Set 1 View Booklet
Bowmore, 12 Y
The Bowmore Distillery is located on the Scottish island of Islay. Because the distillery is located below sea level it has ideal conditions for maturation of whisky in re-fill-, sherry and bourbon casks. The water for the production comes from rainwater from the hills, flowing over the peat soil. Islay malts are famous for their peaty, smoky flavor and these 12 years matured Bowmore is no exception.
Glenfarclas, 12 Y
Glenfarclas is owned by the Grant family since 1865 and led by the 6th Grant generation now and is one of the few remaining independent family owned distilleries; most notably in the whisky world. Therefore Glenfarclass praises its products also as ''The spirit of independence''. This 12 year matured won the 'Best Sherried Whisky' award in the Single Malt World Cup 2006. And won 2 gold medals at the Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival.
Clynelish, 14 Y
This particular whisky is produced in the Clynelish Distillery in Brora, in the Scottish Highlands. Although relatively unknown as single malt, the whisky is even more famous and highly sought after by producers of blends. This 14 year aged single malt has a robust and unique character with a rich palette of aromas and smoky notes.
Glenlivet, 12 Y
"The single malt That started it all. " In 1824 the distillery in Banffshire was founded by George Smith, who, after the introduction of the new tax law in 1823, applied for the first license. To protect himself from his angry neighbors who still continued producing illegal, George received 2 pistols from the Duke of Gordon. Matured in refill-, bourbon and sherry casks its characteristics still reflect those of the whisky from 2 centuries ago.
Benromach, 10 Y
A whisky that has won many awards. Owners Gordon & MacPhail produced the whisky to copy a section of pre-1960 Speyside whisky and is hand crafted in the smallest distillery in Speyside. The maturation of this single malt takes place in a combination of 80% bourbon and 20% sherry casks. Then it matures 1 year on first-fill Oloroso-casks.
Laphroaig - Quarter Cask
This is a single malt whisky from Islay. Because in the smaller 125 liter 'Quarter Casks', the spirit has about 30% more contact with the wood during maturation than with standard casks, this process is much more intensive. The additional influence of the oak gives a softer, sweeter character to the flavor, beautifully combining with the Laphroaig characteristic peat smoke.
Balvenie, 12 Y - Doublewood
This distillery grows its own barley, has its own malt floor, coopers and coppersmith for the care of the casks and boilers and is the longest active malt master in the industry. Balvenie 12 Y DoubleWood is a classic Speyside, matured in bourbon casks for 10 years and finished for 2 years in Oloroso sherry casks. The aging in bourbon casks gives the whisky the traditional smooth flavor and the sherry casks adds the strength and depth of flavor to it.
Glenfiddich, 15 Y
The Glenfiddich distillery is still working in a traditional way. The complexity and the sheer softness of these whiskies come from years of aging in the finest Oloroso sherry casks and traditional bourbon casks. The sweet taste of traditional sherry brings it in perfect balance. The result is an exceptional single malt Scotch whisky that won gold in 2012, in the International Wine and Spirit Competition.
Knockando, 12 Y
Knockando is a completely natural product without any artificial coloring. The distillery is located in Speyside and uses mostly ex-bourbon casks and Sherry casks for the maturation. Unlike other single malts, the whisky of Knockando is not bottled at a predetermined age, but only when it has matured enough and is at it's best potential.
Edradour, 12 Y 'Caledonia'
Edradour produces, with the 3 men who work there, the amount of whisky in a year that other distilleries produce in one week. Therefore the whisky is called "The Hand Made Malt". This Caladonia was personally selected by Douglas Maclean, the famous Scottish singer, and is named after his famous song. This single malt has been given a finish of 4 years in Oloroso casks.
Old Pulteney, 12 Y
At the founding in 1826, The Pulteney distillery was named after Sir William Pulteney, the former governor of the fishermen's association. Fully matured in air-dried, specially selected old bourbon casks, this whisky is still made according to the same artisan, traditional techniques that many other distilleries have abandoned long ago. This winner of several gold medals at several prestigious international competitions is an established name in quality whiskies.
Ledaig, 10 Y
Ledaig is produced in The Tobermory distillery, the only distillery on the island of Mull, and is located in the harbor town of Tobermory on the rugged west coast of Scotland. This whisky is aged 10 years in oak barrels in ancient cellars, without any outside influence. The Lochan source, high in the mountains, makes for particularly aromatic water. Along with malted barley, which is specially dried with peat, the result is this smoky, peaty single malt.
