Released June 2018
Below are this months newest Whisky expressions and limited releases to hit the online shelves. Click on the buttons to read more.
20th June 2018
The Singleton's signature release, this is aged in a combination of ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks. A fruity and nutty whisky.
The Minister's Reserve was released by Glenrothes for the Travel Retail market. Aged for at least 21 years, much of it in Spanish oak, it has notes of treacle, honey and marmalade.
17th June 2018
This Auchentoshan release from Claxton’s holds a wealth of complex Lowland character, with a nose full of fresh baked goods and rich spiced fruit balanced against lower, earthier tones. The palate is generously peppered with malt and more autumn fruit, once more joined by light, leafy flora, a flourish of deeper wood spice and a twist of honey floating overhead. Spice and lingering sherry character at the end round out this delicious whisky.
This Hunter Laing release of famed Cambus is a bottle of pure single grain glory. Dried fruit sweetness leads the charge on the nose, flowing smoothly onto the palate to meet light vanilla, a hint of oak and a touch of Christmas spice. Flavours lift even further toward the finish with more juicy fruit and a twang of fresh citrus.
14th June 2018
Exclusive to The Whisky Exchange, this hand-picked, single cask 36 year-old is a colossus of long-aged Glenlivet complexity, having spent its final 6 years in a sherry butt. The nose is an alluring, aromatic maze of cocoa, dried fruit, pastry and subtle oak. It’s just as enchanting on the tongue, where fresh apple and cinder toffee battle spice for dominance of a tempered citrus and oak landscape. All is reconciled in a finish full of gentle liquorice and mild cinnamon, with more rich, dark fruit to walk us out.
13th June 2018
One of the starting points for whisky fans digging into Gordon & MacPhail's whiskies, the Discovery range is all about pulling apart the flavours of Scotland. This Miltonduff is part of the Sherry category, showing, as you'd expect, big sherry character thanks to 10 years of maturation in sherry casks.
A limited-edition whisky released to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The bottle is hand engraved with a picture of the Royal couple, as well as the date of their wedding.
All but an orchard in a bottle, this special dram from Hunter Laing balances classic Glen Keith levity with a delightful depth of sweet fruit. Nutty freshness and a touch of tobacco on the nose give way to citrus & vanilla. Meanwhile, the palate excels, introducing rich apricot and a soft tingle of spice tempered by lower, earthy tones — all before fading to a soft and creamy finish.
The gateway to Gordon & MacPhail's excellently selected whiskies, the Discovery range offers dependable drams that dig deep into the world of Scotch whisky. This 12-year-old Balblair is the flagship of the Bourbon section of the range, with the distillery's trademark honeyed and fruity character amplified by American-oak ex-bourbon casks.
The Gordon & MacPhail Discovery range examines the core flavours at the heart of Scotch single malt whisky, and this is the headline of the Smoky side of things. A 13-year-old Caol Ila from the island of Islay, this is as typical a dram as you can get from the island, packed with sweet fruit and dark peat smoke.
A very special limited edition bottling from Glen Scotia, launched to celebrate the Campbeltown festival at the end of May 2018. Matured for ten years, including six months of finishing in ruby port casks, it's rich and fruity with a classic Campbeltown seaside tang.
The fourth entry in the Edition range, this release focuses on the structure of the distillery's trademark weight style, as well as celebrating the opening of Macallan's incredible new distillery. It is a well-balanced dram, constructed to show the best of each cask type selected to create the whisky: European and American oak refill butts and hogsheads, as well as butts, puncheons and hogsheads specifically from Vasmya, Diego Martin, Jose y Miguel Martin and Tevasa.
12th June 2018
Port Charlotte's long-awaited 10 year old, rich and smoky whisky made by the independently minded folks at Bruichladdich distillery on Islay. PC, as it's known to its friends, is heavily peated to 40ppm, putting it up with Islay's other heavy hitters. The resulting whisky is big and peaty with a maritime tang – the Bruichladdich team would claim that it's because their warehouses are so close to the sea, we're still undecided. In the end, the most important thing is the taste: it's rather good.