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28th February 2019
A limited-edition single malt from Balvenie, released as a part of the DCS Compendium Chapter 4. Distilled in March 1971, this 47-year-old whisky was aged in a European oak oloroso sherry butt, resulting in a rich a fruity dram, with notes of exotic spices, honey, oak and dark fruits.
The penultimate chapter in The Balvenie DCS Compenium, entitled Expecting the Unexpected, this collection of five whiskies includes distinctive vintages that are completely different to the signature style of Balvenie.
This 1995 Glenrothes Over 20 Year Old was bottled by La Maison du Whisky for its Artist series. Matured in a single sherry butt, this single malt has a delicate and complex character, with aromas of bitter orange and dark chocolate that develops into red berry and cardamom. The palate opens with caramel and salted butter notes, swiftly followed by fruity mangoes and persimmons. Malted barley develops slowly and mingles with delicate floral notes in the long finish.
This 23-year-old Bowmore was distilled in 1995 and aged in a single hogshead, before being bottled by Carn Mor in 2019 for its Celebration of the Cask series.
27th February 2019
The oldest release from the famous Glen Grant distillery, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for its Private Collection series, is a stunning 70-year-old Speyside single malt that has been aged in a single, first-fill sherry butt. Initially sweet on the nose, it has aromas of vanilla fudge, strawberries and raspberries, developing into waxy notes of orange peel and cinnamon sticks. The palate is smooth and subtle; sherry-soaked fruits mix with fresh orange zest and cardamom. A dry, herbal element develops and brings cracked black pepper and aniseed notes, then a delicate smoke carries through to a long, smooth finish.
26th February 2019
Named after Elijah Craig, the 18th-century renegade reverend & whiskey distiller credited with inventing the charring technique for whisky barrels. Brilliant sipping whiskey.
The 12th edition of the annual Parker’s Heritage Collection from Heaven Hill distillery. This bourbon was finished for four months in a barrel that had previously held French Orange Curacao liqueur. The nose is full of vanilla and caramel, but these are quickly joined by aromas of oranges, candied fruits and toasted oak. The palate is bursting with orange marmalade notes, bitter orange peel and sweet caramel. Seasoned oak and heady vanilla notes burst through before a long finish with hints of sugary oranges.
This is the 2016 release of Laphroaig 30 Year Old. Distilled in 1985, this has been aged exclusively in bourbon barrels. Classic Laphroaig with notes of orange peel, vanilla, coriander and cigar box.
25th February 2019
Created by Master Blender Akito Ueda, this Japanese blended whisky from White Oak distillery is a variation of the original Tokinoka blend. A mix of 50% malt whisky and 50% grain whisky it has been aged in three different types of cask – ex-bourbon, Xeres and virgin oak casks. A richer, fruitier blend than the original, Tokinoka Black has notes of pineapples, mangoes and toasted oak, building into spicier notes of ginger, black pepper and cinnamon. The finish is long and lingering, with notes of vanilla and honey.
A 21-year-old Bowmore, distilled in 1997 and aged in a single refill hogshead before being bottled in 2018 by Douglas Laing, as a part of its Xtra Old Particular series. This Islay single malt has a bold nose, filled with brown sugar, sea salt, caramel, black pepper and gentle smoke. The palate opens with gentle, sweet notes of freshly-baked brioche, orange peel and rich malt, before notes of honeycomb and earthy peat build into a long, lingering finish.
Our very own single-cask Arran single malt, filled into a sherry hogshead just a year after the distillery started production. This 22-year-old whisky has enticing aromas of crème brulee, sultana, bittersweet orange and cigar box, while the deliciously seductive palate has flavours of walnut, figgy pudding and wood spice, alongside a silky texture. Exclusive to The Whisky Exchange – one of the delightful things we've bottled to celebrate our 20th anniversary.
21st February 2019
The fourth chapter in Balvenie's ongoing celebration and examination of the work of malt master David Stewart MBE is called 'Expecting the Unexpected'. The five bottlings in the set showcase the unusual results that sometimes emerge from a cask. It's a celebration of the unpredictable nature of whisky maturation and the hidden gems that can result.
