A Dufftown butcher has been crowned Scottish Black Pudding Champion after competing against 80 different rivals from across the country.
Gordon McIntosh won the north of Scotland heat and then went on to win the final, beating off competition from butchers in Hawick, Wemyss Bay, Cardenden and Newton Stewart.
Bunty Campbell, who has worked at the Fife Street butcher for the last 30 years and makes all the sausages, haggis, and black puddings, said she was delighted at their success.
Proprietor Gordon McIntosh said: “We’re over the moon, we’re really chuffed.
“I knew we had a good black pudding but I didn’t know it would reach this stage.”
Reluctant to reveal too many secrets about their secret award-winning methods, Mr McIntosh said it was down to attention to detail, technique, ingredients and the “soft water” of Dufftown.
Douglas Scott, chief executive of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders, said: “In a place like Dufftown, when you have so many people coming for whisky reasons, it will be great to seem them coming for the black pudding.
“It’s a big opportunity to use the title and in the past it has boosted businesses.”
The regional champions were all mystery shopped and then brought together for a panel of connoisseurs to taste test.