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Popular Fife Whisky Festival to Return Next Year

Fife Whisky Festival is set to become an annual fixture following the success of the inaugural event.

Organisers Justine Hazlehurst and Karen Somerville announced the move after the festival – opened by Scottish cycling legend Mark Beaumont – was praised for boosting the local economy. More than 500 whisky-lovers from across Scotland, and as far afield as Argentina and Germany, attended tasting sessions held at the Corn Exchange in Cupar at the weekend. They enjoyed drams from a wide range of distilleries and independent bottlers, music from Fife-based duo The Coaltown Daisies and the chance to chat with guest of honour Mr Beaumont.

Mrs Somerville said: “It was a brilliant day and given all the positive feedback we received we’ve decided to make it an annual event.

“We had visitors from Argentina, France and Germany who were in Scotland on holiday and made the trip to Fife specially to visit the Festival.

“And it was great to have Mark there – he really enjoyed the festival and ended up meeting some of his old school friends.

“We’re delighted with how the day went and looking forward to doing it all again next year.”

Cupar councillor Karen Marjoram praised the event for boosting the local economy.

She said: “I very much enjoyed the day – it was such a friendly event with people who’d never met before chatting away to each other and it certainly put Cupar on the map.

“It was a real boost to the economy and wonderful to see the town so busy with the shops and restaurants full of people who stayed to see more of Cupar after their whisky session.

“I met people who had travelled a long way to come to Cupar and bringing the tourist pound to Fife in this way was a great bonus.

“With all the new distilleries in Fife, having the festival helps put the region on the whisky map so I’m pleased it’s to become an annual event.”

Endurance cyclist Mr Beaumont also welcomed the news.

He said: “This is a fantastic event for Fife and having partly grown up in the Kingdom I am proud of all it has to offer.

“This festival and events like it are so important in putting Fife firms on the map for travel and business.”

The inaugural festival was launched by businesswomen Justine Hazlehurst, founder of Kask Whisky, and Karen Somerville, managing director of Angels’ Share Glass.They joined forces to organise the festival in a bid to bring whisky back to the Kingdom of Fife.

Justine said: “After years of attending whisky festivals around the world, we wanted the chance to bring an exciting new event to Scotland and are over the moon with how it went.

“People loved it and were coming up to ask when the next one will be held so we are pleased to announce it will be an annual event.”

The Festival, sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers, showcased the renaissance of whisky-making in Fife with exhibitors including the Kingdom’s well-known Kingsbarns Distillery, Creative Whisky Company, Glen Moray and Isle of Arran Distillers. Nearly 300 whisky-lovers attended the first session with 250 at the second taster while drinks specialists Luvians, who have bottleshops in Cupar and St Andrews, were on hand as on-site retailer.

Graeme Dempster, from Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers, said: “We were delighted to support the inaugural Fife Whisky Festival and having our Corporate Ambassador Mark Beaumont there to open the event was particularly special.

“As well as great entertainment, it was a chance for us to meet with our existing Distillery clients and talk to owners of private whisky collections who were there to support this exciting new event.”

 

Plans for the second Fife Whisky Festival will get underway later this month with dates for the next event announced soon.

For more details about the Festival visit www.fifewhiskyfestival.com

Main Sponsors of Fife Whisky Festival

INAUGURAL FIFE WHISKY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED

The first ever Fife Whisky Festival will take place on Saturday the 10th of March 2018, at the Corn Exchange in Cupar.

Justine Hazlehurst, founder of Kask Whisky, and Karen Somerville, founder of Angels’ Share Glass, joined forces earlier this year to organise the festival and bring whisky back to the Kingdom of Fife. Karen said: “After many years of attending whisky festivals around the world, drinking the water of life in the name of research, Justine and I are both delighted to be able to bring this exciting new event to Scotland.”

The inaugural Fife Whisky Festival, which is sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers, will showcase the renaissance of whisky-making in Fife, bringing together whisky connoisseurs and beginners with the best whisky producers from Fife and beyond. With over 25 different exhibitors, including the Kingsbarns Distillery, Morrison and Mackay, Glen Moray, Isle of Arran and the Glasgow Distillery, there will be a huge range of whiskies to try.

Vince Fusaro, of the famous Luvians Bottle Shop, the festival’s official retailer, said: “From Friar John Cor in 1494 to, amongst others, farmer Francis Cuthbert in the present day, whisky certainly has come home to Fife. I’m immensely proud to be in the whisky world and to be playing a central part in the Fife Whisky Festival.”