Set 2 View Booklet
This whisky is distilled from barley from Scotland and India, making this a true fusion of countries. Jim Murray’s Third Finest Whisky in the World for 2010. The nose is rich, barley and fruity. Big on citrus, spices, creamy sweetness with a hint of peat. In the palate you will find an oaky, rich and gentle peat with coffee and dark fruity chocolate. The finish is long, spiced with marmalade sweetness.
Nikka - Pure Malt, Black
Owner Taketsuru chose a new distillery the northernmost of Japan with similar weather conditions as Scotland. Besides the local grain, Yoichi also buys grain in Scotland. The Nikka Pure Malt Black malt whisky is a vatted malt, an assembly of the peaty malt from the Yoichi distillery with a distinct character with aromas of soft fruit and slight notes of peat.
Knappogue Castle, 12 Y
In 1951 Mark Andrews, owner of the Knappogue Castle, bought barrels of whiskey from other distilleries, which he left to mature in sherry barrels. 36 years later it was bottled as 'Knappoque Castle'. His son selects some good barrels from one distillate each year with whiskey expert Jim Murray. Per 'vintage' year the taste and smell can vary because of that. Irish whiskey makers state that no peat fire is used for malting.
Millstone, 5 Y
Millstone is produced by the Dutch Zuidam Distillers, a family business that still makes its distillates and extracts the traditional way. Distilled in a small boiler at a very low temperature to give the whisky its fruity aromas and matured in European oak, Olorosso barrels and American oak barrels, which are toasted on the inside.
Jack Daniels - Single Barrel
Jack Daniels is a premium quality sour mash Tennessee whiskey and world's best selling American whiskey. For this Single Barrel just one of the 100 barrels is chosen after testing and being found good enough. The barrels age on the top floor of the Jack Daniel's warehouses. These are most exposed to extreme temperature changes that occur in Tennessee, so the whiskey gets its deep color and flavor.
Penderyn - Legend
This distillery distinguishes itself from the mass production by producing smaller quantities. Here, just 1 barrel is produced per day, which is recognized worldwide after maturation as one of the finest malt whiskies. This single malt is aged in specially reserved ex-bourbon barrels made of American oak and for further maturation is crossed into oak barrels that have previously held Madeira wine.
Glenburgie, 10 Y G&M
This 10 year old Glenburgie whisky is bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. The founders of this independent bottling company introduced themselves already in 1895 to select the objective personal whiskies, "in view of a superior product at a reasonable price." One of the results of the company, of which centuries later is still pursuing this goal, is this single malt, which has aged in Refill Sherry hogs heads of almost 250 liters.
Benriach, 16 Y
Benriach has its own unique character by using specific production methods, such as copper stills and high quality barrels that are selected for maturation. The water comes from 4 different sources in the wooded area of the distillery. For the maturation of the malt Benriach used sherry and bourbon casks. This 16 year matured single malt is award winning and is known as one of the best selling whiskies ever.
Glen Garioch - Founders Reserve
Oldmeldrum, where the Glen Garioch distillery is located, was named the 'granary of Aberdeenshire' because of the production of the best Scottish golden barley. From 2008, the distillery only produces malt whisky with an alcohol content of 48 or higher, so that it can be produced non-chill-filtered. This single malt version is a tribute to the tradition of craftsmanship, needed to make the best Highland whiskies; a tradition that is maintained for more than 200 years.
Highland Park, 8 Y G&M
This 8 year old whisky from Highland Park is selected and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. The founders of this independent bottler introduced themselves already in 1895 to select the objective personal whiskies, "in view of a superior product at a reasonable price." One of the results of the company, which is still pursuing this goal centuries later, is this single malt, matured in sherry and bourbon casks.
Talisker - Storm
Talisker is an Island Single Malt Scotch whisky from the largest British Isle of Skye. Because of the location of the distillery, the whisky is known for some salty flavor and its spicy character. In 2002 Talisker became the winner of gold at the International Wine and Spirit Competition for the 5th time and got the whisky Trophy 'Best single malt under 12 years'.
Bunnahabhain - Toiteach
A special 'un-chill filtered' and 'non colored' variation of the famous Bunnahabhain Islay malt whiskies. Through a special distillation process a slight "touch" of smoky notes will go along with the grain. The big difference with the other distilleries on Islay is that Bunnahabhain does not dry the malt with peat but with hot air. Thus this Islay malt is not smoky or peaty. For ripening, a mix of bourbon and refill sherry casks is used.