Glenkinchie is just fifteen miles from the capital, earning it the title “The Edinburgh Malt”. But it’s strange to think of that dark and distinguished city when you see fields of barley or the green Lammermuir Hills rolling north towards the Firth of Forth. Founded in 1825 by the farmers John and George Rate, Glenkinchie operated under the name Milton Distillery until it was licenced and renamed in 1837. The new name came from the Kinchie Burn which runs through the glen, which itself derives its name from “de Quincey” who originally owned the land and burn. It was later rebuilt into the redbrick Victorian masterpiece you’ll see today, complete with houses for the workers, bowling green, those two fat old copper pot stills and the largest wash still in the industry. A traditional single cast-iron worm tub cools the spirit, in preference to a more modern condenser, giving a whisky of greater character and depth.
Glenkinchie 12 Year Old is very aromatic and flowery overall, like breathing in a country garden. Noticeable vanilla, cut flowers (daffodil, blossom and hints of lily) and beneath these, a clean, toasty note. Becomes increasingly sweet and creamy, with a lightly aromatic edge and fresh citrus, which all brings to mind lemon cheesecake. Water makes it still more creamy and scented. The palate has a sweet soft start, like crême anglaise, soon becoming flowery again. A really smooth delivery, especially after adding a drop of water. The mid-palate is crisp and then the flavour settles into a tightly focused bundle of butter icing, lemon cheesecake and freesias.
Glenkinchie 12 Year Old makes a delightful aperitif. Serve it in a martini glass with a few drops of water for a little flare. Fragrant, light and even creamy, Glenkinchie works magic when paired with cheese cake or even Cullen Skink. In summary this is a smooth, gently appetising Lowlander; flowery, ‘perfect for a picnic.’
The definitive Islay malt—intensely flavoured, smoky and rich. The windswept Isle of Islay instils a strength of character into everything it produces and its here, nestled in a small bay that our beloved whisky has been made for over 200 years. Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch whisky has the longest distillation and maturation of any in the Classic Malts Collection. It simply will not be rushed. Crafted by the people of Islay, it carries within it their intensity and their attitude that if something’s worth doing, it’s worth making time for and doing right. And, in 2016, we celebrate 200 years of making time at Lagavulin. The date of the first official distillation is 1816, though there’s no doubt that locals would have been producing their own whisky there for generations. Since that first batch, many have fallen in love with its rich textures, intense flavours and remarkable nose of smoke, brine and sweetness.
Lagavulin 16 Year Old has a deep amber gold colour. The nose is full of intense aromas, peat smoke with iodine and seaweed and a rich, deep sweetness. This is a full, rich bodied whisky. Flavours of dry peat smoke fill the palate with a gentle but strong sweetness, followed by sea and salt with touches of wood. There is a long, elegant peat-filled finish with lots of salt and seaweed.
Describing Lagavulin 16 Year Old as a roaring bonfire from the coast of Islay, describes the sensations you feel when enjoying a dram of this comforting yet challenging whisky. Lagavulin's mighty flavours are delicious when combined with Gorgonzola, Roquefort or Stilton – or any other aged blue cheese.
At Bruichladdich they believe that their spirits should have character; an authenticity derived from where they are distilled and the philosophies of those who distil them. There are many attributes the team at Bruichladdich share with their distant Gaelic forefathers: they are stubborn, resolute, self-sufficient, tough, hard-working, enduring, straight-talking, emotional, passionate, philosophical and engaging… perhaps with a certain roguish quality. In summary they are proudly nonconformist, as has always been the way in the Western Isles – Oirthir Gaidheal, the Coast of the Gaels, the land of the outsider.
They passionately believe in terroir – an authenticity of place and provenance, the ultimate in traceability. They seek to produce the most natural, thought-provoking, intellectually stimulating & enjoyable spirits possible. Obsessive? Probably. They pride themselves in being progressive, Hebridean distillers.
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