2 May 2017
Highlands & Islands (Including Moray) Regional MSP, Rhoda Grant has tabled two motions in the Scottish Parliament acknowledging both the success of the 18th Spirit Of Speyside Whisky Festival (27 April to 1 May) and the award of Festival Ambassador of the year which was presented to Graham Coull, Manager of Glen Moray Distillery.
Rhoda Grant said “I am delighted to recognise the efforts of so many involved in the organisation of the Spirit Of Speyside Whisky Festival which is in it’s 18th year, showcasing some of what is best about Scotland. The festival is held in the heart of the malt whisky region and brings a massive economic boost to the area highlighting not only iconic brands and our local culture, but hospitality as well. Well done to all concerned.”
Rhoda continued “ Congratulations to Graham Coull, Manager of Glen Moray Distillery, for all his Ambassadorial work in relation to this industry at home and abroad. I am aware that Glen Moray distillery continues to support many clubs, charities and organisations in the local community, and I wish continued success to Graham, his team and all concerned at the Glen Moray Distillery.”
Rhoda’s motions are :
18th Successful Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
That the Parliament congratulates all concerned with the successful 18th Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, which was originally launched in 1999 and invites whisky novices, enthusiasts and connoisseurs to discover the passion behind the world’s finest single malt whiskies in Speyside, the largest whisky producing region of Scotland; notes that this year’s event extended over five fun-filled days from 27 April to 1 May; further notes that 500 events were held from Kingussie in the south to Forres in the west and Buckie in the east; acknowledges that eight finalists were voted on at a series of judging sessions in Germany, Canada and the Netherlands, as well as in Speyside in the run up to and during the festival; congratulates the winner of the 12-year-old and under category, which was the Aberlour 12, while the title for malts aged 13 to 20 years went to Glenfiddich 15; notes that In the 21-year-old and over category, Mannochmore 25 Special Release topped the poll, while in the non-aged category, Tamdhu Batch Strength 002 took top honours; further acknowledges that the favourite whisky across the eight finalists was the Macallan 30-year-old Sherry Cask, which was shortlisted in the 21 years and over category, and recognises the significant positive economic impact that this event has in the local area, drawing visitors from across the globe who enjoy this iconic Scottish brand and hospitality.
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Ambassador
That the Parliament congratulates the 2017 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Ambassador of the Year, Graham Coull, manager of the Glen Moray Distillery in Elgin, where he has overseen huge investment and growth while tirelessly working to expand and enhance the distillery’s product portfolio; notes that Graham’s role as master distiller at Glen Moray has seen him travel extensively all over the UK and the world promoting this iconic brand; acknowledges that Glen Moray continues to support many clubs, charities and organisations in the local community, and wishes continued success to Graham, his team and all concerned at the Glen Moray Distillery.