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Turning Speyside into a Gin Palace

By Alistair Whitfield

A GIN festival is being launched this summer in the heart of Scotland’s most famous whisky region.

In recent years a total of 13 new brands of gin have set up in the local area.

The team behind the successful Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival have therefore decided that this coming summer is the right time is to branch out.

Over three days, from July 12-14, events will be taking place right across Speyside during The Gin Experience.

The Spirit of Speyside: The Gin Experience will take place at different venues across the region and includes a flagship event at historic Gordon Castle Walled Garden in Fochabers – which produces its own line of gin – on Saturday, July 13.

Within the beautiful surroundings of the Walled Garden, guests will have the opportunity to both meet the makers and taste their wares.

Festival chairman James Campbell stated that Speyside has established itself as a driving force in Scottish gin production, becoming a home to both household names and small craft distillers.

He said: “It’s been impossible to ignore the huge growth and we are incredibly proud of the high-quality products being made here.

“Our rich heritage in the art of distilling has fuelled the knowledge and skill of these producers, who are creating some of the best gin that Scotland has to offer.

“Just as the drinks industry in Speyside is diversifying, we felt the time was right for Spirit of Speyside to evolve and add another string to its bow.

“We have been running the whisky festival for 20 years – and more recently the food and drink event Spirit of Speyside: Distilled - so visitors know the quality of our events and that they will be in for something very special.

“We anticipate that in the early years the event will attract a relatively local audience, but we hope that one day The Gin Experience will grow to be every bit as popular as our flagship event.”

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