DramFest Sessions 2018

Due to the overwhelming enthusiasm for the DramFest Sessions, we have worked with some of our visiting experts to bring you 6 new sessions that we're calling A wee dram with...

We would like to welcome back both old friends and new to this exciting lineup - these sessions are small and intimate, with two whiskies specially selected for the tasting that aren't available elsewhere at DramFest.

31/01/2018 Update: We're sorry but all of the sessions for DramFest are now fully booked.


A WEE DRAM WITH...

Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Distillery (Islay, Scotland)
Saturday 3rd of March
1:45pm - 2:15pm
$20

The Kilchoman distillery was founded by Anthony and Kathy Wills on the Isle of Islay in 2005, and since its first single malt release 3 years later, it has become one of the stalwarts of the Scotch whisky industry. Anthony has selected two special cask samples to share with you for this session that will not be available to try anywhere else at DramFest.

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David Allen, Glengyle Distillery (Campbeltown, Scotland)
Saturday 3rd of March
3:00pm - 3:30pm
$20

David Allen returns once again to DramFest, traveling all the way from Campbeltown on the Mull of Kintyre, to share two very special drams from the 'newest old distillery' in the area, Glengyle, whose whisky is more famously known as Kilkerran. Under the ownership of J&A Mitchell of Springbank, Glengyle continues the traditional methods of production handed down through five generations of family ownership.

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Craig Johnstone, BenRiach Distillery Co. (Speyside, Scotland)
Saturday 3rd of March
4:15pm - 4:45pm
$20

Joining us all the way from Scotland for his first DramFest, Craig will be bringing his rich knowledge and experience from his time in the whisky industry to give you a taste of two very special drams from  BenRiach and GlenDronach distilleries which are not yet available in New Zealand.

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Martin Lynch, Teeling Distillery
(Dublin, Ireland)
Sunday 4th of March
1:45pm - 2:15pm
$20

Born in Dublin, Martin’s heritage and experience in many facets of the hospitality industry translate into his passion and wealth of knowledge surrounding the Teeling distillery. He returns to DramFest this year spreading the word on ‘The Independent Spirit of Dublin’, giving you a sneak preview of some future releases from the company which will not be available anywhere else at DramFest.

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Chloe Wood, Bruichladdich Distillery (Islay, Scotland)
Sunday 4th of March
3:00pm - 3:30pm
$20

 

Born and bred on Islay, Chloe has over 4 years experience at the Bruichladdich Distillery where she has developed her knowledge and passion for the malt. Her newly appointed role as Asia Pacific brand ambassador for the distillery will bring her to New Zealand for her first DramFest. Packed in her suitcase she's bringing a couple of distillery exclusives which she looks forward to sharing with you.

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Alex Bruce, Ardnamurchan Distillery  (Lochaber, Scotland)
Sunday 4th of March
4:15pm - 4:45pm
$20

The Hon. Alex Bruce, Master of the Quaich, is the managing director of Adelphi, one of Scotland's premier independent bottlers, as well as the Ardnamurchan distillery.

Alex is one of the world's most respected whisky personalities and long time supporter and friend of the New Zealand whisky scene. Alex's will be showcasing the exciting work taking place at the Ardnamurchan distillery on the remote west coast peninsula in Scotland.

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DRAMFEST 2018 SESSIONS - SOLD OUT

Please note, all of the below tastings are fully booked.

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SESSION A:
The Top Shelf with Dave Broom & Charles Maclean (Scotland)
1:30pm    $130

The Top Shelf returns to DramFest for 2018, and this year we are priviledged to have this special session hosted by two of the world's foremost experts and authors on Scotch whisky, Charles Maclean and Dave Broom.

Between them, they have over 40 years of experience writing, studying and educating about whisky, they will guide you through a tasting of some of the rarest bottles of liquid history available in the country, specially selected for this tasting from the archive's of Whisky Galore.

This tasting will run slightly longer than the other sessions, lasting for one hour.

 


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SESSION B:
Dr. Bill Lumsden - The Glenmorangie distillery (Scotland)
2:00pm    $45

One of Scotch whiskies most influential and innovative master blenders, Dr. Bill Lumsden is the nose behind two of Scotland's greatest distillery's, Ardbeg and Glenmorangie.

Dr. Bill Lumsden is known for his pioneering work with wood finishes, and has been the creative force behind Glenmorangie and he has chosen three special whiskies to share you with you at his session.


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SESSION C:
Diplomatico Rum with Ian Burrell
, Global Rum Ambassador
3:15pm    $38

Worldwide recognised global rum ambassador, Ian travels the world, training, lecturing and promoting rum & cocktails and with over 25 years in the industry he is setting the pace for the promotion of the unique rum lifestyle globally.

We are delighted that he will be joining us for his first DramFest to represent Diplomático Rum.


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SESSION D:
The Springbank distillery with Ranald Watson (Scotland)
3:30pm    $44

We are delighted to welcome back Ranald Watson from the Springbank distillery of Campbeltown. Springbank produces one of the most distinctive whiskies in Scotland, made by hand with the most time-honoured methods. A fiercely independent and family owned distillery since its founding in 1828, they remain one of the most traditional distilleries in Scotland.

For his tasting, Ranald has selected three exceptional samples just for this tasting, drawn directly from the cask from their three spirit styles: Hazelburn, Springbank and Longrow.


THE SUNDAY SESSIONS:

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SESSION E:
The Top Shelf with Dave Broom & Charles Maclean (Scotland)
1:30pm    $130

The Top Shelf returns to DramFest for 2018, and this year we are priviledged to have this session hosted by two of the world's foremost experts and authors on Scotch whisky, Charles Maclean and Dave Broom.

Between them, they have over 40 years of experience writing, studying and educating about whisky, they will guide you through a tasting of some of the rarest bottles of liquid history available in the country.

This tasting will run slightly longer than the other sessions, lasting for one hour.
 


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SESSION F:
Cameron McGeachy from Wm. Cadenhead (Scotland)
2:00pm    $56

Celebrating it's 175th anniversary this year, Wm. Cadenhead is Scotland's oldest independent bottlers.

Proudly presented by Cameron McGeachy who joins us from the home of Cadenhead in Campbeltown, this tasting will explore some of the rarest releases from the company, selected from three of Scotland's closed distilleries.

 


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SESSION G:
Ian McWilliam (KQ) from the Glenfarclas Distillery (Scotland)
3:15pm    $50

Ian McWilliam, recently appointed a Keeper of the Quaich for his services to Scotch whisky, joins us from the Glenfarclas distillery in Speyside.

The Glenfarclas distillery has been owned by the Grant family for six generations, and it is this spirit of family ownership and independence that has enabled them to remain one of Scotland's most iconic distilleries.

Ian's Session will span three decades of the famous Family Cask bottlings.


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SESSION H:
Stewart Laing from Hunter Laing & Co. (Scotland)
3:30pm    $50

Continuing the heritage of independent bottling and blending that was established in 1948 by his father, Stewart Laing and his children are now also soon to be distillery owners, completing Ardnahoe on Islay in 2018.

Stewart returns to New Zealand to share some of his famous single cask releases from the Old Malt Cask, Old & Rare range and more.