About the Awards

About the Awards

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Awards is an awards scheme like no other. The judging process takes place in two stages. The first round is a blind nosing and tasting of Speyside's finest malts by selected judges.

Following this, two whiskies from each of the three categories are shortlisted to go forward for the Roving Whisky Awards Judging and Tasting, when visitors and locals can cast their vote during the Festival. The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Awards are the only whisky awards where the real experts - whisky consumers - have the final vote and have continued to gain in popularity. 

The two whiskies shortlisted in the 12 Years and Under/Non-age Statement category are also showcased to industry guests and the media during the Festival, when they accompany the starter and main courses of the ‘Touch of Tartan’ Festival Dinner.

Thank you to The Northern Scot for some excellent images.

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