Deanston Whisky Festival 2013
At the end of June 2013, Deanston hosted its first ever Whisky Festival. The celebration of whisky, food, Scottish hospitality and community marked the first birthday of the Deanston Visitor Centre, which opened in June 2012.
Deanston played host to whisky enthusiasts, festival fans and families alike to its picturesque, historic location on the River Teith to join in the festivities, which kicked off on 27 June. From whisky blending master classes and special distillery tours, to the Great Deanston Bake-Off, the range of events meant that the festival catered to the entire family.
Kicking off the proceedings on Thursday was Ian MacMillan, Deanston’s master distiller, who put his knowledge to good use during an exclusive dinner. Whisky lovers were invited to relax and enjoy a 3 course meal in the distillery, whilst being able to taste some of the brand’s most exclusive offerings, including Deanston 39YO.
Friday the 28th of June made way for the summer outdoor screening of The Angels’ Share, a movie that was filmed at the distillery itself! The lucky viewers were able to take in their surroundings and compare them to the location in the film.
On Saturday, there were a number of interesting events to attend, such as whisky tours, single malt tasting master classes, blending courses, the Deanston Distillery Market featuring local produce and crafts, a bake-off, children’s activities and even the chance to step back into history with the Deanston Time Machine!
In honour of this event, Deanston produced a festival exclusive: 500 special edition bottles of their first-ever cask strength 12YO. Additionally, the distillery launched a new ‘fill your own’ bottle, where visitors can fill their own bottle with a rare Deanston expression specially hand-selected by Master Distiller Ian MacMillan.
Peter Semple, Visitor and Retail Facilities Manager at Deanston, said, “Since we opened the Deanston Visitor Centre in June 2012, we’ve had over 10,000 people come through our doors and are looking forward to welcoming even more during the Whisky Festival, a celebration of our traditional, hand crafted whisky. Deanston is a working distillery steeped in rich history and we hope that the event will highlight what a wonderful destination it is, not only for tourists and whisky enthusiasts but our surrounding community.”