Whisky lovers from all over Scotland will be heading to Glasgow in November for the city's first dedicated whisky festival.Two whisky enthusiasts are behind the plan to launch Glasgow's Whisky Festival.
Mark Connelly, of whisky whisky whisky dot com - one of Europe's largest online whisky forums, and whisky writer Bill Mackintosh, chairman of Glasgow's Whisky Club, have been working for the best part of a year to put the event together.
It will be held at the atmospheric Arches, beneath Glasgow Central Station, on Saturday, November 13, from 1pm to 5pm. There will be a trade-only preview from noon.
Some of the biggest names in whisky making will be present, along with some of the smallest, showcasing the diversity and quality of the whisky-making craft. Distilleries from across Scotland, as well as some from India, Ireland, Japan,and the US, will be exhibiting their wares.
Interest in the festival has been building online at whisky whisky whisky dot com, Facebook and Twitter, and has already attracted whisky aficionados from across Europe, as well as the UK.
Some 500 enthusiasts will be able to attend and enjoy samples from some of the best-known distilleries in the world.There will also be two Master Classes, details of which will be announced nearer the time.
Mark Connelly said: "It has long been a dream of mine to give Glasgow a whisky festival it deserves and Glasgow's Whisky Festival will be purely about the whisky; no sideshows, no distractions, simply an enjoyable afternoon sipping a dram."
Bill Mackintosh added: "This is a fantastic opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the biggest names in whisky, but I am delighted there will be so many of the smaller, independent, distillers and bottlers attending as well."
Tickets, priced £15 each are on sale from the Arches Box Office on 0141 565 1000 or online at http://www.thearches.co.uk
A booking fee will be applied.