Lockdown may be getting us slightly down so here at The Malt Whisky Trail we have created a playlist to bring your spirits UP! It consists of songs, bands, and musicians that collectively capture a sense of Speyside, whisky, and community that many of us are missing during lockdown. Each song is paired with a whisky from one of our distilleries so sit back, pour yourself a dram and have a listen to these 7 tracks. 

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1 – Gently – Rachel Sermanni

Originating from Carrbridge, Rachel Sermanni is known for her gentle tones of soft repetitive melodies. Her rich yet haunting vocals are prominent in ‘Gently’ capturing a certain vulnerability often present in life. A light floral dram would pair nicely with this melody, such as The GlenFiddich 12 Year Old.

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2 – Comin’ Through the Rye – Robyn Stapleton

Robyn Stapleton is a Scottish singer who performs traditional songs in English, Scots, and Gaelic, winning 2014’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year. ‘Comin’ Through the Rhy’, a Robert Burns song, is perfect to get you in the whisky mood coupled with a dram of BenRomach 10 Year Old, a palette that consists of barley, a little fruit, and grassy undertones.  

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3 – Everyday Heroes (NHS Charity Single) – Skerryvore

This heart-warming instrumental piece topped the iTune charts last week and offers a lovely tribute to NHS staff. Every penny raised from the track will go to NHS Charities Covid-19 Urgent Appeal. A comforting melody, reminding us to stay strong, this tune is best listened to with a dram like Cardhu Gold Reserve which is described as a ‘generous drink’ and has a gentle oak and milk chocolate finish.

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4 – These are my mountains –  Speyside Session

This song about the love of one’s own country is endearing, and the entire album acts as a love letter to Scotland. Speyside Sessions was created when Kevin McKidd came together with James D.Reid in a sprawling old house on the banks of the River Spey where they recorded over two dozen traditional Scottish folk songs. ‘These are my mountains’ could be enjoyed with The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve which has a finish of creamy toffee, a little oak and sweet barley sugar warmth. 

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5 – Air Fåir and Lá – Sian

This Gaelic trio burst onto the scene in 2018 and have taken the trad world by storm. Dropping their first album at the beginning of 2020, they have played with the likes of Niteworks and are the voices of VisitScotland’s ‘Scotland video’, ensuring their Gaelic harmonies resonate throughout the country. The perfect dram with this upbeat song is Glen Moray Elgin Classic which has a finish of tangy citrus and spicy fruitcake.

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6 – Toria’s 50th – Kinaris Quintet

Members hailing from all over Scotland, this band creates a rich diverse sound with fiddles, mandolin and guitar. ‘Toria’s 50th’, a lively tune composed by Laura Wilkie, captures the fiddle at its best and perfectly matches a dram of GlenGrant 12 Year Old which has a palette of rich, sweet red apple notes. 

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7 – Whisky in the Jar – Thin Lizzy

A classic for whisky lovers, this version of the song is recorded by the Irish Hard Rock band Thin Lizzie. Their raw acoustic vocals and echoing response from the live audience captures a real sense of community… something worth raising a glass to! This tune goes perfectly with a Benromach 10 Year Old that has a mouthwateringly bittersweet finish and is described as ‘hoppy’ after a while. 

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