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Spirit of Speyside 07

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Spirit of Speyside 07

Postby Jack Skellington » Tue Apr 24, 2007 2:32 pm

With Spirit of Speyside fast approaching was wondering who was going and to what events?
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Postby vitara7 » Tue Apr 24, 2007 3:52 pm

whats the dates again?
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Postby Jack Skellington » Tue Apr 24, 2007 4:20 pm

It starts a week on saturday, I think there are a few events on thursday and friday but most of it is over the weekend.
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Postby vitara7 » Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:27 pm

sounds fine for me, looks like ill be in the area for an event or two...
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Postby BruceCrichton » Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:17 pm

This is mentioned in another thread in this forum but I'm going.

Am booked on whisky and salmon, Indie challenge, Tomintoul Vertical, Douglas Laing (be sure to go to this), Whisky and Cheese, Adelphi tasting (This company's whiskies are brilliant), Macallan vertical, Duncan Taylor tasting (always entertaining) and the dregs party (sold out - nehhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!).

I'll have another go at writing a report for the http://www.dufftown.co.uk website.
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Postby karlejnar » Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:37 pm

Unfortunately I'm not going - saving up for our later trip to Scotland. From middle of July and onwards.
Plan to go to the Autumn Speyside Festival instead like last year. Hope to meet some of you (again) there.
I'm sure i saw you (BruceCrichton) at the Adelphi and/or DTC tastings last september, but we didn't talk. Hope to make it up next time.
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Postby BruceCrichton » Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:43 pm

karlejnar wrote:Plan to go to the Autumn Speyside Festival instead like last year. Hope to meet some of you (again) there.
I'm sure i saw you (BruceCrichton) at the Adelphi and/or DTC tastings last september, but we didn't talk. Hope to make it up next time.


I was at both talks. I'm hard to miss. 8)

A mate gave me his Aelphi Glen Scotia to finish. result. 8)

Mmmmm, seconds. 8)
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Postby karlejnar » Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:55 pm

BruceCrichton wrote:I was at both talks. I'm hard to miss. 8)

I believe I'm too. I'm the danish "viking" with (very)long hair and beard.

I had my 50th birthday on the sunday. Me and my wife had a nice meal at "Glenfiddich Restaurant" where John McAlpin managed to get a nice birthday cake for me. Later in the pub Mark Watt of DTC gave me a nice Glenfarclas of half my age :P
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:27 pm

I shall be going to a number of events DV:

Fri - Dufftown distillery tour - Glen Grant 70 decades tasting at Gordon and Macphail

Sat - Tamdhu and Macallan visits - Glenlivet Masterclass

Sun - Aberlour Masterclass - and perhaps gatecrash the wildlife walk to get there if the weather is nice

Mon - Glenfarclas Masterclass - Glenrothes visit
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Postby The Fachan » Wed Apr 25, 2007 1:10 pm

Nick,

What one of the Glenlivet masterclasses will you do doing, I might be there also.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Apr 25, 2007 1:53 pm

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Postby BruceCrichton » Wed Apr 25, 2007 10:14 pm

C_I wrote:I'll be going too to some of the events on Spirit of Speyside, though due some lousy planning my side I was not able to book what I wanted. And yes, I'll be bothering you at Dufftown Distillery, Nick.


What events are you on?

I forgot to mention that I'll be at the Whisky Fair.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Apr 26, 2007 9:21 am

C_I wrote:I'll be going too to some of the events on Spirit of Speyside, though due some lousy planning my side I was not able to book what I wanted. And yes, I'll be bothering you at Dufftown Distillery, Nick.

I booked late - I had hoped to be going to Albania but that fell through - and some of the events that I might have gone to had sold out. But from talking to people last year, you can often do well by taking a punt on what is still available. Sometimes the events that sound least exciting turn into gems and some of the ones that sound hot can disappoint.

Do ask for me on the Dufftown tour. I am really looking forward to that one as it is a distillery with such a poor reputation and I really want to know how they "sell" it.
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Postby BruceCrichton » Thu Apr 26, 2007 11:50 am

There are plenty of tastings left over and the whisky fair is a good way of whiling away a few hours.

Be sure to grab bottles while you can.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed May 02, 2007 1:49 pm

I'm already getting excited.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed May 02, 2007 3:10 pm

In exactly 48 hours, I will be at the gates of Dufftown Distillery...
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed May 02, 2007 6:20 pm

Jealous Jealous Jealous Jealous Jealous Jealous Jealous Jealous Jealous Jealous Jealous Jealous Jealous Jealous Jealous :mrgreen:

Mind you, I''ll be On Mull next week and the weather forecast is promising :thumbsup:
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Postby BruceCrichton » Wed May 02, 2007 7:26 pm

Crieftan wrote:
Mind you, I''ll be On Mull next week and the weather forecast is promising :thumbsup:


Shame there isn't any good whisky available on Mull. :twisted:

Talk about sink cleaner. :cry:
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Postby BruceCrichton » Wed May 02, 2007 7:32 pm

Oops, double post.
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Postby les taylor » Wed May 02, 2007 7:43 pm

Some of us won't be going to Speyside or Mull. Imagine how we feel.



