The Grape, Grain & Cane Selection Here at the Grand, we have carefully selected a variety of sipping malts and brandies to satisfy the needs of all who stay with us here at the Grand Hotel. We appreciate each palate is different, so why not ask one of our skilled bar team to help pick one that best suits your requirements. Whatever your dram, sit back, relax and enjoy your surroundings – there really is no need to hurry, there are plenty more to choose from!
The Grand’s Whisky Club Whether you are a keen whisky enthusiast, or just someone who enjoys the occasional dram, why not join our Whisky Club.
Membership is free, and you can enjoy such benefits as;
25% discount on all Whiskies on the first Sunday of every month
10% discount on all Whiskies for the remainder of the month
Exclusive members only offers
Whisky Tasting Events
For more information, or to become a member, please ask a member of staff.
Whisky Flights Benromach £18.00
25ml Benromach 10 year old, 25ml Benromach Organic and 25ml Benromach Peat Smoke.
25ml Glenfiddich 12 year old, 25ml Glenfiddich 15 year old Solera Methode and 25ml Glenfiddich
18 year old Ancient Reserve.
25ml Balvenie Double Wood 12 year old, 25ml Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 year old and 25ml
Balvenie Single Barrel 15 year old.
25ml Ardbeg 10 year old, 25ml Ardbeg Corryvreckan and 25ml Ardbeg Uigedail.
25ml Glenmorangie 10 year old, 25ml Glenmorangie 18 year old Extremely Rare and 25ml
Want to create your own flight? Simply choose any 3 Whiskies and get 10% off your own personal flight.
All Whisky’s and Cognac’s in this menu are served as a 25ml measure
Whisky Tasting Events 2015 Most people have a favourite whisky – but what about all the others that are waiting for you to discover? Still unsure if whisky is the drink for you? Our relaxed whisky sessions are perfect for you too!
Hosted on the first Sunday of every month, our whisky tastings offer the perfect opportunity to try something you’ve not considered before, take a different look at the world of whisky, and learn something new – all whilst having a bit of fun. Our own whisky specialists will be on hand to pass on their extensive knowledge, advice and insight.
The exact whiskies for each session will be confirmed nearer the time, but the list below will give you a flavour of what’s in store. What styles or regions of whiskies will you try?
As well as our own team of experts, we hope to bring you brand ambassadors to present extra exclusive tastings each month, allowing you to get a more detailed experience of a particular whisky or range. Information will be posted on here, so keep checking back.
Our tasting sessions offer fantastic value at just £20 per person but for those who want to sample more, Whisky Club members receive a 10% discount on whisky at the Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa at all times, or a fantastic 25% on the first Sunday of each month. Whisky Club membership is free of charge, so join today.
Next Dates Sunday 29th March - Four Corners of Scotland Whisky Tasting
Sunday 26th April - Lowlands Vs. Speyside Whisky Tasting
Sunday 7th June - Balvenie Whisky and Cheese Pairing
Sunday 5th July - Islay Whisky and The Coastal Tasting Event
Sunday 2nd August - Discover Benromach Whisky Tasting
Sunday 4th October - Winter Warmers Whisky Tasting
Sunday 6th December - Santa's Choice Whisky Tasting
Balvenie Dipping Dog For over a hundred years there has been a secret way to drink The Balvenie. Known only to those inside the distillery walls and frowned upon by the office and accounts department. It’s called The Balvenie Dipping Dog and it is time to take it further than Dufftown.
Dipping Dogs were once used by distillery workers to “liberate” whisky from casks in the warehouse. Made from copper tubing and tied to the belt, it was stored down the worker’s trouser leg. The dog was then dipped into casks and filled with whisky when the Exciseman’s back was turned. The vessels were affectionately known as ‘dogs’ due to them being a man’s best friend, kept on a lead and always by one’s side.
Each dog contains two drams for you to share and is definitely something to savour. The manner in which it’s obtained may have changed but the enjoyment of The Balvenie will always remain the same.
Balvenie Double Wood, 12 year old£10.00 (50ml) £20.00 (100ml)
Aged in ex-bourbon casks before being finished in sherry casks, this Whisky is sweet, with a good body. The bourbon characters develop; gentle spice with a little vanilla. The finish is long, dry and spicy.
Balvenie Caribbean Cask, 14 year old £14.00 (50ml) £28.00 (100ml)
Rich, sweet and creamy toffee on the nose combined with fresh fruit notes. Rounded taste with vanilla and sweet oak notes, with a soft and lingering finish.
