Cardhu to celebrate women pioneers this International Women’s Day

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Cardhu Celebrates 200 Years of Boldness with Limited Edition Anniversary Bottling & Inspiring Women Event

The Cardhu distillery is looking forward to a year of celebrations to honour its female pioneers

Cardhu Distillery in Speyside is marking its 200-year anniversary, kicking off with a free event this International Women’s Day (8th March), to celebrate the pioneering women of Cardhu’s past and present, as well the release of a limited-edition bottling created and inspired by the innovative women at its core.

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Attendees to the free event, A Celebration Of Cardhu’s Pioneering Women, will be treated to a guided tasting featuring the 12-year-old anniversary dram, available only at the Cardhu brand home and in selected international markets. Ticketholders will also hear from a panel of experts, including members of the team who distilled the 200-year anniversary dram, as well enjoying a welcome drink, a cocktail masterclass and music.

The anniversary expression is a first-of-its-kind for the distillery having been matured solely in ex-wine casks, a process which was led by Diageo whisky specialists and the Cardhu distilling team who will be a part of the expert talks on 8th March.

Created to reflect the bold spirit, innovation and courage which is threaded through Cardhu’s history, most prominently by its original female pioneers, Helen and Elizabeth Cumming.

Guests to A Celebration Of Cardhu’s Pioneering Women, which is the first of many events marking the whisky’s 200th anniversary, will have a chance to pick up this special anniversary bottle from its very own distillery for £58, as well as enjoying the live music, guided tastings, and talks from Diageo Whisky Specialist Eve Murphy, Cardhu Distillery Manager Roselyn Burnett and Diageo Archivist, Jo McKerchar.

Further celebrating the distillery’s key part in Speyside whisky history, the packaging of the 200-year commemorative edition depicts the iconic image of Helen Cumming waving the red flag she used to signal for neighbours to hide their illicit stills from the approaching authorities.

Roselyn Burnett, Cardhu Distillery Brand Home Manager and speaker at the event, said: “Cardhu has a history of pioneering women at its forefront, something unheard of when the distillery began 200 years ago. It took innovation and courage to go against the grain in the way the Cumming family did, and with this in our heritage it was only right we did something bold to celebrate such an anniversary. “

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