In a nutshell: A rich, spicy and complex Speyside single malt matured in ex-sherry casks.
The lowdown: This rich and slightly floral whisky perfectly captures the essential characteristics of a Speyside malt. Aged in Sherry casks it has a really complex nose with floral and heather notes while on the palate it's plush and honeyed with stone fruit flavours standing out. And at the nicely lenghty finish there's a touch of smoke and peppery spice.
The distillery was founded by John Smith in 1869. He was thought to be the most experienced distiller of his day. A former manager of Macallan, Glenlivet and Wishaw distilleries, and leaseholder of Glenfarclas distillery - he persuades his landlord, Sir George Macpherson-Grant, to lease him the land to build a new distillery at Ballindalloch beside the Strathspey railway line.