Whiskys of the world will be celebrated when MFDF teams up with Eddie Ludlow of The Whisky Lounge to present a special event at the prestigious Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).
The 1st Manchester Whisky Festival takes place on Saturday, October 10 (12pm - 6pm) and promises to showcase the spirit in all its glory and provide an opportunity for you to taste your way around Scotland, Japan, Ireland, the USA and even India. Gathered inside the impressive Air and Space Hall will be a host of industry experts, from distillery managers to brand ambassadors, who will be on hand to guide you through the huge range of whiskys on show.
This is a chance to discover the soft and gentle Glenlivet and Auchentoshan, the full and rich Macallan and the peaty and intense Laphroaig - and everything inbetween. Among the exhibitors confirmed so far are: Dalwhinnie, Cragganmore, Caol Ila, Talisker, Lagavulin, Ardmore, Macallan, Laphroaig, Highland Park, Balvenie, Glenfiddich, Bowmore, Auchentoshan, Suntory, Amrut, Gordon & Macphail, Cooley, Four Roses, Jameson, Glenlivet, Aberlour, Berry Brothers, Benromach.
Tickets for the 1st Manchester Whisky Festival cost £16, which includes entrance to the main event, all your drams for the day and a free whisky tasting glass (worth around £4). The masterclasses cost an additional £5 each. Children are not permitted.
For tickets, go to http://mfdfwhiskyfestival.eventbrite.com/
For more information on the masterclasses, please see below.
Diageo - A Tale of 3 Distilleries
Colin Dunn, long time friend of The Whisky Lounge and UK Whisky Ambassador for Diageo, presents a very special tasting of whiskies from three distilleries - Caol Ila, Talisker and Lagavulin. He will guide you through the differences between them and entertain you along the way. One for those who like their whiskies BIG!
Cooley - Independent Ireland
Cooley is now the only independent distillery in Ireland and does things quite differently to the two other great whiskies. Stephen Teeling, UK Ambassador for Cooley, presents a tasting of some of their single malts, including the only Irish peated whisk(e)y, Connemarra. A very diverse tasting that is suitable for most tastes.
Arran - Island Life
The distillery on Arran has only been in existence for around 15 years, yet they have made lots of friends and fans across the world. The whiskies are typically mellow, sweet and very complex and have tasted astoundingly well during Whisky Lounge tastings over the past year or two. Celine TÃªtu - a UK Ambassador for Arran - presents a fab tasting of some of their latest and greatest.
Ardmore - 'Are You Sure It's a Speyside?'
Most people associate the peatier whiskies with the isle of Islay and perhaps one or two of the other islands. Ardmore is from the region that arguably produces the most rich and smooth whiskies, yet is medium-peated. Find out why and taste your way through a great line-up of whiskies from this cult distillery - and we're especially lucky to have Distillery Manager, Alistair Longwell down to present this one! Should be a cracker!
Make sure to book early as the Masterclasses will sell out!
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