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Malt of the Month - June 2019

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We have a special whisky on offer for you this month! It's a cask strength (57.8%), 12 years old, limited release bottling from Islay...

 

It's Lagavulin 12 years old 2018 release!

Save 12% - was £107.00,   NOW  £94.16

As this one is limited, we don't have a lot of stock for it so you may need to be quick to purchase this one!

The distillery say this pale gold cask strength Lagavulin is bursting with intense distillery character.

Tasting Notes

Nose
Distillery: Powerful smouldering peat smokiness on a cleansing, oiled base, with the smell of the sea in the background. Complex lighter notes lie within, among them citrus zest, fresh mint and tropical fruits. Add water, and iodine-rich cleanness combines with smoke, to be altogether appetising.

Vicky: Sweet meat smoke, light, with BBQ smoke drifting on the breeze.

Taste
Distillery: Smoothly oily with an exquisitely powerful taste, first sweet and firm, with strong saltiness, then drying and tangy. A rush of simple notes: salt and vinegar on chips wrapped in paper: honey, mints: wax: oil lamps: fresh wood. With water sweet, smoky and salty, with citrus fruit.

Vicky: Initially sweet, with citrus fruits giving way to a citrus smoke.

Finish
Distillery: The long, spicy and smoky finish is intensely sweet, then deeply pungent and warming, with a lingering dryness.

Vicky: A lingering fruity coal ash remains.

Independent Bottler's Challenge Winners 2019

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Independent Bottlers Challenges - 2019 Winners

Each year, we have 2 challenges for independent bottlers at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival - one for Speyside whiskies, and one for the Rest of Whisky. The aim? To see which bottling visitors to the festival think is the best! How? By letting our festival guests be the judges! We run these challenges every year, and guests taste the whiskies blind, so they don't know which they are until after they've voted. That way, it's kept fair and without any unfair judgement being made before the whiskies have even been tasted!

Our 2019 Winners are...

Rest of Whisky
1st Place - That Boutique-y Whisky Company Scottish-Japanese 21 Years Old
2nd Place - That Boutique-y Whisky Company Cotswolds 3 Years Old

 

Speyside
1st Place - Adelphi Breath of Speyside 11 Years Old
2nd Place - The Single Cask Glen Moray 10 Years Old

We'd like to thank everyone who took part in judging, and the Independent Bottler's who entered their whiskies.  A massive well done to That Boutique-y Whisky Company on their double-win, and to The Single Cask who've won 2nd place on their first time entering! As for Adelphi, we're starting to lose count of how many trophies they've won over the years from the challenges!

Wonder who will win in 2020?! Only one way to make sure your vote counts - purchase tickets when they're released next year and join in!

Mother & Daughter Working Together v2

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Well, Vicky (my mum) did her blog post a few months ago about what it's like to work together, so I guess I should post my version too!

Myself & mum moved to Dufftown in 2006. I was only about 8, so obviously didn't drink whisky back then, but mum didn't drink it either. We did the usual tour round a distillery, and in all honesty I thought it was gross - all I could smell was manure! Not a good first impression of whisky!

Mum joined the shop in 2006, well when I say joined, she heard Mike was short staffed one day and pretty much turned up at the shop and didn't give poor Mike a chance to come up with an excuse as to why he could say no. Not much has changed in 13 years!

I joined the shop just after my 18th birthday, February 2015 I think is the official start date for when I joined. Strangely enough, it wasn't mum who got me interested in whisky. I think it was an old employer who first gave me a try of Monkey Shoulder, and I was pretty amazed by it - it didn't smell anything like the manure stinking distillery! After a bit of badgering, Mike agreed to give me some training in the shop to see how I did and 4 years later I'm still here!

People often ask if it's weird working with family, but in all honesty I don't really notice it much. Me and mum have always been close, working together just strengthened that closeness. We've got the type of bond where we can just look at each other and know what's about to be said. I don't think we've ever had a falling out over work, and we're pretty good at managing to separate our work and home lives when it comes to being together on days off. Before having my daughter, we used to work together on Friday's in the shop. Now mum looks after my little one on the days I work so it's not often we're in the shop together. I think Mike's secretly glad of this, I don't think he coped right well when me and mum both agreed on something, especially if he didn't agree!

