The Smugglers bar at Stocks Hotel has given Alex the chance to expand the collection that was previously filling up cupboards at home, and more enjoyably to share this passion with our friends and guests.
We apologise if any of the whiskies listed here are not available but they are often bottles which Alex finds when travelling and as such they are not always easy to replace when finished. Equally please ask if there are any other recent additions which have not yet made it onto this list.
Aberlour Sherry Cask 12Y (Speyside)
Sweet and well balanced with notes of sherry and spice, with aromas of honey, red apple and toffee, finished with hints of cinnamon and ginger.
Aberlour 10Y (Speyside)
Christmas cake richness, with a touch of toffee and liquorice. A rich honeyed texture carries a pleasantly heavy character.
Ardmore Peated (Speyside)
Full bodied, which is both robust and sweet with fruity hinds in the background.
Aultmore 12Y (Speyside)
Light sweet honey, sweet apples and fudge toffee, greenery and grapefruits, not as sweet as felt on the nose and just as we turn to the finish, oak wood spices. Overall it’s light and delicate balanced by the heavy sweet apples notes.
Balvenie Double Wood 12Y (Speyside)
Medium and rich bodied, with a combination of mellow nutty and sweet flavours, plus orangey fruitiness and cinnamon spiciness.
Balvenie Triple Cask 12Y (Speyside)
The stunning combination of whisky from 3 very different casks. Olloroso sherry butts give it a subtle spicy back note, with the first fill bourbon barrels resulting in a vanilla sweetness that is typical of bourbon barrel whiskies, finally a traditional whisky cask is added bringing with it consistent, delicate layers of honey.
Benromach 10Y (Speyside)
Soft and mellow, with soft fruity notes, rich sherry influence and gentle peat smoke.
Glendronach 12Y (Speyside)
Medium bodied, rich, creamy and silky-smooth, with warm, rich oak and sherry sweetness, plus tones of raisins and soft fruits.
Glen Deveron 16Y (Speyside)
Chewy cereal notes and green apple, soon joined by an elegant, subtle hint of peat smoke. A lasting warm finish.
Glen Elgin 12Y (Speyside)
Soft and malty with some honey, lightly salted butter on toasted sultana loaf and hints of tiramisu. This soft whisky has a good length and a finish of barley and toasted oats.
Glenfiddich 15Y Distillery Edition (Speyside)
Matured in American and European oak casks. This single malt has concentrated floral flavours and intanse, lingering spicy pepper aromas.
Glenfiddich Rich Oak 14Y (Speyside)
Firm bodied, creamy and smooth with plenty of vanilla alongside oak, with melon and apple.
Glenfiddich Select Cask (Speyside)
With whiskies from select casks, they are finished in a Solera vat resulting in a rich single malt packed with orchard fruit, chewy caramels and cracked black pepper.
Glenlivet 12Y (Speyside)
Light to medium bodied, with a delicate balance of flowery, peachy and vanilla notes.
Glenlivet 12Y—FIRST FILL (Speyside)
Matured only in first fill American oak casks. Smooth and silky, with notes of creamy vanilla and coconut, plus sweet orange marmalade and hints of almonds.
Glenlivet 15Y (Speyside)
Rich and dreamy, with buttery notes, nutty flavours, and lingering trace of sweet almonds and hints of spice.
Glenlivet Nadurra 16Y (Speyside)
Smooth and well balanced with notes of sweet vanilla and rose petals, finished by a light spiciness of ginger and hazelnut.
Glenlivet Reserve (Speyside)
Smooth, medium bodied, with hints of honey, caramel, vanilla and marzipan, plus toasted almonds on the finish.
Glenrothes Manse Reserve (Speyside)
Full bodied combination of ripe fruits, juicy citrus, creamy vanilla and complex spices.
Glenrothes Select Reserve (Speyside)
Full bodied combination for a sweet, clear and fruity spirit.
Glenrothes Robur Reserve (Speyside)
Aromas of dried fruit to start slowly mellows to a sweet and spicy lasting finish.
