'The £10 ticket gets you general admission to the festival with a great range of whisky companies there plus very good live entertainment and a great whisky cocktail bar, the £25 ticket gets you general admission and entry to the workshops.
We have whisky companies from around the world from Highland Park in Scotland to Suntory from Japan attending and some fantastic entertainment.
The Whisky Workshop is where Senior whisky people such as master distillers or whisky experts take you through their own labels allowing you taste their product and give you an excellent insight into their whiskies.'
Looks like a perfect night after a day out at Murrayfield, so I'm there for sure and looking forward to it.
Having said that 'pi$$ up after the rugby' sounds good, and probably applies, to me
I have a dilemma whisky or rugby......... decisions, decisions
And no, recording the games just isn't the same.
Made some good discoveries, especially Yamazaki, Hakushu, Jefferson's bourbon, Blanton's bourbon, Bruichladdich waves and anything from Murray McDavid's 46% range.
The event should be much better publicised though and let's hope they have it again next year.
It didn't augur well when the glasses on offer were tumblers. Neither did it augur well when they said that there was no masterclass. And when I went through the door to see only a handful of stands and even fewer punters, I really started to worry. And as for the bagpipes - HIGHLAND PIPES ARE NOT AN INDOOR INSTRUMENT!!!
However, amongst the debris, I got to try a number of whiskies I have never had before. Star of the show - if only for rarity - was Mackmyra 03 - a curious farrago of flavours - including new make, salt, fish, aniseed, and various fruity tones. I was also very taken by the Yamazaki and Hakushu whiskies which were very fragrant and delicate, but exquisitely balanced. I confess to being disappointed by the Murray McDavid stand, which had some rather weird finishes on some rather plain whiskies. The Ben Nevis, in particular, was far too young and new makey - and the use of port and zinfandel casks for a number of their offerings resulted in a ubiquitous blanket of cherryade flavours over everything. But at least they came, I suppose. Along the way, I had drams of Magilligan Irish Single Malt, Penderyn, an unnamed Speyside malt, and a Bruichladdich Waves - none of which really stood out (the Waves, perhaps, deserves tasting again on a clean palate).
I then finished off with three bourbons (Blantons and a couple of Jeffersons) which seemed reasonable if unexciting.
Nice, also, to bump into Mark from Cadenheads and Darren from The Whisky Shop.
So, all in all, it was worth the tenner, but there is much room for improvement.
Lynne McEwan, on the other hand, was as enthusiastic as ever and had time for a yarn with everyone at the Bruichladdich stall. The Suntory table was a hit as well, with an interesting range.
The Irish Magilligans being very nice indeed (agreed by my Irish colleagues) for a 5yo Cooley, according to the label - good stuff from Ian Macleod bottlers. Also the Japanese speyside style was lovely too, ditto the Jeffersons bourbon compared to the Blantons offering.
Penderyn and Mackmyra not for me though, but was grateful to sample something a wee bit unusual.
Bruichladdich were pushing their Murray McDavid range and finishes - so no surprises there. Ben Nevis port was poor, Waves somewhat better.
I think the fact that I threw more away than went down my throat sums it up the event really.
The event organiser/promoter should be embarassed at the turnout of both suppliers and consumers. As for the catering well.... please try to thaw out the stuff next time. Room for improvement on all fronts really but, to finish on a positive note, a great idea and an ideal location/building.
Nick Brown wrote:. The Ben Nevis, in particular, was far too young and new makey -
Nick, I have a few bottles of a Ben Nevis 6 YO from MMcD and have found that it benefits from a fresh palate; it's actually quite nice, malty, sweet & dry but light, if it's my thrid dram of the evening it doesn't stand up.
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