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Andrew McLeman's Malt Whisky Blog

It was week 2 of the Coronavirus Covid-19 Lockdown in on 30 March 2020 when I posted this photo on Facebook of my Malt Whisky  collection with the caption "Looks like my selection of 'Malts' will have to be sacrificed to get me through the next few weeks!"

  The Author

 The post got a lot lots of likes and comments mainly "sympathising" with my "pain", but one suggestion from friend Alison Gilroy was that I record my tasting journey in an online blog? -  I loved the idea and so here goes!

Week 1 | Week 2  | Week 3 | Week 4


Note : The “book” referred to in the reviews below is “Michael Jackson’s, Malt whisky Companion” 6th edition 2010



Week 4 Ending Sat 25 April 2020


4.1 Glengoyne

What it says on the bottle

Front: Glen of the Wild Geese

Established 1834; Glengoyne Unhurried since 1833; Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky; Fresh Green Apples,  Toffee and a Hint of Nuttiness. This the taste of distilling Slower than anyone else in Scotland,

of barley weary by air - never peat- and of hand selected sherry casks crafted from European and American Oak. Natural Colour from Time and Oak Casks Alone. Robbie Hughes Distillery Manager. Distilled, Matured and Bottled by Lang Brothers, Dumgoyne, Scotland. Product of Scotland.

Rear: The Glengoyne Distillery. Glengoyne Single Malt Whisky.
Carton Rear: Up to six years from Oak Forrest to Highland Distillery. That’s how long it takes before sherry casks are finally ready to receive our spirit. However the journey has just begun.

Time and wood work together over the next ten years - within the cool darkness of our Traditional earth-floored warehouses. Here away from sight, the Clean Golden Colour Develops along with a Sweet, malty finish, making Glengoyne 10 year old the Perfect Balance of Traditional Skills and barely dried by air, never peat. All in Good Time. 

Lid : Taking Time and Care

What it says in the book :

Tasted date 16/04/2020

My opinion; Very nice smooth taste, As it's probably the closest Distillery to where I used to live in Milton of Campsie, it's a distillery I have visited a number of times and so has a special place in my heart!

My score 8.5 out of 10


4.2 Tomatin

What it says on the bottle:

The softer side of the Highlands since 1897 

Product of Scotland;

Estd. 1897. Tomatin Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. ”Legacy”

Time in Bourbon barrels and virgin oak casks brings a light sweetness to our single malt, which boasts aromas of vanilla, marshmallow, pineapple and lemon. Bourbon & virgin oak casks. Distilled and bottled in Scotland by the Tomatin Distillery Co. Ltd. IV13 7YT

Rear of bottle:


Box : Back in 1897 the isolated and idyllic setting of Tomatin was almost perfect but there was no workforce. The local inhabitants were scattered shepherds and cattle drovers so we began a project of construction to accommodate our workforce. Ever since the distillery has been at the heart of the community and the community at the heart of out distillery. This legacy continues today as we remain one of the few distilleries to provide a home for our dedicated craftsmen.


 Since 1897 there has been a quite revolution unfolding in the heart of the Scottish highlands. High up amongst the smooth rounded peaks of the Monadhliath mountains there is no room for the rugged and robust. Here patience, a gentle hand and a passion for purity rule the day


In this idyllic spot the naturally soft water of the Alt-na-Frith burn is introduced to tender Scottish barely. Later from the tall slim copper stills of the Tomatin Distillery a mellow, fruity spirit is born.

Gentle maturation in the cool, stable environment found high above sea level let’s the subtle character of this distinctive Highland single malt Scotch Whisky emerge. The use of carefully selected casks ensures that the softer characters of the precious spirit are never overpowered.

You have heard the myths of this often wild and beautiful place. Ngow hear the truth : there is a softer side to the Highlands, there is Tomatin.


Time in bourbon barrels and virgin oak brings a light sweetness to the Tomatin legacy which boasts aromas of vanilla, marshmallow, pineapple, and lemon. On  the palate gentle flavors of candy, pine, lemon sherbet apples and sponge cake emerge ahead of a light clean spirit.

Graham Eunson Tomatin Distillery Manager.