Inchgower 14Y (Speyside)
Fresh with hey and petals, notes of arak and well-blanched tannins. Some spicy notes with crystallised ginger.
Longmorn 12Y (Speyside)
Spices developing on the palate, gaining a peppery quality. Fruit cake sits in the back-ground bursting with raisins and figs.
Longmorn 16Y (Speyside)
Rich and compact, with notes of lemon zest and leaf green. The oak is dry and full.
Macallan Select Oak (Speyside)
Vanilla, Butterscotch with a hint of Damson to the nose. While the palate effortlessly balances vanilla with sweet spice, leading to long, medium sweet finish.
Mannochmore 12Y (Speyside)
A fresh and clean whisky, appetising with good acidity and a well-balanced dryness over all.
Monkey Shoulder (Speyside)
Smooth with lingering sweetness and rich vanilla flavour, plus taste of brown sugar, creamy toffee and a hint of spicy cinnamon and nutmeg.
Speyburn Single Malt (Speyside)
Wonderfully balanced, with notes of green apples, honey, lemon and floral vanilla.
Strathisla 12Y (Speyside)
Medium bodied, with fruity and sherry notes, and teasing sweet-and-dry character.
Tomintoul 16Y (Speyside)
Silky body, with zesty citrus peel notes, zabaglione, syllabub and nougat.
Arran 10Y (Isle of Arran)
Full bodied, Sweet . Quite malty, followed by green fruits and apple peel.
Jura Origin 10Y (Isle of Jura)
Light bodied, with sweetish notes, plus earthy and salty finish.
Jura Superstition (Isle of Jura)
Light bodied, with hints of cinnamon, honey, coffee and chocolate, plus earthy and salty finish.
Ledaig (Isle of Mull)
Tantalisingly sweet with sparks of spicy pepper, peaty smoke and vanilla malty creaminess, plus vibrant liquorice, cloves and saltiness on the finish.
Talisker Dark Storm (Isle of Skye)
Huge oak influence, with a burst of smoke on palate entry. Beyond that though, you find red fruits, citrus and honey.
Talisker 10Y (Isle of Skye)
Intense, full bodied with huge plumes of smoke and volcanic, peppery peat.
Tobermory 10Y (Isle of Mull)
A gentle, affable malt. Quite sweet and light with tastes of honey and soft oak, the smoke and peppers rise gently with a touch of dried fruit and peel with a cinnamon note.
Aberfeldy 12Y (Eastern Highlands)
Light bodied, slightly spicy with clean fruit notes of tangerines and kumquats, with a hint of smokiness
Ancnoc Black Hill Reserve (Northern Highlands)
Apple and orange stay at the fore, backed up by continued bourbon-cask vanillas and a touch of spice.
Clynelish 14Y (Northern Highlands)
Firm and smoky bodied, with cleansing flavours of coriander, orange and spices.
Dalmore 12Y (Northern Highlands)
Smooth bodied, with sweet vanilla fudge like flavour plus delicate citrus, sherry and ginger notes.
Dalmore Valour (Northern Highlands)
Chocolatey, with treacle and malt loaf, a touch of nutmeg and a long warm finish with orange aromas and cinnamon.
Dalwhinnie 15Y (Highlands)
Malty, with walnuts steeped in Manuka honey, and vanilla sponge. A gentle smokiness and a touch of spice
Edradour 10Y (Eastern Highlands)
Smooth bodied, with rich, sweet, spicy and fruity notes plus vanilla, caramel and faint earth finish.
Fettercairn Fior (Highlands)
Aromas of crushed pear and toffee apple with taste notes of bold dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and peat smoke fused with nutmeg, mint, citrus fruit and truffle
Glen Garioch Founders Reserve (Eastern Highlands)
Spices and a sweet and juicy pear finish conclude a fruit laden mouth-watering taste complete with Glen Garioch's trademark creamy texture.
Glenmorangie Original (Northern Highlands)
Silky bodied, slightly nutty, with hints of toffee and butterscotch and fruity finish.
