Aberlour 12Appearance: amber gold with ruby highlights. Taste: good sherried body with fruity aromas. Nose: very soft and rounded with fruity notes (red apple). Finish: warming, powerful with some smoky notes and a gentle pepperiness.
Arddbeg 10Color: amber with pale gold highlights. Nose: big-bodied, dark and pungent, good, solid peat character and an underlay of rich lemon zest citrus, dry, but with a hint of sweetness, round with a delicate note of iodine. Flavor: full-bodied, earthily, smokey, peaty and rich with touches of coffee/chocolate and tarry rope/creosote. Finish: long, tangy and quite pungent, the citrus notes reprise, together with dark chocolate and a little seaweed
AuchentoshanThe name auchentoshan is gaelic and translates as "the corner of the field", the distillery is also known as "glasgow's malt whisky" due to its close proximity to glasgow and "the breakfast whisky" due to its sweet and delicate nature.
Balvenie 12Nose: rich and complex with honey, citrus fruits and vanilla oak notes. Taste: rich and honeyed with a hint of sherry fruitiness. A spiciness of cinnamon and nutmeg and a subtle oak develop with time. Finish: warm and lingering.
Bowmore 12Color: amber nose: more salt, seaweed and smoke than at 10 years. Flavor: medium. Lightly syrupy. Finish: remarkably long and salty.
CragganmoreNestling on the banks of the legendary salmon river, cragganmore is, for many, the home of the definitive speyside malt. It is known as'the most complex aroma of any malt - astonishingly fresh and delicate'. Food suggestion: why not try cragganmore with sausages or meat pies? Taste style: complex. Complex malts will gently unlock their aroma and taste secrets.
Dalmore 12Deep golden mahogany in color with orange, marmalade and aromatic spice on the nose. Elegant and rich on the palate with intense citrus and hints of sweet vanilla pod to finish, enhanced by increased sherry wood for an aftertaste of great complexity.
DalwhinnieNose: a big, crisp, dry and very aromatic nose with hints of heather and peat. Body: light to medium. Palate: smooth, soft and lasting flavours of heather, honey sweetness and vanilla followed by deeper citrus-fruit flavours and hints of malted bread. Finish: long, lingering, surprisingly intense finish that starts sweetly, then gives way to smoke, peat and malt.
Glenfiddich 12The taste: fresh and fragrant has a touch of pear in the nose, followed by a distinctive, well-balanced flavor of rich fruit, subtle pine and a hint of peatiness. Expect a satisfyingly long, lingering and rounded aftertaste.
Glenlivet 12Color: light or pale gold. Nose: aromatic, with flowers. Clean and simple, with some malt. Sherry notes, some spice and vanilla. Body: medium, smooth and firm. Palate: subtle peat. Delicate. Slightly sweet and fruity, with vanilla notes. Clean and well-balanced. Finish: long, but mild and warming. A trace of peat at the end.
Glenmorangie 10Color: pale golden brown. Aroma: light and delicate, floral with traces of citrus and vanilla, with a light smokiness, too. Taste: beautifully balanced, with honeyed nuts coming through. Aftertaste: clean and salving, short.
Glenfarclas 15Color: a rich golden amber. Nose: complex, sherried, deliciously peated, light butterscotch aromas, with a hint of dried fruit. Flavour: full bodied with super balance of sherried sweetness, malty tones and peaty flavours. Finish: long lasting, gloriously sherried, sweet, gently smoky, and distinguished.
Glenrothes ReserveThe result: delicious ripe fruits, fresh citrus flavors with oak-infused vanilla and a hint of spice, plus a typically creamy texture on the palate.
Laphroaig 10Color: full, refractive, gold. Nose: very peaty with the tangy sweetness of the sea body: full and hardy. Palate: richly smoky, fully peated, with still a hint of sweetness, salty. Finish: lingering and unique
Lagavulin 16Appearance: deep amber gold. Nose: intense peat smoke with iodine and seaweed and a rich, deep sweetness. Body: full, rich. Palate: dry peat smoke fills the palate with a gentle but strong sweetness, followed by sea and salt with touches of wood. Finish: a long, elegant peat-filled finish with lots of salt and seaweed.
Longrow 10 (Springbank)Color: amber-golden. Nose: lush sweetness with milk chocolate and autumn fruits. Strong hints of burning embers. Taste: very rich and oily in body with toffee apples and cloves dominating at first. Finish: long and warming. The perfect seasonal dram.
Macallan 12Color: amber. Nose: sherry, honey, flowery notes. Body: full, smooth. Palate: first hints of flowering currant. Altogether more expressive. Finish: slightly more rounded.
Macallan 18Color: light mahogany. Nose: dried fruits and ginger, with a hint of citrus, vanilla and cinnamon. Palate: rich dried fruits, with spice, clove, orange and wood smoke. Finish: full and lingering, with dried fruits and sweet toffee, ginger and a hint of wood smoke.
Oban 14Nose: 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.
Glenmorangie Quinta RubanNose: fragrant with citrus (orange peel), flowers (freesia), spice, and a hint of cream-filled choux pastry. Juicy! Water pulls out more weighty malty notes. Palate: lovely mid-weight malt that's softer than the nose initially suggests. Great momentum in the mouth with cranachan, soft baked fruits, fruit cake, syrup, apricot and malt. It dances on the tongue. Finish: bursts into life.
Talisker 10Appearance: brilliant gold. Nose: peat-smoke with sea-water saltiness, the liquor of fresh oysters, a citrus sweetness. Body: full. Palate: a rich dried-fruit sweetness with clouds of smoke and strong barley-malt flavors, warming and intense. At the back of the mouth is an explosion of pepper. Finish: huge, long, peppery finish with an appetizing sweetness.
Yamazaki 12This is a medium-bodied whisky with the aromas of dried fruits and honey. It has a delicate, mellow taste with a lingering, woody, dry finish.
Yamazaki 18This is a full-bodied whisky with spicy cherry-like tones. The toffee aromatics of this copper-gold colored whisky offer a pleasant, long, dry finish.