The National Whisky Festival is heading north to Aberdeen for the first time, and will welcome over 30 exhibitors.

The National Whisky Festival of Scotland has recently announced the first wave of exhibitors taking part in its first Aberdeen instalment in September.

Set to take place at the city’s newly renovated Aberdeen Music Hall on September 14, this will be the festival’s first time in Aberdeen, following popular editions in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Paisley.

Among the 30+ exhibitors lined up for this inaugural trip up north are Thurso-based Wolfburn – the UK’s most northerly mainland distillers; trailblazing Indian Single Malt, Paul John; the award-winning Spey, by Speyside Distillers; and Fiodh – unique producers of boutique whisky-inspired crafts, who will be launching their unique Whisky Watch – finely-crafted timepieces made from reclaimed whisky casks.

There will also be expressions from Uncle Nearest,  new Tennessee Whisky distillers honouring the extraordinary life of Nathan ‘Nearest’ Green, the African-American distiller and farm slave who historically taught the world famous Jack Daniel how to make whisky.

NWF Aberdeen Exhibitors

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Exhibitors include: AD Rattray, Chocolate Tree, Duncan Taylor, Fiodh, Glenallachie, The Glenturret. Glen Garioch, Gordon and Macphail, Hunter Laing, Lady of the Glen, Lindores Abbey, Murray McDavid, PAUL JOHN, Reza Wood, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, SPEY, Tullibardine, Uncle Nearest, Whisky Sauce Co, Wolfburn, Springbank, Wemyss Malts, Whisky Hammer Auctions.

The NWF is a whisky drinker’s paradise, and its debut in Aberdeen is expected to produce one of the most ambitious instalments yet, featuring over 30 exhibitors from some of the most exciting names in the industry, with dozens of whiskies/expressions available to try – all included in the ticket price.

Following the format of previous festivals, the Aberdeen edition will offer two three-and-a-half hour sessions of unique whisky tastings as well as incredible live music, a bottle shop provided by Aberdeen Whisky Shop and plenty of delicious, hearty local food to see you right after all those drams.

There will also be the opportunity for visitors to attend one of 12 whisky tasting Masterclasses (six per session – to be booked separately) to help sharpen their knowledge and hone their tasting skills.

This year, there will have masterclasses run by Wemyss Malts, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Benromach and SPEY, offering the unique opportunity to learn from some of the leading experts and producers in the industry.

Ticket info

Standard Adult Ticket: £32.50
Under 25s Ticket: £25 (must bring photo ID) available to buy here.

Tickets include

Entry to one of two tasting sessions on Saturday 14 September
(12pm-3.30pm or 4.15pm-7.45pm)

Unique NWF branded Glencairn crystal nosing glass, to use on the day and take home

Access to sampling the dozens of whiskies/expressions on offer (and some cheeky other spirits too!)

The official festival programme

Two discount vouchers to be used at the festival bottle shop, provided by

Access to masterclasses within your session (to be booked separately)

And last but by no means least an incredible bill of live music.

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Rosalind Erskine

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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