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Dram-atic day at Dufftown auction

Posted by Ashley Penney on October 19, 2010 at 2:19 PM

MORE than £10,000 of whisky was sold to collectors at Dufftown’s whisky festival auction yesterday.

A limited edition 1971 Glenmorangie, which went under the hammer for £250, was the highest-selling bottle of the Scottish dram.

 

Organiser Gordon Haughton said the atmosphere was exciting as more than 50 enthusiasts people attended the event at the town’s Royal British Legion Hall.

Auctioneer Ian Duncan, of Tulloch Farm, Dufftown, held the floor for more than three hours.

The event was organised by Dufftown 2000. The limited charitable organisation raises funds to run the town’s whisky museum and other local initiatives, including the Christmas tree and decoration display.

Mr Haughton, 58, of Mount Crescent, Dufftown, estimated that up to £700 was raised for Dufftown 2000 through commissions.

 

He added: “It’s a long drawn-out affair by the time you organise everything and get the bottles numbered, but for the three or four hours that you’re in the hall it’s just pandemonium.

“As soon as the bottles sell people want to pay for them and take them home. There’s a silence in the hall when anything sells for over £150. It’s really quite exciting.”

 

Hundreds of whisky enthusiasts descended on Dufftown at the weekend for a whisky extravaganza. The autumn festival featured accordionists, drummers, singers, pipers and clarinet players in Memorial Hall.

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