Your 'Festival Pass' will give you access to our 4-day Festival including ALL the events, booths and social lounge. As well as giving you acess to take part in the live sessions, you'll be able chat to whisky lovers in our social lounge, take part in speed networking, attend your favourite distilly booth to find out more about their latest offering as well as take part in live sessions. You can add tasting packs to your ticket so that you can taste along, but these aren't required for you to watch the tasting. Tasting packs can be purchased separately but you will need a 'Festival Pass' to access the event. ** Each tasting pack link will state the country they can be posted to so please check before you purchase** Click here to see the full line up of FREE events included with your pass: https://www.spiritofspeyside.com/festivals/virtual/events
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
Take a virtual peek inside the Aultmore Distillery, Speyside’s best kept secret. A site well known for illicit distilling of the past, Aultmore distillery is hidden on the Foggie Moss along the Buckie Road in Speyside. Founded in 1897, the dram has remained for the most part a secret amongst whisky blenders; Aultmore is considered a top-class malt in the blending world for its light, fresh and grassy character. As such, it is seldomly found as a single malt, but when found, it’s loved and adored. In this pack guests will receive 3x 25ml samples from the Aultmore distillery, the flagship Aultmore 12yr, the Aultmore 21yr - the 2019 winner of the SOSWF Whisky Awards - and the pinnacle of the range, the Aultmore 25yr. As well as this, guests will get a sample of New Make Spirit from this hidden gem of a distillery, and really get under the skin of Speyside’s best kept secret. For information on all sales of Aultmore & Craigellachie: https://shop.dewars.com/
Hear the tale of Aultmore from the people behind Speyside’s best kept secret. Join us for an in depth look at our Aultmore distillery, hear its story and uncover the secrets behind this floral and fragrant dram from the people who make it. John Dewar & Son’s Ambassadors Matthew Cordier and Gary Ross will be joined by Jacqui Seargeant, our Archivist, Stephanie Macleod, our Malt Master and Master Blender, and Ross Bremner, the Aultmore Distillery Manager. In this pack guests will receive 3x 25ml samples from the Aultmore distillery, the flagship Aultmore 12yr, the Aultmore 21yr - the 2019 winner of the SOSWF Whisky Awards - and the pinnacle of the range, the Aultmore 25yr. As well as this, guests will get a sample of New Make Spirit from this hidden gem of a distillery, and really get under the skin of Speyside’s best kept secret. For information on all sales of Aultmore & Craigellachie: https://shop.dewars.com/
Our Distillery Ambassadors Charlie Metcalfe and James Roberts are avid collectors and fountains of knowledge when it comes to some of the past rarer bottlings of Balvenie. Join them to hear a story or two and taste a hand-picked selection of legendary bottles of Balvenie that now are a piece of history. David C Stewart (MBE), whose pioneering techniques have had a profound impact on the production methods used today, will join the Distillery Ambassadors for a Q&A. He has dedicated 54 years of his life to the whisky industry and it is an opportunity not to be missed!
The Balvenie Distillery
What really happened on that Day of Dark Barley at The Balvenie Distillery? Has anyone really seen the mythical ghost of the Green Lady rumoured to haunt our Maltings? Did Mashman Brian Webster really roast a duck in the kiln? And what has a flattened dog got to do with coppersmith Dennis McBain? Join Global Ambassador Gemma Paterson for an evening of storytelling and meet some of the legendary characters who make our whisky and hear their tales passed down from generation to generation.
The Balvenie Distillery
We have created an exclusive virtual live Distillery experience – transporting you to beautiful Speyside in real time, allowing you to interact with your hosts and our Makers, and to participate in an intimate group tasting with specially selected drams sent direct to you from the Distillery. Please note, samples can be sent to UK residents only. If you live outside the UK and wish to participate, please select the appropriate ticket. Sorry we cannot accomodate you, we hope you will join with a dram of you own.
