Only a handful of American oak, ex-bourbon casks laid down in 2005 were selected by Distillery Manager John MacDonald to form this classic Balblair expression. Light, fruity and refreshing, this classic Vintage embodies Balblair's house style. Full bodied with the classic aromas of fresh green apples, ground spices and honey. The American oak ex-bourbon barrels used in maturation impart notes of oaky vanilla, leather and oranges with a hint of fragrant cut flowers and smoke. The palate offers Balblair’s signature style of citrus orchards is followed by intense sweetness of toffee and vanilla. It is rounded off by a deliciously spicy, long finish. The superb dram is bright and full of character, a ray of sunshine in a bottle.
Royal Brackla received ‘royal’ status in 1833 and was the first Scottish distillery to receive the honor. The vast majority of the distilleries production is used in Dewar’s blends but a single malt range has been launched. The 12-year-old is finished in first fill Oloroso sherry casks and offers aromas of apple, almond, ginger and leafy characters which lead onto chocolate and sweet apple notes of the palate.
The Cask Strength Edition is their most vivacious expression, yet still retains Tomatin’s characteristically rich and sweet undertones. Matured in a classic combination of first fill ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks, aromas of golden syrup and ginger biscuits prevail while flavours of malt loaf and marzipan lead to a dry, lingering spicy finish.
For about 12 months, Tullibardine Sovereign has been finished off in Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet Red Burgundy Casks, which are 228 litres in size. This creates a delightful ruby colour to this whisky with vanilla, light chocolate flavours, a creamy richness and hints of red summer fruit.
An award-winning Eastern Highland malt that was almost unknown until it was bought by Bacardi in 1998, Aberfeldy's main claim to fame is as the heart of the excellent Dewar's blend. Clean and polished malt with a touch of honey and spice.
An excellent value 21yo Aberfeldy, showcasing the richer end of the Highland spectrum with plenty of sherry influence. Winner of a Gold Medal and Best in Class at the International Wine & Spirits Competition 2010.
A startlingly good whisky from Pitlochry in Perthshire. This Flora and Fauna release has bags of character courtesy of good sherry maturation which impart onto it richness and spice. At the forefront of the palate is a beautiful nutty almondy flavour which also contributes to a soft texture.
This 15 year old whisky from the Blair Athol distillery is part of the Manager’s Dram series of whiskies which were available exclusively to employees of what is now known as Diageo. These whiskies were specially selected by distillery managers within Diageo and bottled at natural cask strength.
A premium whisky with no age statement that is a made from hand selected casks of five different wood types and aged for at least 15 years. A very complex and elegant whisky with waxy stone fruit, butterscotch and toffee and cinnamon and oaky notes.
Matured for an initial nine years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being carefully divided. One half continues its maturation in bourbon barrels, the other half is transferred to 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry casks. Complex, yet balanced, The Dalmore 12 year old is the epitome of the Dalmore house style.
Matured initially for 14 years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, the whisky is then transferred to 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry wood for a further four years. Bottled at 43% alcohol by volume, The Dalmore 18 year old offers a provocative and intense taste experience with an enduring aftertaste of cinnamon and nutmeg.
The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve benefits from a judicious selection of aged stocks drawn from casks of three types: American white oak ex-bourbon casks, 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry butts and premier cru Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques. Bottled at 44% alcohol by volume, the body, structure and character of this extraordinary expression is the perfect complement to a fine cigar.