Lowlands This area tends to produce whiskies in which the softness of the malt itself is evident, without the typical peatiness or coastal brine and seaweed of others. A line following old county boundaries and running from the Clyde estuary to the River Tay defines the Lowlands. The line swings north of Glasgow and Dumbarton and runs to Dundee and Perth. With fresh grassy lemony flavors that begin sweet and finish dry. These scotches are traditionally triple distilled for a pleasant and lighter taste.
Auchentoshan In their own quiet way, these are well-defined single malts, with plenty of complexity. If you fancy single malts, but do not care for intensity, Auchentoshan offers the perfect answer, subtlety. The distillery, founded in 1800 is right outside of Glasgow, hidden in a hollow between the Clyde and Kilpatrick hills. The house style is light and citrusy.
Auchentoshan 12 year - 40% Color: Golden honey Nose: Notes of citrus and nuts Body: Soft and oily Palate: Zest of lemon and lemon grass. Distinct well rounded smooth sweetness Finish: Gingery, crisp, slightly dry and lightly warming.
Glenkinchie Founded in 1825 and located between the soft, green Lammermuir hills and the small coastal resorts where the Firth of Forth meets the sea the distillery is in the glen of the Kinchie situated 15 miles from Edinburgh set in beautiful farmland. The house style is complex with floral notes and a dry finish.
Glenkinchie 12 year - 43%. Color: Gold Nose: Soft with a grassy sweetness Body: Medium with some viscosity Palate: Very fruity with notes of Madeira and sweet stewed fruits Finish: Becomes spicy and herbal and ends gentle, warm and dry.
Highlands By far the biggest region, the highlands inevitably embrace wide variations. The western pat of the Highlands, at least on the mainland, has only a few, scattered distilleries, and it is difficult to generalize about their character. If they have anything in common, it is a rounded, firm, dry character, with some peatiness. The far north of the Highlands has several whiskies with a notably heathery, spicy, character, probably deriving both from the local soil and the coastal location of the distilleries. The more sheltered East Highlands and the Midlands of Scotland (sometimes described as the South Highlands) have a number of notably fruity whiskies.
Aberfeldy 12 Year -40% Â Â
Color: Warm gold Nose: Almost incense-like, heather honey with a fruity softness, notes of pineapple, toast and cereal Palate: Syrupy, lingering on the tongue like a liqueur. Finish: Full flavor, the perfume characteristics becomes more spicy, with a bitter hint of Seville oranges in a decidedly dry finish .
Aberfeldy Distillery, founded by the John Dewar & Sons, Ltd., was built on the south shore of the river Tay in 1896, just beyond the city boundaries of Aberfeldy. However, with demand for barley rising in World War I for use as a basic foodstuff, the distillery closed from 1917 to 1919. The Second World War also caused barley supplies to be cut, and the distillery was again forced to shut down for some of this period.[ In 1972 the distillery was enlarged, and the present stills were replaced by four new steam heated stills. In 1999, an Aberfeldy 12 Year Old Single Malt brand was introduced. In 2000, the Earl of Elgin opened "Dewar's World of Whisky" at the Aberfeldy Distillery. Aberfeldy is the largest malt whisky component of Dewar's Blended Whisky.
Clynelish 14 Year -43%
Color: Light brown-yellow. Nose: Excellent complexity with diced carrots adding to the earthy, salad like aroma. Has some sweetness but drier than usual. Palate: Fruity, grapey and beautifully mouthwatering: quite different from the nose. Brilliant sub-strata of peat runs throughout and adds a luscious sweetness to compliment the sultanas and spice. Finish: Smoky and dries rapidly to allow in a cocoa effect.
Clynelish Distillery is a distillery near Brora, Sutherland in the Highlands of Scotland. It was built in 1968, adjacent to the original Clynelish Distillery that was closed. Confusingly the original distillery was reopened in May 1969 as and until July 1973, produced a heavily peat whisky to supply for blending; this was done to cover a shortage of Islay whisky caused by a drought on the island. The old distillery was renamed Brora Distillery and production of a peat spirit continued up until 1983. Clynelish has had a strong connection with Johnnie Walker blended whisky for many years.
Dalmore 12 Year Old 40%
Nose: Beautiful balance of tempting aromas. Gentle fragrant of peat-smoke. Orange marmalade, malt and sherry. Palate: Orange. Cream. Distinct aniseed. Honey. A very complex malt, with wonderfully combined flavors. Finish: Almost chewy. Faint citrus zest. Smoky dryness. The faintest hint of the sea. Comment: Said to be married in sherry butts. In this instance, marriage certainly works.
