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 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.