Fife-based musical duo The Coaltown Daisies, famous for producing The Whisky Song for World Whisky Day earlier this year, are sure to get everyone’s toes tapping as they enjoy a dram or two.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Graeme Dempster at Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers, added: “We are delighted to support Fife’s first Whisky Festival, this sponsorship is one of a number of whisky event initiatives that Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers support. The whisky industry has complex insurance needs and we specialise in delivering tailored solutions to distilleries. We also insure private whisky collections so this really is a great opportunity for us to support an exciting new whisky event, which will be a huge success whilst raising awareness of what we do in this field.”

 

Cllr Margaret Kennedy, welcoming the Fife Whisky Festival to Cupar, said: “This is fantastic news for the town. Given, in Luvians, we have an outstanding local business with very sound knowledge of the product it is very fitting that Fife’s first Whisky Festival should be in Cupar. “I wish the festival organisers well with the event and look forward to hearing many cries of ‘Slàinte’ ringing out.”

To buy tickets and for more details about the Fife Whisky Festival, go to www.fifewhiskyfestival.com

:: For more details about Angels’ Share Glass unique products for whisky-lovers go to www.angelsshareglass.com

:: For more details about Kask Whisky, go to www.kaskwhisky.com

Hat-trick of new product launches will be the toast of Spirit of Speyside: Distilled

A mini-festival celebrating Speyside’s food and drink will play host to a hat-trick of new product launches, underlining the innovation and ingenuity of the region’s producers. Visitors to Spirit of Speyside: Distilled, sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers, will be among the first to sample two new gins and a collaboration between a small craft brewery and one of the world’s best-selling single malts.

Tickets for Spirit of Speyside: Distilled, which will be set up in Elgin Town Hall on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September, have been selling at a brisk pace. Over 30 exhibitors showcasing spirits, beer and food will be attending, along with food and drink venues serving their own special cocktails and Speyside snacks.

Whisky insurance

Avva Scottish Gin will be taking the wraps off its new limited edition expression, which has been created to celebrate Spirit of Speyside: Distilled. The locally produced gin, which is also bottled in Elgin, will be available to buy in very small quantities. Distiller Jill Brown, who launched the Avva brand last year, will also be telling the story of her products at one of the festival masterclasses.

Husband and wife team Sylvi and Bob Duncan will be giving the gin-loving public a chance to taste Duncan’s Gin – a product so new that their own grown-up children have not even had the chance to sample it yet.

The couple have put the Speyside region at the very heart of their product – it contains Highland juniper and five other local botanicals which they foraged. The result is a gin which, they say, reflects the very essence and flavours of the Speyside landscape through its freshness and simplicity.

Spirit of Speyside: Distilled will also be used as a platform to showcase a new experimental IPA – an incredible collaboration between the Speyside Craft Brewery and Glenfiddich Distillery, which is one of the top-selling malts in the world.

Glenfiddich IPA Finish is being launched later this autumn, but those who go along to the festival will have an exclusive opportunity to taste it before it goes to market.

Spirit of Speyside: Distilled is a sister event of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, which has been running for almost 20 years. Organisers see it as an opportunity to highlight the region’s world-class food and drink producers, in addition to whisky distillers.

Event chairman James Campbell says, “We are honoured that we will have three different product launches taking place over the two days of Spirit of Speyside: Distilled. I think this underlines that the producers already see this event as a very important one in terms of the profile it brings, which is very encouraging given that this is only its second year.

“The producers are genuinely interested to learn what Spirit of Speyside: Distilled visitors have to say about their products. Many of them are very passionate and knowledgeable about food and drink, while others simply enjoy it for what it is – either way they are the people who go out and buy these products so it’s important to get feedback from them.

“Tickets have been selling online very quickly in these last few days leading up to the event, but we will be holding some tickets back to sell on the door. We don’t want anyone to miss out on this fantastic opportunity to sample Speyside’s food and drink and to meet the people at the very heart of the industry.”

Distilled is sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers and will run for four different sessions, one from 1-5pm and one from 6-10pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are priced at £20 which includes entry, six vouchers for tasting samples of gin, whisky or beer, a lanyard and a Glencairn crystal nosing and tasting glass.

For more information and to book tickets in advance, visit www.distilled.scot Distilled is active on social media at www.facebook.com/distilledscot on Twitter and Instagram @distilledscot. Follow the festival at #distilled17

Countdown to Spirit of Speyside: Distilled!

If you’re looking for beer that promises to be – in the words of a Speyside brewer – a refreshing change from “mass produced mouthwash” or cool ideas like adding a slice of apple, rather than a wedge of lemon, to enhance a gin and tonic, then Spirit of Speyside: Distilled is the place to be.

