Whisky Magazine Issue 127
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The Speyside Whisky Festival 30 April – 4 May 2015
The beautiful area of Speyside is defined by the distilleries that lead you through the heartland of whisky country. Much has changed in the world of whisky since the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival was founded in 1999; malt whisky production has has increased by over 60 per cent in 16 years. Perhaps just as significant is the steady increase in the number of visitors now visiting distilleries.
The concentration of distilleries in the Speyside area make it the ideal place to start your journey and enhance your knowledge of whisky. But it's also a real celebration of the countryside, the food that is grown locally and activities that take place on hill and riverside. Last year saw a variety of artists playing sessions and with so many events taking place over the long weekend, there is no end to the entertainment.
James Campbell, chairman of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, said: "When the very first Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival took place all those years ago, I don't think that anyone could have predicted – or even dreamt – that it would grow into the world class event that it is today. It's been a phenomenal success and keeps on going from strength to strength. "He concluded “in order to ensure that we keep our reputation as one of the leading whisky festivals anywhere in the world, we need to keep running a festival that appeals to everyone whether they are a whisky connoisseur or a whisky novice.”
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