Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby BruceCrichton » Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:14 pm

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I'll be getting into Elgin Friday afternoon and staying at a B&B there for 3 nights and then to Dufftown for another 4 nights. I'm spending a full week in Speyside so I can catch the distillery tours I've missed from the last times I've been through Speyside mainly Balvenie, Macallan, Glen Moray and Glenfarclas.


Cheers!


The best Dufftown events on the Monday are booked solid. These being Adelphi, DTC and the dregs party.

There is a Benromach Vertical and an event at Glenfiddich (I think) with Robin Laing which is worth checking out.

Or you could see if anyone drops out of the last 3 events.

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:27 pm

The website shows a few tickets left for the dregs party - but perhaps the site isn't quite up to date. There are places on the minibus tour to Glenallachie and Glenfarclas on Monday from Dufftown - Glenallachie would be a nice feather in the cap - it's very difficult to visit - and Glenfarclas knows how to put on a splendid tasting (a good starting point is to distill some very good whisky...)

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby BruceCrichton » Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:09 am

Nick Brown wrote:The website shows a few tickets left for the dregs party - but perhaps the site isn't quite up to date. There are places on the minibus tour to Glenallachie and Glenfarclas on Monday from Dufftown - Glenallachie would be a nice feather in the cap - it's very difficult to visit - and Glenfarclas knows how to put on a splendid tasting (a good starting point is to distill some very good whisky...)


If the website shows it, it will be up to date.

Some people must have dropped out.

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Wave » Sun Mar 30, 2008 5:44 am

Nick Brown wrote:The website shows a few tickets left for the dregs party - but perhaps the site isn't quite up to date. There are places on the minibus tour to Glenallachie and Glenfarclas on Monday from Dufftown - Glenallachie would be a nice feather in the cap - it's very difficult to visit - and Glenfarclas knows how to put on a splendid tasting (a good starting point is to distill some very good whisky...)


I've been eye-ballin' that Glenallachie and Glenfarclas minibus tour for a few days and finally booked it today. There looks to be a very nice list of drams to taste from both distilleries, not to mention getting to see Glenallachie (pictures forthcoming!). 3 places left.

Btw, do any of the Speyside distilleries release a festival bottling like the distilleries that do during Islay's Feis Ila?


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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby BruceCrichton » Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:09 pm

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I've been eye-ballin' that Glenallachie and Glenfarclas minibus tour for a few days and finally booked it today. There looks to be a very nice list of drams to taste from both distilleries, not to mention getting to see Glenallachie (pictures forthcoming!). 3 places left.

Btw, do any of the Speyside distilleries release a festival bottling like the distilleries that do during Islay's Feis Ila?


Cheers!


Glenfiddich and Aberlour do a distillery exclusive bottling.

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:47 pm

As well as the distillery bottlings (which are not specific to the Festival) there have been miniatures of Spirit of Speyside blended malt in the past. All the participating distilleries give some whisky and it is all stirred together - and the result is in the lap of the Gods. I haven't tried last year's offering yet but the 2006 was quite good. It is only sold in miniatures - at the Dufftown whisky shop and perhaps a few other outlets.

I'm not on the Glenallachie tour - I'm going to a Glenfiddich tasting later that day.

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby BruceCrichton » Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:30 pm

All sounds rather cool.

A treat coming up.

Do you know if Cadenhead's have entered the Independent bottler's challenge?

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Dram fine idea » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:20 pm

I'm heading up to the Festival on Friday evening (2 May). I'm staying in Aberdeen - free accommodation with my parents. I'm going to the Ronnie's undiscovered Huntly tour and tasting on Saturday - sounds good and easy to commute from Aberdeen to Huntly. Is anyone booked on Ronnie's tasting?

After a rest on Sunday I was thinking about booking a tasting on the Monday. The easiest commuting option may be Strathisla distillery for the Cask Strength editions (Aberdeen to Keith). Is anyone going for that? I am also tempted by the Glenfarclas tastings but it seems a bit of a job getting there. Is anyone interested in either? Anyone able to convince me it's easy getting from Aberdeen to the Glenfarclas distillery, when you're not driving?

