Scotland

Although the Highland distillery along the Sutherland coast was mothballed in 1983, there are enough remaining casks of warehoused whiskies for Brora to release occasional limited bottlings. This is...
Even though this family-owned Speyside distillery grows some of its own barley, does its own maltings, makes its own barrels, and even has an on-site coppersmith to tend its stills, it went off-site...
Two of the most intense malt-whisky flavor components are new American oak—which imparts vanillin characteristics—and peat, which, when used to dry malted barley, produces a smoky taste. In his quest...
Lightly peated and distilled two-and-a-half times (thanks to the unique design of its copper pot stills), Springbank is the pride of Campbeltown, as well as of collectors and connoisseurs the world...
In 1263 the chief of the Clan Mackenzie saved King Alexander’s life; in gratitude, the king granted the clan permission to portray the royal stag’s head, which appears on every bottle of The Dalmore...
Of all the single malts created by The Dalmore master distiller Richard Paterson, this is the most complex. It is a compilation of whiskies aged for 20 to 40 years in a variety of woods, including...
Its light golden-green hue serves as a warning that this is not a gin to be toyed with, and the 55 percent alcoholic volume (110 proof) noted on the label confirms it. Do not confuse this high octane...
This is the latest of the company’s light, floral vintage single malts to be imported to the United States; the 1994 has a bit more spice than previous offerings. This 15-year-old expression was one...
After spending 26 years aging in American oak bourbon barrels, this thickly floral whisky was transferred to amoroso-sherry casks from Spain’s famous Gonzalez Byass bodega for additional "finesse,"...
From one of the largest cellars of aging single malts in Scotland, three of the most exemplary casks from 1973—one ex-sherry butt and two refilled American oak hogsheads—were selected by master...
Technically a "vatted malt" (as these malt whiskies do not come from a single distillery), this third edition of a limited-edition award-winner is composed of 61 percent Northern Highland single...
Most Scotch whisky blends combine single malts with grain whiskies. Going against tradition, Compass Box founder and whisky maker John Glaser is renowned for using only grain whiskies to create...
Tasting Notes This 40-year-old Highland Park selection, bottled at a cask strength of 40.7 percent, offers a nose of honey and sweet bramble. The palate delivers zesty front notes, oak undertones,...
Tasting Notes Smooth and balanced, with aromas of stone fruit, creamy marzipan, nuts, and chocolate-orange. Worth Knowing A recreation inspired by the original 1909 blend, which ceased to be produced...
Tasting Notes This is a muscular single malt, with layer upon layer of complexities, including red berries, oranges, lemon, nuts, and cedar. Worth Knowing Master Blender Richard Paterson has outdone...
Tasting Notes Surprisingly sweet, with an underlying fistful of smokiness and spicy fruit. One of the most elegant expressions of Ardbeg Worth Knowing Named after the world’s second largest whirlpool...
Tasting Notes This 45-year-old single malt develops in the glass like a fine vintage port, revealing floral notes and profound flavors of exotic fruit, creamy vanilla, and walnut. Worth Knowing The...
Tasting Notes A bouquet of botanical and floral notes perfectly complements the juniper, light fruit, and lemon-peel flavors, while a sustained, spicy finish adds great complexity to this well-...
Tasting Notes The flavors are luscious and youthful, redolent of tropical fruit, honey, and vanilla. Worth Knowing Released in 2008, White Bowmore was distilled the same day in 1964 as the famed...
Tasting Notes This very limited-edition single malt carries deep notes of exotic dried fruits with a wonderfully soft, spicy finish with lingering touches of citrus. Worth Knowing Only 420 Lalique-...
Tasting Notes While the regular Johnnie Walker Blue Label combines rich and luxurious fruitcake and cream flavors, this special edition of Blue Label King George V is more restrained, more layered,...
Tasting Notes Glenlivet’s trademark honey and floral nuances are heightened by rich sherry undertones of fruit and spice. Worth Knowing Aged for a quarter of a century in ex-bourbon barrels, this...
Tasting Notes A rich, cherry-chocolate-tannin dram with a hint of mint. Worth Knowing Formerly known as Glenmorangie’s Portwood Finish, this whisky is aged for a minimum of 10 years in ex-bourbon...
Tasting Notes Round and buttery, with almond, oranges, and chocolate laced with a hint of sherry. Worth Knowing Aged in 75 percent ex-bourbon casks and 25 percent sherry casks, this whiskey is made...
Tasting Notes Leather, subtle honey-like sweetness, elegant enough to be sipped straight; more depth and sweetness than Gold Label. Worth Knowing Blue Label is a blend of 16 to 20 different single...
Tasting Notes Full, rich, syrupy sherry brimming with spicy citrus and raisins. Worth Knowing The most heavily sherried of all single malts, this whisky has won so many contests it has been retired...
Tasting Notes Distinct cucumbers, plus rose petals and citrus peels. Worth Knowing A gin for people who don’t like gin. No juniper here; don’t even add vermouth. Note Prices are average retail and do...
Tasting Notes A full-bodied blend bursting with toffee, heather, and vanilla. Worth Knowing A limited annual edition of approximately 1,000 bottles, this blend contains single malts from every...
Tasting Notes Curry, lime, tarragon, and lots of smoke. Worth Knowing The smokiest of all Islay single malts, Ardbeg means “small headland” in Gaelic. For a cask-strength version, try Uigeadail at $...

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