World whisky month, become a master of Malt Whisky

Launch of The Malt whisky Trail at Craigellachie Bridge, Speyside.
Photo by Stewart Attwood

Whisky lovers across the world are invited to complete the world’s only Malt Whisky Trail in Speyside, visiting all nine key distillery and whisky industry locations.

This summer, visitors to The Trail are asked to share a picture of their visit to each one of our nine whisky industry locations for a chance to become the first person to be inducted as a Malt Whisky Trail Master. And win a luxury weekend break to Speyside for an exclusive Malt Whisky Trail Master’s tour.

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The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, part 3

The Fence of Cragganmore Distillery

Drams and Scran at Cragganmore Distillery, what a whisky feast. The entrance of the distillery itself is stunning. An eye-catching area.

Distillery manager Kevin Innes, was going to guide us trough the distillery. He prepared five different expressions of Cragganmore Single Malt, including the 2016 special release with various foods that complement each expression.

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Golden Month for Gordon & MacPhail

Gordon & MacPhail’s Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1954 single malt

Leading malt whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail is toasting success after receiving top accolades in two of the world’s leading spirits competitions.

Gordon & MacPhail’s Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1954 single malt received a double gold award, the highest medal available, in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) after impressing forty-three spirit experts who judged a record-breaking 2,100 entries.

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The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, part 2

Glen Grant, Victorian Garden

Day two of the Spirit of Speyside whisky festival, April 27. After a good night’s rest and a wonderful breakfast, we decided to visit a nearby distillery, Glen Grant. Just a couple of minutes walking distance from The Station Hotel, you can’t miss the sign at the roundabout. As we were a bit early, for the visitor center opened at 9.30 am, we agreed to discover the surroundings of the distillery.

Glen Grant is well known for its beautiful garden and despite the weather, it was still stunning to set eyes on the Victorian inspired influences.

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Yamazaki 2017 Limited Edition Unveiled for Pre-order

Suntory’s Yamazaki Limited Edition release for 2017

Suntory’s Yamazaki Limited Edition release for 2017

Dekantā is the only online retailer offering Japanese whisky fans the chance to be the first tasters of Yamazaki’s highly anticipated limited edition bottle.

Shoppers at dekantā will be among the first to sample Suntory’s Yamazaki Limited Edition release for 2017, as the world’s largest e-commerce retailer for high end Japanese spirits is the only online store offering the whisky for pre-order. The 2017 edition is the latest of Yamazaki distillery’s annual limited edition single malts, a tradition that began in 2014. The bottlings have grown increasingly popular, and new releases are shrouded in secrecy. Those who pre-order bottles of the Yamazaki 2017 Limited Edition will have first access to taste and experience a spirit which represents a piece of Japanese whisky history.

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The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, part 1

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival should be on your list of top Festivals. Not just for the whisky, but also for Scotland itself. And the combination of both is what I call, a perfect trip.

Caperdonich Suite

Caperdonich Suite, The Station Hotel (Speyside)

This year I had the pleasure to visit one of my favorite countries again using KLM flying from Amsterdam to Aberdeen, not Edinburgh like some of you thought. My stay for this event was The Station Hotel in Rothes, the Caperdonich suite. It’s named after the now-lost Caperdonich distillery, which produced whisky for blending as well as independent bottlings. Founded in 1897 by James Grant, co-founder of the Glen Grant distillery, it finally closed its doors in 2002. And a nice touch, this room has a bath with a view over the fireplace. Can I say, that this is pretty cool?

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Ardbeg day plunges deep under the sea

Ardbeg, the Ultimate Islay Malt has today revealed its plans for the 2017 Ardbeg Day celebrations.

On 3rd June, the Distillery will pay homage to the sea surrounding Islay and the mythical sea creatures that live beneath. Participants in Ardbeg Day will be plunged deep under the sea to help celebrate the launch of Ardbeg Kelpie with a day filled with mystery, food, games… and of course, Ardbeg Single Malt.

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Worldwide success for Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2017

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival attracted visitors from 37 different countries.

Worldwide success for Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival as it welcomes 37 different countries to the party.

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival continues to grow as a global phenomenon with visitors from dozens of international destinations taking part in the five-day celebration of Scotland’s national drink.

As the curtain fell on the 2017 event, organisers have revealed that bookings came from a total of 37 different countries around the world, making it one of the best on record in terms of international festival-goers.

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Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Award Winners revealed

James Campbell (extreme left), chairman of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, lines up with award winners, from left: Sandy McIntyre (Tamdhu), Graeme Cruickshank (Aberlour), Annelise Hastings (Mannochmore) and Dennis McBain (Glenfiddich).

The winners have been revealed in the hotly-contested Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Awards which had a global flavour this year, with judging sessions taking place in three international destinations as well as in Speyside.

Eight finalists were voted on at a series of judging sessions in Germany, Canada and The Netherlands as well as in Speyside in the run up to and during the Festival.

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Wemyss Malts, Whisky made with passion

Wemyss Range

When you go to the website of Wemyss (pronounced as Weems) malts, you read the following:

The Wemyss family have had a longstanding passion for malt whisky and their connections with the industry date back to the turn of the 19th century when John Haig (founder of Haig’s) built his first distillery on Wemyss land.

And the passion they write about, you will find this in every whisky they release. And their range of hand crafted malts was conceived with the aim of making them more accessible and understandable.

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