We stayed near Dufftown during the festival and popped into the Whisky shop to taste and buy. They have a terrific selection of whisky and are happy for you to try many of the varieties that they have opened. However, the staff are very nice and friendly but don't seem to have the level of knowledge that i would have expected from people who run one of the main whisky retailers in the region.
The upside is that they are cheaper for the same whisky compared to the castle whisky shop at Tomintoul. the down side is that they don not appear to have the level of knowledge or engagement that the owner of that shop has.
They have a lot of bottled open for tastings.
However, if you roughly know what you want then you will find it here at a better price.
If you can't find a whisky that suits your palette and price range here then they don't make it!!
Also, during the festival they have many visiting distillers that offer tastings of their brand.
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