SPEYSIDE

Speyside is home to two-thirds of Scotland`s malt whisky distilleries due to the rich and fertile soil and abundance of natural spring water. Spey side whiskies are known for their elegance and complexity.

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aberlour 10 years old, 43% alc. vol.

Aberlour 10yo is a great entry-level malt, ideal for beginners, with a fine sherried spiciness. Pound for pound, this is one of the best that Speyside has to offer.

aberlour 12 years old, 43% alc. vol.

Aberlour is always a good choice - one of the best value Speyside malts around. This double matured version is a mix of traditional oak and sherry casks and is rich and fruity with delicious Christmas cake notes.

Nose: Buttery cinnamon toast, concentrated raisin in the background, astringent woody touches, glacé cherry, barrel char.

Palate: Big sweet butter hit, with maple syrup, brown sugar, plump raisins, nutmeg, milk chocolate and more of the char from the nose.

Finish: Medium length, with chocolate, raisins and more char.

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aultmore of the foggie moss 12 years old, 46% alc. vol.

The 12-year-old Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky unveiled in 2014 for the Last Great Malts by Dewar's. A refreshing dram, with plenty of vanilla, honey and citrus, alongside a touch of grassiness. It's been quite a while since a distillery bottling of Aultmore has been released.

Fairly sweet caramel aftertaste with a nice punch to it. Would definitely recommend this single malt scotch for novices and whiskey lovers alike. A higher proof non-chill filtered and no colour added. Just a good ole green apples and honey Speyside. Very smooth and excellent in taste.

 

Aultmore is located in the Speyside region of Scotland, between the towns of Keith and Fochabers. It sits in a small hollow known locally at 'The Foggie Moss'.  The distillery was founded in 1896 by Alexander Edward, who also owned the Benrinnes and had co-founded Craigellachie, although production did not begin until 1897. The name is derived from Allt Mòr, the water source for the distillery, and this translates as 'big stream' from Gaelic.

 

Character: Vanilla, Pear, Apple, Custard

 

The range features this 12 years old, plus 21 (which is a travel retail exclusive) and 25 years old expressions. The range forms part of Bacardi's The Last Great Malts range, which showcases whisky from the group's five single malt distilleries - Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, Macduff and Royal Brackla.

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balvenie 12 years old  40% alc. vol.

Triple Cask range, which comprises 12 years old, 16-year-old and 25-year-old expressions, is created by combining The Balvenie that has matured in the three most traditional types of cask – first-fill bourbon, refill bourbon and sherry – in a large wooden vessel known as a marrying tun. These new marriages of The Balvenie are made to precise recipes refined over time by our Malt Master David Stewart to ensure that each captures the distillery’s distinctive rich, smooth and honeyed style.

Taste Notes: Aged 12 years: Elegantly sweet and spicy, with a mellow taste of dried fruits, vanilla and cinnamon. Aged 16 years: Delivers a rich vanilla sweetness alongside hints of toffee and gentle oak. Aged 25 years: Deep, rich and complex, with silky oak and spice and an exceptionally long and warming finish.

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benromach wood finish 45% alc. vol.

Speyside Single Malt Scotch, The Benromach Distillery.

This beautiful Benromach Wood Finish is matured in First Fill Bourbon barrels, followed by 18 month in Sassicaia casks from the fashionable wine-producing region of Bohlgeri in Tuscany.

The nose is brimming with luscious red berries and hints of ginger and cinnamon, complemented by a subtle sense of smoke. The initial peppery palate gives way to a ripe bowl of flavours… strawberries, raspberries, orange zest … and you can detect milk chocolate drops, too.

Nose: Fresh strawberries and Alpine herbs. A touch of chocolate.

Palate: Creamy and sweet with caramel and treacle, joined by another burst of summer berries.

Finish: Hints of black pepper and charred oak.

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old ballantruan 10 years old  50% alc. vol.

Old Ballantruan is a superb peated malt, produced at Speyside's Tomintoul distillery using heavily peated barley. This is the first ever bottling with an age statement.

 

Nose: Soft spices and rich peat note. Very punchy and intense, with some inviting vanilla notes.

Palate: Simple and balanced with a solid delivery of rich peat smoke and hints of black pepper.

Finish: Intense and spicy with a crescendo of wood smoke and tar.

Overall: This is a simple though very enjoyable peated Speyside malt...

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glen grant 10 years old  40% alc. vol.

Very reliable quality Speyside from a distillery founded in 1840. Glen Grant is one of the world's best-selling single malts and is particularly popular in Italy. A huge 95 points from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2013, along with the title of Single Malt of the Year (10yo & Under). A great beginner`s whisky from the Glen Grant distillery!

Nose: Medium. Vanilla, toffee apple. Herbal, hint of smoke.

Palate: Firm. Sweetness, fruity, vanilla. Gentle peat, malty.

Finish: Dry, supple peat, toffee.

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the glenlivet master distiller's reserve 40% alc. vol.

A special edition of Glenlivet that was originally released as a travel retail exclusive. Designed by Alan Winchester, only the 3rd Master Distiller at Glenlivet since their 1817 founding, and combining whisky matured in both first and refill casks from both Europe and the USA.