The Dalmore distillery, founded in 1839 in a secluded area west of Invergordon just across the Cromarty Firth from Balblair, is now under the ownership of Whyte and Mackay. Owned by the Mackenzies for a century, the bottle still bears a stag’s head — a key element of the family’s coat of arms. Dalmore is known for their use of sherry casks; as such, whisky connoisseurs who enjoy the Macallan 12 Year or the Macallan Fine Oak 10 Year are sure to appreciate the rich flavours from the Dalmore’s offerings.
DALMORE GRAN RESERVA -‐40%
Nose: Heather and dark chocolate. Rather malty. Orange marmalade. Cake. Hints of sherry and oak. Roasted coffee beans.
Palate: Slightly weak but rich enough. Heather again. Orange notes. Caramel as well. Vague smoke.
Finish: Mixture of coffee, dry oloroso sherry and hints of vanilla.
The Dalmore story began in 1839 with Alexander Matheson, who lived in the Highlands of Northern Scotland. Matheson found the rich peat and pure water sources of the Highlands to be the makings of a perfect Scotch offering. He built a distillery in the area and produced small batches of his Single Highland Malt Scotch until 1886, when the Mackenzie family acquired his operation. When a member of the Mackenzie family risked his own life to save Scotland's ruler, King Alexander III, from a charging stag, the grateful king offered a token of his appreciation by bequeathing the stag to the Mackenzie family as a symbol of valor and courage. And more than 130 years later, the stag head still appears on every bottle of The Dalmore.
Dalmore 15 year -‐40%
Color: Deep Amber Copper Nose: A chocolate orange. Potpourri perfume. fruitcake, and sherry. Palate: Medium, lovely delivery. Zest orange, Blue Curaçao, chocolate. Winter spice, stem ginger in syrup. Hints of anise and hickory. Finish: Malty barley and smoky espresso
The Dalmore sits on the eastern coast of the Scottish Northern Highlands, north of Inverness, at sea level. Its waters run from Loch Morie, in the hills above the distillery. As The Dalmore’s whiskies age very well, older bottlings are prevalent on the auction scene. Several record-‐setting auction sales have been old bottles of The Dalmore. The distillery’s characteristic dark orange flavor is said to be present across the range. The stills at Dalmore are cooled by water jackets, a modern innovation.
Dalwhinnie Single Malt 15 year -‐43% Color: Sprightly gold. Nose: A big, crisp, dry and very aromatic nose with hints of heather and peat. Palate: Smooth, soft and lasting flavors of heather, honey sweetness and vanilla followed by deeper citrus-‐fruit flavors and hints of malted bread. Finish: Long, lingering, surprisingly intense finish that starts sweetly, then gives way to smoke, peat and malt.
The Dalwhinnie Distillery, which was originally named Strathspey, was founded in 1897 by John Grant, Alexander Mackenzie and George Sellar. The distillery is situated between the gentle, grassy style of the Lowlands and the austere, firm body of Speyside, which begins some 25 miles to the north. The style is that of the Highlands; a resilient marriage of gentleness and spirit. The water source, Lochan an Doire-‐Uaine, (Gaelic for "lake in the green grove"), lies at 2,000 feet in the Drumochter Hills. From it, all the pure spring water used in distilling Dalwhinnie™ flows over rich local peat through Allt an t'Sluic, the distillery burn. No other distillery may use the water from this source – therefore no other distillery is able to yield Dalwhinnie’s™ uniquely clean, accessible, malty-‐sweet taste, giving way to a smooth and smoky Highland mouth feel.
EDRADOUR 10 YEAR SINGLE MALT -‐ 40% Color: Rich honey.
Nose: Dates, almonds, sherry notes, and a touch of orange zest and wood smoke.
Body: Full, slightly oily.
Palate: Enormously rich mouth feel, with roasted barley. Creamy. Minty. Nutty. Almond dryness. Finish: Deliciously oily and sprinkled with soft spices, vanilla, caramel and oak.
Edradour is the last original 'farm' distillery in Perthshirea and nestled within a pocket glen in the hills above Pitlochry in the Southern Highlands. Edradour is produced in Scotland's smallest distillery -‐ and is hand made today as it was over 150 years ago by just three men who are devoted to the time-‐honoured methods of whisky making. Indeed equipment used at the distillery has remained unchanged since the day the distillery opened and is only just capable of producing commercial quantities. Only 12 casks of whisky are produced a week, making Edradour single malt a rare pleasure for a fortunate few.
