THE National Whisky Festival of Scotland is saying "Slàinte Mhath" to fans of the drink, as its annual festival gears up to return to Glasgow in May.

Tickets are on sale now for the event, due to be held on Saturday May 7 in the iconic SWG3 venue in Glasgow’s West End.

The event was previously organised for January but was postponed due to Scottish Government restrictions, with original tickets remaining valid for the new date.

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Ahead of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement of the lifting of said rules, the flagship event is excited to welcome back fans both old and new.

Festival-goers can expect a world-class selection of whiskies from distillers, bottlers and aficionados from across the industry.

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In keeping with the spirit of National Whisky Festival events, the Glasgow edition will also play host to a line up of festival entertainment including live music, presentations from industry leaders and experts and a host of unique tasting experiences.

Organisers of the festival have said: “We are incredibly excited to finally be heading back to Glasgow, the festival’s spiritual home.

“Our return to live events in Aberdeen and Edinburgh last year was a reminder that collaboration and celebration with those around us is vitally important to what we do and we are excited to once again be walking back into the dynamic world of physical whisky events.

“Glasgow is our flagship event too and remains our most popular to date. So, after a patient wait, we are thrilled to finally be able to show you all what we have in store when the festival returns in May.”

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Across two three-and-a-half hour sessions, the festival will showcase dozens of exhibitors including Black Bottle, Chocolate Tree, Deanston, Eden Mill, FIODH, Jura, Mackmyra, Scotch Malt Whisky Society and many more.

Each exhibitor will bring with them a diverse range of whiskies and guest spirits – all of which will be available to try and are included in the ticket price.

The full 2022 line-up is expected to be announced shortly.

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Tickets are only available to over 18s. Under 25 tickets are priced at £25, with standard pricing at £37.50 a ticket. The first session begins at 12pm and the second session will run from 4pm.

Organisers recommend advance booking to avoid any disappointment. Tickets can be booked at https://www.nationalwhiskyfestival.scot/