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What is the Best Single Malt to Go with a Bacon Roll?

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Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2018 Wrap-up #2

Over a dozen festivals or more we at The Whisky Shop Dufftown, courtesy of our guests at Spirit of Speyside Whisky festival, have been trying to answer this question which is one of the greatest of all questions.  Each year we pitch 3 new contenders against the reigning champion from the previous festival to see which one wins and goes forward to the next contest.

The winner is decided upon by guests attending our bacon roll and whisky tasting who vote for their favourite in a blind tasting.  This is unsmoked bacon and no sauce.  This is science!

We have collated the votes from all of the tastings we held.  Counted them.  Checked them again.  And ensured there was no outside influence.

We can now formally announce the results:

Joint 3rd - Macallan 12 Years Old Fine Oak (1) & Glen Moray 15 Years Old (4)

Joint 1st - Benriach 10 Years Old Classic (2) & Glenrothes Vintage Reserve (3)

  • The number in brackets denotes the place of the whisky in the order of the tasting.

There was just 3 votes separating the 4 whiskies involved!  We will take that to mean we are getting better and better at choosing whiskies for the pairing.

As Glenrothes Vintage Reserve has been discontinued we are declaring the overall winner which will go forward to the next challenge to be Benriach 10 Years Old Classic.

Glenrothes Vintage Reserve and Glen Moray 15 Years Old were the joint winners from the last festival.

98 people took part this year and we thank them for their kind support.

What is the Best Single Malt to Go with Haggis?

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Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2018 Wrap-up #1

Over a dozen festivals we at The Whisky Shop Dufftown, courtesy of our guests at Spirit of Speyside Whisky festival, have been trying to answer this life-affirming question.  Each year we pitch 3 new contenders against the reigning champion from the previous festival to see which one wins and goes forward to the next contest.

Haggis, neeps and tatties

The winner is decided upon by guests attending our haggis and whisky tasting who vote for their favourite in a blind tasting.  We have collated the votes from all of the tastings we held.  Counted them.  Checked them again.  And ensured there was no outside influence.

We can now formally announce the results:

4th - Ben Nevis 10 Years Old (4)

3rd - Glenfarclas 10 Years Old (1)

2nd - Glen Scotia 15 Years Old (3)

1st - Tomintoul 15 Years Old Port Wood Finish (2)

  • The number in brackets denotes the place of the whisky in the order of the tasting.

Glen Scotia 15 had been the winner in many many beautiful tastings previously and was pipped this year by Tomintoul 15 by just 1 vote!

62 people took part and we thank them for their kind support.

Valentines Whisky

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As promised her are our picks for a Valentines night dram we would like to receive:

From Kat:  Tomatin 14 Years Old Port Cask Finish

Smooth, soft, gentle "just like love for your other half"

Fruity, not too harsh or too mellow and should go with the traditional meal of steak for Valentines day. Also at a great price, leaving more money to spend on flowers (hint to husband).

From Vicky: Glenfiddich 21 Years Old Reserva Rum cask finish.

Soft, smooth and gentle on the nose with lots of fruity notes – mango, pineapple, pear and kiwi.

Soft tropical fruits lightly dance around the mouth, warming with the lightest  touch of spice and a mere hint of smoke. Smooth and sensuous like silk.

This would go with any Valentines meal or for relaxing by the fire afterwards.

From Mike: Glenmorangie 18 Years Old.

As it is taller than average, honest, reliable and reasonably priced.  Just like me.

Festive Opening Hours 2016-17

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We are open as usual over the festive period except for the following days:

26 December                    -              Closed

27 December                    -              Closed

28 December                    -              10:00 to 16:00

29 December                    -              10:00 to 16:00

30 December                    -              10:00 to 16:00

31 December                    -              10:00 to 16:00

1 January                           -              Closed

2 January                           -              Closed

3 January                           -              10:00 to 18:00

4 January                           -              10:00 to 18:00

5 January                           -              10:00 to 18:00

6 January                           -              10:00 to 18:00

7 January                           -              10:00 to 18:00

8 January                           -              Closed

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Whisky Shop Dufftown 25 Days of Christmas 25% Off on 25 Products 2016

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Yes, it is that time of year for our special sale.  We have selected 25 products to give your 25% off for the 25 days to Christmas.  Only while stocks last as they say.

Check out all of our offers here.

Product Price Sales Price
Adelphi Teaninich 1983 32 Years Old £234.00 £175.00
Berry's Own Selection Aberlour 1994 19 Years Old £102.95 £77.20
Berry's Own Selection Aberlour 1994 19 Years Old £89.95 £67.45
Berry's Own Selection Glen Spey 2000 13 Years Old £58.95 £44.20
Borders Single Grain £47.95 £35.95
Carn Mor Strictly Limited Glentauchers 1996 19 Years Old £69.95 £52.45
Connoisseurs Choice Arran 2006 £35.95 £26.95
Glenrothes 2001 £54.95 £41.20
Hepburn's Choice Caol Ila 2009 6 Years Old £52.95 £39.70
Hepburn's Choice Tomintoul 2006 10 Years Old £43.95 £32.95
Highland Journey Blended Malt Scotch Whisky £36.95 £27.70
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ryder Cup Limited Edition £250.00 £185.00
Kilchoman 6 Years Old 100% Islay 6th Edition (2016) £72.95 £54.70
Lord Elcho NAS £23.95 £17.95
Old Malt Cask Glendullan 1999 14 Years Old £59.95 £44.95
Old Malt Cask Linkwood 1997 18 Years Old £74.95 £56.20
Old Particular Bowmore 1987 25 Years Old £253.95 £190.00
Old Particular Bowmore 1996 18 Years Old £99.95 £74.95
Old Particular Bowmore 1998 16 Years Old £94.95 £71.20
Provenance Laphroaig 2005 10 Years Old £59.95 £44.95
Provenance Laphroaig 2005 8 Years Old £59.95 £44.95
Spey Byron's Choice £94.95 £71.20
The Tweeddale 14 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky £42.95 £32.20
The Tweeddale 16 Years Old Grain Whisky £54.95 £41.20
Wemyss Glenrothes 1997 17 Years Old "Buttered Tealoaf" £78.95 £59.20

