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Popular Aberdeenshire hotel launches month of whisky events

Published: March 2, 2020
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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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Tickets: free.

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.

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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.

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