SMWS 11.32 Cirque De Saveur
SMWS 11.32 Cirque De Saveur

I get asked a lot what my favourite whisky is, and to be honest it's such a difficult question, but i'd be happy to mention this distillery when saying ones that are on my Yes Please list.

Loch Lomond 2006 Single Cask Cask No. 40
Loch Lomond 2006 Single Cask Cask No. 40

A single cask bottled by the distillery distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2017 this cask was selected by master blender Michael Henry and bottled at cask strength at 53.1%.

Auchentoshan 1998 (18 Year Old) The Library Collection (Edinburgh Whisky)
Auchentoshan 1998 (18 Year Old) The Library Collection (Edinburgh Whisky)

There are a number of things that make me look through the back log of drams and a discussion on twitter about Auchentoshan is what led me to this one. Bottled by independent bottlers Edinburgh Whisky Ltd this single cask has been bottled at 46%.

Mortlach 1987 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Mortlach 1987 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

I had this thought in my head recently that i hadn't really had a lot of Mortlach, but then i checked out my reviews and actually I've had a fair amount of the Beast of Dufftown over the years but this 31 year old dram, matured in an refill sherry hogshead really has sparked my interest.

Deanston 2008 Brandy Cask Finish
Deanston 2008 Brandy Cask Finish

There are a number of distilleries that i really enjoy the whisky from but i tend to, for some reason, either not see when looking at lists in bars etc, or when hunting for samples and Deanston is one of them, and thats despite the fact i'm actually a huge fan of the whisky.

Aberfeldy 1993 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Aberfeldy 1993 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Independent bottlings, at cask strength, of Aberfeldy don't come along too often, so i was really excited to see this dram in a set of samples from Gordon and MacPhail.

BenRiach 10 Year Old
BenRiach 10 Year Old

Over the years I've had some utterly brilliant drams from Benriach, this loveable distillery became a bit of a sample shop releasing a wide breadth of different cask styles and finishes, generally all being damn good too.

Glenkinchie 1987 (Wm Cadenheads Authentic Collection)
Glenkinchie 1987 (Wm Cadenheads Authentic Collection)

I was having a bit of a grump at the weekend about the fact that we don't seem to get many independent bottlings of distilleries like Glenkinchie when it reminded me I had 100ml of this from a fairly recent bottle share still to crack into so it was time to hunt it out.

Dalwhinnie 2002 (bottled 2017) Oloroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
Dalwhinnie 2002 (bottled 2017) Oloroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

Dalwhinnie is a distillery that seems to have slipped through my radar pretty much all the time, I've previously reviewed a couple of examples but really need to make an effort to dig out some basic examples and try to review a few more of these.

Jura The Paps 19 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Jura The Paps 19 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Last one in this series of new Jura Travel retail drams, this is the 19 year old The Paps, named after the famous mountains on Jura.

Jura The Loch Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Jura The Loch Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Another from the Jura Travel retail range, they all appear to be a combination of ex bourbon american oak and ex pedro Ximinez sherry casks, with varying amounts of peated and unpeated whisky in them.

Jura The Bay 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Jura The Bay 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

None of us can really define exactly what makes us love a distillery, or why, and Jura is that distillery for me, i can't say why i love it but i do, the whisky, the place, the story, everything works for me, and I know it doesn't for many others, but thats what makes it all interesting for us.

North Star Vega 41 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
North Star Vega 41 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

Nothing beats a well ages blended scotch whisky and this is yet another of those, this time from North Star Spirits, an independent bottler that I've not spent anywhere near as much time with as i should have so far.

Speyside Region 1973 43 Year Old (The Whisky Agency)
Speyside Region 1973 43 Year Old (The Whisky Agency)

This old blended Speyside malt was bottled exclusively for The Whisky Exchange by German independent Bottler The Whisky Agency and comes from a butt of blended malt featuring whiskies from over the Speyside region.

Glengoyne Cuartillo
Glengoyne Cuartillo

From the new Glengoyne range of whiskies, this Glengoyne Cuartillo is at the cheaper end of the scale, and I'm really excited to give this one a try.

Bank Note 5 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (AD Rattray)
Bank Note 5 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (AD Rattray)

I'm definitely one of those whisky drinkers who likes to poo poo those who moan about blends, blended whiskies, whether blended malts or blended scotch are a huge part of the industry and should not be overlooked.

Jura The Road Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Jura The Road Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Despite the fact i'm a huge fan of this distillery, there are still times when even i find one that isn't up to my standards and don't really agree with it, and this is one of those.

Jura The Sound Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Jura The Sound Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Hunt through this website and you will find i'm a bit of a fan of Jura, there are a fair plenty reviews on this site and i'm a real fan of the style, it would likely be described as my favourite distillery (well maybe after Rosebank).

Tomatin 2007 Discovery (Gordon and MacPhail)
Tomatin 2007 Discovery (Gordon and MacPhail)

There are a few distilleries that i have a real fond affection for, Tomatin is most definitely one of them, it has a style that works really well for my palate and every dealing i've had in terms of staff with this distillery has been brilliant.

Clynelish 1989 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Clynelish 1989 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

I'm a huge fan of Gordon and MacPhail as independant bottlers, they tend to pick great spirit and their cask management always appears great, add in great distilleries, like this Clynelish, and you have what should be a winning recipe.