastic drams on offer.


Kilkerran Fife Whisky Festival


Published on: 13/09/19 by Justine

The team from Kilkerran will be returning to Cupar for 2020’s Fife Whisky Festival and we’re already looking forward to finding out what they’ll be pouring.

Kilkerran Fife Whisky Festival

Glengyle Distillery is located in Campbeltown, just along the road from Springbank. In fact, J&A Mitchell, owners of Springbank distillery, bought the then derelict Glengyle in 2000 to ensure that Campbeltown had the requisite 3 distilleries to ensure it maintained its status as a whisky region.

Four years later, the distillery opened and the first release of Kilkerran arrived in 2007.

So, hang on a second. What’s this Kilkerran all about?

Well, someone else had already bought the rights to use Glengyle as a brand name so the new owners opted for a more than suitable alternative. According to their website, Kilkerran is derived from the Gaelic ‘Ceann Loch Cille Chiarain’ which is the name of the original settlement where Saint Kerran had his religious cell and where Campbeltown now stands.

With the subsequent release of the ‘work in progress’ range, Kilkerran has proved to be a big hit with whisky enthusiasts.

At 2019’s Fife Whisky Festival, in addition to the 8 years Cask Strength and the 12 years, the team brought along the Kilkerran Heavily Peated- a good three weeks before it was due to be released – which went down a treat with festival goers.

Kilkerran Fife Whisky Festival

We’re as excited as you are to see what the team will be bringing to Cupar in March 2020.

Be sure to drop by the Kilkerran stand and enjoy a couple of drams!



Springbank Fife Whisky Festival


Published on: 5/09/19 by Justine

The A83 is a long road isn’t it? A lengthy but beautiful drive leading to Springbank Distillery in the Wee Toon.

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

So when you visit the distillery in Campbeltown, you get three for the price of one. And that’s without mentioning Glengyle just along the road.

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.

Springbank Fife Whisky Festival

We’re big fans and we know you are too. Springbank, Longrow and Hazelburn have all proved extremely popular with previous Fife Whisky Festival goers and we can’t see it being any different at next year’s event. Whether it’s the latest cask strength release or the latest in the Longrow Red series, we’re also certain that these bottles will be snapped up pretty quickly!

Springbank Fife Whisky Festival

We can’t wait to welcome back Grant and the Springbank team to Cupar. We know it’s a long drive from the Wee Toon to the Kingdom so we’re delighted that they’ll be making the journey for the third year in a row and scoring a hat-trick with us! Although we don’t know exactly what they’ll be pouring, we do know that it’ll be cracking whisky.