Released October 2017
Below are this months newest Whisky expressions and limited releases to hit the online shelves. Click on the buttons to read more.
30th October 2017
The first single malt ever distilled in England's picturesque Cotswolds, released as a limited edition of 4,000. This is no novice whisky, however, it's a highly enjoyable dram with notes of orange peel, spice, oaky malt and dark sugar.
Kilchoman release a limited edition whisky every year, and this 2017 version is a bold, rounded single malt that has been aged in Portuguese red wine casks since 2012. These casks, hand-selected by the distillery's founder, have added further depth, body and cooked fruit layers to Kilchoman's classic sweet citrus and peat smoke characteristics. This is a delicious dram and, with only 7,000 bottles available, one that won’t be around for long.
Douglas Laing has added to its Remarkable Regional Malts series with the launch of a special edition, The Gauldrons, which literally means 'bay of storms'. This adds to a line that already features Big Peat from Islay, The Epicurean from the Lowlands, Rock Oyster from the country's islands, Scallywag from Speyside and Timorous Beastie from the Highlands.
29th October 2017
An incredibly long-aged Karuizawa. Aged for half a century in a sherry cask, this is rich and complex with notes of spice and fruit, with floral hints. Limited to just 309 bottles, this is presented in a wooden case.
Here it is - the legendary Karuizawa 1967 42yo from cask 6426. The oldest and most famous Karuizawa ever bottled when it appeared at the tail-end of 2009, we only ever had around 200 bottles of this one, and after Whisky fun and Whisky notes both gave it humongous 95 point scores, it sold out in a little over 24 hours.
A beautifully-boxed edition of Karuizawa single malt, created by La Maison du Whisky, who say:
"Karuizawa Japonism Edition celebrates the 60th Anniversary of La Maison du Whisky through the influence Japanese culture and civilisation has had over French art and artists for the last 150 years. This celebration has given birth to a worldwide limited edition of 60 pieces of a Karuizawa 1965, resulting of the vatting of part of cask #2372 (ex sherry cask) and cask #8636 (ex bourbon cask). This whisky is a model of balance – an invitation to explore a world of aromas and flavours that lived in this legendary distillery. And in this bottle, the idea of Le Japonisme extends, from artistic endeavour to the history and craft of exquisite whisky. In this bottle, Le Japonisme is truly alive and well."
A beautifully-presented bottle of bourbon-aged Karuizawa single malt, created by La Maison du Whisky and part of a limited edition of 199. Notes of barley, brandy-soaked cherries, chilli, blood orange and tropical fruit.
24th October 2017
A balanced and herbaceous three-year-old rye whiskey. This is first distilled in a 60ft column still and then a copper pot still, both at the family-run Willett distillery, which re-opened in 2012 after having closed in the 1980s.
23rd October 2017
A single cask of delicious Bruichladdich 12 Year Old, bottled as part of Douglas Laing's Old Particular series. Aged in a bourbon barrel, this has notes of crushed sugar, vanilla, biscuit and smoke.
Signatory have imprisoned a single butt of sherry-aged Clynelish in 256 bottles – and only you can set it free.
Created to mark Master Distiller James MacTaggart's 10th year at the Isle of Arran distillery, this is a wonderful limited-edition bottling which highlights the complexity and character of Arran's whiskies. Aromas of lemon and salt are followed by flavours of apple pastries, boiled sweets and white pepper, which lead into a long finish.
19th October 2017
Chapter 17 from the English Whisky Co. is a tasty triple-distilled single malt. Only available as a limited edition, this is rich, creamy and chocolatey with a hint of citrus.
17th October 2017
Càrn Mòr have taken a big butt of sherry-aged Islay whisky and produced these 950 bottles of loveliness. The perfect medicine for those in need of a new tipple this winter.
The 2013 edition of Stauning's fabulous rye whisky, made from a combination of malted rye and malted barley. A rich, oily dram with notes of liquorice, rye bread and raisin.
Kaos is a blend of Stauning's three whiskies: Rye, Traditional and Peated. The result, however, is far from chaotic: this is a well-structured dram which blends smoke and spiciness to pleasing effect.
Aged in virgin American oak for at least three years, this is a Danish malted rye whisky that has taken a lot of colour and flavour from its casks. Distinctive notes of caramel, vanilla, liquorice, pepper and dried fruits.
