Released August 2018
Below are this months newest Whisky expressions and limited releases to hit the online shelves. Click on the buttons to read more.
16th August 2018
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.
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.
15th August 2018
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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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.
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
A well-balanced and nuanced Mortlach, selected and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail as part of the Distillery Labels range. Rather than the full-on sherry monsters that Mortlach is better known for, this is a more complex take, with restrained sherry-cask notes and lots of Mortlach's rich and malty character. If you're a sherry fan, don't worry: there's still lots of rich fruit and raisins here, tempered by a touch of sultana and vanilla.
A single-cask release of whisky from Taiwan's award-winning Kavalan distillery. This dram has a twist: it's unpeated whisky that has been matured in a cask that was formerly used to mature a smoky whisky. This has given the spirit a gentle peatiness, rather than the full on smoke you'd get from a peated dram. Specially selected by La Maison du Whisky in Paris.
A 2005 single malt from Orkney's Scapa distillery, 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'.
A small bottle of whisky from Taiwan's state-run Nantou distillery. It's a tiny producer which only distils for a few months per year due to the ferocious temperature. However, the whisky it does manage to make is soft and fruity, especially when matured in bourbon casks as this edition is.
The 2018 release of Macallan 30 Year Old Sherry Oak. Deliciously smooth, with dried fruits, sherry, orange and wood smoke. A really hefty Oloroso sherry presence after this extended ageing.
A very limited edition twin-pack, giving Old Pulteney fans a chance of grabbing an impressive, award-wining pair of drams before they disappear for good: the already discontinued 21 Year Old (Jim Murray's World Whisky of the Year 2012) and the sold out 1989 vintage (World's Best Single Malt 2016, World Whiskies Awards). The 21 is the most refined in the old Old Pulteney range, with a host of orchard fruit and gentle spice. The 1989 is a very different beast, with a lick of peat smoke and lashings of citrus. A welcome last chance to grab two of the distillery's best whiskies.
A rich and sherried Taiwanese whisky from the tiny Nantou distillery. A very small producer who can only distil for a few months a year due to high temperatures, its spirit is robust enough to handle both the heat and an active sherry cask. The result is a juicy whisky that balances dried fruit, fresh fruit and spice.
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.
9th August 2018
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.
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%.
8th August 2018
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.
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.
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
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.
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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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
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.
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.
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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