Whisky Tastings

Ever try a $350 whisky? How about a nearly $400 whisky 2 different $200 whiskys and a rare limited Irish Whiskey ? Now is your time to give them all a try!

Celtic Festival 2014

May 13, 2017!

You asked and we listened!! We have increased the whisky tastings (now 7 public tastings!) for 2017 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 vary by tasting (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 four 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)

Glenfiddich Tastings – Led by National Glenfiddich Ambassador  Tracie Franklin

11:00am  The Outlander Glenfiddich Experience  (private event)

1:00pm     The Quintessential Glenfiddich Collection $35

3:00pm      The Glenfiddich Experience  $25

5:00pm     The Quintessential Glenfiddich Collection $35

Balvenie & Tulamore Dew Tastings – Led by William Grant & Sons Whisky Associate Christian Beyer 

10:00am   Irish Immersion $25

12 noon     The Malts of Balvenie $30

2:00pm     Irish Immersion $25

4:00pm     The Malts of Balvenie $30


Tasting Option #1: The Glenfiddich Experience! 11am and 3pm  $25

We welcome National Glenfiddich Ambassador Tracie Franklin to the Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival.   Tracie was drawn into the world of single malt Scotch after tasting her first dram. The taste of malt, saline and fruity sweetness pushed her toward classes and whisky trainings with the best teachers in the community. After years of whisky study, distillery internships, and local ambassador work she founded Whersky, an organization to bring together whisky drinkers of all backgrounds and build a more diverse, inclusive whisky culture.

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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.

Signature Sweet Style of Speyside

NOSE: Distinctively fresh and fruity with a hint of pear. Beautifully crafted and delicately balanced.

TASTE: Characteristic sweet, fruity notes. Develops into butterscotch, cream, malt and subtle oak flavors.

FINISH: A long, smooth and mellow finish

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.

Sweet Intensity of Bourbon with Smooth Complexity of Scotch

NOSE: Deep vibrant vanilla notes with hints of citrus, caramelized brown sugar and cinnamon. Baked apple and ripe summer fruits, balanced with rich, oaky aromas.

TASTE: Beautifully rich and sweet with layers of creamy toffee, woody spices, candied orange peel and fresh toasted oak.

FINISH: Long lasting with lingering sweetness.

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.

Beautiful Integration of Sweet and Spice that Drinks Older Than its Years

NOSE: An intriguingly complex aroma. Sweet heather honey and vanilla fudge combined with rich dark fruits.

TASTE: Silky smooth, revealing layers of sherry oak, marzipan, cinnamon and ginger. Full-bodied and bursting with flavor.

FINISH: Satisfyingly rich with lingering sweetness.


Tasting Option #2: The Quintessential Glenfiddich Collection 1pm and 5pm $35

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

Refined Speyside sweetness roused by spirit of the Caribbean

NOSE: Intense and vanilla sweet. Floral, hints of banana, figs, rich toffee, new leather and oak.

TASTE: Initially soft, then brisk, vibrant and drying. Peppery, a touch of smoke, oak, lime, ginger and spices.

FINISH: Very long, warming, dry and spicy.

 

Glenfiddich Excellence 26

Deep oak, spring blossom, brown sugar and exotic spices ABV 43%, 70CL

A rare and aged single malt Scotch whisky that has spent 26 long years carefully maturing in American Oak ex-bourbon casks. This expression was created to honour Glenfiddich’s line of continuous family ownership since William Grant founded our distillery in 1887.

Doing things our own way means we can create a luxurious single malt that truly lives up to its name. We’ve created a vibrant yet soft and delicate expression, with a deep and complex balance of sweetness and dry oak tannin. Bound to excite the palate and awaken the nose.

Subtle and nuanced flavor for people with sophisticated tastes

NOSE: Soft and delicate with a beautiful floral character. Spring blossom, violets, sweet peas and a subtle green leafiness.

TASTE: Vibrant with a compelling balance of dry tannin and soft brown sugar vanilla sweetness. A deep oak flavor gradually builds, with hints of spice and liquorice shining through.

FINISH: Deep and complex.