Part of a three-bottle series celebrating the home county of the English Whisky Co, this is a single grain whisky with notes of fresh toffee popcorn, citrus and spice.
This was awarded 'European Whisky of the Year' in Jim Murray's 2018 Whisky Bible.
15th October 2017
A pleasing combination of single malts aged in bourbon barrels and in Oloroso sherry casks - something which has earned it the name 'Twin Wood'. This is a limited edition from independent bottlers Knappogue Castle, featuring fruity, nutty notes alongside a rich mouthfeel.
A single-cask bottling of the beloved Kavalan Solist. This Taiwanese single malt has been aged in a port cask and was bottled in October 2016.
Matured in American oak wine barrels, this is a single-cask whisky with fruity vanilla notes alongside spice, dates and ripe tropical fruits.
The third and final limited-edition bottling in Douglas Laing's Ancient Islay Myth series. This is a blend of selected island single malts that has resulted in a memorably maritime whisky with gentle smoke.
The legend of beautiful Norse goddess Yula is a tragic one. With an apron full of stones she went on a quest to find her love, but the stones fell out and formed a trail of islands in her wake. Yula died in the perilous waters near Islay, her last pebble forming standing stones on an island whose name means 'Yula's Isle'.
An enticing blend of malt and grain whiskies, bottled at 59% ABV.
The English Whisky Co.'s first-ever peated, sherry cask single malt. Lightly smokey, with rich dried fruit, coffee and leather notes. This was distilled in 2010 and aged in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks.
A limited-edition Swedish single malt that has spent half its life in bourbon casks, and half in ex-Sauternes barrels. It has a rich, spicy aroma with deep fruit flavours intermingled with coconut, ginger and vanilla.
A pink-tinged Swedish single malt that's finished in casks that previously held sweet cherry wine. Notes of sweet cherry, sherry, vanilla and warm pear fudge on the nose, followed by herbal spice, cherry, ginger and vanilla on the tongue. A long, fruity finish.
The second release in Tullibardine's Marquess Collection, The Murray 2005 is a bourbon-aged 12-year-old single malt with notes of butter biscuits, vanilla and red fruits.
Bottled and released in small batches, this oloroso-cask aged whisky boasts sultry flavours of warming spices and dried fruits. A smooth and creamy cask-strength dram that will delight fans of sherried single malts.
What's better than the smell of a freshly pulled Christmas cracker? The nose of a great single malt, of course - which is exactly what you get in these fabulous crackers. Each one contains a 3cl Perfect Measure from one of Scotland's top distilleries, alongside the inevitable hat and motto.
The single malts are: Tomintoul 10 Year Old | Tamdhu 10 Year Old | Aberfeldy 12 Year Old | Bowmore 12 Year Old | The Deveron 12 Year Old | Tamnavulin Double Cask
12th October 2017
11th October 2017
Leap into the unknown with this limited-edition blended malt, inspired by phenomenology - 'the study of consciousness and the objects of direct experience'. To encourage people to experience this whisky without preconceptions Compass Box have not released any tasting notes, or even listed which single malts make up this blend. All we know is that they were selected due to their distinct and different flavour profiles, something that promises a complex and surprising whisky. Why not share your thoughts by leaving a review?
10th October 2017
A Swiss whisky (Swissky?) from Langatun, bottled by the quirky chaps at That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Notes of honeyed fruit, melted chocolate and earthy peat.
An immensely popular single-cask release of bourbon-aged Smogen single malt. Peaty, intense and redolent of pine wood, chocolate and vanilla.
A rarely-seen bottling of long-aged Strathmill, bottled by Adelphi. This 31-year-old single malt comes from a single refill hogshead and has delicious, complex aromas of sandalwood, apple sponge and Madeira cake. On the palate you'll find sweet notes of coffee beans, bitter chocolate and sugared almonds, followed by a lingering finish.
A limited-edition bottling of triple-distilled single malt from the English Whisky Co., matured in a single first-fill bourbon cask. This bottle is one of just 160 available and is presented in a beautiful wooden box.
A biscuit-led Mortlach 22 Year Old from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, who have issued 200 bottles as part of this latest batch. The scary-looking monster on the label comes from Mortlach's nickname, 'The Beast of Dufftown', something it earned thanks to its whiskies' robust, intense character.
A limited-edition (although you probably guessed that from the title) Linkwood 11 Year Old, matured in two hogsheads since 2006. Light and honeyed with a hint of mint.
