Released December 2017
Below are this months newest Whisky expressions and limited releases to hit the online shelves. Click on the buttons to read more.
A limited-edition bottling of Clynelish, drawn from cask number 8672. This Highland single malt was distilled in 1995.
This is the 2001 vintage of Lagavulin's Distillers Edition, bottled in 2017. By far the most popular of the series, this double-matured Lagavulin has had a finishing period in sweet, sticky Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. A whisky that never disappoints.
A whisky from Campbeltown's 'newest, oldest distillery', Glengyle. Originally closed in 1925, Glengyle was eventually bought in 2000 by Hedley Wright, the great-great nephew of the distillery's original founder, and re-opened in 2004. Its whiskies are named Kilkerran both to avoid confusion with pre-existing whisky blends, and to pay homage to Saint Kerran, who had a religious cell in Campbeltown.
Kilkerran 8 Year Old is a lightly peated whisky with additional notes of green apples, rhubarb, sea salt, icing sugar and walnut.
A very special 40-year-old single malt, distilled at North Port eight years before it closed for the final time. Bottled in February 2017 by Signatory, this is a fabulous chance to try rare whisky from a lost distillery known for its dry, fruity and gin-like spirits.
Matured in 70% bourbon and 30% sherry casks, this is a sweet and delicate dram with notes reminiscent of classic desserts. The barley used in this edition is sourced from nearby Kintyre.
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A magnum of Platte Valley. Packaged in a traditional earthenware jug, this is a 100% straight corn whiskey distilled in Illinois and aged for three years.
A 4-and-a-half litre bottle Bruichladdich's Classic Laddie. Made entirely from Scottish-grown barley, trickle distilled and then matured in American oak. The distillery class it as their signature bottling.
A special edition Jack Daniel's bottling produced in partnership with American Forests in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. For every bottle sold they will plant a tree.
A single-cask bottling of 1955 Glenlivet single malt, created from a first-fill sherry butt. Part of Gordon & MacPhail's Rare Vintage collection, this has notes of rich sherry, smoke, fruitcake and mint. The bottle features a label in the style of those used by the distillery at the time this whisky was distilled, and the presentation box includes a hand-signed certificate.
A meatier version than the standard bottling, at a potent 50% alcohol. Spicy and dry, with an impressively powerful punch on the palate – this will keep you warm on a cold evening.
Douglas Laing have saved a sherry cask of Dailuaine from the blenders and bottled it as part of their Old Particular series. Aged for 15 years, this single malt is full of rich fruit, cocoa, and citrus notes.
Aged for 12 years - the extra 6 years maturing in wood produces a darker spirit with more of the traditional characteristics of aged whiskies and a richer, more aromatic flavour.
A sweet and spicy eight-year-old Craigellachie, bottled by Douglas Laing from a single cask.
Terrific whiskey from Midleton, part of the Very Rare series that was first created by then Master Distiller Barry Crockett in 1984. This 2017 edition includes the oldest whiskeys used in the blend so far – 26-year-old single pot still whiskey and 32-year-old grain whiskey – and in total the blend ranges from 12 years to 32 year in age, all matured in ex-bourbon barrels.
This is an intensely aromatic whiskey with notes of floral honey, crunchy apples, mangos, vanilla biscuits and a twist of citrus. These carry over into the palate, where they are joined by toffee and spices, most notably ginger. Midleton Very Rare 2017 is a fine dram that would make a superb gift for any Irish whiskey lover.
A rarely-seen bottling of Braeval single malt, from a Speyside distillery which, along with Dalwhinnie, is the highest in Scotland. Aged in a sherry butt, this whisky has notes of rich caramel, nutty brown bread and sweet citrus blossom.
A highly-anticipated limited edition from Johnnie Walker, which features single malts from lost distilleries in its blend. The focus for this edition is Brora, the Highland distillery which closed in 1983 and is renowned for its smoky, peppery whiskies. Accompanying the Brora single malt here are whiskies from two other lost distilleries: Cambus grain and Pittyvaich single malt, as well as five rare whiskies from the still-operational Cameronbridge, Clynelish, Glenkinchie, Glenlossie and Royal Lochnagar.
The result is a lightly peated whisky with notes of pineapple, hazelnut and dark chocolate.
