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 »
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 fruity and spicy release from Aberlour, this 16 year old has been matured in a combination of Sherry butts and first fill Bourbon casks. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Speyside 13 to 20 years IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Whisky - Scotch
A much-loved single malt, Cardhu is an easy-going, charming Speysider. This is has been aged for longer than the regular 12 year old expression, and the extra three years combine 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.