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
Triple distilled then matured for over twelve years. Our Lowland Single Malt Whisky has the tempting aroma of toasted almonds, caramelised toffee and the signature smooth, delicate, Auchentoshan taste.
Inspired to produce an even fruitier, sweeter Balvenie, Apprentice Malt Master Kelsey McKechnie had the bright idea to import Virgin Oak barrels from Kentucky. After deep toasting them at The Balvenie Cooperage they were filled with Balvenie aged in ex-bourbon barrels. The result is a delectably complex whisky with notes of candied fruit, coconut and delicate vanilla.
NOSE Lusciously malty with some sweet fudge, followed by citrusy and oak vanilla aromas with layers of spicy oak notes of ginger and cinnamon.
MOUTH Candied orange and lemon peel, vanilla toffee and butterscotch, layers of blossom honey, some melted brown sugar and oak spices at the end.
FINISH Rich and malty with gentle waves of oak vanilla and subtle spices.
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.
First fill Bourbon and Sherry casks
Only ever matured in the highest quality oak casks, Benromach Fifteen Year Old gives cracked pepper, charred oak, apples, dark chocolate and forest fruits with rich sherry notes and a touch of smoke.
First launched in 1979, the Bunnahabhain 12 year old has endured almost 40 years, thanks to the passion and dedication of the distillery team.
The 12 Year Old has set the tone and the benchmark for the rest of the range – only the best will do. Double Matured in Ex Bourbon and Ex Sherry Casks, this whisky is beautifully rich and full-bodied, achieving the perfect balance of the characteristic nutty and sherry flavours of Bunnahabhain.
Appearance - Pale straw.
Body - Smooth, pleasant mouth-feel: firm with a light to medium body.
Nose - Subdued, citric fruitiness; a whiff of bath oil and dentist's mouthwash. A fresh and appetising nose, with little or no trace of smoke. A little water raises almond oil and old fashioned oilskins; still a fresh fruitiness, a trace of olive oil, and after a while potpourri or scented hand-soap.
Palate - Drinks well at natural strength; sweet start; pleasant, light fragrant smokiness and a lengthy finish. Smooth, pleasant mouth-feel; with water light acidity, some salt and still the sweeter notes. A complex balance of primary tastes.
Finish - Sweet smokiness in the lingering, slightly sour finish.
Bottled from Sherry Butts after aging for 9 years this dram showcases the distilleries trademark fruitiness with bread and butter pudding with a sparkling of brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Unique bottling of Tormore as its Matured in Peated Casks, expect a lovely fruity sweetness on the nose with bags of fresh smoke lingering on the palate from this 9 year old Speysider.
An exceptional single malt whisky matured from specially selected casks that deliver the true character of a 15 year old Campbeltown malt whisky.
Matured in the finest American oak barrels, discover hints of vanilla oak, interwoven with the subtle notes of sea spray and spicy aromatic fruits.
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.
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.
They say time and tide wait for no man. On Jura, by contrast, time is stretched by the changing seasons and tempered by its unique microclimate, with each passing year bringing its own riches. Matured for eighteen long years in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels and enriched by superior Premier Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux barrels, a unique spirit is created that has truly come of age.
Colour. Rosewood gold
Nose. Aromas of toffee, tropical fruits and cinnamon
Taste. Flavours of rich black forest fruit, cocoa and coffee
This may be a blend, but it's not just any blend. This is a blend that scored 94 points in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2019!
Premium quality 8 Years Old Blend – the recognised age of maturity for many malt whiskies. Few blends offer any age statement. 8 years old defines the age of the youngest whisky in the blend, the majority of the malts in Isle of Skye are much older.
Origins in that most widely celebrated of Scottish Islands: Skye, home of the Clan Macleod.
An exceptionally smooth and mellow Blended Scotch whisky containing a high proportion of carefully selected Island and Speyside Malts.
Honey/vanilla sweet Speyside flavour allied to smoky/peaty Island influences to give a well balanced distinctive blend.
Aged in oak casks for at least sixteen years, this much sought-after single malt has the massive peat-smoke that's typical of southern Islay - but also offering a dryness that turns it into a truly interesting dram.
In making Laphroaig, malted barley is dried over a peat fire. The smoke from this peat, found only on Islay, gives Laphroaig its particularly rich flavour.
Those enjoying the 10 Year Old will first notice the bold, smoky taste, followed by a hint of seaweed and a surprising sweetness. This full-bodied variant is the foundation of all Laphroaig expressions and comes with a long finish.
This exquisite 12 year old single malt has a deep fruity character of peach and pear layered with a vanilla sweetness and the characteristic hints of peat and smoke found in Loch Lomond whiskies. Aged in three types of cask - Bourbon, refill and re-charged - these whiskies are brought together delivering a perfectly balanced single malt.
This is a blend of multiple types of malt and grain that Nikka reserves. Nikka From the Barrel was created to deliver full flavors and richness of whisky "from barrels" which only blenders can sniff and taste. As the whisky contains so many characteristic components at a higher alcohol of 51.4%, it is essential to let the liquid "marriage" in used casks for 3-6 months for it to stabilize and harmonize. The concept of the unique short squared bottle is "a small lump of whisky", which perfectly visualizes the rich and strong taste of the whisky inside.