Glenmorangie Glenmorangie has been the best selling single malt in Scotland almost continuously since 1983. It produces around 10 million bottles a year. The distillery boasts the tallest stills in Scotland. They use a number of different cask types, all of which are matured in white oak casks that are manufactured from trees growing in Glenmorangieʼs own forest, which is located in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. The house style is well known for its complexity and few whiskies offer such a range of subtle notes and flavors.
Glenmorangie Original â€“ 40% Color: Pale lemony gold Nose: The scent of citrus is softened by the aroma of vanilla Body: Soft, mellow and creamy Palate: First, vanilla is detected before a burst of flowery fruitiness Finish: Clean with fruity hints
Glenmorangie the Nectar Dʼor – 46% Finished in a French Sauterne cask Color: Honeyed gold Nose: Lime and orange rind, spices of coconut and nutmeg Body: Deep, warming Palate: Ginger, nutmeg and toasted almonds Finish: Long and luscious with lemon zest and traces of ginger
Â Glenmorangie the Quinta Ruban â€“ 46% Finished in ruby port pipes from the Quintas Color: Sunlit rose gold Nose: Dark mint chocolate, oranges with a spicy finish Body: Smooth yet intense Palate: Mint chocolate and walnuts with oranges and roses hidden underneath Finish: Long lasting
Glenmorangie the Lasanta – 46% Extra-matured for two years in Oloroso Sherry casks Color: Light russet Nose: Warm spices mixed with smooth chocolate and toffee Body: Elegant but full Palate: Deliciously sweet sherry, orange notes, walnuts and butterscotch Finish: Long and satisfying with spiced orange and chocolate covered hazelnuts
Glenmorangie 18 year – 43% Finished for an extra three years in Spanish Oloroso casks Color: Full reddish-amber Nose: Sherry, mint, walnuts, sappy, oaky Body: Medium, smooth Palate: Sherryish and sweet at first, more walnuts then the whole potpourri of spiciness and a hint of smoke Finish: Aromatic, nutty, lightly oaky
Highland Park Highland Park is the northernmost of Scotlandʼs distilleries. It is said to have been founded in the 1700s and still uses its own floor for malting and a well-peated malt. The peat is dug locally, from shallow beds that provide a young rooty, heathery character. The house style is flavorsome and rounded.
Highland Park 12 year â€“ 40% Color: Amber Nose: Smoky, heathery, malty and a hint of sherry Body: Medium, exceptionally smooth Palate: Succulent, with smoky dryness, heather-honey sweetness and maltiness Finish: Teasing, heathery, delicious
Â Highland Park 18 Year â€“ 43% Color: Bright gold Nose: Rich, mature oak and smoke Body: Full and rich Palate: Honey and peat Finish: Soft, round and long, nicely smoky
Highland Park 25 year â€“ 48.1%
Color: Dark golden red Nose: Very matured oak and chocolate, notes of soft peat and wood with oaked tannins Body: Full Palate: Soft honey, nutty toffee and supple peat Finish: Rich, long and surprisingly sweet for its age
Oban Nestling beneath the steep cliff that overlooks Oban, one of Scotland始s oldest sources of single malt scotch whisky is but a stone始s throw from the sea. The distillery, built in 1794, has only two pot stills, which makes it also the smallest in Scotland. The house style is between dry and smoky to lighter and sweeter.
Oban 14 Year – 43% Color: Amber Nose: Assertive scents of the sea, peaty smokiness and maltiness Body: Quite rich, smooth and slightly viscous Palate: Dry, smoky, with malty and fruity undertones Finish: Aromatic, smooth
Talisker Founded in 1830, deep and stormy like the ocean crashing over the rocky shores of its island distillery, Talisker is the only single malt rugged enough to call the isle of Skye its home. For over 175 years the distillation process has remained virtually unchanged, producing a very traditional whisky.
Talisker 10 year â€“ 45.8% Color: Amber-red, bright Nose: Pungent, smoke-accented, rounded Body: Full Palate: Smoky, malty-sweet, with sourness and a very big pepperiness developing Finish: Very peppery, huge, long
Speyside Speyside whiskies are among Scotlandʼs lightest, sweetest single malts. Age often brings a bit more body and the profusion of heavily sherried whiskies from the region exhibit superb power. Though a comparatively small appellation, Speyside has, by some distance, the vast majority of Scotch whisky distilleries. The style of malt has altered over time, a traditional Speyside single malt would be more akin to a Highland whisky, with a definite robustness and a marked peat. More recent expressions are lighter, sweeter whiskies; honeyed and fine. Lacking the peat of Islay and Highlands, the ozone and salinity of coastal malts or the dry, perfume of the Lowlands; Speyside whiskies are sweet and subtle.
