Auchnagie
Tasting Notes

Blended Malt Whisky @46%Vol

Appearance: Dull gold, with very slight haze (suggesting lack of chill-filtration), and good thick legs (indicating good texture).

Aroma: Slight nose prickle. The top notes are juicy and fruity – bruised pears, grapefruit, fresh orange peel. Behind this there is a light biscuit note (Rich Tea biscuit) and a trace of steam engine. A little water introduces estery pear drops, soft apples and oiled leather.

Taste: Very sweet to taste at bottled strength, with considerable spice across the tongue and a warming, medium-length finish. Fruity boiled sweets in the aftertaste. At reduced strength it is less sweet and less spicy, but remains fruity, with a trace of vanilla sponge – Eve’s Pudding.

Comment: Spicy and vigorous at full strength; soft and pleasant with a dash of water.
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Stratheden
Tasting Notes

Blended Malt Whisky @46%Vol

Appearance: Full gold, with khaki lights. Thin but slow-running legs.

Aroma: A dense, leathery nose with traces of dry fruit-cake, madeira cake and tinned pears, and a suspicion of scorched newspaper in the background. After a while a hint of pastry, hard toffee and sweet tobacco. A drop of water increases the pastry note, now buttery, and replaces the fruity notes with waxy green apple.

Taste: Sweet and peppery to taste, at bottled strength, with a trace of salt and a warming, medium-length finish. Lingering heat. Similar profile with water, at reduced levels, but without the salt and warm finish.

Comment: Like Auchnagie, this is strikingly spicy at full strength; pleasantly mouth-cooling and easy to drink with a dash of water.
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Towiemore

One of our latest releases with notes of spices, pepper and cloves. A marriage of 100% aged Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, no added colour, not chill filtered. A modern interpretation of the legendary Towiemore Distillery.
The Towiemore Distillery was built in 1897 in the parish of Botriphnie just outside of Dufftown where it distilled for just thirty years. In this time it garnered a fine reputation as an excellent pure malt whisky. Owned and supported by renowned whisky entrepreneur Peter Dawson. Dawson was appointed purveyor of Scotch Whisky to Alfonso XIII, the King of Spain, and any bottle produced by Dawson featured the Monarch’s seal. Dawson’s whisky was also selected for the pleasure of the Prince of Wales, later George V, on the maiden voyage of HMS Indomitable to Canada in 1907. In 1910, Captain Scott chose Towiemore as his spirit of choice for his Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole; he took six cases of Towiemore with him.
Appearance: Oaked Chardonnay. Aroma: Honeyed lemon tea on the nose develops into the smell of freshly proving bread dough, cinnamon dusted melon slices and a whiff of eucalyptus oil. Taste: A full and rich creamy palate then brings tannin from the oak before subsiding to a warm blanket of wood spices, pepper and cloves. Finish: As finishes go this is very long with warm sweet spices that seem to linger on forever. Comment: This expression delivers a complex Speyside profile with exceptional.
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Jericho / Benachie

Notes of sherry, dark chocolate and pine wood. A marriage of 100% extra mature Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, no added colour, not chill filtered. A modern interpretation of the legendary Jericho Distillery.
William Smith established the distillery in 1822, in a location that was perfect for small scale whisky production. The area was famed for barley production and the surrounding hills blessed with copious amounts of peat. The nearby Jordan Burn supplied the distillery with a steady stream of clear water. Its remote location helped the distillery remain concealed and difficult for the excise-men to monitor before distillation became legal. In the 1870’s sherry casks became increasingly popular in the whisky industry – evolving from a means of transporting spirit, towards a technique of maturing whisky for those who could afford to buy it. In 1870 sherry matured whisky from Jericho was advertised as a drink for the discerning gentleman traveler.
Jericho was renamed Benachie after the nearby mountain, although the whisky was still sold as Jericho for a number of years. As the Second World War dawned, a dance was held to celebrate a wedding in the old malt barns of Benachie. An old cask of Benachie was pulled out, probably the last in existence. The wedding guests danced the night away, emptying the cask in the process. It was assumed that they would be the last people to taste the delicious, sherry-matured whisky that made first Jericho then later Benachie so famous.
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Gerston
Tasting Notes

