Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival
I think the onus is on the organizers to persuade us that it has improved. The first version did not have the advertised masterclass, offered miserly pours into straight tumblers from very, very few display stands. The only whiskies that I recall finding worthy of positive comment were, ironically, not Scotch - they were from Sweden, Wales and Japan. The few Scotch distillers that were there had brought very ordinary stuff or - in the case of one stand - some positively awful whisky flavoured with red wines.
I don't want to sound negative (sometimes it can't be helped, though), but I read last time around that many distillers stayed away because they thought the event was just about drinking lots of free whisky after the rugby - and not about promoting good whisky. Unless the organizers persuade both myself and the industry that this is no longer their focus, I'll save my pounds for things like SMWS tastings or Mark's Canongate tastings.
The gulf between last week's WL (warts and all) and the Edinburgh Whisky Festival is just too great.