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The Whisky Shop Dufftown Newsletter - March 2017

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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.

spirit-of-speyside-cyclonesWe have sold nearly 70% of our tickets for our events and 10 are already sold out.  If you are coming to the festival then please make sure you have all the tickets you want.

 

 

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.

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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!

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New Releases

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.

Hunter 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

Douglas Laing

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

New Ranges

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.

Adelphi The Glover 18 Years Old

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.

WSD Postcard WSADF 2016

A Very Tenacious Gin

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The Whisky Shop Dufftown has launched its first Gin - Tenacious

In the beating heart of malt whisky country lies the award winning The Whisky Shop Dufftown. It may come as a surprise therefore to learn that their latest exclusive release is a gin.   Managing Director Mike Lord said,'We wanted to do something different to add to our exclusive products celebrating our 10th anniversary year.  I have been developing my own gin recipe for almost 2 years and the opportunity finally came to get it produced with our friends at Shetland Reel as part of our 10 Year Anniversary.   It's Juniper led with citrus notes and sweet gentle spices from Pink and Szechuan peppercorns.  It is a bit of a push back against the many floral gins that are out there.  It is for people that really like a flavoursome classic gin.'

tenacious

It is a very unusual name for a gin.  Mike Lord said,'It's our tenth year in business so that is part of the reason for the ‘ten' in Tenacious but the gin coincidently contains 10 botanicals.  We have certainly had to be tenacious to make it to ten years so the name seemed appropriate and matched our sense of humour.'

The rise of craft gins, particularly in Scotland is phenomenal.  Manager of The Whisky Shop Dufftown Vicky Keough, said'We have taken the opportunity this year to expand our gin selection to over 50 expressions which are mainly Scottish but include some specially selected gins from elsewhere.  We did this to reflect the demand from our customers for something different and we love our gins too.  We have brought our style of selling whisky, friendly and informative, to gin.  We like to help our customers make their next purchase with a conversation about what they like and what they want to explore.  We can then help them choose their next purchase and may be even try a sip before they buy.'

The journey for Tenacious started with a visit to Edinburgh Gin where at the end of the experience you have the opportunity to make your own gin.  Mike says he was very inspired by his creation and spent over a year tweaking the recipe to finalise the perfect version.

With a new gin the producer is expected to say what the'perfect pour' is – the best way to serve the gin.  Mike Lord said,'We don't tell you how to drink your whisky.  We have moved away from that.  Drink it how you would like it.  So we are not going to tell you how to drink our gin.  We do recommend a good measure of Tenacious, some ice and a decent tonic.  Then take it from there.'

Tenacious gin is only available to buy by the bottle from The Whisky Shop Dufftown and at www.whiskyshopdufftown.com.

Notes:

  • The Whisky Shop Dufftown was formed in 2006 by Mike Lord. He left a career in financial services in London to follow his passion.
  • Tenacious Gin is priced at £36.95. The ABV is 47%.  The full list of botanicals are: Juniper, Coriander Seed, Angelica Root, Orris Root, Lemon Peel, Nutmeg, Burdock Root, Pink Pepper Corns, Szechuan Pepper Corns and Almond.

 

 

The Whisky Shop Dufftown 25 Days of Christmas 25% Off on 25 Products 2016

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Yes, it is that time of year for our special sale.  We have selected 25 products to give your 25% off for the 25 days to Christmas.  Only while stocks last as they say.

Check out all of our offers here.

