Whisky Tastings

Ever try a $200 whisky? How about 2 different $200 whiskys and a rare limited Irish Whiskey that approaches this stratified level? Now is your time to give them all a try!

Celtic Festival 2014

May 14, 2016!

You asked and we listened!! We have doubled the whisky tastings (now 5 public tastings!) for 2016 and are now providing much more specialized and  in-depth sessions!

The Tastings will be offered at the Whisky Tasting Tent near the Admissions Gate and will be limited to 25 participants each.  Advance tickets are $25 (in additional to general Festival admission, purchased separately) and are available below.  Includes free Glencairn whisky glasses compliments of Glenfiddich!  Reserve your seat now because when they are gone they are gone!

We have three different options for you to chose from (specific whiskies could vary due to limited availability, so we reserve the right to substitute equivalent offerings if necessary)

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Tasting Option #1: The Glenfiddich Experience! 2pm and 4pm (10am Sponsor/Patron Tasting and 12n Outlander Tasting- see below for these private tastings)

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We welcome Glenfiddich Ambassador Allan Roth to the Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival.   As one of the nation’s foremost Glenfiddich experts he will provide in-depth tastings and education of some of the distillery’s finest offerings!

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The Glenfiddich Experience is scheduled to include tastings of:

Glenfiddich 12 YEAR OLD

FRESH PEAR, SUBTLE OAK ABV 40%

Flowing in the Valley of the Deer since 1887, our family’s signature expression is the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky*.  With a unique freshness from the same Highland spring water we’ve used since 1887, its distinctive fruitiness comes from the high cut point William Grant always insisted upon. Carefully matured in the finest American oak and European oak sherry casks for at least 12 years, it is mellowed in oak marrying tuns to create its sweet and subtle oak flavours. Creamy with a long, smooth and mellow finish, our 12 Year Old is the perfect example of Glenfiddich’s unique Speyside style and is widely proclaimed the best dram in the valley.

Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve 14 Year Old

Vanilla, Brown Sugar, Fresh pear and Apple ABV 43%
In a class of its own, the Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve 14 Year Old uniquely delivers a bourbon heart with the soul of single malt. Our Malt Master, Brian Kinsman patiently waits for 14 years as the whisky matures in ex-bourbon American Oak casks, and then finishes the whisky in deep charred new American Oak barrels supplied by The Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky.  The result: a rich, sweet and vibrant single malt. Its a whisky that delivers beautifully complex flavours of woody spices combined with ripe summer fruit, resulting from the spirit’s interaction with the casks. In a class of its own, the Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve 14 Year Old uniquely delivers a bourbon heart with the soul of single malt. Our Malt Master, Brian Kinsman patiently waits for 14 years as the whisky matures in ex-bourbon American Oak casks, and then finishes the whisky in deep charred new American Oak barrels supplied by The Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky. The result: a rich, sweet and vibrant single malt. Its a whisky that delivers beautifully complex flavours of woody spices combined with ripe summer fruit, resulting from the spirit’s interaction with the casks.

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera Reserve

WARM SPICE, HONEY, RICH FRUIT ABV 40%

Exemplifying our family’s tradition of innovation, our 15 Year Old expression is created using a technique pioneered by our Malt Master and its warm, spicy flavours are transformed with the alchemy of the Solera Vat. Aged in European oak sherry casks and new oak casks, the whisky is mellowed in our unique Solera Vat, a large oak tun inspired by the sherry bodegas of Spain and Portugal. Never emptied, and kept half full of whiskies since 1998, our Solera Vat is the culmination of curious minds and the pioneering spirit of our family. It’s also the secret behind this whisky becoming the first 15 year old expression to enter the top ten best selling single malts.

