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 »
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).
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.
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
Batch 48 of the increasingly popular full proof sherry monster from Aberlour, A'bunadh. This one follows close on the heels of batch 47 and promises the usual combination of active sherry cask maturation and punchy strength.
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.
Balvenie Signature 12yo replaced the fondly-remembered Founders Reserve 10yo as the staple in the distillery's range. This is a marriage of Sherry, Bourbon and Refill casks and, as always with Balvenie, it's a polished, mellow whisky to relax with.
Please note this is limited to three bottles per customer.
A 2001 vintage Aberlour that has been exclusively matured in casks made from Quercus Alba - American White Oak. This steps away from the distillery's usual sherried style, emphasising coconut and vanilla from the cask and fruit from the spirit.
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.