Product Price Sales Price
Adelphi Teaninich 1983 32 Years Old £234.00 £175.00
Berry's Own Selection Aberlour 1994 19 Years Old £102.95 £77.20
Berry's Own Selection Aberlour 1994 19 Years Old £89.95 £67.45
Berry's Own Selection Glen Spey 2000 13 Years Old £58.95 £44.20
Borders Single Grain £47.95 £35.95
Carn Mor Strictly Limited Glentauchers 1996 19 Years Old £69.95 £52.45
Connoisseurs Choice Arran 2006 £35.95 £26.95
Glenrothes 2001 £54.95 £41.20
Hepburn's Choice Caol Ila 2009 6 Years Old £52.95 £39.70
Hepburn's Choice Tomintoul 2006 10 Years Old £43.95 £32.95
Highland Journey Blended Malt Scotch Whisky £36.95 £27.70
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ryder Cup Limited Edition £250.00 £185.00
Kilchoman 6 Years Old 100% Islay 6th Edition (2016) £72.95 £54.70
Lord Elcho NAS £23.95 £17.95
Old Malt Cask Glendullan 1999 14 Years Old £59.95 £44.95
Old Malt Cask Linkwood 1997 18 Years Old £74.95 £56.20
Old Particular Bowmore 1987 25 Years Old £253.95 £190.00
Old Particular Bowmore 1996 18 Years Old £99.95 £74.95
Old Particular Bowmore 1998 16 Years Old £94.95 £71.20
Provenance Laphroaig 2005 10 Years Old £59.95 £44.95
Provenance Laphroaig 2005 8 Years Old £59.95 £44.95
Spey Byron's Choice £94.95 £71.20
The Tweeddale 14 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky £42.95 £32.20
The Tweeddale 16 Years Old Grain Whisky £54.95 £41.20
Wemyss Glenrothes 1997 17 Years Old "Buttered Tealoaf" £78.95 £59.20

The Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival 2016

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TWSDAF 22 to 26 September 2016

WSD Postcard WSADF 2016

Here is our programme as it stands. We are very sorry but everything is not finalised. We want to get the best tours possible and ensure the companies that help us put on the festival have given us their full authority. This can take time and has been particularly difficult this year. The traditional date for the Autumn festival has been the last weekend in September and this always clashes with Whisky Live Paris which takes priority over Speyside although we do not know why. We are now free to choose our own dates for our festival so we will look at a more practical date for 2017. Tickets will go on sale on 17 July at 6pm BST. Click here to buy tickets but only from 17 July!

Thursday 22 September 2016

11:00 to 15:00: Blind Blends (The Shop) -  Our annual competition to find the best blended whisky.  The current champion Adelphi's Glenborrodale (if we can get some) will go up against 4 specially selected challenger which have not been in the competition before.

18:00 to 19:00 The First Drop (St James Hall) -  Mike's traditional opening to the festival with a fun look at some of the new releases from the whisky industry which have caught his interest for good or bad reasons.

Friday 23 September 2016

09:30 to 13:00: Five Generations of Glenfarclas (The Shop) - We travel from The Whisky Shop Dufftown to Glenfarclas Distillery for a guided tour and then to sample 5 Glenfarclas from 5 different decades

11:00 to 15:00: Blind Blends (The Shop)

12:00 to 17:00: In-store tasting with Angels' Nectar - Come to the shop for a free tasting of some great whiskies from this new independent company.

13:30 to 14:45: Masterclass (St James Hall) - Slot currently open.

15:00 to 16:15: Masterclass with Fred Allan of Murray McDavid (St James Hall) - A local character and down right honest bloke, "Fred's Enterprises" will show case some samples from independent bottler Murray MacDavid..

17:00 to 18:15: Materclass with Rick Drysdale of Douglas Laing (St James Hall) - Rick will take you through a selection of the very best of the latest releases from Douglas Laing.

19:30 to 23:15: Whisky Dining at The Dowans Hotel (The Shop) - We travel from The Whisky Shop Dufftown to The Dowans hotel in Aberlour to experience a fabulous dining experience with dishes paired with whisky.  Working in Progress at the moment to get the right unique magic.

 

Saturday 24 September 2016

09:00 to 13:30: Distillery Visit to Glenlivet (The Shop) - We depart from the shop to Glenlivet for a specially arranged event.  We will have a special tour of the distillery and then we stay on for the legendary Legacy Tasting Experience.

10:00 to 10:30: A Bacon Roll and 4 Nips (St James) - Our annual attempt to find the best whisky with a bacon roll.  Arran Lochranza, the current reigning champion will be pitted against 3 specially selected contenders who have not been in the competition before.

