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Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby BruceCrichton » Sat Nov 03, 2007 9:30 pm

Was at the last one.

The details are:

"Just to let you know tickets for the 2nd Edinburgh Whisky Festival on 22nd Feb are now on sale, they can be bought from http://www.hubtickets.co.uk, or please call hub tickets on 0131 473 2000.Look forward to seeing you there.

Thanks John & Claire OrganisersEdinburgh Whisky Festival "
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby toshie » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:25 pm

I was there too and I wasn't very impressed. I much preferred Whisky Fringe, but I'm keen to support these events so if I'm not working, I may pop along
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby Leither » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:46 pm

toshie wrote:I was there too and I wasn't very impressed. I much preferred Whisky Fringe, but I'm keen to support these events so if I'm not working, I may pop along


My sentiments exactly, there are better events but I may well attend.

In fact just checked my diary - I won't be there as I'll be in Dublin for the rugby.
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby BruceCrichton » Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:26 pm

I'll head along anyway.

As long as the harp player is there and the bagpiper is left at home, my ears will be soothed.

The event was decidedly ragged in February but hopefully it will have improved.

Loads of great whiskies, especially the bourbons, at the venue though.
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 06, 2007 1:59 pm

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.
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby The Dazzler » Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:53 am

Like any event it has to start off some how!!! I think the fact they are back for 2008 shows some resolve. Assembly rooms is a fantastic venue and if they can build on last year then fair enough!! Entry fee was quite reasonable so bring it on!!!

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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby jmrl » Sat Nov 10, 2007 9:52 pm

Sadly can't attend due to pesky daughter's birthday (before you call social services I love her more than even my favourite dram).

FOR : Any event letting you taste whiskies for a tenner that you wouldn't normally consider trying due to doubt wether it was worth the dram price is welcome.

AGAINST : last year's was too amateur to offer much more than the drams themselves. EG nae outcakes, even water was scarce (2 litre plastic bottles are not ideal precision dispensers), information on the really interesting stuff often came recited from a printed bullet point sheet

This year's event is being held somewhere in Hanover street not Assembly Rooms. Does anybody know where to find more info on who is attending and with what whiskies also nature of master classes?
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:01 am

I'm afraid I think this is the kind of event that gives whisky festivals a bad name. They are only interested in selling tickets to people who want to believe they are getting drunk cheaply on whisky that costs the organizers nothing. Given the whiskies that were on offer last year, I think £10 represents poor value. I'd rather sit at home with quarter of a bottle of good Glenfarclas.
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby BruceCrichton » Sun Dec 30, 2007 5:32 pm

Have booked my tickets.

Worth another shot.

I'd much prefer the harp player instead of the pipe band though. :?
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby BruceCrichton » Mon Dec 31, 2007 2:00 am

The harp player was a bloke who was so good, he could have played with Mike Oldfield and, no, I don't swing that way.

The pipe band was deafening indoors. :x
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby BruceCrichton » Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:15 pm

Just had a call saying that the event is postponed. :o :(
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby martin grant » Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:31 pm

BruceCrichton wrote:Just had a call saying that the event is postponed. :o :(


Did they give you any idea why it was being postponed Bruce?
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby BruceCrichton » Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:37 pm

Not a peep, Martin.

Were Glenmorangie going to be there?
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby martin grant » Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:43 pm

Nope, and I'm not sure what other distilleries did confirm. I guess thats why it's been postponed. Did they say if it was postponed forever, or just until later in the year?

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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby BruceCrichton » Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:48 pm

Not a peep. Just that it was postponed.

Maybe if Bruichladdich, Glen Rothes and Isle of Jura weren't going to be there, they were last year, they just called it off.
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:16 pm

I suppose there are only so many events some distilleries can go to and the fact the there seems to be an ever growing number of events world wide they have to chose wisely ....
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby Lawrence » Sat Feb 09, 2008 5:31 am

Perhaps the £15 ticket price was the problem?
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby BruceCrichton » Sun Feb 10, 2008 6:54 pm

Just received a letter saying that it has been postponed due to illness and will be rearranged later.
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Feb 10, 2008 9:12 pm

BruceCrichton wrote:Just received a letter saying that it has been postponed due to illness and will be rearranged later.

Let's hope it gets better.
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby jmrl » Sun Feb 10, 2008 10:42 pm

I was handed some publicity to advertise the event. The fact the organisers have not bothered to update ourselves with the situation speaks volumes. By the way I have been bitter ever since I was not permitted to advertise a charity whisky tasting at the last event.
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Feb 10, 2008 10:59 pm

BruceCrichton wrote:Just received a letter saying that it has been postponed due to illness and will be rearranged later.

Nick beat me to it, but I was going to ask "Illness of the organisors or EVENT" :lol:
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby jmrl » Sat Feb 16, 2008 9:24 pm

Still disappointed its not going ahead even if we had our doubts.
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Feb 16, 2008 9:37 pm

Aye, I had thoughts about maybe going to this to try it out for the sake of £15 and the train through. Maybe it'll be back with a better line-up.
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby BruceCrichton » Sun Feb 17, 2008 4:32 pm

butephoto wrote:Aye, I had thoughts about maybe going to this to try it out for the sake of £15 and the train through. Maybe it'll be back with a better line-up.


It would be nice if they gave you some idea of who was going to be there.

And brought back the harp player and ditched the pipe band.
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby jmrl » Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:14 pm

did anybody actually buy a ticket?
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Feb 20, 2008 10:40 pm

Not me.
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby BruceCrichton » Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:47 pm

jmrl wrote:did anybody actually buy a ticket?


Yes, one for me and one for my mate.
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:15 pm

Has anyone heard anything more on this?
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby BruceCrichton » Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:35 pm

Willie JJ wrote:Have they offered refunds Bruce, or are they insisting it will go ahead eventually?


Got my money back
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby BruceCrichton » Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:27 am

Willie JJ wrote:Ah, so its dead then. :(


It's supposed to be rescheduled but I wouldn't bet my life savings on that.
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:56 pm

Shame.
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:56 pm

Definitely going to the one in Ayr, then.
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby BruceCrichton » Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:03 pm

Looks good but is too close to the Speyside one and too awkward to get to.
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby martin grant » Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:07 pm

butephoto wrote:Definitely going to the one in Ayr, then.


Give us a shout if you go over to the Ayr show Mark. I'll definitely be there
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Re: Edinburgh Whisky Festival

Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:08 pm

It's a straight train from Glasgow, I think.

Yes, I 'll be there. Going to phone for tickets over the weekend.
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