Black Bull 12
A classic, first produced during the 1930s. Duncan Taylor took the helm in 2001 and continues to blend Black Bull from equal measures of malt and grain whisky. This is the more recently released 12 year old expression and we're thrilled to announce it picked up a Gold Medal at the 2011 International Wine and Spirit Competition!
A delicious blended whisky, we love this peaty version of Famous Grouse. Jim Murray awarded it 94 points in the Whisky Bible. The Black Grouse, or Tetrao tetrix, is a declining species in Europe.
Chivas Regal 12
'The blend for grown-ups, for people who have made their rites of passage and are ready to enjoy their success. Sweet, but not cloying. Buxom, but not overblown. Balanced. 9/10.' Paul Pacult in Whisky Magazine April 2000
The classic 12 year old blend from Dewars, this stuff is the successor to Dewar's "Double Aged" 12 Year Old - so named in reference to the additional 6 month marriage the whisky enjoys after the initial maturation and blending. The Practice is maintained despite the name change and the result is Loads of flavour…
Grant's award winning flagship blend, first created in 1898 by William Grant and these days based around grain whisky from Grant's own Girvan distillery.
Grants Ale Cask Reserve
This smooth and distinctive blend of the finest scotch whisky takes its unique finish from casks previously containing Edinburgh Strong Ale supplied by the Caledonian Brewery Company Ltd.
First produced in 1860 (when it was just 'The Grouse'), The Famous Grouse has been the No. 1 whisky in Scotland since 1980.
Naked Grouse has been relaunched as a blended malt. Based around sherry-matured whiskies from Macallan and Highland Park, this is rich and enticing.
Peat Chimney is one of three blended malts for indie bottler Wemyss. As the name suggests, this has lots of Islay whisky in the blend, with notes of tar and peat smoke.
An easy drinking whisky from the folks behind Sheep Dip, allegedly named for being 'as soft as a pig's nose'. It's a blend with a high malt content and a youthful, fruity edge.
A 12 Year Old blended malt, this was matured in sherry casks, which has brought a lovely sweetness to counteract the peat. Poit Dhubh is Gaelic for "Black Pot", or Illicit Still...
Following the success of Journey and Discovery, this release of Shackleton is a mainstream, accessible version. With notes of vanilla, honey and orchard fruits, this is a fitting tribute to the great explorer.
The spicy entry in Wemyss blended malts range, this uses a large proportion of Island malts in the blend.
A 12 year old blended malt whisky from independent bottler Wemyss, built around Speyside whisky matured in both fresh and refill sherry casks for a rich, sweet and spicy dram with the emphasis on honey, as you might have guessed from the name...
Glen Scotia Double Cask starts its life in first-fill bourbon barrels, before being finished in Pedro-Ximenez-sherry casks. Notes of spicy fruit and vanilla.
The 10 year old from the Springbank distillery in Campbeltown, a mixture of both bourbon and sherry matured whisky.
A fruity, clean and polished malt with a touch of honey and spice, Aberfeldy 12 Year Old is an excellent introduction to this Highland distillery. Aberfeldy's main claim to fame is as the heart of the excellent Dewar's blend but whiskies like this are putting it firmly in the spotlight.
Ardmore Legacy was introduced in 2014 as a replacement for Traditional. A mix of 80% peated and 20% unpeated malt, this is full-bodied, dry and spicy.
Balblair bucked convention a few years ago by removing age statements from their whiskies and replaced them with vintages. The 2002 is replacing the 2001 as the entry level offering and offers delicious notes of sponge cake.
Clynelish is the successor to the now-silent Brora, built opposite the original distillery and producing a top-quality rich, smoky dram. One of the best entry-level proprietary bottlings available from any distillery.
An eight-year-old Highland single malt released to commemorate the forthcoming opening of the John Crabbie & Co. distillery in Edinburgh. Paying tribute to John Crabbie's flagship eight-year-old blend, which was created in the 19th century, this has tempting flavours of honeyed fruits, flowers and spices.