Aberlour The village of Aberlour lies in the heart of Speyside. Over the past 100 years, with modernization and technology, the composition of the distillery has inevitably altered, though many of the original features are still there and the traditional working character of the place remains unchanged. The distillery uses the soft spring water that rises from the granite mountain, Ben Rinnes. Between 25 and 50 percent of the spirit is matured in sherry casks, the rest in Bourbon wood. The house style is medium to heavy, nutty, spicy and sherry-accented.
Aberlour 12 Year â€“ 40% Color: Rich caramel Nose: Soft, caramel and apples Body: Light but complex Palate: Sherry, light pepper and cherries Finish: Light chocolate and some dried fruit
Â Aberlour 16 Year â€“ 43% Color: Caramel Nose: Rich sherry, honey and fruitcake Body: Silky and smooth Palate: The sherry and oak are in good harmony. Toasted bourbon notes and vanilla are nicely ingrained in the barley as well. Finish: Soft and smooth, with waxy honey notes and barley sweetness.
Aberlour aʼbunadh Cask - 59.5% Color: Auburn Nose: Rather bold, solid sherry with caramel overtones Body: Very powerful and smooth Palate: Burnt toasted raisins, hot Thai ginger and sherry throughout Finish: Long warm and tingly
Balvenie Located in Dufftown, next door to Gelnfiddich, Balvenie was founded in 1892 and is still owned by the same family. The distillery uses barley from the family farm, has its own floor malting, and its stills have a distinctive bulbous shape. The house style is the most honeyish of malts, with a distinctively orange note.
Balvenie 12 Year – 40% Matured in two woods. Starts in a traditional oak whisky cask and then finishes in a first fill Spanish oak sherry cask Color: Amber Nose: Sherry and orange skins Body: Medium to rich Palate: Nutty, sweet, sherry, orangey, fruitiness and cinnamon spiciness Finish: Long and warm with evident sherry
Balvenie 15 Year – 47.8% Color: Pale gold Nose: Assertive, dry, oak, cedar, heather-honey Body: Firm Palate: Lively, orange-skins, sweetness and tartness Finish: Cinnamon, ginger, pepper
Balvenie 21 Year – 40% Color: Bronze Nose: Slightly peaty, oak wood and fresh honey Body: Full bodied, but smooth and creamy Palate: Almond nuts, fresh cream, slight peat and sourness. The portwood is there in full strength taking control and giving the palate a drier oaky taste. Finish: Pleasant moderate finish. Warm
BenRiach Established in 1898, BenRiach is located in the “Heart of Speyside”, mid-way between the village of Rothes and the town of Elgin, in the North-East of Scotland. The distillery sources its water form spring located underground, deep below the distillery, and has the capacity to produce over 2 million liters of pure alcohol per year. Approximately 10 % of its production is peated and the other 90% isnʼt. The house style is described as cookie-like. Certainly a sweet, easy-going Speysider with some heavily peated exceptions.
BenRiach 20 Year – 43% Color: Mid-amber, hints of gold Nose: Spicy, nutty, honey, vanilla, floral, fruity with wood overtones. Very complex Body: Medium to full Palate: Rich honey, vanilla with hints of apples, spice, chocolate and nuts Finish: Full, long and complex
Benriach Curiositas Peated 10 Year – 46% Color: Pale gold Nose: Malt, caramel, peat and floral grassiness Body: Medium sweet. Dryer with water Palate: Honey, low alcohol notes, caramel, toffee, straw Finish: Short and sweet. Much longer and dryer with water, peat, malt and sweet smoke in the end
Benriach Authenticus Peated 21 Year – 46% Color: Golden Nose: Very aromatic. Peaty, a little medicinal. Balancing sherry sweetness and dried fruits. Body: Chewy. Palate: Woody, smoldering embers, good sweetness, black pepper Finish: Oily, smoky, with a sweet woody quality as it fades
Cragganmore One of the great Speyside malts, but less widely known than expected. This is a whisky for the connoisseur, from a relatively small distillery. Cragganmore was founded in 1869 and boasts a great history. It is very pretty, hidden in a hollow high on the Spey. Its water, from nearby springs, is relatively hard, and its spirit stills have an unusual flattopped shape. These two elements may be factors in the complexity of the malt, which is matured in re-filled sherry casks. The house style is austere, stonily dry and very aromatic.
