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WSD Sale: Turning to the Independents (Adelphi)

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We will be adding groups of independent bottlings to our sale.  Up to 10 expressions each time with 20% off celebrating our 10th birthday and going into our second 10 years.

First of it is Adelphi as it begins with 'a'.  Here are the 10:-

Sales Price     Full Price
1.    Adelphi Ardmore 2000 14 Years Old                                          £67.15       £83.95
2.    Adelphi Benriach 1990 23 Years Old                                          £76.75      £95.95
3.    Adelphi Benrinnes 1997 17 Years Old                                        £67.15      £83.95
4.    Adelphi Bladnoch 1990 24 Years Old                                         £79.15      £98.95
5.    Adelphi Bruichladdich 2002 12 Years Old                                  £67.15      £83.95
6.    Adelphi Bunnahabhain 1989 24 Years Old                                £95.00    £118.75
7.    Adelphi Clynelish 1997 17 Years Old                                          £72.75       £90.95
8.    Adelphi Fascadale Batch 9 Ardmore 12 Years Old                   £43.15       £53.95
9.    Adelphi Glenrothes 1991 22 Years Old                                      £71.95       £89.95
10.  Adelphi Liddesdale Batch 9 Bunnahabhain 21 Years Old      £67.95       £84.95

Stocks are very limited so do not delay.

With 4 items in the sale selling out before we have officially launched the sale we have decided to add 4 more:

Sales Price    Full Price
Adelphi Ben Nevis 1996 18 Years Old      £73.55      £91.95
Adelphi Bowmore 1996 19 Years Old      £75.95      £94.95
Adelphi Bowmore 1996 19 Years Old      £72.75      £90.95
Adelphi Caol Ila 2003 12 Years Old          £71.95      £89.95

WSD Newsletter January 2016

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This Newsletter focuses on our New Year sale.  It is well underway and we are adding more and more products to it as the days go by.  We gave our Newsletter followers a heads up about this yesterday when we put the sale on line so a bit of stock has gone already.


WSD Exclusives

We will have 10% off our own bottlings until the end of February.  They are:-

Glenfarclas Family Cask 1991 22 Years Old Exclusive to The Whisky Shop Dufftown which is now down to £179.95 per bottle inc VAT (£149.96 ex VAT)

Gordon & MacPhail Mannochmore 1993 21 Years Old Exclusive to The Whisky Shop Dufftown which is now down to £65.65 per bottle inc VAT (£54.71 ex VAT)

Both are fabulous examples of the cask used for their maturation.  The Glenfarclas is an intense and rounded ex-sherry cask whisky and the Mannochmore is a wonderful example of a tropical fruit ex-Bourbon cask.


UK Exclusives

We had a bit of a rush to the head a few days ago and put 20% off 3 bottlings exclusive to the UK (2 Glendronach and 1 Benriach).  These are in very short supply.

Benriach 1997 18 Years Old Cask #85089 which is now down to £72.75 inc VAT (£60.63 ex VAT)

Glendronach 1995 19 Years Old Cask #4943 which is now down to £85.59 inc VAT (£71.25 ex VAT)

Glendronach 1995 20 Years Old Cask #4074 which is now down to £91.15 inc VAT (£75.96 ex VAT)

The Benriach is a classic unpeated style from the distillery and the GlenDronachs are both sherry casks.  At these price they are a real bargain.  Of course we will ship these UK exclusives anywhere in the world (almost).


Vintage Sale

We are just over 2 weeks away from our 10 birthday and we are feeling a bit nostalgic.  We have hunted around the shop for some old whiskies to take 20% off to give you the chance of trying something old and rare.  These sale items are new on this morning.  They are all G&M bottlings.

Private Collection Glenlivet 1954 which is now down to £1460 inc VAT (£1216.67 ex VAT)  *** SOLD OUT ***

Private Collection Glenlivet 1963 which is now down to £620 inc VAT (£516.67 ex VAT)  *** SOLD OUT ***

Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1955 which is now down to £612 inc VAT (£510 ex VAT)

Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1965 which is now down to £292 inc VAT (£243.33 ex VAT)


Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2016

We have finalised our programme and will have it on our website around midday on Saturday 23 January.  We have agreed with the festival to only sell tickets on their website going forward.