A rich single malt from the Bruichladdich distillery, with notes of tobacco, meaty ripe fruits and dark chocolate orange. Aged for 15 years before it was bottled by the independent North Star Spirits, this is a lovely dram for the winter months.
Forever remembered as the year in which England won the football World Cup, 1966 also saw the birth of this whisky, which was then aged in a single sherry butt until January 2017. A fabulous gift for anyone born in that year.
An exquisitely-packaged bottle of Benromach 1977, filled from a single hogshead that had lain untouched for 39 years. Only 225 bottles were created, each one packaged in a dark oak box reminiscent of the wooden washbacks used by the distillery before it closed in 1983. Also accompanying the bottle is a hardback book, which guides you through the history of the distillery – and some of its most notable characters.
The whisky itself is smooth and sweet, with vibrant notes of ripe banana and passion fruit underscored with citrus, dried tobacco and toasted oak.
A magnum of wheat, rye and corn mash bourbon made in Bardstown, Kentucky. Award winning, excellently reviewed and very well priced.
This whisky was distilled in the same year that the Spice Girls band was formed, The Lion King was in cinemas and an Edvard Munch 'Scream' painting was stolen from the National Gallery in Oslo. It would make a wonderful gift for anyone who was married in 1994 – what better way to celebrate than to share a sherry-aged Speyside dram together?
Sherried single malt from Bowmore's golden period, when it was producing the tropical-fruit-led whiskies that won it a loyal fanbase. This edition has been bottled by Signatory from a single cask, which yielded 183 bottles.
Two casks of Linkwood's fruity, spicy whisky, distilled at the end of May 1974, have been filled into 237 bottles by Signatory. A fabulous chance to try a long-aged example from this lesser-seen distillery.
A rare bottle of Glenfarclas from the start of a decade which brought us the miniskirt, the Berlin Wall and Beatlemania. Then, as now, this family-run distillery was crafting beautiful single malts and aging them in sherry casks. This whisky is taken from cask 1775, which was part of the family's collection.
Filled from a single refill hogshead, these 287 bottles are part of Douglas Laing's acclaimed Old Particular series. The single malt within, distilled just 20 years after the distillery was founded, has notes of vanilla, buttered toast, marmalade and sultanas.
A great chance to sample this distillery's whisky, which is most commonly used in blends.
A fine example of aged whisky from Linkwood, one of Speyside's lesser-seen distilleries, bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Particular series. This has been filled from a single cask into just 326 bottles.
An exquisite gift for those born in 1959. The Family Casks series has been created from the distillery-owning family's private collection, and provides a wonderful opportunity to sample whisky distilled almost 60 years ago.
The Gael from Irish merchant JJ Corry is a blend of single malts (aged for 11, 15 and 26 years) with seven-year-old grain whiskey. The result is a fresh and juicy spirit with notes of citrus fruit and spice.
The second in Teeling's Brabazon series has been aged entirely in port casks of various sizes and which used to hold different vintages and styles of the Portuguese fortified wine. This offers a classic reddish tinge and notes of red fruit, vanilla and dark chocolate.
Volume IV in Teeling's The Revival series is a 15-year-old whiskey. Matured initially in ex-bourbon barrels before being finished for the final year in sweet Muscat-wine casks, this has notes of tropical fruit, vanilla and dark chocolate.
A 19-year-old Glenlossie released as part of Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Most of the distillery's production is used for the Haig range of blends, and very little is seen as single malt. This was distilled on 20 November 1997, aged in a pair of hogsheads, and bottled on 17 October 2017.
Benromach Peat Smoke distilled in 2008 is part of the small number of batches of peated whisky produced at the Speyside distillery. With a level of 47ppm, this is seriously smoky with notes of liquorice, orange (without water) or grapefruit (with water).
The follow-up to the massively popular toasted barrel finish bourbon – this time, Michter's has created a limited-edition rye, bottled at cask strength. Starting with a punchy rye whiskey, Michter's further age it in casks that have been toasted rather than charred. This extra step adds surprising complexity and extra layers of spicy flavour that work well with the intensity of the bottling strength.
Distilled in September 1996, this Speyside 21 Year Old has mouth-watering aromas of butterscotch, cinnamon and stewed apples with custard. This edition has been bottled from a single refill hogshead by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask series.
Bottled by Signatory as part of Belgian organisation The Nectar's 10th anniversary celebrations. Filled from a single hogshead into 274 bottles, this Glenlossie 1992 should be worthy of celebrating in its own right.
