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!