The Balvenie Distillery
Old fashioned in 1891, and proud of it, let the people behind Craigellachie tell you the story. Join us for an in depth look at our Craigellachie distillery, hear its story and uncover the secrets behind this robust and muscular dram from the people who make it. John Dewar & Son’s Ambassadors Matthew Cordier and Gary Ross will be joined by Jacqui Seargeant, our Archivist, Stephanie Macleod, our Malt Master and Master Blender, and Keith Brian, the Craigellachie Distillery Manager. In this pack guests will receive 3x 25ml samples from the Craigellachie distillery, in the heart of Speyside. Taste your way through a range of drams from this robust distillery, starting with our New Make Spirit to get to grips with the distillery, before moving on to our Craigellachie 13yr and 17yr expressions. The tasting will culminate in a dram of our SOSWF bottling of Craigellachie, bottled at 21 years old, and at natural cask strength, this sherry matured single cask Craigellachie is not to be missed! For information on all sales of Aultmore & Craigellachie: https://shop.dewars.com/
Take a virtual peek inside the famed, and unusually stubborn, Craigellachie Distillery. Founded in 1891 by Peter Mackie of White Horse and Alexander Edward – an unsung hero of the Scotch whisky industry – Craigellachie distillery stands proud in the heart of Speyside. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is your typical Speyside dram: Craigellachie is muscular and robust – a result of our Oil-fired malt, and the use of traditional worm tub condensers. In this pack guests will receive 3x 25ml samples from the Craigellachie distillery, in the heart of Speyside. Taste your way through a range of drams from this robust distillery, starting with our New Make Spirit to get to grips with the distillery, before moving on to our Craigellachie 13yr and 17yr expressions. The tasting will culminate in a dram of our SOSWF bottling of Craigellachie, bottled at 21 years old, and at natural cask strength, this sherry matured single cask Craigellachie is not to be missed! For information on all sales of Aultmore & Craigellachie: https://shop.dewars.com/
John Dewar & Sons have paired up with Spey Valley Brewery, in the search of finding the perfect half and half whisky and beer pairing. John Dewar & Son’s Ambassadors Matthew Cordiner and Gary Ross will be joined by David MacDonald from Spey Valley Brewery in their mission to find the perfect beer pairings for the Aultmore and Craigellachie Distilleries. Grab a pack and help us find the perfect pairing – The pack include 2x 50ml whisky samples and 3x 330ml bottles from Spey Valley Brewery The pack include 2x 50ml whisky samples, our Aultmore 12yr and our Craigellachie 13yr, and 3x 330ml bottles from Spey Valley Brewery For information on all sales of Aultmore & Craigellachie: https://shop.dewars.com/
Aultmore is perfect example of the Speyside ‘style’, light, floral and fragrant. Craigellachie, on the other hand, does not conform to its regional ‘style’, it is a powerful, muscular, and robust dram, almost the opposite of Aultmore. Join a host of John Dewar & Son’s Ambassadors for a tasting like no other, as we pit the two sides of Speyside together in this head-to-head and dram-to-dram tasting. Who will win? Grab a pack and help us decide! In this pack guests will receive 2 samples of NMS, and 4x 25ml Whiskies. We will first get to understand the DNA of these famed distilleries as we try their NMS’s side by side, and talk about the unique processes at each distillery. After this, we will move onto some aged malts from the distilleries. From Aultmore, the flagship Aultmore 12yr and the Aultmore 21yr - the 2019 winner of the SOSWF Whisky Awards. From Craigellachie, the Craigellachie 13yr before finishing the tasting off with a dram of our SOSWF bottling of Craigellachie, bottled at 21 years old, and at natural cask strength, this sherry matured single cask Craigellachie is not to be missed! For information on all sales of Aultmore & Craigellachie: https://shop.dewars.com/
Masters of the octivation process for over 40 years, Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky in Huntly, near Speyside, have experimented maturing whiskies in smaller casks with great success. Octaves casks are approximately 1/8th the size of a butt. Each whisky and cask are carefully chosen where the process allows the whisky to capture more wood interaction over a shorter period of time. This ensures that the second maturation enhances the character and flavour profile of the original whisky. Specially for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, they are showcasing how the octave casks has refined the whisky, enhancing its hue, taste, form and character. Join their Brand Ambassador, Fergus Simpson, on Sunday 2nd May at 7pm and be guided through the chance to taste 3 pre-octivated whiskies followed by their post-octivation. This set includes six 30ml drams. Three pre-octaves and their counterparts after octivation. WHISKIES Pre & Post Octave Premium Cambus 1991 Pre & Post Octave Premium Glen Keith 1993 Pre & Post Octave Dalmunach
Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky
Last year we had planned to launch our 2020 collection fo Distillery Exclusives at The Spirit of Speyside Festival. As we never had the chance here is the opportunity to try this collection of whiskies along with a mystery dram.
Glen Moray Distillery
Get a sneak peak into 4 upcoming new expressions from Glen Moray, a unique opportu nity to try before these whiskies hit the shelves.
Glen Moray Distillery
Join Iain and Adrian as they talk all things Glen Moray and Cocktails. Get a kit with the key ingredients and instructions to join in making 3 cocktails at home.
Glen Moray Distillery
Join our Distillery Ambassador, Lauren Mustard, and Global Brand Ambassador, Struan Grant Ralph, for an exclusive live tour. We will take you on a journey to Speyside and through the distillery whilst sharing some of our world renowned whiskies; Glenfiddich 12, 15 and 18. Distillery Guides Chris Brash and Jim Wiseman will be there to share their stories from the distillery too.
