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 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 1998 vintage Linkwood from independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Distilled on 5 November, it was matured in bourbon barrels 11767 and 11768 for 15 years before being bottled on 25 June 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 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 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 1995 vintage Glen Keith from independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Distilled on 8 November, it was matured in hogsheads 171200 and 171201 for 18 years before being bottled on 26 June 2014.
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.
A 17 year old Glenrothes from Signatory, stylised as Glen Rothes on the label, as usual. This was distilled on 2 June 1997, aged in a single refill sherry butt and bottled as part of Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection on June 26 2014.
A 14 year old limited edition Balvenie which finished its maturation in casks which had previously held Caribbean Rum. Expect vanilla and toffee notes as the rum contributes extra sweetness to the flavours.