Scotland County

Highland Games


Oct. 5th


The 2019 Scotland County Highland Games
Whisky Seminar and Gathering will be an incredible event with a number of surprises.  Please check back often so you don't miss out

Friday, October 5th -- 3:00 p.m.
Held at The Storytelling Arts Center
131 South Main Street - Laurinburg
$45 per Ticket

The below information is from 2018.  It gives you an idea of how unique this event has become.  

The Scotland County Highland Games will again host one of the most popular
events of the weekend, our Whisky Tasting. The event will be held
at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon, October 5th at The Storytelling Arts Center
in downtown Laurinburg at 131 South Main Street.

Whisky Tasting Seminar
“Auld Friends with a twist”

We are celebrating the seventh year of the Scotland County Highland Games Whisky Tasting Seminar, with an offering of familiar “Auld Friends with a twist”. These are familiar distilleries, but we chose issues that are a little different from their “flag ship” issues. We hope to let everyone try something a little new. And we threw in one wild card from Waco, Texas.

Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or 12 yearRegion-Highlands, Tain
Food pairing- Dark Chocolate

Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 year
Region-Speyside, Dufftown
Food pairing-Jack’s Shortbread

Balcones 1 Texas Single Malt Whisky
Region-Waco, Texas
Food pairing- Brie

Tomatin Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12 year
Food pairing-Fruit medley

Laphroaig Triple Wood Cask Matured
Food pairing-Smoked Salmon

The price this year is $45 dollars per person, but get your tickets early!

This event has sold out quickly every year.

Hosts this year by Mr. Noran (Sandy) Sanford and Alan Livingston.

Glenmorangie, is a distillery in Tain, on the east coast north of Inverness (a Highland whisky).

This golden spirit is often flagged by bartenders and sommeliers as a favorite. It is easy to see why. A decade in Bourbon casks, plus an extra two years in Sauternes barriques yields a fresh honeysuckle and vanilla perfume and a super-smooth spirit with creamy honey and nut flavors, with hints of dark chocolate and cinnamon. Very few spirits have such elegance and silky finesse. Good value, too.

95 points, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2011)

Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 year
The Balvenie distillery is a Speyside single malt Scotch whisky distillery in Dufftown, Scotland

Pale amber color. Aromas of pineapple-peach creme brulee, delicate anise, sugar cane and toasted almond nougat with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, spicy sesame candy, honeyed fig, and grassy earth accented finish. Tasty and deliciously different.

91 points, Beverage Testing Institute (May 2011)

Balcones Texas Single Malt Whisky
A quarter mile from downtown Waco, Texas, in a neighborhood of long abandoned storefronts, is a small, rusted-metal shed hidden beneath the 17th Street Bridge. The one-time welding shop sits in between the overpass' enormous support pillars, next to a white trailer. It's a safe bet none of the drivers know they're speeding over the worldwide headquarters of Balcones Distilling, the maker of the finest new whiskey in America.

Founder Chip Tate prefers the Scottish spelling, without the “e”—the drink that put Balcones on the map. Balcones’ arrival was first heralded by its distiller-of-the-year awards in 2012 (from Whisky Magazine and the Craft Distillers’ Association) and then by the single malt’s first-place finish in the 2012 Best in Glass competition, a British contest that names the best whisky released each year. Balcones was the first American distiller to capture the highest honor, defeating such venerable brands as Johnnie Walker, Macallan and Balvenie. The underdog victory was reminiscent of the so-called “Judgment of Paris,” a 1976 blind taste test in which California Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay for the first time defeated a slew of French wineries. Moreover, the win showed that the finest new whiskey in the world doesn’t come from Scotland or Japan or Bourbon County, but from under a bridge in Waco.

Finished in ex-Bourbon casks, this dark amber Texas single malt has a thick, syrupy scent, evoking caramel and root beer. Although the alcohol level is palate-numbingly boozy, the flavors are interestingly complex and dry, showing cocoa, leather and espresso.

87 points, Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast (Jul 2012)

Tomatin Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12 year

Tomatin distillery is a single malt Scotch whisky distillery in the village of Tomatin. Its whisky is classified as being from the Highland region, as it is 25 minutes south of Inverness. Around eighty percent of Tomatin's whisky goes into blended whisky, including its own brands of Antiquary and Talisman. The distillery, as of late, has been making an effort to bolster its name as a producer of single malts and is expanding its core range. (*recent addition at N.C. ABC stores)

The Tomatin 12 Year Old is smooth and silky, having been matured in traditional Scotch Whisky, ex-Bourbon and ex-Spanish Sherry casks. A rich, fruity aroma is the prelude to sweet flavours of ripe apples, pears and a subtle hint of nut before the long, pleasantly oily finish. (Tomatin notes)
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of sweet Normandy butter on fresh baguette and honey roasted nuts with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy dried citrus, slate and pepper finish. A tasty sipper. (B-21 notes)

89 points, Beverage Testing Institute (May 2011)
Gold medal, 2017 and 2018 San Francisco WSC

Laphroaig Triple Wood Cask Matured
Laphroaig distillery is an Islay single malt Scotch whisky distillery. It is named for the area of land at the head of Loch Laphroaig on the south coast of the Isle of Islay.

This is the first time I’ve been up for reviews here so I had a game plan: play it cool, mark tightly, let everyone know I’m hard to please. Then they gave me this, the whisky equivalent to front row tickets to Neil Young on his current Twisted Road tour: not just a chance to get up close and personal with an old favorite, but to do so with an old favorite who’s on fire. Laphroaig’s owners are intent on ensuring a big peaty engine for any new release, but this is a monster by anyone’s standards. It’s essentially Quarter Cask finished in oloroso sherry casks, so in addition to the intense charcoal smoke attack there are rich fruity notes; blackcurrant and berries. It’s an evening barbecue whisky. Grill that fish until it’s blackened and crispy, drizzle on lemon, and as the smoke rears up in protest, sip this. Big, moody, broody, fruity, and rich: what’s not to love?

94 points, Whisky Advocate (Vol. 19, #3)

* Many thanks to for descriptions of whiskies


The 2018 Whisky Raffle will feature a 40 year old, 1978, Limited Edition of Ardbeg from the Isle of Islay. Aged 19 years in cask, the nose has an unmistakeable Bourbon oakiness to this dram and in combination with the peat offers something that flies off the scale - EXTRAORDINARILY.

Taste: The brilliance of this whisky is its ability to show genuine SUBTLETY and poise, yet leave no one any doubt of its origin or intention. As well as very RICH, almost grassy, malt and some well groomed oak, there are some delicious hints of ROAST COFFEE and HICKORY.

Raffle tickets are $10 apiece and may be purchased online at:

Note: This bottle has been donated by one of our supporters and ALL proceeds of the raffle go to the Scotland County Highland Games.

This event fills to capacity.  Please download our Registration Form and mail it in 


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Call Alan Livingston at

910-384-3924 for more information.

Special thanks to our generous sponsor, King Fisher Society !!!