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    THE WHISKY BIBLE

    THE WHISKY BIBLE

    uisge beatha{The water of life, the name given by the ancient Celts to the

    fiery amber nectar we now call whisky / pronounced ishker-vahr/}

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    Inverness

    Oban Arbroath

    St Andrews

    Elgin

    Dornach

    Aberdeen

    Stornaway

    Pitlochry

    Loch Fyne

    Edinburgh

    MelroseAyr

    Islay

    Stromness

    AT L A N T I C O C E A N

    N O R T H S E A

    O R K N E Y

    W E S T E R N I S L E S

    Glasgow

    Scottish whiskies are among the worlds most revered spirits, with each region offering up its own its own style full of distinct flavours and textures.

    All of which are delectable masterworks in their own right.

    SPEYSIDE Light, honeyed & delicate

    with some heavily sherried, well-aged single malts.

    LOWLANDSVery little salinity with plenty of floral notes and balanced fruit creating soft & delicate malts.

    ISLAY & ISLANDSWell balanced, rich & peaty with fruiter flavours coming from the

    more northerly islands.

    HIGHLANDSFull bodied & varied offering

    sweet cereal, fruit, peat & smokey flavours.

    THE WHISKY REGIONS

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    The proper drinking of Scotch whisky is more than indulgence: it is a toast to civilization, a tribute to

    the continuity of culture, a manifesto of mans

    determination to use the resources of nature to refresh mind and body and enjoy to

    the full the senses with which he has been endowed.

    DAVID DAICHESScottish literary historian and

    literary critic, scholar and writer. 02.09.1912 15.07.2005

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    The capital of the whisky world, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Speyside is the most densely populated whisky region in Scotland. Sitting in a fertile valley of winding rivers and luscious glens, it is home to over half of Scotlands distilleries, Speyside malts are traditionally characterized by the rich, fruity and nutty flavours from the likes of Balvenie to the lighter, grassy malts of the Glenlivet distillery.

    SPEYSIDE

    THE WORKFORCE AT KNOCKANDO DISTILLERY 1971

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    GLENFIDDICH 12 YEAR ...................................... 5.95One of the worlds best selling malts, brought to life by one of whiskies founding fathers William Grant. The distillery sits in a glen in Dufftown on the River Fiddich, hence its name. The whisky itself has strong characteristics of pear, vanilla and a creaminess that lends itself to a long, mellow finish.

    GLENFIDDICH 15 YEAR......................................6.95A variant of Glenfiddich, this 15 year old malt is blended and married from three different types of casks, bourbon American oak, Portugese sherry and virgin oak. This blending process and the introduction of two new types of wood imparts a beautiful rich flavour of candied apples, woody sweetness and spices.

    GLENFIDDICH 18 YEAR......................................9.95Aged in fine Spanish Oloroso sherry casks and American oak casks providing a complex take on the traditional Glenfiddich, with depths of flavour, robust oak and that trademark rich fruit.

    GLENFIDDICH IPA CASK .................................. 8.95One of the first in the Experimental Series for Glenfiddich. Aged in a cask seasoned with specially brewed India Pale Ale, from the Speyside Craft Brewery. An interesting dram with the usual characteristics youll find in all of Glenfiddich Malts, but with the addition of a certain breadiness and a hint of hops.

    GLENFIDDICH 21 YEAR ....................................14.95Aged for 21 years and allowed to rest in Caribbean rum casks for the last four months, this Glenfiddich is an incredibly mellow whisky with strong caramel, rum and butterscotch notes that leads into a long, rolling finish.

    OUR FAVOURITE FROM THE SPEYSIDE REGION

    CRAIGELLACHIE 13 YEAR .................................................7.95Craigellachie, a queer whisky, stubborn in both attitude and flavour. When other whiskies changed and moved with the times, they dug their heels in at the Craggy Craigellachie Rock and kept the method the same. Shying away from the normal age statements of 10,12,21; Craigellachie bottle their whisky on the year they believe it to be its very best. Waxy on the palate, with cloves, baked apples and the slightest hint of saline.

    CRAIGELLACHIE 17 YEAR ............................. 11.95Another characteristically chewy, meaty malt from Craigellachiem. The beautiful sweetness and mellow nature of this dram comes from this malt spending a further four years in the cask. Touted as the best in the range its easy to see why.

