One of the best parts about drinking whiskey is the sense of community it offers. Sitting down at a tasting with a group of friends (or even strangers!) provides an experience like no other, and debating flavor profiles and ranking whiskies is fast becoming a beloved past time.
Honestly, few places offer this experience quite like any of the best whiskey festivals do.
As you get to know more whiskeys, you may want to start exploring some of the best whiskey festivals and events. These festivals, most taking place yearly, can be found around the globe, and honor the distilleries, master distillers, and the whiskeys that have been created.
We’ve picked out some of the best whiskey festivals that you should know about, so that you can add a few to your bucket list.
Glasgow’s Whisky Festival
This list of the best whiskey festivals wouldn’t be complete without the Glasgow’s Whisky Festival. It celebrates the Scotland’s national drink, bringing together the best of Glasgow, Scotland, and even some whisky from other parts of the globe.
Over 65 exhibitors from various distilleries are on hand to answer questions, and give out samples of their offerings to the 2000 attendees. The festival boasts representatives from Glenfiddich, Glencairn, Murray McDavid, and James Eadie.
WHISKY SHOW: OLD & RARE
If you are interested in fine, rare, and antique spirits, this is the best whisky festival to attend. Hosted in London, the show features mostly independent companies and collectors, rather than distilleries. You can get your hands on some of the hardest to find Scotch, Japanese, Irish, and American whiskey.
The best part is, you can purchase these whiskies to try by the dram, allowing guests to sample whiskey that would otherwise be far too cost prohibitive.
That’s why the show is such a draw for a worldwide assortment of whiskey fans and collectors. The show draws in about 1000 people over two days, and offers about 600 whiskeys.
There are also a variety of events to take part in, including masterclasses.