Balvenie Single Barrel, 15 year old£21.00(50ml) £42.00 (100ml)
Delicate sweetness of honey and dried mixed fruit appear on the nose. Husky sweetness on the palate. This Whisky climaxes with barley and bourbon spiciness, peaking most spectacularly
Balvenie Portwood, 21 year old£32.00 (50ml) £64.00 (100ml)
Unusual aroma’s for a wine-finished whisky. Surprisingly delicate. Her sublime mouth feel carries, masterfully: red fruit, raisins, an edge of white grape and a very floral honey. Long finish with a lovely praline amid the soft grape.
Single Malt Whisky
Single Malt is a Whisky that comes from a single distillery, that is distilled from one single ‘malted’ grain. In the case of a Single Malt Scotch, barley is always the grain to be used. Single Malt Scotch must be distilled in Scotland, and matured in oak casks for at least three years and a day, although most Single Malts are matured for longer.
The Grand Selection The following rare vintages have been specially selected from a variety of distilleries from around Scotland.
Glen Grant 1968 £26.00
The nose is quite full and rich with a profusion of sherry notes, steeping the peels and gentle smoke with pep. Note’s of juicy fresh fruits and a touch of berry fruits. There are notes of cut herbs and acacia honey. The palate is quite smoky and full. There are notes of espresso beans and sherried winter fruitcake. Notes of cloves and cinnamon and dark brown sugar with just a touch of rum. The finish is long and fruity with plenty of wood smoke.
Linkwood 1946 £60.00
The nose is full of juicy sultanas and sherry. Hints of wood shavings and pine oil with feint notes of rubber and leather with a touch of cereal sweetness. The palate is rather full and very smooth with lots of fruit. The oak shines with chewy tannin’s and a touch of dark nuttiness with mixed peels. The finish is quite long and fruity with a good oak.
Macallan 1951 £220.00
The nose is rich and warming, with notes of wintery cinnamon and clove spice’s and espresso bean’s. Hints of sherried sultanas and aniseed with thick oaken, over ripe pear creeping in. The palate is thick and full. There are notes of rubber and heather root’s, ash, and a gentle chewy peat. The finish is long and dry with smoke and barley sugar.
Glen Albyn 1976 £25.00
Peppery and fruity taste, with hints of lavender and fresh green apples. A slight saltiness becomes creamy and lingers. On the nose there is rich sherry influences, with hints of raisins and ripe bananas. Subtle floral notes of summer berries.
Glenfarclas 1963 £42.00
This was distilled in 1963 at the Glenfarclas distillery in Speyside. After a long maturation in a single sherry butt, the Whisky is rich and dark. Released as part of the Family Cask collection. The nose is rich and floral, the palate is solid dryness, chewy with a hint of Madeira, Rum and noble rot.
Highland Park 1987 £15.00
A warming taste with subtle hints of black pepper, some charred wood influences and a hint of bonfire embers. On the nose, fresh and malty notes initially, with ripe exotic fruits emerging. A subtle hint of aniseed evolves.
Speymalt - Macallan Distillery 1971£38.00
The nose is full with a big sherry influence. Notes of sweet vanilla with marzipan. The palate is spicy and sweet with notes of dark chocolate and a hint of bee wax. The finish is quite long and well balanced.
Strathisla 1949 £115.00
The nose is rounded and a tad smoky. There are notes of rubbery sherry and chewy sultanas, hint’s of tannic oak and mixed dry fruits and spice. A hint of honeyed fresh tobacco emerges. The palate is full with a chewy texture. There are notes of barley sugars and sultanas with sherried peels. There is a trailing wood smoke note. The finish is lightly smoked, and well-oaked.
Tomintoul 1972 – Private Collection £55.00
This particular bottling was selected by former Managing Director David Urquhart to commemorate his retirement after 40 years of service to Gordon and MacPhail. The nose is of tropical fruits with hints of lime and mango, followed by sweet sherry aromas and charred oak. The palate has subtle spice with a slight dark chocolate bitterness, and the finish is smooth and creamy.
Tomintoul 1967 £28.00
The nose is quite full and well-balanced. There are notes of winter berries and a compote made thereof. Notes of heather root, vanilla fudge, sherried peels and chewy sultanas with honey and dried ropes. Hints of Madeira and bramley apple peel with a touch of peat. The palate is quite full and sweet. The oak is toasty and reveals spice and white pepper. The finish is long and chewy with a hint of smoke.
Tullibardine 1964 £39.00
The nose is of medium-body and quite soft. There are hints of fruit salad – guava and pineapple. Hints of caramel which smoothes out proceedings, somewhat. There are hints of barley sugar and dried fruits. The palate is medium-bodied with an aged refinement. The guava notes are backed with toasted cereals and a subtle cherry note. The finish is of medium length and quite soft.
