With over 130 distilleries across five different whisky regions, the choice of whisky in Scotland is endless. Scotch Whisky is enjoyed across the globe by enthusiasts, and each whisky is packed with a unique array of flavours and individual character. Why not bring a little bit of Scotland into your home to discover the different flavours in each sip?
To help you choose between the endless selection of this world-renowned golden spirit, here are some of our team’s favourite whiskies:
Chris – Balvenie Triple Cask 12
Packed with flavour from its time in the three most traditional types of cask – first fill bourbon, refill bourbon and sherry – this Speyside whisky is smooth and sweet, with notes of dried fruit and oak, delicately combined with vanilla and cinnamon.
Chris’ favourite place to enjoy it: Over an evening campfire.
Ema – Bunnahabhain 12
This rich and full-bodied Islay whisky is matured in Bourbon and Sherry Casks to create a delicately balanced deep golden spirit. Its nutty flavours enhanced by a sweet touch of vanilla and caramel, and a slight hint of smoke, combine in a beautifully rich and complex whisky.
Ema’s favourite place to enjoy it: Looking out to sea at sunset on the West Coast of Scotland.
William – Balblair 12
An elegant Highland whisky with a warm and complex character resulting from its time in double fired American oak casks and ex-bourbon casks. Notes of orange and ground spices intricately balanced with the sweetness of honey and a creamy finish with hints of vanilla and leather.
William’s favourite place to enjoy it: From a hip flask while waiting for the turning tide to bring the sea birds closer to the hide.
Ben – Cragganmore 25
A rare Speyside whisky with complex character. This limited edition run has an enticing full-bodied aroma on the nose, with notes of spicy oak and heather, honey, and liquorice. The whisky is smoky, spicy and zesty with a long finish.
Ben’s favourite place to enjoy it: With a toast of ‘Slàinte Mhath’ to the good health of friends.
Flora– Lagavulin 16
This deep, dry and peaty whisky is characteristic of southern Islay. Packed with flavours taken from its surroundings, its peat smoke and seaweed finish will transport you to the Scottish islands, while its rich sweetness and touches of wood will remind you of a warming fire.
Flora’s favourite place to enjoy it: By the fire after a cold winter’s day.
Eleanor – Benromach 15
This smooth and well-balanced whisky exemplifies a classic Speyside whisky. With a rich, fruity palate, sherry nose and subtle hints of wood smoke, Benromach 15 is robust, and impactful. This award winning whisky is not one you’ll forget.
Eleanor’s favourite place to enjoy it: With good company in a Whisky Bar off the cobbled streets of Edinburgh Old Town.
Morven – Glenturret 12
Oak matured and indulgent, this rich, warming whisky is full of character. The notes of toasted nuts and vanilla, combine with the spiced apple, sultana and ginger flavours to create a smooth and silky dram that’s pleasant on the palate and the nose.
Morven’s favourite place to enjoy it: Warmed in a Hot Toddy.
Ellie – Laphroaig 10
A dram of this Islay whisky will remind you of the ocean with a hints of seaweed underlying the initial peaty kick. This whisky will give you a smoky, medicinal impression before giving way to a subtle sweetness. A whisky with a distinct individual character and a truly memorable dram.
Ellie’s favourite place to enjoy it: On a sailboat off the West Coast.
Emma – Arran 10
A delightfully sweet and light whisky, Arran 10 year old has citrus and vanilla notes that translate into a deliciously smooth whisky with a cinnamon finish. This whisky will transport you to a sunny summer day with its sweet honey flavours.
Emma’s favourite place to enjoy it: In a Bothy after a day’s hiking in the Highlands.
Alice – Isle of Raasay Single Malt
The flagship bottling from the relatively new Isle of Raasay Distillery, this dram is packed with character as it marries flavors of caramel, peat smoke, and creamy oak. This dram makes an excellent impression on the nose with earthy vanilla, baked plums, red apples and wood smoke and leaves a deliciously butterscotch finish.
Alice’s favourite place to enjoy it: Shared with family on a visit home.
Inspired by our choice of whiskies?
With our extensive experience of the Whisky industry and as members of the Malt Whisky Society, we know the hidden gems around Scotland.
There are a number of private and family run distilleries that produce some of the finest drams of our nation’s golden spirit but have been keep secret to the rest of the World, much like that 40 year-old single malt that you keep stashed behind the bookshelf for “special occasions only”.
Why not join the locals to experience the true traditions and tastes of Scottish Whisky?