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 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
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.
A 1995 vintage Braeval (also known as Braes of Glenlivet) released under Gordon & Macphail's Connoisseurs Choice label. Much of the distillery's production is used to produce volume for the Chivas Regal range of blends and no official distillery bottlings are produced.