Whisky Nosings 2018

The Whisky Nosing & Tasting Evenings started on the 11 July and we have a great programme lined up for the summer. So if you're visiting Dufftown, plan to be here on a Wednesday at 8pm. The Nosing and Tasting evenings are held in the Commercial Hotel Function Suite, entrance is £15.00.

Nosing and Tasting Evening with the Whisky Shop Dufftown 15 Aug 18

There were 20 guests for this nosing and Tasting presented by Vicky Keogh from the Whisky Shop Dufftown.  The 6 drams presented were all 'Shop Exclusives" which were Glenallachie Festival Bottling 12 YO, Glentauchers 25 YO, Orkney 18YO, Balblair 21 YO, Craigellachie 12YO and Dufftown Drammie 8YO. Vicky gave a very interesting talk to accompany the drams.  The blind nosing competition was won by Colin Mackenzie from Auchendoun his second this year!

Nosing and Tasting Evening with Glenfarclas 8 Aug 18

There was a good turnout for this nosing and tasting evening with our hosts from Glenfarclas. Sarah Renau Cérés introduced the Glenfarclas line up of the 10, 15 and 21 Year Old.  These were followed by the Family Reserve £511.19s a special bottling with casks from the past 5 decades.  The tasting concluded with the legendary Glenfarclas 105.  The blind nosing was incredibly difficult as all the drams originated from Sheery Casks. Daniel Móller from Sweden claimed a full house and won the bottle of 105 congratulations to him! 

Nosing and Tasting Evening with The Glenlivet 1 Aug 18

A smal but enthusiastic group enjoyed a good evening with Anna Mitchell and Claire Couttie who presented 4 malts form the Glenlivet Core Range.  These included the Founder's Reserve, 12 Year Old, 15 Year Old French Oak and the flagship 18 Year Old.  The blind nosing was won byBen Hemeleers from Belgium

Malts Of Speyside Tasting with Dufftown 2000 25 Jul 18

On 25 July, 23 aficionados enjoyed a great evening with Steve Oliver who presented a selection of Speyside malts.  The tasting got underway with an old favourite Tomintoul 16YO.  This was followed by Cardhu Amber Rock.  The new bottling of G&M Mortlach 15YO. Still a great dram but an increase of £20 a bottle reduces its value for money (Rule 7 applies?). Next up and another old favourite Benrinnes 15YO from the Flora and Fauna range.  Finishing off the tasting was Benromach 10 YO 100 Proof (57% abv). This is a tremendous dram worthy of the end spot.  The blind nosing competition was won by  Carina Wik Svensson from Sweden. 

Nosing and Tasting Evening with Chivas Brothers 18 Jul 18

On 18 July a mixed International and British Audience we were treated to a very interesting presentation by Alison Leith explaining the refurbishment of the new Visitor Centre at Strathisla Distillery. Lewis Anderson presented Strathisla 12Year Old, an interesting Grain Whisky followed by 2 expressions of Chivas Reagal.  Lewis has also brought along Chivas Regal Ultis  a blend of Malts. The most popular drams were the 12 YO Strathisla Single malt and the Chivas Regal 18YO. The winner of the blind nosing competition was Max Van der Linden from Holland. 

Glenfiddich Tasting 11 July 2018

The summer programme got off to a great start. Competing with the world cup (and a sad departure for England),  a dedicated group of whisky enthusiasts enjoyed 5 expressions from the Glenfiddich stable under the guidance of Brand Ambassador  Graham Dempster. The blind nosing competition was won by Colin Mackenzie from Auchendoun.

Independence Day Tasting 4 July 2018

The summer nosing and tastings got off to an excellent start with a trial run for the Accommodation providers and a few select visitors to Dufftown.  Steve Oliver presented a selection of Independent Bottlings of Speyside Drams to align with the theme.  The blind nosing competition was won by Sabina Pegle from the US.

Glenfarclas Tasting 8 Aug 18 - Winner Daniel Móller

Glenfarclas Tasting 8 Aug 18 - Winner Daniel Móller

Malts of Speyside Tasting 25 Jul 18 - Winner Carina Wik Svensson

Malts of Speyside Tasting 25 Jul 18 - Winner Carina Wik Svensson

Glenfiddich Tasting 11 Jul 18 - Winner Colin MacKenzie

Glenfiddich Tasting 11 Jul 18 - Winner Colin MacKenzie

Whisky Shop Tasting 15 Aug 18 - Winner Colin Mackenzie

Whisky Shop Tasting 15 Aug 18 - Winner Colin Mackenzie

The Glenlivet Tasting 1 Aug 18 - Winner Ben Hemeleers

The Glenlivet Tasting 1 Aug 18 - Winner Ben Hemeleers

Strathisla Tasting Chivas Brothers 18 Jul 18 - Winner Max Van der Linden

Strathisla Tasting Chivas Brothers 18 Jul 18 - Winner Max Van der Linden

Independence Day Tasting 4 Jul 18 - Winner Sabina Pegle

Independence Day Tasting 4 Jul 18 - Winner Sabina Pegle