All the best to you and I wish a fantastic 2016

Mike, Vicky and the rest of The WSD team

Early 10th Birthday 10% Off Our Own Bottlings

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We are getting very excited here at The WSD HQ.  It is now just 60 days until our 10th birthday!!!  But why wait 60 days to start celebrating?  So we have put own current 2 exclusive bottles on sale with 10% off.  That's a festive present just crying out to be bought!!!!

Glenfarclas Family Cask 1991 22 Years Old Exclusive to The Whisky Shop Dufftown - Was £199.95 now only £179.95

WSD Glenfarclas 1991
Gordon & MacPhail Mannochmore 1993 21 Years Old Exclusive to The Whisky Shop Dufftown - Was £72.95 now £65.65

G&M Mannochmore 21 WSD

The Whisky Shop Dufftown 25 Days to Christmas 25 Whiskies with 25% Off

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Yes, it is the return of our most complicated titled sale!!!!  Now in its second year.  We have again selected 25 fine whiskies across the price spectrum to entice you to buy a little seasonal cheer at a knock down price.

Here is the full list:

Product Normal Price Sale Price  
Benriach 1966 Vestige £3,995.00 £2,995.00  SOLD OUT
Berry Bros & Rudd Aultmore 1997 £60.95 £45.70
Berry Bros & Rudd Dufftown 1982 £116.95 £87.70
Berry Bros & Rudd Linkwood 1987 £113.00 £84.75
Berry Bros & Rudd Speyburn 1988 £136.95 £102.00
Berry Bros & Rudd Bunnahabhain 2006 £42.95 £32.20
Bruichladdich Cuvee 640 £103.95 £77.95  SOLD OUT
Glenglassaugh 33 Years Old Massandra £340.00 £255.00
Old Malt Cask Craigellachie 14 £61.95 £46.40
Old Malt Cask Craigellachie 18 £75.95 £56.95
Old Malt Cask Dufftown 18 Years Old £79.95 £59.95
Old Malt Cask MacDuff 21 Years Old £73.95 £55.45
Old Particular Bowmore 25 £253.95 £190.00
Old Pulteney 40 Years Old £1,490.00 £1,117.50
Provenance Laphroaig 12 Years Old £63.95 £47.95
Provenance Laphroaig 8 Years Old £59.95 £44.95
Speymalt Macallan 1945 £5,000.00 £3,750.00
Strictly Limited Ben Nevis 16 £57.95 £43.45
Strictly Limited Dalmore 14 Years old £59.95 £44.95
Strictly Limited Fettercairn 14 Years Old £50.95 £38.20
Tweeddale Grain 16 Years Old £54.95 £41.20
XOP Port Ellen 32 Years Old £930.00 £697.00

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The Whisky Shop Dufftown Winter Sale - 15 Drinks with £5 Off or More

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We have launched the next phase of our Winter Sale with 15 products with £5 off or more (well now there's 16). This has nothing to do with Black Friday as they last until the end of the year! These offers are available on-line and in our shop and cover some very drinkable whiskies and at now even more affordable prices.  Offer ends 1st Jan & whilst stocks last.

