Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Launches 2021 Virtual Program

Spirit of Speyside 2021 program

Tickets for what’s set to be one of the world’s biggest online celebrations of Whisky are going on sale Thursday, March 18. The 2021 edition of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is back this April with an extra special online program of over 60 events.

Now in its 21st year, the festival provides the opportunity for people around the world to taste and learn about Whiskies from the iconic Speyside region. This year, for the first time, people are invited to take part from the comfort of their own homes. Festival goers will be able to speed network with other Whisky lovers, get up close and personal with their favourite brands in the exhibition center and catch up with friends old and new in the social lounge on the virtual platform.

Whether it’s having exclusive behind the scenes access to distilleries not usually open to the public, taking part in tastings with some of the best known whisky brands in the region, or getting the opportunity to chat all things Scotch with some of the biggest names in the industry, attendees will have plenty of online events to choose from during the four-day virtual festival (April 29 – May 2, 2021).

Program highlights include:

  • Would I Lie to You?: Hosted by Gordon & MacPhail’s Director of Prestige, Stephen Rankin, some of the industry’s top names, including Glen Grant’s Dennis Malcolm, Glenfarclas Distillery’s George Grant, Kirsten Grant Meikle of the William Grant family, The Balvenie’s Gemma Paterson and whisky writer Blair Bowman, battle it out to become the best storytellers in Speyside.
  • The Glenlivet Scotch Whisky School: A unique opportunity to meet Master Distiller Allan Winchester, get a whirlwind virtual tour of the distillery and complete The Glenlivet’s Whisky School in just one hour.
  • Benriach’s World of Flavour: For the first time live from Benriach’s brand new visitor centre which is opening soon, join Global Brand Ambassador Stewart Buchanan for a few drams and an engaging conversation, discovering all there is to know about Benriach’s world of flavour across its acclaimed new portfolio.
  • Musical Drams: Ann Miller, the Dram Queen, challenges special guests including world-renowned whisky writers and experts such as Charles MacLean, Dave Broom, Becky Paskin, and festival ambassadors to bring their chosen whisky to life by matching a dram from Speyside to a piece of music with the option to taste along at home.

“We were determined to capture the spirit of the world’s largest whisky festival and I think we have done just that,” said James Campbell, Chairman at The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. “With over 60 events in conjunction with distilleries across the Speyside region, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this year’s virtual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

“Although we can’t get together to celebrate in person this April, we’ve come up with as many opportunities as possible for people to get together to celebrate the fine spirits of Speyside using a new interactive online platform. There will be speed networking, an exhibition centre, social lounge and much more as we host the world’s largest online whisky festival.”

For more information, including the full program of events for 2021 and the ability to purchase tickets, check out the Spirit of Speyside website.

In February, the Spirit of Speyside festival confirmed that was heading online for 2021