Nose: Heavy, thickly oaked and complex: some curious barley-sugar notes here shrouded in soft smoke. Big, but seductively gentle, too. Taste: The delivery, though controlled at first, is massive! Then more like con-fusion as that smoke on the nose turns into warming, full blown peat, but it far from gets its own way as a vague sherry trifle note (curious, seeing how there are no sherry butts involved) - the custard presumably is oaky vanilla - hammers home that barley - fruitiness to make for a bit of a free-for-all; but for extra food measure the flavours develop into a really intense chocolate fudge middle which absolutely resonates through the palate. Finish: A slight struggle here as the mouthfeel gets a bit puffy here with the dry peat and oak; enough molassed sweetness to see the malt through to a satisfying end, though. Above all the spices, rather than lying down and accepting their fate, rise up and usher this extraordinary whisky to its exit.
Nose: Distinctly confidant liquorice-Bourbon notes with near perfect bitter-sweet balance; burnt honeycomb and toffee also abound Taste: Outstanding richness and sheen to the enormous barley-oak sweetness; again there is a big Bourbony cut to the cloth with all the liquorice and molassed sugar normally associated; but the barley adds that extra dimension Finish: Long, wonderfully layered oak offering variations of a sweet dry theme; a touch silky with some cream toffee at the death
Colour - Gentle amber with a slight yellow hue.
Nose - Soft, very aromatic with a hint of honey and lemon in the foreground.
Taste - Sweet to start with an appetising fruitiness and a long smooth finish. Light yet complex, smooth yet challenging. This is a dram that has something for everyone.
Sweet fruit and Oloroso sherry notes, layered with honey and vanilla. Smooth and mellow with beautifully combined flavours, nutty sweetness, cinnamon spiciness and a delicately proportioned layer of sherry.
Benromach distillery is the smallest working distillery in Speyside. Its aromas include rich sherry, fruit and chocolate with delicates spice, green apples and a touch of light peat smoke, this opens on the palate to tastes of juicy raspberries, sherry, creamy malt and light peat. With the addition of water the taste offers more nuttiness and oak with exotic notes of pineapple and even kiwi.
Pour yourself a dram of this seriously smoky single malt whisky… we only produce very small batches of this unique Benromach Speyside whisky, so you’re one of the few people who are able to enjoy it. The finest Scottish barley is malted with high levels of peat smoke at 47ppm (parts per million: the phenol level, to those in the know).
Take in the aroma without water… sweet vanilla, honey and cured meat aromas, hints of apricot and lemon combining with a beautiful subtle tobacco note.
Dive in and enjoy the taste without water. There’s cracked pepper with sweet strawberry and orange flavours, a delicate hint of aniseed… combined with a lingering edge of bonfire embers.
Now enjoy the aroma with water… the delicate smokiness complements lemon, honey and vanilla aromas with sweet hints of apricot and sugared almonds developing on the tongue.
Lift it to your lips and savour the taste with water. Slow cooked apple, pear and tangy grapefruit give way to a trace of cocoa powder and an absolutely gorgeous edge of lingering cigars. It’s a wonderfully fruity and smoky single malt whisky.
Pour yourself a dram and regard the luminous pale golden colour, created by passing this gorgeous Single Malt Whisky through our copper pot stills no less than three times during distillation. Enjoy the mellow aroma without water... after a few inhalations you may detect strawberry, elderflower and sweet vanilla mingling with orange citrus. Enjoy the taste without water... roll it around your mouth and savour the creamy malt, touch of white pepper and hints of zingy lime zest, sweet vanilla and toasted oak beautifully balanced with rich dark chocolate and smoky bonfire embers.
The spirit of Octomore has been defying logic for over fifteen years. The 'what if' moment that once seemed almost absurd has progressively morphed into something endlessly alluring.
Octomore 09.1 questions the fundamentals of superior single malt Scotch. Confident in its five year age statement, our Head Distiller demonstrates how a focus on raw ingredients and considered distillation can definitively debunk the myth that older is better. Distilled in 2012 from 100% Scottish barley, the 09.1 is matured full-term in top-tier ex-American whiskey casks.
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Malted to 156PPM
Distilled from 100% Scottish grown Concerto barley, harvested in 2011 and distilled in 2012
Matured entirely on Islay for five years in ex-American whiskey casks (5yrs), full term in Jim Beam (51%), Jack Daniels (26%), Clermont (15%), Old Grand-Dad (8%)
Bottled unchill-filtered and colouring free at Bruichladdich Distillery, 59.1% alc. / vol.
Made from whisky matured in American oak casks and chosen to represent the classic, unpeated distillery style, Bruichladdich's signature bottling is made with 100% Scottish Barley. It's clean, fresh and lively with aromas of barley sugar and mint and wildflowers as the palate opens smoothly with ripe green fruit, brown sugar and malt all featuring until the finish
Appealing and lively take on this classic distillery, central to the Ballantines blend. There's lots of bright, sweet fruit upfront with a nicely matched malty core. Ageing in Bourbon barrels adds sweet vanilla and caramel overtones.
Rarely seen as a single malt, Glenlossie is a sadly underappreciated whisky despite being classified as one of the 12 'top class malts' by blenders back in 1974. It's also a firm favourite with some of us at Connolly's
This bottling from independent bottler Morrison & Mackay goes to show why. This is a juicy, generous Sherried style, full of flavour, silky in the mouth, with a fantastic warming back-note of crystallised ginger. A seriously appealling dram!
