£30-40, Highland

Dalwhinnie 15

Picture: masterofmalt.com
Picture: masterofmalt.com

Nose: Very fresh but has slightly nutty tones. Like sitting out on a damp summer morning eating Crunchy Nut.

Taste: Very sweet almost treacle like. Has another fruity taste not unlike lychees. Will go down well with fans of Glenmorangie.

Finish: Unsurprisingly smooth after the taste, a little bit winey which is the only down point of this great example of the Highland style.

Price: For £35 a good standard buy and a must have for any Highland fan.

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£30-40, Lowland

Glenkinchie 12 Year Old

Picture: whiskybarrel.com
Picture: whiskybarrel.com

Colour: Gold

Nose: An English country inn in the summer. Hoppy notes that you would expect on a micro-brew ale. Dig deeper to find floral notes from the beer garden.

Palate: Olde fashioned sweet shop, very sharp, a little sour not dissimilar to black wine gums but not quite as strong as a soor plum. Fair enough dram but not a huge depth to it.

Finish: Once again sharp on the finish, winey and a ticklish feather at the back of the throat. Lacking a real punch.

Price: £35, we were left a little flat by this dram with a lack of depth and knowing there was more exciting 12yo on the market.