New whisky festival set for Oban

A new festival called West Coast Whisky Feis is to take place in Oban in July to champion Scotland’s west coast distillers.

The festival, which runs from 12pm– 6pm on Saturday, 22 July, is the brainchild of local drinks retailer, Oban Whisky and Fine Wines.

Euan Finlayson, owner of Oban Whisky and Fine Wines, said, “We wanted to create an event that shows off the incredible whiskies that the west coast has to offer.

“The aim is to offer a range of whiskies and master classes that can appeal to newcomers and aficionados alike.”

The event held at at Oban’s Skipinnish Cèilidh House will bring together a number of west coast distilleries, with 17 confirmed so far, including Isle of Arran, Caol Ila and Ben Nevis distillery. The local Diageo-owned Oban Distillery will also hold on-site master classes.

The local Diageo-owned Oban Distillery will also hold on-site master classes, while Skipinnish Ceilidh House will host a range of exhibits from west coast distilleries and food stalls highlighting local producers.

Ticket holders will be given their own dram glass and will be able to take samples from all of the exhibitors.

There will also be a nosing competition where attendees can attempt to identify various whiskies by smell alone, with a bottle of single malt whisky up for grabs.

Samples are included in the event ticket price and master classes are available for an additional fee.

Tickets cost £30 and are available here.

Main photo by Ayack via Wiki.