Product Previous Price Sale Price Offer
Aberlour 10 £29.95 £24.95 £5 Off
Aberlour 16 £49.95 £43.95 £6 Off
Aberlour 18 £85.95 £79.95 £6 Off
Boe Gin £26.95 £21.95 £5 Off
Dalmore 15 £55.95 £50.95 £5 Off
Dalmore Cigar £75.95 £68.95 £7 Off
Glenfiddich 12 £33.50 £28.50 £5 Off
Glenfiddich Malt Masters £49.95 £42.95 £7 Off
Glenlivet 12 £36.95 £31.95 £5 Off
Jura 10 £35.95 £29.95 £6 Off
Jura Superstition £37.95 £31.95 £6 Off
Laphroaig 10 Years Old £39.95 £34.95 £5 Off
Old Pulteney 12 £33.95 £28.95 £5 Off
Royal Lochnagar 12 £39.95 £34.95 £5 Off
Spey Tenne £37.95 £32.95 £5 Off
Springbank 10 Years Old £38.95 £33.95 £5 Off

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The Dufftown Whisky Region T-Shirt

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Stuck for that whisky lover's Christmas present?  Looking for inspiration for a gift for a funky t-shirt fan?  Want to make a political statement? And support a worthy cause?  Then this is your answer - The Dufftown Whisky Region T-Shirt!  Only available from The Whisky Shop Dufftown in sizes from Small to 3XL.  Here is the T-Shirt in it's full glory:

DWRT Yolanda v1-3

We solved our modelling problem (none of us wanted to do it) by bringing in a professional and friend of the shop Yolanda. I think that this is a better pose than we could have struck.

Click here for our full range of clothing.

We have teamed up with Yolanda to raise money for Scottish Association for Mental Heath in 2016.   We will be donating £1 from the sale of every t-shirt sold as part of our fund raising campaign.


We aim to raise a £1000 for this charity in the next 12 months.  If you would like to help us straight away then please go to our donations page.

We also wish Yolonda all the best in the Miss Galaxy Competition where is is representing Moray.

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Only 86 Days to Go!!!

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There is the count down to Christmas. The count down to the New Year.  Here at The Whisky Shop Dufftown we have another more important one.  It is only 86 days until we are 10 years old!

6 February 2006 was when Mike bought the shop and created The Whisky Shop Dufftown.  Things have changed a lot in those 10 years and there will be a few more changes before our birthday.  We have come a very long way.  Here are just a few of the changes:

  • We have increased the shelf space by 50%.
  • We painted over the tobacco-smoke-stained ceiling.
  • The value of stock is now over 20 times greater than back in 2006.
  • We got rid of the peg board partitions.
  • We have more than doubled the number of whiskies available.
  • We got rid of the fake grapes and plastic vines.
  • We gave the shop a distinctive logo and colour scheme.

The list goes on....

We have big plans to celebrate our 10th birthday.  We will be having special events during Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2016 and our own Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival.

We will also have a set of products to mark the occasion.  Obviously we will have our own exclusive whisky which will be bottled in the week before our birthday so it will be ready for our birthday.  We may even have another one to mark our 11th Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.  There will be the obligatory Glencairn Blenders glass.  Still the most practical way to enjoy your dram.  But there will also be a few surprises.

Each one of our celebration products will be connected with a characteristic that we (mainly Mike) has had to display to make it through our first 10 years.  Don't worry we are also making plans for the future and in January we will be filling a cask at Ardnamurchan Distillery which will be ready for our 20th birthday (we hope).

The first item is now available.  It is a fabulously creative T-Shirt from Whisky Impressions and sports our anniversary logo in the centre.  It also promotes Dufftown as a whisky region in its own right.  It should be worn with pride.  Please note this T-Shirt should not be used as an actual map. View our range here.  

Thank you Kate for all the hard work!

WSD Dufftown Region T-Shirt v1

Don't worry, better pictures are coming


The Whisky Shop Dufftown Winter Sale - Bonfire Night Smoke

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Remember, remember, the 5th of November....

We are launching our annual Winter Sale with 5 offers inspired by Bonfire night.  Lots of smoke to set our sale of with a roar!!

1.   Big Peat                                                       £34.95  £42.95

2.   Kilchoman 2008                                         £54.35  £67.95

3.   Old Particular Laphroaig 14 Years Old  £75.15  £93.95  [SOLD OUT]

New 3.Old Particular Bowmore 18 Years Old   £79.95  £99,95

4.   Wemyss Peat Chimney 8 Years Old        £23.95  £29.95

5.   Wemyss Peat Chimney                             £26.35  £32.95

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The Whisky Shop Dufftown Challenge for Independent Bottlers 2015 (Presentations)

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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.  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.

