Released April 2019
Below are this months newest Whisky expressions and limited releases to hit the online shelves. Click on the buttons to read more.
30th April 2019
This 22-year-old single cask Springbank was distilled in March 1993 and left to age in a single refill sherry hogshead. Bottled in September 2015 by The Bottlers, this is a buttery, malty whisky with notes of chocolate biscuits and earthy peat throughout the palate.
29th April 2019
A long-aged Ardmore, distilled in 1998 and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail as part of their Distillery Labels series. This series celebrates the long-lasting relationships that the independent bottler has with the distilleries for which is created unique 'house labels'.
28th April 2019
Distilled at an undisclosed distillery on Orkney, this 12-year-old is a fresh and herbal dram, run through with a ribbon of fruity sweetness and tempered by a peaty, maritime tang. A lovely, characterful Island whisky from one of our favourite independent bottlers.
A self-proclaimed 'funky' Fettercairn release from ever-exciting indie bottler North Star Spirits, this has spent 12 years in a single, refill hogshead resulting in an outturn of just 180 bottles. A sweet and fruity dram with plenty of punch.
25th April 2019
This Glenlivet single malt was distilled in 1978 and spent the next four decades maturing in a single refill sherry hogshead, before being bottled for Gordon & MacPhail’s Private Collection in 2018. Sweet sherried aromas of fudge, roasted hazelnuts and chocolate-covered-raisins mingle with fresh citrus and spicy oak. The palate is smooth and spicy, full of warm demerara sugar, fiery chilli, cinnamon and marmalade notes, before a long, refined finish full of rich oak spice.
Distilled in 1988, this single grain whisky from Cambus spent the next three decades maturing in a single refill hogshead, before being bottled by Douglas Laing for its Xtra Old Particular range. Sweet aromas of summer berries and apples mingle with cream and meringue, while the palate offers notes of raspberry ice-cream, caramelised sugar and warm spices.
24th April 2019
The 1991 edition of Glenmorangie's Grand Vintage single malt has been created from an unusual combination of whisky finished in red Burgundy casks and whisky finished in oloroso sherry casks. These two distinctive spirits, combined with a small amount of whisky aged in new toasted oak, were married for around four months before bottling, and the result is a finely balanced and richly fruity single malt that will surprise those sceptical about the cask combination.
The 1991 Grand Vintage is part of Glenmorangie’s Bond House No.1 Collection, a series of vintage whiskies that celebrates the largest of the distillery’s traditional 19th century warehouses. Bonded Warehouse No.1 was transformed into Glenmorangie’s impressive new still house in 1990.
Distilled in May 1996, this Arran single malt spent the next 22 years maturing in a single sherry hogshead, before being bottled by Carn Mor in January 2019. This Island single malt is full of zesty, fruity aromas of peaches, pears, lemons and freshly cut grass, while the palate offers notes of citrus and tropical fruits alongside warm, sweet spices.
23rd April 2019
This limited-edition Arran single malt has been finished in Côte-Rôtie red wine casks. Full-bodied and flavoursome, this single malt has notes of dried fruits and rich, warm spices alongside a delicate, floral edge.
22nd April 2019
This 2009-vintage Bunnahabhain was bottled in 2019 by indie bottler Adelphi, after spending 10 years in a single first-fill sherry butt.
This 2001 vintage Ledaig was bottled by indie bottler Blackadder in January 2019 for its Raw Cask series, after 17 years in a single hogshead.
Blackadder's Raw Cask series is unfiltered, and the bottles have a natural sediment.
This 2001-vintage Tomintoul was matured in a single Pedro Ximenez sherry butt for 17 years before it was bottled in September 2018. A spicy, citrus led single malt it has notes of oak spice, candied orange peel and fruitcake throughout the palate.
This 18-year-old Tomintoul was distilled in 2000 and matured in a single first-fill bourbon barrel before being bottled in September 2018. The palate offers notes of red berries, oak, fresh ginger and vanilla.