Oban 14Y (Western Highlands)
Thick and full palate with notes of the sea. Quite a rich oak with grist, cereal and malt, and a good length finish with fruit and dry oak.
Oban Little Bay (West Highlands)
Deep aroma of sea salt, rick oak tannis, espresso beans and citrus. Notes of dries spices, Christmas cakes and oak dominate the palate with an elegant finish of smoke and fruit.
Old Pulteney 17Y (Northern Highlands)
A full and sweet whisky with sugared citrus and toffee. Notes of beeswax and honeycomb. A finish of herbs and chewy oak.
Old Pulteney 12Y (Northern Highlands)
Balanced, medium bodied with a nut, sultana, toffee and spices. Double gold winner at the 2006 World Spirits Competition.
Old Pulteney 2nd Release (Northern Highlands)
Sweet, soft and delicately complex with chewy vanilla and warm spices with a lingering warm finish.
Old Pulteney Noss Head (Northern Highlands)
Sweet and spicy with hints of coconut, lemons and oranges. A well balanced, full bodied whisky with a long-lasting finish.
Old Pulteney Dunnet Head Lighthouse (Northern Highlands)
Rich fruit cake, sultanas and sliced caramel give way to a touch of leather and a fragrant top note with a long, smooth finish.
Royal Lochnagar 12Y (Highlands)
Smooth with a slight sweetness, herbal with a touch of honey and heather, and a light vanilla finish. First distillery visited and would definitely recommend.
Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Finish (Southern Highlands)
Fresh and fruity on the nose, with cantaloupe, lemon zest, and orange marmalade existing beside cocoa, honey, and tropical fruit. On the palate, there's white chocolate, orange bitters, oak spice, black pepper, vanilla and even a little grape.
Tullibardine 1993 Vintage Edition (Southern Highlands)
Notes of barley sugar and toasty cereals, notes of toffee and dried herbs, crème anglaise and a touch of cut grass.
Auchentoshan Three Wood (Western Lowlands)
Matured in 3 different casks, first North American oak casks once used to store bourbon, next they are matured in Oloroso sherry casks and finally it is then further matured in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. To the tongue hazelnut with cinnamon, lemon and butterscotch.
Auchentoshan Blood Oak (Western Lowlands)
Matured in casks that once held fine red wine and then into American bourbon casks this unique whisky is a ruby gold colour with tastes of blood orange, nutmeg and ginger. It has a beautiful lingering oak spice to the end.
Auchentoshan 12Y (Western Lowlands)
Smooth bodied, with floral and fruity notes of banana, oranges and caramel, plus a hint of sherry.
Auchentoshan Heartwood (Western Lowlands)
Nuttier than the nose, a core or hazelnut and almond, surrounded by chocolate buttons, apple and fresh ground coffee, with a finish of dried fruit and citrus.
Auchentoshan Select (Western Lowlands)
Light bodied, with notes of lemongrass, toasty maltiness and sweet and spicy finish.
Auchentoshan Springwood (Western Lowlands)
A nutty, citrusy subtle malt with a zesty twist of pink grapefruit.
Auchentoshan American Oak (Western Lowlands)
Refreshingly smooth yet lively with vanilla cream, coconut and white peach. Crisp with sugar grapefruit and a hint of spice.
Glenkinchie 10Y (Eastern Lowlands)
Light bodied, with soft and spicy hints of Demerara and cinnamon, then fragrant gingery dryness finish.
Glenkinchie 12Y (Eastern Lowlands)
Light bodied, with delicate notes of walnuts and almonds, and a whiff of wild flowers.
Haig Club (Cameronbridge)
Apple crumble, expressed lemon and a touch of mango. With a hint of honeycomb. Supporting notes of oak and tropical fruit.
Ardbeg 10Y (South Shore)
Medium bodied, with notes of burning peats and dried fruit, followed by a touch of malt and liquorice
Comprises malts from Caol Ila, Bowmore, Ardbeg and Port Ellen. A great whisky with lots of peaty character.
