Glengoyne is one of the only Scottish whiskies to be distilled from unpeated malt - the malt is allowed to dry naturally before fermentation and distillation begin, resulting in an elegant, medium-bodied style.
The new Glencadam 10yo, released at the end of 2008 by (relatively) new owners Angus Dundee. This is styled as 'The Rather Delicate Highland Malt'. Unchilfiltered, with no colouring and bottled at 46% - this is what we like to see.
Stronachie was the name of a Highland distillery active between the 1890s and 1928. The Scottish agents for the whisky, A.D. Rattray, have launched a range using whisky from Benrinnes distillery. This is the 10 year old - sweet and spicy.
Arran 10yo is a medium-bodied, citrussy dram that shows an elegance and deftness of touch that belies the distillery's youth. Tasting the complexity and assurance of this youngster it is difficult to believe that the distillery only opened in 1995. A great achievement.
World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best Island Single Malt 12yo and Under
A smart packaging job for this distillery-bottled expression of Benromach 10yo, which has been a big hit since its introduction in late 2009. Well done to G&M for making the standard release strength 43%.
World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best Speyside Single Malt 12yo and Under
An eye-catching 2013 relaunch for Campbeltown's only distillery not owned and operated by Springbank. Glen Scotia's house style is generally medium-full with wisps of smoke and brine, but this 10 year old is at the more boisterous strength of 46%, the same as Springbank. The distillery has had to suffer being in the shadow of its famous neighbour for many years now - one suspects that this image overhaul will certainly attract attention.
The replacement for the old 12yo as the distillery's standard bottling, Glenturret 10yo has a deliciously rich, fruity character. You can see why Famous Grouse is so successful with Glenturret as its backbone.
A delicious sherry-finished Aberlour, with just the right amount of sherry to enhance the profile of the standard 10yo, without letting the wine take over. Previously only available in France, we think this will be a hit.
Springbank 10's relatively light colour belies its richness of character. The nose moves from citrus fruits to pears and a hint of peat, while the palate shows touches of smoke, vanilla essence, nutmeg, cinnamon and the salty tang characteristic of the distillery. A winner at the World Whiskies Awards 2014.
World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best Campbeltown Single Malt 12yo and Under
A long-awaited ten year old release from Glengyle distillery, released as part of the Kilkerran Work in Progress series. This is the bourbon-aged expression and shows just how well the spirit is maturing.
The first ten year old release from Glengyle distillery, the sixth sherry-matured release in Kilkerran’s Work in Progress series continues the theme of the fifth, showing how their relatively youthful spirit is ageing. Not only a great way of seeing how the whisky is developing, but also a great dram in its own right.
Laphroaig 10yo is a full-bodied, smoky gem, with a residual sweetness and a hint of salt amidst the seaweedy, peaty characters before a long warming finish. A classic dram. IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Whisky - Scotch