What it says in the book:

Tasted date :20/04/2020

My opinion : great whisky up among the best. Sometimes the biggest is the best !- (at one time and possibly still is the largest malt whisky distillery in Scotland)

My Score: 9 out of 10


4.3 Balvenie

Single malt scotch whisky. Distilled at the Balvenie distillery Banffshire Scotland Double-wood matured into distinct Casks Aged 12 years. The Balvenie Doublewood acquires it’s complex yet rich and smooth taste from its maturation in two different types of up Cask. David C Stewart. The Balvenie Malt Master.  The Balvenie Distillery Company Balvenie Maltings Dufftown, Banffshire Scotland.AB55 4BB

First cask Many years of maturation exclusively in traditional whisky oak Cask Mellows the maturing spirit and imparts gentle, warming layers of vanilla spiciness 

Second Cask further maturation in European oak Sherry casks increases complexity, bringing fruity, honeyed depths to the resulting single malt

Box: The Balvenie Doublewood acquires its complex yet rich and smooth taste from it’s maturation in different types of oak cask.

Doublewood The traditional crafts of malt whisky making still flourish at the Balvenie distillery.

The Balvenie Distillery has been owned and managed by the same independent family company for five generations. Nowhere else will you find a distillery that still grows it’s own barley still malts its own traditional floor markings and still employs a team of Coopers to tend all the casks and a Coppersmith to maintain the stilts.

The fifth rare craft is that of Malt Master, David Stewart.  

Over 50 years of experience enables him to skilfully use different types of Cask and different ages of spirits to craft the Balvenie range of single malts. Each expression has a distinctive taste, but all share a rich honeyed character.

Warehouse 24 is The Balvenie’s community for whiskey enthusiasts who want to delve a little deeper into the world of the handcrafted single malt.


Handcrafted to be enjoyed responsibly.

what it said in the book.

Tasted date 22/04/2020

my opinion: A very clean and tasty smooth whisky

my score 9.0.out of 10


4.4 Tamnavulin

“The Mill on the Hill”

Speyside single malt Scotch whisky Double Cask. Matured in American oak barrels with a sherry cask finish. Product of Scotland. Distilled Matured and Bottled in Scotland. Set on the banks of the Corrie stream and the river Livet, we draw our water from underground springs in the Easterton  hills. Formed by snow melt from the surrounding mountains, this water is naturally filtered through ancient limestone rock.

Back: Double cask matured for a classic Speyside taste; rich smooth and mellow. The distillery Tamnavulin was opened in 1966 on the banks of the river Livet,  deep in the heart of Speyside the most celebrated whisky producing region of in Scotland. Amber gold in colour, this rich and elegant Speyside single malt whisky has hints of sweet toffee, honey and marzipan on the nose with refreshing pineapple, pear and subtle citrus notes on the palate. 

Distilled, Matured and bottled in Scotland.

Tamnavulin Distillery Ballindalloch, Banffshire, AB37 9JA, Scotland


Tamnavulin distillery on the Southern edge of Speyside in the foothills of the Cairngorm mountains, lies Tamnavulin  Distillery Tucked  away on the banks of the river Livet, the small group of skilled, time-served craftsmen at Tamnavulin create a classic speyside whisky.

Tasting Notes

Matured in American oak barrels for a sweet mellow taste with a rich. smooth sherry finish.

Colour: Amber gold

Nose:  Rich warm aromas of apple, toffee and honey with sweet marzipan and subtle tangy and marmalade notes.

Palate:  Fresh mellow notes of pear creamy peaches, pineapple and a hint of Demerara sugar.

Finish:  Rich smooth and refreshing -A signature Speyside malt.

What the book says:

My opinion: Typical Speyside malt and another good one!

Score: 8.5 out of 10




Week 3 ending Sat 18th April 2020


3.0 Do you add water or ice? -


I went to a malt whisky tasting evening in Edinburgh a couple of years ago, and on the table was a small pipette and water, what the expert said was you should add a very small amount of water to help "release the malt".

I've continued with this policy and I think it works! It also just takes the edge of the strength of the whisky. I don't always add water, I think its great that you can easily drink it straight and not faff about with mixers or the like!


