Released July 2017
Below are this months newest Whisky expressions and limited releases to hit the online shelves. Click on the buttons to read more.
17th July 2017
Carrying the classic distillery label, first seen in the days when Gordon & MacPhail were Glen Grant's official bottler, this was distilled in 2005 and bottled in 2016 after more than a decade of maturation.
Inchmoan is the peated single malt produced at Loch Lomond. The 12 Year Old is sweet and spicy with notes of vanilla and a smoky backbone.
#2 is the lightly peated release from Denmark's Isfjord. Matured in bourbon barrels, finished in new oak and bottled with ice water from Greenland, this is fruity and gently smoky with notes of caramel, chocolate and vanilla.
A sherry-matured smoke bomb from Laphroaig, distilled in February 2001 and bottled in April 2017 by Hunter Laing for the Old Malt Cask series. It was a refill butt, which has let the Laphroaig character shine through, combining classically fruity and coastal notes with rich sherry-cask fruit and spice.
A 1995 vintage Craigellachie from independent bottler Hunter Laing as part of the Old Malt Cask series. Distilled in September, it was aged in sherry butt 13740 for 21 years before bottling in April 2017. Rich and creamy with notes of vanilla, apples, and sultanas.
A 2004 vintage Caol Ila from independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail as part of the Connoisseurs Choice series. This was aged for around 13 years in bourbon barrels before release in 2017.
A 1998 vintage Braeval (also known as Braes of Glenlivet) released under Gordon & Macphail's Connoisseurs Choice label. Much of the distillery's production is used to produce volume for the Chivas Regal range of blends and no official distillery bottlings are produced.
14th July 2017
Chosen by The Whisky Exchange, this exclusive single cask Inchmurrin was distilled at Loch Lomond in September 2001. Bottled at 15 years of age in May 2017, this has notes of tangy orange, sweet vanilla and spicy ginger.
How to make a lightly peated whisky at Edradour? Combine one sherry butt of unpeated Edradour with three bourbon barrels of heavily peated Ballechin. Aged for eight years, this has notes of dark chocolate, praline and smoke.
Stagg Jr shares many characteristics with its older brother George T Stagg. It's big, bold and high strength, but younger and more accessible. This is the third batch and shows a perfect balance of sweet and spicy flavours.
13th July 2017
Aptly distilled the year man landed on the moon, the 1969 release of the Constellation Collection is sweet and rich with notes toffee, cinnamon, black cherry, sultanas and treacle. It was finished for three years in a bourbon-barrel as part of its 43-year maturation.
The oldest release in Dalmore's Constellation Collection, the 1964 is rich and complex with notes of peach, coffee, apples and cinnamon. This was aged for 46 years, including a three-year finishing period in oloroso-sherry wood.
A 1997 vintage Glen Keith from independent bottler Signatory as part of the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Distilled on 26 May, it was matured in a pair of hogsheads for 19 years before being bottled on 11 May 2017. The distillery's whiskies display a fruity and spicy character.
The 13th release of Glenfiddich's series of incredible 40-year-old whiskies, bottled in 2016. Vatted from a selection of excellent casks as well as the saved remnants of previous year's vattings. Incredibly complex with notes of fruit cake, dates, raisins and stewed apples.
This is a 25-year-old whisky from the now-closed Port Dundas distillery. Produced on 14 March 1991 and aged in a single hogshead, this is a classically light and sweet grain.
A 1992 vintage Auchentoshan, bottled from a single bourbon barrel in 2017 at full proof by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on 19 February and bottled on 1 May.
Part of Dalmore's 21-strong Constellation Collection, this 1990 vintage was aged in American white oak for 19 years before being finished for 2 years in a Matusalem Oloroso sherry butt.
The most youthful entry in Dalmore's incredible Constellation Collection, distilled on 17th December 1992 and bottled at a 'mere' 19 years old. One of 21 bottles making up the series, it spent 10 years in a first fill Kentucky Bourbon Barrel before finishing for 9 years in a European Oak port pipe. A beautifully presented whisky with flavour to back up the pomp.
This 20-year-old whisky spent its last three years in an oloroso-sherry cask. This added flavours of liquorice and spice to crushed almonds, pineapple, coconut and maple syrup.
One of two 1991 vintage whiskies in Dalmore's Constellation Collection, this enjoyed a three-stage maturation: for the first 11 years in a bourbon barrel, six years in a Brandy de Jerez cask and the final three years in another bourbon barrel. Rich and fruity with notes of banana, almond, sultana, caramel fudge, fig cake and mulled wine.
Aged for 28 years, including a three-year finish in sherry casks, the 1983 bottling of Dalmore's Constellation Collection is very fruity with notes of pear drops, maraschino cherry, apricot and orange, backed up with roasted chestnuts, nutmeg and espresso coffee.
Distilled in 1978 and aged in cask #1, this release in Dalmore's iconic Constellation Collection is incredibly complex and displays notes of lemon cake, dates, almonds, pear, peach and mango. This 33-year-old whisky was finished for four years in oloroso-sherry wood.
10th July 2017
Macallan Whisky Maker's Edition has been personally crafted by the distillery's manager, Bob Dalgarno, from a mix of sherry and bourbon casks and bottled at his preferred drinking strength of 42.8%. Originally released for global travel retail, this is fruity, sweet and spicy.
Please note, this is the bottling with a 1920s locomotive on the label and box.
