The Lockdown Whisky Festival has been organised by Tomatin alongside Glen Moray, Arran and BenRiach distilleries. It will take place this Saturday, 4 April and promises to bring enjoyment to the whisky industry and general public alike.
The event will be live-streamed on Tomatin's YouTube channel from 2pm to 5pm GMT and hosted by independent whisky influencer Aqvavitae, with brand ambassadors from international producers also set to entertain the global audience. Brands scheduled to appear and introduce their own mini showcases include Adelphi, Arran, BenRiach, Cù Bòcan, GlenAllachie, Glencadam, Glen Moray, Kilkerran, Kilchoman, Paul John, Tomintoul and, of course, Tomatin.
Scott Adamson, global brands ambassador at Tomatin Distillery, said: "The greatest benefit to organising the Lockdown Whisky Festival is that it is virtual, so we can bring the community together to enjoy and learn from some of the best distilleries in the industry, all from the comfort of home at a time when staying in and staying safe has never been more important. It's exciting to be the first distillery to host a virtual whisky festival and we're thankful for the other distilleries which have chosen to get involved and support it."
Roy (YouTube @Aqvavitae) said: "Following weeks of unfortunate postponements and cancellations, it's really refreshing to be part of the world's first virtual whisky festival. What we lose in not sharing the same space we gain in global reach and inclusion. It's great to see so many distilleries and producers coming together in the spirit of sharing to realise this."
- The Lockdown Whisky Festival will be streamed from 2pm to 5pm GMT on 4 April on the Tomatin Distillery YouTube channel. Viewers are encouraged to use the hashtag #LockdownWhiskyFestival on social when they raise a dram during the live stream.
The Whisky Live events calendar, run by Whisky Magazine, has also suffered at the hands of the Covid-19 outbreak with many events postponed. However, organisers say they are working hard to reschedule the gatherings as soon as it is safe to do so. For more information, go to www.whiskylive.co.uk.