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Ultimate weekend for whisky lovers approaches with return of Spirit of Speyside: Distilled at Elgin Town Hall

By Ewan Malcolm

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THE ultimate weekend for whisky lovers is right around the corner with the return of Spirit of Speyside: Distilled.

Spirit of Speyside: Distilled is right around the corner. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Spirit of Speyside: Distilled is right around the corner. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Taking place on September 1 and September 2 at Elgin Town Hall, the annual event will unite Speyside’s best whisky distillers under one roof for a weekend celebrating the flavour of the region.

Best-selling brands will be in attendance over both days alongside small, craft food and drink producers.

George McNeil, Chairman of Spirit of Speyside, said: “This year’s Distilled festival sees a host of new distilleries, breweries and local food producers taking part, making for an exciting September weekend in Speyside allowing locals and visitors alike to sample the best our region has to offer.

“Distilled is a fantastic opportunity to gather under one roof to experience new flavours, learn direct from the makers and indulge in top quality local food and drink made right here on our doorstep."

Spirit of Speyside Chairman George McNeil. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Spirit of Speyside Chairman George McNeil. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Speyburn Distillery, winner of the ‘best new event’ at the recent Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, will be sampling whisky in the main hall. The distillery opened its doors to visitors in August after its successful debut at the festival.

Tormore Distillery is joining the Distilled line up for the first time to allow visitors to sample a selection of its drams, and new distillery The Cairn will be offering VIP ticket holders a chance to try a special pour from the distillery in the VIP room.

As well as whisky, Distilled plays host to many innovative new gin distillers and new for this year, all three Speyside Breweries will be available in The Tap Room.

Guests will have a chance to sample the best local spirits and beers while learning from master distillers, sip creative cocktails and enjoy Speyside’s growing food scene.

The event is split into three sessions across Friday evening and Saturday.

Entry tickets include full access to the session, a Glencairn crystal nosing and tasting glass, a lanyard and eight taster samples of gin, whisky or beer.

New to this year's event is the option of purchasing VIP tickets.

The ticket will provide guests access to exclusive mini masterclasses from Glenfarclas, Chivas, Speyburn, Gordon and McPhail and Tormore Distillery.

Special pours, including Avva, Speyside Craft Brewery, Gordon & McPhail, Glen Moray and Red Door will also take place in the new VIP chill out zone.

Talks from Speyside experts will round off the experience with a foodie feast courtesy of some local favourites.

Tickets for Distilled 2023 are available to book at https://www.spiritofspeyside.com.

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