17th April 2019
This 1991 Bruichladdich was matured in a single hogshead for 26 years before being bottled in 2018 by Blackadder for its Raw Cask series.
Blackadder's Raw Cask series is unfiltered, and the bottles have a natural sediment.
This 2006-vintage Craigellachie was matured in a single sherry butt for 12 years before being bottled by Hunter Laing in 2016 for its First Editions series.
16th April 2019
Port Askaig 28 Year Old was bottled by Elixir Distillers, from a small, specially selected batch of refill American oak hogsheads. Complex, coastal and peaty, this Islay single malt has herbal aromas of mint, smoked tea leaves and pine, alongside almonds, tropical fruits and vanilla. The palate offers notes of orange peel, custard and cinnamon, alongside salty, savoury notes.
15th April 2019
This Bunnahabhain 50 Year Old was distilled on Islay in 1968 and spent the next five decades maturing in a single refill sherry butt, before being bottled in 2018 by Signatory Vintage for its 30th Anniversary series. This unpeated single malt has a savoury, maritime nose, with exotic fruit aromas and hints of medicinal herbs. The palate offers notes of vanilla, milk chocolate, passion fruit and sage, before developing into flavours of wildflowers, tobacco and sweet malt that linger in the finish.
Part of Signatory Vintage's 30th Anniversary series, this Caol Ila 35 Year Old was distilled in 1983 and matured in a single hogshead before being bottled in 2018. The nose is full of ginger, black pepper and delicate, smoky aromas that build into fresh citrus. The palate is caught between fruity and peaty notes, balancing fresh citrus against savoury peat, with black pepper, fresh ginger and delicate pear developing into a long, gentle finish.
This 1978-vintage Glenlassaugh single malt was bottled in 2018 by Signatory Vintage for its 30th Anniversary series after four decades maturing in a single cask.
This 1973-vintage Glenlivet single malt was bottled in December 2018 by Signatory Vintage as a part of its 30th Anniversary series. Matured in a single cask and finished in a single sherry cask, this whisky has rich, sweet aromas of salted caramel, dark chocolate, cardamom and cigar smoke, which develop into citrus fruit and delicate flowers. The palate offers notes of citrus fruit, toffee, rich cocoa and red berries, alongside rich spices and raisins.
This 25-year-old Macallan was distilled in 1993, matured in a single cask and finished in a single ex-sherry cask, before being bottled in 2018 by Signatory Vintage for its 30th Anniversary series. A refined and elegant single malt, it has sweet, fruity aromas of citrus, vanilla, spring flowers and incense. The palate offers notes of vanilla and oranges, before warm spices build and mingle with elegant oak, dried fruits and nutmeg.
11th April 2019
The 2019 release of Kilchoman's limited-edition sherry cask single malt – Loch Gorm. The only whisky in the Kilchoman range that is fully-matured in ex-sherry casks, Loch Gorm has been aged in 20 oloroso sherry butts, giving it a rich, fruity character of stewed plums and rich spices. The nose id full of dried fig, orange peel and cinnamon aromas, with a hint of sea-salt and heather, while the palate offers notes of Morello cherries, dark chocolate, salted caramel and sweet honey, alongside an undercurrent of ashy peat smoke.
A rye whiskey bottled under the reinvigorated James E Pepper label. James's grandfather has a claim to having opened the first Kentucky Distillery in 1776, but the James Pepper brand really hit its height in the early part of the 20th century, although it had disappeared by the latter parts. It's now back with this bourbon-esque, fruity rye whiskey.
Matured in a combination of ex-sherry casks and ex-bourbon casks, the 2019 release of Longrow 18 Year Old is a rich and smoky single malt with a peaty, fruity character. The nose is sweet and salty, with heather, smoked applewood and sweet tablet aromas, with and undercurrent of savoury sea-salt. The palate offers zesty lemon notes alongside coffee beans, clotted cream and cigar smoke, leading into a rich finish of black cherries, black pepper and rich wood-smoke.
