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 1999 vintage Glendullan from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice series of bottlings. Aged entirely in first fill bourbon casks, this has notes of pepper and orange.
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
A 1999 vintage whisky from Glenallachie, a young distillery whose whisky almost all goes into the Chivas Brothers blends. Fortunately the folks at G&M squirrel away whisky from all over Scotland, giving us a chance to try gems like this.
A relaunched Singleton, this time from Dufftown, to replace the now-defunct Singleton of Auchroisk. This smooth, mellow dram is designed to attract new drinkers to the malt category, while its smart packaging has ensured its popularity as a gift. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Speyside 12 years and under
The Glenglassaugh Distillery was mothballed from 1986 until 2008 and this the first whisky to be made from spirit distilled at the distillery since it reopened. It was matured in a mixture of first and refill bourbon casks before a final 6 months finishing in first fill oloroso sherry butts.
The Glenrothes traditionally bottle single malts from specific vintages, so this no-age-statement example raised a few eyebrows when it first appeared. However, the only thing recent batches have raised is the bar - this is tremendous easy-drinking Speyside.
As the name suggests, this is a peated Benriach that's been finished in a rum cask. Dolium volvitur, if you'll pardon the pun. Received 91 points from Jim Murray (caveat emptor), who made it sound pretty tasty. Apologies for the poor Latin jokes, Mercator aliquantulus dementis.
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.
Released in Spring 2010, this Glenfiddich Rich Oak has spent 14 years in ex-bourbon casks in the traditional way, before two separate finishes of 12 weeks in new European oak and six weeks in new American oak before bottling. We like the sound of this.
Benromach Peat Smoke distilled in 2004 is part of the small number of batches of peated whisky. With a level of 53ppm, this is seriously smoky with notes of liquorice, orange (without water) or grapefruit (with water).
A 1997 vintage whisky from Benrinnes, bottled by Gordon & Macphail for the Connoisseurs Choice range. Not a lot of whisky from the distillery gets out as single malt, being a blenders favourite, but fortunately G&M have impressive stocks hidden away in their warehouses...
A 1997 vintage Dailuaine bottled by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Distilled on 12th August, it was aged for 16 years in a pair of hogsheads before being bottled on 13th November 2013.