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October 22, 2019

But you'll need to hurry if you fancy trying a few drams as the day's first session has sold out.

This is the tenth year that Glasgow's Whisky Festival has taken place and demand for tickets is high. At the time of writing this blog (Mon 21st Oct), there were still tickets for the 5pm to 9pm session but the noon to 4pm tickets were long gone.

Tickets are £40 a head.

Those with tickets can look forward to more than seventy stands featuring not just whisky but also gin, rum, other spirits and whisky gifts.

While distilleries from all over Scotland and the rest of the world will be represented, this festival has an emphasis on those making whisky in and around Glasgow plus the independent bottlers based in the city.

Glasgow Distillery Co

Fittingly, the Glasgow Distillery Co (main pic) is again the main sponsor. The first independent single malt whisky distillery to open in Glasgow for over a hundred years, they will be sampling the 2019 release of their 1770 Glasgow Single Malt. Guests will also be able to buy a bottle on the day.

The full list of exhibitors is here but you may want to keep an eye open for local heroes such as Clydeside Distillery, Douglas Laing and Co, Glengoyne and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

The latter are on the cusp of opening a Members' Room on Bath Street. When it opens - hopefully at the end of January 2020 - it will offer more than 300 Society bottlings.

Returning to the Festival, you might also want to wander over to the Speciality Brands stall. They look after distillers such as Japan's Nikka, Taiwan's Kavalan and India's Amrut.