Big, chewy, Sherry-aged, cask-strength Mortlach. This is a whisky that really delivers with big, punchy flavours. But that's not to say that this is an unsubtle bruiser - far from it. There are layers of flavour washing over your palate and all the elements are beautifully integrated.
100% Oloroso Sherry cask maturation.
An incredibly rounded whisky that leaves you refreshed and contented. A whisky that deserves a second glass.
Colour: Dark amber-gold
Nose: Intense, full of aromas - sherried fruit, tropical fruit, nutmeg and almonds with slight citrus notes at the end.
Flavour: Full bodied rich and rounded. Develops slowly into fruity and spicy flavours.
Finish: Long-lasting and smooth with a chocolate feel at the back of your throat.
Aged in European oak sherry casks and new oak casks, the whisky is mellowed in our unique Solera Vat, a large oak tun inspired by the Sherry bodegas of Spain and Portugal. Never emptied, and kept half full of whiskies since 1998, the Solera Vat is the culmination of the curious minds and the pioneering spirit of Glenfiddich. It's also the secret behind this whisky becoming the first 15 year old expression to enter the top ten best selling single malts.
Glenfiddich Fire & Cane is a bold fusion of smoky and sweet notes. By marrying peated whisky and malts matured in bourbon barrels, and then finishing in Latin rum casks, we created an exquisite whisky with campfire smokiness and toffee sweetness.
Colour - Golden Nose - Billowing soft peat notes, like distant smoke on the wind. Rich sweet toffee with zesty fresh fruit notes and spiciness. Taste - Like a Highland peat campfire, with oak notes and toffee. Sharp green fruit, sweet baked apple and soft smoke. Finish - Lingering smokiness and sweetness
With its deep golden hue, Project XX embodies the warm, fruity character of a classic Glenfiddich with hints of apple blossom, summer fruits and ripe pear. But its multiple personalities are revealed with hints of sweet candyfloss, cinnamon spice, almonds and rich port tannins with the odd whisper of liquorice. Deep and mellow, the finish is long lasting with a lingering sweet oakiness.
For his latest experiment, Malt Master Brian Kinsman found his inspiration in the freezing vineyards of the renowned Peller Estates winery near Niagara, Canada. When he returned to the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, his memories of the extreme conditions and the unique production process of the intensely sweet Icewine led him to experiment with several French oak Icewine casks. What he found fascinated him.
"Only the rarer whiskies, those aged for 21 years, could cope with the extra Icewine intensity. Having more tannins, extracted from years in oak, these malts brought out a uniquely fresh lychee note instead of being swamped by sweetness." - Malt Master Brian Kinsman
Brian's skill in finishing this unique experiment has created a lusciously sweet, short, crisp whisky that offers soft sweet notes reminiscent of candied fruit and Turkish delight that develop into flavours of mouth-watering lychee. The fusion of sweet flavours is soon met with a rich drying sensation from the Icewine.
Described as a perfect Glenfiddich 21 year old, Peller Estate's Craig McDonald sees it as "a unique balance of the warming soul of whisky and the frozen cold of Icewine." The taste is a perfect combination of both pioneering liquids, the heightened candied sweets and oakiness of Glenfiddich, complemented by mouth-watering tropical fruit notes and underlying wine notes.
Aromatic, vanilla, cut flowers and beneath, a clean, toasty note. Increasingly sweet and creamy, with fresh citrus, lemon cheesecake. In the mouth, crisp mid-palate then butter icing, lemon cheesecake and freesias followed by a herbal, drying finish, a little like potpourri.
The ninth annual release in our acclaimed Private Edition series, Glenmorangie Spìos is the first Glenmorangie ever to be fully matured in American ex-rye whiskey casks. Full-bodied and savoury, its innovative character was inspired by the bygone elegance of America’s golden whiskey era, when American rye whiskey was fêted in the country’s most prestigious saloons. Glenmorangie Spìos (Scots Gaelic for ‘spice’ and pronounced ‘spee-oss’) recalls the spirit’s elegant past, inviting rye’s rare notes of cinnamon and clove to shine through in the Highland Distillery’s uniquely smooth spirit, for a single malt whisky of sophistication and subtle spice.
The Glenturret 10 Years Old celebrates our classic aperitif signature style by maturing our unpeated Glenturret spirit in predominantly American oak Sherry seasoned casks for 10 years. This expression has a wonderful variety of light flavours. Its initial aromas are full of succulent oranges, toffee apples and vanilla. The palate reveals further light, fresh flavours including soft wood spices and additional vanilla and citrus notes. The Glenturret is crafted at Scotland's Oldest Working Distillery and this exclusive bottling sublimely incorporates our light malt character, long heritage and careful maturation to craft the prefect delicate dram of Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Tasting Notes by The Glenturret's Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno:
Appearance: Honey, soft and vibrant Aroma: Succulent orange is rich with wonderful depth. Toffee with apple follows. The apple develops fresher notes mingling with vanilla. Malt enters in a subtle way and almost shows honeycomb. Light oak envelopes in an unassuming way. Taste: Soft wood spices and sweetness show early. Both ginger and cinnamon are in harmony followed by sweeter vanilla then citrus fruits lingering. Oak is developing from fresh new cut to slightly veneered. Finish: Soft, spicy and warming
Rich in flavour, our Hazelburn 10-year-old is awash with scents and flavours that will delight.
Nose: Stewed pears and baked apples are followed by honeycomb and fudge notes. Palate: A lovely and rich whisky with vanilla and honey flavours, liquorice follows with a refreshing zestiness. Finish: A refined milk chocolate cream finish that is oily and chewy.