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PICTURES: A Midsummer Night’s Dram event at Bogbain Farm in Inverness organised by socially-owned GlenWyvis Distillery near Dingwall raises more than £8,600 for Cornerstone charity


By Federica Stefani


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Auction for Cornerstone at a Midsummer Night's Dram. Pictures by: Eoghan Smith.
Auction for Cornerstone at a Midsummer Night's Dram. Pictures by: Eoghan Smith.

GUESTS at a whisky distillery's event near Inverness raised a glass for charity last week.

Held at Bogbain Farm near Inverness, A Midsummer Night’s Dram was organised by Dingwall-based and community-owned distillery GlenWyvis.

The event raised vital funds for social care charity Cornerstone, with more than £8,600 was raised in total thanks to an auction.

Bruce MacGregor welcomes guests to Bogbain Farm. Pictures by: Eoghan Smith.
Bruce MacGregor welcomes guests to Bogbain Farm. Pictures by: Eoghan Smith.

This featured unique items including the first bottle of the very first whisky produced by GlenWyvis Distillery and a GlenWyvis 55 litre firkin filled with GlenWyvis new make spirit dated April 5, 2019.

Distillery manager Matthew Farmer said: “What a great way to spend an evening. It was a pleasure to see our guests raising a glass and raising money for such a worthy cause. We had to postpone this event due to Covid, so to have everybody together enjoying great food, great music and entertainment, and of course great whisky, was a real pleasure.”

Matthew Farmer, Distillery Manager at GlenWyivs leading the whisky tasting. Pictures by: Eoghan Smith.
Matthew Farmer, Distillery Manager at GlenWyivs leading the whisky tasting. Pictures by: Eoghan Smith.

The event featured tasting opportunities of the distillery’s inaugural release Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky and soon to be launched 2018 vintage Batch 2.

Mr Farmer led guests through a series of unique tastings on the night including Batch 1 (released in 2021); Batch 2 (due to be released later this year); Single Cask 66 (cask strength from a 55 litre Oloroso Firkin which was also auctioned on the night) and a cask-aged GoodWill Gin.

Guests gathered at Bogbain Farm for A Midsummer Night's Dram event. Pictures by: Eoghan Smith.
Guests gathered at Bogbain Farm for A Midsummer Night's Dram event. Pictures by: Eoghan Smith.

Speaking about the evening, Hazel Brown, CEO of Cornerstone, said: “Friday night really was an evening of whisky and community. Both our organisations share a synergy - Cornerstone’s focus is to help the individuals we support to lead independent lives within their community and to be an active part of that community and GlenWyvis Distillery is 100 per cent community owned.

“The money raised will allow us to continue to support adults, children and young people with physical and learning disabilities, autism and other complex needs throughout Scotland. We are grateful to GlenWyvis Distillery for helping us to create a very special evening and to everybody who came and supported it and donated money. Thank you.”

Hazel Brown, CEO of Cornerstone. Pictures by: Eoghan Smith.
Hazel Brown, CEO of Cornerstone. Pictures by: Eoghan Smith.

GlenWyvis will be releasing Batch 2 later this year.

Bruce MacGregor welcomes guests to Bogbain Farm. Pictures by: Eoghan Smith.
Bruce MacGregor welcomes guests to Bogbain Farm. Pictures by: Eoghan Smith.
Josh Fraser, Office Manager GlenWyvis Distillery. Pictures by: Eoghan Smith.
Josh Fraser, Office Manager GlenWyvis Distillery. Pictures by: Eoghan Smith.

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