:cry: :( :cry:


Please keep us posted how it goes.
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Postby karlejnar » Wed May 02, 2007 10:28 pm

BruceCrichton wrote:Shame there isn't any good whisky available on Mull. :twisted:

That's not entirely true, I got a nice Port Ellen at the Ironmongers :wink:
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Postby Spirit of Islay » Wed May 02, 2007 11:33 pm

les taylor wrote:Some of us won't be going to Speyside or Mull. Imagine how we feel.


Luckily some of us are going to a real Whisky Festival later on in the month on Islay ......
:P :P :P
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu May 03, 2007 10:50 am

We don't slag Feis Ile so why slag Spirit of Speyside? Just because you only like two distilleries...
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu May 03, 2007 5:38 pm

karlejnar wrote:
BruceCrichton wrote:Shame there isn't any good whisky available on Mull. :twisted:

That's not entirely true, I got a nice Port Ellen at the Ironmongers :wink:


You must mean Browns :D A fantastic place for everything - and not a bad wine list either. They seem to cater for just about everything you can imagine. The Co-op had a not bad range of whisky as well.
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Postby Spirit of Islay » Thu May 03, 2007 6:18 pm

Nick Brown wrote:We don't slag Feis Ile so why slag Spirit of Speyside? Just because you only like two distilleries...


Aah it appears good hearted banter is out of the window now that Nick is back posting ! No one is slagging off the SOS festival especially me , i just didn't make allowances for you sense of humour ! And it shows how little you know when you say i only like two distilleries . Anyone one who knows me (and i'm glad to say your not one ) knows that i like a multitude of distilleries not just those on Islay .
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu May 03, 2007 6:26 pm

I really don't know what I have done to upset you Gordon. I hadn't realized your post was in jest but now you tell me, I can see that it is very funny.
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Postby vitara7 » Thu May 03, 2007 11:25 pm

yip indead SOI, this years should be great.

a group of us have booked up and we even booked a meal at the lochside for ourselfs last year for this year as its always bloody full. :x

heading to campeltown the day before and staying at the balinkill the night before catching the ferry, three weeks and im looking forward to it allready....
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Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri May 04, 2007 10:28 am

*Warning ! Jesting posting with a slightly serious bit*


Now , Now Vitara7 , you'll feel the wrath of the forum for hijacking a thread ! You should know Better !!!! :wink:
It's a bit much when you've got to book a meal a year in advance :o
Mind you saying that i booked Jim-sans Masterclass last August and i wasn't the first.......
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Postby vitara7 » Fri May 04, 2007 9:54 pm

i know, a year in advance..... well maybe about 10.5 - 11 months to be more spot on.

its just everytime you try to get a meal there its always booked out. not that it metters too much as the machrie is great and never fully booked, well never fully booked when weve went.
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Postby vitara7 » Fri May 04, 2007 9:54 pm

ment to add, im surprised the wrath has took so long....
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Postby Jack Skellington » Sun May 06, 2007 11:59 am

A "real" whisky festival??????

You mean the one with distilleries numbering single figures? Thats the toy one surely!! :thumbsup:

Currently enjoying the diversity offered up by the Spirit of Speyside :smoke:
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Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun May 06, 2007 3:27 pm

Jack Skellington wrote:A "real" whisky festival??????

You mean the one with distilleries number single figures?

Aye Jack Single figures , it's Quality not Quantity that counts......
LOL! :P :D :wink: :thumbsup:
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Postby Jack Skellington » Sun May 06, 2007 3:33 pm

Quality, exactly!! Thats why I am here in Speyside, to enjoy the quality diverse range of tastes and flavours, just a lttle pointer for you peat lovers, subtlety is they key. :twisted:
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Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun May 06, 2007 3:42 pm

Jack Skellington wrote:..... just a lttle pointer for you peat lovers, subtlety is they key........


Aah so that's why so many speyside distilleries are emulating Islay whiskies by bringing out peated versions and finishing in Islay casks...... glad that's cleared up :thumbsup: LOL!
*this is just a bit of jesting / horse play for those that can't work it out , keeping the thread running while the boys are away playing *
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I was at Spirit fo Speyside yesterday....

Postby Onefortheditch » Sun May 06, 2007 4:27 pm

I didn't go on the distillery tours, the masterclasses, the meals etc....that's for another year...I went to check out the distillery visitor centres and to buy collectable bottles.

Went to Benromach, Glen Moray, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Macallan, and Cardu and bought to collect

a Glen Moray Mountain Oak Final Release, one of 1158 bottles,
a Balvennie Single Barrel 15YO, one of 350 bottles,
a MacAllan 15YO winter bottling, 1 of 585 bottles
an Aberlour A'Bunadh from Batch 17.

There were lots of other very collectable bottles, but I had a budget!! I by chance spotted an opportunity for a 50YO whisky at a good price. If I get it, I'll post about it.

I bought to drink a Benromach 5YO Tokaji Wood Finish (perhaps a mistake...I haven't tasted it yet) and a Glenfiddich Gran Reserva 21YO.

I tasted a Tomatin 21YO Antiquary, the Glen Moray Mountain Oak and the Glenfiddich Gran Reserva.

The Antiquary was nice. The Mountain Oak (a bourbon finish) and the Gran Reserva (a Cuban rum finish) were superb.

Bourbon and rum are excellent finishes and make very pleasant changes from sherry and peat......depite what Jim Murray says about rum!!

It was beautiful weather and my wife drove as it was my birthday.....a very enjoyable day indeed.

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