Released August 2018
Below are latest whisky releases to hit the online shelves for August 2018. Visit the Whisky Boys online shop for a Macallan 18 Year Old, Tomintoul 1967 or an Isle of Skye 50 Year Old .
27th August 2018
Glenturret is known as the home of The Famous Grouse, and also claims to be the oldest active Scotch whisky distillery. This 34-year-old bottling was distilled in 1977 and bottled by indy bottler Scotia Royale.
21st August 2018
The second release of Amrut Spectrum, a single malt aged first in bourbon barrels and then transferred to a custom barrel made of four types of wood: new French oak, new American oak, ex-Oloroso sherry staves and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry staves. These four wood types are reflected in the 004 logo found on the bottle, which whimsically mimics the style of James Bond's 007.
A single cask bottling from India's Amrut, released exclusively in Europe and matured in a cask that previously held sticky, sweet PX sherry. Distilled in June 2009 and bottled in September 2013, 39% of the spirit was lost to the angels. Big, rich and sherried.
A sweet and well-rounded 24 year old whisky from Speyside favourite Benriach. It's not quite as much of a fruit bomb as many similar drams, instead going for a more buttery and nutty profile.
The cask-strength edition of Old Deer – the unpeated release from Switzerland's Langatun distillery. The high ABV has been tempered by the use of triple distillation. Matured in a combination of Chardonnay and sherry casks, this is a malty style of whisky.
Kilbeggan is a blended Irish whiskey made at Cooley distillery in County Louth. Named after the distillery of the same name dating back to 1757, this is an elegant, sweet and malty blend.
A bold 8-year-old bourbon from highly-rated Boondocks, this is a flavourful whiskey lent an impressive depth of character by its finishing in port pipes. Think rich, smooth bourbon flavour run through with oaky vanilla, a whiff of smoke and ribbons of red fruit. Complex and satisfying, it’s fantastic on its own or in a bourbon cocktail.
What do you get if you take traditional Longmorn character and mature it for fifteen years in a combination of first fill sherry hogsheads and refill bourbon casks? Well, this: wafting sheets of warm spice and rich, tart orange; fruit cake and creamy milk chocolate; deep woody notes and a distant hint of aniseed in the shadows. Layered, complex, wholesome and really quite tasty.
Macallan 18yo Triple Cask is matured in a combination of Bourbon & Sherry Oak Casks. This range has been around for a few years now and seems to have weathered the storm it caused amongst the faithful when it was initially released. This one is probably the pick of the (Fine Oak) bunch.
20th August 2018
A youthful and punchy Mortlach single malt, bottled by Signatory Vintage for the Cask Strength Collection. It was distilled on 13 March 2008 and bottled on 7 March 2018 from, unusually for Mortlach, a pair of bourbon barrels. Rather than the distillery's more usual rich fruit and sherry-cask style, this is a lighter and zestier dram, showing off a very different side to the distillery's character.
A rare bottling of Mosstowie from Signatory Vintage, bottled for the Cask Strength Collection. Mosstowie was a malt whisky made at Miltonduff using Lomond stills, an adaptable style of still that have since been outlawed for making malt. Most of the resulting spirit went into the Ballantine's blends, but Signatory has a few casks squirrelled away in its extensive archives. The whisky was distilled on 5 June 1979, a couple of years before the stills were decommissioned, and bottled on 13 October 2017.
A 29-year-old bottling of Fettercairn from Signatory Vintage, part of the Cask Strength Collection. You don't see many independent bottlings from the distillery, and this is about as pure an expression of the distillery character as you can get – distilled on 7 December 1988 and bottled on 24 January 2018 from a hogshead. Well-balanced, with the oak not overpowering the spirit.
A zesty dram from the Pulteney distillery – Old Pulteney is the name of the distillery's own whisky, so the folks at Gordon & MacPhail miss out the 'old' for their whiskies. It was distilled in 1998 and bottled in June 2018 after about 20 years in first-fill ex-bourbon casks, and the distillery's briney and citrusy character has combined elegantly with rich and creamy vanilla notes from the casks.
A 1996-vintage whisky from rarely seen Strathmill, bottled by Signatory Vintage for the Cask Strength Collection. It was distilled on 31 July 1996 and bottled at 21 years old on 29 November 2017 from a single hogshead.
The final whisky project worked on by the late Silvano Samaroli, completed after his death by his wife Maryse. It's a vatting of a pair of casks from Samaroli's own private stocks, each distilled in 1967. It's a complex whisky, bringing together tropical fruit, nuts, tobacco, herbal notes, rich tea and well-controlled oak. A masterpiece worth of Silvano Samaroli's high standards.
