Glenfiddich Promises Whisky Festival-goers a Dram Impressive Week in 130th Anniversary Year – Scotch Whisky News

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Glenfiddich Promises Whisky Festival-goers a Dram Impressive week

in 130th Anniversary Year.

The Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown will host its most diverse programme to date for this year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival (28 April – 2 May).

The distillery, still owned by William Grant & Sons, the family company that founded it 130 years ago in 1886, will offer festival goers an enticing calendar of one-off -events ranging from BBQs and dinners to an in-depth technical tour of the distillery, the opportunity to create their own blend and put their noses to the test to discover if they have what it takes to be a whisky malt master.

The schedule caters for all interests and budgets with a number of free opportunities including a horticultural tour of Glenfiddich’s grounds guided by the Distillery’s head gardener.

Peter van Peborgh-Gooch, General Manager, Visitor Centers, William Grant & Sons said: “Glenfiddich Distillery is 130 years old in 2016 and we have put together a programme for this year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival that highlights our heritage, showcases the fabulous whiskies we have on-site and gives a never seen before insight into how they have been created. There will also be the opportunity through a special Innovations Tasting to try some special and very exclusive whiskies from William Grant & Sons including Kininvie, Girvan Patent Still and Rare Cask Reserves.”

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Tickets for the Festival go on sale from February 2nd and can be purchased from the Spirit of Speyside whisky festival website www.spiritofspeyside.com.

Peter continued: “The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is growing in popularity and stature year on year and attracts thousands of whisky enthusiasts from around the globe to this region each Spring. Ticket sales are likely to be brisk and so I’d urge local people interested in attending any events to make sure they book quickly.”

In addition to its 130th anniversary, Glenfiddich is also celebrating being the first Distillery to have its whiskies shortlisted in all three categories of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Awards.   Glenfiddich has been shortlisted in the 12 years and under and non-age statement category and the 13-20 years category with its 12 years old and 18 years old respectively, while the distillery’s 21 year old is a finalist in the category for malts over 21 years.  Judging of the Awards will take place throughout the Festival at various locations via blind tastings with the final winners being revealed on May 1st.

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William Grant & Sons Global Whisky Specialist Kevin Abrook will be amongst the experts hosting sessions at the Glenfiddich Distillery during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

 

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