Speyside Whisky Festival attracts global interest welcoming visitors from 37 different countries

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Worldwide success for Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival as it welcomes 37 different countries to the party. The event continues to grow as a global phenomenon with visitors 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.

Visitors from key markets including Europe and North America came in large numbers, but were joined by whisky fans from nations including Venezuela, Korea and Japan.

Data about the Festival, which came to a close yesterday (Monday, May 1), will be analysed over the coming weeks but organisers are confident that it will be one of the best attended on record. It follows a record breaking start to ticket sales in February, when 85 events were sold out in the first 24 hours and £99,000 worth of tickets were sold in just 60 minutes.

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, which has been taking place over the May Day bank holiday weekend for the past 18 years, comprised almost 500 events right across the region – recognised as the spiritual home of Scotch whisky due to the high concentration of distilleries.

Festival chairman James Campbell says, “It has been an incredibly busy five days on Speyside and the feedback we have received from visitors has been phenomenal. Newcomers have told us they cannot believe the scale and variety of the Festival, while repeat visitors have said they have been spoiled for choice in terms of the quality of events on the programme.”

 

 

Whisky Deals:
Caol Ila 2000 Distillers Edition - £69.95 - The Whisky Exchange
Cask Islay Small Batch - £32.25 - The Whisky Exchange
Clynelish 1996 19 Year Old Signatory - £55.75 - The Whisky Exchange
Cragganmore 2003 (bottled 2015) Port Wood Finish - Distillers Edition - £55.75 - Master of Malt
Dalwhinnie Winter's Gold - £38.95 - Master of Malt
Glengoyne 21 Year Old Sherry Matured Small Bottle - £37.95 - The Whisky Exchange
Holy Spirit of Sweden Rock 10 Year Old Black Label - £46.95 - The Whisky Exchange
Kilchoman Sanaig - £49.95 - The Whisky Exchange
Laphroaig Quarter Cask - £40.95 - The Whisky Exchange
The GlenDronach 8 Year Old The Hielan' - £32.33 - Master of Malt

Whisky Festivals:

26may - 3junAll DayIslay Festival - Feis IleIslay

Event Details

The Islay Festival of Music and Malt for whisky fans around the World is one of the most important dates in the calendar.  The distilleries on the island and on neighbouring Jura, run open days throughout the week. The Festival is held in the last week of May every year. Now in their 31st year, so they must be doing something right!

Feis Ile 2017 will be held from Fri 26th May – Sat 3rd June.

The Feis Ile is the charitable organisation from which this now huge Festival of Music & Malt has evolved. The Voluntary Committee work collaboratively with the Distillery Community together with local Musicians and other interested people to showcase Islay.

Time

May 26 (Friday) - June 3 (Saturday)

Location

Islay

Organizer

The Feis Ile

26may - 3junAll DayIslay Festival - Feis IleIslay

Event Details

The Islay Festival of Music and Malt for whisky fans around the World is one of the most important dates in the calendar.  The distilleries on the island and on neighbouring Jura, run open days throughout the week. The Festival is held in the last week of May every year. Now in their 31st year, so they must be doing something right!

Feis Ile 2017 will be held from Fri 26th May – Sat 3rd June.

The Feis Ile is the charitable organisation from which this now huge Festival of Music & Malt has evolved. The Voluntary Committee work collaboratively with the Distillery Community together with local Musicians and other interested people to showcase Islay.

Time

May 26 (Friday) - June 3 (Saturday)

Location

Islay

Organizer

The Feis Ile

17jun12:00 pm- 9:00 pmEdinburgh Whisky FestivalThe Whisky LoungeAssembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh

Event Details

This years Edinburgh Whisky Festival we’re heading back to the Assembly Rooms on George Street. This iconic Georgian venue has long been at the heart of Edinburgh hosting thousands of events from Royal banquets to film festivals, but for this day in June it will play host to Scotland’s most iconic drink – whisky!

As in previous years you can expect to see a fantastic display of whiskies from Scotland and around the world, we’re also working on some sensational masterclasses which will leave even the most seasoned whisky drinker astounded and amazed.

As always you also have a choice of sessions in order to ease the crowds slightly and make your life more comfortable!

Saturday 17th June Early Session: 12pm-4pm

Saturday 17th June Late Session: 5pm-9pm.

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

Assembly Rooms

George Street, Edinburgh

Organizer

The Whisky Lounge

24jun12:00 pm- 4:30 pmStoke-on-Trent Whisky Festival 2017Around 100 whiskies and more than 15 gins availableKing's Hall, Stoke Town Hall, ST4 1JH

Event Details

Organised by 2 local whisky enthusiasts, Chris Knight and Neil Rowley; we wanted a way to give fellow enthusiasts, and new comers alike, the chance to taste new whiskies from a wide range of distillers from around the world, along with some fantastic offerings from independent bottlers.

There are 2 types of ticket, an Admission ticket and a Masterclass ticket. A Masterclass ticket MUST be accompanied by an Admission ticket.

With the increased popularity of gins over recent years, we also wanted to raise people’s awareness of the fantastic products now available. There will be a number of gins available at the festival, giving you a chance to try new gins from some of the many artisan distillers.

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm GMT

Location

King's Hall

Stoke Town Hall, ST4 1JH


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