Speyside And Highlands Tastings

Welcome to the Speyside tour of my dreams! I mean drams, no I don't I mean dreams lol.

Ok, jokes aside. This tasting is a little bit special to me because it's the exact path I took around Scotland this month. Yes, I actually toured every one of these amazing distilleries and hand picked these malts for you. 

They are light, delightful and of so moorish. 

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!


Dalwhinnie Distillery

The Dalwhinnie Distillery is located in Cairngorm National Park in the Scottish Highlands near the village off Dalwhinnie, Inverness-Shire, Scotland. It began in 1897, with four men and a dream. It was doing so well that is caught the attention of an American company. In 1905, it was bought by that American company and moved to the America. But it moved back only 14 years later because prohibition started in America. After opening and closing twice for each of the world wars they began making modern improvements to keep up with the modern times. Today they offer five malt whiskies and if you are lucky enough to visit their facility they pare their whiskies with fine chocolates that are also made in the Highlands.

Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old is aged for, you guessed it, 15 years in American Oak barrels. By law, to be called "Scotch" the whisky must be made in Scotland and aged for a minimum of three years in oak barrels. Also the law requires any whisky called single malt Scotch must be distilled in only one facility using pot stills.
Nose: Light and fresh with honeyed pear and hints of earthy floral heather
Palate: Rich and sweet with notes of cinnamon and spice and a light pear highlight
Finish: Smooth balance of fruit and spice

Dalwhinnie Distiller Edition Single Malt Whisky

Dalwhinnie Distiller Edition is aged for about 15 years in American oak but then it is finished by aging one year in Oloroso sherry casks.
Nose: Light floral with honeyed spices and a hint of malt
Palate: Light crisp fruitiness with earthy spice and honey
Finish: Long with vanilla and oak

Deanston Distillery

The Deanston Distillery opened in 1967 in the former Deanston Cotton Mill building. When the cotton mill closed it could have meant hardship for the area but luckily the distillery moved in to help save the local economy. It is located on the River Teith in Perthshire, Scotland. Even though they are a relatively newer distillery they honor the time wore traditions of Scottish whisky making. One example of this is, they slowly mill their malted barley in a four roller Porteus press and take the extra time to hand test the grain to ensure the best blend. Everything in the production of their whisky is done in similar traditional methods. Deanston currently offers four whiskies for sale but have offered others in the past.

Deanston Virgin Oak

Deanston Virgin Oak whisky is aged in former bourbon barrels that come for Kentucky. By law bourbon is whiskey that is made with at least 51% corn and is aged in brand new white oak barrels that have been charred. That means the barrels can only be used once for the bourbon making process. So they make a prefect flavor enhancing addition to age other whiskeys or whiskies. Then it is finished in new oak barrels or "virgin" oak barrels giving it strong spicy flavors and its name.
Nose: Bold oakiness with hints of lemony barley and cinnamon apple
Palate: Sweet honey vanilla candy and fruit with hints of sweet earth oak.
Finish: Light spiciness and honeyed oak

Deanston 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky

Deanston 12 Year Old is a traditional single malt. It is aged for 12 years in former bourbon barrels to enhance the smooth sweetness of this whisky.
Nose: Fresh cut hay, rich and creamy malted toffee and a hint of sweet woodiness
Palate: Sweet and creamy with light hints of honeyed vanilla and spiced fruits
Finish: Crisp with lingering earthy cloves

Glenfiddich Distillery

William Grant with is seven sons and two daughters began building their distillery in 1886 near Dufftown, Banffshire, Scotland. When they opened in 1887, William named it Glenfiddich, which is Gaelic for "Valley of the Deer". In 1959, the family added a cooperage on site. A cooperage, for those of you who don't know, is where they make barrels and casks. The cooperage products as many as 126 barrels every day. Today the Glenfiddich Distillery is still entirely family owned.

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Single Malt Whisky is a uniquely made whisky. The Glenfiddich family are self proclaimed mavericks, which is truly shown with the production of this whisky. First it is aged in three different types of oak casks; former sherry casks, former bourbon casks, and new oak casks. Then their Malt Master blends it into their one of a kind Oregon pine Solera vat. Solera is a technique of maturing alcoholic liquids so that different ages are blended together that was developed by the Spanish. This unique process creates a delicious and wonderfully complex product.
Nose: Complex, rich vanilla fudge and sweet heavy fruits with hints of earthy honey
Palate: Extremely smooth with flavors of rich oak and complex candied cinnamon and spices
Finish: Rich ending with sweetness