Adopting the forceful style of earlier unpeated expressions, this complex Caol Ila faithfully displays the make’s typical youthful and vibrant DNA as it marries their glorious fruit and hints of smoke and the sea with smooth mature tannins, becoming succulent and softly relaxed with water.
This Knockdhu was distilled in 2009 and was bottled under the Strictly Limited range in 2016 using whisky taken from 2 bourbon hogsheads which produced 797 bottles at 46% ABV.Tasting Notes - Banana, vanilla, mango and caramel mingle with with lemon meringue and an intriguing hint of black pepper.
Ballindalloch, on the banks of the legendary salmon river, is for many the home of the definitive Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Hugely complex, rich with layers of flavour and a whiff of smoke in the finish.
Craigellachie use wormtubs to add more smoky, struck match characters to the whisky. First released om 2014, this is a medium bodied whisky with notes of ripe apples, tropical fruit, vanilla and smoky, cordite and meaty characters.
Water comes direct to the distillery piped fromunderground springs beneath the neighbouring BlueHill Quarry. Owners Dewar''s insist that only Scottishbarley is used for their whiskies and for Craigellachiethe barley is dried using an oil heater which addssulphur notes to the grain giving the whisky some of itsunique character. Water, malt and yeast is added to thewashback and fermented for two and a half days(approx 60 hours). Distillation takes place in copper potstills, the spirit vapour passes through spiral worm tubcondensers cooled by constant running water. Very fewScottish distilleries still use these but their contributionto the character to the spirits is highly valued atCraigellachie. The new spirit comes out of the still atapproximately 63% abv, it is then transferred to usedbarrels and hogsheads for long maturation before it isbottled at 46% abv.Tasting Note:Strong punchy flavours of sweet malt, orchard fruit andspice with toasty notes and the distinctive lingeringgunsmoke/sulphur character so typical of the distillery.
The Dalmore 15 year old is smooth, rich and well rounded; the epitome of The Dalmore house style.This delicate and approachable vintage is initially matured for 12 years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks. The character of The Dalmore 15 is achieved by then splitting the whisky equally between three different sherry woods; Amoroso, Apostoles and Matusalem oloroso for a further three years. The spirit is finally married together in an upstanding sherry butt, allowing the flavours to infuse.
Crafted to honour the act of saving Scotland’s King in 1263, this expression unites six specially selected casks housing spirit of perfect maturity. Whiskies matured in ex-bourbon casks, Matusalem oloroso sherry wood, Madeira barrels, Marsala casks, port pipes and Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques are brought together in perfect harmony. Each cask gives its own flavour notes, delivering a unique complex single malt whisky revered by connoisseurs.
A very well rounded whisky that nearly always merits a second glass. It is dark amber, gold in appearance with an intense notes of tropical fruit, sweet spice, vanilla, citrus and sherry soaked fruit. The palate is full bodied, rich and rounded that slowly unveils flavours of ripe fruits, sweet spice and wood smoke. The finish goes on and on with a hint of velvety chocolate.
This subtly sophisticated Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a superb pre-dinner drink; try it with a few drops of water.Nose - Aromatic, vanilla, cut flowers and beneath, a clean, toasty note. Increasingly sweet and creamy, with fresh citrus, lemon cheesecake.Body - Light, smooth.Palate - Crisp mid-palate then butter icing, lemon cheesecake and freesias.Finish - Herbal and drying, a little like potpourri.
To truly capture the essence of George Smith’s vision, The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve has been created using the time-honoured distillation methods that he introduced so long ago. Made with water from the same crystal-clear mountain streams, in the same cold, pure air, The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve is as smooth and fruity as the whisky that first ran from the original copper pot stills. These unique, lantern-shaped copper stills, designed by the man himself, are not the only important tools in our distilling legacy.The traditional oak casks in which we mature the whisky give each expression its own distinct characteristics. When George Smith began distilling, The Glenlivet had no age statements and he selected whisky from casks of a range of ages. We have replicated this freedom with The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, selecting whisky from a variety of traditional aged oak casks. Then, to lend a modern twist to the flavour of the expression, Master Distiller Alan Winchester marries together a selection of the aged oak casks and American first-fill oak casks. American first-fill oak casks are those that have never before been used to mature whisky. Selective use of these casks provides a smooth, creamy sweetness that mingles harmoniously with the delicate flavours and complex fruity tones already present in the whisky.
A combination of American sherry oak, European sherry oak and American bourbon oak casks have been used to create the distinct oaky flavour of the Triple Wood Edition.Appearance: Deep burnished gold, clear and bright.Aroma: Fresh orange peel, vanilla and peardrops.Taste: Cedarwood, cinnamon coated marzipan and a hint of coconut.Finish: Lingering oakiness.
Highland Park 12 exhibits the key flavours associated with this great whisky. Heather and honey on the nose and palate with a soft smoky finish. A supremely balanced whisky this also is a great introduction to smokier whiskies.