A national whisky festival will venture to the north-east for the first time.
The National Whisky Festival of Scotland will take place on Saturday September 14 at Aberdeen’s Music Hall, Union Street.
Following the success of its Glasgow, Paisley and Edinburgh events, organisers set their sights on the Granite City, bringing the event to Aberdeen for the first time ever.
A unique Scottish culture and whisky tasting event, it will feature more than 30 exhibitors from some of the most exciting names in the industry, with more than 100 different whiskies/expressions available to try – all of which are included in the ticket price.
The event will take place over two three-and-a-half hour sessions form noon until 3.30pm or 4.15-7.45pm.
Live music and local food will also be available to enjoy.
Visitors can also attend one of 12 whisky tasting masterclasses (six per session).
Full information on the masterclasses are still to be released, however, previous classes have included A Taste of Goa, Indian Single Malt Whisky and a unique tasting lesson from Islay Whisky Academy, run by Rachel MacNeill – founder of the first ever whisky blog for women, Whisky for Girls.
As well as offering countless whisky expressions, there is plenty for non-whisky drinkers to try too including a newly-added craft beer bar and a wide selection of gins, bourbons and other spirits.
A founder of National Whisky Festival, Colin Campbell said: “We are hugely excited to be taking our unique celebration of uisge-beatha on the road to visit one of our favourite parts of this beautiful country. After enjoying so much success in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Paisley we thought it was about time to hit the north and give the people of Aberdeen and indeed the surrounding areas an opportunity to celebrate our national drink and indeed, Scottish culture, within the wonderful setting of the recently refurbished Aberdeen Music Hall.”
Aberdeen Performing Arts chief executive Jane Spiers said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming the National Whisky Festival to Aberdeen for the first time this September. As one of Scotland’s most historic concert venues, the Music Hall will be the perfect setting to raise a glass to our national drink.”
Tickets cost £32.50, however under 25s will be charged £24.
The price includes a branded Glencaird crystal nosing glass to use on the day and take home, a festival programme, two discount vouchers for the festival bottle shop and access to sample more than 100 different whiskies/expressions.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Monday and are available here.