Die Gewinner des SoSWF Awards 2018 wurden gekürt! Auflösung…

Bei den diesjährigen Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival (SoSWF) Awards, wurden wieder acht Kandidaten durch die Festivalbesucher „blind“ verkostet und bewertet. Die Sieger in den vier Kategorien wurden am 06.05. feierlich geehrt. 2-mal Glen Moray, 1-mal Strathisla und 1-mal Glenfiddich. Gesamt-Liebling wurde aber der Cragganmore. Wer mitgemacht hat und sich seine „Buchstaben“ gemerkt hat, erfährt jetzt die Auflösung hier….

Ich durfte sie alle ebenfalls blind verkosten und habe auch versucht, die Zuordnung korrekt hinzubekommen. Ob mir das gelungen ist, seht Ihr hier: Blind-Tasting: SoSWF Awards 2018 – 4×2 aus der Speyside.

Hier meine Tipps, mein Favorit (fett) und die Auflösung. Die Gewinner habe ich ROT gefärbt.

Non Age Statement

  • A -> Glen Moray
  • B -> Glenlivet

Korrekte Zuordnung!

12-year-old and under

  • C -> Strathisla
  • D -> Glenfiddich

Korrekte Zuordnung!

13-20-year-old

  • E -> Aberlour
  • F -> Glen Moray

Korrekte Zuordnung!

21 years and over

G ist würziger und ruppiger, der H ist deutlicher sanfter und harmonischer an der Nase. G ist ein schönes Bourbonfass, hier habe ich Ananas an der Nase. Bei dem H habe ich eher Sherryaromen. Hier bin ich mir unsicher, da ich die beide nicht gut abgespeichert habe. Vom Cragganmore hatte ich auch schon einen 25yo und den Glenfiddich als 21yo sicher schon mal probiert habe. Und dann habe ich sie probiert. Der H straft mich Lügen, denn mit mal zeigt er mir seine Kraft – aber wie.

  • G -> Glenfiddich
  • H -> Cragganmore

Korrekte Zuordnung!

Fazit

Zugeordnet habe ich alle korrekt, aber bis auf 13-20yo war ich nicht im Lager der Mehrheit. Deshalb ist es wichtig, dass sich jeder sein eigenes Urteil bildet. Geschmäcker sind unterschiedlich!

Glückwunsch allen Gewinnern!

Die Ergebnisse könnt Ihr auch hier nachlesen: Whisky Awards.

Auf dem Titelbild seht Ihr: Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival whisky award winners line up to receive awards (from left to right) Kevin Innes, Cragganmore; Mark Thompson, Glenfiddich; Ed Dodson, Glen Moray, James Campbell, chairman of Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Richard Forsyth of award sponsors Forsyths, Caroline Mitchell, Strathisla and Graham Coull, Glen Moray.

Und hier noch die vollständige Pressemitteilung, in der auch die Auszeichnung des besten neuen Events enthalten ist: Off The Beaten Track Tour! Da wäre ich zu gerne dabei gewesen. Hört sich nach einem sehr würdigen Gewinner an! Glückwunsch an Ann Miller und Pernod Ricard!

(Pressemitteilung, SoSWF/TrickerPR)

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival winners announced as curtain falls after another record breaking year

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival – set in Scotland’s heartland of malt whisky production – is basking in the glow of success after delivering a record-breaking five-day celebration of the water of life to a worldwide audience.

Organisers say that 19th festival has been the best yet in terms of international numbers, with strong ticket sales and the most extensive festival programme ever – featuring 575 events in total – delivered as part of this year’s offering.

Bester neuer Event Debut attraction, an Off The Beaten Track Tour to four distilleries never normally open to the public, won the coveted best new event award. It saw whisky lovers transported by coach for tours delivered by Chivas Brothers’ International Brand Ambassador Tristan Campbell at Dalmunach, Tormore, Braeval and Allt a Bhainne distilleries. The tours were followed by a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired lunch prepared by cookery writer Ghillie Başan, accompanied by whisky tastings, at her remote Speyside home, reached via a Land Rover journey, a setting that was truly ‘off the beaten track’.

This was announced at the closing ceilidh held at the Craigellachie Hotel last night (Sunday) when the winners of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards were also revealed.

The annual awards – the only whisky competition in the world that places the power to determine the winning drams in the hands of the public – saw the 25 year old Cragganmmore Special Release announced as the public’s favourite whisky overall.

There was double cause for celebration for Glen Moray, with its Classic Chardonnay winning the non-age statement and its 18 year old winner in the 13-20 year old section.

Top title in the 12 year old and under winner went to Strathisla 12 year old.

Meanwhile, in the over 21-Year-Old category, Glenfiddich 21-year-old Reserva Rum Cask Finish triumphed, with the 25-year-old Cragganmore Special Release runner up, but it gaining most individual votes overall making it the public’s favourite. The awards were sponsored by Forsyths of Rothes.

James Campbell, chairman of Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival said: “What a truly magnificent five days we have had here in Speyside. We’ve been joined by people from more countries than ever, as well as local people, who have been able to enjoy our biggest ever programme of events, and amid glorious sunshine too. One of the key events of the festival is the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards and we congratulate all our winners. From a fantastic range of new events, the Off The Beaten Track tour encompassed landscape, whisky and food, three qualities for which Speyside is famed the world over, making it a worthy winner of best new event. We’re delighted to have been able to offer so many different experiences to so many people, all enjoyed over a dram and in convivial company.

After analysing this year’s festival, the organising team will be turning their focus to staging its offshoot, Spirit of Speyside: Distilled. The event, which brings together the region’s whisky, gin, beer and food producers under one roof, to enjoy samples of local products, meet key faces from the food and drink industry and take part in masterclasses on a range of different topics. Spirit of Speyside: Distilled takes place in Elgin Town Hall on August 31 and September 1. Tickets, which will go on sale in June for different sessions over the weekend.

From exclusive behind the scenes distillery tours and whisky and food pairings, to heritage walks embracing the local landscape and fun, family-friendly events, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival programme offered something for everyone, from connoisseurs to complete novices.

Bild: Ann Miller, International Brand Ambassador for Chivas Brothers, accepts the best new event award, for Off the Beaten Track, from The Scotsman Food and Drink writer Sean Murphy.