Records smashed as Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival celebrates soaraway sales

116 events sell out in first 24 hours as ticket sale value increases by over £30,000

Ticket sales for the 2018 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival have set new records, with almost 5,000 tickets valued at £154,000 being bought within 24 hours of them being released.

The early sales rush galvanises the festival’s reputation as one of the world’s leading whisky celebrations, with 116 events completely selling out within the first day of the tickets going on sale.

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Chivas harnesses community spirit in search for the 2018 Chivas Masters global champion

Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky, has launched its search for the 2018 Chivas Masters Global Champion. Now in its fifth year, the Chivas Masters is a global competition that celebrates bartenders who demonstrate cutting-edge skill and creativity and share Chivas Regal’s core values of community, collaboration and generosity.

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Home of Dewars, love for life

Aberfeldy, well known for its beautiful area in Highland Perthshire and whisky. The name Aberfeldy comes from the Gaelic and means “from the mouth of the Poldi Burns”, the river Tay flows along the Dewar’s Aberfeldy distillery.

On the evening of Wednesday, November 22, a couple of whisky friends and I gathered online to enjoy and share our thoughts about the core edition from the Dewar’s Aberfeldy distillery and two delectable single casks whiskies, hand selected by Dewar’s Master Blender, Stephanie MacLeod.

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The Abbey Whisky Bar Edinburgh, monthly whisky tasting

The Abbey Whisky Bar

Wednesday, October 25, featured the regular whisky tasting at the Abbey. This time there was a new twist as this was to be a “blind tasting”. The abilities, or lack of them, of the Whisky Group members, would be tested by trying to identify five whiskies without being told the name of each. In October the presentation was given by Mark Davidson of Royal Mile Whiskies on the High Street.  

Having had a nice meal consisting of an Applewood cheeseburger, salad and chips followed by a lemon cheesecake I felt up to the challenge. So onto the tasting itself.  

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Isle of Arran Distillers sponsor new multi-arts Robert Burns Festival

Award winning scotch producer, Arran Distillers will be sponsoring Burns Unbroke, the inaugural multi-arts Robert Burns festival, at the Summerhall in Edinburgh this coming January.

The maker of the only official Burns Single Malt will be supporting the first Burns Unbroke festival as a headline sponsor alongside Creative Scotland and Scotland.org. They are also planning exciting events to celebrate the Bard including whisky masterclasses.

Running for six weeks from the 25th January 2018, the program will celebrate the plethora of artistic and performing talent in Scotland, and beyond, through the prism offered by new interpretations of the life and work of Robert Burns.

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World War Two whisky, Seventy-year-old Glenlivet 1943 by Gordon & MacPhail, amongst rarest in the world

An exceptionally rare wartime cask from 1943 has been unveiled as one of the oldest and most exclusive single malt whiskies in the world.

The Elgin-based malt whisky specialists announced the release of Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 by Gordon & MacPhail , the latest offering in its ‘ Private Collection’ range. Only forty decanters will be available for sale globally, with a UK RRP of £30,000. Continue reading

Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage – Glen Grant 1954

Gordon & MacPhail, Glen Grant 1954

Who doesn’t know Gordon & MacPhail, the legend from Scotland with their amazing whisky releases. Gordon & MacPhail is an internationally renowned malt maturation expert, retailer, UK wholesaler, and distiller.

When you have never, ever heard about this legend, look them up in Elgin and pay them a visit. You will be rewarded.

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Scotland’s Golden Triangle: Why Food and Drink is the Treasure of Speyside

It contributes a staggering £16.55m to the local economy every year and employs over 3,500 people: there’s no escaping the fact that food and drink is big business on Speyside. This tiny corner of Scotland has a population of just 90,000 but it punches above its weight when it comes to gastronomy.

The region is home to over half of all of Scotland’s distilleries – over 50 in total – including some of the world’s top-selling single malts, and food firms with a heritage spanning over a century have made Speyside their home.

But what is it about the area – where the food and drink sector employs almost five times the Scottish average – that makes it a haven for producers?

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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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