Festivals & Events February 27, 2018

5 Things You Should Know About Halifax’s 2018 NSLC Festival of Whisky

The NSLC Festival of Whisky is back and bigger than ever with a variety of exciting events all taking place from March 1-3, 2018.

To help you make the most of this year’s festival, we’ve got the 5 most important festival facts you need to know before you go!


1. You have five chances to attend.

Get whisky’ed away by Chef Craig Flinn and his culinary team at Chives at the Single Malt Scotch Dinner with Macallen on Thursday, March 1. Take your tastebuds on a guided tour of the distilleries of Scotland on Friday, March 2 with a special Experience the Distilleries of Scotland tasting at Casino Nova Scotia on Friday, March 2.

Become a student of scotch at a Single Malt Scotch Master Class with Glenfiddich and The Balvenie on Saturday, March 3. Of course, the Grand Tastings on Saturday March 3, are not to be missed! They take place at Casino Nova Scotia from 2–4:30 p.m. and 7–9:30 p.m.


2. There’s a Festival of Whisky App!

Keep track of what you’d like to try, your tasting notes and favorites all in one place with the NSLC Festival of Whisky App.

Visit mynslcevents.com to start planning—you can even plan a personalized tasting tour to make sure you don’t miss out on something you’ll love.

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3. There are over 170 varieties of whisky to try!

Yes, you read that right! This year’s festival boasts more than 170 whisky selections from the rare to the familiar. So whether you’re an aficionado or a novice, you’re bound to encounter a whisky you haven’t before.


4. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with some of the whisky world’s top experts.

When it comes to whisky, these experts know their stuff! Keep your eyes peeled for these whisky ambassadors throughout the NSLC Festival of Whisky events, and if you have the opportunity to talk to them, do! Their knowledge is impressive and their passion infectious.


5. You can sample from the world’s oldest whisky distillery.

Funnily enough, world’s oldest distillery is actually Irish. The Old Bushmill distillery in Northern Ireland was given a distilling license by King James I on April 20, 1608. Head to Table 10 at the Grand Tastings to sample a dram.

To try a tipple from Scotland’s oldest distillery, head to Table 20 for some Glenturret, which has been distilling whisky for over 240 years.)


Tasting Tip: Stick to the six.

When tasting and judging whisky, there are six key pillars to pay attention to: aroma, peat, smoke, taste, sweetness, and the finish. Every whisky is different, and it’s these six building blocks that make each one distinct. Once you start to get a sense of what you like, check out the NSLC Whisky Discovery Guide to find the bottle that best suits your palate!


For more information on the 2018 NSLC Festival of Whisky, check out the Facebook event or myNSLC.com

Are you planning on attending the Festival? Tell us about it on Facebook or TwitterAnd don’t forget to tag @DiscoverHalifax on Instagram and use #DiscoverHalifax for a chance to have your Halifax adventures featured!

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