The trouble with ice is that it dilutes the whisky too much, it often happens on flights when you get too much ice and as it melts all you are drinking is melted water! Another alternative are granite whisky stones you put them in the freezer then into the drink and that chills it without diluting it! I do have these but in fact I don't actually think I need my whisky chilled!


3.1  I've ordered 4 more malts from "MasterofMalt.com" and one from Asda so there will now be a week 4 and perhaps even a week 5 !


3.2 Dalwhinnie


What it says on the bottle:

Front. The Gentle Spirit; Product of Scotland; Dalwhinnie Distillery Est. 1898; From the highest distillery in Scotland set in the windswept Grampian mountains with their unlimited supply of fresh spring water comes this delightfully gentle delicately  smoky malt; Highland Single Malt Whisky; Fifteen years old; bottled in Scotland.

Rear: Dalwhinnie Distillery, Dalwhinnie, Inverness-shire, PH10 1AB; www.malts.com; The Classic Malts Dalwhinnie and the Quaich device are trade marks.

What it said in the book:


Tasted date 13/04/2020

My opinion: Very nice smooth whisky

My score 8.5 out of 10


3.3 The Glenlivet "Founders Reserve"

(the Glenlivet was previously reviewed in 1.3 but this is a different “special edition”





















What it says on the bottle: Front - The Glenlivet Single Malt Whisky Founders Reserve; In 1824 George Smith established his distillery

in the remote and wild location of Glenlivet Here, he found the perfect conditions to craft the definitive single malt whisky; Through this timeless  primeval valley run the icy waters of the river Livet  it’s name “smooth flowing one” in Gaelic, reflects the Glenlivet’s beautifully

rich and elegant flavours; George Smith founder of the original Glenlivet Distillery; Matured and bottled in Scotland.

Rear:-The Glenlivet single make Scotch whisky; www.glenlivet.com Distilled, matured and bottled in  Scotland

What it said in the book; The Founders Reserve is not covered in the book

Tasted date14/04/2020

My opinion very smooth whisky, even better than the original

My score 9 out of 10


3.4  ”Aien Apizteyein” (This is Kelvinside Academy school motto "Always do Your best")

Special bottling by Douglas Laing and Co to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the class of 1968 of Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow. 

Fred Laing, Chairman of Douglas Laing and Co, was like me, was a member of that class, and he generously created a special bottling for the 50 year anniversary dinner held on April 27th 2018

What it says on the bottle: A single cask bottling of a sugary /salty/fudgey 10-year-old Bunnahabhain single malt scotch whisky;  The

commemorative bottling for the Kelvinside Academy class of 1968 ; It’s  been 50 long years ; April 27, 2018 featuring a list of the 26

named classmates at the reunion including me!; One of only 26 bottles filled; Product of Scotland ; Distilled matured and bottled in Scotland ;

Douglas Laing and Co Ltd Glasgow, G3 6EQ: Selected by Fred Laing

What it says in the. Book:


Tasted date originally 27/04/18 and again 16/04/2020. What happened after the dinner at the Glasgow Golf Club - Quite a few of the participants that night returned to the Pond Hotel where many of us were staying - the whisky flowed. The hotel bar was closed, but this whisky was enjoyed by about 10 of us despite the hotel saying we couldn’t consume it! (What happened at the Pond Hotel must stay at the Pond Hotel!!)

My Opinion This is a very smooth whisky, most enjoyable

My Score: 9 out of 10


3.5 "Branded" glasses. At one time I thought it would be a good idea to have a branded glass to match each whisky in my collection! These are sometimes available on a particular Whisky Company website, but actually more usually not! They generally do exist but are probably mainly

used as promotional items and not for sale. So my collection was mainly built up bidding for glasses on Ebay.  I built us quite a lot but, but then ran out of steam, I may restart some bidding, most end up costing about £10 a glass




End of week 3



Week 2 (ending Sat 11th April 2020)


2.1 A little information about the history of whisky.


To be labelled Scotch Whisky it must be distilled in Scotland and matured a minimum of 3 years in oak barrels. Most whisky produced is actually grain whisky produced in bulk  and is "blended" with malt whisky and sold under major names such as "Bells, Johnnie Walker and Famous Grouse". In fact 90% of single malt whisky is used in the blending of Scotch Whisky enhancing the taste. However there is an ever  growing market  for single malt whisky which is produced from a single distillery and where the location, water source, method off drying the barley (e.g. using peat to fire the kilns) all have a influence on the taste.