 

Glenfiddich IPA Cask

The first single malt finished in India Pale Ale craft beer casks!   Finished in bespoke craft India Pale Ale barrels, our pioneering new malt is imbued with unique zesty citrus notes and the subtle tang of fresh hops. The flavour comes with carefully hand selecting the right malt whiskies to complement the extra hoppy notes.

NOSE: A beautifully delicate balance of ripe green apple, pear and spring blossoms. Aromatic hops and fresh herbs complement the characteristic Glenfiddich fruitiness and sweet, vanilla oakiness.

TASTE: Vibrant with a zesty citrus note followed by soft, sweet vanilla and a hint of fresh hops

FINISH: Long-lasting sweetness with subtle green hops

 


Tasting Option #3: The Tullamore Dew Irish Immersion! 10am, 2pm $25

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.

TASTE: Subtle and smooth with pleasant maltiness combined with charred wood undertones and the natural flavor of golden barley

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.

TASTE: Well flavored but mellow with clear flavors of Irish pot still and unpeated malt whiskey

15 Year Old Trilogy

Tullamore Dew’s oldest blended whiskey, with a rich and smooth taste. Tullamore D.E.W. Trilogy is the pinnacle of Tullamore D.E.W.’s signature blending of all three types of triple-distilled Irish whiskey: pot still, malt and grain, which together, yield a uniquely complex, yet smooth taste. Ex-Bourbon, Oloroso sherry and rum casks

TASTE: Nuanced taste with fruit, nuts, and spice woven into a creamy fudge flavor that lingers.


 Tasting Option #4: The Malts of Balvenie 12 noon, 4pm $30

Whisky Ambassador Chris Beyer will be presenting two unique tasting event featuring a wider range of Scotland’s and Ireland’s Spirits!

The Balvenie

Balvenie 12YO Single Barrel First Fill

This Single Barrel expression from The Balvenie has been aged in a 12 years in first fill Bourbon cask of a single distillation. The Balvenie Malt Master hand selects only those casks characterized by sweetness and subtle vanilla oakiness to be bottled as The Balvenie Single Barrel. Each bottling forms a limited edition of no more than 300 hand-numbered bottles drawn from a single cask. No two casks—even of the same type and filled with spirit from the same distillation—will produce an identical single malt, so each bottling is unique and unrepeatable. The Balvenie Single Barrel 12 Year Old is bottled at the higher strength of 47.8% ABV.

NOSE: Honey notes, overlaid with sweet fruits & subtle spices

TASTE: Rich and complex with a drop of vanilla oakiness

FINISH: Lingeringly sweet

 

Balvenie 15YO Single Barrel Sherry Cask

The Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask is a celebration of the unique and mysterious interaction between oak, spirit and time. This exceptional whisky is matured exclusively in a European oak sherry butt for at least 15 years. And while each cask is subtly different—Malt Master David Stewart hand selects each barrel for its flavor of dried fruits, nuts and spice. No more than 650 hand-numbered bottles are drawn from each sherry butt, making every bottling unique and unrepeatable. The Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel is bottled at a higher strength of 47.8% ABV.

NOSE: Dried fruits overlaid with a gentle nuttiness

TASTE: Rich with elegant oak and subtle spice

FINISH: Long, sherried finish

 

Balvenie 25YO Single Barrel Traditional Oak

The Balvenie Single Barrel 25 Year Old is the ultimate expression of the relationship between craftsmanship, wood and time. The oldest of our Single Barrel range, this exceptional spirit is bottled from refill American oak casks that have lain in our warehouses for over twenty-five years. Each cask is subtly different, yet hand-selected by our Malt Master for its familiar sweet, honeyed characteristics. Each bottling forms a limited edition of no more than 300 hand-numbered bottles drawn from a single cask, making every bottle unique and unrepeatable. The Balvenie Single Barrel 25 Year Old is non chill-filtered and bottled at a higher strength of 47.8% ABV offering whisky enthusiasts a “straight from the cask” experience.

NOSE: Deep and rich with overtures of oak and spice

TASTE: Honeyed notes overlaid with gentle spices and a silky vanilla oakiness

FINISH: Rich, honeyed and spicy

 


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 vary by event (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!

Outlanders! We have a 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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And check out the Kilmaine Saints on our Guinness Pub Stage!!