Review 384: Glen Spey 12 Year

The Glen Spey distillery is a single malt Scotch whisky distillery in Rothes, Aberlour, Banffshire at the centre of the Speyside whisky producing area of Scotland.

Glen Spey (along with Glenlossie and Strathmill) continues to use ‘purifiers’. Purifiers act as small condensers, returning a proportion of the alcohol vapours back to the pot to be re-distilled. So, this would increase the amount of ‘reflux’ within the pot stills. This results in a lighter spirit.

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Review 382: Glenlossie 10 Year

There are a handful of Glenlossie single malts which have been given official bottlings, including this 10 year old expression released as part of the Flora & Fauna series and a 12 year old Manager’s Dram.

The rarity of official Glenlossie whisky is somewhat unusual given that there are ten warehouses on-site, capable of holding 200,000 casks, which are often used to store casks from other Diageo distilleries.

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Review 381: Teaninich 10 Year

Teaninich is a whisky distillery in Alness. It was founded and built in 1817 by Hugh Munro on his estate of Teaninich Castle. In 2000 a mash filter press was installed in the distillery, which is unique in Scottish malt whisky production; all other Scottish whisky distilleries use mash tuns.

The distillery mainly produces malts for blending, and it is used in Johnnie Walker Red Label. There are no official bottlings of the malt. Since 1992 this 10-year-old malt has been available in the flora and fauna series.

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Review 380: Auchroisk 10 Year

The distillery produced its first single malt in 1978.[3] The single malt was rebranded as ‘The Singleton’ in 1986, as the name ‘Auchroisk’ was perceived as too difficult for consumers outside of Scotland. The name changed back to Auchroisk in 2001, when a bottling was released under the name ‘Auchroisk 10 Year Old Flora & Fauna’ in the Diageo Flora & Fauna range. In 2008 the name was changed again, this time to ‘The Singleton of Auchroisk’.

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Review 379: Strathmill 12 Year

Strathmill is one of three distilleries within the Moray town of Keith at the heart of “Malt Whisky Country”. Unlike Keith’s other two distilleries of Strathisla and Glen Keith, however, Strathmill is not owned by Chivas (part of the Pernod Ricard group) but since 1997 by Diageo who operate it for the production of blends such as J&B whisky.

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Review 376: Inchgower 14 Year

And yet another from the Flora & Fauna series. This time an Inchgower and yet again another distillery that is rarely bottled as an single malt. Normally this ends up in the blends from Bell’s, Johnnie Walker and White Horse. There are even just a view independent bottling from this distillery.

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Review 375: Blair Athol 12 Year

Always nice to have a Blair Athol in my glass. Normally this is only found at the independent bottlers as most of the stuff is for the blend industry e.g. for Bell’s blend.

What the The Whisky Exchange writes about it:
A great, but sadly neglected, Highlander, Blair Athol is one of the gems of the Flora & Fauna range. This expression has always tended towards the chunky, sherried style, with spices and oak adding complexity to rich maltiness

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Review 373: Linkwood 12 Year

Linkwood is another of Diageo’s quiet distilleries that produces malt whiskies for blending, predominantly for the Bell’s & Haig labels and has only ever been bottled as a single malt by independant bottlers. This bottling is under the Diageo owned Flora & Fauna label, which has yielded terrific whiskies from silent or obscure distilleries in the past.

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Review 342: Mannochmore 12 Year

This is the first time I have a Mannochmore in my glass. This 12 year old expression was bottles as part of the Flora & Fauna series. Although Diageo decided, in 2010, to discontinue the Flora & Fauna series, this Mannochmore fortunately is still available.

Mannochmore is actually one of the most recently constructed distilleries in Scotland. It was built in 1971 by John Haig & Co. on the site of another distillery: Glenlossie (which was founded in 1876). Mannochmore’s production capacity is roughly three times that of the original Glenlossie distillery.

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