Bunnahabhain Darach Ur (North Shore)
Tropical fruits, spice coffee, crème caramel with a peppery, spicy and warming, toffee.
Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine (North Shore)
Lively and satisfyingly smooth. Fusion of cherries, prunes, apricots with subtle hints of rich cocoa and spicy oakness.
Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie
Smooth as pebbles in a pool. It’s clean, fresh and lively with both the oak and the grain in perfect harmony
Bruichladdich 16Y Cuvée “A” Pauillac
The entry entices instantly with red fruit and a touch of sweetness, with a long, lingering finish.
Bruichladdich 16Y Cuvée “B” Pauillac
The palate shows dried red fruits and subtle sweetness, that mixes the richer flavours of the bourbon barrel and the chewiness of the tannic cabernet-based wine.
Bruichladdich 16Y Cuvée “D” Pessac Leognan
An orange-amber colour from the wine cask influence, this 16 year old has a bit more sweetness than Cuvee A, B or C,
but still has lots of chewy dried fruit and loads of complexity.
A smooth and well balanced single malt. Fresh and fruity, with hints of spicy sea air aromas and sweet smoky-dry flavours.
Kilchoman Single Malt (Western Shore)
Malty sweetness followed by soft peaty wood smoke aromas, mixed fruit and spices.
Lagavulin 16Y (South Shore)
Pungent and potent, this is the great Islay malt. With richly peaty, deep, smoky flavours, it has an intense, long, ambrosial.
Laphroaig 10Y (South Shore)
Light bodied, with lots of flavour development through vanilla, nutmeg and white mustard, becoming spicy.
Laphroaig Quarter Cask (South Shore)
Full bodied, complex and smoky taste but surprises with a gentle sweetness. A long finish that dries with smoke and spice.
Bushmills Irish Malt 10Y (N. Ireland)
Light bodied, with flavours of baked pears, green apples, fleur de sel caramels and vanilla fudge notes all make appearances on the palate.
A distinctly intense peat smoke character mingling with a fresh coastal breeze, this ruggedness is offset by a delicious vanilla sweetness.
Green Spot (Cork)
Sweet, rich and full bodied from the very start with a glorious spiciness. Wonderfully complex and busy.
Greenore 8Y (Dublin)
Made from corn and matured in ex-bourbon American oak barrels for over 8 years giving it a silky smooth sweet taste with rich vanilla tones.
Locke’s 8Y (Kilbeggan)
The barley is big and succulent with a copper tanginess followed by a dry fruity flavour.
Full flavoured and complex: A harmonious balance of spicy, creamy, fruity, sherry and toasted notes.
Teeling Single Grain (Dublin)
One of the few elite single grain Irish Whiskies matured it in Californian Cabernet Sauvignon casks. There is treacle on the palate, but it’s light and buttery with dried cranberry Notes. Finishes into syrup tart, sweet egg custard with spicy cereal.
Tyrconnell Malt (Dublin)
Medium bodied, with a tang of oranges and lemons, a strong malt presence that balances well with the oily sweetness.
Amrut Fusion (Bangalore, India)
Heavy, thickly oaked and complex: some barley sugar notes shrouded in soft smoke. Big, but seductively gentle to.
Amrut Single Malt (Bangalore, India)
Distinctly confidant liquorice-bourbon notes with a near perfect bitter-sweet balance ; burnt honeycomb and toffee also abound.
Bains Cape Whisky (Wellington, South Africa)
The first single grain whisky from South Africa. Warm and smooth with distinctive toffee and caramel notes. Great with chocolates and deserts.
Bulleit Bourbon (Kentucky, USA)
Orange zest notes, followed by some warming winter spices and a hint of tobacco with a smooth and spicy finish.
Chapter 6 (Norfolk, England)
The first widely available English whisky, distilled from locally grown barley in Norfolk. Interesting and challenging (for the Scots!).