11:00 to 15:00: Blind Blends (The Shop)

12:00 to 17:00: In-Store tasting with Spey Craft Brewery (The Shop) - Come along to the shop for a free tasting of the range of beers from this excellent brewery.

12:00 to 12:30: Haggis and 4 Nips (St James) - Yet again we will be trying to find the best dram to go with Haggis.  Neeps and tatties will be around but they are only there for support.  The current reigning champion, Glen Scotia 15 Years Old, will be challenged by 3 specially selected single malts.

13:30 to 14:45: Masterclass (St James Hall) - Slot currently open.

15:30 to 16:45: Masterclass with Antonia Bruce from Adelphi ( St James Hall) -  Antonia will take you through a selection of the very best of the latest release from Adelphi.

17:30 to 18:45:  Masterclass with Mark Watt (probably) from Cadenheads (St James Hall) - Mark will present the latest from the oldest independent bottler in his own inimitable style.

20:00 to 22:00: Bollywood Comes to Dufftown with Vicky Keough of The Whisky Shop Dufftown and David MacDonald of Spey Valley Brewery (St James) - In essence this will be the most extraordinary tasting you will have every been to.  This tasting will pair in sets, whisky and beer and curry in an amazing fusion of flavours.

 

Sunday 25 September 2016

 09:00 to 13:30 - Distillery tour to be confirmed

10:00 to 10:30: A Bacon Roll and 4 Nips (St James) - Our annual attempt to find the best whisky with a bacon roll.  Arran Lochranza, the current reigning champion will be pitted against 3 specially selected contenders who have not been in the competition before.

11:00 to 15:00: Blind Blends (The Shop)

12:00 to 17:00: In-Store Tasting with Wemyss Malts (The Shop) - Come along and try the range of blended whiskies from Wemyss for free.

12:00 to 12:30: Haggis and 4 Nips (St James) - Yet again we will be trying to find the best dram to go with Haggis.  Neeps and tatties will be around but they are only there for support.  The current reigning champion, Glen Scotia 15 Years Old, will be challenged by 3 specially selected single malts.

13:30 to 14:45: Masterclass (St James Hall) - Slot currently open.

15:00 to 16:15: Masterclass: Vintage Speyside with Angus MacRaid (St James) - You may have been to a tasting before with old whiskies but this is different.  This is old whiskies, bottling's of whisky from the past so you can experience how whisky has changed over the decades.

17:30 to 18:45: Masterclass with Jonny MacMillan of Berry Bros & Rudd (St James) - Jonny will take you through the best of the new releases from BBR and a touch more.  Intrigued?  Come along and find out!

20:00 to 21:45:  Music, Songs and Laughter with Robin Laing (St James) - Robin will entertain with his singing and a few good drams.

 

Monday 26 September 2016

09:00 to 13:30: Distillery Tours - One company to confirm week commencing 18 June.

11:00 to 15:00: Blind Blends (The Shop)

12:00 to 17:00: In-store Tasting (TBC week commencing 25 June)

13:30 to 14:45: Masterclass with Alastair Mutch of Tomatin Distillery (St James) - This will be a great opportunity to try a number of expressions from across the Tomatin range.

15:15 to 16:45: Materclass with Lucy Whitehall of Glenturret Distillery (St James) - Lucy will be a long with a selection of whiskies from the new Glen Turret range and a few surprises.

17:30 to 19:00: Masterclass with Peter MacKay of Morrison & Mackay (St James) - Peter will present the a selection of the latest releases from the indepencent bottler Morrison & MacKay

20:00 to 22:00: The Last Drop (The Shop) - The traditional close to the end of the festival with a fine array of odds and end of whiskies from the last six months and a selection from the tasting for you to try. The shop will also be open for purchases.

WSD Postcard WSADF 2016

 

 

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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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 Newsletter 13/08/2015

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Dear All

Here is a round up of what's happening at The WSD.