Malt Whisky single malts are influenced by their location which includes the water source, and the method of  distillation. The process is similar to producing beer in that barley is allowed to start to germinate but then is kiln dried to produce malted barley that the distilling process that allows yeast to turn the malted barley into alcohol. The whisky is twice or sometimes three  times distilled in copper pot stills.



2.2 Penderyn


(The logo is a flash of gold in rock) This is a Welsh Whisky!

What it says on the bottle: Front - Aur Gyumri ; Like Welsh  Gold This golden whisky (notice they us the Scottish spelling) is rare and precious; and is hand crafted by our master Distiller at Penderyn in the heart or Wales: Non chill-filtered 46% abc ; Penderyn, Wales, UK, CF44 0SX



What it says in the book


Tasted date 05/04/2020

My opinion ; Slightly Peaty, quite light, a good attempt but not as good as a Scottish malt. I have actually been a tour of the Penderyn Distillery as we have friends in Wales. it is a purpose made distillery constructed approx 15 years ago to completely mirror a Scottish Distillery using equipment imported from Scotland including a Scottish master distiller. They don’t do aged versions but link editions to successful Welsh Rugby events

My Score 7.5 out of 10


As well as my collection of malts I have a number of matching whisky glasses and Penderyn is one of the ones I have. I have others ! (to be revealed in week 3)


You may have noticed that almost all of the malt bottles and boxes seem to gush with stories of the process, casks and maturation. It seems that each Distillery seems to have a huge story to tell! And Laphroaig is one of them.


2.3 Laphroaig

What it says on the bottle:  Front: Established 1815; By appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales. Distiller of single malt whisky. D Johnston +Co (Laphroaig) Isle of Islay; Laphroaig, Islay single  malt; Scotch Whisky, Select; Hand selected oak casks for perfect balance and flavour . Distilled and bottled in Scotland by D Johnston & Co, Laphroaig Distillery , Isle of Islay

Back of Bottle: Laphroaig . This special Laphroaig is created from carefully selected casks of each of our key styles, stretching back in time with one notable addition. The heart of the spirit is drawn from a final maturation in new American oak casks, rarely used for Scotch Whisky maturation. Bottled at natural colour, the result is an exquisite Laphroaig with our trademark ‘peat real’ matched by an additional layer of complexity and depth brought about by the fusion of the maturation system and different oaks. To find out more visit www.laphroaig.com

What it says in the book:



Tasted date 06/04/2020

My opinion; While not a fan of peaty whiskeys this one is smooth and tasty, almost convincing me to cross to the Peat side!

My Score 9 out of 10


2.3 The Famous Grouse

Not in fact a malt, but my favourite blended Whisky is The Famous Grouse. These are created using a grain whisky mixed with elements of single malts. They are much cheaper than a single malt , each that has a definitive taste, however the grain / malt mix create a consistent and very acceptable taste!

What it says on the bottle: Front of bottle: By appointment to her Majesty the Queen Scotch Whisky blenders Mathew Gloag and Son;

The Famous Grouse; Blended Scotch Whisky; The finest Scotch Whiskeys expertly blended and matured in seasoned oak casks for a rich rounded sweetness. Product of Scotland

Rear of bottle; Blending premium whisky isn’t just something we do. It has been the foundation of our craft since 1800. We bring together the finest ingredients to create a natural spirit before the passing of time imparts the wonderful flavour from our handcrafted casks. Add to this the fusion of skilled craftsmen and a tenacious obsession with quality and you arrive at our Famous , rich , sweet, well rounded whisky. www.thefamousgrouse.com

Mathew Gloag and Sons, 2500 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G15 6RW, Scotland

What it says in the book: As it's not a malt its not in the book however one of the components of Grouse is "The Glenturret" and at this distillery at Crieff hosts a visitor centre named "The Famous Grouse Experience"

Tasted date; 07/04/2020

My opinion; This is my favourite blended whisky, it’s smooth, tastes great, and is a consistent and very enjoyable and value for money blend.

