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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:

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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.

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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!

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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.

Speyside

1st Place - Adelphi Glenrothes 2007

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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

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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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What is the Best Malt for a Bacon Roll?

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Here at The Whisky Shop Dufftown we have been continuing our "scientific" search for the best Single Malt to go with a Bacon Roll - unsmoked, no sauce.  That's the scientific bit.

At this year's Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival we took the 2 winning whiskies from our festivals last year, Benriach 20 Years Old and Singleton Sunray, and pitched them against 2 new whiskies selected by Mike Lord - Balvenie 14 Years Old Caribbean Cask and Glen Moray Elgin Classic Port Finish.

We held 4 tastings, 1 each day of the festival, and each one was a sell out with over 80 people taking part.  It was a tight race and each combination received a significant number of votes. This proved again that everyone's palate is different and there is a whisky for everyone and every whisky has someone.

The tastings were conducted blind - guests were not told which whiskies they were sampling until after submitting their vote for their favourite.  We were delighted again to watch people see how the food and whisky combination brought different flavours to the fore and even created new ones.  This is what it is all about for us.  Showing how well whisky pairs with food in a new and exciting way.

The clear winner was Balvenie 14 Years Old Caribbean cask which pipped Benriach 20 Years Old.  That makes the Balvenie the best out of 21 different malts we have tried in this competition.  Thank you to all our guests that took part.  I hope you had fun!

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Whisky Magazine World Whiskies Awards 2015, Icons of Whisky Global 2015 & Hall of Fame 2015

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Press release from Whisky Magazine

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Ian Chang of Kavalan, The BenRiach Distillery Company and Bill Lark among the winners of the top Whisky Magazine Awards

The finest products and individuals were celebrated at Whisky Magazines most prestigious awards ceremony at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London on Thursday 19th March. The Managing Editor of Whisky Magazine, Mr Rupert Wheeler, hosted a dinner for the industry and guests made the journey from as far as Japan, Taiwan, Australia and America to join the celebrations. During the evening, three of the magazines top awards were announced and presented including Icons of Whisky Global 2015, the World Whiskies Awards 2015 and the Hall of Fame 2015.

Mr Wheeler says:I was delighted to welcome all our guests to the ceremony last night. The evening was a huge success and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our international panel of judges and all of our sponsors.

THE RESULTS

World Whiskies Awards 2015, Chairman - Mr Neil Ridley

 

Single Malt Sponsored by Rankin Cork

Worlds Best Single Malt and Best Asian Single Malt   Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Cask Strength

Best Islay Single Malt   Ardbeg Kildalton

Best Islands Single Malt   Ledaig 10 Years Old

Best Speyside Single Malt   The BenRiach 16 Years Old

Best Highland Single Malt   Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18 Years Old

Best Campbeltown Single Malt   Longrow 11 Years Old

Best Lowland Single Malt   Highland Harvest Organic Single Malt Sauternes Wood

Best Japanese Single Malt   Suntory Single Malt Whisky Yamazaki 18 Years Old

Best European Single Malt   Mackmyra Iskristall

Best Australian Single Malt   Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask Matured

Best Irish Single Malt   Teeling Whiskey Single Malt

Best American Single Malt   Balcones Texas Single Malt

Best African Single Malt   Three Ships Single Malt 10 Years Old

 Worlds Best Design   Haig Club, Diageo

Worlds Best Design Agency   Stranger & Stranger

 

Blended Sponsored by McLaren Packaging

Worlds Best Blended and Best Scotch Blended   That Boutique-y Whiskey Company Blended Whisky #1 Batch 1

Best Japanese Blended   Suntory Hibiki 21 Years Old

Best Irish Blended   Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix

Best European Blended   Black Mountain Whisky Sélection BM No1

Best African Blended   Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish

 

Blended Malt Sponsored by G. F. Smith

Worlds Best Blended Malt and Best Japanese Blended Malt   Nikka Whisky Taketsuru Pure Malt 17 Years Old

Best Scotch Blended    Wemyss Malts Velvet Fig

 

American Whiskey

Worlds Best American and Best American Rye   Thomas H. Handy Sazerac

 

Canadian Whisky

Worlds Best Canadian Whisky and Best Canadian Blended   Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve

 

Pot Still

Worlds Best Pot Still   Redbreast Single Pot Still 15 Years Old

 