Part of the Art of Whisky series created exclusively for Whisky Show 2017, this Miltonduff 17 Year Old carries a distinctive label representing the Art of Whisky Fermenting. The Speyside single malt inside has notes of sweet orchard fruits, buttery biscuit and tarte tatin.
Representing the Art of Whisky Bottling, as its beautiful label makes clear, this is a fruity, creamy Glentauchers bottled exclusively for Whisky Show 2017.
A Glenrothes 27 Year Old bottled exclusively for Whisky Show 2017 and featuring an art-inspired label depicting the Art of Whisky Ageing. Notes of stewed fruits and spices with a long, sweet finish. Part of the Art of Whisky series.
The Art of Whisky Malting is the first in the Art of Whisky series, which was created exclusively for the Whisky Show 2017 and features label designs by our Creative Director Raj Chavda. This Caol Ila has been matured for at least seven years in bourbon hogsheads and forms a limited edition of 600 bottles.
Celebrating the Art of Whisky Mashing, this beautifully-bottled Balblair has notes of apples, hazelnuts, sugar-coated almonds and honeysuckle. Part of the 'Art of Whisky' series produced for the Whisky Show 2017.
A 20-year-old Tomintoul, aged in a bourbon hogshead and then trapped by A D Rattray in 287 lovely Cask Collection bottles. Yours if you're quick.
Part of A D Rattray's excellent Cask Collection, this is a Tamnavulin 8 Year Old that has been matured in first-fill bourbon. Only 229 bottles were produced from the single cask.
9th October 2017
A 29-year-old Glen Grant, bottled by Adelphi in 2017 from a single cask.
Finished in a Madeira wine cask, this 11-year-old Edradour has been bottled as part of the distillery's Straight From The Cask series.
Bottled on 27 March 2017, this is an Edradour 12 Year Old with lots of sweet notes thanks to spending the last part of its life in a single Sauternes wine cask. Part of Edradour's Straight From The Cask series (SFTC).
Part of Edradour's Straight From The Cask (SFTC) series, this has been aged in bourbon for 12 years and finished in a Chardonnay cask.
Christmas-cakey Clynelish 20 Year Old, aged in a sherry puncheon and bottled by Càrn Mòr for their Celebration of the Cask series.
A nutty, honeyed single malt from Benrinnes, bottled in August 2017 after 21 years in a single hogshead. Part of Càrn Mòr's Celebration of the Cask series.
A wonderful 22-year-old Allt-a-Bhainne single malt, bottled to celebrate the equally wonderful Whisky Squad. The label depicts many of the Squad's members as cows, due to the fact that - according to That Boutique-y Whisky Company - 'Allt-á-Bhainne sounds a bit like House of Pain, and it literally means "River of Milk"'. We'll let you ponder that one over a dram.
A subtly spicy blended whisky from Japan, with notes of orchard fruits and caramel.
A pure malt whisky from Japanese product Toashuzo, not often seen outside its native country. Notes of oats and orchard fruits.
A blended whisky from Japanese producers Toashuzo, bottled as part of the Golden Horse range. Expect nutty honey, vanilla and subtle earthier tones.
Bottled by A.D. Rattray as part of their Cask Collection, this is a sweet 25-year-old single grain whisky drawn from one sherry butt. Delivers notes of ginger, citrus and candyfloss, followed by a sweet, spicy finish.
Drawn from a cask specially selected by Douglas Laing, this Cameronbridge 25 Year Old is big, bold and buttery, with plenty to keep those with a sweet tooth happy.
The chaps at the Boutique-y Whisky Company have a particular fondness for the onion-shaped stills at the Glenlossie distillery in Speyside - something you can probably tell by the design on this label. This is a 17-year-old single malt drawn from a single cask.
Càrn Mòr have bottled a single cask of Glen Keith 28 Year Old, creating 221 bottles of Speyside loveliness. This is part of their Celebration of the Cask series and offers notes of creamy vanilla, apricot and a hint of citrus.
8th October 2017
A 2010 vintage Ledaig from indie bottler Signatory as part of The Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was aged in a pair of first-fill bourbon barrels for seven years, before being bottled in September 2017. Ledaig is the name for the smoky, peaty whisky from Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull.
Kavalan's Solist range comprises whiskies aged in different cask types. This has been aged in a port barrique, producing a whisky that is fruity with notes of plum, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry, backed up by chocolate.