 

Nose: Full and bursting with ripe fruity pear and soft fudge aromas, incredibly sweet and smooth.

Palate: Fruity pear flavours a spicy orange marmalade tang. Slightly dry.

Finish: Marzipan and fresh hazelnuts.

the glenlivet founder's reserve 40% alc. vol.

The opening salvo of the Glenlivet range, named in honour of the distillery's founder, George Smith. It's classic Glenlivet, with a creamy and fruity character bolstered by the use of first-fill American oak to mature some of the whisky.

 

Nose: Delicate aromas of citrus fruit, notably sweet orange.

Palate: Sweet, Fruity notes of zesty oranges and pears, with a hint of candy, Toffee apples. Well-Balanced and exceptionally smooth.

Finish: Long, creamy and smooth.

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knockando12 years old  43% alc. vol.

Single male Scotch whisky from the Knockando in the prolific Speyside region, aged for a dozen years before being bottled is the perfect expression of the style of the distillery: particularly delicate, fruity and subtle with distinctive almond notes.

Nose: Banana chips, honey'd barley and a few fleeting floral flourishes.

Palate: Cadbury Fingers, brown bread with butter, sultanas and honeydew melon.

Finish: A slow build-up of cinnamon and black pepper.

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kinninvie 17 years old, batch no. 1  42.6% alc. vol.

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, the Kininvie 17 Year Old 1996 was one of the first opportunities UK whisky enthusiasts had to taste single malt from the small, somewhat overlooked Speyside-based distillery. A Whisky that exudes dedication and passion, this exceptional single malt has a distinctively `floral`style of spirit that is the hallmark of Kinninvie.

Nose: Honey, orange peel, meaty malt and a touch of white grape.

Palate: Floral barley arrives first, shortly followed by a kick of nutmeg and black pepper. Still well-rounded with thick waves of honey.

Finish: Lingering charred oak and a few raisins.

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macallan amber 1824 series
40% alc. vol.

Amber is part of The Macallan's new no age statement range of Speyside single malts, which concentrates on colour. The theory is that by using 100% sherry casks and natural colour, the darker the whisky, the older and more complex.

Nose: Soft aromatic vanilla, lemon and barley with hints of ginger. Milk chocolate buttons and hints of Sun-Maid Raisins.

Palate: Surprisingly thick and fruity compared to the nose. Golden sultanas, dates, apple peelings and a dusting of cinnamon. Cereal notes on the mid-palate, joined by mince pies with crumbly shortbread.

Finish: Fragrant oak finish, with the mince pie, notes lingering.

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tamnavulin 12 years old  40% alc. vol.

A gentle 12-year-old Speyside single malt from the Tamnavulin distillery, drawing its waters from the River Livet.

 

The nose is quite soft with a proliferation of cereals and barley. Notes of malt extract with a juicy sweetness, a herbal note develops with cut spearmint leaves. The palate is quite light and very well-balanced. There are notes of soft herbs and eucalyptus oil with barley sugars. The finish is quite quick but with a herbal quality with a touch of bitterness.

 

The distillery has been closed between 1995 and 2007

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the singleton of Dufftown
12 years old  40% alc. vol.

A straightforward, nutty and malty single malt from Speyside, the Singleton of Dufftown was released to replace the Singleton of Auchroisk. It’s aged in a high proportion of European oak casks.

Nose: Malty with cereal/barley sweetness, buttery toast, wood shavings, hay and walnut.

Palate: Orange zest spiciness perks up a malty core of nuts, oak and toffee, hints of cut grass.

Finish: Oaky, rich with good length, some fruit lingers.

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the singleton of glendullan master's art 40% alc. vol.

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, this Glendullan was given a finishing period in Muscat wine casks. The Malt Master behind this one was Glendullan's Maureen Robinson.

Nose: Grassy malt and fresh pear, with zesty hints of juicy orange popping up every once in a while.

Palate: Toffee and milk chocolate, followed by another splash of orchard fruits.

Finish: A slight touch of orange oil and sponge cake.

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the singleton of glendullan
double matured 40% alc. vol.

A single malt from Singleton of Glendullan, originally released for the Travel Retail market. Their Double Matured expression is made with whiskies aged in both European and American oak casks, then married together in casks before being bottled.

Nose: Juicy notes of buttered sultanas and apricots, with a hint of sharp orange zest.

Palate: Fresh orange-y notes continue on to the palate, joined with caramel, red berries and floral barley.

Finish: Sherbet lemon, Mocha.

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the singleton of glendullan classic,  40% alc. vol.

This no-age-statement Glendullan bottled as part of Diageo’s Singleton-range, named Classic.

 

This single malt whisky is quite fresh and vibrant, shown by notes of green apples, pears, and a fresh spiciness in form of ginger. The Singleton of Glendullan Classic is skillfully crafted to reflect the traditional Glendullan distillery style with the fresh delicate fruitiness of the orchard for a perfectly-balanced clarity. 

Travel Retail Exclusive.