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby BruceCrichton » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:29 pm

jmrl wrote:No I don't think we have.

too scared?

too mean?

too right.

Only joking, its just too busy to sort it out. Honest


Will I see you there?

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Wave » Sun Apr 13, 2008 1:44 am

BruceCrichton wrote:Glenfiddich and Aberlour do a distillery exclusive bottling.


I know about the Aberlour, I've got a couple from visits in '02 & '04. :D
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I'll be getting a Balvenie from Tuesday's tour (May 6th) and I've read that Benromach also has a fill-your-own bottling so I think that's where I'll be Sunday for their open house. :wink:


Cheers!

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:31 am

C_I wrote:In the beginning of May I will be present on several events of the Festival, and take the risk with public transport and some of the Festival Busses. It was a tricky part to select the events and combine it with transport, but I think I will manage. As I will be staying in the Elgin region, I do in general the events there, but will pop over several times to Dufftown.

Hope to bump into you again, then, C_I.

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby BruceCrichton » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:16 pm

jmrl wrote:Bruce- I'll be there with bells on (whatever that means) Could do with a hand finding accomadation....


Will you have a stall at the whisky fair?

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Speyside » Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:02 pm

Hi all,

I'm off to the opening dinner on the 1st and the Aberlour dinner on the 2nd. Look forward to seeing you all there.

PS booked accommodation via the http://www.greaterspeyside.com web site. Great free service!

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Speyside » Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:05 pm

If you haven't found your accommodation yet try http://www.greaterspeyside.com they helped me with finding accommodation!

Rene

jmrl wrote:Aye, Cadenheads and maybe Springbank too.

Accomodation?????????????????

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:15 pm

jmrl wrote:Thanks for help with accomodation. I've secured a room at the Mason Arms (tremble)

I stayed there the first year I went to the festival. The room was basic but clean, comfortable and quiet. I don't think it was over the bar - or if it was, the soundproofing was excellent. There was a shared bathroom, but this caused no difficulty for me - but YMMV. The location is excellent and you will feel like royalty as you watch others (like me) hiking off to our guest houses.

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:38 pm

I'm doing Speymalt on Sunday

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:45 pm

Excellent - looking forward to it!

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Speyside » Tue May 06, 2008 1:52 pm

Hope you've had a great time at this year's Spirit of Speyside Whisky festival. I certainly enjoyed it!

As I'm working on improving the Tourism offering in Speyside/Moray I'm curious to hear your feedback.

What did you like?
What could be improved?
What would you like to see for next year?
Did you found it easy to book events/accommodation?

Anything that can help us doing it even better would be much appreciated.

Hope you can help.

Kind regards,

Rene

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Wave » Tue May 06, 2008 4:06 pm

I definitely enjoyed the festival, in fact I still am...well at least the post-festival festivities! LoL! If Speyside is who I think it is we've already chatted at the Glen Moray Saturday night & the Whisky Fair in Dufftown, Sunday.

From an Aussie capped Yank
Cheers!

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue May 06, 2008 4:54 pm

I saw you. Next time, say hello, Wave. Goodbye.

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby les taylor » Tue May 06, 2008 5:10 pm

Nick Brown wrote:I saw you. Next time, say hello, Wave. Goodbye.

:P :P Nick it dosen't get much worse than that. :wink:

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue May 06, 2008 5:55 pm

I have loaded up my photos onto Flickr - feel free to have a browse:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackwych/ ... 918331743/

I'm allowed to enter 5 of them in the competition - happy to take suggestions of which ones to go for.

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Speyside » Tue May 06, 2008 8:46 pm

Hi Nick,

I'll have a look at the pictures on Flickr.

And Wave, I have to disapoint you. I wasn't at the Glen Moray do or in Dufftown. Sorry...
I was however at the openings dinner on Thursday and the Aberlour dinner on Friday.