    MACALLAN GOLD ....................................................6.95Another whisky giant, the Macallan Distillers have been distilling since 1824, with the oldest bottle in the archives coming from 1841. The name Macallan, derives from two gaelic words - Magh meaning a fertile piece of land and Ellan meaning of St Fillan, an Irish born monk who travelled Scotland spreading Christianity in the 8th century. Aged in first fill and refill sherry casks, this whisky has a predominant flavour of sultanas, sweet spices and vanilla. A medium body with moderate finish.

    MACALLAN AMBER .................................................7.95Part of the core 1824 series, unsurprisingly amber in colour and aged in sherry casks, it is more flavourful than the Gold but a little more reserved than the Sienna which follows it. With similar characteristics to its predecessor, it has a heavier focus on spices and sweetness. Cinnamon and candyfloss spring to the forefront, with a light finish of fresh fruit.

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    MACALLAN SIENNA ..............................................9.95The beautiful rich colour reflected on the palate of this dram, is due to aging exclusively in sherry casks. Flavours of toffee, figs and citrus with a long, warming finish embody this fine whisky.

    MACALLAN 25 YEAR ........................................49.95One of the most revered whiskies in the world, a superlative Speyside whisky allowed to age for 25 years in sherry casks. Rich mahogany in colour, with massive cinnamon, orange peel and dried fruit flavours and chewy oak, bonfire smoke and warm finish.

    BALVENIE 12 YEAR .................................................6.95Located in Dufftown on Speyside, in early 1892 work began to convert and early 18th century mansion, the Balvenie New House into a distillery. The building took 18 months to complete and on May 1, 1893, the first distillation took place at the Balvenie Distillery and still continues to be at the front of leading whiskies to this day. The 12 year, is a distinctive single malt which gains its character from being matured in two different types of wood, traditional American oak and European sherry cask. As a result of this, the whisky gains a beautiful vanilla sweetness from the American oak and a spicy, fruit led flavour from the sherry casks.

    BALVENIE 14 YEAR ..................................................7.95Like the 12 year before it, this malt matures in two types of cask. First American oak, and then finished in Caribbean rum casks. The result is a beautifully smooth malt with the honeyed character of Balvenie paired with hints of toffee and tropical fruit.

    BALVENIE 17 YEAR ................................................ 11.95The DoubleWood 17 Year Old is an elder sibling to DoubleWood 12 Year Old and shares its honeyed, spicy characteristics. However, it is distinctly different, with deeper vanilla notes, hints of green apple, creamy toffee and a striking richness and complexity.

    BALVENIE 21 YEAR ...............................................14.95Another Balvenie malt introducing yet more unique wood to a great malt. The 21 is a rare Balvenie, finished in port casks, lends an intense raisin and sultana flavour to the palate with a hint of walnuts. The finish is long, gentle and nutty.

    GLENLIVET FOUNDERS RESERVE .............................................................................. 5.95The founder George Smith, built this distillery in the early 19th century close to Josies Well, near a glen on the River Livet. This malt aims to capture the essence of Founder George Smiths vision for the malt, using time honoured distilling methods and boasts Glenlivets classic flavours of smooth fruit, zesty orange, apple sweets and toffee with a creamy finish coming from the copper pot distillation.

    TAMDHU 10 ....................................................................... 5.95Originally located on the banks of the River Spey, distilling and casking its first malt in 1897, 2010 the distillery sadly closed. Inspired by the founders vision, Ian Macleod Distillers recommissioned the distillery with hopes of returning it to its former glory. The 10 year old signature malt, is matured in sherry oak casks with toffee, vanilla and fresh fruit being the three main flavours on the palate, however you can pick up slight hints of dark chocolate and butter.

    ARDMORE LEGACY ................................................ 5.95The Ardmore Distillery is located at the highest point of the Northern Railway line, 600 feet above sea level. Looked over by a majestic golden eagle that circles the distillery as a sort of protector and sigil. Legacy is a light peated liquid with a standout Highland sweetness. Honey, treacle and campfire smoke with a full bodied mouth feel.

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    CRAGGANMORE 12 YEAR ..............................6.95The site chosen by founded John Smith, in 1869, for its