Scotch Whisky Sampler

Welcome Whisky Lovers!

This amazing sample set if choc filled with single malt delights that I have hand picked from a rencent trip back home to Scotland (well… ancestral home!)

Each malt has been picked as a best in class for its region (mainly highlands and speyside) and will warm your palate and delight your senses.

So enjoy!

 

Glen Elgin, 12 yr old, Single Malt Scotch Whisky

A very soft 12 year old. This distillery bottling replaces the previous very popular Flora & Fauna issue of Glen Elgin, and represents great value for money. 'Tangerine fruitiness'

As a Speyside malt its style is smooth, mellow and sweetly honeyed. Soft spring water comes from the area of Millbuies Loch to the south-east of the distillery. Close your eyes as you nose a glass and you can almost see bees pollinating flowers, then honey- sweet and malty flavours dominate the palate - even a dash of tangerine fruitiness can be found.

Glen Elgin is a hidden gem, and scores '89' in the Whisky Bible 2012.

Tasting Notes:

APPEARANCE : Full gold.

NOSE : Sweet. Almonds, or maybe marzipan? Some orange juice. Perhaps a trace of sawn wood. With water, Speyside esters, nut oil and buttery fat, prawn crackers, traces of fresh pears; a whiff of smoke or steam; dense.

BODY : Smooth, medium.

PALATE : Pleasant mouthfeel; sweetish, then dryish, with some acidity between; all well balanced.

FINISH : Dryish, balanced finish.

 

Royal Lochnagar, 12 yr old, Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Royal Lochnagar 12 year old is a fragrant Highland single malt with a delightful balance of fruit and spices.

Tasting Notes:

APPEARANCE : Pale amber.

NOSE : Not obvious to begin with. Planed wood, light toffee, boat varnish. Linseed oil behind, even putty, and later a lychee-like acidity. With water the acidity comes through (acid drops), and the nose sweetens. Still a pleasant fresh woodiness, followed by warm sand. After a while, coffee with brown sugar.

PALATE : Pleasant; an initial sweetness is quickly overtaken by acidity.

FINISH : Dry; medium-length, with an attractive lingering sandalwood aftertaste.

 

Cragganmore, 12 yr old, Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Nestling on the banks of the legendary salmon river, Cragganmore distillery is the home of the definitive Speyside malt.

 

"Hugely complex, rich with layers of flavour and a whiff of smoke in the finish"

'Third' International Whisky Competition 2015.

Tasting Notes:

NOSE : A combination of sweet floral fragrances, riverside herbs and flowers with some honey and vanilla.

“The most complex nose of any malt whisky.” Michael Jackson, Whisky Writer

PALATE : A strong malty taste with hints of sweet wood smoke and sandalwood.

FINISH : A long, malt-driven finish with light smoke and hints of sweetness.

 

Strathisla, 12 yr old, Single Malt Whisky

A creamy, thick, 12 year old single malt from the Speyside distillery, Strathisla. One of the finest examples of the distinctive single malts for which Speyside region is justly famous.

Tasting Notes:

NOSE : A hint of (appetising) phenol. Polished oak.

PALATE : Robust exchange of sweetness and dryness. Juicy flavours from the oak. Vanilla, violets, sherry.

FINISH : Apricot. Prunes in Armagnac. Sappy.

COMMENT : A malt that dares to be truly oaky. Thank heavens for boldness and individuality in a world where blandness is always an easier option.

(Michael Jackson)

 

Deanston, Virgin Oak, Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Virgin Oak is the latest addition to the Deanston range. It is a Highland single malt produced from unpeated barley. This new expression is un-chill filtered, 46.3% abv, no added color and finished in Virgin oak casks, the way whisky would have been produced at the hands of crafstmen many years ago.

First matured in ex-bourbon casks,from a family run cooperage in Kentucky, giving the liquid a wonderful zesty character. It is then finished in new oak barrels, which add subtle spiced aromas to the whisky.

Score '90' Whisky Bible 2013.

'Silver" San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2011.

'Gold" Scotch Whisky Masters 2011.

'Bronze" International Spirits Challenge 2011.

'Silver" International Wine and Spirits Competition 2011.

Tasting Notes:

COLOUR : Medium Amber.

NOSE : Light lemon zest, sweet barley sugar fragrance, hints of apple and nutmeg.

BODY : Candied fruits with vanilla toffee and honey.