Lowland whiskies are lighter than those produced in the Highlands, typically having a dry finish, which makes them excellent aperitifs. The dryness comes from the malt itself, not from peat (Lowlands tend to use unpeated malt), and this also lends a certain sweet fruitiness to the flavour. Their aromatic intensity is low, and tends to be grassy or herbal, with grainy and floral notes. It used to be said that they added a brandy-like flavour to a blended whisky. This region now has only three operating distilleries: Glenkinchie, Auchentoshan and Bladnoch. At least six other Lowland single malts are still available, but no longer distilled.
Auchentoshan, 12 year old £5.50
A light nose of exotic fruits, a hint of vanilla, with a little sweetness from the barely.
Auchentoshan Three Wood £6.00
The nose is full of sherry, toffee and cooked fruit. The palate is rich in dark chocolate, with a
Auchentoshan, American Oak £5.50
Matured exclusively in first-fill bourbon casks, this is a vanilla-rich and fruity whisky.
Auchentoshan 18 year old £9.50
After maturation in 100% American oak casks, this Auchentoshan 18 years is a significant step
up in quality and complexity from the 12 year expressions.
Haig Club Single Grain £7.60 Dimple and Haig Pinch blended scotch whiskies. Haig Club, in its distinctive square blue bottle and luxury packaging, is a smooth, versatile and easy drinking single grain scotch whisky, Nose: Fresh, Smooth and pleasantly fruity on first sniff with a tang of citrus. Taste: Slightly sweet at first warming to a warm soft gingerbread and whisky mouth feel. Finish: vanilla and faint background of burnt wood.
Glenkinchie, 12 year old £5.50
With notes of fresh cereal and grist, this palate is very fruity with notes of Madeira and sweet stewed fruits. The finish is of medium length with notes of cereal and a fresh greenness.
Campbeltown whiskies are traditionally full-flavoured and full-bodied, famous for their depth of flavour and their slightly salty tang on the finish. They were referred to as ‘The Hector of the West', the ‘deepest voice in the choir’. In 1886 there were no less than 21 distilleries in and surrounding the city, now only three distilleries remain, Springbank, Glengyle and Glen Scotia. The Springbank Distillery produces three distinct whiskies; Springbank, Hazelburn and Longrow.
Glen Scotia, 12 year old£5.50
Pungent on the nose, the palate is of rich peat with a long, spiced finish.
Glen Scotia 1992, Cask Strength£7.00
The nose is quite light, with hints of the coast combined with sherried peels and Madeira. The palate is of medium-body with notes of toffee. The finish is of medium-length.
Hazelburn, 8 year old£5.50
Part of a limited out turn of 5,100 bottles, this eight year-old is much sought after. Hazelburn is distilled at the Springbank distillery and named for a nearby silent distillery. It is unpeated and triple distilled.
A slightly peated bottling from the Springbank distillery, matured in bourbon and sherry casks.
Springbank, 10 year old £6.50
This 10 year old is from the Springbank distillery in Campbeltown, consisting of a mixture of both bourbon and sherry matured whisky.
It is not uncommon for this region to be confused with Islay, but Islands is in fact a separate production region which consists of the islands Mull, Orkney, Jura, Arran, Shetlands and Skye. It is a source of constant debate whether Orkney actually belongs to the Islands or in fact should be counted as part of the Highlands region. Whisky from the Islands may be described as a milder version of Islay whisky and is often appreciated by those who have enjoyed whisky for a few years.
Isle of Arran Arran Single Malt, 10 year old £5.50
A very aromatic single malt, with lots of grape on the nose. The flavour is rich and malty with fruit and liquorice. Perhaps a bit sharp, but overall, excellent.
Isle of Jura Isle of Jura, 16 year old£8.50
This 16 year old from the Isle of Jura was a bronze medal winner at the 2004 International Wine and Spirits Competition. A cedary nose, with shoe polish and fruity notes. Rounded mellow palate, with a sweet, chewed tobacco finish.
Isle of Jura, Superstition £8.00
Made up of whiskies aged for 13 years and 21 years, with 13 percent heavily peated malt, makes this sweet and porridge like. A cereal fest on the tongue, with hints of white pepper and black forest honey with hot buttered toast.
Isle of Jura, Prophecy, Limited annual release£15.00
Meticulously crafted from a selection of the finest and rarest aged Jura single malt whiskies, Prophecy is a profoundly peated spirit. Powerful flavours of peat smoke, fresh cinnamon and spicy sea spray lead the first assault. Finally the tarry bonfire notes slowly give way to hints of soft liquorice and nutmeg.
