Dramboree is a weekend-long event in Scotland, run by and designed for people who love whisky.
2014 was our second year, and it went absolutely swimmingly! 64 folk from 6 countries converged next to Loch Lomond to taste and share whisky they'd brought, and participate in the various activities. We held a series of tasting workshops:
A headline tasting with Stephen Marshall - Malt Marketing Manager of John Dewar and Sons - featuring their new malt portfolio, from their Craigellachie, Glen Deveron, Aberfeldy and Aultmore distilleries, featuring some newly released whisky, and some sneak previews of releases yet to come.
Mike Lord from The Whisky Shop Dufftown presented a compelling tasting entitled "Lording It Up!" centred around distilleries from his home town of Dufftown, and how it's not unreasonable to claim that it should be a whisky region in its own right.
Angus MacRaild of Whisky Online Auctions lead the group through a brace of whiskies from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s and talked about how production techniques and whisky styles of yesteryear contrast from the modern era in his tasting, "Absorbing Vintage Whiskies".
Daryl Haldane from Highland Park gave a presentation on what's going on up at his Orkney distillery, including tasting some unusual gems, in his "T in the Highland Park" session.
Annabel Meikle from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society presented her "Super Sensory Tasting", showing off both how whiskies interact with the various senses of sight, sound, taste, feel and smell - and also leading the very appreciative crowd through a selection of the society's wonderful single cask whiskies.
As if that weren't enough, we also held The Dramboree Quiz, conducted a chaired discussion panel of industry insiders in "Whisky Question Time", enjoyed a sumptuous barbecue feast (ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and a whole lot more!) courtesy of Master of Malt, an early morning "Loony Dook" in Loch Lomond (for those particularly keen and/or hard of thinking), and visited a nearby whisky distillery for a tour!
The entire event - all coach/ferry travel to and from Glasgow, the tasting workshops, meals, and accommodation - is included in the entry fee. And once that's done, it's just a matter of figuring out which bottle of whisky from your collection to bring to share with the likeminded folk attending the event with you!
And my word, did we have some lovely drams on the table this year...
So as you can see - no ordinary weekend out!
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Event sponsors The Whisky Exchange not only provided our travel needs for the weekend (coaches for getting here and there, as well as a majestic ferry trip across Loch Lomond), but also helped us select and bottle a single cask exclusive cask strength Ledaig - which you can now buy via their website!