Working with mum as my manager (oops, sorry that should say Director, she's just been promoted!) has really helped my confidence and motivation. She's always been my biggest supporter, helping me with training, tasting notes (we've tasted a lot of whiskies together in 4 years), to encouraging me to apply for different whisky related courses and introducing me to the big names in the industry. I'm also really proud of how far she's come in the last few years too. It's not easy being in the whisky industry at the best of times, but being female can really throw it's challenges into the mix too. But mum's dealt with the (silly) people along the way who may have thought that whisky is a mans drink, or being in the industry is for men only, and she's proved them wrong each day for the last 13 years.

I don't know anyone else who works with their mum, so I can't really compare my experience against theirs, but I'd have to say it's pretty awesome working with my mum. It's like having a boss, mum and best friend rolled in to one!

The downside? Everyone who knows us says "Hi Vicky" to me when they phone the shop!

 

Our 2019 Charity

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Every year, we pick a charity to raise funds for through out the year and at the whisky festivals. We pick a different charity each year to try and keep it as fair as possible.  As we've now supported a lot of charities throughout the years, we opened up the suggestions to our social media followers for this year, to help us get an idea of charities we hadn't already considered or supported.

Then the really tough part happened. So many fantastic charities were suggested to us, and while we truly wish we could support them all at once, it unfortunately isn't possible so we had to select one. Don't worry too much though, as I've created a list of the charities suggested for future years.

In recent years, you may have noticed more news regarding male mental health and the statistics surrounding it. Chances are, you know a male who has struggled with mental health issues. You may not even know of their struggles.

While researching charities, we discovered Brothers In Arms. A new charity set up in 2018 for men in Scotland. They are a charity for men who are, or have, struggling with their mental health.They use digital technology as a way to reach out to men no matter where they are in Scotland so that they can both self-manage and keep their mental fitness healthy through the use of an NHS approved App, as well as access on a 1 to 1 basis to a mental health coach. (The app is available here)

 

They create film content to raise awareness around men and mental health from a Scottish point of view (link to their Youtube channel here) and use social media to help spread the word (link to their Facebook Community Page here)

A bit from the charity founder, Dan: "Our strategy is showing that we are 100% reaching out to the male demographic in Scotland, but that also to the more remote parts of Scotland such as the highlands where there is not always a support infrastructure in place or that the small communities are a barrier to men seeking support, also the anonymous data is giving us insights to how men feel about their mental health that we would not get by asking them face to face and is enabling us along with our digital partner Thrive Therapeutic to create content and modules specific to their mental health needs."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suicide is one of the biggest killers of men in the UK under the age of 45. We are desperate for that to change. We hope that, with your support and donations, we can help Brothers In Arms to make a difference.

On behalf of us at The Whisky Shop Dufftown, thank you for reading and helping raise awareness.

 

 

Brothers in Arms website link here

Malt of the Month - April 2019

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Last month, we started our Malt of the Month idea, as a way to give our customers savings on something different each month. Last month we had Glen Moray Sherry Cask Finish on offer. This month, we're giving you 15% off the price of.....

Kilkerran 12 Years Old!

The Kilkerran single malt is a lightly peated, double distilled whisky which is 70% bourbon casks and 30% sherry casks. Read our tasting notes below!

Price - was £37.95     now £32.25

 

Mike:

Nose – sherbet lemon, wood smoke and coal dust.

Taste – Fish shop scraps, real lemonade turning into mocha.

Finish – wood smoke returns and smouldering newspapers.

Vicky:

Nose – Soft waves of light wood smoke and orange oils.

Taste – Lemon pepper and spiced Simnel cake.

Finish – Very warming with white pepper notes.

Kat:

Nose – Lemon curd, soft and gentle, rock salt on salmon.

Taste – Meaty pepper, spicy chilli flakes, hint of smoke at end. Great to wake you up.

Finish – What a beauty! Long, warm and rounded.

TWSD Spring Sale!

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As you may have noticed from our social media and website, we've been receiving a lot of new products recently. Brand new releases from new distilleries, new batch releases, bottles that have been re-branded and so on. All of these take up shelf space, which is fantastic as it means we have even more items for you to choose from.