Cu Bocan Light Smoke
Cù Bòcan is a mythical hellhound who has stalked the residents of the village of Tomatin for centuries. As a 'tribute' to him, Tomatin have produced this lightly peated whisky, which has been matured in a combination of ex bourbon, ex sherry and virgin oak casks.
Cu Bocan Virgin Oak
For Tomatin's Cù Bòcan single malt Scotch whisky, the distillery takes lightly peated single malt and matures it in a combination of Sherry, virgin and bourbon casks. However, for this limited edition release, the lightly peated single malt has been fully matured in virgin oak casks, which aren't used all that often (though it is increasingly becoming quite 'a thing' these days). Just 6,000 bottles of Tomatin Cù Bòcan Virgin Oak were produced - the second release in a series highlighting the individual cask styles that go to make Cù Bòcan.
Dalmore 12 is aged for the first nine years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, before half is transferred to ex-oloroso sherry casks for the final three years. The result is a whisky with a combination of sweetness and rich, sherried flavours.
A favourite expression in the Dalmore stable, this 15-year-old is elegant and smooth, with lipsmacking texture and the flawless balance one would expect from blending maestro Richard Paterson.
Dalmore Cigar Malt
The second coming of the Dalmore Cigar Malt, relaunched in an eye-catching red box. Fans of the previous edition will definitely want to get their hands on this.
A peaty expression from Edinburgh Whisky Ltd.'s New Town Blends series, titled The Surgeons Ball. Featuring hearty helpings of smoky Highland malts, this blended malt will be a tasty treat for chilly evenings...
From the Fettercairn distillery at the foothills of the Cairngorm Mountains comes the Fettercairn Fasque, which is named after a country estate that is also rather close to the distillery. It's an unpeated expression from the Highland distillery.
Introduced to Glen Garioch's standard range in late 2010, this 12yo is a mix of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, and like the other distillery bottlings since the revamp, has been bottled at a feisty 48%. A real charmer.
The new Glencadam 10yo, released at the end of 2008 by (relatively) new owners Angus Dundee. This is styled as 'The Rather Delicate Highland Malt'. Unchilfiltered, with no colouring and bottled at 46% - this is what we like to see.
This is the 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Glengarry range, made at the Loch Lomond distillery in the Highlands (known for producing a variety of styles of whisky). This expression is made with whisky drawn from three types of cask - bourbon, refill and re-charred.
Glengoyne is one of the only Scottish whiskies to be distilled from completely unpeated malt - the malt is allowed to dry naturally before fermentation and distillation begin, resulting in an elegant, medium-bodied style.
A 12yo Highlander from Glengoyne, famed for their unpeated single malt. Glengoyne is always very pure in style, allowing their high-quality, easy-drinking whisky to shine in its natural state.
Glengoyne 21yo is noticeably deeper than younger expressions, with delicious rich, fruity and oaky notes – the darker colour and long finish are testament to the extra years in the sherry wood.
Glengoyne Cask Strength
Batch five of Glengoyne's Cask Strength bottling has been aged in a combination of first-fill sherry casks and refill casks, and has been bottled at a hefty 59.1%.
The 'original' sets a high standard for Highland whisky, and has gone from strength to strength since its slightly controversial packaging redesign a few years ago. Medium-bodied and gently warming, with pleasant spicy notes.
Glenmorangie 12 Quinta Rubin
Glenmorangie's Quinta Ruban was upgraded in late 2010, and is now sporting a 12yo age statement where previously there was none.
Glenmorangie 18 Extremely Rare
The 18 year old has always been one of the best of Glenmorangie's core range and, in common with all Glenmo's offerings these days, it really looks the part. Picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010.
9 year old single grain Scotch whisky from the Invergordon distillery, finished in a Pedro Ximénez cask before bottled in January 2017 for The Grainman range (owned by the same folks behind The Maltman indie bottling series). A release of 348 bottles.
The Western Highland representative in Diageo's 'Classic Malt' series, Oban 14yo is a superb, full-blooded fruity malt with a whiff of heather and more than a hint of smoke.