Grain Whisky

Worlds Best Grain and Best European Grain   Darkness! North British 18 Years Old Oloroso Cask Finish

Best Japanese Grain   Kirin, The Fuji Gotemba Distillery Blenders Choice Single Grain Whisky

 

Flavoured Whisky

Worlds Best Flavoured and Best European Flavoured   Master of Malt 40 Years Old Speyside Whisky Liqueur

Best American Flavoured   Sons of Liberty Seasonals Hop Flavored Whiskey

 

For the complete list of results including all Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards, visit http://www.worldwhiskiesawards.com/

 

Icons of Whisky Global 2015, Chairman - Mr Rupert Wheeler

Whisky Distiller of the Year in association with Glencairn Crystal   The BenRiach Distillery Company

Whisky Brand Innovator of the Year in association with Multi Packaging Solutions   Buffalo Trace Distillery

Craft Whisky Producer of the Year   St. George Spirits

Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year in association with Christies   Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

Whisky Distillery Manager of the Year in association with Broxburn   Ian Chang, Kavalan Distillery

Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year in association with Boisdale   Jack Teeling, Teeling Whisky Company

Whisky Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year   Julie Gorham, Four Roses Distillery

Whisky Retailer of the Year - Multiple Outlets   Cadenheads Whisky Shop

Whisky Retailer of the Year - Single Outlet   Berry Bros. & Rudd

Whisky Retailer of the Year - Online   Royal Mile Whiskies www.royalmilewhiskies.com

Whisky Distributor of the Year   Southern Wine & Spirits

Whisky Importer of the Year   Whisk-e Ltd

 

For the complete list of results including the shortlist, visit http://iconsofwhisky.com/

 

Hall of Fame, Sponsored by Amorim, Chairman - Mr Rupert Wheeler

Inductee 25   Steve Beal, Diageo

Inductee 26   Al Young, Four Roses

Inductee 27   Bill Samuels Jr., Makers Mark Distillery

Inductee 28   Bill Lark, Lark Distillery

Inductee 29   Seiichi Koshimizu, Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

Inductee 30   Jim Beveridge, Diageo

 

For the complete list of inductees, visit http://halloffame.whiskymag.com/

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For more information on all Whisky Magazine Awards, please contact Rebecca Sterritt by email rebecca@whiskymag.com or by telephone on +44 (0) 1603 633 808.

Letting Search Engines See "Out of Stock" Products

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I have been buying whisky on the web probably for as long as you have been able to.  Not so much these days obviously.  I have always been annoyed when you are searching for a whisky and you enter its name into the Google search box and it comes back with 5 results that when you click on each one you go to a page which says the whisky is Sold Out.  My time has been wasted.  Actually this really annoys me.

The Whisky Shop Dufftown is now on its third website (actually we are working on 3.2) and each time I developed one I have paid extra to have an automatic routine that runs each night and hides our out of stock products from search engines.  I think this is being fair to my customers.  I don not want to waste their time but am I being an idiot?

Why do other companies allow their out of stock products to be indexed by search engines?  The most practical reason is you have to pay extra development costs to have this done.  I have not come across any e-commerce shop where there is a global switch to hide out of stock products.  In reality the cost of doing this is minuscule to what we have to pay for our websites so there must be another reason.

From developers and the owners / runners of other websites I have been told some other reasons.  Firstly, if you click through to an Out of Stock product you might just stay on the website and buy something else.  I am told that if only 1 person in a 100 does this it's worthwhile doing.  Secondly, just having the click through helps with your Google ranking etc.  But is all of that worth wasting the time for the other 99 customers or am I missing out on that 1 sale?WSD SOLD OUT

Over night another issue with my strategy has come to light.  A customer thought that as he could not find a fast selling / rare product on my website that I had not stocked it and therefore he assumed that I actually do not ever stock rare or fast selling whiskies.  If this is a general view created by my strategy then this could be a real problem.

This practice of continuing to list out of stock products is almost universal now so is it now the expectation of customers that they have to click through multiple search hits to actually find a site where the whisky they want is still listed? Are you as a whisky buyer now numb to this time wasting?

I am generally interested in what you think and I will be posting this article on Facebook and ask for comments.  You can always email me at enquires@whiskyshopdufftown.com.

And before anyone mentions there are ways to see out of stock products on my website but they should not be indexed by the search engines.