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Dram of whisky from Huntly hits the right note with singer Alexandra Burke


By Pat Scott

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Cheers to the Dalmunach Octave whisky from Alexander Burke.
Cheers to the Dalmunach Octave whisky from Alexander Burke.

HUNTLY based, Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky featured on last Sunday's edition of Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.

Celebrity guest Alexandra Burke tried one of their new Octave whiskies alongside the hosts Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer. Rimmer hailed it his spirit of the week.

Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer sampled the whisky from Huntly on Sunday Brunch.
Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer sampled the whisky from Huntly on Sunday Brunch.

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Monday, spirits expert Karina Elias featured live from the Red Bar in Grosvenor House, Mayfair and talked about spirit companies with a woman at the helm.

Ms Elias hailed the company’s Dalmunach Octave 2016, four year old as “the most delicious whisky I’ve tasted this year”

Elias went on to speak about Moji Shand, who since 2012 has been CEO of Duncan Taylor where half of the employees are women including the sales director, production manager and finance manager.

Karina Elias extolled the virtues of the Dalmunach Octaves whisky from a Huntly firm on Sunday Brunch.
Karina Elias extolled the virtues of the Dalmunach Octaves whisky from a Huntly firm on Sunday Brunch.

Mrs Shand was delighted when it was confirmed that the Octave Dalmunach was going to feature

She said: “It was a double whammy for us. One, it was a chance to speak about the fantastic women that work in our company and two, whilst it’s easy for us to bang on about how good our whiskies are, it’s always great to get them recognised on such a big platform as this.”

Duncan Taylor were the pioneers of using Octaves for the maturation process and the whisky chosen by the show was a Dalmunach Octave 2016, four year old which had spent seven months of its second maturation in a second fill Oloroso sherry octave cask.

Yielding only 94 bottles and with a price of £55 per bottle, viewers were directed to the Tyndrum Whisky Shop in Perthshire to buy it and they sold out of all the bottles within eight minutes of it appearing on the show.

Tyndrum Whisky Shop manager Craig Dearden said: “We knew this whisky would be popular but we simply couldn’t cope with the demand after it appeared. We could have sold it ten times over.”


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