A single-cask bottling of this popular unpeated Islay whisky, distilled in 1990.
February 2010 marked an extraordinary achievement for Nikka, as their Taketsuru 21yo scooped the title of 'World's Best Blended Malt Whisky' at the World Whiskies Awards for the third time in four years. Bravo, Nikka!
A 38-year-old whisky from Tomintoul, this single sherry cask was distilled on 12 April 1977 and bottled in June 2015. A rich and complex sherried whisky, only 470 bottles came out of the cask, of which each is individually hand numbered.
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A single-cask bottling which yielded just 78 crystal decanters, each housed in a special leather carrying case. Notes of orchard fruits, prunes and lemon balm, with just a hint of oak.
Part of the Glenrothes Extraordinary Cask series, this is one of only 145 bottles from a second-fill hogshead. The whisky is presented in a hand-blown lead crystal decanter from Portugal, stopped with wood from cask 13507, and housed in a special leather carrying case. Notes of rose, apricots, honey and Turkish Delight.
5th October 2017
Drawn from two casks by independent bottlers Signatory, this Caol Ila 7 Year Old is full of the distillery's typical smoke, brine and citrus flavours.
Exclusive to The Whisky Exchange, this limited-edition Caol Ila was distilled in 2009 and bottled by Signatory.
A Signatory bottling of 19-year-old Benrinnes single malt, distilled in 1997. The distillery's whiskies are known for their notes of meat, dried fruit and dark chocolate.
Signatory have bottled this Bowmore 15 Year Old just for us. Drawn from a single cask, there are just 233 bottles of this tasty single malt - once they're gone there will be no (bow)more.
Using heavily-roasted barley, Johnnie Walker Espresso Roast is richly flavoured with notes of chocolate and coffee. This bottle is part of their Blenders' Batch series, which allows the company's blenders free reign to experiment with flavours.
A single-cask bottling of Ballechin 12 Year Old, exclusive to The Whisky Exchange.
This Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Blair Athol features whisky distilled in 2008 and matured in sherry butts until 2017. Expect ripe white fruits and smoke on the nose, followed by spice, orange peels and bitter chocolate on the tongue.
Aberfeldy is known as one of the Highland region's sweetest single malts, and this 14-year-old delivers all its beloved honey characteristics alongside fudge, dried fruit and spiced biscuit.
Not only is this the first-ever small-batch Wolfburn, it is also the first time the distillery has created a lightly peated spirit - making this the forerunner to Morven, the peated whisky that has just been added to their core range. Initial tobacco notes are followed by lemon, crisp apple, honey and vanilla, alongside warming peat and earthiness.
A limited-edition bottling of the notably rich, robust Mortlach single malt, created exclusively for us by Signatory.
The second series of Smogen's Sherry Projects starts with this limited-edition bottling from 18 sherry octaves - casks with a capacity of around 50 litres. Expect notes of vanilla, pine, cinnamon and honey alongside sherry and dried fruits.
An exclusive bottling of single malt from little-seen distillery Linkwood, created for us by Signatory.
A bold, creamy 15-year-old whisky from Speyside's Speyburn distillery, matured in both American and Spanish oak casks.
Independent bottlers Signatory bring us a single-cask of single grain whisky from closed distillery Carsebridge.
Part of the Blenders' Batch series, Johnnie Walker's ongoing experiments with flavour, this is a mix of Speyside and Lowland whiskies that has been finished in Caribbean pot-still rum barrels. Expect spicy, sweet and fruity notes.
Glenburgie is rarely allowed out on its own, but independent bottlers Signatory are known for their excellent small-batch editions of the distillery's single malts - and the 21-year-old here is no exception.
This has been bottled for the Carn Mor 'Celebration of the Cask' range, a series which celebrates Scottish distilleries through single-cask editions. Only 254 bottles of this Blair Athol 26 Year Old were produced.
A lovely sherried Edradour, distilled in 2006 and bottled exclusively for The Whisky Exchange. These limited-edition bottles have been drawn from a single sherry butt.
Linkwood's whiskies are known for their fruity, spicy characteristics. This bottling of the distillery's 19 Year Old single malt has been created by Signatory.
An eight-year-old Speyside single malt from Craigellachie, bottled by Signatory.
3rd October 2017
Ben Nevis 26 Year Old single malt, bottled by Signatory in July 2017 as part of their Cask Strength Collection. This single cask of sherry-aged whisky promises notes of raisins, dark chocolate and red fruits, underscored with a little smoke.
