What To drink now: Tomatin

Tomatin will host its second virtual whisky festival on 9th May to raise much-needed funds for its charity partner, Maggie’s Highlands.

The event, which will be live-streamed on Tomatin’s own YouTube channel, comes off the back of the success of their world-first online whisky festival earlier this month, which saw over 13,000 individuals tune in across the globe. Now the Highland distillery is back with host Aqvavitae, and new whisky partners, with a view to giving back to the community as they share their expertise and insights.

Maggie’s, a charity which provides free practical and emotional support to people living with cancer, is currently unable to see people face to face at their 26 centres across the UK and abroad , including its centre in Inverness, close to the Tomatin distillery, which offers support across the Highland’s region.

Maggie’s experts are now supporting people by phone, email and through their online community as they live with the added stress and anxiety of living with cancer, plus changes and delays to treatment and self-isolation.

To be able to continue to support those with cancer, and their loved ones, they need fundraising help. Last week, their annual golf day, which was sponsored by Tomatin Single Malt and usually raises £60,000 for the centre in a single day, had to be cancelled due to ongoing social distancing restrictions.

The whisky brands supporting and featuring in the festival are: Blanton’s, That Boutique-y Whisky Company, Douglas Laing, Glengoyne, Mackmyra, Old Pulteney, Raasay, Tamdhu and Tomatin.

While the event will be free to attend, viewers will be able to make a donation to Maggie’s Highlands, and all donations will be entered into a competition to win whisky prizes.


Donations can be made at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tomatinformaggies.

The Lockdown Whisky Festival will begin streaming from 2-5pm BST on 9th May on the Tomatin Distillery YouTube channel.



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