The 12 year-old expression is a fine example of how the distinctively crisp, citrus character of Aberlour’s raw spirit is deftly softened by double cask maturation. Traditional oak and seasoned Sherry butts are both used to great effect, as the mellowed spirits within are combined to deliver a subtly balanced flavour.
Colour: Golden amber with hints of ruby.
Nose: Soft and rounded, with fruity notes of red apple.
Palate: A fine sherried character, balanced with rich chocolate, toffee, cinnamon and ginger spiciness.
Finish: Warming and lingering – sweet and slightly spicy.
Color: Light gold
Aroma: A burst of intense smoky fruit escapes into the atmosphere – peat infused with zesty lemon and lime, wrapped in waxy dark chocolate. Bold menthol and black pepper slice through the sweet smoke followed by tarry ropes and graphite. As you dip your nose in further, savour the aroma of smoked fish and crispy bacon alongside green bell peppers, baked pineapple and pear juice. Add water and breathe in the vortex of aromas rising from the glass. An oceanic minerality brings a breath of cool, briny seaspray on chalky cliffs. Waxed lemon and lime follows with coal tar soap, beeswax and herby pine woodlands. Toasted vanilla and sizzling cinnamon simmer in the background with warm hazelnut and almond toffee.
Taste: An explosion of crackling peat sets off millions of flavour explosions on the tongue: peat effervesces with tangy lemon and lime juice, black pepper pops with sizzling cinnamon-spiced toffee. This is followed by a wave of brine infused with smooth buttermilk, ripe bananas and currants. Smoke gradually wells up on the palate bringing a mouthful of warm creamy cappuccino and toasted marshmallows. As the taste lengthens and deepens, dry espresso, liquorice root and tarry smoke develop coating the palate with chewy peat oils.
Finish: The finish goes on and on – long and smoky with tarry espresso, aniseed, toasted almonds and traces of soft barley and fresh pear.
The Balvenie DoubleWood is a 12 year old single malt which gains its distinctive character from being matured in two wood types. Over the period of maturation it is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cask to a first fill European oak sherry cask. Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt ~ the traditional casks soften and add character, whilst the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavour.
Nose: Sweet fruit and Oloroso sherry notes, layered with honey and vanilla.
Taste: Smooth and mellow with beautifully combined flavours ~ nutty sweetness, cinnamon spiciness and a delicately proportioned layer of sherry.
Finish: Long and Warming
This single malt Scotch whiskey was originally crafted by distilling legend Jim McEwan to showcase our floral and elegant house style unpeated, it has become our signature bottling.Jim has now retired but the spirit for this definitive Bruichladdich is still made from 100% Scottish barley, trickle distilled, and then matured for its entire life, on Islay, by the shores of Loch Indaal. Each vatting of this classic multi-vintage cuvee is now carefully assembled from a suite of individual casks by our Head Distiller Adam Hannett.
Color: Golden Honey
Nose: At first whiff you'll catch honey blended with caramelized tropical fruit and stone fruit, think peaches, apricots, and mangos. After a second sniff you'll discover an invigorating scent of ocean air. Adding drops of water will lengthen the bouquet and uncover notes from the oak.
Palate: The palate remains true to the aroma. Pairing honey with fruit garnished with baking spices.
Finish: The warm taste of barley and sea salt will leave your mouth watering for more.
The expression that started it all for Highland Park. First introduced in 1979, the 12 year old is at the very heart of our core range and demonstrates rich, well balanced malty tones, with the subtle floral smoke which makes Highland Park such a distinctive single malt whisky.
Colour: Glowing amber
Nose: Heather-honey sweetness, peaty smokiness
Palate: Rounded smoky sweetness, full malt delivery
Finish: Sweet and lingering with heathery notes and subtle smoke
Founded in 1816, the Islay distillery Lagavulin, which means “Mill in the Valley,” is one of the older boys on the block. It may in fact be that the distillery has been around for longer yet, as records are said to show that illicit distilling took place as early as 1742. Either way, their experiences shines through clearly in their 16 year old expression.
COLOUR: Yellowish brown.
NOSE: Strong, Peat, smoke, seaweed, salt, nutty, hint of vanilla and light fruitiness.
TASTE: Potent hit of peaty smoke, charcoal, dry woodiness, iodine and seaweed; followed by chilli chocolate, light fruitiness and hint of toffee and a spicy finish. Full-bodied yet smooth.
For 300 years the Easter Elchies House, spiritual home of The Macallan, has stood on the banks of the Spey as a symbol of Scottish fortitude, a monument against the ravages of time. Dating from 1700, the Jacobean Manor is the same house that is depicted on The Macallan's packaging. Outside Easter Elchies House, a holly tree flourishes. Amazingly this tree dates back to the earliest days of the house. "Elchies" sounds as if it should derive from the same Gaelic root as the dividing, flinty or windy bit of Craigellachie, and there are historians who say that is the case. However, Mr Matheson has a different idea, which really appeals to us. He maintained that "it is one of the few words of Basque origin left in this country" and translated it as "el" - a town or residence and "che" - a hill. Thus, the residence on the hill. Not far from the house lies a small, walled graveyard. This graveyard remains from the days when there was a church on the site - the church was destroyed by fire during the 15th Century and was never rebuilt. In addition to the church, we know that there was a farm and a mill on the Easter Elchies Estate and it would have been on the farm that whisky making first started on this site. Farming still continues on the estate, indeed, in late summer the fields around Easter Elchies grow rich and golden with their own harvest. Golden Promise Barley, one of the vital ingredients in the creation of our spirit, continues to be grown on Macallan land to this day.
Color: Amber. Nose: Sherry, honey, flowery notes.
Body: Full, smooth.
Palate: First hints of flowering currant. Altogether more expressive.
Finish: Slightly more rounded.
One of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, Oban is located right at the coast in a small fishing village. The misty marine air comes through on the nose of this single malt. If you're looking for a traditional village single malt then this is it.
Color: Olive gold.
Nose: Rich sweetness and fruits - oranges, lemons and pears, with sea-salt and peaty smokiness.
Body: Full, rich. Palate: Mouth-filling late autumn fruits - dried figs and honey-sweet spices; followed by a smoky malty dryness.
Finish: Long, smooth-sweet finish with oak-wood, dryness and a grain of salt.
Old Smuggler is a blended Scotch Whisky with a history that goes back to 1835. Its fine, smooth taste is due to its being specially blended from the finest of Scotch whiskies in the tradition of 18th century Smugglers who risked their life and honour to share its taste with their loyal customers throughout the islands. Aromas of baked cookies and honey on the nose follow with caramel, toffee, spice and oak on the smooth and creamy palate. This terrific bargain is best enjoyed neat or on the rocks or with a splash of Coke.
Refreshingly soft, yet reassuringly rich... the whisky's name plays on the notion that it's as smooth as a pig's nose. This exceptional blended Scotch has been created by Richard Paterson, Scotland's only third generation Master Blender. Produced in specially selected first fill oak casks, the seriously satisfying smoothness is achieved through combining oak-aged Speyside, Islay and Lowland malts with superior Invergordon gentle grain whiskies.
Color: Golden sandy highlights. Clear and bright.
Nose: Firm and rich luscious creamy, round tones. The long marrying period has brought these many individual characters into one lasting union. Great harmony - soft and full with no ragged edges, smooth and mellow. Plenty of finesse and breeding.
Taste: A positive grip, almost a spicy richness as these great flavors attack the palate - leaving it beautifully rewarded as they drift over. Elegant and distinguished. The delicate Speyside Malts - the heart of the whisky- have played a major part in bringing this quality blend together.