Raasay While We Wait
The Isle of Raasay distillery is open for business (as we discussed in our blog post on the subject), but there's still waiting to be done - their whisky needs time to mature. While we wait, why not try their theird release of While We Wait, a lightly peated single malt from an undisclosed distillery. The first release was finished in Tuscan wine casks for 8 weeks and the second release was finished in Tuscan wine casks for 18 months - the third release, however, is a combination of those two finishes!
Royal Brackla 12
A 2015 release as part of the Last Great Malts series, Royal Brackla 12 Year Old is finished in first-fill Oloroso sherry casks and is light and spicy with notes of vanilla and black pepper.
A favourite of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, being conveniently situated close by Balmoral Castle. Royal Lochnagar was originally a key ingredient in VAT 69, but most production is now for single malts.
Timorous Beastie is a blended malt from Douglas Laing, using only Highland whiskies including Dalmore, Glengoyne and Glen Garioch. This has the classic heathery Highland note.
Tomatin's 14 Year Old has been finished in tawny-port pipes, which adds notes of extra fruitiness, especially red fruits to the classic Highland notes of toffee and honey.
Tomatin Cask Strength
The ongoing cask-strength addition to Tomatin's core range. Aged in a combination of bourbon and oloroso-sherry casks, this allows the distillery's spirit to shine through, along with notes of golden syrup, ginger, malt and marzipan.
Wolfburn has finally come of age. Northland is the first, and ongoing, release from the Scottish mainland's northernmost distillery. This is a light, sweet and fragrant whisky, with notes of fruit, nuts and a hint of peat.
This lip-smacking 12yo AnCnoc (formerly Knockdhu) is a top-quality proponent of the non-sherried Speyside style, showing polished malt and a delicious spiciness throughout a warm, complex palate and lasting finish.
Connemara's Distillers Edition is a superb example of lightly peated Irish whiskey. A superb alternative to an Islay malt with an earthier style of peating.
Hugely popular Irish blend, renowned for its affinity with ginger ale. The default springboard into the fascinating world of Irish whiskey, Jameson's quality has improved massively in the last 10-15 years and it's one of Jim Murray's favourites, with 95 points in the Whisky Bible 2013.
The 'D.E.W.' in Tullamore D.E.W. comes from the initials of a General Manager at the Tullamore distillery in the later 19th Century, named Daniel E. Williams.
A 10-year-old single malt whiskey from Ireland's West Cork. Matured in first-fill bourbon barrels, this has notes of chocolate, vanilla and warming subtle spice.
A citrus-y, light and elegant no-age-statement single malt Scotch whisky from the distillery on the Isle of Arran. The Lochranza Reserve replaced the Arran Original in mid-2014. The name comes from the village on the Isle of Arran where the distillery is located.
Highland Park 12
Highland Park 12 Year Old remains one of the gold- standard malts for other distillery bottlings to aspire to. With a delicious sweetness (heather-honey is their preferred description) and a warming, silky mouthfeel, this is a whisky that never lets you down. "The greatest all-rounder in the world of malt whisky". Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson's Malt Whisky Companion
Highland Park 18
The 2017 relaunch of one of our all-time favourites, this has to be one of the most consistently excellent malt whiskies of the past 10 years. Showered with awards and praise from all quarters, it was named as 'Best Spirit in the World' by F Paul Pacult of the Spirit Journal. Unfailingly excellent, especially after a good meal. Pacult wrote: 'After 25 years' experience, it fits my profile of what makes a perfect whisky, which is to say it's totally in harmony, there are no rough edges and everything is melded together brilliantly.'
Highland Park Valkyrie
Valkyrie is the first of Highland Park’s new Viking Legend series. Richer than the 10 and 12yo, the emphasis is on rich spice and aromatic smoke, with plenty of heather-rich Orkney peat. The next two Viking Legend bottlings – Valknut and Valhalla – will follow next year and in 2019.
Jura 10 (Origin)
Isle of Jura 10yo is an accessible, easy-drinking malt. Medium-bodied with a delicate sweet palate, with a hint of brine developing on the finish. A great introductory malt.