Cragganmore 12 Year – 40% Color: Golden Nose: The most complex aroma of any malt. Its bouquet is astonishingly fragrant and delicate, with sweetish notes of cut grass and herbs. Body: Light to medium, but very firm and smooth Palate: Delicate, clean restrained, with a huge range of herbal flowery notes Finish: Long smoky maltiness
Glenfarclas Glanfarclas means “valley of the green grass”. The distillery is about a mile from the Spey, and set on a cattle farm just beyond which hills rise towards the Ben Rinnes, from where the water flows. It has been family ran since 1865 and was founded only 30 years earlier. Its still house is modern, and its stills are the biggest in Speyside. A substantial proportion of the whisky is aged in first use sherry casks, some in re-fill sherry casks and some in plain wood. The house style is big, malty, oaky and sherryish.
Glenfarclas 105 Cask – 60% Color: Bronze Nose: Big and uncomplicated; raisins, butterscotch and toffee Body: Full, heavy Palate: Sherry at the front, sherry in the middle and very dry cereal malt at the tail end Finish: Very hot, very long and very deep (all the way down)
Glenfarclas 12 Year – 43% Color: Bronze Nose: Vanilla oak, pears and a hint of sherry Body: Firm, slightly oily Palate: Plenty of flavors including sherry, apple, fiery oak, brassy molasses Finish: Long, with oaky notes, even at this relatively young age
Glenfarclas 17 Year – 43% Color: Full amber Nose: Fuller sherry. Light, fragrant smokiness. Clean oak. Body: Firm, rounded Palate: Hints of pine needles and resin with some licorice. Sherried and malty with clove and oak undertones. Finish: Long, nutty and drying on spices and oak
Glenfarclas 21 year – 46% Color: Amber Nose: Sherry, nutty aromas predominate then malt and peat Body: Big, firm Palate: Lively expression of classic Speyside flavors: sherry, malt and slight smokiness Finish: Remarkably long, with lots of sherry, becoming sweetish and perfumey
Glenfiddich The glen of the River Fiddich gives its name to the biggest selling single malt whisky in the world. The Glenfiddich distillery, founded in 1886 lies on the small river whose name it bears, in Dufftown. The name Fiddich indicates the river runs through the valley of the deer – hence the companyʼs logo: a stag. The fact that it is one of the less challenging to the palate undoubtedly helps the worldwide popularity a great deal. A truly traditional element is the use of coal fired stills. The stills are small and the whisky is principally aged in plain oak, although about ten percent go in sherry casks. The house style is dry and fruity when young and raisiny and chocolaty when aged.
Glenfiddich 12 Year – 40% Color: Straw Body: Oily, thick and cool Palate: Characteristic sweet, fruity notes. Develops into elements of butterscotch, cream, malt and subtle oak flavor Finish: Long and even, spicy and ends sweet
Glenfiddich 15 Year Solera Reserve – 40% Year on year, this Solera vat is never emptied but is always kept at least half full creating a deliciously harmonious and intense whisky, which gets more complex and intriguing every year. Color: Light honey Nose: Grassy, floral, light toffee and apple Body: Medium-light body Palate: Silky smooth, revealing layers of sherry oak, marzipan, cinnamon and ginger Finish: Satisfyingly rich with lingering sweetness
Glenfiddich 18 Year Color: Full gold Nose: Rich aroma with ripe orchard fruit, spiced apple and a robust oakiness Body: Soft Palate: Richly delivers luxurious dried fruit, candy peel and dates overlaid with elegant oak notes Finish: Dry with a hint of peat
Glenfiddich 21 Year – 40% Finished for up to four months in Caribbean rum barrels Color: Full gold Nose: Hint of sherry, intense and sweet, floral hints and rich toffee Body: Surprisingly full Palate: Initially soft, then brisk and vibrant, peppery, a touch of smoke, vanilla, spices and new leather Finish: Very long, warming and spicy
Glenlivet The Glenlivet distillery stands on the lonely hillside where George Smith founded it almost 200 years ago in 1824. Near the River Livet, Josieʼs Well still pours forth its uniquely pure mineral rich water to feed the mash tun. At its height of 850 feet above sea level, the stills are run at a gentle heat, yielding a delicate fragrant spirit unique even in Speyside. The whiskies are aged only in oak casks making the house style woody.