A huge 4 and a half litre bottle of Bruichladdich's Laddie Ten. Produced solely using unpeated spirit distilled since Murray McDavid bought the distillery in 2000, this will create a talking point at any party.
The second release of Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008 uses grain grown on Islay. This has notes of honey, toast, coconut, ginger, melon and pear.
A 1988 vintage Glenturret bottled by Signatory as part of the Cask Strength Collection. Aged for 29 years in a hogshead, this is from an underrated distillery, classed as 'A' by blenders – most of the distillery's production is used for The Famous Grouse and little single malt sees the light of day.
A rich, dark and sticky dram from Bunnahabhain thanks to a three-year finish in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Distilled in 2003 and then aged for 11 years, it was then transferred into PX butts for three more years to pick up an extra layer of complexity: dried fruit, honey roasted nuts and rich fruit cake. A classic combination of Bunnahabhain's oily and fruity spirit with dark sherry notes.
A limited edition from Bunnahabhain on Islay, the Canasta 1980 was matured in oloroso sherry casks before spending 'a few months' in sweet Canasta sherry casks. The result is a complex and many layered whisky, with Bunnahabhain's oily and fruity spirit character carefully combined with dried fruit, treacle and chocolate notes.
A heavily peated limited-edition release from Tobermory on Mull, this Ledaig takes sherry maturation in a different direction, using an Amontillado cask. Rather than the rich and ripe fruit you find in most sherry-cask-finished drams, you can expect something a bit more complex, savoury and interesting, all wrapped up in classic maritime Ledaig smoke.
A perfect showcase for the quality of Kavalan's Taiwanese made and matured spirit - a single cask bottling from a first-fill bourbon cask. Rich and fruity with lots of woody spice.
Know someone that loves Islay single malts? Delight them with this beautiful Port Askaig glass set, which features a bottle of warming, smoky eight-year-old whisky made at an unnamed distillery, plus two beautifully-shaped tasting glasses.
A cask-strength edition of Glentauchers 20 Year Old, comprising just 154 bottles, created by independent bottler Claxton's. Buttery notes of sweet strawberry, cinnamon, dark sugar and vanilla, with a slightly spicy finish.
Produced by Claxton's, an independent bottler based in York, this is a sweet and fruity single-cask edition of Cambus 25 Year Old. Aromas of vanilla, white chocolate, white grapefruit and toasted marshmallows are followed by flavours of boiled sweets, barley sugar, honey and almonds.
The Cambus distillery was founded in 1836 and closed its doors for the last time in 1993. The site is now used as Diageo's cooperage.
California-based Lost Spirits call their whiskies abomination in honour of their unusual aging process: after this spirit is aged for 12 to 18 months in bourbon casks, it is placed inside Riesling-treated barrels and finished in a reactor that simulates the process of long-aging. This reactor uses light to break down the wood polymers and bind them to the molecules of alcohol, creating effects that are normally achieved over decades.
Crying of the Puma is a peaty spirit that also has rich fruit notes and a moreish silkiness.
A big, bold, peppery and peaty spirit with rounded fruit notes. Made in California, this is aged in bourbon barrels for up to 18 months and then subjected to further aging in an unusual way – the spirit is filled into heavily-charred, Riesling-seasoned oak barrels and then placed in a reactor. This, which breaks down wood polymers and fuses them to the spirit, simulates the effect of decades' aging in just a few days. A great spirit for those who like peaty whisky and those with an interest in technology.
This sublime edition of Bruichladdich 30 Year Old is called the 'Magnificent Seven' because it has been created from the very last seven casks of the distillery's 1986 whisky. From the start this single malt was aged in oloroso sherry casks, then in 2012 it was transferred to Pedro Ximenez butts from Bodega Fernando de Castilla. The resulting whisky is a supercharged sherry bomb that has abundant notes of dried fruit, Christmas cake and tobacco. This is a fabulous chance to sample the last of a historic vintage, which has contributed to notable Bruichladdich bottlings such as Darker Still.
The very last 22 casks from 1985 have been used to create this fantastic edition of Bruichladdich's single malt. The casks were rediscovered in 2012 by then master distiller Jim McEwan, who filled their spirit into fresh bourbon barrels for added depth and complexity. In 2017 the whisky was again rehomed, this time into French oak which had previously held claret from a prestigious chateau. This three month period imbued the bourbon-aged whisky with an extra layer of fruit and sweet notes, as well as a subtle blush colour.
