Judges turn dram busters in the quest to find Speyside’s finest malts to share with whisky lovers around the world for the annual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards 2018.
It’s a tough job but someone has to do it – movers and shakers from the world of whisky have been sampling liquid sunshine in abundance to find their favourite drams for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Awards 2018.
The tasting panel of industry experts with specialisms in distillation, mixology and marketing have shortlisted their favourite drams in the annual quest to find the best malt produced in the Speyside region. But it will be the whisky-loving public – from all over the world – who will have the final say and will select the winning brands at blind tasting sessions taking place overseas as well as in malt whisky’s spiritual home of Speyside.
A specialist whisky bar in Amsterdam will make history next week when it holds the Netherlands’ first ever judging session of a prestigious Scotch whisky awards contest. JD William’s Whisky Bar will invite customers to cast their votes in the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Awards on Friday, March 17 – the first time that votes have been cast outside Scotland in a brand new series of international judging sessions.
Whisky fans in the city will be invited to sample eight different single malt Speyside whiskies and place a vote for their favourite dram in four different age categories. But they will have to cast their vote on taste and aroma alone.
‘They will not know which whisky is in their glass until after all the votes have been counted’
The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is preparing to go global in a bid to whet the appetite of international whisky enthusiasts for this year’s record breaking event. Organizers plan to tickle the taste buds of whisky drinkers in three major cities by giving them the opportunity to play a crucial role in judging its hotly-contested whisky awards.
Roving judging sessions for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Awards – voted for entirely by the public – are being held over the coming weeks in Amsterdam, Cologne and New Brunswick in Canada. It is hoped that judging sessions will also be staged in venues in New York and Stockholm.
The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival has honoured three whisky aficionados who have made an outstanding contribution to the event and the wider whisky industry. The three ambassadors – two of them from overseas – were presented with ambassador awards for their services to Scotland’s national drink at the Festival launch last night (Thursday, 1 May 2014).
A mouthwatering competition has been set up in the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Awards, with eight of the region’s finest malts set to battle it out for honours in the eagerly anticipated annual contest.