Released December 2019
An 11-year-old single malt from Macduff, distilled in 2007 and matured in a single hogshead, before being bottled by Alistair Walker Whisky Company in October 2019, as part of its Infrequent Flyers series.
A 27-year-old Speyside single malt, distilled in 1992 at a mystery distillery in Speyside and matured in a single barrel, before being bottled by Alistair Walker Whisky Company in October 2019, as part of its Infrequent Flyers series.
The third batch of single pot still Irish whiskey from Teeling, this is made with a combination of malted and un-malted barley, creating a creamy texture alongside a sweet, fruity character. Aromas of vanilla, stewed apples, cinnamon, apricot yoghurt and banana milkshake fill the nose, alongside rich sherry aromas. The palate offers notes of toasted barley, salted caramel, dark fruit, winter spice and rich nuts, with hint of red apples and milk chocolate.
A limited-edition single malt from Highland Park, Triskelion is a combination of casks that were hand-selected by three legendary Highland Park whisky-makers – Gordon Motion, Max McFarlane and John Ramsay. This combination of casks included sherry-seasoned Spanish oak butts, sherry-seasoned American oak casks and first-fill bourbon barrels and hogsheads has created a full-bodied and complex whisky with notes of Seville orange, raisins, sultanas, apricots, heather honey and aromatic peat smoke throughout the palate.
Breaking & Entering is an American whiskey from St George Spirits in California, matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-rye whiskey casks from other distilleries, as well as casks that previously help St George's own malt whiskey. Aromas of coffee beans, peanut brittle, maple syrup and oak char fill the nose, complemented by notes of pecan, chocolate, spicy rye, honeyed cereals and cherry pie throughout the palate.
A three-year-old Californian single malt whiskey from St George Spirits, inspired by Japanese and Scotch whiskies. This whiskey is matured in a combination of ex-bourbon casks and French oak ex-wine casks, and is filtered through maple charcoal before being finished in ex-umeshu casks. The palate is sweet and dry, with a delicate background of smoke and fruit.
Having spent five decades in sherry casks, this venerable Glenfarclas single malt has now come to rest in Glencairn Crystal decanters, each of which is hand-decorated in copper and comes with a heavy copper stopper.
Each decanter sits inside a gift box made of red mahogany, which is finished in the high quality gloss used on pianos. The box's colour, appropriate to a sherried whisky, is designed to reflect the 'autumnal hues of Speyside' where the distillery is based.
A blend of pot still and grain Irish whiskeys, the Bow Street 18 Year old from Jameson has been matured in first-fill bourbon casks. Aromas of rich oak, melting butter, toffee pennies, cinnamon, green grass, plum compote and bitter herbs fill the nose. The palate offers notes of caramel chocolate, butterscotch, oak and leather that develop into brambles, black cherry and coriander.
A sweet, complex blended whisky, Seagram's 100 Pipers is named after The Ballad of The Hundred Pipers, which tells the story of Bonny Prince Charlie leading 100 pipers into battle during the 1745 uprisings. Created in 1965, it offers aromas of juicy red apples, peaches, red berries and delicate honey.
A softly smoky Swiss single malt from Langatun distillery, Old Bear is made with peated malt and is matured in ex-Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine casks. Fresh smoke fills the nose, alongside aromas of red fruits and waxy orange. The palate offers notes of juicy grapes, toffee and wood smoke that develop into dark chocolate and smouldering peat fires that linger in the finish.
A fruity, floral Swiss single malt whisky from Langatun, Old Deer has been matured in a combination of ex-sherry and ex-Chardonnay wine casks. Floral aromas of barley and sweet red berries fill the nose, and the palate offers notes of raisins, ripe fruit, vanilla and vegetal oak, with hints of roasted nuts in the finish.
The third batch of a sherry-led expression from Aberlour, Casg Annamh – Gaelic for 'rare cask' – isn't pulling any punches at 48% ABV. Triple matured in European oak ex-sherry, American oak ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks, this is a bold, flavoursome and exceptionally balanced whisky full of fresh fruit, sherried nuttiness and woody spice.
A 1975 Benromach single malt, matured in a single refill sherry hogshead before being bottled in 2019 as part of the distillery's Heritage series.
A 1979 Tamnavulin single malt, matured in a combination of first-fill sherry butts and bourbon barrels for 39 years, before being bottles for the distillery's Vintage Collection. Aromas of Mediterranean oranges, figs, almonds and freshly-baked ginger cake fill the nose. The palate offers tropical notes of pineapple, roasted coffee and Black Forest fruits.
A 1973 Tamnavulin single malt, matured in a combination of ex-bourbon barrels and sherry butts for more than four decades, before being bottled in 2019 for the distillery's Vintage Collection. Aromas of ginger biscuits and sultanas fill the nose, followed by refreshing melon and soft marzipan. The palate offers notes of soft peaches, fruit cake and cinnamon, with hints of maple syrup and vanilla.
