Non-Smoky Whisky

 Talisker 10 year

Just a delicious malt from the beautiful, serene and magical isle of Skye. Slightly sweet, with a smooth finish, this is an any time, easy drinking malt.

Goes well with fish!

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Oban 14 year

Like Talisker, a fantastic any time malt, from the highlands. Also one to be found on every bar menu, so quite a standard malt.

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Macallan 10 year

Probably the most well known malt around (after the Glens), but still a smooth, light and gentle dram. I once had a dram of Macallan 36 year which was sensational – very savoury and incredibly smooth.

Goes well with Indian food!

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Yamazaki 12 year

One doesn’t normally associate single malts with Japan, but this is rather interesting. Slight pineapple flavours and a little spicy harshness on the tongue. Interesting, as I said, but not one that I’d buy again.

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Isle of Jura 10 year

Quite like this one! We paired it with a haggis and chilli samosa and it was brilliant! Also had a dram of this in rainy Edinburgh before going to see a performance during the Fringe. A good one to have in your bar.

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Amrut 10 year

As with the Yamazaki, one doesn’t expect a single malt from India. Whilst Indians are big consumers of whisky, it’s mostly blended and Johnny Walker is the country’s favourite international brand. Nevertheless, produced in Bangalore, South India, Amrut is a gem of a malt. Only for export purposes (save one shop in Bangalore), this is comparable with some of the heavyweight Scotch whiskies. Slightly sweet, creamy and incredibly well rounded, this one’s my favourite with any kind of chocolate!

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Highland Park 8 year

Decent whisky – didn’t find anything special about this one. Smooth and light, it’s one when you’re with friends in a busy pub, chatting away and don’t want to disrupt the conversation and steer it towards comparing whisky notes. A background whisky!

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Glenlivet 12 year 

Everyone who’s ever drunk whisky has had this. I call it the run of the mill whisky. Whilst it’s easy drinking, smooth and not too bad, I personally don’t go for it. What it is great in, though, is porridge!

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Glenfiddich 18 year

Refer to notes for Glenlivet!

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  Glenfarclas 10 year

Whilst I haven’t had this particular aging, I have tried the Glenfarclas 50 year old which left me stumbling and fumbling for words. Wow! What a malt!

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Dalmore 12 year

Brilliant! A great one to have on a whisky tasting evening with friends. We paired it with spiced pheasant and it worked a charm as the whisky itself had a bit of spiciness that really rode alongside the spiced pheasant and left our mouths tingling all over.

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Dalwhinnie 15 year

A lovely smooth and floral malt. Quite delicate, ever so slightly smoky, and a touch bit sweet. Goes well with smoked fish.

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Hedonism Rye Whisky

Not being a big fan of rye whiskies, I was taken aback by Hedonism. Incredible flavour with a sharp zing to it. Quite aromatic and smooth.

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Glengoyne Burnfoot 10 year

A surprising malt. Picked this one out of curiosity. Quite rich and aromatic with a creamy sherry sweetness. Great on cold winter days.

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Ben Nevis 10 year

Named after the highest peak in Scotland, this indeed a high and lofty whisky. I had this with a very dear friend, sitting on Calton hill in Edinburgh, having a haggis supper and gazing across the city at sunset. It’s great with rich food as it’s sharp and citrus flavours cut the richness and on its own, it’s simply gorgeous.

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The Balvenie 12 year

Yum! Being matured in 2 types of wood (traditional oak and European sherry) it has a rich buttery sweetness that is just divine.

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Auchentoshan 12 year

I found this one to be quite intense. It’s triple distilled and therefore, incredibly smooth, but still quite aromatic and fruity. Goes well with stews.

Also amazing is Auchentoshan Triple Wood which is intensely caramel in colour and has a lingering caramel flavour as well, slightly sweet as sherry is one of the woods used (sherry cask) – an intense one, very creamy too.

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Aberlour 10 year

I first got this as a leaving present from work. This is a great malt. Quite smooth and sweet on the finish, quite creamy and well rounded.

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Aberfeldy 12 year 

Just another nice malt – aromatic with spice influences, smooth and easy drinking.

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