Archivist Andy Fairgrieve and Distillery Ambassador, Lauren Mustard, will discuss defining moments in Glenfiddich's history whilst sampling some iconic drams. There will be 4 x samples including the much sought after Snow Phoenix, an early bottling of Glenfiddich Solera 15 and two others which will be revealed when you receive your kits. Speakers - Andy Fairgrieve, Lauren Mustard, Chris Brash and Jim Wiseman www.glenfiddich.com
Join whisky festival veterans Ian Millar, Prestige Whiskies Specialist, and Mark Thomson, Ambassador to Scotland, for stories from their time with Glenfiddich. Glenfiddich 12, 15 and 18 will be included in the tasting kit along with a cocktail recipe. www.glenfiddich.com
For over 125 years and through four generations of family ownership, we have built longstanding relationships with many of Speyside’s distilleries, matching spirit to our own bespoke casks to create single malt Scotch whisky of exceptional quality. Celebrating Speyside, this tasting will comprise of single malts from five distilleries local to Elgin, the spiritual home of Gordon & MacPhail, and will span our Distillery Labels, Discovery and Connoisseurs Choice ranges. Your pack will contain 5 x 30ml samples, a glass and a G&M info booklet
Gordon & MacPhail Retail
Taste whiskies from across our portfolio - from the Discovery range to the latest single cask, cask strength releases from our Connoisseurs Choice range. The tasting will bring together five distillates which have been expertly matured by Gordon & MacPhail, with a range of ages from 10 years old to over 30 years old. Your pack will contain 5 x 30ml samples, a glass and a G&M info booklet
Gordon & MacPhail Retail
For more than 125 years, we have been entrusted with new-make spirit from many of Scotland’s distilleries to mature in our casks, our way. We are proud to release unique whiskies from a mixture of celebrated, little-known and now closed distilleries. In this tasting we invite you to join us as we celebrate Scotland’s liquid history, enjoying five beautifully aged single malts from the now silent stills of Speyside. Your pack will contain 5 x 30ml samples, a glass and a G&M info booklet
Gordon & MacPhail Retail
Join Director of Prestige, Stephen Rankin and whisky legend Charles Maclean to celebrate the life and work of George Urquhart. This is a unique opportunity to taste whiskies that were matured by Mr George, hear stories about his life and travels and learn how George’s vision has influenced his family to create the oldest and rarest whiskies in the world. As part of the tasting, you will also be the first to enjoy a yet-to-be released whisky from one of Mr George’s most loved distilleries. Your pack will contain 5 x 30ml samples, a glass and a G&M info booklet
Gordon & MacPhail Retail
Nine out of ten of the biggest Scotch Malt Whisky Distilleries are located on Speyside, with household names such as Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Macallan and others so well-known by Whisky lovers. However nearly 5o Distilleries on Speyside produce great whisky but some of them are not well advertised. Who are they, where are they, and are they hard to find? Let's try and find a few and discover more about the hidden treasures of Speyside in an entertaining and informative tasting with Peter Klas, Spirit of Speyside Festival Ambassador and owner of Scotia Spirit Cologne. Pack contains 6 x 2cl samples
A selection of 5 SPEY Single Malt whiskies with stories of the brand and the distillery mixed in. The price is £40 per person and includes: Delivery in the UK only, Tasting pack of 5 x 30ml SPEY Single Malts, a Distillery Tasting Glass and water dropper The tasting samples will include SPEY Trutina SPEY Tenne SPEY 12 year old Port Cask Finish SPEY Spirit of Speyside 8 year old, Single Cask, Limited Edition SPEY Fumare, Cask Strength #3" For information on all international sales of Spey: https://speysidedistillery.co.uk/products/stockists
Daryl Haldane and Dave Broom chat all things Speyside over a Tamnavulin or two. Jumping between historical moments, fun facts, personal experiences and a tasting of some lovely Tamnavulin. Tasting kit includes: Tamnavulin Double Cask - 5cl Tamnavulin Sherry Cask - 5cl Tamnavulin Red Wine Cask Edition - German Pinot Noir - 5cl Tamnavulin Red Wine Cask Edition - French Cabernet Sauvignon - 5cl Crawston Press Sparkling Cloudy Apple 330ml Crawston Press Sparkling Rhubarb 330ml Lindt individual truffles x 3 Joining us for our event on Sunday? Tamnavulin Distillery Tour - The Dirty Side of Distilling - Live, will also sample these drinks so no need to purchase twice....unless you want to.
A behind the scenes look at The Tamnavulin Distillery with honest insights from our female let team who will also share their favourite ways to enjoy our Signature Speyside Dram. Sample Kits include: Tamnavulin Double Cask - 5cl Tamnavulin Sherry Cask - 5cl Tamnavulin Red Wine Cask Edition - German Pinot Noir - 5cl Tamnavulin Red Wine Cask Edition - French Cabernet Sauvignon - 5cl Crawson Press Sparkling Cloudy Apple 330ml Crawson Press Sparkling Rhubarb 330ml Lindt individual truffles x 3 Joining us for our other event on Thursday? A Ramble through Speyside with Dave Broom and Daryl Haldane will also sample these drinks so no need to purchase twice....unless you want to.
