Shooting Gazette - - Refined Refreshments -


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.

Royal Brackla:

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.

The Glen­rothes:

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.

Glen Mo­ray:

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.

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