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The Whisky Shop Dufftown 7 Stills T-Shirt

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The 7 Stills T-shirt has the shop logo on the front and on the back there is a list of distilleries of Dufftown past and present.

This item can only be ordered as part of an order containing whisky or on it's own for delivery in the UK for an additional £2 which will be charged to your card separatly.

Please specify the size and colour required in the comments field when placing your order.

Available in Black, Burgundy and Bottle Green (shown) and sizes M, L, XL, XXL. XXXL is availble in Black only.

The 7 Stills of Dufftown T-Shirt

2012 Sep 30 @ 20:30 - An Evening of Scotch Music with Paul Anderson & Shona Donaldson

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Spend a wonderful evening of traditional Scottish music and song with a modern twist in the company of Shona Donaldson and Paul Anderson, two very talented musicians from the North East of Scotland.  There will be bothie ballads and much more to capture the heart and beauty of Scotland both the land and its people.

To book click here.

Already something of a legend in the time honoured fiddle tradition of Scotland; Paul Anderson is the finest Scots fiddler of his generation. He is already something of an icon in Scotland, a fact duly recognised by two specially commissioned portraits of him, a life size one in Aberdeen Art Gallery and a study which is in the care of the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

During his competitive career Paul won most of the traditional fiddle championships in Scotland and in 1995 won Scotland’s premier fiddling event, the Glenfiddich Scottish fiddle championship which is held each year at Blair Castle.

In the tradition of many of Scotland’s great fiddler’s, Paul is a composer of some repute, having composed over 300 pieces in the Scots style.

A regular on Scottish T.V and radio, Paul has toured extensively and recorded eight solo albums and over forty albums with artists like Pallas, Rock Salt and Nails, The Cutting Edge and the Banchory Strathspey and Reel Society.

Singer and musician Shona Donaldson is one of Scotland's leading young tradition bearers. The twenty seven year old from Huntly grew up surrounded by music and dancing in the heart of North-east Scotland's bothy ballad country. Shona has been a regular supporter of the various TMSA Festivals throughout Scotland, being their Young Singer of Merit in 2004.

Shona’s career highlight came in December 2009 when she was voted The Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year at The MG ALBA Traditional Music Awards.  In February 2010 Shona was a finalist in The Bothy Ballad Championships in Elgin, only the 2nd women in the competition.

From November 2009- April 2011 Shona was Singer in residence for Deveron Arts in her home town of Huntly.  This residency enabled Shona to teach local songs and traditions at the Primary and Secondary schools. Shona has also produced her CD “Short Nichts and Lang Kisses” ; original songs in a traditional style as well as new tunes for texts from The Grieg-Duncan Collection.  It was released in April 2011 to great critical acclaim.

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Black Bull 40 Years Old Batch 3

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By Mark Watt aged... well too young really.

One of the highlights of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2012 was Black Bull 40 Years Old Batch 3 created by Mark Watt.  This is still not available.  This whisky was shown at the Duncan Taylor tasing hosted by owner Euan Shand.

During the tasting the assemble audience jointly created the following tasting note:

Nose:

Granny Smith apples (not the person), mint and melon.  Pear drops, acid drops and All Spice (due to indecision).  And cut grass.  Brown sugar, candy, caramel and a hunk of Kiwi (the fruit not a person).

Taste:

Crunchie (the chocolate bar with a toffee crisp centre).  More mint.  Dark chocolate orange running to coffee (apologies to DL).  A soft dry smokiness.  Sugared nuts (the nut variety), pineapple, toffee, may be even pineapple toffee.  Aniseed and cinnamon.

Finish:

We had to before we could come up with one.

Benromach 2002 Pedro Ximinez Wood Finish

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By Mike Lord

A brand new release from Benromach.  The Benromach 2002 Predro Ximinez shows again that Benromach is a force to be reckoned with.  This Benromach was distilled in 2002 and bottled in September 2010. It spent most of its life in a Bourbon cask and was then finished for 30 months in Pedro Ximenez casks.  This expression is limited to 1800 bottles and its first rate.

My tasting notes

Nose: It has a fruity toffee nose with that sherry spiciness which hints of smoke. There's hints of peach skins and orange peel and a notes of menthol and tar in the background.

Taste: Sweet, rich and creamy. Singed orange peel. Reminiscent of an Old Fashioned where the orange peel has been flamed.

Finish: Long spicy and warming.

Dalmore Rivers Collection

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By Mike Lord

The Dalmore Rivers collection is four whiskies created by Richard Paterson so you can expect exceptionally well crafted whiskies. Richard has tried  to reflect the character, charm and differences of each of these great fishing rivers.  A donation will be made from the sale of these whiskies to the charitable trusts who work to keep these rivers beautiful.  Each whisky is bespoke and unique in character, much like the great rivers they support.

These whiskies feature in Steven McConachie's tasting during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2011.  Come an try them then.

All the tasting notes are from Dalmore

Dalmore Dee Dram

Nose: Powerful and Positive. Full bodied with vibrant notes of spicy cinnamon, followed with dark roasted coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Enticing flavours of tangy orange peel, ginger, liquorice and walnuts, followed by ripe plums and wild berries.

Dalmore Spey Dram

Nose: Warm inviting aromas of patchouli, jasmine and marzipan.

Taste: Christmas pudding, orange rind, hazelnuts and ripe cherries, followed by hidden flavours of Java coffee and rich treacle.

Dalmore Tay Dram

Nose: Captivating notes of tangerine with hints of eucalyptus

Taste: Intense flavours of crème brulee, Colombian coffee and bitter chocolate lead the first wave. Yet within seconds enchanting suggestions of honeyed pear, crushed almonds, sweet blood oranges and cranberries provide the perfect finish. Sip and savour.

