Thank you to all of the guests of The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival who took part in judging The Whisky Shop Dufftown's challenge for Independent Bottlers and the companies that entered their whiskies. It was a very tough battle this year with outstanding whiskies in each category and around 100 people casting their votes. As ever, every whisky had some people selecting it as their favourite which goes to prove yet again that people's taste are very individual.
In the Speyside category the winner was Berry Bros & Rudd Glen Grant 1974 (Cask #7647). The runner up was a Director's Cut Dufftown 30 Years Old. Congratulations to them.
In the Rest of Whisky Category the winner was a Wemyss Clynelish 1997 Fresh Fruit Sorbet. The runner up was a Strictly Limited Bowmore 11 Years Old from Carn Mor. Again, congratulations.
There is also a special mention to the Strictly Limited Aberlour 18 Years Old which was just beat in to third place in the Speyside category. A great result for a young whisky against much older competition.
The full list of entries are as follows (in the order they were tasted):
1. Carn Mor Strictly Limited Aberlour 18 Years Old
2. Adelphi Longmorn 1985 27 Years Old
3. Gordon & MacPhail Linkwood 1991
4. Director's Cut Dufftown 30 Years Old
5. Berry Bros & Rudd Glen Grant 1974 (Cask #7647)
The Rest of Whisky
1. Wemyss Clynelissh 1997 Fresh Fruit Sorbet
2. Adelphi Clynelish 1989
3. Clan Denny Girvan 21 Years Old
4. Berry Bros & Rudd Littlemill 1992 (Cask #9)
5. Carn Mor Strictly Lmited Bowmore 11 Years Old
6. Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Caol Ila 1994 Sassicaia Finish
We will post the winner of the best tasting note later.