Speyside Food and Drinks Festival Returns

Following the soaraway success of a festival launched last year to celebrate one of Scotland’s most fruitful food and drink regions, Spirt of Speyside: Distilled is to return – with an even greater range of home-grown flavours.

World leading drinks brands will join small artisan producers for the weekend festival at Elgin Town Hall on September 1 and 2 in a showcase of Speyside’s finest whisky, gin, beer and food. Classic drams will be served up alongside contemporary cocktails with speciality coffee to try alongside grown-up fudge.

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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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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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Five Virtues, a new limited-edition single malt series from Tomatin

Scotch whisky distiller Tomatin has today, Friday 10th March, unveiled its hotly anticipated, limited-edition single malt series, Five Virtues. Five Virtues draws its inspiration from the nature’s elements – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water – and comes uniquely packaged in cartons adorned with contemporary Scottish art, created by Eva Ullrich.

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Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Awards goes global with judging sessions in five international destinations

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.

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Glen Moray, 16 year old

Glen Moray is a Speyside single malt Scotch whisky, produced and bottled by Glen Moray Distillery, Elgin. Glen Moray uses locally sourced malted barley & its water is sourced from the River Lossie, since 1897.

The 16 year old (40%) is a whisky that will surprise you in every way.

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Aberfeldy, 12 Years

Aberfeldy 12 Years, it has been a while since I had a glass of this whisky. Lucky for you I wrote down the tasting notes for myself to share with the world. Aberfeldy has a great range of whisky and this 12 year old lad is one of them.

I wrote down in the tasting notes:

“While pouring the whisky in the Glencairn glass, you could smell the tropics. The birds playing in the garden, looking for food and chirping with joy. That is how I felt, chirping with joy”.

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Gordon & MacPhail, another fabulous whisky selection

Gordon & MacPhail

At Gordon & MacPhail, they believe that the wood really makes the whisky. And they are right.

In the mid-1960s Gordon & MacPhail took the unprecedented step of launching a range of single malts under the brand name ‘Connoisseurs Choice’. Until this time, many of the whiskies the range featured would not hve been available as single malt. Today, ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ retains this exclusive nature with a range of rare and sought after single malts from Distilleries throughout Scotland.

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Turning Japanese – Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival broadens horizons with unexpected tastes and experiences

SOSWF Whisky Galore

If you think that Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival simply celebrates amber nectar from the world-famous region that is home to more than half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries then think again – visitors will have the opportunity to sample a range of Japanese whiskies too.

While the chance to meet key players in the Speyside whisky industry and join exclusive behind the scenes distillery tours are in high demand, the festival’s reputation as a premier whisky event means that some unexpected drams will be on offer during the experience.

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Irish Distillers to invest €10m in production capacity at Midleton Distillery

Irish Distillers, Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, has today announced plans for a €10.5 million investment at Midleton Distillery, Cork which will see the company increase its single pot still Irish whiskey production capacity by over 30%.

Three new copper pot stills will be installed at Midleton Distillery, ensuring that Irish Distillers continues to lead the global Irish whiskey renaissance and supporting the Irish Whiskey Association’s target of global growth of 300% by 2030. 60 jobs will be supported during the construction phase.

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