My Score 8.5 out of 10



2.4 Distillery Map


Download the map as a pdf here (best printed at A3)


2.5  Cardu

What it says on the bottle:

Front The Cummings of Cardhu, Distillers of Distinction, H Cummings

Distilled and Bottled in Scotland

Rear : Distilled and Bottled in Scotland, The Cardu Distillery, Morayshire,A38 7RY, Scotland.

What it says in the book:


Tasted date 08/04/2020

My opinion : This is is really nice malt whisky, part of the make up of Johnnie Walker brand.

My score 9 out of 10



Ten Supposed Health Benefits of Whisky! (from an Internet blog but not sure how genuine this is , maybe some of is actually true)!


  1. Avoids weight gain- Whiskey is a low calorie alcohol due to low sugar content.
  2. Boosts Heart Health - whisky will reduce the risk of blood clots and lower your stroke and heart attack risk. The anti-toxicants in whisky stop cholesterol from clogging your arteries.
  3. Fights Cancer - Whisky is rich in anti-toxicants particularly ellagic acid  which stops  your bodies DNA from coming into contact with cancer causing compounds.
  4. Improve Brain Health - Reduces your risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
  5. Reduces Stroke Risk - Whisky helps to prevent cholesterol from building up in your arteries, and can get rid of cholesterol present in your blood vessels. it will also help ‘relax’ the walls of your arteries to allow better blood flow
  6. Fights Stress - Whisky helps to reduce anxiety and stress , calming nerves and increasing circulation.
  7. Boosts Memory - The anti-toxicants in whisky can improve the health of your brain and the circulation-boosting effects will boost your memory
  8. Aids in Digestion - As a digestive aid after a meal helping to relax the body after eating
  9. Lengthens Lifespan- loaded with Anti-toxicants  , these nutrients can help increase lifespan by preventing the slow breakdown of important cells in your body.
  10. Great for Diabetics whisky is a zero- carb alcohol so it doesn’t affect your blood sugar levels
  11. (an extra one) Whisky is also the least likely to give you a hangover!”



2.7 This an article on the Scotsman Newspaper Website -
"Ten best Scotch Malt Whiskies" (as chosen by whisky experts) - article written by Sean Murphy - January 18, 2017 July 2017

 Glen Alba 22 Year Old (Region: N/A, Style: Blended whisky/sherry bomb, Price: £30)  As chosen by leading whisky expert Charles MacLean: “I wasn’t surprised when Lidl’s range won all of their awards, they really are excellent drams that are incredibly reasonably priced. “The Glen Alba has a rich aroma, dry overall, with a trace of white pepper: fruitcake moistened with rum and decorated with glacé angelica, with white coffee on the side. It really is remarkably good.”

 Laphroaig Quarter Cask (Region: Islay, Style: Smokey big hitter, Price: approx. £40) As chosen by whisky blogger Scotch Trooper (@scotch_trooper): “A smokey and sweet dram that will surely beg for your attention. “Exactly what you would expect from a Laphroaig.”

 Benromach 10 Year Old (Region: Speyside, Style: all-rounder, Price: approx: £35)  Chosen by Blair Bowman, whisky writer and founder of World Whisky Day: “Well if I had to choose only one single malt to drink until the day-I-die I think I’d go for Benromach 10 year old. “It tastes exactly how you think a whisky should taste, totally balanced sweet and fruit flavours. At 43% Abv it gives it that extra bit of oomph and a juicy and chewy mouth feel. Delicious!”

 Tomatin 12 Year Old (Region: Highland, Style: light and sweet, Price: approx £35)  Chosen by Jason Thomson, blogger at the Edinburgh Whisky Blog: “Even though Tomatin used to be one of the largest distilleries in Scotland, it still flies under the radar of many a whisky dinner. “That looks to be changing though as their upgraded packaging and fresh, light spirit begin to win fans around the world.”  

