07 May 2018
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Event Winners "Off the Beaten Track"
Organisers say that 19th festival has been the best yet in terms of international numbers.
Debut attraction, an "Off The Beaten Track Tour" to four distilleries never normally open to the public, won the coveted best new event award. It saw whisky lovers transported by coach for tours delivered by Chivas Brothers’ International Brand Ambassador Tristan Campbell at Dalmunach, Tormore, Braeval and Allt a Bhainne distilleries.
The tours were followed by a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired lunch prepared by cookery writer Ghillie Başan, accompanied by whisky tastings, at her remote Speyside home, reached via a Land Rover journey, a setting that was truly ‘off the beaten track’.
The annual awards, the only whisky competition in the world that places the power to determine the winning drams in the hands of the public, saw the 25 year old Cragganmmore Special Release announced as the public’s favourite whisky overall.
There was double cause for celebration for Glen Moray, with its Classic Chardonnay winning the non-age statement and its 18 year old winner in the 13-20 year old section.
Top title in the 12 year old and under winner went to Strathisla 12 year old. Meanwhile, in the over 21-Year-Old category, Glenfiddich 21-year-old Reserva Rum Cask Finish triumphed, with the 25-year-old Cragganmore Special Release runner up, but it gaining most individual votes overall making it the public’s favourite. The awards were sponsored by Forsyths of Rothes.
James Campbell, chairman of Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival said:
"What a truly magnificent five days we have had here in Speyside. We’ve been joined by people from more countries than ever, as well as local people, who have been able to enjoy our biggest ever programme of events, and amid glorious sunshine too.
"One of the key events of the festival is the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards and we congratulate all our winners. From a fantastic range of new events, the Off The Beaten Track tour encompassed landscape, whisky and food, three qualities for which Speyside is famed the world over, making it a worthy winner of best new event.