The last 12 casks of Bruichladdich's 1984 single malt have been filled into these 3,000 bottles. Not only is it a historic dram but it's also a sublime one, displaying exceptional balance and all the signature elements of classic Bruichladdich. Savour it slowly.
A limited edition of blended Scotch whisky Royal Salute, with packaging created by London-based interior designer Afroditi Krassa, known for her work on restaurants such as Dishoom, Itsu and Heston Blumenthal's Perfectionists' Café. Included in this pack is a porcelain flask, funnel and wooden serving tray, alongside the porcelain bottle of Royal Salute. The design was inspired by the ancient art form of crystalline glazing.
The Armagnac-aged rye whiskey named Best in Show after the blind tasting at 2017's San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This fourth edition of WhistlePig's Boss Hog has aromas of apricot, fig, plum and toasted almond, which are joined by cinnamon, citrus and black tea on the palate.
This 14-year-old rye whiskey takes its subtitle, 'The Black Prince', from England's Prince Edward of Woodstock. In the 14th century Edward, known as 'the Black Prince', raided France and included many of the best Armagnac barrels in his substantial loot. To tie in with this theme, the hog on the bottle's stopper is wearing chain mail.
Adnams Single Malt is made using local barley. Aged for more than four years in new French oak barrels, this is rich in vanilla and spice flavours.
Not just content with bringing you lovely single malts as part of their Old and Rare range, Hunter Laing have decided to make Laphroaig fans even happier by bottling some of the distillery's 1996 whisky into magnums. That's one and a half litres of medicinal peaty goodness.
Glendalough have very deliberately chosen a period of seven years to age this whisky: seven is not only the number of year that St Kevin spent in the wild, but also a nod to the 'City of Seven Churches' he built at Glendalough. The whiskey inside the bottle graced by St Kevin's image is a floral, fruity whiskey with cinnamon and white pepper highlights.
The A'Bunadh range - small batch bottlings of oloroso-sherry aged single malt - continue with this 61st edition, which as usual offers tasty notes of dried fruit, sherry, dark chocolate and spice.
The 60th batch of Aberlour's intensely popular A'Bunadh, which is matured in oloroso sherry butts for rich dried fruit, dark chocolate and spice flavours. Creamy and delicious.
A long-aged Glen Grant single malt that has been nestled in sherry casks since 1953. Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2013, it offers notes of orange, dark chocolate, stewed apples and beeswax. Add water and additional sweet sherry, raspberry, coffee bean and cigar ash notes emerge.
(ri)¹, pronounced 'rye one' is a light, sweet rye whiskey from the folks behind Jim Beam. Atypical and great for cocktails.
A single-cask edition of Bruichladdich's peated single malt, bottled by the Italian company Hidden Spirits.
According to bottlers Douglas Laing, who've created this single-cask edition of Pedro Ximenez-aged Mortlach for their Old Particular series, this 'opens with a nose of cinnamon and macerated plums, a burst of rich fruits and nuts on the palate and an "ace" chocolate orange finish'. A winning trick.
A single cask of 1992 Macduff bottled by Douglas Laing for their Xtra Old Particular series. A smooth palate with fruit and vanilla caramel notes is followed by a long finish with coffee, burned toast and marmalade characteristics.
The clever folk at Douglas Laing have ferreted out another great whisky for their Old Particular series. This time it's an 18 Year Old Inchgower single malt that's been aged in a sherry butt and boasts rich malty, spicy and fruity notes.
This 30-year-old single malt has notes of freshly-baked cookies, spicy fudge and green apples – delicious. Xtra Old Particular is a range of exceptional casks bottled as individual limited editions by Douglas Laing. We're big fans.
They say whisky keeps you warm, and that's never been more true than with this special gift tin of Glenfarclas 10 Year Old. When the recipient opens the lid they'll not only find a bottle of classic sherry-aged Speyside whisky, but also a warm Glenfarclas beanie hat topped with a pleasingly flamboyant bobble.
A 2004 vintage Macduff from independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail as part of the Connoisseurs Choice series. Distilled in the year the distillery underwent a refurbishment, this was bottled in 2017 in its early teens.