An Honest Mistake so Fill your Boots (or Bars)

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Just a few days a go we had our main party to celebrate 10 years in business.  During the dinner I gave a speech.  No surprise there.  It was not a long speech.  Quite a bit of surprise there.  I spoke about what I had learned over the last 10 years.  One thing I mentioned is that I am not a good businessman.  This was no surprise to most people in the audience as they had met me before.  I listed a number of reasons why this was the case:  too honest; too principled; too lots of things.  One of them is getting confused.

Today we took delivery of the bulk of our exclusive Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Craigellachie 2006 bottled to celebrate our 10th anniversary.  The invoice duly arrived as well.  I have got the price wrong.  We are currently selling it at £45 until the end of February.  This is a discount on the price I thought it was going to be sold at afterwards of £49.95.  Well here is the thing.  It will actually be on sale after this month at £54.95.  I could sneak the price up now but I am true to my word so I would suggest filling your boots now.  Even if you are coming to The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2016 and our "Last Drop Party" you wont be able to buy it cheaper!  You can always buy on-line and select to collect from the shop.  We will be happy to hold your money and your whisky until the festival or sooner if you are coming to Dufftown before then.  Of course, we also ship round the world!

Buy thus whisky now before my wife finds out what I have done and puts the price up!!!!

 

An Honest Mistake

 

WSD Winter Sale - Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask

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Here is the next set of additions to our Winter Sale in honour of our 10th Birthday.  Each one is 20% off

Product                                                                                                            Sale Price (Original Price)

  1. Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Auchentoshan 1989 24 Years Old    £96.95    (£120.95)
  2. Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Clynelish 1996 19 Years Old              £77.55    (£96.95)
  3. Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Glenburgie 1988 26 Years Old          £101.50  (£126.95)
  4. Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Longmorn 1991                                   £101.50  (£126.95)
  5. Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Macallan 1987 28 Years old               £372.00  (£465.00)
  6. Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Macallan 1989                                      £336.00  (£420.00)
  7. Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Mortlach 1995 20 Years Old              £93.55    (£116.95)
  8. Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Miltonduff 1988 25 Years Old           £101.50  (£126.95)
  9. Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Strathmill 1992 23 Years Old            £77.55     (£96.95)
  10. Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Tamnavullin 1991 24 Years Old        £79.95    (£99.95)

Celebration of the Cask Mortlach 1995 20

WSD Winter Sale - 'D' is for Douglas Laing

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We can't leave out our friends from Douglas Laing in our sale.  Here are 10 lines from them with 20% to celebrate our 10th birthday.

No.                                                                                     Sales Price     Full Price

  1.  Old Particular Bowmore 1996 18 Years Old               £79.95      £99.95
  2.  Old Particular Bowmore 1998 16 Years Old               £75.95      £94.95
  3.  Old Particular Bowmore 2000 15 Years Old               £79.95      £99.95
  4.  Old Particular Caol Ila 1996 18 Years Old                    £70.35      £87.95
  5.  Old Particular Glen Keith 1993 21 Years Old              £63.95       £79.95
  6.  Old Particular Glenallachie 1999 15 Years Old           £45.55       £56.95
  7.  Old Particular North British 1991 21 Years Old          £62.36       £77.95
  8.  Old Particular Royal Lochnagar 1997 17 Years Old   £54.35       £67.95
  9.  Old Particular Speyside 1996 18 Years Old                £59.15      £73.95
  10.   Xtra Old Particular Port Ellen 1982 34 Years Old     £744.00    £930.00

Old Particular Bowmore 1998 16

  1. XOP Port Ellen 32

WSD Winter Sale - Cadenheads and Compass Box

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Today we are adding some more independent bottlings to our winter sale.  We like to add these in batches of 10 as it is our 10th birthday this year.  In fact in less than a week.  We did not want to leave Cadenheads or Compass Box out so we have teamed them up for the next part of our sale.  They are all 20% off as we are entering our second 10 years (10 x 2 get it?).  OK but it is still a good offer.

.                                                                                           Sales Price     Full Price

1.  Small Batch Caol Ila 2003 10 Years Old                          £54.35     £67.95

2.  Small Batch Glenallachie 1992 22 Years Old                 £54.35     £67.95

3.  Small Batch Miltonduff-Glenlivet 1990 24 Years Old   £64.75     £80.95

4.  Small Batch Tamdhu-Glenlivet 1991 22 Years Old       £63.95    £79.95

5.  Great King Street Glasgow Blend                                   £21.55     £26.95

6.  Great King Street Artists Blend                                       £22.35        £27.95

7.  The Spice Tree Blended Malt Scotch Whisky                £35.15        £43.95

8.  The Peat Monster Blended Malt Scotch Whisky           £35.15       £43.95

9.  The Lost Blend Blended Malt Scotch Whisky                £63.95       £79.95

10.  Hedonism Quindecimus                                              £100.80      £126.00