Glenfiddich 21 YEAR OLD

VANILLA, SWEET TOFFEE, FIG ABV 40%

Patiently matured for 21 years on‐site at the distillery, it is an exquisite, traditional Speyside whisky, rich and ripe with our Glenfiddich signature notes. But rather than bottle it, as other distillers would, our Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, hand picks selected barrels and adds a sublime finishing touch. By finishing our 21 Year Old in Caribbean rum casks it awakens the liquid, rousing it with extra exotic notes of ginger, fig, lime and banana and a vibrant spicy toffee warmth, elevating it from something great to something extraordinary. Raised in Scotland. Roused by the Caribbean


Tasting Option #2: The Tullamore Dew Irish Immersion! 11am, 3pm

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Whisky Ambassador Chris Beyer, a leading expert on a wide variety of Scottish whisky and Tullamore Dew certified educator will lead a detailed tasting of the wide range of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, including some rare and limited releases. if your only exposure so far to Irish Whiskey is in that morning coffee 😉 , you don’t want to miss learning more about the range of this amazing product!

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The Tullamore Dew “Irish Immersion” is scheduled to include tastings of:

Tullamore D.E.W. “Signature”

Triple distilled and patiently aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, this original blended Irish whiskey is known the world over for its smooth and gentle complexity.

12 Year Old Special Reserve “Triple”

Our 12 Year Old Special Reserve is a carefully crafted blend of old Irish whiskeys. They say with age comes wisdom, or in this case, complexity, character and maturity – one of the reasons why this truly unique whiskey has been awarded plaudits in abundance from whiskey connoisseurs around the world.

Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix

Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix is an expression of the great history of our town and a celebration of our people. In 1785, Tullamore witnessed a devastating hot-air balloon accident. The resulting blaze nearly destroyed the town but immeasurably strengthened her people. Since that day, they placed a phoenix in the town’s coat of arms. Driven by their positive spirit, the town’s renaissance in the ensuing decades saw the establishment of the Tullamore distillery in 1829. Fittingly this special limited edition whiskey can only be found at airport stores and at the Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival!

15 Year Old Trilogy

Our 15 Year Old Trilogy is the very pinnacle of our craft. Across three generations of Williams, the three unique crafts of distillation, blending and maturation in finest oak were honed. The Tullamore D.E.W. signature blending of all three types of triple distilled Irish whiskey; pot still, malt and grain brings out a uniquely complex yet smooth taste.


 Tasting Option #3: The Spirit(s) of Scotland! 1pm (5pm Outlander Tasting- see below for this private tasting)

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Whisky Ambassador Chris Beyer will be presenting a unique tasting event featuring a wider range of Scotland’s Spirits! It’s a lot more than just whisky!

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The “Spirits of Scotland” is scheduled to include tastings of:

Hendrick’s Gin

But isn’t gin English? Perish the thought!  Hendrick’s is been proudly distilled in Ayrshire, Scotland!

In 1886, Mr. WILLIAM GRANT, with his SEVEN SONS and TWO DAUGHTERS built their family distillery in Scotland , the only assistance from outside the Grant family comes from a single SPORADICALLY WORKING STONEMASON! William Grant and Sons continues to this day as a Royal Sponsor of the Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival!

Small batch typically means 1,000 litres or fewer. Hendrick’s distills in miniscule batches of 500 litres, which gives their master distiller even greater control of her careful artistry. Hendrick’s is the marriage of two different spirits from two rare and unusual stills: the Bennet still and the Carter-Head still. By combining the two, they are able to create an extraordinarily smooth gin that has the required character and balance of subtle flavours. Hendrick’s wondrous botanical signature consists of flowers, roots, fruits, and seeds from the world over. They function to complement and set the stage for their delicious duet of infusions: rose petal and cucumber. No other gin taste like Hendrick’s because no other gin is made like Hendrick’s.

Drambuie

The story of Drambuie begins over 267 years ago in July 1746. Prince Charles Edward Stuart (known also as Bonnie Prince Charlie) was on the run, after defeat at the Battle of Culloden had ended his hopes of restoring the Stuarts to the throne of Great Britain.

