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 »
Macallan 10yo Fine Oak is matured in a combination of Bourbon & Sherry Oak Casks. The Fine Oak range has been around for a few years now and seems to have weathered the storm it caused amongst the faithful when it was initially released.
A 2013 addition to The Balvenie's range, as a younger sibling to the 15 year old single cask. This is exclusively matured in first fill bourbon casks and each bottle is part of a batch that is at most 300 bottles - all taken from the same cask.
After initial maturation in American oak ex-bourbon barrels, this 15yo Benriach is transferred for a finishing period in casks that formerly housed dark Jamaican rum, adding an extra layer of sweet, fruity flavours to the excellent distillery profile.
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.
A single cask Glenlivet matured in a first-fill sherry butt from Signatory, bottled as part of their Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Distilled on November 6 1997, matured for 16 years and bottled on February 4 2014.
The only generally available distillery bottling from Inchgower, usually a key part of the Bell's blend. It's also not one that independents see much of, so this is one of your only chances to try the output from this quietly elegant distillery.
' Rounded yet delicate. Apples again, tingly spiciness. Fills and perfumes the mouth. Delicious...A classic example of a relatively light and fragrant whisky that has real complexity and a gorgeous feel. 8/10' Dave Broom, Whisky Magazine, Nov 2002
A young and spicy Speysider from Craigellachie, selected by John Milroy, co-founder of the original London whisky specialisy Milroy's, as part of his Frisky Whisky range. Distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2010 at full proof.
A lighter style of Macallan, like the rest of the Fine Oak range Masters' Edition has been matured using American oak casks as well as the more familiar sherry casks. Smooth and delicate, with mediumweight oak and fruit flavours.
An, unsurprisingly, amber coloured dram from Macallan, part of the colour named 1824 Series. It's matured in sherry casks and chosen to be more fully flavoured than the Gold but a bit more restrained than the Sienna. A great example of what Macallan can do with good quality oak.