3 results for tag: Spirit of Speyside


Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards

Getting to The Station Hotel in Rothes this time around should have been a lot easier. Last year, when I was first invited to be a judge for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards, I was still on crutches. Admittedly the cast had been replaced with a rather fetching moonboot but getting to Rothes was still going to be tricky. Luckily the kind Spirit of Speyside folk organised lifts there and back for me and it all went without a hitch.Which unfortunately wasn't the case this year. You see, working from home, I don't get out much and don't see too many people during the day. So given the opportunity to blether in the car for a few hours, I take it. ...

Distilled 2017

The drive to Elgin was a slow one. Primarily because the ‘car’ I’d hired turned out to be an automatic Kia Picanto and, quite frankly, despite its go-kart like similarities, I genuinely believe I could’ve pedalled faster. I didn’t make too many new pals on the A9 last Saturday… I was heading to Distilled , organised by the same team responsible for the Spirit of Speyside festival. This is a very different event, though, as it all takes place under one roof; the venue for its second year was Elgin Town Hall once again. The event took place over two days, with two sessions per day, using a token system, and, although there were plenty of ...

BenRiach 16 years

During the Spirit of Speyside festival, at the end of April and the beginning of May last year, I visited BenRiach distillery for the first time. It was very shortly after the announcement that Brown-Forman had acquired the three distilleries in the BenRiach Disitllery Company – BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh – for £281 million. Widely agreed that £281 million was over the odds but, now, Brown –Forman have a stake in the scotch malt whisky industry once again.  Everyone at the distillery seemed very positive about the news and, I’m guessing, none more positive than Billy Walker; he stays on as master distiller and blender. BenRi...