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 recent addition to the range, this 16 year old is the oldest core expression in the distillery's range (which for many years consisted solely of only the 10 year old). Aged in bourbon casks, this is a complex and fruity whisky.
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.
The fourth batch in Benromach's Origins series goes back to both batch 2 and experiments done by previous generations of the Urquahart family, owners of both Benromach and Gordon & Macphail. This is fully matured in port pipes, giving a sweet vanilla hit and some smoky undertones.
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 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.
A recent release from long-time TWE favourite Aberlour, this 16 year-old has been double-matured in traditional oak and sherry casks. Deep and complex, with lip-smacking spices - not as sherry-sweet as the 18yo. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Speyside 13 to 20 years IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Whisky - Scotch