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Finalists announced in the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards

Published:  03 February, 2011

The judging panel for the first round of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards, has selected two finalists of each of the three categories.

Industry representatives, whisky writers and specialist retailers, gathered at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh last week, for a blind tasting of 52 of Speyside's.

Aberlour a'bunadh and Balvenie Signature 12 Years Old will go through to the '12 Years and under class' and The Glenlivet 15 Years Old and The Glenlivet 18 Years Old will compete in the 13 to 20 Years Old.

Balvenie Portwood 21 Years Old and Glenfiddich 30 Years Old came out top in the '21 Years and over' category.

Jim Royan, chairman of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Board, said: "These whiskies are the expressions of the highest quality of Speyside's wonderful spirit. I'm sure that their success will confirm their international recognition."

The six finalists will now go on to a public vote at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival on April 28.