A massive thank you to all of you who attended our
Winter Whisky Festival!

A series of virtual tasting with some of the biggest names in whisky. We showcased some unique drams and presented some amazing festival exclusive bottles too!


Glen Scotia
William Grant & Sons
Douglas Laing
Hunter Laing
The Famouse Grouse
SWC Victor & George

Festival Schedule

  • Monday 28th December
  • 2pm
    William Grant & Sons
  • 4pm
  • 6pm
    Douglas Laing
  • 8pm
    Glen Scotia
  • Tuesday 29th December
  • 2pm
    The Famous Grouse
  • 4pm
  • 6pm
    Hunter Laing
  • 8pm
  • Wednesday 30th December
  • 2pm
    Catoctin Creek
  • 4pm
    Victor & George
  • 6pm
    Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers
  • 8pm

Festival Sessions

William Grant & Sons

Monday 28th December : 2pm

Hosted by Tim Foster

Some big big drams from one of the biggest names in Whisky - William Grant & Sons open the winter festival with a very special line-up!

  • Glenfiddich Cru 23yo
  • Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 7
  • Girvan Grain 25yo
  • Girvan Grain Proof Strength


Monday 28th December : 4pm

Hosted by Paul Dempsey

Once again Paul Dempsey from Speyside Distillery will be hosting this tasting, taking us through some old favourites, new releases and even a mystery dram!

  • 12yo Tawny port
  • Spey 18yo
  • Spey Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2018 Tawny Port cask 59.1%
  • Trutina Cask Strength 2020
  • Fumare Cask Strength 2020

Douglas Laing

Monday 28th December : 6pm

Hosted by Jamie and Stuart

You wanted Old Grain, we've brought you Old Grain... and what an amazing line-up! Just a mere 138 years of maturation in what promises to be a highlight of the festival. And just in case that wasn't enough, the 30yo Cameronbridge is also exclusively bottled for SWC!

  • North British 23yo - Hogshead OP
  • Cameronbridge 25yo - Hogshead OP
  • Cameronbridge 30yo - Sherry OP
  • Cambus 30yo - Hogshead XOP
  • Invergordon 30yo - Sherry butt XOP

Glen Scotia

Monday 28th December : 8pm

Hosted by Iain McAlister

Master distiller Iain McAlister once again takes us through a superb set of dunnage samples that has been especially put together for the winter festival.

  • 1989 Refill Ex-Bourbon
  • 2007 Bordeaux Wine Finish
  • 2001 First Fill Ex-Bourbon
  • 2005 Tawny Port Finish
  • 2013 First Fill Ex-Bourbon

The Famous Grouse

Tuesday 29th December : 2pm

Hosted by Calum Fraser, Master Blender

Calum Fraser, the Master Blender from The Famous Grouse will be hosting this tasting, taking us through a range of their expressions

  • The Famous Grouse Finest Blended Scotch Whisky
  • The Famous Grouse Bourbon Cask
  • The Famous Grouse Wine Cask
  • The Famous Grouse Smoky Black


Tuesday 29th December : 4pm

Hosted by Scott Adamson

Just south of Inverness, Tomatin describes its whisky as the ‘softer side to the Highlands’. Scott Adamson their Global Brand Ambassador once again graces Southport via Zoom to present some very special expressions of their whisky.

  • 18yo
  • Fino Sherry Casks
  • Cù Bòcan Creations 1
  • Cù Bòcan Creations 2

Hunter Laing

Tuesday 29th December : 6pm

Hosted by Andrew Laing

Andrew take us through some exceptional new releases, including our very own Southport Whisky Festival Exclusive Caol Ila!

  • Scarabus Batch Strength
  • Scarabus 10yo
  • SWC Festival Exclusive 9yo Caol Ila
  • Laphroiag (bottled for the Ardnahoe distillery shop)


Tuesday 29th December : 8pm

Hosted by George Grant

George Grant will once again be hosting this Glenfarclas event. If you missed him last time around don't make the same mistake twice!

  • SWC Exclusive 9yo
  • SWC Exclusive 11yo
  • SWC Exclusive 20yo Cask Strength
  • 105 22yo

Catoctin Creek

Wednesday 30th December : 2pm

Hosted by Scott Harris

Live from Virginia, USA, Becky and Scott Harris take us through 4 fantastic Catoctin Creek expressions!

  • Roundstone Rye
  • Roundstone Rye Distillers Edition
  • Roundstone Rye Cask Proof
  • Rabble Rouser

Victor & George

Wednesday 30th December : 4pm

Hosted by Victor Porter & George Michie

Back by popular demand... Victor, George and friends present a lucky dip blind tasting. Each tasting pack has a random 6 drams from a pool of 13 whiskies. The panel tastes them blind, how close will they get? How close will you get?

  1. Cragganmore 12yo
  2. Glen Scotia Double Cask
  3. Bunnahabhain Stiuireadair
  4. Nevis Dew 12yo
  5. Johnnie Walker Green Label
  6. Clan Denny Sweetly Spiced Blended Malt
  7. Harris Macduff 15yo Cask Strength 59.9%
  8. Arran 14yo, The Prancing Horse, 2000 Sherry Hogshead
  9. The English, Soho Whisky Club, Wine QC
  10. Kilchoman 100% Islay, 2017 Batch 7
  11. SWC Bimber #127
  12. Glen Scotia 2002 Cask Strength SWC #493
  13. Loch Lomond SWC #7/160-1

Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers

Wednesday 30th December : 6pm

Hosted by Niel Hendriksz

Niel Hendriksz takes us through another fantastic set from Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers - including some SWC Exclusives!

  • Tomintoul 21yo - SWC Exclusive
  • North British 28yo - SWC Exclusive
  • Pulteney 11yo - SWC Exclusive
  • Glen Garioch 11yo
  • Plus a mystery dram!


Wednesday 30th December : 8pm

Hosted by Matt McKay

Matt McKay of Bimber once again takes us through a cracking set of samples, including a couple of recent releases, a recent country release, an unreleased single cask and our very own Single Cask #124/24 bottled for the festival!

  • Ex-Bourbon Oak Casks Small Batch 002
  • Oloroso Cask Small Batch 003
  • USA Country Edition Virgin Cask #95
  • Southport Winter Festival PX Finish #124/24
  • Port Cask #47

The festival exclusives...

The festival in numbers...

The Festival Team

Huge thanks to the team for all their hard work behind the scenes to turn the idea of the Southport Winter Whisky Festival into a reality...

Victor Porter (The Boss)

Southport Whisky Club

Ringleader, the brains behind the festival and the guy who makes thing happen.


Chris Lodge (Distribution & Logistics)

Managing Director Manor Lodge Food

30 years experience in wholesale food distribution. No real favourite distillery but a big fan of old grains.


Max Gilbert (Hosting & Infrastructure)

Software Engineer

Loves developing, exploring and drinking Glen Scotia whisky.


Nigel Misson (Back End Development)

Head of Software Development at CloudM

When not creating great software, I love drinking whisky, cooking curry and travelling to India. Ideal job is CTO (Chief Tasting Officer) for PaulJohn in Goa.


Peter Hunt (Stock Control and Packing Expert)

Whisky Enthusiast and Blogger

The world's biggest Càrn Mòr fan!


John Watkinson (Crayon Crew)

Graphic Designer & Whisky Photographer

Lives to be creative. Huge fan of Glen Scotia and Bunnahabhain