Danica Whiskey (Denmark)
A great whiskey for whiskey lovers with a sweet tooth. This non smoked whiskey has matured in a selection of the finest small and big casks. A smooth and complex whiskey that caresses the palate with notes of chocolate and dried fruits
Eddu Silver Broceliande (France)
This whiskey is made exclusively with buckwheat and has notes of vanilla and mixed spices which are both fragrant and nutty.
Elijah Craig (Kentucky, USA)
On the sweet side with vanilla, caramel and brown sugar with a little spice. Good amount of oak and a little amount of leather on the backside!
Gentleman Jack (Tennessee, USA)
Charcoal mellowed twice, before and after aging, this results in a cleaner more refined version of this American classic. With a palate of sweet vanilla, stone fruits and apple, the finish is subtle oak that develops into a smooth fruitiness of maple and floral honey.
Gibson’s 12Y (Quebec, Canada)
Medium bodied, with pronounced notes of vanilla, warm oak and a hint of almond.
Hellyers Road (Tasmania, Australia)
Aged in American oak, this single malt embodies citrus tones of orange and lemon. While a vanilla sweetness transcends the palate, retreating to a lingering toasty aftertaste.
Kavalan (Northern Taiwan)
A well balanced natural sweetness of vanilla and oak spices, with a round and complex smoothness.
Knob Creek (Kentucky,USA)
A classic bourbon from Jim Beam, named after the creek which flows near where Abraham Lincoln grew up. Peppy and full, with notes of candy floss and nut oil, a touch of spice and dark chocolate and a little spice and charred oak.
Mackmyra (Gävle, Sweden)
Light bodied, with spicy aromas of roasted Swedish oak and a fruity, elegant flavour with hints of citrus, caramel and vanilla.
Manx Malt (Isle of Man)
A spirit that captures the complex tastes of the matured single malt whisky, but in a liquid that is crystal clear. Interesting to try once!
Nikka Pure Malt Red (Japan)
Pure malt is fruity, clean and nutty. With hints of cut herbs, sugar and spice.
Nikka Taketsuru (Japan)
An aroma of caramelised apple and peach with notes of apple crumble and salted butter caramel.
Paul John Edited (Goa, India)
Honey and cocoa laced with a hint of smokiness and a shot of espresso. With notes of barley gently making way for a subtle peat followed by hints of chocolate mint and spice.
Penderyn Madeira (Penderyn, Wales)
Medium bodied, with notes of vanilla, green apples and refreshing citrus, with smoke and vanilla lingering on the attractive medium length finish.
Penderyn (Penderyn, Wales)
Spicy and fruity with a suggestion of custard powder finished with raisins and vanilla.
Slyrs Bavarian Single Malt (Byrischzeller, Germany)
The colour of the most radiant golden yellow and a clear fine smell of malted barley with many layers of vanilla and hay. A mild malty taste with fruity aromas with a long and intense spicy finish with light smoke aromas of the toasted barrel. The 2015 World Whiskey Awards winner of “Best European Single Malt 12 years and under”
Three Ships Bourbon Cask (Wellington, South Africa)
First released in 2005 this blended whisky of 100% South African whisky is finished in Bourbon casks to give a soft honeyed sweetness with vanilla notes and subtle hints of pepper and spice.
Woodford Reserve (Kentucky, USA)
Triple distilled with a high percentage of rye this is a must have Kentucky bourbon. A thick and full palate has notes of espresso beans, winter spice, plenty of rye and some ginger and rum, which ends with a long and mature finish.
Evan Williams Honey Reserve (Kentucky, USA)
Made with Evan Williams bourbon from Heaven Hill, Kentucky, this sweet liqueur is rich and thick. Strong citrus tastes as well as honey. Best sipped over lots of ice. (£4.30 / £7.50)
Jack Daniels Honey (Tennessee, USA)
A fabulous whiskey liqueur from Jack Daniels Made from Whiskey and honey, and a mix of rich spices, the result is delicious over ice or in coffee. (£4.30 / £7.50)
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