The Prince was pursued by the King’s men across the Highlands and Islands of Western Scotland, bravely aided by many Highland Clans. Among them was Clan MacKinnon whose chief, John MacKinnon, helped the Prince escape from The Isle of Skye. In thanks for his bravery the Prince gave John MacKinnon the secret recipe to his personal liqueur, a gift that the Clan were to treasure down the generations. An extraordinary elixir that would, many years later, become known to the world as Drambuie.

Drambuie is an extraordinary blend of aged Scotch whisky, heather honey, spices and herbs. It is a unique spirit that offers drinkers an extraordinary taste experience. Drambuie is a bright, deep golden colour, with the aromas of aged malt whisky combined with a mix of floral and herbal overtones and rich honey. The flavour provides a kaleidoscopic taste sensation, a complex arrangement of herbal, spicy, sweet and honey notes. It’s voluptuous, mellifluous and full bodied.

The Balvenie Caribbean Cask Aged 14 Years

Caribbean Cask has been matured in traditional oak whisky casks for 14 years, and then ‘finished’ in casks that previously held Caribbean rum.

To create the ideal finish, Malt Master David Stewart filled American oak casks with his own blend of select West Indian rums. When he judged the casks to be ready, the rum was replaced with the 14 year old spirit and the wood was put to work adding the final touches.

The result is an exceptional single malt whisky with the traditional smooth, honeyed character of The Balvenie, married with notes of toffee and a hint of fruit, with a warm, lingering finish.

The Balvenie PortWood Aged 21 Years

To create The Balvenie PortWood Aged 21 Years, a marriage of rare Balvenie is transferred to port casks, or pipes, which have held fine port wines. Here it is sampled regularly by The Balvenie Malt Master to ensure that just the right amount of character is imparted by the port casks, enhancing and developing the single malt whilst preserving its original characteristics. In duty free The Balvenie PortWood Aged 21 Years is non chill-filtered and bottled at a higher strength of 47.6% abv.


Additionally, the tastings will include a Glencairn Malmaster whisky glass compliments of Glenfiddich!

This alone is a $14+ value!

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“Enhance your whisky experience with our innovative Glenfiddich Glencairn nosing and tasting glass. This award-winning glass has been specially designed to enhance your whisky drinking experience. Its tulip-shaped design gently holds the whisky’s aromas, allowing you to nose each of the subtle notes at your leisure. The tapered mouth makes the glass easier to drink from, while the sturdy and balanced base makes it easier on the hand.  “

 

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The Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival sincerely thanks our Royal Sponsor William Grant & Sons for their support of the Festival and these Whisky Tastings!! It was the dream of William Grant to make the ‘best dram in the valley’ and five generations later, this still holds true. William Grant & Sons distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including Glenfiddich®, the world’s favourite single malt, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and, Grant’s® one of the world’s most loved blended Scotches. In addition, we now have one of Ireland’s finest Irish Whiskeys, Tullamore D.E.W.® and the newest addition to our family, the premium liqueur, Drambuie®.

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Again this year, along with our sales of beer, wine, Meade and cider, we will also be offering William Grant & Sons whiskies by the dram at the beer tents!

The Tastings will be at the Whisky Tasting tent near the Admission Gate and will be limited to 25 participants each.  Advance tickets are $25 (in additional to general Festival admission, purchased separately) and are available below

Includes free Glencairn whisky glasses compliments of Glenfiddich!  Reserve your seat now because when they are gone they are gone!

There is also a free Sponsor/Patron Glenfiddich Experience tasting at 10:00am (whisky selections may vary from the public tastings and complimentary glasses are not included) ; seating is limited to 25 people and you must be a registered Sponsor/Patron/Clan Representative. RSVP to reserve your seat!! http://www.midmarylandcelticfestival.com/contact/

Outlanders! We have two special Outlander Tastings for you! Please contact Dawn for details!

Participants must be of legal drinking age and provide photo identification for verification. No refunds will be given.
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