New Releases

We have had many new releases coming in to stock over the last month or two.  Picking out just a few....

Wemyss

We have had a great new set of malts in from Wemyss.  This is the usual Wemyss gig where they have a phrase that sums up the flavour profile of the whisky.  You get the idea.  Click the links for more detailed tasting notes.  Just in case you have a brain like mine "Sea Haar Bound" is no more than what it it says on the tin (or in this case bottle).  It's just stuck in the fog but more romantically phrased.  It is nothing more sinister.  If you have met the ladies at Wemyss then what else could it be?  Having a soft spot for old grain then the "Toffee Apple Crisp" really appealed to us and the Glen Scotia is like no other.

Wemyss Cragganmore 1999 14 Years Old "Heather Moorland"

Wemyss Bunnahabhain 1997 17 Years Old "Sea Haar Bound"

Wemyss Glen Garioch 1989 25 Years Old "Gooseberry Mocha"

Wemyss Glenrothes 1997 17 Years Old "Buttered Tealoaf"

Wemyss Glen Scotia 1991 24 Years Old "Leather-bound Ledger"

Wemyss Invergordon 1988 27 Years Old "Toffee Apple Crisp"

Wemyss Glen Scotia 1991 Leather Bound

Imperial

Finding Imperial's is like finding the tooth from a hen who has been bare-back riding a Unicorn so this Imperial 1996 from Gordon & MacPhail is a real treat.  It's a delicate sherry cask whisky with possibly more bourbon cask characteristics on the palate.  Warning!  The supply is very limited.

Bargain Hunters

We have also obtained a small quantity of bargain priced single malts both from Provenance.  It's always a good feeling to price a single malt below £30.

Provenance Glenallachie 9 Years Old £29.95

Provenance Graigellachie 8 Years Old £29.95

Provenance Glenallachie 2005 9

Collectors

We have, what we are told, is the oldest (as in Years Old) bottle of Macallan to be bottled and it's a rare war-time bottling as well.

Speymalt Macallan 1945

Speymalt Macallan 1945

More of our new items can be seen by clicking here

Speyside Spirit Cocktail Competition

There is still time to enter our Cocktail competition to find the best cocktail featuring a Speyside Spirit.  There's a great prize as well.  Closing date is 1 September.  Click here for the full details.

Cocktail Competition Photo 1 v2

Festivals

The Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival

Tickets are still available for some events at our festival which runs from 24 to 28 September this year.  You can see the full programme by clicking here.

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Other Festivals

It is rumoured that other festivals are available in the coming months but none are as fun and exciting as ours.  But if you can't get to Dufftown at the end of September that why not consider relaxing a Maltstock.  Go along to the quiz.  It will be shorter and far easier than the last 3 years.

*** I would like to personally apologise for the mistake that was in the paragraph above.  I of course meant to say Maltsock, *****

 

All the best from The WSD Team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Days to the 25th 25% Off Christmas Sale on 12 Stunning Whiskies

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We are counting down to Christmas with a very unique sale starting today.  With 12 (ish) days to go to 25th December we have selected 12 stunning whiskies and discounted them by 25%.

Get it? 12 days.  12 whiskies. 25th.  25%.

These whiskies are in very short supply so don't delay!

 

Day Whisky Price Sale Price
1 Glenfarclas 1963 Family Cask Rifle and Shot Gun Cleaning kit  Â£ 7,500.00  Â£ 5,625.00
2 Benriach 1966 46 Years Old Vestige  Â£ 3,995.00  Â£ 2,996.00
3 Glendronach 1968 Recherche  Â£ 2,750.00  Â£ 2,062.00
4 Private Collection Glenlivet 1954  Â£ 1,825.00  Â£ 1,368.00
5 Highland Park 40 Years Old (Out of Stock)  Â£ 1,686.00  Â£ 1,264.00
6 Glen Garioch 1958 46 Years Old  Â£ 1,500.00  Â£ 1,125.00
7 Old Pulteney 40 Years Old  Â£ 1,490.00  Â£ 1,117.00
8 Director's Cut Port Ellen 35 Years Old (Out of stock)  Â£Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  840.00  Â£Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  630.00
9 Dalmore 25 Years Old  Â£Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  600.00  Â£Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  450.00
10 Isle of Jura 1976 (Out of Stock)  Â£Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  500.00  Â£Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  375.00
11 Director's Cut Ardbeg 1991 23 Years Old  Â£Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  485.00  Â£Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  363.00
12 Old Malt Cask Macallan 1988 25 Years Old  Â£Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  455.00  Â£Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  341.00

We have loads more offers in our festive sale.  Check out all of our sale here.