A 1970 vintage Tamnavulin single malt, matured in a combination of ex-bourbon barrels and Apostoles oloroso sherry casks for 48 years, before being bottled in 2019 as part of the distillery's Vintage Collection. Creamy aromas of caramel fill the nose, as well as ripe pears, walnut cake and praline. The palate offers notes of dark treacle, frangipane, coconut and ripe figs that linger in the finish.
A 2004 Glenburgie single malt that was bottled in 2019 as part of Gordon & MacPhail's Distillery Labels Collection.
A very rare single cask of Benromach 1973, limited to just 66 bottles. Bottled in 2019 having been matured in a refill hogshead, this has notes of exotic fruits with hints of ginger, dark chocolate and dried tobacco.
Grain of Truth is a peated single grain whisky from Tweeddale, made with 50% peated grain before being matured in ex-bourbon barrels. Grassy aromas of green apples, light smoke, lemon and lime, icing sugar and spicy oak fill the nose. The palate offers notes of sweet-and-smoky barbeque sauce, summer fruits, chocolate and caramel, followed by red berries, rich smoke and soft ash.
A 1988 Bruichladdich single malt, from the distillery's Rare Casks series, The Untouchable has been matured for three decades in a combination of refill bourbon casks and refill squat hogsheads. Floral aromas of dried hay, buttercups, primroses and coconut oil burst through the nose, followed by vanilla fudge, porridge with golden syrup, sweet citrus, sherbet, apricot and caramel. The palate initially offers notes of coconut, pink grapefruit, granola, malt and toast, slowly developing oak spice, pipe tobacco and fudge, with ripe pineapple, mango and mint building towards the finish.
A 2011 Caol Ila Islay single malt, matured in a single ex-sherry butt for eight years, before being bottled by Elixir Distillers in July 2019, as part of its Single Malts of Scotland series. A fresh, peaty whisky, it has aromas of crisp bonfire smoke, sea air, seaweed and grilled lime, with a rich backbone of peat. The palate offers notes of lavender, incense, citrus, clean smoke and spicy black pepper.
A 1996 Ben Nevis single malt, matured in a single ex-sherry hogshead for more than two decades, before being bottled by Elixir Distillers in July 2019, as part of its Single Malts of Scotland range. Sweet aromas of runny honey, vanilla-scented candles, over-ripe mango and cantaloupe melon fill the nose, and the palate offers luscious notes of chargrilled pineapple, lemon oil, dates, cranberries and apricots, with lashings of cinnamon and mint.
A 1995 Glen Elgin single malt, matured in a single hogshead for more than two decades, before being bottled by Elixir Distillers in July 2019, as part of its Single Malts of Scotland series. Aromas of hay bales, fresh laundry, summer flowers, pineapple jelly, melon, Turkish delight and lilies fill the nose. The palate offers notes of zesty lime peel, green cardamom, porridge, wildflower honey, ginger and nutmeg.
A limited-edition Rye whiskey from WhistlePig's Boss Hog series, Samurai Scientist is inspired by Japanese chemist Jokichi Takamine, who introduced koji fermentation to the Americn whiskey industry in the 19th century. It has been matured for 16 years, before being finished in umeshu-seasoned casks from Kitaya brewery on Japan's Kyushu island. Aromas of marshmallow, cinnamon and maple syrup fill the nose, while the palate offers notes of tobacco, ginger, baking spices and savoury umami.
An American single malt whiskey, made with locally grown and malted barley, and matured in lightly-toasted virgin American white oak casks. Fruity aromas of red berries, apples and pears mingle with creamy vanilla and brown sugar on the nose. The palate offers notes of baking spices, ripe fruit, sweet malt, tobacco, dark chocolate, oak spice and stone fruits that linger in the finish.
A quartet of Scotch whiskies that form The Whisky Trail Retro Birds series, made up of a 10-year-old Glenlossie, an 18-year-old Orkney single malt, a 23-year-old Ben Nevis and a 31-year-old Strathclyde single grain whisky.
A 1995 Glen Grant single malt, matured in an ex-bourbon cask for more than two decades, before being bottled in 2018 as part of Jack Weibers' Fighting Fish series.
A 30-year-old Balir Athol single malt, distilled in 1988 and matured in an ex-bourbon cask for three decades before being bottled in 2018 as part of Jack Weibers' Fighting Fish series.
A fresh and summery dram from Glenglassaugh, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail at cask strength for the Connoisseurs Choice series. Distilled on Wednesday 3 December 1986, aged for 31 years in a refill bourbon barrel and bottled on Tuesday 3 July 2018. The whisky combines a sweet and fruity backbone with darker and spicier notes from the long ageing, creating an elegant dram with layers of complexity.
This limited-edition Springbank 1993 from The Kinship series was bottled by Hunter Laing for the 2018 Feis Ile, in celebration of the completion of Ardnahoe distillery. Fully matured in a sherry butt, this single malt has a delicious nose of peaches, honey, lemons and grapes. The palate opens with notes of walnuts, toasted oak and peaches, with a salty, maritime edge.