30 April to 3 May 2021
The Whisky Shop Dufftown is holding a virtual whisky festival from 30 April to 3 May online. It will replace, sort of, the package of in person events that we would normally hold over the first weekend in May. Access to the tastings will be through a club membership that will be sold via The Whisky Shop Dufftown website. There will be 30 memberships available. Members will receive samples to try during each of the virtual tastings. These will be 2cl each which should be enough for 2 people, so like any great club, you can invite a friend (social distancing rules apply etc).
But tickets here.
The festival kicks off on the evening of 30 April with a tasting with Antonia Bruce from Adelphi. There will also be tastings with Iain Allan from Glen Moray, Mark Thomson from Glenfiddich, Mariella Romano from Arran Distillers, Stewart Buchanan from Brown Forman, Ben Chambers from GlenAllachie and Stuart Baxter from Douglas Laing. There will be 10 tastings during the festival with over 50 fantastic whiskies to try. All tastings will be via Zoom.
In addition to the programme of tastings, there will also be 3 "virtual" whisky tours of distilleries from across Scotland with a dram at the end for the members to enjoy. Each video tour will be released on the morning of the relevant day for members to enjoy at their lesuire.
Memberships will be on sale for £125 ex VAT, plus shipping at 1 bottle rate for your location, from midday (GMT) on Thursday 18 March. Members may be required to pay local taxes and duties if the membership packs are sent outside of Great Britain.
Please Read: We intend to send out tasting packs starting the week beginning 6 April. They will be available to be sent to all countries that we are currently allowed to send alcohol to. However, there remains issues with getting deliveries through in a timely manner to EU countries, which still allow shipments of alcohol from UK, and to the US. Please note that we may be delayed in sending out tasting packs due to late receipt of stock from firms. We are running against some tight deadlines with some firms, and after all, this is the whisky industry. Please consider these issues when purchasing your memberships.
Times below are British Summer Time (GMT+1)
Friday 30 April 2021
18:00 (75 mins) - Whisky Tasting: Adelphi with Antonia Bruce
Saturday 1 May 2021
Virtual Distillery Tour: Kilchoman with Antony Wills
14:00 (75 mins) - Whisky Tasting: Watt Whisky with Kate and Mark Watt
16:00 (75 mins) - Whisky Tasting: Glen Moray with Iain Allan
18:00 (75 mins) - Whisky Tasting: Glenfiddich with Mark Thompson
Sunday 2 May 2021
Virtual Distillery Tour: Raasay
14:00 (75 mins) - Whisky Tasting: Berry Bros & Rudd with Jonny McMillan
16:00 (75 mins) - Whisky Tasting: Gordon & MacPhail with Anne Duguid
18:00 (75 mins) - 3 Stills, 3 Styles, 1 passion with Stewart Buchanan
Monday 3 May 2021
Virtual Distillery Tour: Lindores Abbey
14:00 (75 mins) - Whisky Tasting: GlenAllachie with Ben Chambers
16:00 (75 mins) - Whisky Tasting: Isle of Arran Distillers with Mariella Romano
18:00 (75 mins) - Whisky Tasting: Douglas Laing with Stuart Baxter