Released November 2016
Below are this months newest Whisky expressions and limited releases to hit the online shelves. Click on the buttons to read more.
28th November 2016
This is the Lagavulin Fèis Ìle 2016 release - an 18 year old single malt drawn from European oak ex-bodega Sherry butts and refill American oak hogsheads selected by Iain McArthur. 2016 saw the Lagavulin distillery celebrate their 200th anniversary, as noted on the label of this collectable expression.
20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenrothes distillery, independently bottled by Glasgow's North Star Spirits. It was distilled in October 1996 and set aside until October 2016, when it was bottled with an outturn of 252 bottles.
An Amontillado-Sherry-cask matured Taiwanese single malt whisky from the King Car distillery, released as part of their Kavalan Solist range. Incredibly interesting stuff, this is...
This is a single cask bottling of 8 year old Mortlach single malt, matured in a bourbon barrel from March 2000 to September 2016. Following that, it was bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection as part of La Maison du Whisky's 60th Anniversary celebrations. 249 bottles were produced.
A special bottling of Lagavulin for the 2015 Islay Jazz Festival (released a little later that year), matured in refill American oak as well as European oak casks.
Launched in 2016 as part of the Johnnie Walker Blenders' Batch series, their Red Rye Finish expression has been finished in casks that previously held rye whiskey. The Blenders' Batch series will continue with two new expressions in the coming years...
Rarer than hen's teeth this one. Special pre-release bottling of Bruichladdich's Octomore - the most heavily peated whisky in the world.
An indie bottling of 29 year old Glenlivet single malt, drawn from cask #13503 which was laid down in 1978 and cracked open in 2008. It was independently bottled by Adelphi with a very small outturn of only 64 bottles.
An independently bottled Ardmore single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a refill barrel that was filled in 2000 and cracked open in 2014. It was a joint bottled between The Whisky Agency and La Maison du Whisky, with 189 bottles produced.
A single cask bottling of 30 year old Cragganmore single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by the brilliant Adelphi chaps. It was distilled in 1986 (two years before Cragganmore became one of the six Classic Malts of Scotland') and matured for three decades until 2016, when it was bottled with an small outturn of 177 bottles.
We've reached the third entry of the Jack Daniel's Master Distiller series - this one honours Lemuel "Lem" Tolley, who was the third Master Distiller, following on from Jess Motlow. Lem held the position for over 20 years, from 1941 to 1964.
27th November 2016
25th November 2016
A Langside Distiller's Art series bottling of 22 year old Miltonduff single malt, drawn from a single refill hogshead which was filled in August 1994 and emptied in 2016. 287 bottles were produced.
13 year old Bunnahabhain single malt, aged in a single bourbon hogshead from October 2002 to July 2016. After its maturation, this was independently bottled by A. D. Rattray with an outturn of 301 bottles.
A long-aged single grain from Carsebridge. Distilled in May 1973 and aged for 43 years in a single refill butt, this is creamy with notes of forest fruits, Demerara sugar and pepper.
24th November 2016
Kikori Whiskey, despite being from Japan, is a brand produced for the American market (hence the 'e' in whiskey). Made entirely from rice, and therefore a single grain whisky, this is aged for three years in a combination of American- French- and ex-sherry-oak. This has notes of melon, almond, apple and wood spice, and lends itself to use in cocktails, as well as on its own.