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January 23, 2019

 If Friday's Burns Supper celebrations are likely  to leave you drouthy for more whisky then The National Whisky Festival will wet your whistle.  

Taking place for the third time, this hugely popular event will be held in Glasgow's SWG3 as part of Celtic Connections on Saturday 26 January.

The National Whisky Festival will feature over 30 exhibitors from some of the most exciting names in the business and over a hundred different whiskies/expressions to try - all included in the ticket price.

Held in The Galvanisers - part of the popular SWG3 events complex in Glasgow’s West End - this is the third NWF to be run in collaboration with the world famous folk music and culture festival Celtic Connections.

In recent years, the event has expanded to include versions in Edinburgh and Paisley as part of the town's Spree Festival in 2018.

Guests can book tickets for one of two three-and-a-half-hour sessions.

Whisky master classes

Over a hundred different expressions of Scotland's national drink will be available for sampling.

Over a hundred different expressions of Scotland's national drink will be available for sampling.

As well as individual dram sampling, there will also be the opportunity for visitors to attend one of twelve whisky tasting master classes (six per session - to be booked separately) to help sharpen their knowledge and hone their tasting skills.

Master classes include A Taste of Goa, courtesy of Paul John Indian Single Malt Whisky, and a unique tasting lesson from Islay Whisky Academy, run by Rachel MacNeill - founder of the first ever whisky blog for women, Whisky for Girls.

And while all visitors are encouraged to have a wee nip, there is plenty for non-whisky drinkers to enjoy too, including a newly-added craft beer bar and a wide selection of gins, bourbons and other spirits.

Live music

In addition to  plenty of scran to help the whisky slip down, one of the most appealing aspects of this festival is the incredible live music curated by Celtic Connections.

Colin Campbell, one of the founders of NWF (main pic) said: 'It's once again very exciting to be hosting another edition of the festival, slap-bang in the middle of Celtic Connections. We are very pleased to have them curating our line-up of live music, which never fails to provide a joyous and celebratory atmosphere that underpins our entire reason for being there: the appreciation of our national drink and its fundamental place in our culture.'

Tickets cost £37 and include:

Entry to one of two sessions on Saturday 26 January (12pm-3.30pm or 4.15pm-7.45pm)

Unique NWF branded Glencairn crystal nosing glass, to use on the day and take home

Access to sampling over 100 different whiskies/expressions (and some cheeky other spirits)

The official festival programme

Two discount vouchers to be used at the festival bottle shop, provided by Good Spirits Co.

Access to master classes within your session (to be booked separately)

An incredible bill of live music programmed by Celtic Connections

The line-up for each session will be announced in the run up to the event. Organisers are encouraging speedy booking as this event is likely to sell out very quickly.