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Whisky Festivals Go Digital: Explore the World of Whisky From Your Home

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21.05.2020

With a number of our favourite whisky events throughout the year cancelled because of the current crisis, we take a look at those that have gone online.

With a number of our favourite whisky events throughout the year cancelled because of the current crisis, we take a look at those that have gone online.

With a number of our favourite whisky events throughout the year cancelled because of the current crisis, we take a look at those that have gone online.

FÈIS ÌLE 2020 - AT HOME

Bruichladdich Day - Sunday 24th May, 2pm - 6pm

Hosting "The Laddie Lock-In" across their social channels for their digital Fèis celebrations, Bruichladdich will host live from the island distillery from 2pm - 6pm. Although full details are yet to be released, they have promised taste-along drams with Adam Hannett, musician sessions, cocktail demonstrations, competitions, a charity auction and special guests! Their full festival download pack will be released to those on their mailing list on Friday 22nd May, you can sign up here.

Bowmore Day - Wednesday 27th May

Bowmore are bringing this years festival to life and making it as interactive as possible, as they take Fèis Ìle online. Events will include a whisky tasting with Master Distiller, David Turner, a virtual distillery tour and the music of Corra, their festival band to help bring the festival spirit to your home. Register for more festival updates as they are released.

Kilchoman Day - Thursday 28th May, 12pm - 8.30pm

Kilchoman are certainly not letting whisky fans down as they bring their entire day of celebrations online! Their virtual open day kicks things off at 12pm with their General Manager to discuss all things barley before moving on to the malt floor at 1pm with Maltman Derek to discover the art of floor malting. Every turn of the hour brings a new interactive talk coveing distilling, maturation and bottling at the farm distillery. Live tastings of their core ranges begin at 7pm followed by their 2020 Fèis Ìle release and Q&As with Founder, Anthony Wills. A full schedule of events can be found here.

Bunnahabhain Day - Friday 29th May

The cancelled festival hasn't dampened Bunnahabhain's spirits as they release not one but two (!) online exclusive Fèis Ile releases for 2020. In addition to the limited edition bottlings they have decided to bring Fèis Ìle to you from the comfort of your own home. With more details still to be announced, we cannot promise the exact schedule of tastings/events but we are sure that it's one you won't want to miss. Keep an eye on their socials for more information as it's released.

Ardbeg Day - Saturday 30th May at 7pm

On what would of been the distillery's much anticipated open day, Ardbeg will host the Ardbeg Blaaack Whisky Trials - a two-hour program of tastings, games, and entertainment in celebration of the Ardbeg Committee’s 20th Anniversary (founded in the year 2000). It takes as its theme the Limited Edition bottled in their honor, Ardbeg Blaaack.

 

THE SELF ISOLATION WHISKY FESTIVAL

In replacement of the Highland Perthshire Whisky Festival which was due to take place in Pitlochry on 9th May 2020, the organisers will hold the festival in a unique online setting so that 'festival goers' can enjoy a day full of whisky-related fun.

The online virtual whisky festival will take place on Saturday 30th May 2020 and feature tastings and talks from brand ambassadors of Dewar's of Aberfeldy, Tullibardine, Lindores Abbery, GlenAllachie. They have cast their net around the world as masterclasses also feature Starward Distillery from Melbourne Australia and Buffalo Trace Distillery from Kentucky. 

‘Festival-goers’ can purchase tasting kits on-line for £27.50 with £5 from every tasting kit sold donated to the NHS emergency fund. 

 

SUMMERTON VIRTUAL WHISKY FESTIVAL

Described as a digital feast for whisky lovers the Summerton Whisky Festival is a fun and convivial exploration of the incredible world of whisky. Taking place on Saturday 30th May, the digital festival includes a full programme of tastings running from 12.30pm - 10pm including masterclasses, Q&A sessions with brand ambassadors/leading experts and live entertainment.

Brands who will be 'exhibiting' include Bimber Distillery, Glen Scotia, The Lakes Distillery, Mackmyra Whisky and Wolfburn. Guest speakers for the day also include John McCheyne of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Colin Hampden-Wine presenter of The Three Drinkers on Amazon Prime and renowned drinks writer and broadcaster, Ian Wisniewski.

Ticket prices are £38.00 if you are within the UK and £48.00 in Europe.

 

OUR WHISKY VIRTUAL FESTIVAL

Hosted by renowned spirits journalist and OurWhisky co-founder, Becky Paskin, the OurWhisky virtual festival is a series of four tastings designed to encourage whisky lovers to try something a little different. Each of the tickets include a tasting set of five different whiskies but there's a catch - the whiskies inside remain a complete mystery until the tasting itself. Kicking off on Thursday 30 April at 7pm, the first three weeks of the festival have featured some of the biggest names in whisky appear on your screens to talk you through some fantastic whisky tales.

Guest speakers so far have included Dr Bill Lumsden of Glenmorangie, Richard Paterson of The Dalmore, Brian Kinsman of Glenfiddich and Sarah Burgess of The Macallan. 

The final session takes place on Thursday 21 May at 7pm on Our Whisky's YouTube and Facebook channels. If you didn't grab a tasting set in time, we would still highly recommend tuning in to the event and watching along for a highly entertaining and educational event. All profits from this fantastic event are also being donated to The Drinks Trust to support industry professionals affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Eilidh Jack

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