Whisky Colours Festival 2020: What to expect from the 'hybrid' virtual event

Speyside's autumn whisky festival is going online this year - here's what to expect.

Published 19th Aug 2020
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

After a successful launch last year, Speyside's Whisky Colours Festival will be back this year but as a 'hybrid' series of virtual events.

Speaking to me on the most recent episode of the Scotsman podcast, Scran, organiser of the festival and owner of the Whisky Shop in Dufftown, Mike Lord, explains how the festival will work.

Mike says: “We had to take the hard decision a couple of weeks ago to produce a more virtual experience, so we are calling it a bit more of a hybrid festival.

"I am very pleased that we have been able to adapt and can go ahead with a version of our Whisky Colours Festival this year.

"My priority has been to make this event secure for as many people as possible. I hope this is an extra incentive for you to come to Speyside and enjoy its beauty with the great whiskies that we are lining up.

"We will still do tastings, via tasting packs. Hopefully people will come up to Speyside and enjoy those tastings packs here but they can be sent to wherever people feel most comfortable.

"There will be online tastings with brand ambassadors, and so far we have Glenfarclas, Glen Moray, Glenfiddich, Spey Distillery, BenRiach, Glendronach and Glenglassaugh as one package, as well as independent bottler, Douglas Laing.

"Our package of festival tastings will be available to members of our Whisky Colours Club, which we will be launching shortly. Hope to see you on Speyside soon."

Listen to the episode in full


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How to take part

Club membership goes on sale on 22 August priced at £80 plus postage and packaging.

Whisky fans can sign up via the website to gain access to all the tastings as a club member, or buy certain ones individually.

For more information and to buy, please visit the Whisky Shop website.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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