Broadly speaking, Speyside whiskies can be classified as falling into one of two camps. At one end of the spectrum there are the light, grassy, 'lunchtime whiskies' (please note that TWE advocates responsible drinking!) such as Glenlivet; at the other end lie the rich, sweet, sherried qualities of Glenrothes and Macallan. Read More »
A quarter bottle of Dalwhinnie 15yo, the Highland representative in Diageo's Classic Malts series. Dalwhinnie 15yo is a good introduction to the delights of single malt whisky - elegant, smooth and medium-bodied with a light, fruity palate and a whiff of heather on the finish.
A 20cl bottle of Balvenie's popular 12 year old DoubleWood. The double maturation by finishing in first fill European oak sherry casks adds complexity. The first maturation softens and adds character, with the finishing in sherry casks adding depth and fullness of flavour.
A 20cl quarter bottle of the lipsmacking Benromach 10yo, which has been a revelation since its introduction by owners Gordon & Macphail in late 2009, and is really putting this great distillery back on the map.
Long known as 'the gentle dram' Tomintoul 16yo is soft and nutty, with a pleasant richness. A Gold Medal winner at the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC), this is a cracking dram for the money. Please note that this is a 35cl bottle!
Ben Bracken is the name given to malts from an unspecified Speyside distillery produced for German supermarket Lidl. Made by Whyte and Mackay, it's widely assumed this came from their only Speyside distillery - Tamnavulin.
An interesting spicy dram from Glen Moray - a 10 year old whisky entirely matured in Chardonnay casks. The start of what we hope is a continuing line of new whiskies from this often overlooked distillery.