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 »
Aberlour is always a good choice - one of the best value Speyside malts around. This double matured version is a mix of traditional oak and sherry casks and is rich and fruity with delicious Christmas cake notes.
A 12 year old bottling of whisky from Longmorn from Gordon & Macphail. Left unloved in the single malt world for many years, G&M were the main bottlers of spirit from the distillery for a while, as shown by their use of a replica of the label they used to use.
A 2000 vintage Aultmore bottled by Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range. This was bottled two years after Diageo sold the owning company of the distillery to Bacardi in a deal worth more than £1bn. Aged in refill sherry casks, this has notes of spice, wood and herbs.
Auchroisk (pronounced Athrusk) is a relatively modern distillery, having begun production in 1974. Most of the production was destined for the J & B blend, however some malt was bottled as 'The Singleton' due to the perceived difficulty with pronouncing the name.
The fifth entry in Benromach's Origins series, looking back at experiments carried out by owners Gordon & Macphail, as well as older methods of whisky production. Batch 5 is made up of sherry cask matured spirit that was made using Golden Promise, a low yield/high flavour malt, lightly peated to 12ppm.
A cut above the standard-issue 12yo, Glenlivet 15yo is finished, as the name suggests, in Limousin French Oak (the same kind that is used for many cognacs). International Wine & Spirit Competition: Gold Medal; Best in Class
Glendronach Revival is the culmination of nearly a year's hard work by the distillery's new owners, replicating their success at Benriach. This Oloroso-matured Revival received a whopping 92 points from the highly-esteemed Whiskyfun website.
A 15 year old whisky from the creatively independent folks at Benriach in Speyside. This time they've finished their whisky in tawny port casks, adding some rich vine fruit to their already fruity whisky.