DRAM fans around the world have been snapping up tickets for this year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.
Thousands have so far been sold to whisky lovers from 20 countries since this year’s programme was unveiled in January, organisers said last week, with Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands the most prolific.
Advance ticket sales show a 15% increase on this time last year, exceeding a value of £50,000 and representing a welcome low season boost to Speyside, Moray and the wider Scottish economy.
Taking place in distilleries and other locations from April 28-May 2, this year’s event will feature more than 200 events, including tastings, whisky dinners and tourism activities. More than 40 events are already said to have sold out, with specialist whisky events and tours proving to be the most popular, particularly visits to distilleries not normally open to the public like Mortlach, Auchroisk, Dailuaine and Glendronach.
“The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival highlights the rich variety of landscapes, history and leisure opportunities that the area has to offer,” said chairman Jim Royan.
(Image: Consumers from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands have snapped up tickets.)