Whisky Nosings 2019

The Whisky Nosing & Tasting Evenings started on the 10 July 2019 and we will have a great programme lined up for the summer. Details of the tastings and the competition winners are below.

Nosing and Tasting Evening 'The World of Dewars Distilleries' with Denny McTaggart on 11 Sep 19

The last tasting of the seaon featured the Dewars distilleries presented by Denny McTaggart.  The tasting was enjoyed by 37 guests, a record for the season, from the US and Canada Poland Scotland and France. Denny gave an entertaining presentation featuring the following distilleries:

  • Aberfeldy 12YO 40%abv
  • Aultmore 12YO 46%abv
  • Craigellachie 13YO 40%abv
  • Royal Brackla 16YO 40%abv
  • The Deveron 12YO 40%abv
  • The Mystery Malt (Aultmore 13YO) 

There was no nosing competition but the audience were invited to guess the distillery.

Nosing and Tasting Evening featuring a 'GlenAllachie Distillery' presented by Karen McWilliam 4 Sep 19

We had an excellent turnout for this vertical tasting from the GlenAllachie Distillery.  Billy Walker has done another master stroke in transforming whisky destined for the blended whisky market by re-casking into a variety of different casks. Karen gave  masterful presentation of 5 different expressions from the various ranges which included:

  • GlenAllachie 10YO Cask Strength batch 2 54.8%abv
  • GlenAllachie 10YO Portwood finish 48%abv
  • Glenallachie 18YO 46%abv
  • GlenAllachie PX Hogshead Distillery exclusive hand bottled 59.5%abv
  • Macnair's Peated Small Batch  blend of malts 46%abv

The Winner of the blind nosing competition was Manon Milbeyue from France who has been working in Dufftown over the summer and has attended nearly all the tastings during the Summer.

Nosing and Tasting Evening featuring a 'Strathisla Distillery and Chivas Regal' presented by Alice and Jodie 28 Aug 19

We had a disappointing attendance for this nosing and tasting evening  Apparently, a group of Whisky Theologians were visiting Dufftown from the US and had taken the moajority of the accommodation.  They had a full event programme which didn't include our Nosing and Tasting! A select group of guests from Switwerland and Denmark togther with some regular attenders enjoyed the Chivas Regal experience with Alice from Strathisla. The tasting included:

  • DDRC Strathisla 13YO Sherry Butt 40%abv
  • Chivas Regal 12YO 40%abv
  • Strathclyde Grain Whisky 12YO 64.4%abv
  • DDRC Strathisla 15 year old Sherry Butt
  • Chivas Regal 25YO 40%abv

The winner of the blind nosing competition was Gitle Trier from Denmark who won a bottle of DDRC Strathisla 13 year old Sherry Butt.

 Nosing and Tasting Evening featuring a 'Black Bull Blends ' presented by Ian Purvis 21 Aug 19

An International audience from Australia, New Zealand and Europe enjoyed a great selection of Black Bull Blends courtesy of Duncan Taylor and World of Whiskies presented by Dufftown 2000's own Ian Purves.  Black Bull Blends were re-introduced in 2014 and built on a history of the brand which dates back to the early 20th Century.  Black Bull has always traditionally been bottled at higher strength The drams enjoyed during the evening were:

  • Bull Bull No Age 50%abv
  • Black Bull 8YO 50%abv
  • Black Bull 10 YO 50%abv
  • Black Bull 12YO 50%abv
  • Black Bull 21YO 50%abv

The Winner of the blind nosing competition was Manon Milbeyue from France who has been working in Dufftown over the summer and has attended nearly all the tastings during the Summer.

Nosing and Tasting Evening featuring a 'Strathisla Distillery' presented by James Yeates 14 Aug 19

Eighteen visitors from Europe and the US enjoyed the Chivas experience expertly presented by James Yeates from the Strathisla distillery.  Strathisla is the oldest working distillery in the Scottish Highlands originally established in 1786. Strathisla single malt whisky is at the heart of each and every Chivas Regal blended whisky. This was a a wonderful opportunity to de-construct Chivas Regal blended whisky and was a unique opprtunity to sample a single grain whisky. The tasting comprised:

  • Strathisla 12YO 40%abv
  • Strathclyde Grain Whisky 12YO 64.4%abv
  • Chivas Regal Mizunara
  • Chivas Regal XV 15YO
  • DDRC Strathisla 15 year old Sherry Butt

 The winner of the blind nosing competition was Jean-Yves Sabatier from France who won a bottle of DDRC Strathisla 15 year old Sherry Butt.

Nosing and Tasting Evening featuring a 'Glenfarclas Distillery' presented by Kirstin MacDonald 7 Aug 19

 Nineteen visitors from Scandanavia, Europe and th UK enjoyed an evening with Glenfarclas Brand Amabassador Kirstin MacDonald featuring the following drams:

  • Glenfarclas 10YO 40%abv
  • Glenfarclas 15YO 46%abv
  • Glenfarclas 30YO 43%abv
  • Glenfarclas 2008 Experience 46%abv
  • Glenfarclas 105 NAS 60%abv

The winner of the blind nosing competition was Thomus Zallin from Sweden. 

