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The Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival - The Best Malt with a Bacon Roll

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At this year's Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival we have been continuing our search for the best single malt to have with a bacon roll.  Guests to the festival could come along to a special food and whisky tasting and try 4 different single malts with a bacon roll.  No sauce!  This is science.  One of the 4 was the current champion from previous festivals (both The Whisky Shop Duffown Autumn Festival and The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival), Benriach 20.  This whisky was up against 3 new challengers: Singleton Sunray, Mortlach Rare Old and Glenfiddich Malt Masters Edition.

The new winner is Singleton of Dufftown Sunray and this will go through as the best Single Malt to have with a bacon roll to face new challengers at The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2015.

Singleton Sunray


Gordon & MacPhail Ultra Collection

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Four extremely rare Speyside whiskies chosen jointly by members of the third and fourth generations of the Urquhart family have been released under the prestigious Private Collection Ultra by Gordon & MacPhail and 1 of each is available from The Whisky Shop Dufftown priced at £6250.  They all have the same bottle number if the set is required.

The whiskies are:

• A 61 Year Old Linkwood, the oldest ever released, from cask No.279, selected by retired director Rosemary Rankin and her son Stephen Rankin, Gordon & MacPhail’s Director of UK Sales,

Private Collection Linkwood 1953









• A 62 Year Old Glenlivet initially matured in first fill Hogshead before being transferred to another first fill Hogshead in January 1969, selected by retired Managing Director Ian Urquhart, his son Neil, Gordon & MacPhail’s Director of Logistics and Facilities, and daughter Jenny Houldsworth, who is a Non-Executive Director of the company.

Private Collection Glenlivet 1952









• A 63 Year Old Mortlach from the company’s last cask of 1951 Mortlach, selected by retired Joint Managing Director David Urquhart and his twin sons Stuart, Gordon & MacPhail’s Whisky Supply Manager, and Richard, Export Sales Executive

Private Collection Mortlach 1951









• A 57 Year Old Strathisla, the oldest ever released, selected by current Managing Director Michael Urquhart and his daughter Laura Urquhart, Gordon & MacPhail Brand Manager.

Private Collection Strathisla 1957








The four whiskies in the Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Ultra are presented in beautifully-designed decanters, individually numbered, with the whisky details engraved and in-filled with silver colour. A silver-plated neck collar and stopper adorns each decanter.

Wood, metal and glass are combined in a striking and innovative way to protect and display the whisky; the decanter nestles in a glass-bottomed pack, revealing a hint of the whisky colour.

Private Collection Ultra-9


A series of four books by whisky writer Jonny McCormick, one for each of the whiskies, tells the story of Gordon & MacPhail and the whisky and regales the reader with tales of origins and ancestry, of people, place and belonging.

Private Collection Ultra-11

The Whisky Shop Dufftown's First Bottling

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Mortlach 1998

Working with Gordon & MacPhail The WSD has produced it's first bottling and it's a real stunner.  Being based in Dufftown our first bottling had to be a Mortlach.  This cask strength non coloured non chill-filtered Mortlach is from a Refill Sherry Hogshead.  It was selected by The Whisky Shop Dufftown owner Mike Lord.  We've nicknamed it 'The PM' , the peated Mortlach (well it is election time in the UK), as it has a defined smokiness which was described by one expert as like cigar smoke.  Until the end of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival it will be on offer at £40.00 per bottle (price after that £45.00).

We hope to work with other companies in the future to make available exclusive single cask malt whisky which is a bit different!

Tasting Notes

Nose: A complex noise of fruit cake and freshly baked chocolate cookies with further layers of plums, raisins, spearmint, menthol and hint of smoke from a heather bonfire.

Taste: Very rich and creamy in the mouth with flavours of chocolate fruit and nut, rum and raisin ice cream, honey and in the background definite phenol notes.

Finish: Long with a dark chocolate and raisins with a smoked chipotle chilli edge.

First bottling from The WSD

New in from AD Rattray

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Here are the new releases just in from AD Rattray:

By Mike Lord

AD Rattray Glen Grant 1985 24 Years Old @ 55.8%

A class act this one.  Well aged an sophisticated.  If it was a person it would wear tweed and look good in it.

AD Rattray Glenrothes 1990 19 Years Old @ 49.9%

Kiwi fruits and bananas but a real chardonnay edge to this one.  Amazing.

AD Rattray Laphroaig 1998 11 Years Old @ 61.6%

Another cracking Laphroaig from ADR.  This one is a real feisty 11 years old.

AD Rattray Pulteney 1982 27 Years Old @ 53.5%

Pulteney does age so well and this is an exceptional example

AD Rattray Cragganmore 1997 12 Years Old 46.0%

A fresh, fun, bourbon cask whisky for anytime of the day at a great price.

Return of an old friend:

AD Rattray Mortlach 1994 13 Years Old 58.8%

This one shows you how good Bourbon cask Mortlach can be.

The AD Rattray Range