In recognition of all the great work supporting and promoting Speyside over the years, we have awarded individuals with the Spirit of Speyside Award and the Unsung Hero Award.

Spirit of Speyside Award

For a lifetime contribution to Speyside.

  • 2019 Michael Urquhart

    Michael retired as managing director of Gordon & MacPhail, the Elgin-based whisky specialist, famed for selecting, maturing and bottling some of the world’s finest and rarest single malt Scotch whiskies.

    In recognition of his services to the promotion of Scotch whisky worldwide he was made a Keeper and later a Master of the Quaich. Whisky Advocate presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award and he was inducted into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame. Still actively supporting business initiatives in Moray and Speyside, he chairs the Moray Growth Deal Business Assembly.

  • 2018 Ian Urquhart
  • 2017 Jim Walker
  • 2016 Richard Forsyth
  • 2015 Dennis Malcolm

Unsung Hero Awards

  • 2019 Dennis McBain

    The first winner of the unsung hero award was coppersmith Dennis McBain, in recognition of over 50 years behind the scenes work at Balvenie Distillery. Although Dennis is not one who is usually in the limelight, he was honoured for his important and valuable contribution to the success of a Speyside company.

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