The set consists of:
Balvenie 2009 first-fill American oak
Balvenie 1999 refill American oak
Balvenie 1992 European oak oloroso sherry puncheon
Balvenie 1982 European oak oloroso sherry hogshead
Balvenie 1971 European oak oloroso sherry butt
This 1997 Ardmore was bottled in 2018 by Douglas Laing for its Old Particular series. Matured for 21 years in a single refill hogshead, this Highland single malt has an elegant, refined character. The nose is earthy and rich, with orange peel, cloves and black pepper building gently. The palate is chalky and drying, with sharp blueberries and blackcurrants leading the palate, and rich malt building into a lightly smoky finish.
Distilled in 1993, this Tullibardine whisky has been matured in a single cask for 24 years before being bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd in 2017. This Highland single malt has rich notes of vanilla and honey alongside apricot and peach.
This 1989 Bunnahabhain was bottled in 2018 by Berry Bros. & Rudd after 29 years aging in a single cask.
20th February 2019
The fourth edition of The Arran distillery’s The Bothy Quarter Cask series, this whisky has been aged in ex-bourbon barrels and finished for 18 months in American oak quarter casks, allowing extra interaction with the wood. This single malt aims to follow and highlight the tradition of using quarter casks to age whisky on the Isle of Arran, something which delivers heady vanilla-spice flavours. The nose is bursting with fruits and warm oak aromas, and the palate opens with fresh pineapples, peaches and coconut, all mingling with the rich vanilla notes and gentle spices. The finish builds slowly, the vanilla melting away into notes of honey with a sharp citrus edge.
19th February 2019
A stunning blend of three different bourbons with a perfect balance between the distinct characters of these whiskeys. This combination of bourbons, all aged for at least nine years, has notes of caramel, rich honey and spicy oak, with an undercurrent of smooth vanilla and sweet chocolate. Aged in a combination of charred and toasted barrels it has a robust yet smooth character and dark amber appearance.
This special edition from Swiss whisky distillery Langatun has been aged for six years in an ex-Chardonnay cask, before being finished for seven months in an ex-port cask. The result is a rich, complex whisky with notes of vanilla, oak and honey leading the palate, and red-berries and sweet shortbread developing slowly. This whisky is bottled in an elegant decanter and is presented in a stylish wooden box.
A single cask Miltonduff, bottled by A.D. Rattray in 2017 after being matured in a single ex-bourbon cask for 34 years. The nose is sweet and oaky, with aromas of orange, strawberry and vanilla mingling together against a background of toasted oak. The palate is still sweet, with notes of Victoria sponge cake, jam and cream, but with an undercurrent of cigar smoke and clove spice.
This 29 Year Old Glenburgie single malt was distilled in 1989, before being aged in a single refill sherry butt and bottled by Berry Bros & Rudd in 2018.
One of just 201 bottles charged from a refill American hogshead and bottled at 60.2%, this is a beautifully-matured Caol Ila. The peat fire of its youth now burned to embers, its smoked-meat foundation is layered with thick, ripe-fruit flavours and sweet-cereal notes, while a touch of light brine highlights its dark cocoa depths.
18th February 2019
A vibrant addition to the Nikka range, Nikka Days is a bright and vivacious blend of malt and grain whiskies from both Nikka's Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Its medium body hosts an array of floral and zesty flavours which mingle effortlessly with an underlying vanilla-toffee depth and a light, distant touch of breezy peat smoke. A fresh and delicate whisky, Days makes a delicious sipping dram or sits beautifully in a refreshing highball. Buy Now
A big, spicy and oaky Macallan with floods of vanilla and soft citrus flavours, before malt sweetness melts with fudgy vanilla caramel into a long, luxurious finish. An old and thoroughly delicious Macallan which showcases beautifully the elegance and balance for which the distillery is famed.
14th February 2019
An elegant and flavoursome Swedish rye whisky, blended from 42 American oak casks that were matured for a minimum of six years. The nose holds intense vanilla aromas, mingling with freshly cut grass and menthol. The palate is incredibly smooth, opening with vanilla before bursting with spices and toffee notes, then building to more malty notes and dark chocolate. The finish is soft and floral, with notes of vanilla and lavender lingering behind.
Named after the dark, stormy coves of Campbeltown’s west shores, the Gauldrons is a marriage of some of the finest Campbeltown malts and is bottled by Douglas Laing in very small batches. The nose holds a salty quality with sweet caramel and a hint of peat smoke rounding it out, and the palate is warming and rich, with notes of sugar, barley and oak developing into spices, smoke and a salty-sweet caramel flavour in the finish.
