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?

Together with 3 more whisky enthusiasts from The Netherlands, Sweden and Germany, but you can call us, “The Crazy Blend” or “Bananadrama”, I attended the first evening, April 26, the Touch of Tartan Opening Dinner, located at Glen Moray Distillery in Elgin. Locals, visitors, whisky experts, writers and more were joined together to enjoy some fantastic food, body moving music, fabulous speakers and award winners. And the warm welcome at the distillery was truly yummy, we received a lovely cocktail, to spice up the mood for the event even more.

Tartan Dinner

Opening Dinner, Tartan Style

During dinner, the mainstage was the center of the so called playground, it all happened up there. I wish you were there, truly unknown. While enjoying warm handmade tartlet, we were enjoying some whisky too, let’s not forget Glen Moray Heritage 12 yr old and the Heritage 15 yr old.

What about Walkers Shortbread, this night was not just about the above, but also about combining shortbread and whisky. What whisky could be the perfect match for this Scottish delight? We could all choose between two different whiskies, unknown what whisky was in which glass. So exciting. We had to choose between glass A and B. After some nosing and nipping, my choice was B for sure, in my eyes the winner. The whisky in glass B was the Glenfarclas 15 yr, a superb single malt. Second place was for the Glenlivet 12 yr old, also a stunning whisky, let’s not forget.

Congratulations to the three winners at the Opening Dinner!
– Ambassador of the Year – Graham Coull (Glen Moray)
– International Ambassador of the Year – Hans Offringa
– Spirit of Speyside Award – Jim Walker

After a pleasant night, meeting old friends and making new friends, it was time to have a good night’s rest. The next morning, The Macallan Distillery was on the program.

Plan Your Festival. Before you know it, Spirit Of Speyside 2018 is happening!

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