Highland Park 18 (Region: Highland, Style: rich and fruity with hints of smoke, Price: £99)  Chosen by Anne-Sophie Bigot, international whisky blogger at thewhiskylady.net: “My ‘best whisky’ would be Highland Park 18, its quality/price ratio is unbeatable,  it is widely available and easy to find, and I can enjoy it whatever the occasion. Mostly though, I’ve chosen it because it is the dram that made me realise I wanted to be part of this industry years ago. “The mouthfeel is pure velvet, the smokiness is subtle, the fruity notes aren’t overwhelming – this is simply a fantastic whisky.”

Ardbeg Uigeadail (Region: Islay, Style: sweet and smoky, Price: approx. £55) Chosen by Becky Paskin, editor at Scotchwhisky.com: “People have been scared away from whiskies without age statements lately, but this lightly smoky expression from Islay’s Ardbeg distillery, which is bursting with rich fruitcake and spices, is one of the best value single malts you can buy.”

Old Pulteney 17 year old (Region: Highland, Style: coastal and sweet, Price: £65) Chosen by Mark Connelly, co-founder of Glasgow’s Whisky Festival: “Old Pulteney is rich without being too off-putting for some, like the Islay whiskies, and it is consistent and affordable. “It has a lovely sweetness delightfully balanced by salty, coastal notes – it should be a staple of every home whisky bar.”

Glendronach 12 year old (Region: Highland, Style: Rich and fruity, Price: approx. £35) Chosen by Geraldine Murphy, manager at The Pot Still whisky bar in Glasgow: “You can’t beat this wonderful little dram, one of my favourites, it’s a big delicious sherry monster. “Although proving a little harder to get just now due to stock issues”

 Glenkinchie Distillers Edition (Region: Lowland, Style: light and sweet, Price: approx. £65) Chosen by Craig Johnstone (@whiskycraig), distiller at Lark Distillery, Tasmania: “Lowland malts are often overlooked, yet this Amontillado Sherry Cask finished Glenkinchie has a great mouthfeel, with notes of rich dark fruits, biscuit sweetness and an unmistakable Lowland subtlety and complexity. It’ll make you rethink this region.”

 Springbank 10 (Region: Campbeltown, Style: rich, fruity and briny, Price: approx: £37)  Chosen by Sean Murphy of the Scotsman Food and Drink: “A malt from the only distillery doing everything themselves, hiring local people and promoting a community first attitude in an industry often criticised for its corporate approach.

 Read the whole article in photos at: http://foodanddrink.scotsman.com/drink/10-of-the-best-scotch-whiskies/


2.8 Another vessel for drinking whisky "The Quaich"

What is the Quaich used for?

Scotland’s "cup of friendship" has been used throughout the centuries to offer a welcoming drink in the form of whisky or brandy at clan gatherings and family occasions as well as to greet friends and visitors. The two handles make the Quaich an ideal cup for sharing and incorporates trust between the giver and the receiver who could be friends, family, lovers or even strangers. A Quaich should always be offered so that the receiver can hold both lugs, making it impossible for the drinker to use any weapons.

What is the Quaich used for today?

The Quaich has found its place in many ceremonial events and is still being used to offer welcoming toasts to guests in some Scottish homes. At weddings the Quaich is seen as a symbol of the shared love between the wedding couple and in christenings it is used to drink to the health of the new-born. This friendly cup is also often present at traditional events such as Burns Suppers. A “Cup of Friendship” is a common wedding, christening and anniversary gift nowadays. And what better gift is there than this beautiful symbol of love, sharing, friendship and respect?

Sláinte! (“Health” in Gaelic)

2.10 Staggering cost of some malts (Article from Daily Mail April 2020)


End of week 2



Blog week 1 (Week ending 4th April 2020)


1.1 Jura 

What it says on the bottle:

Front :- Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky; Journey; A refined balance of rich fruit and gentle smokey notes from Maturation in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels; Est. 1810

Rear :- Product of Scotland; The Isle of Jura Distillery Co., Craighouse, Isle of Jura, PA60 7XT, Scotland; www.jurawhisky.com


What it says in the book :

Tasted ; 30/3/2020

My opinion a little “peaty” for me but a fine mellow drink, most enyoyable.

