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 »
Glenrothes Alba Reserve is something of a departure for the distillery - where normally a large proportion of European sherry oak is used in their assemblages, this expression is comprised entirely of ex-bourbon American Oak. The 'Alba' in the name refers to American Oak's Latin name of Quercus Alba as well as being the old Gaelic name for Scotland.
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.
A 15 year-old expression of Singleton of Dufftown, Diageo's easy-drinking Speysider. This is a mix of European and American oak casks, producing a smooth, sweet, approachable style and a spicy, drying finish.
A 1998 vintage Linkwood from independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Distilled on 5th November, it was matured in bourbon barrels 11777 and 11778 for 15 years before being bottled on 20th February 2014.
The 2001 vintage is a 2012 addition to the The Glenrothes range. The brand is owned by historic wine & spirit merchants Berry Brothers & Rudd and releases its whiskies by vintage rather than by age, in keeping with the owner's wine-related history.
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 special bottling of Cragganmore for Diageo's whisky fan club, the Friends of the Classic Malts, released in 2010. This one has been matured for slightly longer than the regular expression, sitting in casks for at least 14 years.
A richly coloured 16 year old single cask whisky distilled at Glenrothes on June 2nd 1997 and then bottled on December 16th 2013 by Signatory for their Un-chillfiltered Collection after maturing in a refill sherry butt.