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Popular Aberdeenshire hotel launches month of whisky events

The Fife Arms, which has become a popular luxury destination in Braemar, has announced a month of whisky events for March.

Published: March 2, 2020

The hotel is set to celebrate our national spirit with a range of whisky events - from talks and tasting sessions to paired dinners at the hotel's Fog House and Flying Stag bar.

Running from the 4 till 28 March, the programme of talks and whisky tastings will delve into the origins of whisky and explore old feuding malt dynasties and smugglers through a journey of Scotland’s whisky trail ,with experts from Glenfiddich, Macallan and Dalmore.

The final event will be a free screening of Whisky Galore! in the Braemar town hall.

The events

4th March – The Macallan Whisky Dinner from 7.30pm

Guests will sit down to a four-course dinner and drams featuring Macallan Triple Cask 12, a Rob Roy cocktail using The Macallan Rare Cask, The Macallan 18 Sherry Cask and The Macallan Estate.

Tickets: £90 per person.

5th March – Drop-in Whisky Tasting with The Macallan, 1pm – 3pm

Join David Sinclair, The Macallan Prestige & Experience Manager, for an informal whisky tasting in the Fog House.

Tickets: free

12th March – Glenfiddich Whisky Dinner, from 7.30pm

This five-course tasting dinner will feature Glenfiddich 12 Year Old, Glenfiddich Project XX, Glenfiddich 21 Year Old and Glenfiddich Grand Cru.

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Tickets: £90 per person.

13th March – Drop-in Whisky Tasting with Glenfiddich, 1pm – 3pm

Whisky fans are invited to join Mark Thomson, Glenfiddich Whisky Ambassador for Scotland, for an informal whisky tasting in the Fog House.

Tickets: free.

13th March – Talk: Glenfiddich Artists in Residence, 6.30 – 8pm

Andy Fairgrieve, Glenfiddich’s Residence co-ordinator, will discuss the Glenfiddich artists in residence programme, the artworks produced over the past 18 years and what they have in store this summer.

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After the talk, guests can enjoy a wee dram in The Flying Stag where they will be joined by Scottish fiddler Paul Anderson.

Tickets: free.

16th March – Drop-in Whisky Tasting with Royal Lochnagar, 3 – 5pm & 7 – 9pm

The Fife Arms’ local distillery (only 10 miles away), will be hosting two drop-in tasting sessions with their Malt Whisky Ambassador, David TJ Littlejohn, in the Fog House at The Fife Arms.

Tickets: free.

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21st March – Talk: The hidden story of Scottish whisky, 2 – 4pm

Anna Brennand, Chief Executive of the Cabrach Trust, will be chatting about the area's role in the development of malt whisky – from illicit stills to whisky smuggling.

Tickets: free.

24th March – The Dalmore Whisky Dinner, from 7.30pm

This five-course tasting dinner will feature Dalmore 12, Port Wood Reserve, Dalmore 15, Cigar Malt Reserve & King Alexander.

Tickets: £90 per person

25th March – Drop-in Whisky Tasting with The Dalmore, 1pm – 3pm

Join Daryl Haldane, The Dalmore Whisky Ambassador, for an informal whisky tasting in the Fog House at The Fife Arms.

Tickets: free.

28th March – Screening of the 1949 Bafta-nominated film, Whisky Galore!, 7.30pm

Another chance to watch the original film in which Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship.

Tickets: free.

The Fife Arms re-opened in December 2018, and is owned by Iwan and Manuela Wirth, co-founders of the acclaimed global gallery Hauser & Wirth - which is why there’s more than 12,000 works of art, antiques, and objets in every nook and cranny.

For more information on the whisky events and to book, please visit the hotel's website.

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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 as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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