My Score 8.5/10



1.2. Auchentoshan :- 


What it says on the bottle: 

Front :- Auchentoshan American Oak; Triple Distilled Single Malt Whisky; Vanilla and Coconut with clean citrus zest from first fill bourbon casks; Every single drop Triple Distilled;

Rear:- Born in 1823 we are Scotland’s only remaining distillery to insist on triple distilling every drop; Auchentoshan American Oak is a smooth and complex single malt Scotch Whisky, with noses of white peach and smooth vanilla cream; www.auchentoshan.com; Product of Scotland; Auchentoshan Distillery, Glasgow, G81 4SJ

What it says in the book:


Tasted date 30/3/2020

My opinion. A very smooth whisky, not flamboyant but a good malt at a fair price. This is a good value and underrated malt. I've actually seen this "lowland" distillery in Clydebank as it's near the Clydebank Dalnotar Crematorium
My Score ; 9 out of 10



1.3. The Glenlivet


What it says on the bottle

Front : -The Glenlivet Est. 1824; Single Malt Scotch Whisky; In 1824 George Smith established his distillery in the remote and wild location of Glenlivet. Here he found the perfect conditions to craft the definitive malt whisky. Through this primeval valley run the icy waters of the river Linet . It’s name ‘smooth flowing one’ in Gaelic , reflects the Glenlivet’s beautifully rich and pleasant flavours; smooth and flowing one; Distilled at The Glenlivet Distillery Banffshire, Product of Scotland; Est. George and J G Smith Ltd 1824; The single malt that started it all.

Rear: - Distributed by Pernot Richard UK; Distilled, Matured and Bottled in Scotland; The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire, AB37 9DB; The Glenlivet and Glenlivet are registered Trademarks.

12 years of  age

What it says in the book



Tasted date 01/04/2020

My opinion. really smooth and tasty malt, very enjoyable! I have to think that the Speyside malts are the best!

My Score 9 out of 10


1.4. Glenmorangie 

Lots of extra info on the box, - They have the tallest stills in Scotland; The 10 men of Tain who hold the distilling secret that has been passed down 170 years!

What it says on the bottle: Front- Glenmorangie The Original ; created in Scotland since 1843; Perfected by the 10 men of Tain; Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky; Glenmorangie Distillery Co, Tain, Ross-shire; Aged 10 Years; Unequalled for Purity, Delicacy and Aroma

Rear- “Glenmorangie Original balances honeyed sweetness with noses of citrus almonds and creamy vanilla, for a rounded complexity and enticing smoothness”

What it says in the book:-




Tasted date 02/04/2020

My opinion :- Very smooth, a really great taste! Its not surprising that this is the best selling Malt whisky.

My Score :-9.5 out of 10


1.5. Glen Marnoch 

What it says on the bottle:

Front : Glen Marnoch ,Limited Release, Speyside; Speyside Reserve; Product of Scotland,

Speyside Single Malt Whisky; An exceptional Speyside Whisky featuring rich oak, with a butterscotch nose, a spiced bread, citrus palate with a lingering toast and marmalade finish; Distilled, matured and bottled in Scotland
Rear: Suitable for Vegetarians; Specially produced for Aldi Stores, CV9 2SH

What it says in the book : this one is not in the book!

Tasted date 03/04/2020

My opinion; A very nice smooth little known whisky, most enjoyable!

My Score 8.5 out of 10


1.6  Highland Park


What it says on the bottle: Front- Highland Park 12 year Old; Viking Honour; Single Malt Whisky

Rear: Natural Colour, heather honey sweetness; rich fruit cake; aromatic smokey peat; Distilled and bottled by Highland Park Distillery, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland.

What it says in the book;


Tasted date 04/04/2020

My opinion Peaty, heathery, quite light. Probably not my first choice. With Annie's son Greg and family living on Orkney, I have actually been on the beach next to the Highland Park Distillery, I will try and look out the photos!

My Score 7 out of 10


1.6  - A question  - What glass is the best for whisky?


- My favourite is the Glencairn Glass


The Glencairn Glass

This my favourite whisky glass above  -The Glencairn Glass - it's name is etched on the base


 A traditional whisky tumbler glass above


The Norlan glass - it a modern take on the whisky glass , its double sided like a Glencairn on the inside but  a tumbler on the outside, I'm afraid I'm not convinced! - it's quite expensive and I still like the Glencairn better!


What it says on the bottle:?

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