Blended Malt Whisky @46%Vol

Appearance: Full gold

Aroma: Light malt loaf to start, with sultanas and a trace of allspice. After a while a very slight steamy/smoky note, and hints of hard toffee. The smoky/maritime note increases over time, but becomes dirty (exhaust fumes) when water is added.

Taste: Smooth texture, sweet taste with smoke in the finish and a mineral twist. Water softens the texture; less sweet but still smoky, and a lingering smokiness in the aftertaste.

Comment: The flavour profile is just what you would expect from a 19th Century distillery.
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Dalaruan

The aroma firstly with soft fruits, gentle smoke, almost salted caramel like. It's thick in the mouth, creaminess moves to citrus oils which gives way to warm spices and a thread of saltiness lingers and soft fruits return in the background and a minty pine forest note appears. A marriage of 100% aged Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, no added colour, not chill filtered. A modern interpretation of the legendary Dalaruan Distillery in Campbeltown.
Founded 1825 by Charles Colville, a travelling cartwright who partnered with four other local businessmen. Dalaruan was an integral part of the rise of Campbeltown into a ‘Whisky Capital.’ Dalaruan produced a triple-distilled Campbeltown Malt whisky which was a key component of world-famous Greenlees’ Bros blend ‘Lorne.’ In 1826 they produced 14,295 gallons and in 1885 – 112,000 gallons. Dalaruan eventually sold for closure at auction in 1925 during the whisky industry collapse. At its height, Campbeltown had 34 working distilleries, alas today only 3.
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Lossit

Notes of Islay peat smoke, wine fruit and malt, a modern interpretation of the legendary Lossit Distillery on Islay. A marriage of 100% extra mature Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, no added colour, not chill filtered.
Malcolm McNeill, founder of Lossit Distillery, was one of the leading farmer-distillers of his age. Founded in 1817, Lossit was the biggest producer of whisky on Islay in the industry’s formative years and lasted for half a century until it was silenced in 1867. The longest surviving and most successful of Islay’s farm-distilleries, Lossit was part of the transformation of Islay’s reputation from an outpost of smugglers to a leading force in the whisky industry. Lossit’s ability (and need to) utilise entirely local supplies to build a business that could satisfy both local and national markets is a structure that many Single Estate distillers are attempting to replicate today. It could even be said that Lossit was the original Single Estate distillery!
It is possible that production was intended to restart at Lossit after its purchase by Bulloch, Lade & Co. in 1862 were it not for the emergence of the relatively new Caol Ila onto the market in 1863. The opportunity to acquire a Caol Ila, a modern distillery with far superior transport links was arguably too good to miss. Lossit was limited, small and secluded in comparison, the qualities that made it perfect for illegal distilling now a hindrance. For Lossit, its spirit would continue to be used in the BLCblend and to furnish local markets, but any production had ceased by 1867. After Bulloch, Lade & Co relinquished its lease in 1870 and vacated the property, the distillery was gutted and its plant buried in the property’s driveway. There the stills remain in their grave, the brand never to be tasted again.
Appearance: Sauternes wine, oily and slow-running legs. Aroma: From the beginning its peat smoke, winey fruit and malty notes – this rather subtle nose also has hints of pineapple, vanilla and buttered burnt toast. Taste: The palate has a smooth and creamy tangy start, leading to a smoky bonfire with waves of gentle spice flowing in between the puffs of smoke. Finish: Gingerbread, grilled grapefruit and its long, smoky and complex - just when you think its fading, the waves of spice are back. Comment: For those who enjoy mature Islay Scotch whisky this is exceptionally elegant and complex.
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