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  • Whiskybase Gathering 2016 Whiskybase Gathering 2016 Whiskybase Gathering 2016 Festivals and events 29 November 2016

    Whiskybase Gathering 2016

    The Dutch show drew crowds of more than 800 whisky enthusiasts during its debut in Rotterdam.

  • Dornoch Whisky Festival 2016 Dornoch Whisky Festival 2016 Dornoch Whisky Festival 2016 Festivals and events 02 November 2016

    Dornoch Whisky Festival 2016

    Filled with film screenings, rare distillery tours, live music and a profusion of ‘special’ drams.

  • Bar Convent Berlin 2016 Bar Convent Berlin 2016 Bar Convent Berlin 2016 Festivals and events 13 October 2016

    Bar Convent Berlin 2016

    A must-attend show for the bar industry – but is Scotch doing enough to cash in on its success?

  • The Whisky Show 2016 The Whisky Show 2016 The Whisky Show 2016 Festivals and events 05 October 2016

    The Whisky Show 2016

    Tasting everything from rare old malts to fresh-faced new spirit from the broader whisky world.

  • Whisky Live Paris 2016 Whisky Live Paris 2016 Whisky Live Paris 2016 Festivals and events 29 September 2016

    Whisky Live Paris 2016

    Rare bottlings, new releases, cocktails and masterclasses in this not-to-be-missed annual show.

  • Spirit of Speyside: Distilled 2016 Spirit of Speyside: Distilled 2016 Spirit of Speyside: Distilled 2016 Festivals and events 13 September 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Distilled 2016

    The inaugural spin-off festival held in Elgin captured the essence of Speyside perfectly.

  • Festiwal Whisky 2016 Festiwal Whisky 2016 Festiwal Whisky 2016 Festivals and events 31 August 2016

    Festiwal Whisky 2016

    The Polish festival upped the ante for its third year with cigars, igloo bars and a rock concert.

  • Edinburgh Whisky Fringe 2016 Edinburgh Whisky Fringe 2016 Edinburgh Whisky Fringe 2016 Festivals and events 17 August 2016

    Edinburgh Whisky Fringe 2016

    With more than 250 whiskies on offer, Edinburgh Whisky Fringe was a sell-out success.

  • Tales of the Cocktail 2016 Tales of the Cocktail 2016 Tales of the Cocktail 2016 Festivals and events 27 July 2016

    Tales of the Cocktail 2016

    Scotch whisky is as significant as any other spirit at this annual New Orleans cocktail festival.

  • Dramboree 2016 Dramboree 2016 Dramboree 2016 Festivals and events 05 July 2016

    Dramboree 2016

    Scotch whisky fans enjoyed drams, a distillery tour and a dip in a loch at this year’s event.

  • Fèis Ìle 2016: Off-piste Fèis Ìle 2016: Off-piste Fèis Ìle 2016: Off-piste Festivals and events 31 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle 2016: Off-piste

    Away from the distillery days, Fèis offers an array of tastings, masterclasses and charity events.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 8: Ardbeg Fèis Ìle Day 8: Ardbeg Fèis Ìle Day 8: Ardbeg Festivals and events 29 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 8: Ardbeg

    Ardbeg Day became Ardbeg Night with tales of smugglers and a Fèis bottling called Dark Cove.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 7: Bunnahabhain Fèis Ìle Day 7: Bunnahabhain Fèis Ìle Day 7: Bunnahabhain Festivals and events 28 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 7: Bunnahabhain

    This most beautiful and secluded of distillery locations was rewarded with sunshine and smiles.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 6: Kilchoman and Jura Fèis Ìle Day 6: Kilchoman and Jura Fèis Ìle Day 6: Kilchoman and Jura Festivals and events 27 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 6: Kilchoman and Jura

    Islay’s newest distillery showcased its maturing quality, sharing the day with neighbouring Jura.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 5: Bowmore Fèis Ìle Day 5: Bowmore Fèis Ìle Day 5: Bowmore Festivals and events 26 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 5: Bowmore

    Not one but three Fèis bottlings from Bowmore, including a fervour-inducing Vintage Edition.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 4: Laphroaig Fèis Ìle Day 4: Laphroaig Fèis Ìle Day 4: Laphroaig Festivals and events 25 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 4: Laphroaig

    Dave Broom joins the laid-back Laphroaig lovers – and some distillery legends – on a sun-filled day.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 3: Caol Ila Fèis Ìle Day 3: Caol Ila Fèis Ìle Day 3: Caol Ila Festivals and events 24 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 3: Caol Ila

    Music, malt and seafood rule as the festival spotlight turns on the secluded charms of Caol Ila.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 2: Bruichladdich Fèis Ìle Day 2: Bruichladdich Fèis Ìle Day 2: Bruichladdich Festivals and events 23 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 2: Bruichladdich

    The party lasts all day at Bruichladdich – but serious tasting underpins the carnival atmosphere.

  • Fèis Ìle Day 1: Lagavulin Fèis Ìle Day 1: Lagavulin Fèis Ìle Day 1: Lagavulin Festivals and events 22 May 2016

    Fèis Ìle Day 1: Lagavulin

    Huge crowds, huge enthusiasm as the 2016 Islay Festival begins with a very special birthday party.

