The Big Strand promises aromas of smoke, liquorice and salt so it will attract the fans of peated Islay malts. The name of the distillery that gave birth to this whisky is not mentioned on the label but the potential candidates can be counted on the fingers... The Big Strand is a whisky without age statement but we learn that this single malt has not been colored and is unchilfiltered. The Big Strand single malt whisky is named after the long sandy beach that spreads on the island between Laggan Point in the north and The Oa peninsula in the south.
Notes by Richard Patterson.Colour - Straw yellow with glittering highlights.Nose - A rugged fusion of sea spray, bonfire smoke, damp earth and spicy cinnamon immediately arouses the senses. These powerful aromas of peat moss and wet grass must be fully respected before seductive notes of crushed pear, apple and freshly baked bread provide the perfect finish to this memorable melody.Taste - Strong and bold with plenty of backbone and structure as this great monster unfolds its fiery fangs on your palate. This is not for the faint hearted. Take a generous mouthful with a biting wind blowing furiously in your face. Hold it long in your mouth allow the thick tar, peat smoke and creamy liquorice to penetrate every part of your tongue. Time will tame it.There is indeed unashamed beauty in this beast.
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.
A finely structured, smooth, rich whisky; its sweet autumn fruits are perfectly balanced by a nutty, spicy dryness.Appearance - Deep amber; most attractive, good texture.Nose - Soft, inviting, dry and autumnal nose. Sweet, stewed fruits, ripe autumn apples and rich berry fruits.Body - Great mouthfeel: light to medium body, softly coating the tongue.Palate - Dry and sweet; nuts, dark toffee and gentle mint, rhubarb and apple juice. Dries, with a rich, silky cocoa bitterness.Finish - Sweetness softly introduces a longer, drying oakiness. Stewed-fruit freshness. Wood-smoke spiced with faint black pepper.
On the nose, enjoy a softness of vanilla and sugared almonds, balanced by fresh oak and cinnamon. The palate bursts with fruit and spice - gently revealing toffee and the richness of sherry oak. The taste finishes with a touch of fresh fruit, becoming pleasantly drying - slowly unveiling the wisp of peat smoke.
Based on the first malt whisky designed to be enjoyed with the finest cigars, developed originally by Richard Paterson, Master Blender.Tasting notes by the Master himself – Richard Paterson; amouth of blackcurrant jam; chewy butter caramel. Its fruity sweetness complements the dry deep fragrant smoke of a Cuban cigar perfectly.
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.
Part of AD Rattray’s Cask Colelction, this is a single cask bottling of Tomintoul 15-year-old. it was distilled in 1999 and aged in Fino sherry casks before bottling at cask strength with no colouring of chill filtration. It is pale amber in colour with a nose of golden syrup, citrus and plummy notes. On the palate it is medium bodied with Christmas cake flavours. Toffee, molasses and liquorice.
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 beast of a Speyside whisky in the heavily-sherried cask-strength Speyside.
No two batches taste the same but typically it has a turgid texture reminiscent of toffee dainties and hard caramel; the toffee flavours on the palate have augmentations of great depth ranging from dark chocolate to mint. Usually it offers even more with a dose of water added.