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 '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.

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 featuring a 'Selection of Speyside Drams' presented by Ian Purves 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 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 'Glenfarclas Distillery' presented ? by 7 Aug 19

 Nineteen visitors fro Scandanavia Europe and th UK enjoyed an evening with Glenfarclas Brand Amabassador ?? 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 'Strathisla Distillery' presented by James Yates 14 Aug 19

Eighteen visitors from Europe and the US enjoyed the Chivas experience expertly presented by James Yates 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.

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

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

Glenfarclas 7 Aug 19 Winner - Thomus Zallin from Sweden

Glenfarclas 7 Aug 19 Winner - Thomus Zallin from Sweden

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

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

Speyside Drams Winner 24 Jul Winner - Mr Gandolfi from France

Speyside Drams Winner 24 Jul  Winner - Mr Gandolfi from France

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

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