With just under a week to go whisky fans are being called on to snap up the last remaining tickets for this year’s highly anticipated Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. Kicking off its 21st year of celebrating the region’s finest Scotch Malts, the jam-packed programme of virtual events begins online Thursday 29th April 2021.

From behind the scenes distillery tours to musical whisky pairings, and conversations with industry legends to cocktail masterclasses, ticket holders will have over 60 events to choose from over the course of the four-day virtual festival.

Both Single Malt aficionados and those at the beginning of their whisky journey can expect to experience the true spirit of the festival through its first ever interactive online event. Hosted on virtual platform, Airmeet, the festival will allow people to come together from all over the world to celebrate all things Scotch.

James Campbell, Chairman at The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, said: 

“The response to this year’s virtual festival has been fantastic with over 500 tickets sold and there’s still time for those thinking about attending to purchase a pass via the Spirit of Speyside website. We are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world to the festival which is celebrating its 21st year.

“In true Spirit of Speyside style, our distillers have done a magnificent job and we have a wide variety of events lined up whether it’s learning something completely new about whisky making from our world renowned Master Blenders or immersing yourself in the stories of the largest whisky producing region in the world to top cocktail making tips, we invite you to join us in celebrating the very best of our iconic whisky making region.”

Festival passes which provide access to all events are still available to purchase via the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival website. In addition to the extensive programme of events on offer, guests will also have the opportunity to socialise virtually in the festival’s lounge area, and can tune in to additional Q&A sessions with representatives from Speyside’s iconic distilleries in their respective ‘booths’. 

Festival passes can be purchased online at for £15.


Event highlights and last minute suggestions:

  • The Malt Whisky Trail – Taste the Trail
    Taste your way along the sites of The Malt Whisky Trail in this interactive tasting hosted by Stephanie Murray of The Dowans Hotel – an iconic Speyside hotel famous for its whisky bar. Exploring drams from distilleries including Glen Grant, Glen Moray and Benromach, this event will take you on a virtual whistle-stop tour of the sites along this world-famous whisky trail, giving you a taste of its delicious whiskies and the varied experiences there are to discover. Stephanie will be joined by special guests from The Trail to discuss their favourite drams and their favourite hidden gems in Speyside – perfect inspiration for those planning a staycation to Speyside this summer.
  • Friday Mixology with Strathisla Distillery 
    Friday night is cocktail night with Strathisla Distillery and an opportunity to explore the single cask Distillery Reserve Collection and signature Chivas Regal serves. Joined by Rhys Wilson, International Brand Ambassador, plus special guest bartender, attendees will explore cocktail culture and cask strength serves through a tutored tasting of Strathisla and the latest trends.
  • The Legacy of Mr. George – Stephen Rankin in Conversation with Charles MacLean
    Join Director of Prestige, Stephen Rankin and whisky legend Charles MacLean to celebrate the life and work of George Urquhart. This is a unique opportunity to taste whiskies that were matured by Mr George, hear stories about his life and travels and learn how George’s vision has influenced his family to create the oldest and rarest whiskies in the world.
  • Balvenie Archives Tasting with Charlie Metcalfe
    Balvenie Distillery Ambassadors Charlie Metcalfe and James Roberts are avid collectors and fountains of knowledge when it comes to some of the past rarer bottlings of Balvenie. Join them to hear a story or two and taste a hand-picked selection of legendary bottles of Balvenie that now are a piece of history. David C Stewart (MBE), whose pioneering techniques have had a profound impact on the production methods used today, will join the Distillery Ambassadors for a Q&A. He has dedicated 54 years of his life to the whisky industry and it is an opportunity not to be missed!
  • The Glenlivet Scotch Whisky School
    A unique experience in the company of The Glenlivet’s Lyndsey Gray and guest speaker Neil Ridley giving you the opportunity to break tradition and complete The Glenlivet’s Whisky School in just one hour!

About the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

First launched in 1999, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival’s annual celebration of Scotland’s national drink has developed into one of the largest events of its kind anywhere in the world. The Festival is a mecca for the curious beginner and the whisky connoisseur alike. Over the past 20 years, festival events have taken place throughout Speyside, the biggest whisky producing region in Scotland, located in the Moray area in the North-East of the county between Aberdeen and Inverness. This year is the first year that the festival has adopted an online format.

Over the years, the Festival has developed close links with many Speyside businesses and communities who help to fund the festival. It is a true team effort to deliver an ever-improving range of events and services to make the Festival a truly unforgettable experience.

The company is limited by guarantee, it runs the festival with a voluntary board of directors drawn from key areas of the whisky industry along with other local businesses and tourism organisations.

About the Virtual Festival

This event will be hosted on the Airmeet, an interactive virtual events platform that will bring the festival to life whilst everyone is at home.
The festival will have live events, recorded tours, a social lounge for meeting new friends and whisky lovers, speed networking, an exhibition centre and much more – making it the most interactive virtual whisky festival ever.
The festival pass provides access to all events taking place during the event.
For tasting events, pass-holders can still attend without a tasting kit if they have missed the postal deadline.

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