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Another of Gordon & Macphail's long-aged Glen Grants which, along with Glenfarclas, represent the best-value long-aged sherried Speysides available. Thankfully, Glen Grant is one of those special Speysiders (like Glenfarclas, Mortlach and Macallan) that is capable of withstanding immense oak ageing without tasting like a pile of wet sawdust.
7th July 2017
This 1991 Macduff has been aged in a sherry butt for 26 years. Bottled by Ian Macleod as part of the Chieftain's series, this is rich, fruity and spicy. You don't see a lot of these about, as most of Macduff's spirit goes into owner Dewar's William Lawson blend.
This 22-year-old whisky was distilled in June 1995 at Caperdonich, which closed in 2002. Aged in a single hogshead, this was bottled by Ian Macleod in June 2017 as part of the Chieftain's series.
6th July 2017
A 10-year-old single bourbon cask from Edradour. Distilled on 27 February 2006 and bottled on 22 February 2017. A beautifully presented release from the Highlands's smallest distillery.
The oldest release in the first batch of The Glenrothes' UK Exclusives Single Casks series, this was distilled in 1976. Aged for almost 40 years in a refill bourbon hogshead, this has notes of fudge, coconut and apple strudel. This comes with a pair of casters, plinth for the bottle, and a book about the release.
Slane is a blended Irish whiskey aged in a combination of virgin-oak, refill-American-whiskey and oloroso-sherry casks. The result is an elegant and spicy dram with notes of caramel, dried fruit, caramel and butterscotch.
A marriage of five bourbon barrels from the mid-2000s, the eighth Cl is light and creamy with notes of lemon, rock salt and custard.
The seventh Lg was distilled in the mid-2000s and aged in four refill bourbon barrels. A classic example of the distillery's meaty style with notes of cockles and burnt honeycomb, too.
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Hailing from the 2010 vintage, the fourth Oc is a marriage of three bourbon barrels. This shows excellent balance between sweet malt, meat and heavy smoke.
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This 2000 Glenrothes is part of batch 1 of the distillery's UK Exclusive Single Cask series. Aged in a sherry butt for more than 16 years, this is rich, fruity, nutty and spicy.
Released as part of the first batch of Glenrothes' UK Exclusive Single Cask series, this 2006 vintage was aged in a first-fill sherry butt for more than a decade. A classic example of sherried Speyside whisky with a creamy texture notes of chocolate and citrus fruit.
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A 1991 vintage Glen Keith from Signatory as part of the Cask Strength Collection. Aged for 25 years in a pair of bourbon barrels, this is rich and sweet.
A single-cask 1990 vintage whisky from Glen Elgin. This was distilled on 29 November, fully matured in a bourbon barrel for 25 years and bottled at cask strength by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection on 12 April 2016.
A 21-year-old whisky from Glenburgie, bottled by the folks at Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection at 57.3%. Distilled on 15 June 1995, matured in a hogshead and bottled on 17 April 2017.
An 11-year-old Ledaig from Signatory as part of the Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on 8 November 2005, this peated whisky was aged in a first-fill sherry butt, a combination that always proves popular.
5th July 2017
Edradour's Natural Cask Strength bottlings enjoy a lofty status, This one was distilled on 28 August 2002, aged in cask 1420 and bottled on 24 March 2017, yielding 701 bottles. The purest expression of the distillery's spirit, this is full of dried fruit and spice.
Inchmoan is the peated whisky made at Loch Lomond distillery. Matured in refill bourbon barrels for 25 years, this 1992 vintage release is rich and spicy with notes of pineapple, vanilla and smoke.
A single-cask release of 21-year-old Benrinnes bottled by Signatory as part of the Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on 6 June 1995, matured in a pair of hogshead and bottled on 1 May 2017.
This 1988 vintage Fettercairn has been aged for 28 years in a single hogshead. Showing off the distillery's natural character, this was bottled by indie bottler Signatory as part of the Cask Strength Collection on 17 April 2017.
This bottling of 1997 vintage whisky comes from Linkwood, one of Diageo's workhorse distilleries. Aged for 19 years in a pair of hogsheads, this was bottled on 1 May 2017 for Signatory's Cask Strength Collection, and shows off the distillery's honeyed nature.
This 2008 Mortlach was distilled on 4 June, aged in a pair of bourbon barrels and bottled at eight years of age by Signatory. This is a classic example of the meaty style of whisky this Speyside distillery is famous for.
Aged for 26 years, this is a 1990 vintage Glenrothes from Signatory's Cask Strength Collection. Matured a hogshead which yielded just 179 bottles on 31 January 2017, this shows off the Speyside distillery's honeyed and peppery character.
A 2010 vintage Ledaig from indie bottler Signatory as part of The Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Distilled on 21 June, it was aged in a pair of first-fill bourbon barrels for six years, before being bottled on 2 February 2017. Ledaig is the name for the smoky, peaty whisky from Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull.
A 1997 Dailuaine bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Distilled on 21 May, it was aged for 19 years in a pair of hogsheads before being bottled on 15 February 2017. Dailuaine whiskies are noted for having notes of pepper and oranges.
4th July 2017
Exclusive to The Whisky Exchange, this is a 1992 Glenlossie from independent bottler Signatory. Aged for 24 years in a hogshead, this is big and spicy with notes of liquorice, pepper and citrus fruit. Much of the distillery's production is used for the Haig range of blends, but casks like this show it's a very underrated distillery.
Mastery is a commemorative release of Glen Moray to celebrate the distillery's 120th anniversary. A blend of five vintages, the oldest of which is 1978, matured in a combination of sherry, port and Madeira casks, this is rich with notes of chocolate, coffee and vanilla.