TICKETS ARE SOON to go on sale for the new ‘Distilled’ Autumn version of the Spirit of Speyside – bringing all of Speyside’s famous producers together in one place for the first time.
Spirit of Speyside: Distilled is organised by the same team that runs the established Spring festival – and promises to add a very different flavour to the occasion, as alongside the whisky it will include locally produced beer and gin makers and food producers.
The festival will take place in Elgin Town Hall from September 9 to 11 – with entry to each session strictly limited. Demand for tickets, which will go on sale one week today, is expected to be strong.
The experience will be different to that delivered by the five-day Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival which offers over 500 different events at venues across Speyside in the first weekend of May.
Organisers believe the smaller, centrally located event will appeal to those who want to enjoy and learn more about Speyside’s whiskies, gins and beers but don’t want to plan an itinerary to attend a larger event at many different venues.
Festival manager Pery Zakeri said: “If you could serve up Speyside in a glass then Distilled has to be as close as it comes.
“We hope to attract a new, younger audience because Distilled will have a broader appeal and will offer a unique chance to see whisky companies side by side in their home region.
“Speyside is regarded as the malt whisky capital of the world but whatever your drink of choice, come and have your eyes opened to just how many different producers there are here. Grab your friends, book your tickets and head to Elgin for a great weekend.”
Spirit of Speyside: Distilled’s main sponsor is Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers. Highlands & Islands Enterprise has helped to get the event off the ground. Representing Speyside whisky will be The Glenlivet, Aberlour, Benromach, Cardhu, Cragganmore, Glen Moray, Gordon & Macphail, Glen Grant, Glenfiddich, The Macallan, Strathisla, Murray McDavid, The Balvenie, Speyburn and Tomintoul.
Gin makers Caorunn, Gordon Castle and El:Gin and fruit infused gin company Berry Good will be there along with local craft beer companies Windswept Brewing, Spey Valley Brewery and Speyside Craft Brewery.
Tempting bites will be showcased by Speyside’s top companies, including Walkers Shortbread Ltd, Baxters, Associated Seafoods, Ashers Bakers, Macleans Highland Bakery, Cairngorm Leaf and Bean, Berry Good, Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier, Balvenie St Ice Cream and Aunt Marie’s Kitchen.
Tickets will go on sale at 9am on Friday 15th July priced £20. The ticket price includes entry, a lanyard, vouchers for five 10ml tasting samples of gin or whisky, a voucher for a tasting measure of a beer, a Glencairn crystal nosing and tasting glass and a light snack, featuring the best of local produce, prepared by event caterers, Good Highland Food.
There are four different sessions over the course of the weekend and these take place on September 9 from 7-11pm; September 10 from 1-5pm and 7-11pm and on September 11 from 12-4pm.
There are limited places for masterclasses, full details of which are available on the Spirit of Speyside: Distilled website where tickets can also be bought. Distilled is active on social media at www.facebook.com/distilledscot.