Released April 2018
Below are this months newest Whisky expressions and limited releases to hit the online shelves. Click on the buttons to read more.
22nd April 2018
We love 1980s Caol Ila and this one ticks all the boxes. Distiller 8 March 1983 and bottled on 8 January 2018 at 34 years old, it is an excellent example of Caol Ila from this time – elegantly smoky with more than a hint of sea air. An excellent Celebration of the Cask bottling by Carn Mor.
A long-aged whisky from Glenglassaugh, the second oldest in the third release of single casks from the distillery. It's one of the darkest whiskies we've ever seen from the distillery, thanks to 49 years of maturation, with at least some (if not all) of that time in a refill sherry hogshead. The result is a deep and rich dram packed with berry fruit flavour.
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Thanks to years of closure over the past century, Glenglassaugh is a distillery with two types of whisky: very young or very old. This is one of the latter drams, bottled as part of the third batch of single casks released by the distillery. Matured in a cask that previously contained Massandra – a Crimean fortified wine, similar to sherry – and bottled in November 2016, it's a rich and dark dram, packed with dried fruit notes.
A long-aged dram from Glenglassaugh, part of the distillery's third release of single cask whiskies. Unlike many of these older whiskies, this was matured in a bourbon barrel, showing off a different side to the distillery's 1970s production – elegant vanilla and ginger with loads of orchard fruit.
A dark and rich whisky from Glenglassaugh, released in late 2017 as part of the third release of single casks from the distillery, and the first selected by master blender Rachel Barrie. Distilled in 1975 and matured for 41 years in a Sauternes hogshead, it's softly spicy with dried orchard fruit notes. And apricots. All the apricots.
Signatory give good Clynelish, and this bottling of the distillery's 21 Year Old looks to be no exception. This single malt was taken from a single refill butt that was filled on 28 June 1996.
A Particularly good Glengoyne 21 Year Old, bottled by Douglas Laing. Filled into a single cask in December 1996, this is thick and creamy with notes of apricot jam, vanilla custard, ripe bananas and cinnamon spice.
Raj Igala (meaning ‘the king of eagles’) is made from Punjabi malted barley and was aged in ex-bourbon casks. Expect aromas of malt, liquorice and peat, with notes of pepper, cereal and oil. Another top-notch whisky from Amrut.
This well-aged Old Pulteney has spent time in three types of cask: American oak, Spanish oak, and also casks that used to contain heavily peated whisky. The result is a smoky but citrus-led dram with notes of woodsmoke, praline, sultanas and vanilla, with a long, smoky finish.
This independently bottled Glenrothes was distilled in 1996 and aged for two decades. The classic honeyed tones of Glenrothes are present and correct, along with winter spices, malt and a touch of tropical fruit. This release was limited to just 329 bottles.
Limeburners is based in Albany, Western Australia, and this cask-strength dram spends time in both bourbon and Australian ‘sherry’ oak. Exceptionally fruity, you’ll find aromas of peaches and apricots on the nose, followed by spicy dried fruit on the palate along with malt and milk chocolate. A great example of Aussie whisky.
We don’t know the identity of this independently bottled Islay single malt, but we do know that it was aged for 12 years in bourbon oak and is limited to just 132 bottles. However, the tasting notes from bottler North Star do hint at its identity, describing its ‘medicinal, spicy’ aroma, palate of ‘peated black pepper’ and the finish as merely ‘chimneys from south Islay’. We’ll leave it to you to guess…
Another corker from Edradour's Straight from the Cask series: a 10-year-old single malt that's been resting in a single rum cask for the past 10 years. Layers of tropical fruit among the distillery's characteristic honey notes.
An independent bottling of Glenburgie from Ian Macleod as part of its Chieftains range. Aged for 16 years, you’ll find aromas of soft fruits and vanilla, with a touch of black pepper, tropical fruit and toffee.
A limited edition from Johnnie Walker, part of the popular Blender's Batch series. To create this edition, a blend of just a few single malts was aged in first-fill bourbon and then finished for up to six months in casks that had previously held rye whiskey. The result is a dram with an intense, honeyed sweetness and lashings of warming vanilla spice.
This no-name single malt was aged for three decades before being bottled by Douglas Laing for its Xtra Old Particular range. Expect aromas of strawberry tarts, chocolate and hazelnuts, with a peppery palate of dried fruits, mocha and toffee apples and a spicy finish. The distillery must remain a secret, but we can reveal it’s a family-owned one in Speyside.
