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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

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2014 - Charity Collection

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During this Festival The Whisky Shop Dufftown's nominated charity was The Oaks in Elgin.  It is a palliative care centre and you do not have speak to many people here on Speyside before you find some one who has a friend, a relative, a neighbour or even themselves who has benefited from the great work that The Oaks does,  Some further information about this organisation is below.

We donated £5 from the ticket price of our "It Started with a Big Dram" event,  we had a honesty bottle where people could take a free dram but we asked them to make a donation and we also made collections at some of our events.  A very big thank you to all that donated in which ever form.  Our total currently stands at £400!  Thank you all again.

 

The Oaks

History

 

In 1997 the Hospice in Moray (H.I.M) steering committee published their proposals for a day hospice in Moray. The efforts of the (H.I.M) campaign have been the key to the progress of this development. In 1998, the Scottish Feedback Action Research report was published. One of its key recommendations was the provision of a day hospice/resource centre in Moray. There followed the establishment of a Grampian Health Board Working Group to put together proposals for improving cancer and palliative services in Moray and look at issues around setting up of a day hospice.

 

Macmillan Cancer relief raised 2.2 million pounds, which covered the cost of establishing The Oaks Palliative Care Day Centre. Upon completion of the building in 2003, The Oaks was 'handed over' to NHS Grampian, which has full control and management of the day centre. The Moray Hospice Steering Group, then became known as Friends of The Oaks .

 

The Oaks opened on 2nd June 2003 and officially was opened by HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay on 5th August 2003.

 

The Oaks Aims and Objectives

 

  • To develop further the existing supportive and palliative care services for Moray, focusing on enabling people with cancer and other progressive illnesses to live as independently as possible in their own homes and communities.
  • To reduce the need for admission of patients to hospital.
  • To provide special palliative care in a day unit setting.
  • To provide other care and treatments in an out-patient setting.
  • To be actively involved in the rehabilitation of patients, where appropriate.
  • To provide a range of activities to suit individual needs and abilities.
  • To provide psychosocial & spiritual support to patients and their carers.
  • To provide access to specialist staff, including medical, nursing and AHPs.
  • To offer respite to carers.
  • To improve communication and liaison between Primary Care and Specialist Palliative Care
  • To provide information on cancer to patients, their carers, the general public and health care professionals.

 

The Oaks

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Awards 2014

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Here is the festival's press release on the Whisky Awards 2014

Shortlist Announced for Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Awards

A mouthwatering competition has been set up in the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Awards, with eight of the region’s finest malts set to battle it out for honours in the eagerly anticipated annual contest.

A judging panel comprising industry leaders, acclaimed writers and specialist retailers whittled down 46 entries at a blind tasting event at the Knockomie Hotel in Forres this week before finally settling on their finalists in four categories.

And now that the experts have shortlisted the final drams, the power of determining the overall winners will be handed over to visitors to the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. A series of roving judging sessions at which festival-goers will get to blind taste all of the shortlisted entries is being staged during the Festival, which takes place from May 1 to 5.

Ben Riach 12-year-old and Knockando12-year-old will go head to head in the 12-year-old and under category, while the Balvenie 15-year-old and the Singleton 18-year-old will compete in the section for malts aged 13 to 20 years.

In the 21-year-old and over category, the finalists are Glenfarclas 30-year-old and Cardhu 21-year-old, while in the section for distillery special editions Tamdhu 10-year-old will go up against the Glenfarclas 25-year-old.

The awards are sponsored by coppersmiths Forsyths of Rothes – the company responsible for building many of the pot stills in which the shortlisted single malts were distilled.

James Campbell, chairman of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, says, “In some ways it must be a dream job for our expert panel to spend a day nosing and judging such high quality Scotch malt whiskies, but on the other hand they face an immensely difficult challenge. The whisky produced on Speyside is among the best in the world – deciding which entries are worthy of making the final is an almost impossible task.”

Whisky writer Penny Ellis, a director of the Festival who also organises the awards, adds, “This is the only whisky awards in the world where the power to decide the overall winners is handed over to members of the public. However, the Festival is all about people: the people with the passion that drives production of our malt whisky, and the people who are passionate supporters of our national drink.

“The roving judging sessions are a great opportunity for our visitors to also take the blind taste test, and for them to sample some of the best whiskies that Speyside has to offer. Visitors may have their own favourite malt, but tasting it blind means that they cannot be influenced by presentation or brand loyalty – all they have to go on is smell and taste.”

 The roving judging sessions take place at Ugie House Hotel, Keith on April 25; Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown on April 30; The Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin on May 1; Aberlour Hotel, Aberlour, Richmond Memorial Hall, Tomintoul and Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort on May 2; Stuart Arms, Dufftown and Rothes Social Club on May 3; and Forsyths Coppersmiths, Rothes on May 4.

The final judging session and awards prize-giving will take place – along with a ceilidh – at Glen Grant Distillery in Rothes on May 4.

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, which is now in its 15th year, takes place at venues across the region, which is widely regarded as the spiritual home of the Scotch whisky industry. A signature event for Homecoming 2014, it will start Whisky Month – a four week national celebration of Scotland’s world class food and drink.

