This is just a quick note to share a couple bits of news. First, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is going on right now! The festival runs for five incredible days and includes more than 350 events themed around whisky (of course), food, history, and the natural beauty of the Speyside region. My time at the festival last year was one of my favorite experiences in all my trips to Scotland. I highly recommend you click over to their Web site, have a look around, and start planning your trip to the festival in May 2014. Start with this brochure.
Or, check out my lengthy series of posts from last year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. I culled some notes from my tasting diary as the festival ended, but I recommend you start with my overview of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. Then check out my pieces on the festival’s opening dinner, a smashing Glenfiddich tour, Argocatting over the Glenlivet hills, and a masterclass with Glenlivet’s cunning alchemists. Of course there’s also my takes on Glenglassaugh, Benromach, and Mortlach, none of which should be missed, plus a concert review of the amazing traditional folk band Breabach and a duo of excellent whisky tastings. That should give you a pretty good idea of the greatness of this festival.
Finally, I was recently notified that at this year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival opening dinner, I won the International Ambassador of the Year award! Though I couldn’t be there to receive the award, my contact at the festival, the delightful Mary Hemsworth, received the engraved quaich award in my stead to a round of rousing applause. I am truly honored by the award and I would like to publicly thank Mary and the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival for not only this generous gesture, but also for making my trip last year possible.
International Ambassador of the Year…that will look nice on the ol’ CV. In the meantime, I’m busy planning my visit to next year’s festival, just like you. Sláinte!