Jura 16 (Diurachs Own)
With the smoothness of the 10 year-old allied to extra complexity from more ageing, this is a winner. 'A delicious and sophisticated dram with impressive depth and almost perfect weight.' Jim Murray, Whisky Magazine Dec 2000
Jura's 'profoundly peated' Prophecy bottlings are released in small batches and are drier, stronger and smokier than the standard Superstition peated IOJ.
A union of two Jura malt whisky styles: one bold, strong and peated, the other warm and delicate. Superstition is a unique whisky created from the marriage of traditional Islay style peated barley and a selection of aged malts.
Peaty whisky from Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, named after a previous incarnation of the distillery. Maritime and smoky, this rivals some of the Islay drams for power, and the 10 year old balances the intensity of youth with rounded, well-aged spirit.
A blend of Islay single malts created to celebrate the 'peatreekers': the men and woman who created whisky using illegal stills in 18th century Scotland. Driven to underground distilling due to the introduction of the 1725 Malt Tax, these whisky-makers waged an endless battle with the excisemen and earned the name peatreekers due to the smell of peat that clung permanently to their clothes.
A bottling of single malt whisky from the Isle of Arran distillery bottled to honour Scotland's favourite son, the bard himself, Robert Burns. Bottled at 43% and created to be malty and sweet with a 'spicy twist on the finish'.
Rock Oyster is Douglas Laing's blended malt based on whiskies from the Islands, specifically Jura, Islay, Arran and Orkney. Rich with a smoky and maritime character.
Scapa Skiren is a 2015 release from the Orkney distillery. Aged in first-fill American oak casks, this is creamy and sweet with notes of tropical fruit and heather.
A massive success as the island representative in Diageo's 'Classic Malts' series, Talisker 10yo's profile keeps increasing as more fans discover its intense coastal spicy, peaty character. A truly elemental malt.
Released in early 2013, Talisker Storm has all the warm, smoky, peppery characteristics we all love in the standard Talisker 10yo - but they've been turned up a notch, with more smoke, more spices, and a bigger than ever flavour explosion. Talisker Storm seems likely to be a huge hit.
New packaging for Tobermory 10 in 2011 and a modern look for this Mull distillery that also produces the peaty Ledaig.
For peat lovers, Ardbeg 10 Year Old is probably the highest-quality 'entry-level' single malt on the market, and the distillery many Islay connoisseurs would choose as their favourite. A whirlwind of peat and complex malty flavours.
Douglas Laing's Big Peat is a Blended (as we have to call them now) Islay malt containing spirit from Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore and, shockingly, Port Ellen. Not as full-on as the name might suggest, but with pedigree like that at this price Big Peat is a nailed-on winner. Picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010.
Bowmore 12yo has a place in many hearts as Islay's 'medium-peated' malt. A pronounced iodine character with plenty of pepper, the current 12yo bottling is a welcome return to the classic Bowmores of the 1960s and '70s, with the emphasis on tropical fruit and smoke. A deserved runner-up in The Whisky Exchange Whisky of the Year 2014-15 blind tasting.
Bowmore Small Batch Cask Matured
Bowmore's Small Batch is matured in first and second fill ex bourbon casks, resulting in a sweet, spicy and smoky whisky. This is a lighter example of Bowmore and an excellent starting point for Islay whiskies.
Bruichladdich Classic Laddie
Bruichladdich's Scottish Barley is made entirely from Scottish-grown barley, trickle distilled and then matured in American oak. The distillery class it as their signature bottling.
Bruichladdich Port Charlotte
Port Charlotte Scottish Barley is made from 100% Scottish-grown barley, peated to 40ppm which is then trickle distilled and combined with pure Islay spring water prior to bottling. An elegant, floral and peaty whisky.
A giant leap forward for Bunnahabhain 12yo, this edition was launched in summer 2010 with a jump in strength to 46.3% and a declaration of no chill-filtration and no added colouring. The producers deserve enormous credit for giving punters what they want without jacking up the price too much and we earnestly hope that this will be a massive success. Bravo!
Caol Ila 12
This 12 year old is the entry level bottling from the Caol Ila distillery, launched in June of 2002 this expression is light and fresh with that distinctive Caol Ila smoke.
