At each Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival we run a competition for Independent Bottlers to find the best expression they have released during the first half of the year. This complements the festival's own competition to find the best Speyside whiskies. We go one step further. We of course have an award for the best Speyside Whisky but we like to acknowledge that other whiskies are available so we also have a category for The Rest of Whisky.
Voting is carried out by guests of the festival who visit The Whisky Shop Dufftown and take part in an informal do-it-yourself tasting. All we ask is that people enjoy the drams and if possible vote for their favourite. We also give a prize for the best tasting note written by one of the guests who take part in the judging.
We had a great competition this year and over 150 people took part.
The full list of whiskies entered are at the bottom of this post but lets get straight in to the winners:-
1st Place - Adelphi Glenrothes 2007 (This sold out so quickly we were not able to get a photo. Hopefully we will get some more stock in soon).
2nd Place - Provenance Miltonduff 2005 8 Years Old
Both of these whiskies were exceptional sherry cask whiskies and great examples of how young whisky can also be exceptional.
Rest of Whisky
1st Place - Clan Denny Strathclyde 2005 9 Years Old
2nd Place - Carn Mor Strictly Limited Fettercairn 2000 14 Years Old
A great win for a grain whisky. A grain has won this category many times before but this is by far the youngest.
Congratulations to the winners. A particular well done goes to the Douglas Laing stable of companies for a 1st and 2nd and also to Morrison & MacKay for a second and third with 2 of the most affordable entries.
|G&M||Connoisseurs Choice Inchgower 2000|
|G&M||Connoisseurs Choice Glen Elgin 1998|
|Morrison & MacKay||Strictly Limited Benrinnes 1996 17 Years Old|
|Hunter Laing||Speyside's Finest 1986 28 Years Old|
|Douglas Laing||Provenance Miltonduff 2005 8 Years Old|
Rest of Whisky
|Tweeddale||Lowland 14 Years Old|
|Morrison & MacKay||Strictly Limited Fettercairn 2000|
|BB&R||Blue Hangar 11th Release|
|Douglas Laing||Clan Denny Strathclyde 2005 9 Years Old|