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 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 1st fill sherry butt matured, single cask Glenlivet from Signatory, bottled as part of their Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Distilled on November 6th 1997, matured for 16 years to the day and bottled on the same day of 2013.
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.
An older variant of Spain's favourite Scotch single malt - Cardhu. Aged for 15 years it combines the distillery's characteristic orchard fruit, barley sugar malt and cake spices with richer tropical fruit and vanilla notes.
Originally launched for the Swedish market in September 2013, this was distilled on August 12th 1999 and matured initially in bourbon casks before being finished in virgin American oak to produce a rich and sweet whisky.
The January 2014 batch of Glenlivet's rightfully successful Nadurra, their cask strength, un-chillfiltered, simply matured 'natural' single malt. A look at the other, more raw side of whisky by one of the biggest producers in the world.