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.
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.
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.
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.