Nosing and Tasting Evening featuring a 'Glenfiddich Distillery' presented by Graham Dempster 31 Jul 19

Graham Dempster, brand Ambassador for William Grant and Sons provided an exceptional line up from the Glenfiddich stable which included:

  • Glenfiddich 12YO 40%abv
  • Glenfiddich 15YO 40%abv
  • Glenfiddich 21YO Reserva Rum Cask 40%abv
  • Glenfiddich IPA 43%abv
  • Glenfiddich Project XX 47%abv

Again an International audience from France, Germany, Netherlands, The USA and Abu Dhabi, together with a couple of Scots. Unique in the history of this event, a couple Dale and Linda Zwiaska from the US got got three answers correct (different answers and no collusion)!  Rather than the normal nose off they wished to be pronounced joint winners and won the bottle of Glenfiddich15YO.

Nosing and Tasting Evening featuring a 'Selection of Speyside Drams' presented by Ian Purvis 24 Jul 19

Ian Purves, a member of the Nosings and Tastings team and a stalwart of Dufftown 2000 Ltd presented the evening tasting featuring a selection of Speyside Drams:

  • Glenfiddich 12YO 40%abv
  • Tomintoul 16YO 40%abv
  • Tamnavulin NAS double matured 40%abv
  • Aberlour 10YO 40%abv
  • Balvenie Doublewood 12YO 40%abv

Ian had a mixed audience of 12 from Europe, Australia and one from Abu Dhabi. The winner of the nosing competion was a Mr Gandolfi from France.

Nosing and Tasting Evening 'Whiskies of the Speyside Line' with Steve Oliver 17 Jul 19

The second nosing and tasting evening was presented by Steve Oliver.  Building of the Speyside railway line, now the Speyside Way commenced in 1840.  The main purpose was to haul timber from Lord Seafield's estates around Grantown on Spey.  The whisky entrepreneurs soon realised that the logisitcs of the embrionic Whisky Indusrty could be met by the Railway.  Distilleries grew up along the Railway wherever there was a good spring water source and cooling water. Some were built right on the Railway, Tamdhu, Knockando and Imperial.  Others were connected to the railway line by a branch line, Dailauine and Balmenach. The whiskies featured in the tasting were:

  • Balmenach Connoisseurs Choice 8YO 46%abv
  • Knockando 12YO 40%abv
  • Cragganmore Distillers edition 40%abv
  • Aberlour 10YO 40%abv
  • Dailuaine 16YO 43%abv 

An international audience of 13 enjoyed this themed tasting. The winner of the nosing competition was Colin Mackenzie of Dufftown.

 

Nosing and Tasting Evening 'Around the Ben' with Steve Oliver 10 Jul 19 

The first nosing and tasting of the season was with Dufftown 2000's very own Steve Oliver.  The 'Round the Ben' tasting featured the distilleries who source their water from Ben Rinnes. With the underlying rock comprising pink granite this is some of the very best water for making whisky.  Featured whiskies were:

  • Allt a Bhainne a 1996 expression from Gordon and MacPhail at 46%abv
  • GlenAllachie 10YO Portwood  48%abv
  • Benrinnes 15YO Flora and Fauna bottling 43%abv
  • Glenfarclas 15YO Distillery expression 46%abv
  • Dailuaine 16YO Flora and Fauna bottling 43%abv

The International audience of 18 from Europe and the US thoroughly enjoyed the evening.  The nosing competition was won by Andrea Strupeck from Germany.

 

GlenAllachie Distillery 4 Sep 19 - Winner - Manon Milbeyue from France

GlenAllachie Distillery 4 Sep 19 - Winner - Manon Milbeyue from France

Black Bull from World of Whiskies 21 Aug 19 Winner - Manon Milbeyue

Black Bull from World of Whiskies 21 Aug 19 Winner - Manon Milbeyue

Glenfarclas 7 Aug 19 Winner - Thomus Zallin from Sweden

Glenfarclas 7 Aug 19 Winner - Thomus Zallin from Sweden

Speyside Drams Winner 24 Jul Winner - Mr Gandolfi from France

Speyside Drams Winner 24 Jul  Winner - Mr Gandolfi from France

Around to Ben Tasting 10 Jul 19 Winner - Andrea Strupeck from Germany.

Around to Ben Tasting 10 Jul 19 Winner  - Andrea Strupeck from Germany.

Denny McTaggart and Guests - World of Dewars 11 Sep 19

Denny McTaggart and Guests - World of Dewars 11 Sep 19

Strathisla Distillery 28 Aug 19 Winner - Gitle Trier from Denmark

Strathisla Distillery 28 Aug 19 Winner  - Gitle Trier from Denmark

Strathisla Distillery 14 Aug 19 Winner - Jean-Yves Sabatier from France

Strathisla Distillery 14 Aug 19 Winner  - Jean-Yves Sabatier from France

Glenfiddich Distillery 31 Jul 19 - Winners Dale and Linda Zwiaska

Glenfiddich Distillery 31 Jul 19 - Winners  Dale and Linda Zwiaska

Whiskies of the Speyside Line 17 Jul 19 Winner - Colin Mackenzie

Whiskies of the Speyside Line 17 Jul 19  Winner - Colin Mackenzie