Thousands of visitors from around the globe will celebrate Scotland’s national drink this spring at one of the world’s biggest whisky events – the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. The Festival is a five-day celebration comprising around 500 different events scattered across the beautiful region, which lies directly between the cities of Aberdeen and Inverness.
Distillery tours, food pairings, whisky tastings, music and fun combine to provide a packed programme. Visitors will have the chance to take exclusive behind the scenes distillery tours, learn how to pair whisky with food, enjoy traditional music and even take a ride on a whisky themed vintage train.
The Festival has been running for almost 20 years and has garnered a significant reputation – so much so that it is considered by many whisky connoisseurs as a bucket list event which they simply must attend. They are rewarded with the opportunity to sample rare and vintage malts which distillers pour only on very special occasions, and the chance to see behind the doors of distilleries that only admit visitors during the Festival.
Whisky novices can expand their knowledge and discover more about the amber nectar through fun and interactive events – like learning which single malt is the perfect partner to a bacon roll or how to combine flavours in cocktail masterclasses.
As Speyside is Scotland’s most prolific whisky producing region with over 50 distilleries - almost half of all distilleries in the country – the Festival places a huge focus on the water of life. However, there is lots for non-whisky drinkers to do. With music, food, heritage and outdoor activities, it is possible to visit the Festival without touching a drop.
Tickets for events are individually priced and are available at www.spiritofspeyside.com and many of the attractions are free to attend. Follow on social at #dram18