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 annual whisky extravaganza.
A SPEY from Speyside Distillery 2007 single malt has been specially selected and is being bottled at cask strength, non chill filtered, non-coloured, to be sold in a limited edition 2017 festival labelling which will include the cask and bottle number, and being limited to a single cask they are expected to become highly collectible.
The 2017 Spirit of Speyside Festival bottling is a rare peated SPEY whisky from Speyside Distillery at 51.8 ABV.
Whisky Expert Charles MacLean has quoted ‘This would be taken for an Islay malt, although it is lighter in body than any of them and is ‘better mannered’. More-ish. Light, elegant & smoky.’
Speyside Distillers Co Ltd Managing Director Patricia Dillon is delighted with the festival collaboration. She says, “What better way to celebrate our support of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 than with a unique single malt, cask strength expression?
We got involved with the festival for the first time in 2015 when our global brand ambassador Michael Owen surprised visitors by calling in on one of the distillery tours.
Following on from the success of our first limited edition Festival bottling in 2016, we are again working with the organisers to produce a new SPEY for 2017. 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 and has come to be known as one of Scotlands ‘Hidden Gems’”
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 Peated limited release 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 collectable souvenir of the event and with its limited availability and special labelling, it is likely to be highly in demand and much sought after.”
The expression is cask strength (51.8ABV) and will be priced at £95 (plus postage and packing.) It is available to pre-order from firstname.lastname@example.org for direct dispatch or can be collected from Speyside Distillery during the festival.
The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival takes place from April 27th –May 1st with a programme that features whisky steam 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 this small, picturesque, artisan distillery near Kingussie, home of the SPEY brand of malt whisky. Visitors can enjoy specially selected tastings, in the company of distillery manager Sandy Jamieson and NEW for 2017 – the distillery is offering unique behind the scenes ‘hands-on’ whisky production sessions. Afternoon tea with SPEY whisky will be served on the Strathspey Steam Railway where guests can enjoy the stunning Cairngorm scenery and an evening of SPEY whisky tastings served with a haggis supper and Ceilidh is being held at the Duke of Gordon hotel in Kingussie.
For full details of Speyside Distillery’s events and to order tickets, visit www.spiritofspeyside.com.
Speyside Distillery has been in production since 1990 and is operated by Speyside Distillers Ltd.
Although not usually open to the public, the distillery may look familiar to some as it featured (as Lagganmore distillery) in the popular BBC series ‘Monarch Of The Glen’.
For further information about Speyside Distillery, visit www.speysidedistillery.co.uk
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