Colour: Sumptuous auburn gold.
Nose: Rich and complex, with notes of toffee and butterscotch combining with ripe peach and bitter orange.
Palate: Superbly structured, with initial notes of soft apricot and cream, offset by developing flavours of old leather and oak, with a touch of honey.
Finish: Very long and well balanced, progressing from crème brulée to a gentle oak flourish.
Colour: Deep rich amber.
Nose: Terrific aromas of allspice, praline and spiced orange, in harmony with deep notes of Oloroso Sherry.
Palate: Orange, black cherries, dried fruit and ginger, spiked with dark bitter chocolate and enriched with lingering Sherry and oak. Superlatively full bodied and creamy.
Finish: Robust and long lasting, with bittersweet notes of exotic spices, dark chocolate and oak.
Ardbeg Ten Years Old is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. Yet it does not flaunt the peat; rather it gives way to the natural sweetness of the malt to produce a whisky of perfect balance. Named World Whisky of the Year in 2008.
Non chill-filtered with a strength of 46% ABV.
Placed in brand new oak casks right from the start, Auchentoshan threw the dice and won with their new Virgin Oak release. Instead of maturing in a cask that previous held sherry or bourbon, like most whiskies are, they did something different and have luckily created something stunning.
Nose: Pockets of spicy nutmeg float upon a calming vanilla.
Palate: A fruitiness follows on the vanilla sea alongside the nutmeg. Orange buoys bob up and down, sharp and fresh.
Finish: A flock of seagulls made of brown sugar flutter by, completing the picturesque scene perfectly. Bliss.