FIVE WHISKIES TO TRY
My favourite distillery, and one which has quite a cult following. The 14- year- old expression is a fantastic example of a Highland malt with a waxy, mouth- coating texture. It is one of the main components of the Johnnie Walker blend. There is always an excellent distillery- only expression available, if you happen to be passing by.
Independent expressions can be hit or a miss, but a recent rebranding and relaunch for this distillery, situated just a few miles from historic Cawdor Castle, resulted in the release of a single malt in 2015. Royal Brackla was the fi rst whisky to be granted a Royal Warrant, back in 1833.
A Speyside malt that is now starting to become more prominent. The Glenrothes has always had an excellent reputation for quality, and has always been very much in demand by blenders. Up until quite recently, it used a vintage rather than an age statement on its bottles. My favourite is the vintage from 1988.
A relatively small, traditional- style farm distillery, based on Islay. It has quietly, without any hype, been producing quality whisky since 2005. At the time, it was the first distillery built on Islay for 120 years. The Machir Bay and Sanaig expressions are well worth seeking out.
Arguably the best value distillery out there, proof that good quality doesn't have to be overpriced. Some excellent cask finishes are available as part of the Elgin- based distillery's core range.