Edinburgh Whisky Fringe is in its sixteenth year now. Over time it has gained the reputation of being one of the most remarkable attractions in the list of global whisky events. The tickets for the three day festival are limited to four hundred and fifty each day. This allows only a significantly small number of lucky people, to experience the beauty and grandeur of Mansfield Traquair, and sample two hundred and fifty whiskies spread over twenty eight stands.
The exhibitors almost always know what people want and bring to the table some exceptional ‘half-time orange’ treat drams. A speciality of the festival, the list features rare whisky like Dalmore Quintessence, Springbank 21-year-old, Ardbeg Dark Cove, and Linkwood 1998 Cote Rotie from Gordon & MacPhail. This practise of making select whisky available for all, sets apart the Ediburgh Whiskey Fringe from other whisky festivals that happen across the globe.
Scotland’s smallest distillery, Strathearn distillery from Perthshire, was conceived one Fringe festival day and six years later, now they are back as exhibitors. Strathearn matures its spirit, both peated and non-peated, in small octave-sized casks, so that each batch of their whisky is unique. The first bottle from this micro-distillery was sold at £4,150 through a whisky auction platform.
Royal Mile Whiskies' annual Whisky Fringe manages to draw people from all over the world to Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. An essential part of their success is the spirit of the people who come to attend it, and the passion they share for all things whisky.