The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is one of the Scotland's premier events. This achievement is only possible thanks to the generosity of our Funders, Partners, Supporters, Members, Event Providers, Community Groups and Volunteers, whose involvement enables us to maintain the ambition and scale of the Festival.
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities please contact the Festival Manager via the 'contact us' button on the website welcome page.
We would like to thank the following partners for their continued support of the Festival:
Diageo is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of international brands across spirits, wine and beer. Many of our brands have been around for generations, while some have been developed more recently to meet new consumer tastes and experiences. Our great range of brands and geographic spread means that people can celebrate with our products at every occasion no matter where they are in the world. This is why 'celebrating life every day, everywhere' is at the core of what we do.
We really care for the legacy of each of our brands. We want them to be enjoyed by consumers for generations to come, which means we also take our role as a producer of alcohol very seriously. Diageo is at the forefront of industry efforts to promote responsible drinking and is the premier sponsor of the Festival transport. More...
Nestled deep in a remote valley of Speyside, Glenlivet was an ideal location for illicit whisky smugglers to hide away from the ever-watchful excise men. In the early 19th century there were about 200 illicit stills operating in the parish of Glenlivet alone. When a new law brought in a more reasonable rate of taxation for distillation, George Smith was the first man to take up the challenge, and in 1824 The Glenlivet was born.
George’s battles with the whisky smugglers and with a remote and, often hostile, climate paid off and sales of The Glenlivet flourished. When prohibition ended in the US in 1933, George’s legacy spread across the Atlantic, and The Glenlivet has never looked back.
By 2008, The Glenlivet had continued to grow and the decision was taken to expand the distillery to meet growing demand. The new expansion was opened by HRH Prince Charles in 2010, and the tradition of using wooden washbacks was maintained, whilst all the materials for the expansion were sourced from companies within a 30 miles radius of the distillery. Today, The Glenlivet Distillery stills stands true to George’s vision, and his legacy live on. More
Benromach & Gordon & MacPhail
Located on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres in Speyside is Scotland's best-kept secret. From a small and almost lost distillery emerged a single malt with distinctive qualities reflecting its exclusive hand made credentials as well as encapsulating the self-reliance, sophistication and modern values of Scotland today.
Just two experienced distillers create Benromach using the finest Scottish barley and the purest spring water from the nearby Romach Hills. They personally ensure that only the highest quality spirit is filled into sturdy oak casks before being left to mature at Benromach Distillery for many years.
At Benromach we passionately craft high quality single malt whisky with minimal impact on the environment.
Golden in colour, with a unique warm mellow character - the secret of Benromach is too good to be kept. Stylish and sophisticated, Benromach is a drink to share special moments with special people.
Now under the family ownership of Ian Macleod Distillers, Tamdhu Distillery is set to re-open its doors for the first time in years with a special one-off whisky fete for Festival goers on Saturday 4 May 2013 to celebrate the official re-launch of Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Built by a consortium of local entrepreneurs in 1897, Tamdhu Distillery represented one of the most cutting edge distilleries of its time. Commenting on the re-launch of Tamdhu, Leonard Russell, Managing Director of Ian Macleod Distillers, said: "We are proud to support the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, it is the perfect platform for the global re-launch of Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Situated at the junction of the Rivers Lour and Spey, Aberlour Distillery lies in a beautiful glen, surrounded by glorious scenery dominated by the rugged peaks of Ben Rinnes. The pure spring water for making the whisky is drawn from springs and the maturing spirit inhales the Speyside air.
James Fleming, the founder, was a man of enterprise, vision and compassion. The son of a local tenant farmer, he became a grain dealer, with many whisky distillers among his customers. He established his own distillery in 1879 and within a year the distinctive whisky began to flow. He was a generous man who left a legacy for the community - he funded the Town Hall, The Cottage Hospital and the Penny Bridge across the River Spey.
Most Aberlour single malts are double cask matured - the spirit is matured separately in the best quality ex-sherry butts and ex-bourbon casks. When it is ready to bottle, whisky from the two types of casks is brought together and the different flavours are subtly merged. From this intricate process emerges a single malt of rewarding complexity and character. This is a revelation for the enthusiast: a wide spectrum of flavours to discover, time after time.
Aviemore Highland Resort
Macdonald Hotels & Resorts brings you elegance, style and unique personal service, recognised and rewarded by a wealth of AA Stars, Red Stars and Rosettes.From the Scottish Highlands right down to the South Coast of England, they have over 40 individual meeting places nationwide with capacities from 10 to 1000 delegates.