Glenlivet 12 Year – 40% Color: Pale gold Nose: Remarkable flowery, clean and soft Body: Light to medium, firm and smooth Palate: Flowery, peachy, notes of vanilla, delicate balance between sweetness and malty dryness Finish: Restrained, long and gently warming
Glenlivet 15 Year French Oak Finish – 40% Finished in Limousin French Oak barrels (The same kind used for many cognacs) Color: Dark straw Nose: Light aromas of toasted cereal, a little fruit syrup with a hint of oak Body: Medium, slightly butter Palate: Starts with a lightly sweet toasted cereal, quickly becomes dry when the oak kicks in Finish: Medium with a hint of vanilla and the dry spicy oak
Glenlivet 18 Year – 43% Color: Deep gold Nose: Depth of flowery aromas, some sweetness and a hint of sherry Body: Firm, smooth Palate: Flowery and sweet at first, then developing peach-stone nuttiness Finish: Dry, very long, with interplay of sweet and bitter flavors
Glenlivet 21 Year Archive
Color: Full amber Nose: Emphatic sherry character Body: Soft, medium Palate: At first, very sherry like indeed, with an oloroso character. As the palate develops, that flowery-spicy note becomes strongly evident Finish: Again, lots of sherry
Glenlivet Nadurra – 57.2% Color: Golden straw Nose: Oatmeal raisin cookie, oak, floral and citrus notes Body: Medium body, very warm Palate: Powerful attack, peppery and becoming sweet Finish: Hot oaky spice that slowly fades
Glenrothes The Glenrothes distillery sits beside the Burn of Rothes in the heart of Speyside. They have a private spring called “The Fairieʼs Well” in the nearby Glen of Dounie. All of the land surrounding the vital source is also owned and protected by the distillery. Glenrothes has been around since 1879 and has since been recognized as one of the best and most sought after whiskies on Speyside. The structure, flavor and body of their malts is always considered top quality.
Glenrothes Vintage – 46.5% Color: Deep copper Nose: Sherry, burnt sugar, spicy pepper, grassy Body: Hot, wet Palate: Strong spices, lots of sherry and caramel with water Finish: Long and warm with lots of sherry
Macallan From its efforts to secure Golden Promise barley and its insistence upon small stills (it builds more, rather than making them bigger) to its love affair with sherry ageing (always in dry oloroso casks, shipped unbroken from Spain), Macallan has a clear view of its standards. Distilling since 1824, the big heavily sherried style is more widely acknowledged than any other single malt around. The house style is big-bodied, oaky, sherry and flowery.
Macallan Cask – 58.5% Color: Dark copper red Nose: Sweet mustard, orange peel and sherry Body: Heavy and full Palate: Black cherry chocolates, sherry Finish: Long and satisfying
Macallan 12 Year – 43% Color: Amber Nose: Sherry, honey, flowery notes Body: Full, smooth Palate: The first hint of flowering currant. Very expressive with sherry, fruit and wood Finish: Rounded, warm and mouth coating with a little butterscotch
Macallan 18 Year – 43% Color: Dark reddish amber Nose: Sherry, nuts and spices Body: Full and syrupy Palate: Sherry, buttery, cloves and other spices and traces of chocolate Finish: Medium long, with a taste of oak
Macallan 25 Year – 43% Color: Full amber-red Nose: Citrus, balanced with cinnamon, sherry and wood smoke Body: Full, firm, round Palate: Complex with dried fruits and complimentary smokiness Finish: Long with dried fruits, wood smoke and spice
Macallan Fine Oak 10 Year – 43% Color: Pale amber Nose: Vanilla and a hint of grass Body: Medium Palate: The vanilla continues with a lot of oakiness Finish: Short and rather cool
Macallan Fine Oak 15 Year – 43% Color: Pale yellow gold Nose: Vanilla, syrup, toffee. Water brings out the peat and pepper Body: Dry, thick and full Palate: Caramel, spice, vanilla, pepper. Water brings out the peat. Finish: Long and hot with pepper and grassy floral notes.
Singleton The Singleton single malt is distilled at the Auchroisk Distillery, built in 1972. It is located between Aberlour and Keith. Fed by Dorieʼs Well, known as the gold mine on the site. The name was changed because of anticipate difficulty with pronunciation. Singletonʼs house style has been described as soft and sweet, sometimes with a hint of spice.