12th February 2019
Wild Turkey Rare Breed was upped in strength to 58.4% in 2018. Blended from barrels of six to 12-year-old bourbon and bottled at barrel proof with no added water, Rare Breed has a rich, yet mellow flavour despite its high alcohol content.
An incredible 64-year-old Glenlivet single malt, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2018 for its Private Collection. This whisky has been aged for over six decades in a single refill sherry cask after being distilled in 1954. The nose is sweet and spicy, with aromas of brown sugar, toffee apples, cinnamon and aniseed. Sharp citrus and vanilla aromas develop slowly and culminate in thick, rich fruit jam. The palate is incredibly smooth, notes of golden syrup and stewed fruits instantly appear, swiftly followed by dark chocolate and raisins. Notes of peppercorn, walnut and mature oak build and linger in the finish, making this a refined and complex dram.
11th February 2019
A 1978 Benromach released as a part of the distillery’s Heritage Collection and matured for over four decades in a single refill sherry hogshead. An exceptional single malt, it has aromas of honeyed fruits, vanilla and fresh ginger – rich and sweet. The palate is packed full of fruits and rich tobacco smokiness, mingling with dark chocolate and warming spices. The finish is elegant and gentle, with just a hint of peat smoke.
A 40-year-old Jura single malt bottled by Douglas Laing for its Xtra Old Particular range. Aged for over four decades in a single refill barrel, this elegant old whisky has a sweet and spicy character. The nose gives aromas of vanilla, tobacco, spices and toffee. The palate is delightfully gingery, with a long finish of molasses, smoke, spices and toasted oak.
A 17-year-old Glentauchers single malt, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. The bottle is labelled with a cartoon, as has become synonymous with this brand, and the whisky has a spicy, fruity character with notes of strawberries and ginger.
A 1991 single malt from Bowmore, bottled at 25-years-old for the second batch of the Antique Lions of Spirits Butterflies Collection. The nose is complex, starting with coastal, sea-salt notes with hay and seaweed. There are also gentle, fruity aromas of lemon, pears and gooseberries. The palate brings flavours of tropical fruits – passion fruit and grapefruit in particular – and a gentle peatiness. In a bottle with a distinctive butterflies label, the Butterflies Collection Bowmore is the perfect addition to any collection.
This 1987 Highland Park was bottled by Silver Seal for its Whisky Is Class..ical Collection, featuring Guiseppe Verdi’s Aida on the label. Aged in a single cask for 28 years this Island single malt has warm, spiced notes of cinnamon, caramel, citrus and chocolate, with a salty edge.
7th February 2019
Distilled in 1997 this 21-year-old Macduff single malt was bottled for the First Editions series from Hunter Laing. Matured in a single hogshead this whisky has sweet notes of honey and citrus with gentle apricot notes.
Distilled in 1990 and aged for 25 years, this Glen Moray Speyside single malt was bottled by Berry Bros & Rudd in 2016.
A 15-year-old single malt from a mystery distillery on Orkney, bottled by Hunter Laing as part of the Old Malt Cask series. This whisky was aged for 15 years in a single refill hogshead, and the nose offers aromas of honey, pepper and a rich smoke. The palate holds strong notes of smoky peat, sweet malt and toffee apples.
The third limited-edition release of Octomore Ten in an incredibly complex single malt. Incorporating whisky aged for 10 years in casks that previously held port, cognac and bourbon as well as virgin oak casks this single malt has a deep, rich character. The nose holds aromas of chocolate, tobacco and bonfire smoke, with a sweet undercurrent of vanilla and custard. The palate is warm and spicy, with strong notes of mulled wine and tobacco, as well as lashings of peat smoke throughout. The finish is driven by flavours of oak and vanilla, with a lingering hint of smoke.
This single malt from an unnamed Orkney Distillery was distilled in 2007 and aged for 11 years in a single refill hogshead. It was bottled by Hunter Laing for the First Editions series. The nose balances honey, toffee and poached pears with citrus aromas. The palate holds plenty of honey notes, alongside a sweet malt flavour and a gentle, smoky hint of heather.
1st February 2019
The fifth edition of The Boss Hog – The Spirit of Mauve – is a 13-year-old straight rye whiskey that has been finished in Calvados casks. The nose opens with gentle, warming mulled cider, with aromas of cinnamon, vanilla, candied ginger and a touch of tobacco. The palate brings flavours of maple syrup and pears, with a bitter, dark chocolate edge.