It will also launch a brand new event this year – The Spirit of Speyside Sessions – which aims to put to spotlight on the area’s traditional music heritage with concerts and ceilidhs being staged in venues closely linked to the whisky industry.

Tickets for all events in the 2014 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival programme, including the roving judging sessions, can be bought via the website – www.spiritofspeyside.com The Festival is also active on social media – facebook.com/WhiskyFestival and @spirit_speyside on Twitter. 

The Whisky Shop Dufftown Events at The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2014

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Here is our extensive programme of events that we are putting on during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2014.  It's our largest programme ever!!!

We still a few other events up our sleeve.

All the masterclasses, distillery tours and music events can be booked now on our new website.  Click here for the list of events that can be booked now.

PLEASE NOTE THAT BOOKING VIA THIS WEBSITE WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ON SATURDAY 1st FEBRUARY WHEN ALL THE EVENTS GO LIVE ON THE SPIRIT OF SPEYSIDE WEBSITE.

Time Event  Price  Location
Thursday 01-May
11:00 to 17:00 (45 mins) WSD Challenge - Speyside  £   5.00  The Shop
11:00 to 17:00 (45 mins) WSD Challenge - Rest of Whisky  £   5.00  The Shop
17:00 (1 hour) It All Started with a Big Dram  £   7.00  The Shop
Friday 02-May
09:30 (2 hrs 30 mins) WSD Distilleries Tour: Glenburgie    SOLD       OUT  St James Hall
10:00 (30 mins) Find the Best Malt for a Bacon Roll  £   5.00  St James Hall
11:00 to 17:00 (45 mins) WSD Challenge: Speyside  £   5.00  The Shop
11:00 to 17:00 (45 mins) WSD Challenge: Rest of Whisky  £   5.00  The Shop
11:30 to 17:00 Whisky In-Store Extravaganza: Hunter Laing  Free  The Shop
12:00 (30 mins) Find the Best Malt for Haggis  £   7.00  St James Hall
13:00 (90 mins) Whisky Tasting: Malts of Scotland  £ 17.00  St James Hall
15:00 (90 mins) Whisky Tasting: Gordon & MacPhail  £ 17.00  St James Hall
17:30 (90 mins) Whisky Tasting: Berry Bros & Rudd  £ 17.00  St James Hall
20:30 (2 hours) An Evening of Traditional Music:
Paul Anderson & Shona Donaldson
 £ 12.00  St James Hall
Saturday 03-May
09:30 (2 hrs 30 mins) WSD Distilleries Tour: Glen Keith  SOLD       OUT  St James Hall
10:00 (30 mins) Find the Best Malt for a Bacon Roll   SOLD       OUT  St James Hall
11:00 to 17:00 (45 mins) WSD Challenge: Speyside  £   5.00  The Shop
11:00 to 17:00 (45 mins) WSD Challenge: Rest of Whisky  £   5.00  The Shop
10:00 to 13:00 Whisky In-Store Extravaganza: Berry Bros & Rudd  Free  The Shop
12:00 to 17:00 Whisky In-Store Extravaganza: Wemyss  Free  The Shop
12:00 (30 mins) Find the Best Malt for Haggis SOLD OUT  St James Hall
13:00 (90 mins) Whisky Tasting: Blair Bowman  £ 17.00  St James Hall
15:00 (90 mins) Whisky Tasting: Adelphi  £ 17.00  St James Hall
17:30 (90 mins) Whisky Tasting: Carn Mor  £ 17.00  St James Hall
Sunday 04-May
09:30 (3hrs) WSD Distilleries Tour: 7 Decades of Glenfarclas SOLD OUT  St James Hall
10:00 (30 mins) Find the Best Malt for a Bacon Roll  £   5.00  St James Hall
11:00 to 17:00 (45 mins) WSD Challenge: Speyside  £   5.00  The Shop
11:00 to 17:00 (45 mins) WSD Challenge: Rest of Whisky  £   5.00  The Shop
12:00 (30 mins) Find the Best Malt for Haggis  £   7.00  St James Hall
14:00 to 17:00 Whisky In-Store Extravagana: Tweddale Blend  Free  The Shop
15:00 (90 mins) Whisky & Beer: Scotland v The Rest of the World  SOLD OUT  St James Hall
18:00 (90 mins) Whisky Tasting: Douglas Laing  £ 17.00  St James Hall
20:30 (2hr) An Evening of Traditional Music: Robin Laing  £ 19.00  St James Hall
Monday 05-May
10:00 (30 mins) Find the Best Malt for a Bacon Roll  £   5.00  St James Hall
11:00 to 17:00 (45 mins) WSD Challenge: Speyside  £   5.00  The Shop
11:00 to 17:00 (45 mins) WSD Challenge: Rest of Whisky  £   5.00  The Shop
12:00 (30 mins) Find the Best Malt for Haggis  £   7.00  St James Hall
15:00 (90 mins) Whisky Tasting: Whyte & MacKay Single Malts  £ 17.00  St James Hall
17:30 (90 mins) Whisky Tasting: Cadenheads  £ 17.00  St James Hall
20:00 (2 hrs) The Drams Party  £ 12.00  The Shop

WSD SofSWF 2014