Finlaggan Port Finish
The Finlaggan range features single malt Scotch whisky from an undisclosed Islay distillery, bottled by the Vintage Malt Whisky Company. The range has seen a few expansions in recent years - this early 2016 release has enjoyed a finishing period in port casks, resulting in yummy, wine-like sweetness blending with the smoky, coastal peat.
An Islay single malt from a secret distillery, Islay Storm has loads of peaty character.
Kilchoman (Machir Bay)
Kilchoman's Machir Bay is an excellent single malt Scotch whisky from the isle of Islay. The distillers use whisky which has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry butts, resulting in a well-balanced flavour profile, with highlights of vanilla biscuits, light fruit and wafts of warm peat smoke. A top expression from Islay's farm distillery.
The Islay representative in the 'Classic Malts' series is a deep, dry and exceptionally peaty bruiser. Probably the most pungent of all Islay malts, Lagavulin is not for the faint-hearted but inspires fanatical devotion in its many followers.
Laphroaig 10yo is a full-bodied, smoky gem, with a residual sweetness and a hint of salt amid the seaweedy, peaty characters before a long warming finish. A classic dram.
Laphroaig Lore is a 2016 addition to the distillery's range. Made up of whiskies aged in a combination of quarter casks, sherry casks and reused peated casks. This is rich and classically peaty with a spicy chili bite and a long, sweet aftertaste.
Laphroaig Quarter Cask
A vibrant young Laphroaig whose maturation has been speeded up by ageing in quarter casks. This shows soft sweetness and a velvety feel when first tasted, then the intense peatiness so unique to Laphroaig comes bursting through. A terrific whisky and great value.
Laphroaig Triple Wood
Formerly a travel retail exclusive, the popularity of the Triple Wood has led to it being launched into the general market. The whisky starts off maturing in regular bourbon casks, before being moved to Laphroaig's bespoke quarter casks for a time. The whisky is then finished in oloroso sherry casks to gently sand off any remaining sharp edges.
Smokehead is a popular single Islay malt from Ian Macleod distillers. Debate has raged over the identity of the distillery which supplies the whisky for Smokehead. We know, but we're not telling.
The inaugural release from Ailsa Bay – peated Lowland whisky. The distillery can produce a variety of different styles of spirit and for this first release Grant's have decided to go for smoke, creating a rare peated Lowland. It's got a rich and earthy backbone, with sweet liquorice and touches of tar.
This Auchentoshan 12-year-old expression replaced the old 10 year-old when the range was totally revamped. Elegant and refined, with theose classic Auchentoshan notes of vanilla and almonds.
Auchentoshan American Oak
Auchentoshan American Oak was introduced in 2014 to replace the Classic. Matured exclusively in first-fill bourbon casks, this is a vanilla-rich and fruity whisky.
Auchentoshan Bartenders Malt
The first edition of Auchentoshan Bartenders Malt was created by 12 competition-winning bartenders. Comprised of whiskies distilled between the 1970s and the early-2010s, this has notes of brioche, milk chocolate and dark apricots.
Auchentoshan Three Wood
The ever-popular Auchentoshan 3 Wood is matured initially in bourbon casks before being finished in Oloroso then Pedro Ximénez casks for an extra layer of rich, sweet fruitiness.
The Epicurean is part of Douglas Laing's Remarkable Regional Malts series and is a blend comprised exclusively of Lowland single malts. A delightful mix of sweet fruit and herbal flavours.
Replacing the 10 year-old as the main expression of the Lowland style in the Classic Malts range, this Glenkinchie 12yo is a bit fuller and more complex.
Glenkinchie Distillers Edition
This 1996 vintage Distillers Edition from Glenkinchie has been finished in amontillado-sherry casks for an extra burst of rounded flavour. This was aged for 25 years before being bottled in 2011.
Aberlour 10yo is a great entry-level malt, ideal for beginners, with a fine sherried spiciness. Pound for pound, this is one of the best that Speyside has to offer.
The A'Bunadh range - small batch bottlings of oloroso-sherry aged single malt - continue with this 61st edition, which as usual offers tasty notes of dried fruit, sherry, dark chocolate and spice.