The legal bit:  Prices are quoted inclusive of VAT which applies to all UK and European Union sales.  Shipping charges will apply but we are offering free delivery in the UK on all purchases made up until December 31st.  No further discounts can be applies to any of our Special Offers.

Benriach 1966 46 Vestige infrontGlendronach 1968 44 RechercheGM Private Collection Glenlivet 1954
Highland Park 40Old Pulteney 40 copyDirectors Cut Port Ellen 35Jura 1976 copyDirectors Cut Ardbeg 23OMC Macallan 1988Dalmore 25

 

Glenfarclas 1963

The WSD Newsletter May 2014

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Here is a very rare event - a Whisky Shop Dufftown Newsletter.

New Bottlings

We recently added 2 new bottlings to our list.  They could not be more  different and in my opinion they are both outstanding.

We have a sherry bomb Glenfarclas 1991 and what we are calling the a'bunadh of Islay is a Caol Ila 2004.

WSD Glenfarclas 1991

 WSD Caol Ila 2004

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2014

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It was certainly a festival to remember.   We ran a record number of events this year and had our highest attendance.  We continue to be the biggest contributor to the festival. Thank you to all who came and I hope you enjoyed it.

The team also managed to go the full festival without any major injuries!  That is a first.

Thanks again to Warren, Gemma, Phil, Kat, Simon and Kirsteen for all their help.  And a big thank you to Vicky for all she did including co-hosting the second most complicated tasting we have done (whisky, beer and food).   Of course a very special thank you to my long suffering wife who ran the shop.  Thank you Mrs Lord.

We ran our challenge for Independent Bottlers again this year to see what is the best independent whisky from Speyside and from the rest of whisky.  The results were genuinely fascinating.  To see who won our Independent Bottlers Challenge click here.

Whisky and HaggisWe continued to experiment with our food and whisky pairings.  To see what is the best malt to have with a bacon roll click here and for haggis here.  Thank you to the team at St James' for all their cracking work.

We say goodbye to Mary Hemsworth who has been the festival manager for Spirit of Speyside for the last three years.  Thank you and all the best,

 

 

The Drams Party 2014

See you all at The Spirit of Speyide Whisky Festival 2015 (30 April to 4 May).

The Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival 2014

Here at The WSD HQ we are finalising the programme for our Autumn Festival which runs from the 25 to 29 September.  You can view our progress here.  It is going to be fun and exciting!!

We are tweaking our website to make navigation easier and the festival now has its own page accessed from the events item on the main menu.

WSD Autumn Festival 2014 Postcard Barrels

Our Website

We are continuing to improve our website.  Our most recent additions have been to add some standard searches to our search and we have also included some articles under the Directory section on Dufftown.  I hope you like them

Local View

A bit of a local update.

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The warehouses at the front of Mortlach distillery are now completely demolished to make way for the new still house.  A bit sad but progress is progress.

 

 

 

If you are coming to Speyside and looking for a place to eat or stay then our two renovated hotels The Dowans in Aberlour and The Craigellachie with its Copper Dog Pub are really worth considering.

The WSD on the Road

The peace and quite of the shop will soon be left behind as we have a few road trips coming up.  Catch us at one of the following:

Dramboree 2014Dramboree 2014:   4 to 6 July

Maltstock 2014

 

 

Maltstock:   5 to 7 September

 

 

 

Whisky Festival Noord-Nederland

Whisky Festival Noord-Nederland:  27 March 2015