This classic 12-year-old Aberfeldy is a traditional single malt scotch, distilled up in the highlands. Rich and malty in character, aromas of cooked cherries, sherry and a light hint of smoke come through first. The flavour is wonderfully sweet with a clean mouthfeel and malty notes coming through consistently. Gentle peaty depth reminds you of the quality of this malt and peters off to a gentle finish.
Ardbeg is another Scottish single malt of much worth. Straight from cask to bottle, Ardbeg offers a unique flavour which is different from others from regions. Tree bark, peat and vanilla fudge aromas are first to escape and on tasting a burst of smokiness, sea salt and sweet aniseed vanilla hit the palate. Honeyed notes help to mellow it out but it’s the smoky peat flavour which lingers on.
Ardbeg Corryvreckan is a legend in its own right. A dram you won’t forget and a malt you are almost guaranteed to want to buy time and again. Medicinal in style, the nose is rich in herbal and pine notes, with creamier hints of buttery warmth and smoke. The palate too is wonderfully creamy with tingling spices, a touch of fresh fruit, orange peels and that medicinal tang. The finish is long with a salty edge, a hint of peat and that unusual yet enjoyable medicinal taste remains prevalent.
Ardbeg Uigeadail takes its name from the Scottish Gaelic word for ‘dark and mysterious place’ which is also the loch from which Ardbeg gets its water. Ardbeg pride themselves on a range of unique quality malts and Uigeadail doesn’t let the team down. The aroma is a rich mixture of peat, dark sugar, espresso beans and a hint of deep tar. The flavour is led by sweeter notes, with ripe fruit and honey coming through first with just a touch of malt, all the while supported by that lingering peat. Caramel and malt find a place in the lingering finish, adding warmth and sweetness to the peat.
Auchentoshan three wood is lowland single malt that spends time matured in three different casks. Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, oloroso casks and bourbon casks have the pleasure of playing a role in the maturation of this exceptional malt. The nose is rich with cooked fruit, toffee and sherry with a rum-like quality. The palate is rich, thick like a liqueur and balanced with notes of cherries and chocolate, like sumptuous black forest gateaux.
Ballantine’s finest whisky is a true Scottish classic, offering up a real classic flavour and strong spirit. The nose is expressive, introduces you to the flavours well with crisp barley sugars, a slight note of toffee and an enjoyable touch of wood smoke. On the palate, you’ll enjoy the warm sweetness with barley, caramel and just a touch of sweetness. The blend of flavours melds to create a real fudge-like taste which is extremely moreish.
The clue’s in the name with this one, Balvenie Doublewood single malt gets its name from the interesting distillation process, involving distillation in two kinds of wood. The maturation process involves moving the whisky from a traditional oak whisky cask to a Spanish oak sherry cask, adding more depth to its flavour and creating its warm, rounded character. Sweet fruit and sherry notes are apparent in its scent and the taste is mellow for a single malt, the sherry at work once more, with nuttiness and cinnamon notes building too.
This 21-year-old Balvenie malt is the flagship of Balvenie's small group of port wood whiskies and is a refined and balanced offering. It spends time maturing in thirty-year-old port pipes which deliver elegance to every sip. White peach and light smoke flood the nose and are quickly followed by a delicate flavour with red fruits, raisins and vibrant floral honey. Balvenie’s 21-year-old malt is a wonderful example of delicate flavours blended perfectly together.
It hardly needs introducing, it’s one of the stalwarts of the drinks cupboard! Bell’s blended scotch whisky brings together the earthy flavours of many of Scotland's finest single malts creating a blend which is improved by oak cask maturation. Rich and familiar, the taste of Bell's is like a loyal friend and the welcome nutty flavours teamed with notes of spice are infinitely enjoyable. The eight-year maturation process guarantees a round, warming flavour.
It hardly needs introducing, it’s one of the stalwarts of the drinks cupboard! Bell’s blended scotch whisky brings together the earthy flavours of many of Scotland's finest single malts creating a blend which is improved by oak cask maturation. Rich and familiar, the taste of Bell’s is like a loyal friend and the welcome nutty flavours teamed with notes of spice are infinitely enjoyable. The eight-year maturation process guarantees a round, warming flavour.
A classic rye recipe Kentucky straight bourbon, enjoy the biscuity taste of benchmark. One of the many exquisite offerings from the buffalo trace distillery it’s won awards for its exceptional flavour and its intensely deep and rich in flavour. Caramel notes come through in the nose, with hints of delicate berries and fruit in the background and the flavour follows through similarly with added notes of dry pipe tobacco, freshly made leather and cherries. Smooth and calm, a classic bourbon to sip.
