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Spirit of Speyside Top Whiskies Shortlist


25th November 2019
The Spirit of Speyside Awards judging panel has narrowed down the entries to eight whiskies which will now go forward for the peoples vote.

Spirit of Speyside judging panel 2019 -2020

With Christmas fast approaching I thought that this would be of interest if you are looking to buy yourself something special to dram over the holiday season or perhaps buy a gift for a friend of family member, a panel of leading whisky experts has shortlisted eight Speyside single malt whiskies in the international Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards which will all now go forward for the people's vote.

The initial judging process took place earlier this month in the heart of Speyside where 10 expert whisky writers, industry representatives and specialist retailers carried out a rigorous blind tasting of 41 entries in total, before scoring each whisky on its character and flavour.

Over the next six months, the two finalists in each category will be put forward for judging by whisky drinkers around the world, visiting destinations in the UK and Europe and as far afield as India and Canada. The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards are the only industry awards in the world to give consumers the final say when it comes to recognising the best Speyside Whiskies.

The best malts to be produced in this world-famous whisky-making region will then be unveiled at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival in April after combining the wisdom of whisky experts with international consumers’ preferences.

This year’s category finalists which are perhaps worth seeking out for yourself if you haven't already tried them include:

  • 12 Years Old and Under: Aberlour 10 Year Old and Cardhu 12 Year Old
     
  • 13 to 20 Years Old: Benromach 15 Year Old and Glenallachie 15 Year Old
     
  • 21 Years Old and Over: Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23 Year Old and Glenfarclas 25 Year Old
     
  • Non Age Statement: Tamnavulin Sherry Cask Edition and Cardhu Amber Rock

James Campbell, Chairman at The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, said: "It was almost impossible to pick just two finalists in each Awards category this year - the standard of whisky produced here in Speyside by our local craftsmen and women is truly exceptional.

"From Rome to Dublin, Amsterdam to Cologne and Oslo to New Brunswick in Canada, almost 1000 international whisky lovers cast their votes last year, in addition to the sessions held in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Speyside itself. We hope to increase this reach for the 2020 Awards, are we’re very much looking forward to opening up the judging to consumers over the next six months before celebrating the winners at what we believe is the finest whisky festival in the world."

Annabel Meikle, Director of Keepers of the Quaich said: "I was particularly impressed with the calibre of entries this year which encompassed a broad spectrum of impressive aroma and flavour. As the first stage of the judging process is completely blind, it allows us as judges to remain impartial. It has been a privilege to take part again this year and I’m excited to find out how international whisky drinkers voted at the Festival next year."

The winning whiskies in each category will be announced at the opening of the 2020 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival in late April, meanwhile if you fancy trying them for yourself you will find them available now from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt
 

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