4 Great Whiskies for Scotch Day

Our pick of 4 great whiskies to enjoy for National Scotch Day


Glenkinchie 12 Year-Old, Lowlands, Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Taking the place of the soon to disappear 10 year old, 12 year old Glenkinchie is a typical lowland whisky in that it is fresh and light in character, with notes of lemon and cut grass. A sweet nose and a hint of peat make this a good introduction to the world of single malts.

The Glenkinchie distillery was founded between 1825 and 1833 by the brothers George and John Rate. The barley they used was often grown on land manured with local seaweed, ripened earlier and was lighter than grain grown elsewhere – qualities soon prized in the Lowland malts made from it.

AnCnoc 12-year-old, Knockdhu Distillery, Single Malt Whisky.

AnCnoc 12 Years Old is light, yet complex, it’s smooth yet challenging, each twist and turn delivers a surprise. For malt drinkers and new to malt alike, this is a dram that has something for everyone. The nose delivers soft very aromatic notes with a hint of honey and lemon in the foreground. The palate is sweet to start with an appetising fruitiness and a long smooth finish. A malt for every occasion.

Smokehead, Islay, Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

A rich, seaweedy and intensely peaty whisky. The flavour is fresh, fruity and immense, with notes of sherry, iodine, toffee, smoke and sea salt all fighting for recognition.

The Nose delivers heavy smoke and peat with amazing richness. The taste then hits the palette like a cannonball at once with cocoa and some honey sweetness then explodes with peppery spice. With a finish of spice and mandarin, overall a roller coaster of peat and spice with some delicate sweetness.

Glengoyne 18 Year Old, Highland, Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Complex, sweet and rounded with a spicy oak finish. This is the taste of distilling slower than anyone in Scotland, and of barley dried by air, not peat. The flavours develop in sherry casks  balancing deep character with light vanilla notes, fresh, malty & spicy.

Spicy vanilla fruit, ripe apples and a rich, luxurious mouthfeel. The result of eighteen long years and a generous proportion of first-fill sherry casks.

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