Dufftown butcher wins Scottish black pudding contest

A Speyside butchers has won the Scottish Black Pudding Championships, which it hopes will boost trade.

G C McIntosh of Dufftown, Speyside, won the North of Scotland region and went on to be named Scottish Black Pudding Champions at the final held in Perth. The finalists were picked through a mystery shop by organisers, the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association.  

Bunty Campbell, who has worked at the shop for 30 years, makes the butcher’s own sausages, black pudding and haggis. She jokingly said she had finally completed her apprenticeship. Gordon McIntosh, proprietor of the butchers shop said: “we are really pleased to have won and especially pleased for Bunty”.

Asked what set the Dufftown black pudding apart, McIntosh said: “Attention to detail and technique and a lot of years experience between the three of us. We always knew we had a good black pudding but were surprised to win.”

Dufftown is known for its whisky, as the water in Speyside is extremely soft and McIntosh said: “The water used to make whisky could play a role in the quality of black pudding.”

McIntosh said trade was good but hoped tourists visiting the town for its whisky will now leave with another piece of its heritage.

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