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Glenfarclas 25-year-old is top malt at Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards


By Chris Saunderson

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A GLENFARCLAS 25-year-old was judged the favourite overall malt at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards.

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival judging at The Station Hotel, Rothes.Picture: Becky Saunderson
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival judging at The Station Hotel, Rothes.Picture: Becky Saunderson

The ceremony took place at the Station Hotel in Rothes, hosted by event sponsor, Forsyths.

The judges also took part in a blind tasting to select the finalists for the Spirit of Speyside Awards 2022.

The presentation was streamed via Facebook to allow whisky lovers from around the world to join the celebrations.

Using a combination of in-person and virtual sessions, over 1600 votes were cast across 15 panels and three new venues across the globe were added to the tasting mix.

With sessions from New Brunswick, Canada to Mumbai, India and from Dublin, Ireland to Cologne, Germany, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards are the only industry awards in the world to give consumers the final say when it comes to recognising the best Speyside whiskies.

George McNeil, chairman designate at The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, said: “It’s the first time I’ve been involved in the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards and it’s been great to see our judging panels in awe of the standard of whisky produced here in Speyside by our local craftsmen and women.

“Every year we see more and more people from around the world get involved in the final tasting to have their say in which Speyside Malt takes home the gold.
Judges alongside outgoing chairman James Campbell (rear middle right) and incoming chairman George McNeil (rear middle left). Picture: Becky Saunderson
Judges alongside outgoing chairman James Campbell (rear middle right) and incoming chairman George McNeil (rear middle left). Picture: Becky Saunderson

"That’s what makes The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards truly an award like no other - it’s the real whisky experts, whisky consumers from around the world, voting for the final winners of Speyside’s best whiskies.”

Results:

12-year-old and under

Gold - Aberlour 10-year-old

Silver - Cardhu 12-year-old

13-year-old to 20-year-old

Gold - Glenallachie 15-year-old

Silver - Benromach 15-year-old

21-year-old and over

Gold - Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23-year-old

Silver - Glenfarclas 25-year-old

Non-Age Statement

Gold - Tamnavulin Sherry Cask Edition

Silver - Cardhu Amber Rock

To identify the finalists for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards 2022, the independent judging panel carried out a rigorous blind tasting of entries from 50 qualifying Speyside distilleries, before scoring each whisky on its character and flavour.

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards 2022 finalists includes:

12-year-old and under

Benriach 12-y-o

Benromach 10-y-o

13-year-old to 20-year-old

Glenlivet 15-y-o

Aberlour 16-y-o

21-year-old and over

Aultmore 21-y-o

Balvenie 21-y-o

Non-Age Statement

Aberlour A’bunadh

Tamnavulin Spanish Grenache Cask Edition

These whiskies will now go forward to be tasted and judged by whisky drinkers and

enthusiasts around the world over the coming months. The final winners will be announced at the Spirit of Speyside’s Gala Dinner on April 27, which also marks the beginning of the 2022 festival.

For further information on The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards or to find out how to host a voting session in 2022, visit www.spiritofspeyside.com


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