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 »
The first new bottling since the distillery began production in 1998 after a 15-year lay-off. The whisky is young, but has a delicious dollop of peat and plenty of fresh, ripe flavours. A very welcome return.
The now discontinued 8 year old whisky from one of Scotland's youngest distilleries. They started production in 1990 after over 25 years of building (a lot by hand) and have now been around long enough to have a 12 year old as their standard bottling.
Given that Miltonduff is the seventh largest distillery in Scotland, one would think that it would be more common - however the vast majority of its output goes into the Ballantine's blends. This G&M bottling has an attractive grassy, fruity character.
Pretty much the only expression of Speyburn on the market until 2008. The 10 year old may now have stable mates but it still keeps its place as the easy drinking centre of the range. Speyburn continues to gather quiet momentum in the wake of updated packaging and 2012's shock World Whisky Award win for the 25 year old.
An 8 year old bottling of Tamdhu released by independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of their The Macphail's Collection series. This would have been produced using the distillery's own maltings, which sadly closed down at the end of the noughties.
One of the classic after-dinner malts, Balvenie Doublewood's extra complexity and richness are a result of a second maturation in fresh sherry casks. Great stuff. IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Whisky - Scotch
A much-loved single malt, Cardhu is an easygoing, charming Speysider. With clean, crisp oak and sweet malt evoking flavours of honeyed flapjacks and home-made caramel squares, this is one for the sweet-toothed among you.
Immensely popular Glenfiddich variant. Using a Solera system common in the maturation of quality sherry, 15yo malt from three different types of casks is married together in a wooden vat, which is constantly topped up to ensure the quality is maintained. IWSC 2012 - Gold Outstanding Medal - Whisky - Scotch