Matured in a wine-treated butt, this Blair Athol 28 Year Old has been bottled from a single cask by Signatory.
A limited-edition spirit drink (too young to gain its whisky badge) from the Starward distillery in Australia. Aged in wine barrels from the famed Barossa Valley region, this has aromas of Shiraz, marzipan, plum and hazelnuts, followed by flavours of dark fruits, liquorice and chocolate-coated coffee beans.
A Signatory bottling of this typically light, grassy single malt, drawn from two hogsheads.
A bourbon-matured Glen Elgin brought to us by the wonderful people at Signatory. Part of their Cask Strength collection, just 156 bottles of this 26-year-old Speyside single malt are available.
A rare independent bottling of Dufftown single malt, a whisky that spends most of its time hanging out in Bell's. Aged in sherry, this Connoisseurs Choice edition has notes of butterscotch, sultanas, sun-baked barley and stewed fruits, with a long, citrus finish.
A 19-year-old Dailuaine single malt, bottled from two hogsheads by Signatory in March 2017.
A single-cask bottling of Clynelish 20 Year Old, bottled by Signatory in June 2017.
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Triple distillation is rare at Scottish distilleries, but this Benromach is far from a novelty bottle. The process creates smoother, lighter whiskies and these characteristics are accompanied by delectable aromas of strawberry, sweet vanilla and elderflower. This is followed by creamy malt, lime zest, more vanilla and rich smokiness on the tongue, accompanied by a touch of pepper.
The latest edition in Benromach's Wood Finish series, this single malt has been aged in first fill bourbon then finished in Chateau Cissac wine casks from the Haut-Médoc region of Bordeaux. The result is notes of sweet vanilla, creamy milk chocolate, light peat smoke and a hint of tannin. This is a limited edition of 4,200 bottles.
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2nd October 2017
Sherry-aged Glenrothes, distilled in 1997 and bottled by Signatory just under two decades later. Expect notes of honey, spice and black fruits.
A 1992 vintage Glenlossie from indie bottler Signatory as part of the Cask Strength Collection. Much of the distillery's production is used for the Haig range of blends. This was aged for 24 years in a hogshead prior to release.
A 1998 vintage Linkwood from independent bottler Signatory as part of the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was matured in bourbon barrels 11788 and 11789 for 18 years before being bottled in May 2017.
A single malt from Campbeltown distillery Glen Scotia, this is from the 1992 vintage and has been bottled by G&M as part of the MacPhail's Collection after more than two decades of ageing. The distillery is known for its fresh, fruity and grassy whiskies.
Big Peat comes to the Big Smoke with this limited-edition bottling.
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Signatory are renowned for their excellent independent bottlings and this Tormore 28 Year Old, bottled from two casks in July 2017, should be no exception. Just 388 bottles are available.
Aroma is an integral part of the whisky tasting experience, which is why Macallan Edition No. 3 so exciting: it has been created in conjunction with Roja Dove, one of the most respected 'noses' in the perfume industry.
A blend of six cask types, this whisky has the complex aromas of a fine fragrance, with notes of flowers, vanilla ice cream and orange oil leading into chocolate and burnished oak. The vanilla continues on the tongue, intermingled with sweet fruit, rich fruit cake and light resin.
1st October 2017
A 1997 intage whisky from the little-een Glen Keith, bottled by Gordon & Macphail for their Connoisseurs Choice collection in 2015.
A 2000 vintage Ledaig from independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range, bottled in 2015. Ledaig is the name for peated whisky produced at Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.
A 1998 vintage Tormore from Gordon & MacPhail as part of the Connoisseurs Choice series. This was bottled in 2015 in its mid-teens.
A 2008 vintage whisky from Teaninich, bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range by Gordon & MacPhail in 2017. Thanks to it's popularity as a blending malt we don't see all that much from Teaninich on the market, so it's good to find an ongoing indie release non-chillfiltered and at 46%.
Fettercairn is rarely seen as an independent bottling these days. This 1997 vintage Fettercairn has been released by Signatory as part of the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was aged in a pair of hogsheads, before being bottled at 20 years of age in June 2017. Notes of oranges are often picked up on whiskies from this distillery.
A 1990-vintage Longmorn, matured for 26 years in a single hogshead before bottling in May 2017 by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection. The distillery is known for its sweet and fruity whiskies.