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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Have you ever read ‘The Distilleries of Campbeltown: The Rise and Fall of the Whisky Capital of the World’? If the answer to that question is ‘no’; get yourself a copy. And soon! If it’s ‘yes’, you’ll recognise the name David Stirk. Not only is David the author of this book, which rests on every whisky geek’s bookshelf, he is also the founder of the Creative Whisky Company.
With a background in the industry including roles at Whisky Magazine and Cadenhead’s, David founded the company in 2005. This independent bottler might have been under the radar of the average whisky drinker; I’ll admit that, until a few years ago, I hadn’t heard of them. That changed when I started to chat to Paul McKendrick, the general manager of the company, at a Whisky Shop tasting. Incidentally, Paul used to be the manager of the Victoria Street branch of the Whisky Shop before moving to this post. Although most definitely available in the UK, he explained that a great deal of their whisky is sold in overseas markets such as Scandinavia and Asia. However, the company also values its Scottish customers very highly and so we are thrilled to say that the Creative Whisky Company will be joining us at the first Fife Whisky Festival on 10th March!
All of the Creative Whisky Company’s bottlings are single cask, naturally coloured and non-chill filtered.
Be sure to say hello to David, Paul and the Creative Whisky team and appreciate a dram from their outstanding selection.