Campbeltown single malts are rather dry and gentle smoky. The proximity to the coast proffers a salty character. One can imagine a cross between the Western Highlands and the Lowlands, with a little salinity. There are now just three whisky distilleries in Campbeltown.
Springbank's 15 year old is a rich, sherried Campbeltown malt with great flavour. Expect oodles of flavour from this one…
The second batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Springbank is an oily, coastal malt, typical of the Campbeltown region. It has a wonderful comic book-style label featuring a drawing of Caskstrength.net's Neil and Joel operating the famous Porteus Mill at Springbank.
The second batch is a release of 450 numbered bottles.
The Highlands is a broad appellation, though the whiskies tend to be full in body. The Highlands is divided into four regions; Northern Highland whiskies are full, cereal sweet and rich; Southern Highland whiskies are slightly lighter with dryness and fruit; Eastern Highland whiskies are full, dry and very fruity; Western Highland whiskies are full and pungent with plenty of peat and smoke.
Named the best whisky in the world in the 2012 Whisky Bible from Jim Murray, Old Pulteney's legendary 21 year old is full of flavour and is made at Scotland's most northerly mainland distillery.
A very interesting whisky, Edradour's 10 year old has a creamy, almost rum-like mouth-feel. The distillery is Scotland's smallest, and well worth a visit!
The Islands is a diverse region, though the single malts are usually rather rich. Smoke is a recurring theme, as is balance and richness. There is often a good peat, salinity and counteracting cereal sweetness. There are no hard and fast rules for the Islands, for the terroir and production methods differ greatly between distilleries.
The first batch of Highland Park from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. A well-rounded single malt that features the Dutch whisky festival Maltstock on the label.
The ghost of Charlemagne makes an appearance also, whose own daughter was supposedly cured of illness by tying a piece of cloth to a special tree in the Overasselt woods - a tradition that continues to this day.
Talisker Storm is a beautifully complex, spicy new whisky from the Isle of Skye. It was released in early 2013 and, much like the popular Talisker 10, is a peppery, intense whisky. This time, however, those classic flavours are accentuated, resulting in a very interesting little whisky.
Single malts from Islay tend to be the most pungent and peaty of all Scotch whiskies. This is particularly true to the south of the isle, where peat smoke is rife, as is tar and salinity. Further north there is not quite the peaty intensity; instead there is often plenty of fruit and refinement. There is always a good degree of balance, wherever one is on the isle.
A classic Scotch whisky, Lagavulin's 16 year old is a benchmark malt from Islay's south coast. This is perhaps more smoky than peaty, and has a wonderful flavour that pertains to Lapsang Souchong tea…
Allow us to introduce one of our very favourite whiskies - Ardbeg Uigeadail. This is aptly named for a Loch near the distillery, the name of which, 'Uigeadail', is Gaelic for 'dark and mysterious place'. This was brought to fame in 2009 when Jim Murray named it World Whisky of the Year in his Whisky Bible...
Whiskies from the Lowlands tend to be light and gentle. The single malts are usually quite dry. Peat is very rarely used. The single malts are soft and delicate and triple distillation is practiced, indeed it is for this that the region is known. There is very little salinity and plenty of floral notes and balanced fruit.
Auchentoshan's classic Three Wood is so-named for its maturation in three different cask types: American white oak Bourbon barrels, Spanish Oloroso sherry casks, and sweet Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry casks. The result is a rich, creamy triple-distilled gem from the Lowland distillery.
This is the 1st batch of 'Ayrshire' single malt Scotch whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, featuring a slightly scary scene on the label. However, the terrifying tableau might be a hint to help you figure which closed distillery this stunning whisky came from.
39 numbered bottles were produced in this batch.
Blended whisky is Scotland’s best-selling spirit. A Scotch blend is made up of both malt and grain whisky. The grain whisky is easy to produce, it being distilled in a column still. It is a little more neutral in taste, thus the malt whisky is added for flavour and body. Currently, blended whisky accounts for 90% of Scotland’s whisky production.
Immensely popular last year, the Whisky Advent Calendar made by Drinks By The Dram is back for the 2013 holiday season. With a different 3cl dram of wonderful whisky behind each of the twenty-four doors, it’s certainly very full of cheer indeed. A brilliant pre-Christmas treat for whisky lovers in the run up to the big day, it looks to be a fantastically festive December.
Looking for something extra special? How about The Premium Whisky Advent Calendar
Prefer gin? Take a look at The Ginvent Calendar
For whisky enthusiasts that have been incredibly good this year, Drinks By The Dram have created the Premium Whisky Advent Calendar new for 2013. Behind each of the twenty-four doors is a different 3cl sample dram of premium whisky. The contents of the Premium Whisky Advent Calendar may vary slightly due to the limited nature of some single casks and premium releases. Even so, there’s no better way to warm up this December.
Fancy gin instead? Have a look at The Craft Ginvent Calendar
Speyside proffers the lighter, sweeter drams. Body is brought with age and some of the heavily sherried, well-aged Speyside single malts are particularly full. The lighter, younger whiskies can be rather delightful with superb balance. The sweetness is often honeyed and delicate and peat is rarely used, nor are the drams particularly salty. Speyside whiskies are rarely finished in exotic wood.
One of the best value for money whiskies in the world, especially considering its epic age, Glenfarclas 40 offers up all the complexity and character we've come to expect from the distillery. Brilliant.
The Balvenie 17 Year Old Doublewood has been aged in two types of oak cask to create a smooth and honeyed style.