Whisky fans take note, there's a new festival coming to Speyside this autumn and it's set to celebrate the drams and beauty of the area.

From 10 – 14 October, the first Whisky Colours Festival 2019 will take place, centring around the picturesque town of Dufftown – home of Glenfiddich and Balvenie distilleries and part of the Malt Whisky Trail.

Hosted by The Whisky Shop Dufftown, the festival will celebrate the abundance of whisky in the area and allows festival goers the chance to meet some of the biggest names in the industry.

What’s in a name?

Whisky Colours Festival 2019

Whisky Colours Festival Facebook

Inspiration for the timing and nature of the event came from the vast range of whisky’s in the area – made famous by popular the Malt Whisky Trail – and the stunning autumn scenery and colours in the surrounding woodland and farmland.

Mike Lord, Keeper of the Quaich and proprietor of The Whisky Shop Dufftown said: “We want our guests to experience a series of in-depth events, giving exclusive opportunities which truly bring you the very best of whisky from the malt whisky capital.

“We are excited to be creating this extensive calendar of events, in a friendly atmosphere at one of the most colourful times of year in Speyside”.

George Grant, sixth generation of the family behind Glenfarclas Distillery added: “The Whisky Colours Festival is a brilliant addition to the whisky calendar.

“We are working with The Whisky Shop Dufftown on an authentic experience at the distillery during the festival and we look forward to welcoming you to our distillery.”

What’s on

The organisers have partnered with Cardhu, Glen Moray and Glenfarclas Distilleries for dining and tasting experiences; Morrison & MacKay for a unique autumnal tasting; as well as masterclasses from the likes of Adelphi and Berry Bros & Rudd.

Much like the popular Spirit of Speyside Festival, but on a much smaller scale, each day will have whisky experiences available to book.

From dinners with distillers, masterclasses, food pairings and more, each event centres around an autumnal theme.

The festival will culminate in a closing event hosted by key partner,Tannochbrae Cuisine, which will bring together all elements of the festival: whisky, music and food, and lots of fun.

Tickets and event information

Whisky Colours Festival 2019

Picture: Whisky Colours Festival Facebook

Tickets for each event are available to buy now, and are individually priced, starting from £8.

Events are hosted in various locations in Speyside and distilleries.

Full list of events and price info:

10 October 2019 from 11:00 to 17:00

Find the Best 18 Years Old Single Malt (£8).  Drop in anytime. Book here.

10 October 2019 from 19:00 to 21:00

Cosy Festival First Supper and Fireside Drams at Tannochbrae (£25).  Book here.

Friday 11 October 2019 from 9:00 to 12:30

Breakfast Tour and Tasting of Glen Moray with Graham Coull (£45). Book here.

Friday 11 October 2019 from 11:00 to 17:00

Find the Best 18 Years Old Single Malt (£8). Drop in anytime. Book here.

Friday 11 October 2019 around lunch time

Call to Dram Hear the sound and track it down to get your free dram.

Friday 11 October 2019 from 14:00 to 15:15 

Whisky Tasting: Berry Bros & Rudd with Jonny McMillan (£25).  Book here.

Friday 11 October 2019 from 14:00 to 17:30

Whisky Colours Tutored Photographic Walk (£70). Book here.

Friday 11 October 2019 from 16:00 to 17:15

Whisky Tasting: Old & Rare Whisky Comparison with Jonny McMillan (£75). Book here.

Friday 11 October 2019 from 18:00 to 19:15

Morrison & MacKay’s Carn Mor Strictly Limited with Graeme MacKay (£25). Book here.

Friday 11 October 2019 from 18:00 to 23:00 

5 Decades Whisky Tasting & 4 Course Fine Dining at Glenfarclas (£175).  Book here.

Saturday 12 October 2019 from 11:00 to 17:00

Find the Best 18 Years Old Single Malt (£8).  Drop in anytime. Book here.

Saturday 12 October 2019 from 11:30 to 15:00

Whisky Tasting and Lunch at the Highlander Inn with Morrison & MacKay (£35). Book here.

Saturday 12 October 2019 around lunch time

Call to Dram.  Hear the sound and track it down to get your free dram.

Saturday 12 October 2019 from 14:00 to 15:15

Whisky Tasting: Adelphi with Antonia Bruce( £25). Book here.

Saturday 12 October 2019 from 16:00 to 21:30

Cragganmore Distillery Tour and Tasting plus 4 Course Fine Dining at Cragganmore House (£120).  Book here

Sunday 13 October 2019 from 09:45 to 13:00

The Aberlour Tour Autumn Special with Linn Falls (£60). Book tickets here.

Sunday 13 October 2019 from 11:00 to 17:00

Find the Best 18 Years Old Single Malt (£8). Drop in anytime. Book here.

Sunday 13 October 2019 around lunch time

Call to Dram. Hear the sound and track it down to get your free dram.

Sunday 13 October 2019 from 13:00 to 14:15

Cosy Sunday Lunch with The Whisky Shop Dufftown’s Vicky Keough and Spey Valley Brewery’s David MacDonald. Book here.

Sunday 13 October 2019 from 15:00 to 16:15

Whisky Tasting: Afternoon Tapas with Award Winning Spey Whiskies (£30).  Book tickets here.

Sunday 13 October 2019 from 17:00 to 18:15

Bonfire Drams with Kilchoman (£25).  Book ticketshere.

Monday 14 October 2019 from 10:30 to 13:30

Goodbye & Haste Ye Back. Drop in at The Whisky Shop Dufftown to say goodbye with a dram and receive 10% of all your purchases from the shop.

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Rosalind Erskine

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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