As the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2014 begins this Thursday, 1st May, festival visitors will be gearing up to start a five day treasure hunt for liquid gold.

Liquid Treasures, an event created by the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust, offers bottles of single malt from ‘The Famous Five’ - Glenfarclas, Tomintoul, Tamnavulin, The Glenlivet and Cragganmore distilleries. Together worth over £600, the bottles will be hidden in the dramatic landscape of the stunning Tomintoul and Glenlivet region of Speyside – where the dram began.

With treasure hunters travelling from all corners of the globe to take part, from Canada to Japan, Spain to Sweden, Liquid Treasures is set to be a highlight of the festival programme, which includes over 350 whisky events, and the bottles have now been announced.

Thursday will see gatherers chasing the peaty-gold Glenfarclas 105 (60% volume) - a superb cask strength rich whisky created by the Grant family.

If you’re joining in the hunt on Friday 2nd May, Tomintoul 21 years aged single malt is what you will be looking for. This is now a rare bottle, at 40% volume, which has been crafted from a selection of the finest bourbon casks. With exotic fruits and floral notes, this is a bottle not to be missed.

Those seeking the amber nectar on Saturday 3rd May are in for a treat - Tamnavulin 12 year old single malt whisky is on offer. Aged in oak casks, is now discontinued and a rare find!

A special edition for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, The Glenlivet has launched a single cask edition, Auchbreck, and this will be waiting to be discovered on Sunday 4th May.

To end the five day hunt is a Cragganmore 21 year old. One of only 5856 bottles distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2012 at natural cask strength of 56% volume – treasure hunters will find a fantastic addition to their whisky collection.

Covering the AB37 9 postcode area, Liquid Treasures will challenge you. Be warned, you won’t be able to get everywhere on foot so transport is highly recommended.

The first clues will appear in the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Hubs, on the Festival buses and online through and on Twitter @TGDevTrust using #liquidtreasures. Follow the clues to discover the route to the bottle.

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