Spirt of Speyside Whisky Festival 2019 gets underway

Thousands of whisky fans from around the world will descend on the spiritual home of Scotland’s malt whisky production over the next six days for a celebration of the ‘water of life’.

Full story and details of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2019 in Scotland Correspondent magazine

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The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with more than 665 events for both connoisseurs and the curious.

For six days, between 1-6 May, those with a deep-rooted passion for Scotland’s national drink, as well as many who have never tasted it before, will get access to a variety of exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, whisky nosing and tasting events with industry experts, food pairing as well as outdoor and heritage activities.

Set in one of the most scenic areas of the country Speyside, home to around half of all Scotland’s distilleries, has a long and fascinating history of whisky production. It was here that craft crofters used to make illegal spirits to be smuggled over the hills through secret glens to the coastal ports of Moray and beyond. It’s also where the first legal distillery was built and where the oldest working distillery in the Highlands can be found.

Full story and more details of events in Scotland Correspondent magazine

The Spirit of Speyside brings together the old and the new with the romance and the reality combined in a series of events designed to entertain and inform.

Last year saw a total attendance at the festival of 28,822, a rise of more than 2,500 on 2017’s total. Just 39 percent of visitors were from the UK while 61 per cent came from overseas, including Germany, the USA, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, Belgium, France, United Arab Emirates, Australia/New Zealand and Switzerland.

“It’s hard to believe the festival has been around for 20 years, but when the team launched the festival, they knew they had created something very special that had the potential to attract a global audience,” said James Campbell, Chairman of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

“The festival is fantastic for those who are deeply passionate about whisky because of the unique opportunities that it presents to tour lesser-known distilleries and have a dram with the managers and master distillers that are so important to the industry, but what makes it different to any other festival is the way that it brings people together.

“The atmosphere is second to none whether you’ve visited many times in the past or are coming for the first time. It’s a fantastic way to see the local area and really be a part of the local community – no other whisky festival offers the authentic experience that we do.”