This Swedish single malt was bottled on the country’s national day, 6 June (hence the name) and is limited to just 840 bottles. Aged in Swedish new oak, this has generous aromas of peatsmoke, with fresh notes of pine and spice, along with stone fruit and pepper.
15th April 2018
A punchy Bunnahabhain from Ian Macleod's Chieftans range. Distiller in February 2002 and bottled in May 2017 after 15 years, this spent the end of its maturation in a Port pipe, with the finish adding an extra layer of fruit and spice to the weight spirit.
A fantastic celebratory bottling of Bunnahabhain, selected and bottled by Signatory to commemorate the 70th birthday of famed Italian bottler and distributor Velier. Distilled in 1980 and matured in a bourbon hogshead for 37 years, it's the perfect birthday dram. Named 'Alice's adventures in Velier Land', it's worth a trip down the rabbit hole.
A spoonful of Madeira makes the medicine go down... This much-loved, traditionally medicinal Islay whisky has been given a softer edge by ex-Madeira wine casks, in which it's been housed since 1998. Expect exquisite layers of smoke and sweetness.
12th April 2018
Rich aromas of cherries, chocolate and caramel in this Tullibardine, aged for a quarter of a century before being bottled by Hunter Laing for its Old Malt Cask series. The palate has notes of salted caramel, marzipan and herbs, followed by a long, warming finish.
A richly sherried Tormore, bottled as part of Hunter Laing’s Old Malt Cask series. Aged for nearly three decades, this has an aromatic nose of vanilla and orange with richer notes of tropical fruit and spice on the palate.
11th April 2018
Just 128 bottles exist of this 21-year-old Tobermory, bottled as part of Hunter Laing’s Old Malt Cask range. Aged in a refill hogshead, expect notes of cereal, nutty biscuit and fresh fruit, with just a touch of crème brûlée and spice on the finish.
Rich spice and dried fruit aplenty is on offer from this 1996 Tomatin, bottled by Ian Macleod as part of the Chieftains range. It was aged in bourbon oak for toffee and spice, then finished in a Pedro Ximénez sherry cask for an extra layer of flavour, adding cinnamon, bitter orange marmalade and apricot hints.
Tomatin is known for its rich style of malt, and finishing in a Pedro Ximénez sherry cask adds a further layer of dried fruit and spice to this 20-year-old example, bottled by Ian Macleod for its Dun Bheagan range.
8th April 2018
A travel retail exclusive from the Knockdhu Distillery. Knockdhu is Gaelic for Black Hill – the nickname for Knock Hill – the area that is the source of all the distillery's water. Black Hill Reserve has been matured solely in first fill ex-bourbon casks and has bright notes of fruit, coconut and fresh vanilla.
A 12-year-old Ballechin, the peated whisky from Edradour. Distilled on 13 December 2005, this was matured entirely in an ex-Bordeaux cask. Bottled on 15 January 2018, this combines smoky and fruity flavours.
A limited release of long aged Bowmore, launched in 2016. It was distilled back in 1973 and bottled in June 2016 after 32 long years of maturation in bourbon hogsheads. The result is a near legendary dram, with stacks of 90+ ratings across the internet and a reputation for epitomising the fruity character of the era.
A wonderful example of what Japanese whisky is capable of. We absolutely love this. Extremely smooth, with great complexity and a lovely balance of fruit, silky malt and a touch of smoke.
A boisterous lad bottled at 49%, this Galileo-themed release from this Islay favourite sharpens typical Ardbeg peat smoke to a point, before shooting it through with sharp tropical fruit notes – sweet pineapple and earthy coconut – gifts from maturation in ex-Marsala wine casks. Originally released in 2012 to commemorate the distillery sending whisky to mature in space.
A twist on Aberlour's usual character from indie bottler Lombard's Jewels of Scotland. Rather than going with the distillery's more typical sherry-cask maturation, this whisky slept for 25 years in a bourbon casks. The result is a more elegant dram, with the distillery's rich and malty character front and centre.
4th April 2018
A 2006 vintage from the Netherland's Zuidam distillery under the Millstone brand. Distilled in May, it was aged in American oak for 11 years (despite being labelled as a 10 year old) before being bottled on 6 May 2017.
A limited edition single malt from Paul John that was rated Best Asian Whisky by Jim Murray's 2018 Whisky Bible. Matured in American white oak casks for seven years, this is an enticing combination of honeyed fruits, with underlying layers of citrus spice and toasted oak.
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