A toast to the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

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A toast to the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Postby rebeccaparagraph » Thu Apr 07, 2016 3:22 pm

SPEY single malt is set to be the toast of this year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival – thanks to an exclusive, limited edition bottling being produced for the famous drams fest.

An expression of SPEY from Speyside Distillery single malt has been selected for an exclusive festival bottling ahead of the annual whisky extravaganza. A SPEY from Speyside Distillery 2007 single malt cask sherry butt has been specially selected and is being bottled at cask strength, non-coloured, to be sold in limited bottle numbers. Each bottle will have a 2016 festival labelling which will include the cask and bottle number, and being limited to a single cask they are expected to become highly collectible.

Speyside Distillers Co Ltd managing director Patricia Dillon is delighted with the collaboration. She says, “What better way to celebrate our support of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2016 than with a unique single malt cask strength expression? We got involved with the festival for the first time last year when our global brand ambassador Michael Owen surprised visitors by calling in on one of our distillery tours.

"This time round, we are working with the organisers to produce a limited edition bottling of SPEY. It strengthens our links with this fabulous event that brings thousands of visitors to Speyside in celebration of the area’s most famous export – whisky. As well as releasing this limited edition SPEY malt, we also look forward to meeting with whisky lovers from all over the world and welcoming them to the events at our boutique distillery, which is not normally open to the public.”

James Campbell, chairman of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, expects the whisky to go down very well with this year’s visitors and whisky collectors. Mr Campbell adds, “When Speyside Distillery came to us with the idea of a festival bottling, we knew right away that this would be of great interest and appeal to visitors. Naturally, there are many whiskies to take home from Speyside, but a festival bottling makes a very special souvenir of the 2016 event and with its limited availability and special labelling, it is likely to be highly in demand and much sought after.”

Each individually numbered bottle will be hand finished with specially designed 2016 festival packaging stating the cask and limited bottle number. The expression is cask strength and will be priced at £95 plus postage and packing. It is available to pre-order from karenann@speysidedistillers.co.uk for direct dispatch or can be collected from Speyside Distillery during the festival.

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival takes place from April 28th – May 2nd with a programme that features whisky trains, masterclasses, cocktails, music, trails, books and the opportunity to meet whisky distillers, writers and other celebrities.

As part of the programme, Speyside Distillery is offering a rare chance for the public to tour the small picturesque distillery near Kingussie, home of the SPEY brand of malt whisky, and enjoy specially selected tastings, in the company of distillery manager Sandy Jamieson. There are further opportunities to visit the distillery to view its talented artist in residence Joanna Miller at work, while savouring dram of SPEY single malt.

Joanna, an ex-student of The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and artist for the SPEY brand, specialises in print making with particular interest in screen printing. Visitors will be able to meet Joanna before she retreats to work on her upcoming exhibitions at Eden Court, Inverness and Saatchi Gallery, London.

Speyside Distillers is also hosting mouth watering afternoon teas and SPEY whisky tastings on board the Strathspey Steam Train Railway, offering magnificent views of the Cairngorms.

For full details of Speyside Distillery’s events and to order tickets, visit http://www.spiritofspeyside.com

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