If you’ve been enjoying the exclusive W Club Glenfarclas bottling then get set for a treat later this year when The Whisky Shop launches an exclusive BenRiach.
The new whisky is a big, rich shirred treat, and very lovely, according to Inverness whisky enthusiast Desmond Masson. And he should know – he helped to choose it.
Desmond, aged 55, won the chance to spend a day as a VIP guest at BenRiach and to help make the selection.
“It was a great day,” he says, “and I was amazed because I thought I would be just watching on but I was very much part of it. There were nine whiskies and my views were listened to and eventually the three of us chose the one that will be bottled for later in the year. It’s a 1977 Pedro Ximenez cask so it’s sherried and very lovely.”
Desmond has been a regular customer at the Inverness branch of The Whisky Shop for about two years and buys malt both to drink and collect.
“I drink whisky socially and I’m always looking for something different. I like to always have something special and interesting open. But also if I ever have some apart money then I’ll buy something to keep,” he says. “Most of the stuff I buy to collect is priced between £100 and £200 but I do have one or two special bottles. The Whisky Shop helped me get me a Dalmore Candela, for instance, and has just helped me to get a special Macallan from Germany.”
Desmond was already a big fan of The W Club before he won the BenRiach trip and is encouraging others to join.
“I understand The Whisky Shop chain is a retail business and doesn’t discount as some supermarkets do but as a W Club member I get 10 per cent off everything, and I can go along to an evening tasting where I’ll get five free whiskies and be under no obligation to buy anything. About 20 or 30 of us went to a great night at The Whisky Shop recently, with five whiskies, before going on to see The Angels’ Share. And our first whisky was a Balblair to tie in with the film. That was a fabulous night. That’s what i like about The Whisky Shop. I’m treated like a VIP customer whenever I go in.”