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Popular Speyside and Highland whiskies to launch online 'in conversation' series

The masters behind BenRiach and The GlenDronach are inviting whisky fans worldwide to embrace their extra time at home with an online conversation series exploring each single malt.

Published: April 8, 2020
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Both whisky connoisseurs and the whisky curious are invited to join each conversation series via @BenRiach and @GlenDronach on Instagram Live, with the option to ask questions in advance.

Exploring flavour with BenRiach

Picture: Stewart Buchanan

Today (Wednesday 8 April) at 8pm  on Instagram Live, the BenRiach conversation series will begin by taking viewers on a journey into the art of distillation, exploring how this impacts the flavour possibilities of this Speyside single Malt whisky.

Bringing BenRiach’s three distinct styles of classic, peated and triple distilled spirit to life, the discussion will be hosted by Keeper of the Quaich and global brand ambassador Stewart Buchanan who helped bring the distillery back into production in 2004, with head of
advocacy, Douglas Cook, who is responsible for introducing BenRiach’s flavour palette to countries across the world, sharing the distillery’s rich heritage in the process.

‘Coorie in’ with The GlenDronach

Picture: Dr Rachel Barrie

For those who like to slow down and fully appreciate their whisky in comfort, The GlenDronach will host its first Instagram Live conversation on Wednesday 15 April at 8pm, inviting whisky connoisseurs to embrace the traditional Scottish notion of ‘coorie’
whilst savouring its characterful and richly sherried Highland Single Malt.

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Master blender Dr. Rachel Barrie and Stewart Buchanan will discuss the artistry of traditional whisky making at the Highland distillery and how they like to ‘coorie in’ with The GlenDronach at home, encouraging viewers to develop both their flavour palate and Single
Malt expertise.

Viewers will be able to send questions to Rachel in advance via @GlenDronach, with a rare opportunity to learn more about her role as a master blender with over 27 years’ experience in crafting fine Single Malts.

The GlenDronach and BenRiach master blender Dr. Rachel Barrie said: “One of the most special things about whisky is its ability to bring people together through a shared passion and interest in its stories.

"This is why we are inviting whisky lovers to make the most of this time at home to learn something new whilst staying safe.

"Whether it’s embracing the notion of ‘coorie’, or learning about the art of exploring flavour in Single Malt, we hope that people enjoy tuning in to join us for a dram.”

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The GlenDronach and BenRiach global brand ambassador, Stewart Buchanan added: “My job is to travel the globe, sharing the stories of Benriach and GlenDronach.

"Now that I am grounded so to speak, it’s great to be able to use this time to delve deeper into our whiskies from the comfort of my own home in Speyside, passing on knowledge and encouraging conversation.”

To take part in the first episodes of the live conversation series, tune in on @BenRiach on Instagram at 8pm today and on @GlenDronach on Wednesday 15 April at 8pm.

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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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