Glasgow Whisky Festival


It’s been a wee while since I’ve been to a whisky festival and I have just been able to wander about. In recent times, I have been behind a stand, passing on what little knowledge I have about the booze trade to friendly and unfriendly punters alike, while offering them a dram of something, whether that is Japanese whisky, rum, sherry, Scotch or the other random drinks I sling at these occasions.

This is one of the reasons why Glasgow Whisky Festival was such an enjoyable festival for me. I mean sure, Edinburgh Whisky Blog had a stand. But we weren’t at it. Tiger and I were running about tweeting, tasting and chatting. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy running a stand at a whisky festival, but it is more fun to be just an attendee.

(Me as a happy attendee and Waverley Station’s Mo)

When I first went to whisky festivals, I found them slightly intimidating, as I really didn’t know anyone in the drinks trade. Now, I really enjoy them, as I know so many folks, and they all have a dram or a bit of chat to share. From the moment we set off from Waverley Station with a heap of Edinburgh Uni Water of Life Society folks, to dramming with the Douglas Laing Folks, trying a new Compass Box masterpiece, sipping a wee cask sample of Glen Elgin, sipping some 50 year old Cognac with the Great Whisky Folks, to munching on a life saving haggis pie in the canteen, dramming with the Hunter Laing folks, tasting some beautiful SMWS drams, tasting a North British from the new bottler of the festival; Robbie Douglas, trying a fresh new Balblair, to making my merry way home, I had a blast of a day. Below is a wee collage of my favourite drams of the Glasgow Whisky Festival:


Favourite dram was a close run thing , as the Glenturret and Strathclyde were very tasty at the Hunter Laing Stand, and the General from Compass Box was superb. The Glen Elgin Cask Sample was brilliant and the Great Whisky Company Cognac was awesome. I think it has to go to the Compass Box General though. Stunning stuff. I’ll write a full review soon.

Overall: Get a ticket for Glasgow Whisky Fest next year. It is a blast.

Chris Hoban

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