Stein Inn

Whisky Info

Welcome to our whisky page. Each month we hope to feature a whisky available to sample at the Inn. After our "whisky of the month" is a list of the whiskies we carry - listed alphabetically under the headings of their areas - Campbeltown, Highland, Island, Islay, Lowland and Speyside. So please peruse the list and see if your favourite is there. The list is not definitive and will always be a work in progress, due to bottlings and availability.

Cardhu – Whisky of the Month

Cardhu started life as an illicit still on a hill farm at Cardow in Speyside.  Helen Cumming helped her husband in the illicit craft, and rather boldly gave the excise men accommodation when in the area. They were advised the strange odour was due to bread making! She also hoisted a red flag at the back of the farm to advise neighbours the excise men were in the area. Helen is accredited with being the only women to have started a distillery in Scotland.

Cardhu is an integral part of Jonnie Walker Whisky and the distillery was bought by them in 1893, with a condition that John Cumming (grandson of Helen) be granted a seat on the board.

 

The bottle was designed originally to be like a decanter rather than just a bottle.

12 year old 40% abv

The whisky itself, is floral in style, tasting of apple and honey with a bit of toffee thrown in.

Cardhu 12 year old "decanter"
Cardhu 12 year old "decanter"
Cardhu Distillery
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Springbank

10yr old   43% abv

Salty, sherry oak. (Apéritif)

Longrow

10yr old   46% abv

Springbank Distillery produces Longrow single malt whisky in the same distillery equipment as it does its namesake malt. Creamy coconut, peppery after tones. (After dinner)

Aberfeldy

15yr old   43% abv

Light peat with barley a fresh clean finish, with a hint of citrus. (After dinner)

aberfeldy distillery

Ardmore

16yr old   40% abv

The distillery was established by William Teacher in 1898 in response to the 1890s whisky boom. It is a staple in his successors’ blended whisky, Highland Cream. Sweet grain flavour, fruit and nut-no chocolate. (After dinner)

Ardmore Quarter Cask

n.a.s.   46% abv

A nose of caramel, with a taste of light smoke and peat, with vanilla and slight lanolin at the end. Matured in bourbon casks and finished in the more old fashioned quarter cask. Quite comlex with strong notes of smoke and peat. (After dinner)

ardmore whisky bottles

Balblair

Medium-weight and quite sweet, light oakiness, toffee and fruit, malty. (Daytime)

balblair

Benromach

15yr old   40% abv

Light to medium-bodied. Fruity, vanilla, notes of malt and smoke. (After dinner)

Benromach Madeira Finish

8yr old   45% abv

Rich spicy character with hints of cooked fruits, treacle and a touch of peat smoke. (After dinner)

benromach distillery

Blair Athol

12yr old   40% abv

Blair Athol distillery, established in 1798, lies in the Perthshire town of Pitlochry. Blair Athol single malt is one of the key whiskies found in the Bells blend. A beautifully balanced and flavoursome dram which combines flavours of citrus, ginger and cocoa with rich smoky and earthy, peaty tones. (Afternoon – tea?)

blair athol distillery

Clynelish

14yr old   43% abv

Clynelish distillery is found in the North of Scotland near Brora, Sutherland. The Gaelic meaning is ‘slope of the garden’. This coastal Highland whisky has a rich and complex character with a maritime influence. Sweet and fruity toffee notes are balanced with big, smoky, peaty flavours. (Apéritif/anytime)

The Dalmore

12yr old   40% abv

Matured for an initial nine years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being carefully divided. One half continues its maturation in bourbon barrels, the other half is transferred to 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry casks. Complex, yet balanced, The Dalmore 12 year old is the epitome of the Dalmore house style.

Deep, golden mahogany in colour, with citrus fruits, chocolate and aromatic spices on the nose. Elegant and rich on the palate with concentrated citrus, oloroso sherry and hints of vanilla pod to finish, enhanced by roasted coffee and chocolate for an aftertaste of great complexity.

Dalmore distillery sits on the banks of the Cromarty Firth and takes its name from the gaelic meaning ‘the big meadowland’. (After dinner)

dalmore stag head
truck with whisky barrels

Deanston

12yr old   43% abv

Deanston is situated a few miles from the historic town of Stirling, on the banks of the River Teith, in the very heart of Scotland. The main part of the distillery is sited in a listed cotton mill. A turbine and dam, which employ the waters of the Teith, render Deanston electrically self-sufficient. It was transformed into a distillery in 1966 where, to this day, it produces a malt Whisky which is handmade, un-chillfiltered. There are no computers used in production as they prefer to rely on the ancient art of distilling and the keen eye and taste of the ‘craftsmen’. It is owned by Burn Stewart and is used in its blend Scottish Leader.

Nose

Expressive with hay and malty cereal notes. Creamy toffee and heather honey balanced with aromas of sweet oak and barley sugar.

Taste

Fresh and creamy with soft vanilla. Sweet and fruity with a malty honeyed spiciness.

Finish

Satisfying, clean and dry with a hint of cloves, tingling then gently fades. (Apéritif)