  • Spirit of Speyside: Day Three Spirit of Speyside: Day Three Spirit of Speyside: Day Three Festivals and events 03 May 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Day Three

    An energetic Argocat ride, a working sma’ still and a wry double act proved to be the highlights.

  • Spirit of Speyside: Final Days Spirit of Speyside: Final Days Spirit of Speyside: Final Days Festivals and events 03 May 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Final Days

    Whisky and chocolate; whisky and music; whisky and dancing. The SoSWF concluded at a frenetic pace.

  • Spirit of Speyside: Day Four Spirit of Speyside: Day Four Spirit of Speyside: Day Four Festivals and events 03 May 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Day Four

    Tasting note challenge, whisky ice-cream and Ann Miller’s tales of university with Charlie Maclean.

  • Spirit of Speyside: Day Two Spirit of Speyside: Day Two Spirit of Speyside: Day Two Festivals and events 30 April 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Day Two

    Expect the unexpected on SoSWF’s second day, from blends to blackenings and desert island drams.

  • Spirit of Speyside: Day One Spirit of Speyside: Day One Spirit of Speyside: Day One Festivals and events 29 April 2016

    Spirit of Speyside: Day One

    Mixing traditional and modern on festival day one – from hi-tech hotels to the joys of the ceilidh.

  • Whisky Festival Noord-Nederland 2016 Whisky Festival Noord-Nederland 2016 Whisky Festival Noord-Nederland 2016 Festivals and events 07 April 2016

    Whisky Festival Noord-Nederland 2016

    Whisky, food and an indefatigable volunteer force make a former church in Groningen the place to be.

  • Whisky Live London 2016 Whisky Live London 2016 Whisky Live London 2016 Festivals and events 22 March 2016

    Whisky Live London 2016

    Whisky Live London was a show to discover new drams, as well as a time of self(ie) reflection.

  • DramFest 2016, Christchurch, New Zealand DramFest 2016, Christchurch, New Zealand DramFest 2016, Christchurch, New Zealand Festivals and events 03 March 2016

    DramFest 2016, Christchurch, New Zealand

    To the Land of the Long White Cloud and an impressively organised event full of memorable drams.

  • Victoria Whisky Festival Victoria Whisky Festival Victoria Whisky Festival Festivals and events 26 January 2016

    Victoria Whisky Festival

    Heading way out west for the 11th edition of the must-attend event of the Canadian whisky calendar.

  • Cinderella Whisky Fair Cinderella Whisky Fair Cinderella Whisky Fair Festivals and events 20 January 2016

    Cinderella Whisky Fair

    Whisky fans sailed the Baltic Sea last week to discover some exclusive gems onboard the Cinderella.

  • Whisky Live, The Hague Whisky Live, The Hague Whisky Live, The Hague Festivals and events 19 November 2015

    Whisky Live, The Hague

    Concepts of ‘spirit’ collide as whisky enthusiasts indulge their passion in a 15th-century church.

  • The Whisky Show 2015 The Whisky Show 2015 The Whisky Show 2015 Festivals and events 08 October 2015

    The Whisky Show 2015

    From grizzled industry legends to shiny new liquid, here’s this year’s Whisky Show in microcosm.

  • Whisky Live Tokyo & Osaka Whisky Live Tokyo & Osaka Whisky Live Tokyo & Osaka Festivals and events 30 September 2015

    Whisky Live Tokyo & Osaka

    Dave Broom reports from a Japanese whisky roadshow, where he discovers a new spirit of openness.

  • Whisky Live Paris Whisky Live Paris Whisky Live Paris Festivals and events 29 September 2015

    Whisky Live Paris

    What makes a successful and enduring whisky event? Keep moving, keep changing and never settle.

  • Tales of the Cocktail: Day 4 Tales of the Cocktail: Day 4 Tales of the Cocktail: Day 4 Festivals and events 19 July 2015

    Tales of the Cocktail: Day 4

    Dwarves, apes, and William of Orange's campervan distillery. It could only be the last day of Tales.

  • Tales of the Cocktail: Day 3 Tales of the Cocktail: Day 3 Tales of the Cocktail: Day 3 Festivals and events 17 July 2015

    Tales of the Cocktail: Day 3

    Becky Paskin's third day at Tales proves whisky brings people together like nothing else.

  • Tales of the Cocktail: Day 2 Tales of the Cocktail: Day 2 Tales of the Cocktail: Day 2 Festivals and events 16 July 2015

    Tales of the Cocktail: Day 2

    Day two of Tales throws up a heated whiskey debate, and a heavy metal bagpipes surprise.

  • Tales of the Cocktail: Day 1 Tales of the Cocktail: Day 1 Tales of the Cocktail: Day 1 Festivals and events 15 July 2015

    Tales of the Cocktail: Day 1

    Day 1 at the hedonistic drinks fest served breakfast cocktails, peat geekery and a Stormtrooper DJ.

  • Prelude to Tales of the Cocktail 2015 Prelude to Tales of the Cocktail 2015 Prelude to Tales of the Cocktail 2015 Festivals and events 14 July 2015

    Prelude to Tales of the Cocktail 2015

    Phenols, samples and jambalaya – join Dave Broom and Ryan Chetiyawardana in New Orleans.

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