Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 – From Strength to Strength

The week beginning April 25th had started with snow and finished with some sparkling Spring sunshine on the Spey. Both Craigellachie and Dufftown were buzzing and the already limited parking options shrank with cheerful abandon by the day. It was the best of times, and it was the best of times. David Mckenzie of Speyside Cooperage set an impressive world record (we’ll not mention Guiness) for building a solid, fully-functional Whisky cask from scratch and eight fantastic Speyside whiskies jostled for a lucky position inMoray’s globally respected, Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Awards (my own faves were the Aberlour A’Bundadh and the Macallan 30 year old). We started the week at the tasting and judging event at Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown and ended it with a head-clearing trek up Ben Aigan as part of the Speyside Spur, taking in a little snifter at the Whisky Shop in Dufftown and a tour of the small yet potent Benromach Distillery in Forres (where I picked up a 60.5% cask strength Distillery Exclusive release – 1st Fill Sherry Hogshead cask). And in spite of Brexit’s best efforts, we met some really great people from all over the world, including New York, Korea, Japan, Australia and Barcelona. Special thanks to the Spirit of Speyside Festival’s Angela and Scott for giving us such a warm (and perfectly palatable) welcome at Glenfiddich.


Photography by Alan Sargeant

Spirit of Speyside 2017 visits:

Whisky Awards Judging and Tasting Glenfiddich
Benromach Distillery Tour
Craigellachie Distillery Tour
Whisky Tasting – Whisky Shop Dufftown
Whisky Art & Craft Exhibition (Aberlour)
Speyside Spur (Ben Aigan via Arndilly)

8 Whisky Award Finalists

12 Years & Under

Cragganmore 2004 Distillers Edition
Aberlour 12 Year Old

13 – 20 Years

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old
The Glenlivet 18 Year Old

21 Years & Over

Mannachmore 25 Year Old Special Release
The Macallan 30 Year Old

Non-Age Statement

Tamdhu Batch 002
Aberlour A’bunadh



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