A tropical-fruit-tinged Tomatin single malt whisky from Gordon & MacPhail, bottled for the Connoisseurs Choice range. Distilled in 2001 and bottled on 22 June 2018 from first-fill bourbon barrels at 16 years old, this layers Tomatin's famed tropical fruit notes on top of white chocolate and creamy vanilla from the oak.
A very limited bottling from Masam, blended from the private stocks of legendary Italian independent bottler Silvano Samaroli. It's a rich and full-bodied blended malt with a solid backbone of sherry-cask-matured whisky.
A rare bottling of Croftengea, Loch Lomond's heavily peated single malt distilled using its straight-necked Inchmurrin stills. This was bottled by Jack Wiebers Whisky World as part of the Steamship line series. The label says that it was distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2016 at 11 years old.
A beautifully labelled single-bourbon cask release of Ben Nevis from Jack Wiebers Whisky World. Distilled in May 1997 and bottled in April 2017 at cask strength.
The mid-2017 release of Glenlivet's Nadurra First Fill single malt whisky. Matured in first-fill bourbon casks and bottled at a punchy cask strength of 60.3%, this is an intense whisky that showcases both Glenlivet's soft and rounded character and the rich vanilla and spice that maturation in top quality ex-bourbon casks.
This 1992-vintage Glen Scotia was matured for 21 years in a bourbon cask before bottling at cask strength in 2014. A former Monnier Trading exclusive bottling by Jack Wiebers, part of the Fighting Fish series.
A special, limited-edition single cask single malt from Kavalan, selected by La Maison du Whisky to celebrate the 70th anniversary of veteran Italian independent bottler and importer Velier. This is a rare rum-cask-matured release from Kavalan, layering rummy fruit and sweetness on top of the Taiwanese distillery's famously fruity spirit. A winner.
A very special box set of Nikka's three Pure Malt releases: Black, White and Red – they're packaged up in a spice rack, complete with teaspoon measures. The three whiskies are increasingly hard to get hold of, each a blend of malt whiskies from Nikka's distilleries showing a different flavour profile: red – sweet and fruity; black - spicy and chocolatey; white – smoke and fruit.
A mysterious Island distillery entry in the Gestohlene Schiff – Stolen Ship – series, the 13th bottle. Unlucky for some, but not drinkers of this dram – it's got smoke and more freshness than it's 17 years might suggest. Discussion online point to this coming from a little to the north west of Islay, where the rest of the range had come from.
A big fruity dram from Macduff, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range. Distilled 2000 and bottled 18 years in June 2018, it's developed loads of fruit, balancing citrus against sweet tropical tones.
19th August 2018
An early edition of this extraordinary fifty-year-old blended whisky bottled by Ian MacLeod, owners of Glengoyne distillery in 2002. Contains a very high proportion of single malt, much of which hails from the distillery on the eponymous island.
17th August 2018
16th August 2018
A revitalised Fettercairn, focusing on the distillery's fruity character. Matured in ex-bourbon casks for 12 years, this is packed with tropical flavour without losing the distillery's weightiness and gentle gingery spice.
Long-aged whisky from Fettercairn, distilled in a unique still that cools the neck with a constantly running cascade of water, helping to create a fruity and flavoursome spirit. This 28-year-old was matured in ex-bourbon casks and pairs the distillery's fruity character with darker, nuttier notes.
15th August 2018
A limited edition from Dingle, only the third batch of the distillery's triple distilled single malt. Matured in a combination of bourbon and port casks, it's an insight into the early growth of this pioneering Irish distillery and the ongoing development of its meticulously made and matured whiskey.
Another hit for Suntory, this Hibiki 21 merited 93 points from Jim Murray in 2009, while Dr. Whisky called it 'Unbelievably balanced, and dangerously drinkable.'
World Whisky Awards 2010 - World's Best Blended Whisky
IWSC 2011 Gold Medal Winner - Best in Class
Whisky Bible Awards 2012 - Japanese Whisky of the Year
World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Japanese Blend 21 years and over.
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14th August 2018
The fifth edition of Jack Daniel's range of whiskey's honouring the company's master blenders. The fifth edition takes us all the way to the 1970s, and is bottled for the excellently named Frank Bobo. He helped build Jack Daniel's reputations through both the 70s and 80s, helping it to become the worldwide powerhouse it is today.
13th August 2018
The 2018 release of Macallan 25 Year Old. This sublime spirit enjoys a cult following in some of the finest hotels and bars in the world where demand for the precious malt continually outstrips supply.