The oldest release from Edinburgh-based Crabbie, this 40-year-old single malt comes from a mystery Speyside distillery. It is packaged in an engraved crystal decanter and a red-lacquered wooden box.
10th April 2019
A specially-selected whiskey bottled just for The Whisky Exchange. When we tried a sample of this rare amburana-matured whiskey, we immediately asked WhistlePig if we could have some as an exclusive, and after much begging they said yes. This 12-year-old Indiana-distilled rye whiskey was finished by WhistlePig in a a cask made of south-American amburana wood. It's very rarely seen in whisky-making, more commonly being used to age cachaca, and it adds a unique fragrant character to the whiskey that makes it like nothing else. A must-try for all fans of American whiskey.
9th April 2019
This limited-edition small-batch single malt from Ben Nevis distillery has been matured in first-fill bourbon, sherry and wine casks, creating a rich, fruity character with a strong vanilla undercurrent. The palate offers notes of caramel, coffee, dates and raisins, with hints of dark chocolate, red berries and a whiff of smoke building in the background.
Matured exclusively in ex-bourbon casks, Tobermory 12 Year Old has a vibrant, fruity and spicy character with a subtle, salty edge. This Hebridean single malt has sweet, honeyed aromas of vanilla, ripe oranges and delicate flowers. The palate offers notes of fresh citrus, apples and tropical fruits, followed by creamy toffee, floral honey and a subtly, salty undercurrent.
Launched in 2019, Tobermory 12 Year Old takes centre-stage in the new core range from the distillery. After a two year hiatus as the distillery underwent extensive refurbishments, Tobermory has introduced new bottlings, inspired by the colours of the Isle of Mull.
5th April 2019
This version of Jefferson’s Grand Selection has been matured in American oak casks and finished in Sauternes casks from Chateau Suduiraut. Marked on an inventory manifest from 1787 as one of Thomas Jefferson’s favourite French wines, this bourbon is full of sweet, fresh notes of grapes, citrus and delicate blossoms, as well as rich flavours of vanilla, toasted oak and sweet grains, creating a complex, balanced whiskey.
This version of Jefferson’s Grand Selection has been matured in American oak casks and finished in Chateau Pichon Baron red wine casks. A firm favourite of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States of America, this Bordeaux wine cask creates a rich, fruity bourbon, with notes of raisins, red berries and gentle hints of tobacco smoke.
3rd April 2019
A classic whisky from a now-silent grain distillery, which once stood at the heart of Glasgow’s waterways. Matured for 29 years in American white-oak casks, this light grain whisky has developed a wonderfully balanced, sweet character full of butterscotch, vanilla and exotic fruity flavours.
This blend of Highland malts was initially matured in first-fill bourbon barrels and refill American white-oak casks, before a portion of the blend was finished in a specially-crafted Scottish oak casks. This resulted in a bold streak of orchard fruits throughout the palate, alongside a classic Highland character, with soft spices and ripe fruits.
2nd April 2019
A 13-year-old Tomintoul single malt, distilled in 2015 and bottled in 2019 by A. D. Rattray for its Cask Collection. Matured in a single sherry butt, this Speyside single malt has rich, fruity notes alongside light, sweet honey.
This 2011-vintage Glentauchers has been matured in a single cask for seven years before being bottled in 2019 by A. D. Rattray for its Cask Collection.
This 5-year-old Bunnahabhain Staoisha was distilled in 2013 and matured exclusively in a single ex-bourbon hogshead, before being bottled in March 2019 for A. D. Rattray’s Cask Collection.
1st April 2019
This 1988-vintage Glen Grant single malt was bottled by A. D. Rattray in March 2019 after three decades in a single ex-sherry cask. Rich and fruity, this 30-year-old whisky has notes of raisins, dark berries and warm spices throughout the palate.