With Spring coming up and snow on the ground in Dufftown it is about time for an update.
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2017
We are busy preparing for Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 which starts in 40 days time at the time of writing. We are now hosting 44 events. There is one new one which is an in-store tasting on Thursday 27 April from 12pm to 5pm which is looking at American and Swedish whiskies which have deep connections with Speyside.
Exclusive Festival Bottlings
For each of our festivals we try and have some new exclusive to The WSD whiskies on the shelves. This year's first confirmed new exclusive is something a bit different. Working with Morrison & Mackay we have found some old stock which has been in glass since 2015. This is an excellent whisky and we just had to rescue it from the dark and dingy corner of their warehouse where it had been forgotten. It is a Strathmill, distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2015 from a refill ex-Sherry Butt. It has been bottled at 53.6% ABV. It is an absolute cracker. It is full of sherry but not over powering, giving it a wonderful complexity. The shelf price will be £105. The first 60 bottles are being launched at the festival with those attending Peter MacKay's tasting getting the first chance to buy them and at a discount, only £90, so you better get along to that tasting! They will then be on sale at The Last Drop and from Tuesday 2 May in the shop and on-line.
Another bottling for the festival is being created by Glenfarclas. Always popular at the festival this special whisky is only available from the visitor centre. Be sure to get your hands on one by coming on our 5 Decades Tour on Thursday 27 April - well it would have been a good opportunity but while preparing this newsletter the tour has sold out. You snooze, you lose!
Many of you are probably not attending Spirit of Speyside this year but this does not mean that the next 6 weeks are not important to you. This is the time when we start getting in new bottlings on a weekly basis so keep an eye on the new products section of our website. We already have the following new lines in from Hunter Laing and Douglas Laing.
|Old Malt Cask Braeval 2001 15 Years Old|
|Old Malt Cask Blair Athol 1995 21 Years Old|
|Old Malt Cask Tormore 1988 28 Years Old|
|Old Malt Cask Mortlach 2005 12 Years Old|
|Hepburn's Choice Dufftown 2007 9 Years Old|
|Hepburn's Choice Inchgower 2008 9 Years Old|
|Old Particular Port Dundas 2004 12 Years Old|
|Old Particular Tamdhu 1998 18 Years Old|
|Old Particular Blair Athol 1998 18 Years Old|
|Old Particular Bunnahabhain 2001 15 Years Old|
|Old Particular Longmorn 1996 20 Years Old|
|Old Particular Glen Elgin 1995 21 Years Old|
|Xtra Old Particular Garnheath 1974 42 Years Old|
|Provenance Dailuaine 2007 9 Years Old|
We are also extending the range of whiskies that we stock with new Bourbons and Swedish whisky lines coming to us that we have not stocked before.
Returning in to Stock
We had a surprise offer from Adelphi to re-stock some lines that we thought were long gone. Pick of those is the highly sort after and collectable The Glover 18 Years Old. There is not much of this left so don't delay.
The other Adelphi's are:-
- Clynelish 1996
- Glenrothes 1991
- Linkwood 1990
Also back in stock but very limited are:-
- Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 15
- Gordon & MacPhail Linkwood 15
The Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival 2017
We also hope to have our master class programme for The Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival 2017 (21 to 25 September) completed shortly so keep an eye for that to launch.