Published on March 3rd, 2015 | by Alastair Gilmour


Wink, wink, special stuff’s under the counter

Eddie Ludlow, former manager of the Newcastle city-centre branch of Oddbins, is returning to the city host the Newcastle Whisky Festival.

The Whisky Lounge event at the Civic Centre on Saturday March 7 features whiskies from not only around Scotland but from all over the world. There will also be workshops, tastings and “under the counter” samples.

Eddie told us how the festival works (after booking which costs £30): “Simply approach any of the exhibitor stands, ask politely for a dram and you shall receive a tasty glass of whisky. It really is that simple. Every exhibitor should know their whiskies inside out and it’s well worth taking advantage of this knowledge. They’ll be able to answer all and any whisky-related questions you may have and will happily explain why their whisky is so damn tasty.

“The vast majority of whiskies on show are available to taste within your ticket price, however, ‘under the counter’ tokens simply allow you access to some of the rare and more exclusive whiskies in the festival.”

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