At the heart of the Bowmore range, this 12-year-old offering doesn’t disappoint with a mixture of coastal notes and earthy, gentle peat. On the nose, you’ll enjoy wonderful bright floral notes, with smoky heather and heady hits of peat. The palate is more rounded, smooth and mellow rich if floral perfumed smoke, dark peat and a touch of lemon and sea spray. Evokes coastal strolls and waves crashing against the shore.
An exciting release from esteemed Islay distillery Bowmore, this 15-year-old single malt enjoys maturation in fruity and elegant oloroso sherry casks. From the first opening, the bottle 15-year-old Bowmore is dark and punchy with sherry notes coming through strongly with sweet dates, spices and raisin present too. The flavour follows on in the same vein, rich and decadent with pine oil and rich woody spice coming through alongside malted fruits. The sherry character sells this malt every time.
One of the newest offerings from islay’s Bowmore distillery, this 18-year-old single malt is perfumed, wonderfully fruity and rich with dark, smoky peat. The nose begins vibrantly, with the alcohol eat coming through amongst perfumed fruit and essence of fruit jam. When the flavour comes through it’s a balance of sweet and smoky, with deep peaty notes paired with cooked fruit and hearty marmalade. The endnote is rich with sticky marmalade notes and a final whisper of smoke.
A grand old master of the Bowmore range, this 25-year-old malt is aged in Spanish sherry and American bourbon casks. The defining character of this peaty malt is coastal, with sublime smoky notes and nutty depth. On opening, you’ll enjoy the rich aroma dark fruits, that coastal smoke and herbaceous freshness. This leads into a flavour which is rich with classic peat smoke, a touch of cocoa and a creamy nuttiness which really enhances all the other notes. Gentle smoke lingers in an endnote you’ll remember.
Buffalo trace offers a wide range of exciting bourbons and their classic Kentucky straight buffalo trace is one of the most famous. Intense with velvety vanilla, warming spices and oaky barrel char, each sip of buffalo trace is a real pleasure. Its aroma is rich like a box of toffees, with notes of chocolate éclair, cinnamon and rum spice. On the palate brown sugar comes through strongly with toffee depth and the spicy cinnamon heat also coming through. A classic Kentucky bourbon you can sip again and again.
In its striking bottle with its marmalade orange hues, Bulleit Bourbon is high in rye which helps add real spice to its character. Award-winning and becoming more and more popular, Bulleit has a pungent nose awash with orange and oak notes, as well as a hint of smoke and even a little banana. The flavour is creamy and full-bodied, zesty on the palate with orange and lime notes and then oaky tobacco comes through, enjoyable and warm.
The nose is awash with sweet cherries and classic vanilla and on the palate you’ll enjoy an intense heat that mellows into a mesh of peaches, cherries, cinnamon and orange zest. A smoky finish is just what’s needed to show a bourbon of true class.
This entry-level Bunnahabhain single malt is a lightly peated offering from islay and is aged for 12 years. Enjoy a light, fresh dram with a higher than average proof and a complex yet enjoyable flavour profile. The nose is rich in salty seaweed, warm malts and sweetness. This inviting aroma leads into a flavour which offers up notes of sherry, nuts, malt and juicy sultana. It’s wonderfully warming and sharply spiced without being overwhelming and it’s one you’ll find yourself reaching for time and again.
Bushmills just got even better. An exceptional 10-year-old single malt offering which has been recognised for its quality and won awards for its flavour. The rich banana aroma leads into a highly fruited flavour, with hints of chocolate and oak tannin depth. Floral notes are present throughout and this is one whisky that only reveals itself with you pop in a drop of water or two. Simple yet classic and of course, extremely moreish.
Bushmills black bush is an interesting blend that’s a little different from the rest on the market. Bringing together malt whiskies which have been aged for 11 years in sherry casks for a truly alternative flavour. The nose is powerful with lemon, fresh grapes and barley with a flavour which is sweet, almost dairy-infused and rich in fruit. Its finish brings the barley back into centre stage and peppery notes come through strongly.
Bushmills, a word synonymous with Ireland and a drink that all fans of Irish whisky and whisky, in general, will know and love. A true classic that has stood the test of time Bushmills is your genuine Irish whisky, complete with floral, herbal nose, the tang of citrus and elderflower in it’s the taste and a long cardamom rich finish. A whisky which commands respect and should be enjoyed neat or with a little ice or water.
Canada’s most famous whisky, Canadian club has a flavour which fans will know all too well and newcomers will certainly learn to love. Its aroma is sweet with warm notes of barley sugar and biting aniseed, alongside vegetal freshness. When you take the first sip it’s surprisingly gentle, a mellow flavour with dark sugar, the essence of rum and winter spice coming through. It’s a generally medium-bodied whisky with many pleasing flavour notes to enjoy.
