Whisky Focus - International Scotch Day February 10 2017

International Scotch Day Friday 10th February #LoveScotch

9th February 2017

Join the celebrations tomorrow in the inaugural International Scotch Day.

International Scotch Day Friday 10th February

A new global celebration is being introduced in honour of Scotland’s gift to the world - International Scotch Day. The inaugural celebration will take place tomorrow, Friday February 10th and invites you to raise a glass of Scotch and celebrate a drink that’s made to be enjoyed with good company, wherever, whenever.

Diageo owner of 28 Scotch malt whisky distilleries at my last count are behind the global celebration which aims to shine a spotlight on the Scotch whisky category, and to help raise awareness and deepen knowledge of Scotch around the world.

To mark the occasion Diageo is opening the doors to its 12 distillery visitor centres across Scotland - Blair Athol, Caol Ila, Cardhu, Clynelish, Cragganmore, Dalwhinnie, Glenkinchie, Glen Ord, Lagavulin, Oban, Royal Lochnagar and Talisker – offering free tours to anyone visiting on Friday 10th February. Full details can be found at www.discovering-distilleries.com.

International Scotch Day will also be marked by the first ever public open-day at the Diageo Archive located in Menstrie, Scotland. Home to over half a million items including documents, advertising material, bottles, books and memorabilia relating to global brands such as Johnnie Walker, this is rare opportunity to be immersed in the unparalleled heritage of the Scotch whisky industry. There will be a limit of 50 tours available on a first-come-first-served basis. To register for a tour of the Diageo Archive please email: archive.menstrie@diageo.com

There will also be official International Scotch Day celebrations are taking place all over the world, and fronting the proceedings is world-renowned supermodel, Coco Rocha and award-winning actress, Freida Pinto. Those of you in or around London will find a selection of London’s best bars will be joining in the celebrations by offering with limited-edition Scotch whisky cocktails, created by some of the city’s leading mixologists:

  • Club Cocktail – (Haig Club) Available at Claridge’s, Fumoir Bar
  • Seven Flowers – (Haig Club Clubman) Available at The Drift
  • The Cottontail – (Johnnie Walker Blue Label) Available at The Corinthia
  • T&Seas’ – (Talisker) Available at The Berkeley, Blue Bar
  • Talisker Anchor Ritual – (Talisker) Available at Black Rock
  • Essence – (Lagavulin) Available at The Connaught Bar

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The Drift Bar & Restaurant, 110 Bishopsgate, London, is also home to a #LoveScotch pop-up activation, hosting a series of Scotch whisky cocktail masterclasses and events which allow guests to enjoy twists on classic cocktails, learn about the versatility and diversity of Scotch and discover that there is a Scotch whisky to suit every palate. To book a masterclass please contact: info@thedriftbar.co.uk

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If you are unable to take advantage of the free distillery or archive visits or make it along to one of the organised events you can still raise a glass of Scotland's gift to the world at home and join the celebration via twitter using #LoveScotch and if you are looking for something special to drink you will find a great selection of Scotch whisky at specialist online whisky shops such as Master of Malt

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