Dalmore Tweed Dram

Nose: Warm and inviting. Seville oranges, crushed pear, bergamot and apple. Marzipan and rich caramel follow completing the bouquet.

Taste: Tantalizing flavours of spicy ginger, marmalade and cinnamon followed by Whispers of nutmeg and toffee leaving the perfect after taste.

Famous or Infamous Mortlach Quotes

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A direct quote from the film Apocalypse Now.  You can check it out.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078788/quotes

Kilgore is the American Lieutenant Colonel from the 1/9 Air Cavalry played by Robert Duval.

Kilgore: I love the smell of Mortlach in the morning. You know, one time, in a bar in Japan, we drank Mortlach for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked strangely. We didn't find one dram left, not one stinkin' dram left. The smell, you know that sherry smell, the whole bar. Smelled like
[sniffing, pondering]
Kilgore: victory. Someday this whiskies gonna end...

OK.  So slightly adapted

Single Malts from Mackillop's Choice Independent Bottler

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Just starting to catch up with some new whiskies in the shop.

Mackillop’s Choice

I was introduced to this independent bottler at tasting at the beginning of the year and I was so impressed I got some in.  These aren’t new bottling but they are all impressive.

Mackillop's Choice Benrinnes 1989 15 Years Old (58.8%, £58.95)

An unusual Benrinnes as it is from a straight Bourbon cask which lets more of the spirit character comes through.

Nose: Salt, shortbread, toffee, digestive biscuits and pencils.

Taste: Vanilla, toffee, cream, panacotta, sponge cake and lemon curd.

Finish: Salt, syrup and brandy cream.

Mackillop's Choice Bowmore 1989 18 Years Old (57.4%, £89.95)

As  big a perfumed smoky Bowmore as you will find anywhere with some additional notes added from the sherry cask.

Nose: Warm roads, dark treacle, smoky bacon crisps with salt, black pepper corns.

Taste: Perfumed smoke and spice, cream, lavender and potpourri.

Finish: Smoldering embers and coffee with crispy streaky bacon.

Mackillop's Choice Highland Park 1991 15 Years Old (53.9%, £78.95)

A very well put together Highland Park.

Nose: Hot fudge. Treacle biscuits. Ready salted crisps. Vanilla custard creams. Hints of cordite and heather smoke.

Taste:  Sweet. Honey. Creamy. Raisins and caramel.

Finish: Hot smoke and cream.

Mackillop's Choice Macallan 1988 18 Years Old (55.5%, £97.50)

A complex Macallan where the sherry is balanced by a range of other flavours which all brought to mind baking.

Nose: Glace cherries, plums, sweet pastry and freshly baked fruit cake.

Taste: Cream, fudge, raisins, spice, creme brulee and hot cross buns.

Finish: Hot scones with raisins.

By Mike Lord

The WSD Challenge 2010

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This was another very competitive competition.  Independent Bottlers entered their whiskies in to 2 categories: Speyside; and The Rest of Whisky.  The winners, voted for by attendees at The Whisky Shop Dufftown during the Spirit of Speyside Festival were:

Speyside

First place: Old Malt Cask Probably Speyside's Finest 1967 41 Years Old (Jan Beckers)

Second place: Duncan Taylor Rare Auld Glen Grant 1987 22 Years Old (Mark Watt)

Third place: Tie between Weymss Spiced Apples (Susan Colville) and Adelphi Glenallachie 1973 26 Years Old (SOLD OUT)

The Rest of Whisky

First Place: Adelphi Bunnahabhain 1968 41 Years Old

Second Place: Mackillops Bowmore 1989 (IN STOCK SOON)

Third Place: Douglas Laing Big Peat.

The winner of the competition for the best tasting note was by Ed Velthuizew from Holland.  His prize was a bottle of his favourite whisky from the challenge which was the Adelphi Bunnahabhain.

Michael Lord

Lots of New Exciting Single Malt Releases and more

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There have been quite a few new bottlings for single malt whisky into the shop over the last week or two.

Kilchoman Spring Spring 2010 Release £45.95

The latest release from Kilchoman.  This one has been matured in a combination of fresh and refill bourbon barrels for 3 years then finished in 'very active' oloroso butts for 3 and a half months.

Kilchoman Spring 2010 Release

Three New Realease from Adelphi

Adelphi Bunnahabhain 1968 41 Years Old £137.95

From 2 European Oak Sherry Butts.  This is a fabulous old whisky. A real stunner.

Adelphi Longmorn 1992 17 Years Old £75.95

On the nose tomatoes, peaches. A background wisp of smoke. On the palate it is rich, creamy with treacle and toffee.  Probably the best Longmorn I've had.

Adelphi Macallan 1995 14 Years Old £69.95

A great cask strength Macallan from a refill sherry cask with Sweet. Malt. Madeira cake. Gariboldi biscuits. Raisins. Sun dried tomatoes.

See all Adelphi bottlings

And from Wemyss Vintage Malts

"Honey Smoke" Caol Ila 1996 £78.95

An acceptional Caol Ila.  Orange Muscat on fire.

"Spiced Apples" Benrinnes 1995 £46.95

A great Benrinnes from a refill sherry hgshead.  Probably my favourite of the bunch.  On both the nose and the palate there's just different layers of spice and apples.

"The Fruit Bowl" Glen Garioch 1989 £66.50

This does what it says and its all about fruit salad from a wooden bowl.

"Tropical Spice" Dalmore 1990 19 Years Old £71.95

This is the Wemyss bottling that so many are raving about. From a first fill sherry butt.  The nose is Brandy snaps and fig rolls.  The taste is chocolate cake in Cognac.

And for something different:

Darnley's View Gin £19.95

A fabulous gin from Wemyss.  The two main botanicals of Elderflower and citrus really standout producing a gin that already smells like gin and tonic.