The Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival

A Great Speyside Whisky Festival with all the Colours of Autumn!

Held annually on the last weekend of September, The Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival gives visitors the opportunity to taste, explore, sample, hear and experience the very best of Speyside and have lots of fun at the same time.  All with the backdrop of the breath-taking scenery of Speyside in Autumn.

 

TWSDAF 22 to 26 September 2016

WSD Postcard WSADF 2016

Here is our programme as it stands.  Tickets will go on sale on 17 July at 6pm BST.  From that time the links will be live for you to buy tickets.

 

Thursday 22 September 2016

Anytime between 11:00 and 17:00: Blind Blends (The Shop) -  Our annual competition to find the best blended whisky.  The current champion  will go up against 4 specially selected challenger which have not been in the competition before.  Buy tickets.

18:00 to 19:00 The First Drop (The Shop, £10) -  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. Buy tickets.

Friday 23 September 2016

09:30 to 13:00: WSD Tour - Glenfarclas Distillery & Five Generations of Glenfarclas Tasting (The Shop / Glenfarclas, £95) - We travel from The Whisky Shop Dufftown to Glenfarclas Distillery for a guided tour and then to sample 5 Glenfarclas expressions from 5 different decades.  Buy tickets.

Anytime between 11:00 and 17:00: Blind Blends - Find the Best Blended Whisky (The Shop, £5).  Buy tickets.

12:00 to 17:00: In-store Tasting with Angels' Nectar (The Shop, Free) - Come to the shop for a free tasting of some great whiskies from this new independent company. Buy tickets.

13:30 to 14:45: Masterclass with Fred Allan of Murray MacDavid (St James Hall, £18) - A local character and down right honest bloke, "Fred's Enterprises" will show case some samples from independent bottler Murray MacDavid.  Buy tickets.

15:30 to 16:45: Masterclass with Vicky Keough - The Rise of Scottish Gin (St James Hall, £18) - Scottish gins have come to the fore.  There are many of them and the variety and quality is amazing.  Vicky will take you through the best of them and how best to serve them.  Buy tickets.

17:30 to 18:45: Masterclass with Rick Drysyale of Douglas Laing (St James Hall, £18) - Rick will take you through a selection of the very best of the latest releases from Douglas Laing.  Buy tickets.

19:30 to 23:30: Whisky Dining at The Dowans Hotel (The Shop / The Dowans, £65) - 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.  Buy tickets.

 

Saturday 24 September 2016

09:15 to 13:00: Distillery Visit to Glenlivet (The Shop / Glenlivet, £65) - 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. Buy tickets.

10:00 to 10:30: A Bacon Roll and 4 Nips (St James, £6)- 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.  Buy tickets.

Anytime between 11:00 and 17:00: Blind Blends (The Shop, £5)  Buy tickets.

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

12:00 to 17:00: In-Store tasting with Hunter Laing (The Shop, Free) - Yes 2 on the same day!  Come along to the shop for a free tasting of the of the latest releases from Hunter Laing.  Book tickets.

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.  Buy tickets.

13:30 to 14:45: Masterclass with Mike Lord of The Whisky Shop Dufftown, "As Yet Untitled" (St James Hall, £18) - Mike Lord will present some great whiskies that are not featured in the festival elsewhere.  In honour of the tv program you will be asked to create a theme for the tasting and hence its title.  A prize for the best idea.  Buy tickets.

15:30 to 16:45: Masterclass with Antonia Bruce from Adelphi ( St James Hall, £18) -  Antonia will take you through a selection of the very best of the latest releases from Adelphi.  Buy tickets.

17:30 to 18:45:  Masterclass with Ronan Currie from Cadenheads (St James Hall, £18) - Mark will present the latest from the oldest independent bottler in his own inimitable style.  Buy tickets.

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, £25) - 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.  Buy tickets.

 

Sunday 25 September 2016

 09:15 to 13:00 - Distillery visit to Ballindalloch (The Shop / Ballindalloch, £45) -  We depart from the shop to Ballindllaoch Distillery for a specially arranged tour of the distillery. Buy tickets.

10:00 to 10:30: A Bacon Roll and 4 Nips (St James, £6) - 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.  Buy tickets.

Anytime between 11:00 and 17:00: Blind Blends (The Shop, £5). But tickets.

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

12:00 to 12:30: Haggis and 4 Nips (St James, £8) - 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.  Buy tickets.

15:30 to 16:45: Masterclass: Speyside Whiskies from the Past with Angus MacRaid (St James, £45) - 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.  Buy tickets.

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

20:00 to 21:30:  Music, Songs and Laughter with Robin Laing (St James, £20) - Robin will entertain with his singing and a few good drams.  Buy tickets.

 

Monday 26 September 2016

09:15 to 13:00: Distillery Visit to Glenlivet (The Shop / Glenlivet, £65) - 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. Buy tickets.

Anytime between 11:00 and 17:00: Blind Blends (The Shop, £5)  Buy tickets.

12:00 to 17:00: In-store Tasting with Gordon & MacPhail (The Shop, Free).   Come along and try the range of whiskies from Gordon & MacPhail for free.  Book here.

13:30 to 14:45: Masterclass with Alastair Mutch of Tomatin Distillery (St James, £18) - This will be a great opportunity to try a number of expressions from across the Tomatin range.  Buy tickets.

15:30 to 16:45: Materclass with Lucy Whitehall of Glenturret Distillery (St James, £18) - Lucy will be a long with a selection of whiskies from the new Glenturret range and a few surprises. Buy tickets.

17:30 to 18:45: Masterclass with Peter MacKay of Morrison & Mackay (St James, £18) - Peter will present the a selection of the latest releases from the indepencent bottler Morrison & MacKay.  Buy tickets.

20:00 to 22:00: The Last Drop (The Shop, £15) - 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.  Buy tickets.

 

WSD Postcard WSADF 2016

 

The Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival 2016