SMWS ambassador Hans Offringa is taken by surprise by a special award at the Spirit of Speyside Festival

A wonderful opening gala at Glen Moray distillery – a total surprise too, when I was presented with the International Ambassador of the Year award at the Spirit of Speyside Festival 2017. It was their best kept secret! Even Dave Broom, who was to hand over this title that he won last year to his successor, did not know until I was announced. What an unexpected and fantastic start of the festival.

Then this morning I had the official UK launch of my new book A Field Guide to Whisky, in the library of the Craig, with good friends and family present. In a few hours I will be hosting a genuine SMWS dinner with cigars afterwards in the Craigellachie Hotel. You will hear all about that event tomorrow.