Maybe next time. Glad to hear your still enjoying the festival! :)

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Speyside » Tue May 06, 2008 9:07 pm

Great pictures Nick! I can see you've had a good time! :)

I noticed you did the Smugglers trail with David Newland of Glenlivet. Great guy! I know him well. You were in good hands! :thumbsup:

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue May 06, 2008 10:56 pm

Rene - I see I got David's name wrong - I'll correct it. Actually, I met David last year on the walk from Dufftown to Aberlour and was impressed,so it was a no-brainer to go back.

The Glenlivet safari was one of the real highlights. To be honest, once you've seen one distillery, you've pretty much got the idea. But with David Newland we were able to access the hills on the horizon and wildlife fell out of the landscape for us. We saw curlews, oystercatchers, gulls, lapwings, crows, mountain hares, roe deer, red deer (about 50 of them, in a herd, and it was my spot!!!), red grouse, meadow pipits and goodness knows what else. David was able to show us leaves that tasted of lemon, various types of heather and some grass that was used as wick for fish oil lamps. He knows the land and its inhabitants - and that is very special. There was a tie in to whisky with the smugglers trail and the drams we had but for me, it was the flora and fauna of Speyside that were all I needed. The place is very deceptive - it seems open and smooth but is far from it, and I have only ever seen it in spring and summer which doesn't give much clue to the real extremes of climate in the area.

If anyone is looking at a future Spirit of Speyside, please forego a distillery trip or two for the Land Rover trip - it's so worth it.

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Speyside » Tue May 06, 2008 11:26 pm

Wow, that sounds like you've got a great time with David! Good to hear that. A few of my friends have done a similar trip with David and were equily impressed. Yes, it's good to have other activities planned during the whisky festival and I'm sure the Glenlivet Safari will be back on the program for next year!

Thanks for your positive feedback, much appreciated!

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby BruceCrichton » Wed May 07, 2008 1:00 pm

Great festival.

I've uploaded my pics on my Facebook site and I've posted some footage of Robin Laing in song.

What was everyone's favourite whisky?

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed May 07, 2008 1:19 pm

BruceCrichton wrote:What was everyone's favourite whisky?

I didn't really drink that much whisky, but my fave was probably the Glenfiddich Solera straight from the Solera Vat. It was rich, complex, sweet, rummy, creamy and full. I was lucky enough to try this twice - once on the Seven Stills and once on the Brian Kinsman tasting. At the Brian Kinsman event, we had first tried the 15yo traditional oak, 15yo new oak and 15yo sherry oak - the three ingredients in the Solera whisky.

I also had some lovely old Speymalt Macallans (far more expensive than the Glenfiddich would be if they sold it at cask strength) and some interesting cask samples of Knockando. The Seven Stills tour also gave me the chance to try Kininvie - a 1990 cask sample. This was a rare privilege, but the whisky itself was just a bit nondescript - some spiciness and vanilla (wood influence) but mostly it was quiet.

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby BruceCrichton » Wed May 07, 2008 3:52 pm

I notice you have a picture of me at Knockando.

I have a Nightwish top on.

Favourite whisky? Too many to mention and I was off with way too many bottles.

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed May 07, 2008 3:59 pm

You're also quite visible in some of the Dregs Party shots, as I recall.

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby BruceCrichton » Wed May 07, 2008 4:10 pm

Nick Brown wrote:You're also quite visible in some of the Dregs Party shots, as I recall.


Which one were you?

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed May 07, 2008 4:14 pm

Leather hat and Drizabone coat

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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby BruceCrichton » Wed May 07, 2008 4:37 pm

Nick Brown wrote:Leather hat and Drizabone coat


Did see you then.


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Re: Spirit of Speyside festival May 2008

Postby BruceCrichton » Thu May 08, 2008 7:58 pm

Did you e-mail the links or send the photos as full size?


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