Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards are awards like no others. 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 which shortlists two whiskies from each of the four categories.
These finalists go forward to the second round. These are roving Whisky Awards tasting and judging sessions, when visitors and local people can cast their vote during the Festival and at many UK and international venues throughout the year.
The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards are the only whisky awards where the real experts - whisky consumers - have the final vote and they have continued to gain popularity.