The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival and Whisky Awards 2018 – blind tasting at Dr. Jekyll’s Pub

Monday evening turned out to be a very nice evening! I attended a blind tasting at Dr. Jekyll’s Pub in Oslo. The pub was chosen to host the Norwegian vote for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards 2018! How cool is that?! Altogether 18 venues in Canada, the USA and Europe have been picked to host a blind tasting and let whisky drinkers vote for the Awards 2018. Visitors to the Festival will also be able to vote at venues across Speyside. From the press release:

The winners will be announced at the festival’s closing ceilidh, hosted by The Craigellachie Hotel, on May 6.

We tasted the eight finalists for the award. There are four categories: NAS (no age statement), 12 years and under, 13-20 YO and 21 YO and over, and here is what we tasted:

  • Glen Moray Classic Chardonnay and Glenlivet Nadurra Peated
  • Strathisla 12 YO and Glenfiddich 12 YO
  • Aberlour 18 YO and Glen Moray 18 YO
  • Cragganmore 25 YO Special release and Glenfiddich 21 YO

Do you wonder how these ended up as finalists? Well, all the 50 distilleries in the region Speyside in Scotland submit whiskies for the categories where they want to participate. Then a panel of 12 whisky people tastes all the whiskies and narrows the selection down to two in each category. Read more about the finalists here.

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is held 3-7 May 2018 and is one of the biggest festivals in the world. Read all about the festival here. The programme includes 500 events involving food, music, heritage and crafts alongside a wide range of distillery tours and tastings.

Image from The Spirit of Speyside.

– Tone

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