Glenlivet Master Distiller named Festival Ambassador of the Year Award

Alan Winchester, the master distiller at Glenlivet Distillery, was this week awarded with the Festival Ambassador of the Year title by the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival – given to the person, community or company who has contributed most to the Festival. During his career in the whisky industry, Alan has worked at or been […]

Less than a month left for Spirit of Speyside photo competition

How do you fancy winning yourself a pair of VIP tickets to the opening dinner of next year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival? Along with £150 in cash and some exquisite Benromach single malt? Entries for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Photographic Competition, sponsored by the Benromach Distillery, are still being accepted up until […]

Spirit of Speyside Festival kicks off on Thursday

Thursday of this week (3 May 2012) sees the start of this year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, with ticket sakes already having exceeded the total for last year’s event(s). According to the organisers of the annual festival, ticket sales got off to a flying start when their website went live earlier this year – […]

Record start to ticket sales for Spirt of Speyside Whisky Festival

Ticket sales for events at this year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival have been selling at a record rate since the festival’s website went live last Saturday. Of the 300 events programmed, 33 had sold out within 12 hours – including ther grand opening dinner being hosted at Macallan Distillery. Festival manager Mary Hemsworth said […]

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival launches 2012 programme

The programme for this year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is launched tomorrow, with this year’s line up offering visitors the biggest choice yet, with over 270 events. Tickets are available from 7pm tomorrow (Saturday, 21st January) for an exciting selection of tours, tastings and tutorials at the area’s distilleries and other venues as the […]

Spirit of Speyside 2012 programme to launch in January

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival launches its new 2012 programme and online booking system on Saturday, 21 January. Organisers anticipate a rush to snap up tickets for the events at the festival, considered to be one of the most important whisky festivals in the world. The 2012 Festival runs from 3-7 May, when whisky […]

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival attracts overseas visitors

Almost half of those attending the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival this year came from overseas, according to a report on the Festival. The event generated £613,000 towards the Speyside economy and £722,000 towards Scotland as a whole. According to their media release, whisky aficionados travelled from as far afield as Israel, Columbia, New Zealand, […]

Speyside Whisky Festival generates more than £700,000 for Scotland’s economy

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival continues to provide a major economic boost to the region, and to Scotland as a whole, according to a survey published this week. The official Market Research and Festival Evaluation report fir 2011 found that the five-day event attracted over 47,000 visitors, generating £613,000 for Speyside businesses and £722,000 […]

Whisky fans watch Spirit of Speyside Festival flag handover

Hundreds of whisky fans lined the streets to see a mounted cavalcade take part in the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival in Moray, says a report. Whisky enthusiasts and visitors to the region saw more than 30 horses trot along to four pipers from the Elgin Pipe Band at the ceremonial handover of the festival’s […]

Whisky tourists flock to Spirit of Speyside Festival

A whisky-related art exhibition has been attracting hordes of tourists at the 12th annual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. The display at Aberlour’s Still Life Gallery features whisky cartoons, watercolours of distilleries and Scottish landscapes, says the Press and Journal. Co-owner Kerry Stewart told the newspaper that the exhibition has attracted scores of whisky tourists. […]

Former Trade Minister is guest speaker at Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Brian Wilson was a guest speaker at the launch of the 12th Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, says a report. The former Labour Trade and Energy Minister was a guest at the formal opening dinner at Knockando Distillery, says the Press and Journal Wilson told the newspaper: “I am delighted to speak at the opening […]

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival gets under way

Festival organisers for the 12th annual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival are hoping that this year’s event attracts record numbers of visitors, says a report. The five-day festival got under way on Thursday 28th April and is expected to be entertaining whisky tourists from across the globe. Festival chairman Jim Royan said in a statement: […]