James Eadie will be returning to the Fife Whisky Festival! Well, not the man himself. That would really be something else seeing as though he died in the early 1900s. However, his whisky legacy lives on in the form of the independent bottler of the same name, having been revived by James Eadie’s great-great grandson, Rupert Patrick.
Leon and Hugh from James Eadie have joined us at our previous festivals and their single cask bottlings have gone down a treat with festival goers. Last year, the cask strength Benrinnes 13 years, finished in a Madeira cask, proved popular. And, without wishing to sound biased here, the 21 years single grain from Fife’s own Cameronbridge was a cracking dram!
With most of the range being either single cask or small batch releases, there’ll undoubtedly be some changes and new additions to the James Eadie stand come March 2020.
As well as a superb lineup of single malt and single grain whiskies, Trademark X – James Eadie’s blended whisky – also went down a storm.
Having tracked down the old ledgers, and tasted a sample from one of the last remaining bottles from the 1940s, Rupert Patrick set out to recreate the old Trademark X blend. The result is a lovely, well-balanced, peaty blended Scotch whisky bottled at 45.6%.
We’re really looking forward to welcoming back the James Eadie team to the Corn Exchange in Cupar and are delighted they’ve decided to make it a Fife Whisky Festival hat-trick!
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!
Over the border, in Methven in Perthshire, lies Strathearn distillery. Billed as ‘probably Scotland’s smallest distillery’, it was founded in 2013 by Tony Reeman-Clark.
The very first release of the distillery’s single malt went on sale in November 2016 via online whisky auction house, Whisky Auctioneer. Bottle number 001 fetched just over £4000! Earlier this year, in March, I was lucky enough to taste some Strathearn whisky at a tasting held at the Royal Mile Whiskies shop in Edinburgh. Without wishing to spoil things for you, all I’ll say is that when you head to the Fife Whisky Festival in March next year, if this dram was anything to go by, you’ll be in for a real treat!
As well as producing single malts, those at Strathearn believe that each cask has its own, unique character. Therefore, releases from this distillery are all single cask expressions.
Innovation is key to Strathearn and, in addition, to whisky, there are many other offerings in their portfolio: gin, rum and cider brandy.
Who knows what the wonderfully crazy team from Strathearn will be pleasing your palate with on 10th March? Just be sure to head over to the Strathearn stand to find out!
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.