However, it does mean that we're very quickly running out of shelf space - our WSD Gin Palace is already overflowing with gins and completely out of space for our next new arrivals!

Solution? Spring sale! This sale is a complete mixture of items, including high end collectables, popular gins, best selling cask strength whiskies, cracking cognacs and more! A lot of these won't be restocked, some due to them having old packaging that's now been redesigned, new batches being made or because they were limited release and no longer made. This is a brilliant chance for you to get a great item (or more than one) at a fantastic price. Don't forget that we can ship your items to most countries - check our Shipping section for full details.

All items below are now with 15% off their original price (the price shown on the list is the current reduced price you pay if purchased before 30th April 2019 when sale ends). Our website is taking a bit of time to process all these sale items onto our Special Offers section, but if you search for the products listed below they will show up with the correct reduced price for you. Several items are already low in stock, so you may need to be quick!

 

Evan Williams Extra Age Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – £22.52

Evan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 100 Proof – £28.47

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage – £37.82

Baker’s 7 Years Old 107 Proof – £40.75

Adelphi The Brisbane 5 Years Old Malt Whisky – £153

Adelphi The E&K Malt Whisky – £125.50

The Tweeddale 16 Years Old Grain Whisky – £46.70

Jean Fillioux La Pouyade – £33.57

Jean Fillioux Star Gourmet Cognac – £59.45

Jean Fillioux Tres Vieux – £55.20

BBR Girvan 2006 11 Years Old – £45

Xtra Old Particular Port Ellen 1982 34 Years Old – £1249.50

Glenrothes 25 Years Old – £284.75

Glenrothes 1988 – £293.25

Mortlach 18 Years Old – £187.85

Mortlach 25 Years Old – £546.55

Rock Rose Autumn Edition 2017 Gin – £29.32

Kilchoman 2012 Sauternes Cask Finish – £66.25

Kilchoman Machir Bay – £37.82

Kilchoman 100% Islay 8th Edition 2018 – £63.70

Kilchoman 2009 Vintage – £59.45

The Lakes Gin – £28

Strane Merchant London Dry Gin – £33.10

Gilt Gin – £26.30

Old Tom Gin – £28

Edinburgh Christmas Gin – £29.70

GlenWyvis Christmas Goodwill Spiced Gin - £28

Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin - £28

Malt of the Month - March 2019

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We've been racking our brains here at TWSD to think of ways to thank our customers for being, well, our customers! And to show that we really do appreciate the support we receive through places like our social media accounts.

So we've decided that each month, we are going to get together as a team and pick out a whisky (or gin) from our shelves that we think is a fantastic drink. We'll write our tasting notes for it, so that you get our own true thoughts. We'll never be influenced by a distillery or other people, so you can rest assured that we're not being paid by a company or distillery to tell you that their whisky is the best ever. You'll always get our actual thoughts and tasting notes. Truly Independent Whisky Shop.

Oh, and the bottle we pick for the month will be discounted in price too!

For our 1st Malt of the Month, we have picked..... Glen Moray Sherry Cask Finish!

Usual price £23.95       Price for March 2019 - £18.95

Glen Moray Classic Sherry Cask Finish

 

Tasting Notes

Vicky

Nose - Lime zest, coffee beans covered in dark chocolate with maraschino cherries and marzipan

Taste - Tiramisu and marzipan covered in chilli chocolate

Kat

Nose - Raisins and apricots soaked in sherry. Dark chocolate shavings, followed by fresh wood shavings and sharp citrus fruits.

Taste - Tangy orange marmalade, with sour apple and pears topped off with chocolate covered raisins. It's soft and gentle, with gentle spices coming in at the end to warm up your mouth. I'm not always a fan of sherry cask finished whiskies, but this one is truly incredible!

Mike

Nose -  The nose starts with cherry pie and flapjacks. Hints of orange boiled sweets come next and peanut butter.

Taste -  The palate is quite rich and creamy. Bourbon notes mingle with orange and raisins. A cross between an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan.

Finish -  The finish has syrupy elements with vanilla and honey.