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Spirit of Speyside Distilled 2023: Dates, times and ticket prices as whisky weekend returns this autumn

The ultimate weekend for whisky lovers will return this autumn, celebrating the food and drink scene of the Speyside region.

Published: August 28, 2023

Fresh from a record-breaking whisky festival this spring, the Spirit of Speyside team are back with Distilled 2023 - a celebration of whisky and Speyside.

When is Distilled?

This year Distilled takes place on the 1 and 2 September at Elgin Town Hall.

The annual event will unite Speyside’s best whisky distillers under one roof for a weekend, celebrating the flavour of the region that is home to over half of Scotland’s distilleries with best-selling brands participating alongside small, craft producers.

Among those already confirmed are Cardhu, Aberlour, Speyburn, Glen Moray, Benromach and The Glenlivet.

What to expect from Distilled 2023

As well as whisky, the event also plays host to many innovative new gin and vodka distillers as well as craft breweries.

Guests will have a chance to sample the best local drams while learning from master distillers, sip creative cocktails and enjoy Speyside’s growing food scene with artisan makers, seafood specialists, and more filling the hall.

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Times and ticket prices

Spirit of Speyside: Distilled is split into three sessions across Friday evening and Saturday.

Entry ticket includes full access to the session, a Glencairn crystal nosing and tasting glass, a lanyard and eight taster samples of gin, vodka, whisky or beer.

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Guests will have the opportunity to purchase products from exhibiting brands and Spirit of Speyside: Distilled merchandise during the event.

Brand new to 2023, Distilled is introducing a VIP ticket option that will provide guests access to exclusive mini masterclasses and special pours, as well as a VIP chill out zone.

VIPs will have access to tastings and talks from Speyside experts and will round off their experience with a foodie feast courtesy of some local favourites who’ll be popping up at the event.

Tickets for Distilled 2023 are priced at £25 for standard entry, £55 for VIP entry, and are on sale now.

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George McNeil, chairman of Spirit of Speyside, said: “Distilled gives us the incredible opportunity to gather with the region’s best producers and distillers, all under one roof in the heart of our community.

“Whisky lovers will be traveling to our beautiful corner of Scotland to learn from the makers of their favourite malts, compare drams side by side and indulge in a weekend of delicious food & drink made right here in Speyside.”

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Spirit of Speyside website.

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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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