Singleton 12 Year – 40% Color: Deep gold Nose: Toasted hazelnut, polished wood followed by rich fruits with mossy undertones Body: Smooth, medium Palate: Sweet and nutty at first, then a smooth fruity richness. Finish: Medium to long, drying and crisp
Speyside The Speyside distillery is one of the most recent additions to the pantheon of whisky distilleries in Scotland. The first malt whisky was distilled in December 1990. The construction of the Speyside distillery took almost three decades. Despite being on the youngest, the distillery claims to use the old-fashioned production methods, sacrificing production for quality.
Speyside 12 Year – 40% Color: Warm golden brown Nose: Clean, delicate and balanced with a toasted barley aroma Body: Medium Palate: Slightly peaty with creamy hazelnut Finish: Lingering hints of vanilla and toffee
Campbeltown On the peninsula called the Mull of Kintyre, on the west coast of Scotland, Campbeltown was once home to about 30 distilleries and referred to as the whisky capital of the world. Today there are only three left operating, and they produce very distinctive malts with a briny character. Although there are only three, they are still considered by serious malt lovers to represent a region in their own right. These tend to be medium to full-bodied with deep flavor and a slightly sea-breezy finish.
Springbank The oldest independently owned distillery in Scotland founded in 1828. It is also Scotland's only distillery that carries out the entire production process on site, allowing for the most traditional hands on process. Typical mixtures of salt, peat, brine and oak are characteristic of most products, often with a distinct special sherry mixture. Springbank produces three different single malts, using three different methods. Out of all the Campbeltown, Springbank is the most complex and is considered the region's classic malt. The house style is salty and oily.
Springbank 10 Year - 46% Color: Light gold Nose: Hints of vanilla and nuts Body: Complex and big Palate: Intense citrus Finish: Long and crisp, becomes dry and ends with a coastal tang
Springbank 10 Year 100 Proof - 57% A potent version of the 10 year that has a more distinct woody flavor.
Springbank 12 Year
Color: White wine Nose: Salty, grassy Body: Light to medium, smooth Palate: Very salty, lightly oily with very long development to fruity and sweet notes Finish: Both briny and sweet
Springbank 15 Year – 46% Color: Solid amber Nose: Brine, slight peat, tar and sherry Body: Medium to full. Very oily. Palate: Salt, coconut, toffee Finish: Very lively and satisfying
Every year, the distilling apparatus at Springbank distillery in Campbeltown is cleaned out and the heavier malted Longrow is produced before reverting to Springbank again. Unlike Springbank, which is partially triple distilled, Longrow is double distilled. The whisky produced is not chill-filtered so that the whisky retains all of its flavors and mouth feel. The original Longrow distillery closed in 1896. The house style is smoky with a clean sweet character underneath.
Longrow CV (curriculum vitae)- 46% Color: Golden yellow Nose: Oily peaty glue, rubber, brine, marzipan, banana and caramel Body: Medium Palate: A deep oily texture that delivers an engaging rich a creamy, sweet and peaty brininess, along with some cinnamon, spice and sweet almonds. Finish: Medium, nicely warm, a bit spicy, slightly drying and very satisfying
Islay Malts produced here on the beautiful Hebridean island of Islay are the most dramatic. The island location makes for a more noticeable saltwater element. Most of the single malts produced here are very dry and peaty with gentle moss and spicy undertones. Known for being a little too big and robust for the scotch novice.
Ardbeg It is the earthiness of Ardbeg, its gusts of peat smoke, leafy bonfires and tar, that make it the most traditional of island whiskies. The distillery may have is origins as far back as 1794, and was definitely operating by 1817. An influence in the character of Ardbegʼs whiskies has been its own maltings, which were unusual in the fact that there were no fans, causing the peat smoke to permeate the grains very heavily. The house style is earthy, smoky, salty and robust.