Fresh, fruity and smooth-bodied, Caol Ila 12 year old is the colour of pale straw, with a delicate balance of tastes. Clean on the nose, it shows subtle citrus fruit with just a puff of smoke. Firm and smooth, it begins sweetly then yields a fragrant smokiness and a sweet-smoky, lingering finish. This single malt was named Outstanding Silver Medal Winner at the International Wine & Spirits Competition 2015.
A single store right up in Aberdeen is where Chivas Regal is created. The art of blending has been honed to perfection, allowing the creation of a range of stunning Chivas Regal whiskies enjoyed around the world. Chivas Regal 12 year is recognisable because it’s lighter than your average dram, has a distinct sweet aroma and a smoky character, distinguishable on the palate which releases elements of all the different flavours behind its blend.
A single store right up in Aberdeen is where Chivas regal is created. The art of blending has been honed to perfection, allowing the creation of a range of stunning Chival Regal whiskies enjoyed around the world. Chivas regal 12 year is recognisable because it’s lighter than your average dram, has a distinct sweet aroma and a smoky character, distinguishable on the palate which releases elements of all the different flavours behind its blend.
The Chivas regal 18-year-old is a richly decadent blend of Scottish whiskies, created personally by master blender Colin Scott. This Chivas Regal offering brings together 20 single malts from across Scotland to give you an end result that doesn’t disappoint. The aroma of this offering is wonderfully balanced with citrus fresh orange paired with malted barley and vanilla fudge with just the lightest spice.
One of the most highly commended Chivas regal blended malts, this 25-year-old offering is truly delicious, with light fruit notes pairing perfectly with soft nutty notes. On the nose, it’s the nuttiness that comes through first followed by berry fruits and malts and even a faint hint of porridge. The flavour is softer, gentle with sweet honey, aniseed and elegant toffee richness. An earthy finish is a perfect endnote.
One of the premium members of the Chivas family, rich and complex in flavour, Chivas royal salute is aged for 21 years. Bottled in extravagant handcrafted porcelain flagons, you can tell luxury when you see it and you can taste it too. On the nose hints of fresh dandelion, honey and a little salty sea spray are offered up alongside a touch of peat. When you taste it’s all about the wild extravagant honey and spicy hits of tarragon, dill and other fresh, vibrant herbs. The malty notes carry on into a warm, lingering finish.
Rich creamy mouthfeel, toffee apple, caramelised sugars, soft fruits and a gentle wood presence. With water, fresher fruits become more pronounced on the nose (Bramley apple, conference pear), alongside grape skin, green pear and more wood spice. Subtle, distant spices help carry the fruit and vanilla characters, giving a long and creamy finish.
Matured for 12 years, Cragganmore is a delicious, sherry-infused single malt representing Speyside and offering up both fruity warmth and slight floral notes. As you open the bottom it’s those floral notes that come first, closely followed by heather, smoked almonds and honey. Stone fruits dominate from your first sip, with a rich honey depth, chestnuts, walnuts and almonds enhancing the flavour even further. Delicate pepper spice brings each sip to a close in understated yet delectable style.
A highly commended malt which offers wonderful value for money and exceptional flavour, this 15-year-old Dalwhinnie lets its simple yet effective flavour notes do the talking. On the nose, it’s all about aromatic toffee, sweet nectarine, apple blossom and just the slightest touch of smoke. When it comes to the palate you can reveal in malty walnut depth, sticky manuka honey and that gentle smoke weaving into the midst. Simplicity at its best.
A unique five-year-old blend of Irish malt and grain whiskey finished in half-sized, specially crafted virgin American oak barrels. crafted by world-renowned whiskey expert and master distiller Darryl McNally. Irish Whiskey heart, with a burst of bourbon vanilla attitude to finish.
Dewar’s 12-year-old blend is a vibrant, juicy offering which is rich in fruity flavours and warmth. The nose is a heady concoction of fruit and creamy malted notes. There is a sweetness in the nose that follows through into the flavour with the barley malts taking centre stage and aromas of hot buttered toast also coming through. A little honey and aniseed spice adds further depth and reinforces the rich whisky flavour.
Dewar’s white label was first created over 100 years ago and contains an astonishing mixture of around 40 different whiskies. Aberfeldy is at the heart of this blend and the flavours are rich with a true taste of Scotland. On the nose, you’ll enjoy woody depth, honey, peach and apple and when drinking you’ll enjoy sweet vanilla fudge, toffee, more oak and heather honey. The honeyed sweetness in this blend is its defining feature.