Isle of Mull Ledaig, 10 year old£5.50
A 10 year old from the Tobermory distillery on Mull, a Gold Medal winner at the 2008 International Wine and Spirits Competition. The nose is quite light and well-balanced. There is a very soft peat with a gentle smoke. Notes of barley and malt extract with walnut and pine oil and a hint of iodine with notes of dried fruit and nuts. The palate is medium-bodied and quite rich. There are notes of spice and smoke gathering above the charred oak. The peat is quiet and dry with a touch of black pepper and earth. The finish is of medium-length and slightly smoky with spice
Tobermory, 10 year old £5.50
An old and rare edition of Tobermory 10 year old, the nose is quite light and fresh. There are notes of barley sugars and toasted cereals, hints of winter spice and a soft oak with notes of salty melted butter and ground ginger. The palate is quite sweet and light. There are notes of acacia honey and a soft oak, the smoke and peppers thereof rise gently with a touch of dried fruit and peel with a cinnamon note. The finish is long and herbal with a touch of pepper.
Isle of Orkney Highland Park, 12 year old £5.50
Made from the best barley malted over peat fires, merged with the unique spring waters of the island, and aged in casks for a minimum of twelve years that shape it’s rare and very distinctive character. Plenty of citrus and green notes.
Highland Park, 18 year old£14.00
A superb 18 year old from the Highland Park distillery and a winner of a Gold Medal at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The nose has floral notes and fresh blossom with a delectable fruit salad. Notes of honeyed exotic fruits with a little botrytis. The palate is creamy and full with fruit and espresso. A creaminess with cinnamon and allspice. Notes of toffee with thick black forest honey. The finish is long and well sugared with a herbal edge.
Highland Park, 40 year old£80.00
The nose is rich and full. Notes of pine and eucalyptus oil with hints of manuka honey. There are some fruit notes, grassy heather and mixed peels developing with gentle smoke. The palate is full and a little oily. Notes of leafy greenness and marzipan with hints of sherry. There are some thick oak notes with Seville marmalade and a little spice. The finish is long with perfumy notes and zesty bitter oak.
Scapa, 16 year old£6.50
The nose is quite thick and rich with notes of honeycomb and toffee. The palate is full-bodied with Notes of heather roots and cut grasses, honeyed oak notes with winter spices. The finish is long and developing with notes of dry oak and a gentle, weaving smoke.
Isle of Skye Talisker, 10 year old£5.50
A classic Island dram from the Isle of Skye. Always highly rated. Lots of spice and fresh, tangy peat.
Talisker Storm £7.00
Sweet, mellow and rich in the mouth at first, and then quickly very spicy and increasingly stormy as the Talisker heat comes through. The flavour is elegantly drawn out with a good balance between sweetness, smoke and salt, which is all the more evident when a little water is added.
Talisker, 25 year old£29.00
The nose is rich and pungent. The palate is very full and firm. There is a touch of sweetness with a chewy peat and notes of smoke and fennel. There is a refined coastal character with a little toffee and peppery spices. The finish is long with a coastal character and a little sweetness with a peppery oaked note.
Islay Islay single malts are single malt whiskies distilled on the isle of Islay, the most southern of the Inner Herbridean Islands, located off the west coast of Scotland. There are eight active distilleries on the island, with a ninth being made ready for production. Islay is a centre of ‘whisky tourism’.
The whiskies of the distilleries along the south east coast of the island have the strong peaty character. This is considered to be characteristic of the Islay malts and is ascribed both to the water from which the whisky is made and to the peating levels of the barley. The other distilleries on the island make whisky in a variety of styles.
Ardbeg, 10 year old £5.50
An initial moderate and clean sweetness of deep peat notes, with tobacco smoke and strong espresso
coffee. Long and smoky, with a smoky sweetness left on the palate, with a crushed peat and sweet-malted
Ardbeg Corryvreckan £9.50
Corryvreckan takes its name from the famous whirlpool that lies to the north of Islay, where only
Gentle smoky oak finish.
Bruichladdich 1991 Cask Strength £10.00
Sweet vanilla notes, almost like ice cream soda. Spicy with a dark chocolate bitterness. A pleasant mouth warming sensation develops. On the nose, a hint of burnt wood, with salty sea air. Sweet and well balanced.
Bruichladdich Islay Barley £7.00
Fresh on the nose with barley and honey notes coming through, followed by hints of jasmine and sea breeze. The palate is caramelised apples, crème anglaise, heather and honeysuckle with a vanilla and citrus finish.
Bunnahabhain, 12 year old£5.50
The nose offers a fresh and aromatic experience with a subtle whiff of smoke floating through the air. The taste starts with a light fruit and nut appeal that leads to a malty sweetness, finishing into a beautifully rich, full-bodied, lingering experience.