We have a great range of Single Malt whiskies from Speyside and The West Coast

 aberlour-10Aberlour

Aberlour 10 year old is a great malt, ideal for beginners, with a fine sherried spiciness. This is one of the best that Speyside has to offer.

The distillery was founded in 1879 by James Fleming, who shrewdly built it on the site of St Drostan's Well, thus securing forever this priceless source of pure spring water. When the journalist Alfred Barnard visited Aberlour in the 1880s, as part of his exhaustive survey of Scottish whisky distilleries, he described James Fleming's new establishment as a "perfect modern Distillery".

 

 

 

 

 

crag12Cragganmore

 

The Speyside representative of the Classic Malts series is rich and spicy, with a very satisfying complexity and a well-sherried backbone.

Cragganmore was founded in Ballindalloch, Speyside, in 1869 and was the first distillery to take advantage of the railway system for transportation, with its own railway siding on the Strathspey route.  The distillery was designed by Charles Cree Doig and the stone used came from the local hill 'Craggan Mor' (meaning 'big rock') which gave the new distillery its name.  The founder, 'Big' John Smith was only 36 at the time, but had already been a manager of the Macallan, Glenlivet and Wishaw distilleries, and the lessee of Glenfarclas.  A massive railway enthusiast, Smith himself was so big that he was unable to sit down in a normal carriage and had to travel in the guards' van.

 

 

 

glenlivet-12Glenlivet

One of the most famous malts in the world. Glenlivet 12yo has a soft smooth balance of sweet summer fruits and the floral notes of spring flowers.

Famously the first legal Scottish distillery in Speyside after owner George Smith took the brave step of applying for the first license to distil following the Excise Act of 1823, Glenlivet became so synonymous with the best quality that the company was forced to take legal action in the 1880s to prevent its rivals passing off their own wares as 'the Real Stuff'.

 

 

 

 

 

balob.12yov1Balvenie Doublewood

One of the classic after-dinner malts, Balvenie Doublewood's extra complexity and richness are a result of a second maturation in fresh sherry casks. Great stuff.

William Grant founded Balvenie whisky in 1889.

William Grant was born on 19 December 1839 in his father's house in Dufftown. At seven he was sent to augment the family income by herding cattle at a farm on the upper reaches of the River Deveron. Apprenticed to a shoemaker and after a spell as a clerk, William took a job in 1866 as a book-keeper at Mortlach distillery. Immediately he set about learning the art of distilling and in a short time he was appointed clerk and manager.

After almost twenty years of learning the art of distilling, William Grant resigned from his job at the Mortlach distillery and bought a field beneath the towering shadow of The Balvenie Castle. He then drew up plans for his distillery and the foundation stone was laid in the autumn of 1886.

 

 

 

 macallan-10yoMacallan

Matured exclusively in oak sherry casks from Spain, Macallan 10yo is a deep, rich, deliciously smooth and well-rounded flavour with a slight sweetness and touch of sherry and wood. Its deep colour is achieved wholly naturally without the addition of any colouring.

The common thread running through the history of The Macallan is the obsession with quality, which was established from the start by the founder of the distillery, Alexander Reid. In 1824, Reid, a local farmer, acquired a licence to distil whisky legally at Easter Elchies and The Macallan was born.

Throughout the nineteenth century, the owners of The Macallan were all local people, with a deep attachment to the countryside, to the produce of these lands and to the people living there. Almost 70 years after the distillery was first established, The Macallan was bought by Roderick Kemp. In the years following 1892, he set about establishing the Macallan's reputation for outstanding quality across a wider market. As a result, throughout the first half of the twentieth century, The Macallan witnessed increasing sales and a major expansion of the distillery took place between 1951 and 1963.

 

 

 

 farc10Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas 10 year old is a straw-gold , delicately light, sweet and malty dram leaving a long slightly spicy finish. Always impeccably well-made, this is a whisky that always delivers in quality.

 

Situated in the heart of Speyside – malt whisky country – Glenfarclas, translated from the Gaelic as “Glen of the green grassland”, nestles at the foot of the Ben Rinnes mountain.

The Glenfarclas Distillery Visitor Centre, which opened in 1973, is one of the original distillery visitor centres. In addition to the regular tour, which includes a dram of Glenfarclas 10 years old, in-depth tutored nosing and tastings are offered by prior appointment.

 

 

 

 

 glenfarclas-105Glenfarclas 105

A full 60% abv, yet the sweet, rich, spicy distillery character is still very much in evidence. A very small drop of water is recommended to open the flavours.

Situated in the heart of Speyside – malt whisky country – Glenfarclas, translated from the Gaelic as “Glen of the green grassland”, nestles at the foot of the Ben Rinnes mountain.

The Glenfarclas Distillery Visitor Centre, which opened in 1973, is one of the original distillery visitor centres. In addition to the regular tour, which includes a dram of Glenfarclas 10 years old, in-depth tutored nosing and tastings are offered by prior appointment.

 

 

 

 

 whin15Dalwhinnie

Dalwhinnie 15yo is a good introduction to the delights of single malt whisky - elegant, smooth and medium-bodied with a light, fruity palate and a whiff of heather on the finish.

Dalwhinnie was the highest working distillery in Scotland between 2002 and 2008, but the re-opening of Braeval in July of that year has robbed the distillery of that title.  However, the villagers can take cold comfort from the fact that their Grampian location still retains the lowest average annual temperature in Scotland (6°C). 

The distillery's original name was Strathspey, and its closest neighbouring distillery is The Speyside.

 

 

 

 bunna-12Bunnahabhain

A fresh aromatic experience with a subtle whiff of smoke floating through the air

THE BUNNAHABHAIN DISTILLERY lies on the peaceful, sheltered north-eastern coast of Islay, the most southerly of the Hebridean Islands. Built in 1881 its name comes from the Gaelic, Bunnahabhain (Bu-na-ha-venn), meaning ‘mouth of the river’, a reference to the Margadale, the river from whose clear Spring waters the whisky is distilled.

These waters tumble though ancient sandstone rocks from high in the surrounding mountains trapping the water so it doesn’t run through the peat beds as at other distilleries on the Island. The water remains free from the peaty phenols which would influence the final flavour of the whisky at the distillery.