Ardbeg 10 Year -46% Color: Pale gold Nose: Peat, caramel, fresh fruit and vanilla Body: First light, then quickly develops to a full, wet body Palate: First nothing then peat, oak, bitterness and smoke Finish: Lovely peat essence, warming, enveloping
Ardbeg Uigeadail - 54.2% Color: Deep gold Nose: Intensely smoky, clean and dry Body: Hot, dry and strong Palate: Firm, very smooth then explodes Finish: Hot, long and shocking
Ardbeg Corryvreckan - 57.1% Color: A very appealing gold Nose: Loads of smoke, light toffee and cinnamon with mint and cloves as well as a bit of wine Body: Powerful, muscular, well-textured and invigorating Palate: The more aggressive notes of coal tar, damp kiln, anise and smoked seaweed are supported by an array of fruit; such as peaches and passion fruit. Finish: Smoky and ashy with a peat and pepper hang
Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist – 46% Color: Fleshy yellow Nose: Sea spray, creamy vanilla and peaty oil Body: Tickles the tongues and humors the mouth, scrapes the throatʼs front and oils its back. Palate: One of the peatiest malts around. Sweet and fruity flavors emerge as well. Finish: Long, dry and peaty
Bowmore One of the great malt distilleries founded in 1779 in the village of Bowmore, “capital” of Islay. The village is in the middle of the island, on an inlet called Loch Indaal. In both geography and palate, the whiskies of Bowmore are between the intense malts of the south shore and the gentles extremes of the north. Their character is not a compromise but an enigma, and tasters have found it difficult to unfold its complexity. The water used rises from iron-tinged rock, and picks up some peat from the earth as is it flows by way of the river Laggan, through moss and ferns all the way to the distillery. The malt is peated for a shorter time then that used for the more intensely smoky whiskies. The house style is smoky with leafy notes and sea-air.
Bowmore 12 Year – 40% Color: Amber Nose: Emphatic burnt grass. Peaty and softly smoky Body: Medium Palate: Persistent sherry sweetness, spicy, seaweedy, salty Finish: Smoky, salty, long and mellow.
Bowmore 15 Year Darkest – 43% Color: Deep mahogany Nose: Delicious dark chocolate, sun-dried fruits and smoke of course Body: Full yet initially fleeting with a delicate oiliness that pervades afterwards Palate: Cedar wood and rich toffee with a dry fruit and semi-sweet dark chocolate heaviness Finish: Robust and complex with a hint of sherry
Bowmore 18 Year – 43% Color: Auburn Nose: Pungent citrus, stewing fruit, hints of damp wood and a soft smoke Body: Broad Palate: Intensely floral with more citrus and chocolate. A hint of sherry Finish: Burnt-floral. Complex and long
Caol Ila Caol Ila is the Gaelic name for the Sound of Islay. This is the only distillery on Islay that faces east, and every morning the six stills are the first to feel the sun. This is perhaps why the whiskies seem happier and lighter than the others on the island. The house style is easy-going and dry, with sea air aromas and pleasing smoky-smoothness.
Caol Ila 12 Year – 43% Color: Pale straw Nose: Smoke, peat and more smoke and then seaweed Body: Full, rich and oily Palate: Sweet and plesant start becoming very smoky with some salt Finish: Sweet-smoky and lingering
Lagavulin The distillery of Lagvulin officially dates from 1816, though records show illicit distillation on the site as far back as 1742. Long fermentation, long distillation and long maturation together embody tradition at this distillery. This is one of the best known and most respected of the Islay malts. The house style is powerfully robust, peaty and smooth with a slight sweetness.
Lagavulin 16 Year – 43% Color: Deep amber Nose: Intense peat smoke with iodine and seaweed and sherry Body: Full, rich and smooth Palate: Dry peat smoke fills the palate with a gentle but strong sweetness, followed by sea and salt with touches of wood. Finish: A long, elegant peat-filled finish with lots of salt and seaweed
Laphroaig The most challenging and individual of malt whiskies, the smokiest and peatiest of them all, Laphroaig is the definitive Islay malt. Founded in 1815 Laphroaig is the most unique of any single malt, on Islay or anywhere else in Scotland. It has been the bestselling Islay malt since 2002, and today accounts for around half of the Islay single malt sales. The house style is medicinal, seaweedy and maintains iodine-like qualities.
Laphroaig 10 Year – 40% Color: Golden Amber Nose: Medicinal, phenolic, seaweed, with a hint of sherry Body: Medium, oily and on the thin side Palate: Seaweed, salty, oily Finish: Long, lingering and powerful medley of smoke, salt and caramel
Laphroaig 18 Year – 48% Color: Bright gold Nose: Soft toffee and faintly spicy. Body: Intensely deep and warming Palate: An instant warming tang of smoke that fades into smooth floral scents, which blends seamlessly into an oaky nuttiness. Finish: Full bodied, long with a luxuriously oily smoothness
Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Color: Pure Gold Nose: Smokey, Stingy, Lots of salt, Peat, Earth, Iodine. Much more iodine watered. Body: Wet, Full, Strong Palate: Salt, Peat, Wood smoke, Burning Driftwood. Finish: Hot and bursting. Long and smoky burn. Iodine.
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