Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2014 - The Whisky Shop Dufftown Challenge for Independent Bottlers

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Again this year during the Spirit of Speyside whisky festival we laid down the challenge to find the best independent bottling in 2 categories: Speyside; and the Rest of Whisky.  The second category encompasses any type of whisky that cannot be defined as Speyside.

This was a fascinating competition this year with old whiskies up against some quite youthful ones with really surprising results.

Remember all of the judging was done by guests to the festival.

Rest of Whisky

The entries were:

Adelphi Bunnahabhain 89, cask 5788
Berry Bros & Rudd Bunnahabhain 2006
Old Particular Clynelish 17
Carn Mor Ben Nevis
Spice King 12 Years Old

In third place -  Berry Bros & Rudd Bunnahabhain 2006

The runner up was -  Old Particular Clynelish 17 Years Old

And the winner was -  Spice King 12 Years Old

 

Speyside

The entries were:

Adelphi Mortlach 87, cask 3103
Berry Bros & Rudd Longmorn 1992 46%
Provenance Aultmore 5 Years Old
Connoisseurs Choice Benrinnes 1997
Old Malt Cask Linkwood 16 Years Old
Carn Mor Mortlach 1998

In third place was -  Berry Bros & Rudd Longmorn 1992 46%

The runner up was -  Adelphi Mortlach 87, cask 3103

And the winner was -  Provenance Aultmore 5 Years Old

 

The voting was very tight but a very young whisky just pipped on older one in the Speyside category and a blend won the rest of whisky.  As ever there was a whisky for everyone and every whisky had someone.

Thank you to all who took part.

Winner of the best tasting note to follow.

Spice King 12Provenance Aultmore 5