Scran season 5: Highlights of the 2022 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

On this episode of Scran, we're celebrating whisky - but at long last, we get to do it in person.

Published 27th May 2022
Updated 10 th Oct 2023

On this episode of Scran, Rosalind travelled north to experience the return of Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

With people attending from all over the world, she caught up with many directly involved in the festival, producers and those visiting simply to sample and enjoy the whisky.  

First up was a tour of Glenfiddich where guide Brian Weir gave a great insight into the history of this world famous brand and the whisky mavericks of Dufftown.

Rosalind speaks to Sarah Burgess, Creative Director of the Craigellachie Collection about her long career in the whisky trade and how she is on a mission to popularise the highball.  

One of the joys of Scottish whisky festivals is the wonderful entertainment that's always laid on, the Spirit of Speyside was no different.

You'll hear Joe Aitken singing a bothy balled at the fireside during a tasting session with Murray McDavid.

You will also get a taste of Martine Nouget's session on pairing whisky and chocolate and another tasting session with Karen McWillaims of GlenAllichie, who even lets us in on a little secret.

Finally Rosalind sits down with George McNeil Chairman of the Spirit of Speyside to find out how he's getting on in his new role, how his career and passions have led him to where he is and what lies ahead for the festival.

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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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