The bright honey hues of this 10-year-old bourbon invite you in to try its wonderful warm flavour. Eagle rare 10-year-old is a pure and mellow flavoured bourbon with scents of ripened banana and smoky charcoal coming through first. The flavour is deeper with fresh fruit notes pairing with the charcoal depth, melon comes through strongly with candied almonds and a long fiery endnote. A versatile bourbon which you can mix or sip as you wish.
Evan Williams extra-aged offers flavours different from other bourbons in the distillery’s range, simply due to the extra time it spends in its barrels getting ready. When perfectly prepared it’s bottled and you’ll enjoy a wonderfully mellow and drinkable bourbon which has a perfectly balanced flavour. On the nose you’ll get bright notes of vanilla, cream and spice and they soon lad onto a maple syrup rich body, warm on the palate with oak notes balancing against the spice. Warm and sweet, perfect for those chilly winter nights.
With a reputation which has grown positively since its creation in 1896, the famous grouse has a name which certainly suits. Craftsmanship and expert blenders ensure the famous grouse remains one of the world’s favourite scotches. One of the smoothest scotch whiskies there is, the famous grouse has a well-rounded yet immediately distinguishable flavour. Floral and peaty notes marry together to create the flavour so many of us know and love.
Four roses is an exclusive small-batch bourbon that offer a distinct and sweet flavour with strong notes of molasses and cinnamon. Honey hues release honey fudge and nougat notes followed closely by cedarwood and pipe tobacco. The flavour is similarly sweet, with the honey notes married closely with cinnamon and the cedar wood gaining a smoked quality. The final notes that linger are of lightly toasted nuts with the rye content of the bourbon coming to the forefront.
Four roses single barrel takes all the qualities of their exceptional bourbon and intensifies them further. Using ten different mash bills and yeast combinations, four roses single barrel is 11 years old and has an aroma which is rich with sweetcorn, vanilla, brown sugar and maple syrup. Spicier notes of black pepper and cinnamon come through and on tasting you’ll enjoy the toasted oak flavours dry with tannins and even hints of natural mint leaves. In every sip, you can taste the quality and care that went into its production.
Four roses yellow label is one of the most popular offerings from the four roses collection and is considered a bar essential for many cocktail maestros. Sophisticated and smooth hints of pear and apple come through alongside floral aromas and a flavour which is deep in honey and spice. Its soft finish is simply begging to be mixed in with other flavours to create cocktails of real class and refinement.
Gentleman Jack is a whisky of real refinement, charcoal-mellowed twice before its ageing process begins. In its recognisable monogrammed bottle and the granddaddy of all Jack Daniel offerings, any fan of the Daniel’s family simply has to add the gentleman to their collection. Surprisingly sweet and enjoyable mellow, vanilla and brown sugar take centre stage with just a touch of charcoal. Short and sweet in its finish, a truly refined classic from the Daniel family.
A classic Speyside offering, Glenfiddich’s 12-year-old blend spends time in both American and European oak casks, developing a truly distinguished flavour. Your traditional Speyside flavours are released as you open the bottle with a slightly floral, mineral-inspired malted aroma, with citrus honey and orchard fruit notes. The floral notes come to a head in the flavour, with spices carrying the drink to a new level, smoothness ruling throughout. A true benchmark of quality.
Matured in American Bourbon, Portuguese sherry and virgin oak casks, this Glenfiddich offering is a fine and enjoyable choice. 15 years spent ageing makes this a staple of the distillery and one which every drinks cabinet should be home to. The nose is rich with sherry, bright citrus notes and dried oak. Its flavour enhances these notes with raisins and sherry, evoking Christmas cake, complete with light spicing. Oak lingers and takes centre stage as the endnote fades.
This 18-year-old offering from the core range of Glenfiddich is matured in a mixture of ex-bourbon and oloroso sherry casks, delivering a sweet, smooth flavour. As you open the bottle you’ll enjoy the zest of grapefruit, fresh apples and spiced dried wood. When your taste you’ll enjoy all these bright fruit flavours candied and spiced with ginger. Complimentary notes toffee and sherry give the drink further character.
One of the most well-known distilleries in the land, this 21-year-old Glenfiddich has all the flavours you want from an exceptional malt. Finished in specially selected Caribbean rum casks, rum-like notes come through in the nose alongside figs, caramel, evoking the festive period. The flavour is rich in spiced fruit depth, with ginger and lime standing out strongly. A long and dry finish is the perfect ending to a highly enjoyable drink.
The entry-level bottle from the Glenkinchie distillery, this 12-year-old malt is rich in the classic flavours whisky lovers look for. The nose is light and fragrant, with cereal notes and a little barley sweetness most prominent. The flavour is fruity with notes of sweet Madeira, calvados and tannic oak flooding the mouth. Fresh and rounded, this dram is vibrantly refreshing with just a little gentle spice coming through.