The SMWS and The Dowans hotel have teamed up to bring you an indulgent Chocolate and Cask strength pairing. We sent The Dowans team the 5 samples and they have taken the distinct flavours from each whisky and created 5 unique chocolates specifically for this Spirit of Speyside tasting. Each SMWS whisky is cask strength, non-chill filtered, natural colour and never to be repeated. This tasting is perfect for the chocolate and whisky fans.
The Dowans Hotel
We at The Station Hotel will be sharing some of our collection and knowledge during our Virtual Whisky Tasting. The whisky tasting will be hosted by our very own whisky expert Steve. Steve has a great passion for all things whisky as well as being a beer aficionado. As a result, we will be suggesting you accompany the whiskies with a quality beer. Included in your tasting pack will be a large dram of our cask strength, 24 year old Station Hotel Single Malt. In addition to three other drams from some of our nearest neighbours. Unfortunately, due to the nature of distribution we will be unable to send packs outwith the UK.
The Station Hotel
Tomintoul’s Global Brand Ambassador & Master Blender, Iain Forteath, hosts a special masterclass which pairs Tomintoul drams with a selection of gourmet doughnuts. The doughnuts have been specially created to help identify key flavours in the whiskies and to beautifully complement each one’s subtle tastes, to provide a stunning food pairing. Each pack contains five Tomintoul drams presented with the five corresponding doughnuts, to enjoy, as Iain takes you on a flavour journey, which starts with a history of Tomintoul Distillery and a discussion on what makes this classic Speyside single malt so special. Tasting pack includes: Tomintoul 10 Year Old Tomintoul 12 Year Old Tomintoul 15 Year Old Peaty Tang Tomintoul 16 Year Old Tomintoul 21 Year Old Plus five specially created mini doughnuts.
Tomintoul’s Master Distiller, Robert Fleming, and Global Brand Ambassador & Master Blender co-host a special tasting which explores some superb Tomintoul drams, including the new Robert Fleming 30th Anniversary expression, celebrating Robert’s 30 years at the distillery. Learn more about the history of Tomintoul Distillery, situated in the wild and beautiful Cairngorms National Park, within the famous whisky-making area of Speyside. Robert will share some anecdotes and stories from his 30 years at the helm of the distillery and together he and Iain will guide you through some incredible drams and give some great insights into what makes them so special. Accompanying the tasting is a very special pack containing a selection of five old and rare Tomintoul drams. Old and Rare Tasting Pack Specially Selected by Robert Fleming Tomintoul 16 Year Old Tomintoul 15 Year Old Portwood Finish Tomintoul 25 Year Old Tomintoul Five Decades Tomintoul Robert Fleming 30th Anniversary, 30 Year Old
Imagine that you are really in Speyside by taking part in RunSpeyside's Whisky Festival virtual challenge and complete one of the 5k, 10k, half or full marathon distances over the weekend of the festival, either outside or on a treadmill. The RunSpeyside team will be out on the ground on the real life route, broadcasting sights and sounds over social media, and we want you to get involved by sharing your adventures where-ever you are in the world. UK Entrants can also choose an enhanced entry that includes an exclusive Spirit of Speyside and RunSpeyside Neck Gaiter. We will reveal the exact virtual route of the challenge on the first day of the festival, where there will also be the option to meet people in the social lounges on the festival’s Airmeet Platform. To log your progress, join our Strava Club, send us your Garmin track, share your instagram story or tell us in words or pictures where you’ve been on our Facebook Community site or via email. Basic entry is £5, and as well as joining the exciting online communities, you will receive a completers certificate via email. UK entrants can opt for an enhanced entry of £17.50 that includes a neck gaiter which will be posted out to you. We will aim to post these out before the start of the festival, but due to current circumstances unfortunately cannot guarantee an arrival date. Join us at the end of the festival for a short session where we will compile some of the best photos we've had in on social media and all raise a dram to a weekend well spent.
Join us at our booth for a dram and a chat - 25 free drams available, claim yours quick! Thursday - Mathew Cordiner, Gary Ross & Stephanie Macleod Friday - Mathew Cordiner, Gary Ross & Keith Brian Saturday - Mathew Cordiner, Gary Ross & David MacDonald Sunday - Mathew Cordiner & Gary Ross For our Aperitivo hour this year we will be sending out one dram per person, this whisky will be one of three different bottlings that we will be sharing, from either our Craigellachie or Aultmore distilleries. You will have to join us on stand to find out which dram you received! For information on all sales of Aultmore & Craigellachie: https://shop.dewars.com/