Whiskey: Sláinte agus arís eile

Whiskey: Sláinte agus arís eile
Harrow Whisky Festival to be repeated next year

Harrow’s first ever Whisky Festival last week was such a resounding, sold-out, success plans are already underway for another one a year from now.

Whiskies and whiskeys from Scotland, Ireland, and much further afield took pride of place in the Grim’s Dyke Hotel’s elegant Music Room, and supplied the the perfect winter warmer for an icy January weekend.

As well as the seasoned whisky drinkers, many others came along for an opportunity to sample a wee dram in elegant surroundings and hear interesting talks about the distilleries.

The first tastings on Friday night included a wonderful selection of well-known Scottish brands and beverages from craft producers like the West Cork Distillery’s own brand The Pogues, launched in association with the band of the same name.

Gerry Molumby and Joe Giltrap delivered a polished and carefully fused programme of Scottish and Irish music and poetry to interleave the presentations.

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The tastings were followed by an exquisite banquet of Burns Night traditional favourites, haggis, ‘neeps’ (turnips) and tatties (potatoes) and excellent Highland beef.

Whisky Specialists were on hand to provide interesting background information and there was an opportunity to purchase products from online specialist Hard to Find Whisky htfw.com Rachel MacNeill from Islay, who runs the Wild and Magic travel company, gave a talk on traditions and innovations in Whisky and the role played in conservation of the peat moors by Scotland’s distilleries.

More info available here: www.harrowwhiskyfestival.com

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