Part of Dewar's The Last Great Malts range launched in 2014, this 12-year-old Aultmore is the first release from the distillery for a few years and is elegant, light and fruity.
Balvenie 12 Doublewood
One of the classic after-dinner malts, Balvenie Doublewood's extra complexity and richness are a result of a second maturation in fresh sherry casks. Great stuff.
Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask
A 14-year-old limited-edition Balvenie which finished its maturation in casks which had previously held Caribbean rum. Expect vanilla and toffee notes as the rum contributes extra sweetness to the flavours.
Balvenie 17 Doublewood
Another fantastic invention from the workbench of Balvenie Malt Master David Stewart – a 17-year-old version of the bestselling DoubleWood. Still initially matured in 'whisky oak' casks before being switched to sherry wood to finish, the extra years give it extra depth without being overpowering.
Balvenie 21 Port Wood
An additional period of maturation in 30 year-old port pipes has given this aged Balvenie an extra level of depth and concentration of flavour, adding potent fruit and smoke notes to the silky-smooth full-bodied palate. Rich, indulgent, after-dinner Speyside at its best.
After the success of Cu Dhub, the black whisky made at Speyside for Danish bottler Mac Y, the distillery has decided to launch its own version. Beinn Dubh translates as 'black mountain'.
Aged for 12 years in a combination of oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry butts, this is a creamy, rich and sweet release from the revived Benriach distillery.
A very interesting dram, the only Speysider to be triple-distilled like a Lowland malt or Irish whiskey, but with a lot more body and character than either of those styles. Impressive stuff.
Copper Dog is a Scotch whisky that sums up all that is good about Speyside. A combination of eight single malts, Copper Dog is deliciously fruity with a hint of honey and spice.
The Speyside representative of the Classic Malts series is rich and spicy, with a very satisfying complexity and well-sherried backbone.
A range of Craigellachie single malts was released for the first time in 2014. The distillery is known for its meaty character, and the 13-year-old is sweet, spicy and slightly smoky.
Dalwhinnie 15yo is a good introduction to the delights of single malt whisky – elegant, smooth and medium-bodied, with a light, fruity palate and a whiff of heather on the finish. Part of Diageo's Classic Malt range.
Dalwhinnie Winters Gold
Dalwhinnie Winter's Gold is an innovative bottling from Diageo. Made using whisky distilled in the cold Scottish winter, it is intended to be served from the freezer, delivering richness and sweetness as the glass warms up. Honeyed with a hint of peat.
The first official bottling from the re-opened Glen Keith distillery in Speyside, which was revived in 2013 and whose spirits normally appear in blends such as Chivas Regal and 100 Pipers. This new, no-age-statement whisky is a gentle dram with notes of poached pears, honeycomb and vanilla toffee.
Glen Moray Port Cask
Glen Moray's Classic range of bottlings always represent great value. This expression has been finished in port casks, adding sweetness and extra richness.
Glenallachie Distillery Edition
The Glenallachie Distillery Edition gives some of the spotlight on its label to the Ben Rinnes mountain. Sitting at the foot of the mountain, Glenallachie uses water that comes from a spring 3,000ft up Ben Rinnes' north-east face.
Glenfarclas 10yo is a straw-gold , delicately light, sweet and malty dram leaving a long slightly spicy finish. Always impeccably well-made, this is a whisky that always delivers in quality.
Rich and sherried 15yo malt from one of the best distilleries in Speyside. Aged for a little bit longer and bottled a little stronger for a more concentrated, richer flavour. As always, Glenfarclas remains one of the best-value malts on the market – a must for lovers of sherried whisky.
One of the world's best-selling malts, Glenfiddich 12yo's famous triangular bottle is a fixture in practically every bar on the globe. Light and easy-drinking stuff loved by millions.
Immensely popular Glenfiddich variant. Using a Solera system common in the maturation of quality sherry, 15yo malt from three different types of casks is married together in a wooden vat, which is constantly topped up to ensure the quality is maintained.