Keith Brewery and Caorunn Gin feature in the 30-strong line up of exhibitors taking part in the two-day celebration of the region’s gastronomy on September 1 and 2 at Elgin Town Hall.

Spirit of Speyside: Distilled offers the chance to meet the producers – like the chocolate maker from Favour-it Flavours who is isn’t afraid to experiment with new tastes, with crushed Oreo, caramel biscotti and jelly bean being among the most recent trials, and she’s never short of volunteers to help with a spot of new product sampling.

Find out the best cuppa to start the day, with Cairngorm Leaf and Bean and discover how Macleans Highland Bakery add a twist to their oatcakes offering ranges that have a touch of chilli, haggis, seaweed and black pepper or vanilla.

Whisky Maturation - insuranceBartenders, baristas, brewers, whisky makers and foodies will be there so expect to find samples and tastings, demonstrations, food and drink pairings, storytelling and masterclasses.

It’s the second of the new-breed event celebrating the vibrancy of Speyside’s food and drink producers, from artisanal operators to the globally renowned drinks brands.

It seeks to show the region’s wide range of gourmet delights with surprising flavours from alternative producers who, alongside the region’s well-known whisky brands, are keeping the region at the fore of the Scottish food and drink scene.

The craft producers join the big hitters and they all have one thing in common – people passionate about making great tasting food and drink.

The two-day pop-up festival is being delivered by the team behind the world-famous Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

Festival chairman James Campbell said: “A new generation of people want to seek out artisanal products while enjoying the produce of pioneering businesses that placed the region on the food and drink map.

“What makes Distilled stand out is that food and drink producers come together under one roof. There are so many great food and drink companies operating in the region and this event is a good way of highlighting that diversity while making it easily accessible to visitors.

“It’s a chance to discover new tastes and products, and to try some punchy tastes and flavours, some of which may be familiar and some which will be new. Tickets are selling fast and places are limited so pre-ordering them is the best way to ensure you don’t miss out.”

Distilled is sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers and runs over four sessions, from 1-5pm and 6-10pm on both the Friday and Saturday. Tickets are priced at £20 and this includes entry, six vouchers for tasting samples of gin, whisky or beer, a lanyard and a Glencairn crystal nosing and tasting glass.

All whisky, gin, beer and foods on offer will have a Speyside provenance and there will be the chance to purchase products from stand holders. Festival merchandise will also be on sale.

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.distilled.scot

Distilled is active on social media at www.facebook.com/distilledscot on Twitter and Instagram @distilledscot. Follow the festival at #distilled17

Whisky Maturation – Ensuring your stock is protected

Scotch Whisky is vital to the entire Scottish and UK economies. According to the Scotch Whisky Association the industry generated £5 billion in value last year alone, supporting more than 40,000 jobs and exporting £4 billion of Scotch annually to almost 200 markets. Exports of Single malt Scotch whisky also topped £1bn worth for the first time in 2016.

Fourteen new distilleries have opened since 2013 and a further eight are expected to start producing this year. In addition, there are forty distilleries at planning and development stage so the future for the industry remains strong.

Whisky Maturation Period

The whisky industry poses its own unique challenges due to the fact that whisky, after it has been distilled, must mature for longer periods – sometimes in excess of fifteen years.

In terms of the insurance impact of this lengthy distillation and maturation process, it is both impractical and costly to insure for this entire period. In addition to standard material damage cover, it is advisable to insure the product on a maturation basis that will cover both market value at the time of a potential loss and the loss of future matured value.

Put simply, if a warehouse stocked with whisky, which is set to mature for ten years, was destroyed by fire at the five-year point, the fire risk insurance policy would pay the five-year-old-whisky market value as at the date of the fire. The maturation wording would then pay the difference between that amount and the value of its intended selling price had it matured as a ten-year-old whisky. Thereby between the two sections, the distiller would be fully indemnified in respect of the loss of whisky in-store.

Whisky maturation - barrels

There is also a need to include a loss of output option in terms of business interruption should there be an insured event such as fire at the distillery.  This allows for a claim to be based on the gross profit loss arising from the reduction in output rather than a reduction in turnover. This is because the latter would not arise until the relevant maturity period.

It’s important that all distillery owners prioritise a ‘health check’ of their insurances. We at Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers offer this service free gratis.

Graeme Dempster is an Account Executive specialising in arranging insurance for Distilleries.  For further information please contact Graeme at [email protected] or call 07568 313 886