An evening with Tamdhu

An online live tasting via Facebook from the Tamdhu Distillery, a lovely place. Held in a cold room, and people getting warm while listening and drinking the whisky. With Sandy & Gorden talking us through the range, this day had to offer.

Together with people in the distillery and online, it was one big adventure with some new experiences.

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BenRiach launches a new triple distilled expression

BenRiach Distillery is pleased to announce the release of a new triple distilled expression, aged for 10 years, exclusively for the global travel retail market.

The expression joins the classic and peated BenRiach Quarter Casks in the global travel retail range from BenRiach. The range embodies the unconventional Speyside style of BenRiach and its creative heritage of distilling malt whisky in a ‘troika’ of styles: unpeated, peated and triple distilled.

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Benromach 10yr, 15yr and the 20th-anniversary bottling

Benromach is a Speyside distillery founded by Duncan McCallum and F.W. Brickman in 1898 and currently owned and run by Gordon and Macphail of Elgin. This piece is dedicated to the whisky we’ve tasted on the evening on Monday 30th of April. An online tasting with a taste of adventure.

A Monday evening, like no other. With a lot of laughter, serious moments, old friends and new discoveries of Scotch Whisky from the Speyside area.

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Love is in the air with speed dating at Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Heritage, travel, education, music, food and drink, socialising – whatever interests you might list on a dating site, you’ll find an event to match during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, including speed dating.

It might not be about romance, but if you adore whisky, a one-to-one with some of Speyside’s most highly esteemed whisky experts could be just the ticket.

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Looking up – landscape’s starring role at Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

It’s an environment that has sheltered illicit whisky makers of the past, and it’s one of the best places in Britain from which to study the night skies – little wonder the natural landscape has a starring role in the 2018 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

The festival programme boasts its greatest ever mix of events exploring the natural environment that has spawned some of the world’s best-loved whisky brands.

From rugged hills to fertile plains, trickling burns to fast flowing rivers, the unspoilt nature of Speyside’s landscape can be explored on foot, by canoe or on board an eight-wheeled Argocat during the five-day dram-fest.

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Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival reaches new international audiences as awards judging sessions hit the road

A record-breaking number of whisky drinkers from around the globe are to determine Speyside’s top drams in one of the industry’s best-loved award schemes. The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Awards is stopping off at 18 different venues with its roving judging sessions – 10 more than it visited last year.

Whisky drinkers in Canada, the USA and Europe – as well as the UK – will be asked to cast their vote following a blind taste test of eight malt whiskies that have been distilled in Speyside – Scotland’s most prolific whisky-producing region.

The expanded number of venues taking part in the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards sessions underlines the international appeal of the event and how much it resonates with people around the globe, says Festival manager John Blyth.

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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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Gordon & MacPhail and the lost gems from a bygone era

Gordon & MacPhail, located in the north-east of Scotland in the heart of the world famous whisky producing region of Speyside. Gordon & MacPhail is an independent family owned and managed firm which has been bottling Single Malt Whiskies for over 120 years.

I’ve tasted five amazing award-winning whiskies and captured the lost gems from a bygone era of single malt Scotch whisky production.

The wood that makes the whisky.

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Award-winning Speyside Distillery launches new gin inspired by poet’s words and garden botanicals

An award-winning distillery famed for its single malt Scotch whisky has launched a new limited edition gin with botanicals found growing in its garden grounds.

The two expressions of Byron’s Gin from Speyside Distillery also reflect on its historic link to Lord Byron – the most famous and flamboyant poet of the Romantic movement.

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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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