An elegant nose, faintly sweet, scented with apple and wood. Glenfiddich 18yo is a robust and full-bodied single malt whisky, yet remains remarkably soft, rounded and long lasting.
The opening salvo of the Glenlivet range, named in honour of the distillery's founder, George Smith. It's classic Glenlivet, with a creamy and fruity character bolstered by the use of first-fill American oak to mature some of the whisky.
A non vintage from the Glenrothes distillery, selected by the Glenrothes Malt Master, John Ramsay. Select Reserve is a great value for money single malt, it exhibits the wonderful spicy house style.
The only generally available distillery bottling from Inchgower, usually a key part of the Bell's blend. It's also not one that independents see much of, so this is one of your only chances to try the output from this quietly elegant distillery.
Formerly carrying a vintage, Knockando's ongoing bourbon-cask bottling has now been released as a 12 year old. Light and fruity with spicy hints.
Longmorn Distillers Choice
Longmorn The Distiller's Choice is aged in a combination of hogsheads, sherry casks and bourbon barrels. A sweet and spicy whisky with notes of ginger and toffee.
Macallan 12 Sherry Cask
A Sherry wood matured 12 year old from Macallan, a superbly balanced affair, one of the best of its age group.
Macallan 12 Triple Cask
Macallan's Triple Cask range was launched in 2018, taking the place of the Fine Oak range. This is the entry level expression from the series, matured for 12 years and drawn from a combination of European sherry seasoned casks, American sherry seasoned casks and American ex-bourbon casks.
Macallan Gold was released in late 2012 as part of a series of colour-themed bottlings introduced to replace the distillery's age-statement expressions. Produced from 9-15yo first fill and refill sherry casks, it was designed to sit between the now-defunct 10yo Sherry Oak and 10yo Fine Oak bottlings.
Scallywag is a new addition to the Douglas Laing range. A blend of Speyside malts, including Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes aged in a combination of sherry and bourbon casks, this is a rich and complex vatting.
Singleton Spey Cascade
The Spey Cascade single malt Scotch whisky from the Singleton of Dufftown is made with a balanced mix of whiskies aged in both bourbon and Sherry casks. The result is warming with baked orchard fruits, demerara sugar and golden barley. Great for early evening dramming, this one - laid back with good flavour behind it. The folks at the Singleton of Dufftown also say Spey Cascade pairs well with chocolate truffles, too. If you're feeling decadent, go for it.
Spey is a brand owned by Harvey's of Edinburgh (owners of the Speyside distillery) and is hugely popular in Taiwan. This is the 18 year old – aged in sherry butts and mellow but full of flavour.
The first ever peated whisky from the Speyside distillery. Fumare (Latin for smoky) is sweet and fruity with notes of apples, mixed herbs, smoke and a coastal character.
Aged initially in bourbon casks, Spey Tenné is finished for six months in Tawny Port casks. With a minimum age of eight years, this is a sweet and fruity whisky.
Pretty much the only expression of Speyburn on the market until 2008. The 10 year old may now have stable mates but it still keeps its place as the easy drinking centre of the range. Speyburn continues to gather quiet momentum in the wake of updated packaging and 2012's shock World Whisky Award win for the 25 year old.
A 15 year old single malt from the Speyburn distillery, introduced to their range in the latter half of 2017. Maturing in a combination of American and Spanish oak casks for 15 years, this Speysider is particularly creamy and vibrant.
Stronachie was the name of a Highland distillery active between the 1890s and 1928. The Scottish agents for the whisky, A.D. Rattray, have launched a range using whisky from Benrinnes distillery. This is the 10 year old - sweet and spicy.
A revitalised Tamdhu launched at the Spirit of Speyside festival in 2013. Sherry cask matured and full of all the sweet, rich and creamy flavours you'd expect.
The first official bottling of Tamnavulin for more than two decades, Double Cask has been finished in sherry butts. The result is a whisky with notes of dried orange, ginger and wood spice.
Tláth is a non-age-statement release from Tomintoul. Aged exclusively in bourbon barrels this is sweet with notes of toffee, vanilla, white pepper and nutmeg.