A grain-forward whisky from Teaninich, bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular range. Distilled in July 1999 and bottled just before its 19th birthday in June 2018, this was matured in a refill hogshead, letting Teaninich's grainy and softly fruity character shine.
A rich and spicy dram from Tomatin, marrying together the distillery's fruity spirit with sweet Moscatel wine barriques. The whisky was distilled in 2003 and matured for about a decade before being reracked into Moscatel casks for a five-year long secondary maturation. The result is a well-balanced dram, with citrus and toasted spice layered against soft fruit and creamy notes.
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'.
One of the first releases in the Berry Bros Classic Range, this Speyside blended malt whisky is all about the classic Speyside character: honey, soft spice and fruit.
A rich, elegant single malt that's part of Old Pulteney's new range for 2018. This 15-year-old single malt has been matured in both ex-bourbon and Spanish oak casks.
An easy-drinking blended Scotch that's sweet and rounded, with notes of vanilla, woodsmoke and gentle spice. The whisky is matured using a combination of freshly-built oak casks from Ohio, and ex-bourbon barrels that have been double-scorched to enhance the vanilla and smoke flavours.
The Woodsman comes in a tree-inspired bottle that is designed to evoke the spirit of the great outdoors. It's a whisky that can be sipped or mixed into long drinks, and it pairs very well with buttered scones.
The Berry Bros Classic Range is focused on showing the core flavours of regions and styles, and this Islay blended malt takes no prisoners – it's Islay through and through. From its punchily smoke nose to it's peaty palate, it's just what you want from a peated Islay dram.
New for 2018, Old Pulteney's 18 Year Old is aged in both ex-bourbon and Spanish oak casks. This is an intense and warming incarnation of the beloved maritime malt.
The second Farmstock release from WhistlePig, the second step on the journey to producing a whiskey entirely grown, distilled and matured on site at the eponymous farm. This release is a vatting of 32% WhistlePig farm rye whiskey aged for 2-2.5 years, 45% MGPI rye aged for 5-6 years and 23% Alberta Distillers Canadian rye aged for 10 years. The WhistlePig rye gives a fresh and spicy kick to the older whiskey, which plays a supporting role, providing an elegant backdrop for the zesty spirit to dance on.
A softly peated dram from Berry Bros and Rudd, harking back to the days when every whisky was peated. The peat here is a deliberate choice and carefully controlled to give a balanced dram, focusing on sweet fruit and gentle smoke.
An intriguing Old Pulteney that's part of the revamped range for 2018. This non-age-statement single malt has been finished in barrels that previously held peated whisky, giving it mellow smoke notes alongside the classic Pulteney character.
A 26-year-old Bunnahabhain from Wemyss, and like the name suggests, it's all about the tropical fruit. Distilled in 1991, it's picked up lots of fruity flavour during its two-and-a-half decades in cask: lashings of mango and coconut, with a touch of pineapple.
A rich and dark sherry-cask matured blended malt, put together by Doug McIvor and Ronnie Cox at Berry Bros to showcase the best of sherry-cask whisky.
The 2014 release of Stauning's Young Rye whisky, made with a mixed mashbill of both malted barley and malted rye. The recipe gives the best of both worlds, with the rye spice balanced out by fruity malt, and the years in cask adding on dried fruit, spice and a touch of liquorice.
A nod to the history of Speyside, Benriach Temporis is peated, as they did back in the 1970s. It's been matured in a mix of bourbon barrels, virgin-oak casks, and Pedro Ximenez and oloroso sherry casks, adding in layers of fruit and spice on top of Benriach's honeyed peat smoke character.
A long-aged dram from lesser-known Glenburgie, a big distillery with spirit that normally disappears into the Chivas Brothers blends. It's an important component and this release shows why: floral, fruity and complex, it's a pity we don't see more of it bottled as a single malt, especially after two decades of layering on complexity and flavour. Fortunately, Gordon & MacPhail have our backs.
A very special and sought-after release from Signatory, bottled for the 70th anniversary of Italian independent bottler Velier. Distilled in 1990 and matured for 26 years in a sherry butt, it's a rich and fruity dram that's picked up an average of 90pts on WhiskyBase.
A well-aged grain whisky from Girvan, a stalwart producer since the 1960s. This dram was distilled in 1979 and matured for 38 years in a single refill hogshead. The resulting whisky is a classic Girvan, with custardy vanilla, soft spice and cream.
An incredible bottling of 1968-vintage Girvan, bottled as part of the celebrations of indie bottler Velier's 70th birthday. A tricky release, it was bottled in 2016, when Velier was only 68, to match up with the vintage. A single cask selected by William Grant's, owners of Girvan, from their extensive rare cask reserves, it was bottled at 47 years old.
