Oban’s firstWest Coast Whisky Fèis

The Oban Times - - Scotfest17 -

The re­sort town of Oban, home to one of Scot­land's most ven­er­ated dis­til­leries, is to be the lo­ca­tion for a new whisky fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing the wa­ter of life.

The West Coast Whisky Fèis will take place in July of this year, and is the brain­child of Oban Whisky and Fine Wines, a lo­cal re­tailer of the spirit.

Euan Fin­layson, pro­pri­etor of Oban Whisky and Fine Wines, said, 'We wanted to cre­ate an event that shows off the in­cred­i­ble whiskies that the west coast has to of­fer. The aim is to of­fer a range of whiskies and mas­ter­classes that can ap­peal to new­com­ers and afi­ciona­dos alike.'

The main venue for the event will be Skip­in­nish Cèilidh House and will fea­ture ex­hibits from ev­ery dis­tiller from the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Lewis. Ticket hold­ers will be given their own dram glass and will be able to take sam­ples from all of the ex­hibitors who are present. Wa­ter will be avail­able to al­low peo­ple to cleanse their palates be­tween tast­ing.

In ad­di­tion, Oban Dis­tillery will be hold­ing mas­ter­classes. These will be based around their

world fa­mous whiskies. Other mas­ter­classes will be avail­able on the day. The other ex­hibitors will be more than happy to have a chat about their pro­duce as well.

Lo­cal food pro­duc­ers will be sell­ing their wares in the Cèilidh House should any­one get a bit peck­ish af­ter a few drams. There will also be a nos­ing com­pe­ti­tion where at­ten­dees can at­tempt to iden­tify var­i­ous whiskies by smell alone. The en­trant who is clos­est to be­ing cor­rect will win a bot­tle of sin­gle malt whisky.

There will be a Fèis shop in the Cèilidh House where at­ten­dees can pick up a bot­tle of which­ever whiskies took their fancy dur­ing their sam­pling ses­sion. Sub­sidised de­liv­ery will be avail­able for peo­ple who don't want to have to lug bot­tles around with them af­ter they leave.

The Cèilidh House will be open from 12pm to 6pm on 22nd of July 2017. There are likely to be other sup­port­ing events dur­ing the day which will be an­nounced via the event's Twit­ter and Face­book feeds closer to the time. Sam­ples are in­cluded in the event ticket price and mas­ter­classes are avail­able for an ad­di­tional fee.

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