A popular Highland single malt brand is teaming up with other leading whisky companies to create the world's first-ever virtual whisky festival. 

The team at Tomatin Single Malt have announced they will be hosting the Lockdown Whisky Festival this April, alongside an array of whisky brands including Glen Moray, Arran and BenRiach.

With a view to bringing enjoyment to the general public, the new festival will also support a whisky industry which, like many others, has faced many event cancellations and postponements in recent weeks.

Tomatin Lockdown whisky festival

Live-streamed on Tomatin’s own YouTube channel on the 4th April from 2pm til 5pm (GMT) the festival will be hosted by independent whisky influencer, Aqvavitae.

Tomatin say the virtual whisky festival will see brand ambassadors from multiple international producers unite to engage with the global audience.

Brands to appear on the livestream include Adelphi, Arran, BenRiach, Cù Bòcan, GlenAllachie, Glencadam, Glen Moray, Kilkerran, Kilchoman, Paul John, Tomintoul and of course, Tomatin.

Scott Adamson, global brands ambassador at Tomatin Distillery said: “The greatest benefit to organising the Lockdown Whisky Festival is that it’s virtual, so we can bring the community together to enjoy and learn from some of the best distilleries in the industry, all from the comfort of home at a time when staying in and staying safe has never been more important.

“It’s exciting to be the first distillery to host a virtual whisky festival and we’re thankful for the other distilleries who have chosen to get involved and support it. We will be encouraging viewers to use #LockdownWhiskyFestival on social when they raise a dram with us next week.”

Aqvavitae, an independent whisky influencer, will be hosting the entirety of the livestream, asking questions and hosting the festival as we virtually explore the expressions on offer during each brand’s mini showcase.

Youtube star Roy aka Aqvavitae said: “Following weeks of unfortunate postponements and cancellations, it’s really refreshing to be part of the world’s first virtual whisky festival. Spearheaded by Tomatin, what we lose in not sharing the same space we gain in global reach and inclusion.

“It’s great to see so many distilleries and producers coming together in the spirit of sharing to realise this. Can’t wait!”

  • The Lockdown Whisky Festival will begin streaming from 2-5pm GMT on 4th April on the Tomatin Distillery YouTube channel.

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Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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