Over the past few weeks we have been lucky enough to be able to hand the trophy quaichs to members of each of the winning companies.


1st Place - Adelphi Glenrothes 2007

Adelphi Glenrothes 2007 8

Another cracking young whisky from Adelphi.  Unfortunately now sold.

We were able to hand the award to Antonia and Alex Bruce from Adelphi at Glenborrodale Castle.  What an amazing back drop!

Winner 2015 Speyside: Adelphi

Rest of Whisky

1st Place - Clan Denny Strathclyde 2005 9 Years Old

Clan Denny Strathclyde 8


A great win for a grain whisky from Douglas Laing.  Another inspired choice from them in this category.

Graeme Dunnett from Douglas Laing was at The Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival at the end of September this year and we took that opportunity to hand over the Quaich.

Winner Rest of Whisky 2015: Douglas Laing



The Whisky Shop Dufftown Speyside Spirit Cocktail Competition

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You cannot deny the growing trend for using single malt whisky in a cocktail.  This is really about cocktails coming of age.  Invented to use ingredients to hide the taste of poorly produced and bad tasting alcohol, cocktails are now focusing on the flavour that the base-line spirit gives to the drink.  So why not use single malts?  The best of all spirits.

We have been inspired by the Facebook posts from Tales of the Cocktail in NOLA so we at The Whisky Shop Dufftown have decided to jump on the cocktail band wagon and we are launching today a competition to find the best cocktail using a spirit from the Speyside whisky region. And what better time than when Tales of the Cocktail is on in NOLA.  You might get some inspiration from there!!!  You are just as likely to be inspired by Dufftown though.  Hurricanes and distilleries aside, Dufftown has so much in common with New Orleans.  A walk down Fife Street and you could be on Bourbon Street.  And the Stuart Arms, well it is difficult to say who copied whom but just think the Carousel Bar & Lounge in the Hotel Monteleone!

Carousel Bar


The winner will get a £250 voucher to spend in the shop.  The winning cocktail will be announced at The Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival.

To get you in the mood here is our Speyside cocktail - Forres Skyline.

  • 1 measure of Benromach 10 Years Old 100 Proof
  • 1 measure of Woodford Reserve Double Oak
  • 1 measure of dry Vermouth
  • 1 measure of sweet Vermouth
  • A couple of generous dashes of orange bitters
  • A twist of orange peel

Place the ingredients except the peel into a shaker.  Add a few cubes of ice and stir.  We do not want this too cold or with too much water. Strain the mixture into a martini glass and add the peel.

We have obviously been inspired by a classic Manhattan and we have meddled with it in the same way the skyline of Forres is just a twist on the Manhattan skyline.  Especially if you are looking at it from the roof of Benromach distillery while standing on your head blindfolded.

We think the balanced smoke of the Benromach gives an extra kick to this drink and the flavours of the Benromach and the Woodford interact nicely with the orange elements.  Smoky Manhattans have been around for a while but we think this is much more complex than any we have had before.

Here are the rules:

  1. The drink must be a cocktail i.e. a mixture of 3 or more liquids.
  2. The cocktail must contain at least one measure of a Speyside spirit.
  3. We need to be able to make it - I know some of you are just wanting to use meldon berries from the Serengeti picked at dawn on the summer equinox to flavour Dalmore Constellation 1964. But lets face it, if we cannot reasonably get the ingredients, and that means generally available at reasonable cost, we ain't gonna make it.
  4. It needs to be judged better than Forres Skyline by our panel of willing judges.
  5. It needs to have a great name as that is all part of the fun and come with a short piece about why it works for you.
  6. The entry must come with a detailed recipe and instructions plus a picture.

The rules have been deliberately worded.

Please get your entries in by 1 September 2015 by email to enquiries@whiskyshopdufftown.com.


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