The jewel in their Scottish crown is Macdonald Aviemore Resort located in Cairngorm National Park and conveniently close to Aviemore train station. The resort has four hotels with over 420 bedrooms and the Vital Health & Wellbeing Club provides a relaxing haven for when the day's work is done.
Their world class conference centre with a capacity for up to 1150 delegates offers flexible conference and banqueting rooms with WiFi and extra dedicated bandwidth available. Eighteen meeting rooms are available along with a 650 seat state-of-the-art auditorium.
For large events, the entire conference centre can be booked, offering exclusive use of all meeting and banqueting facilities.
One aspect they are truly passionate about is ensuring an excellent dining experience and endeavour to serve the highest quality produce and finest cuisine. You'll find that Macdonald Aviemore Resort tick all the right boxes for your next conference or event.
Based in Rothes, and now a 4th generation family company, Forsyth's Coppersmiths produce almost all of the beautiful traditional and handmade pot stills in Speyside which are made in much the same way as they were when the company started in 1890. The stills are handcrafted and hand shaped.
A large part of Forsyth's work is supplying replacement parts for the Scotch and Irish Whisky Industry as well as new stills for distillery expansions. However in the last 20 years Forsyths have been exporting more and more equipment all over the globe. Today they provide equipment to both the boutique craft distillers as well as the established drinks conglomerates. You will find some of the world's finest whiskies, gins, tequilas, rums and bourbons are made in Forsyth pots.
Created in 1840, GlenGrant, a single malt Scotch whisky, is the world's No. 3 best-selling single malt whisky and the market leader in Italy. Known for its clear colour and pure taste derived from the purifiers and stills designed by its inventor James Grant, GlenGrant distinguishes itself for its quality, authenticity and versatility.
Each year around 10.000 visitors discover the magic of The Glen Grant's distillery. Connoisseurs and first time imbibers from around the world tour our distillery and often take home bottles and memorabilia of their unique Single Malt experience. Visitors can choose from guided tours and private tastings offered by our friendly distillery staff.
When James Grant founded his distillery in Speyside, he decided to celebrate the natural beauty of the area by building an elegant Victorian garden. We have recently restored these beautiful gardens to their full original glory. Follow the small path as it winds its way up the garden passing glorious flowerbeds and luscious lawns. The pathway crisscrosses the stream and leads to a little cave where Major Grant kept his own private Glen Grant barrel.
Sellers of Serviced Country House Sites
At Strathdee Properties we aim to make the process of purchasing a house site in the country trouble free. We specialise in gaining planning approval for individual house sites therefore removing all of the stress associated with dealing with the planning process. The sites are serviced, boundary fences are erected and access roads constructed so that all the purchaser has to think about is the building of their house. This can either be using the plan approved for the site or an alternative house style which means a simple process to amend the plans, subject to Local Authority planning constraints.
We have many sites throughout Speyside, Moray and the Highlands, including near Craigellachie, Aberlour, Dufftown, Keith, Elgin, Buckie and Cromdale, and we hope we would have something to suit most people's needs.
Walkers of Aberlour
The company was founded by Joseph Walker when he opened his village bakery in 1898 and today his grandchildren and great grandchildren carry forward the tradition of baking the finest shortbreads, biscuits, cakes and oatcakes, using his original recipes.
Over the years, the Walker family has added new products to their range, always holding dear to the values of quality and natural goodness. In fact, the founder’s personal guarantee is still carried on every pack, to confirm that Walkers products are made with only the finest ingredients obtainable.
In the heart of beautiful Speyside, in the Scottish highlands, nestles the village of Aberlour, where the Walker family has been producing the world’s finest shortbread for over a hundred years.
The Whisky Shop Dufftown
The Whisky Shop Dufftown is in the heart of Speyside and The Malt Whisky Trail. We offer an exceptional selection of over 600 single malt Scotch whiskies for you to buy on-line, over the phone or by dropping in to see us in Dufftown. At the shop we have many of our whiskies available for you to try. We aim to give helpful advice on how to fully enjoy Scotland's finest product. We hold regular whisky tastings for groups or individuals by arrangement. When visiting the area we can help you organise your whisky tours and distillery trips. Our online whisky store allows you not only to find whiskies you already love, but to find great whisky that you have yet to try by letting you search by style and flavours.