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Murray McDavid


Published on: 5/11/19 by Justine

Those fantastic folk at Murray McDavid are returning for their third Fife Whisky Festival in a row and we’re absolutely delighted to welcome them back to the Kingdom!

Murray McDavid Fife Whisky Festival

For those of you who have yet to discover this award winning independent bottler, Murray McDavid offers both single malt and single grain whisky as well as blended malts and well crafted blends within their acclaimed portfolio.

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.

Using casks from all around the world, this is where Murray McDavid’s team practises the ‘Art of Maturation’. The team has had a hard time of things of late; they’ve been busy assessing the hundreds of casks to be able to select those ready for bottling. It’s a difficult job but someone has to do it 😉

We’re looking forward to tasting some of these new releases in the not too distant future. Whether single malts from the Benchmark, Mystery Malts or Mission Gold ranges; single grains from the Select Grain range; blended malts from The Vatting range or whisky from the Crafted Blend range, Murray McDavid has got it covered. We’re quite sure there’ll be something for everyone!

Murray McDavid Fife Whisky Festival

Murray McDavid’s whisky has proved to be a big hit with Fife Whisky Festival goers at previous events and we can’t wait to welcome back the team to Cupar on 7th March for more of the same next year. Be sure to head over to their stand and chat to Paul (and perhaps Dean?) over a dram or two!

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Adelphi Fife Whisky Festival

Adelphi


Published on: 26/10/19 by Justine

The team from Adelphi has decided to make it a hat trick and we’re absolutely delighted that they’ll be returning to Cupar in March 2020!

Adelphi Fife Whisky Festival

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, non-chill filtered and absolutely delicious.

Focusing primarily on flavour, Alex Bruce and the Adelphi team only accept around 4% of the casks they are offered. Only once these special casks are identified and selected, bottling of these single cask, limited edition whiskies can take place.

Adelphi Fife Whisky Festival

As for the Adelphi team, well, they’re a busy bunch of people. As well as their single cask offerings, Adelphi has collaborated with Fusion Whisky to create whiskies fused from Scotch and single malt whisky sourced from distilleries around the world. As well as creating The Glover in 2015 – a fusion of Scotch and Japanese malt whiskies – we’ve also seen subsequent releases including The E & K (Scotch and Indian whiskies) and Winter Queen (Scotch and Dutch whiskies).

Earlier in 2014, the company also opened their very own distillery; Ardnamurchan. Situated on the (you guessed it) Ardnamurchan peninsula near Glenbeg, the Ardnamurchan spirit has already garnered much praise from the whisky community. This year, the distillery won the Community Contribution of the Year at the inaugural Scottish Whisky Awards and, Operations Director, Gordon Hamilton, recently saw his hard work in the Scotch whisky industry recognised and rewarded by being inaugurated as a Keeper of the Quaich in October.

Adelphi Fife Whisky Festival

We’re absolutely delighted that the team(s) behind Adelphi, Ardnamurchan and Fusion Whisky will be returning to the 2020 Fife Whisky Festival on 7th March. Be sure to pay them a visit on the day – they’ll have plenty of great whisky for you to choose from!

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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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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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Creative Whisky Company (2018)


Published on: 16/10/17 by Justine

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.