9th August 2018
The first bottle in Penderyn's Icons of Wales series, Red Flag commemorates Dic Penderyn, hanged for a murder that he didn't commit during the Merthyr Rising. The Red Flag of the title is the traditional flag of social protest, which Penderyn claim was first raised during the unrest. The whisky is finished in madeira casks and bottle at the distillery's now traditional 41%.
Drawn from a single cask by The Whisky Exchange and independent bottlers the Creative Whisky Co., this is a deliciously rich and fruity single malt. Aged in a sherry butt for 18 years, it combines a complex mix of fruits with sultana, oak spice and caramel notes.
8th August 2018
A limited edition Royal Salute that pays homage to Kew Palace in London. Part of the Flask Collection, released annually, this edition is floral and aromatic on the nose, and has a silky palate that combines the classic Royal Salute style with rich fruits. These qualities have been designed to reflect the qualities found in the palace's kitchen gardens.
The ceramic flagon containing this 28-year-old blended whisky features an illustration of Kew Palace by Jason Brooks, and the set also comes with a ceramic hip flask. This edition is part of Royal Salute's support of the Historic Royal Palaces charity.
This sublime spirit enjoys a cult following in some of the finest hotels and bars in the world where demand for the precious malt continually outstrips supply. Rated 100 out of 100 by the Beverage Institute of Chicago in 1999.
7th August 2018
Macallan 15yo Fine Oak is matured in a combination of Bourbon & Sherry Oak Casks. This range has been around for a few years now and seems to have weathered the storm it caused amongst the faithful when it was initially released. This one is probably the pick of the (Fine Oak) bunch. "Takes time to open but worth the wait. The complete package and arguably the best. 9¼/10" Dave Broom, Whisky Magazine.
6th August 2018
The evolution of Macallan M, diving into the lesser known world of smoky Macallan. Adding smoky spirit into the mix has taken M in a new direction, giving a new peaty dimension to the whisky's elegant character. The decanter has been overhauled to reflect the spirit, its dark crystal sitting alongside the dark and smoky character of the whisky.
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Presented with a free jigger, this is Dewar's 12-year-old blend, called 'Double Aged' due to the 6 months of marrying in oak casks that the whisky does after initial maturation and blending. Dewar's is one of the world's most awarded whiskies, recently winning the Monde Grand Gold across their range.
5th August 2018
A single-cask Benriach 42 Year Old, bottled to celebrate The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show: Old & Rare 2018. The whisky has juicy notes of tropical fruit, accompanied by sweet spice, mint and vanilla cream.
Director's Special is an exclusive series from The Single Malts of Scotland, which showcases rare whiskies that have been aged to perfection.
2nd August 2018
The first in a series of whiskies from Kilchoman, celebrating the distillery's founders. This edition was chosen by Kathy Wills, wife of owner Anthony – "the un-seen heartbeat of the distillery". She's gone for a single sherry cask, distilled in December 2008 and bottled in January 2018.
Mòine – peated in Gaelic – is Bunnahabhain's name for smoky whisky and this 2008–vintage release brings together the distillery's weighty spirit with both peat smoke and a richly flavoured red-wine cask. The resulting jumps from nuts to fruit, with a complex bonfire of smoke running through its core.
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Formerly known as Chapter 7, The English Whisky Co's rum-cask matured whisky brings together the distillery's fruity spirit and grain-forward character with sweet, rum-infused oak.
A limited edition 1999-vintage whisky from Loch Lomond celebrating the distillery's sponsorship of The Open Golf Championships 2018 and Scottish golfer Paul Lawrie. Famous for winning The Open in 1999, the last time it was played Carnoustie, he is now an ambassador for Loch Lomond and developed his Autograph Limited Edition with master blender Michael Henry. The result is big and fruity whisky, with Loch Lomond's classic tropical notes bolstered by honey and a touch of spice.
A specially produced, limited-edition commemorative release, celebrating the birth of HRH Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge, son of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The English Whisky Co love a royal occasion and choose great whiskies to celebrate – this is packed with sweet vanilla and banana notes.
1st August 2018
Brodick Bay is the first in Arran's limited-edition Explorer's Series - a range carefully crafted to reflect and celebrate the Isle of Arran's incredible natural beauty. Matured for 20 years in bourbon barrels, sherry hogsheads and oloroso sherry butts, the fresh, fruity Arran spirit stands proud in a landscape of creamy toffee, rich sherry influence and gentle woody notes. Fruity, sweet and intense – a truly panoramic dram.
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