As a born and raised Kendalian, it was an honour to be involved in the inaugural Kendal Whisky festival.
I am often reminded how lucky I am to work in the Whisky industry and to be able to work for such an amazing distillery. As the world has begun to open its doors and large gatherings were once more permissible, I have been very fortune to be invited to exhibit at a number of Whisky shows in the UK and Europe.
Whisky brings people together, it promotes conversation, laughter and community. Sharing a dram and stories with others is what Whisky is all about. And to do that in person, well that really is the best.
As a new Whisky brand on a global stage, we have set forth with a quiet confidence having won best new make in Scotland at the world whisky awards. And yet still I was unprepared for the sheer volume of positive and reassuring feedback that the global whisky community has given to Lindores Lowland Single Malt Scotch.
Having visited London, Denmark and Germany in the last few weeks I set off for the Lake District last Friday having been invited to participate in the inaugural Kendal Whisky festival. As a born and raised Kendalian, it was an honour to be involved in what turned out to be a thoroughly fantastic event. To proudly represent Lindores Abbey Distillery and to see my hometown welcome the Whisky community was very special.
It would be remiss not to offer thanks to the great Phil Walker and Dave Pennington who organised the event and for their kind invitation to attend the event. Phil and Dave have been great supporters of Lindores Abbey Distillery and we owe them a debt of gratitude for their kind advocacy. I hope that the Kendal Whisky festival will build on its foundations to become one of the key events of the year.
Thanks also to Mayor of Kendal – Douglas Rathbone, along with Councillors Robin Ashcroft and Chris Hogg who took the time to welcome me to the festival and offered an opportunity to support this great initiative.
I will look back upon this weekend past with an overwhelming sense of pride for both Lindores and Kendal for many a year to come.