Here you can see our latest Whisky releases for August 2023.
The latest Whisky releases for August 2023 will be updated on a daily basis so be sure to keep checking in for the latest whisky products released this month. To see last month’s whisky releases, click here.
This 12-year-old single malt whisky from Zuidam Distillers is bottled under its Millstone label. Full maturation in sherry casks makes for a round, fruity dram with aromas of raspberry, ginger snap biscuit and sticky caramel on the nose, which leads to stewed fruit, Christmas cake and a spicy, resinous quality on the palate.
The 2023-release of Glenturret Triple Wood is a sweet and spicy dram that was matured in a combination of sherry seasoned American and European oak casks and ex-bourbon barrels. Aromas of toffee-apple, sandalwood and ginger fill the nose, complemented by woody spice notes, including cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla ice cream throughout the palate.
This single cask bottling of Benromach is exclusive to the UK and was matured in first-fill sherry hogsheads. This gives intense aromas of dried fruit and spice, with raisin, cinnamon and charred oak on the nose, alongside prune, allspice and toasted malt on the palate.
This 10-year-old single malt from Benromach was matured in kiln-dried virgin oak cask, which reduces the moisture level in the wood and elevates its natural spice notes. This was released alongside an air-dried bottling to highlight the differences in approach and offers aromas of toffee, shortbread and citrus on the nose, with ginger cookie, peppermint and white pepper on the palate.
This single malt from Benromach is part of its Contrasts range and was matured in air-dried virgin oak casks for 10 years. There are rich and spicy aromas on the nose, with toffee and citrus zest leading to lightly smoked oak. On the palate there are notes of black pepper, toasted oats and menthol.
The Private Collection range comprises mature whiskies specially-selected by the Urquhart family, the owners of Gordon & MacPhail. This 44-year-old Benrinnes carries a saline, citrus edge with floral notes of honeysuckle and pineapple, complemented by allspice, watermelon and charred oak.
The owners of Gordon & MacPhail have hand-selected this Linkwood for the Private Collection range and bottled it after 40 years of maturation. Intensely concentrated aromas of stewed fruit fill the nose, with toasted hazelnuts, leather and dehydrated citrus on the palate.
Independent bottlings of Glenlossie are thin on the ground, but a 40-year-old is an especially rare thing indeed. This Private Collection release from Gordon & MacPhail carries weighty fruit, candied citrus and leather, along with notes of baked apple, tobacco and tinned pineapple on the palate.
Named for the winged beast said to inhabit the island of Islay, The Harpy’s Tale is the first edition in Ardbeg’s Anthology Series. This 13-year-old whisky was matured in ex-Sauternes and ex-bourbon casks and has the distillery’s distinctive oily texture, with aromas of olive, smoked sage, carbolic soap and burnt cream on the nose, alongside sweet peat, dried apricots and eucalyptus oil on the palate.
This 35-year-old Ardmore was drawn from a single hogshead and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail as part of its Connoisseurs Choice range. Aromas of citrus oil, white chocolate and smoked orchard fruit on the nose, with overripe mango, toasted almonds and coconut on the palate.
This Old & Rare release from Hunter Laing is a 30-year-old single cask of Tamnavulin which has been bottled at cask strength. Aromas of sultana, plum and cigars fill the nose, complemented by rich notes of cocoa powder, black pepper and leather on the palate.
This entry in Gordon & MacPhail’s Connoisseurs Choice range was matured for 13 years in ex-bourbon barrels before spending three years in St Joseph red wine casks. Aultmore’s classic orchard fruit flavour is apparent on the nose, with additional aromas of butterscotch, blackberry and orange peel.
This exceptional single malt was matured in an ex-sherry butt for 26 years and bottled by Hunter Laing. Aromas of plum, raisin and rich dark chocolate fill the nose, with chocolate orange, caramel and toffee coating the palate.
The fourth release of Highland Park Cask Strength has been matured in a combination of European oak, first-fill sherry, ex-bourbon and ex-Port casks. There is a delightful Turkish delight quality to the whisky with the distillery’s signature sooty smoke following soon after. The palate shows coconut and fruity, floral notes reminiscent of rose and raspberry.
The third entry in the Spot range of single pot still whiskeys is a rich, spicy and enticing Irish whiskey, exploring the influence of sherry and Marsala casks. Matured for more than 15 years in ex-bourbon, -sherry and -Marsala casks, it combines ripe, dried and stewed fruit flavours with sweetness and spice.
This marriage of seven-year-old rye whiskey and 17-year-old bourbon spent 23 months finishing in a rum cask from the legendary Foursquare distillery. The influence of Barbados rum shows in notes of tropical fruit and orange zest that sit happily atop a palate of spicy rye and sweet caramel.
An unusual rye finished in cherry wood casks sourced from the West Virginia Great Barrel Company. Expect notes of dried flowers, herbal teas and Bakewell tart accompanied by silky tannins and stewed fruits.
A marriage of four-year-old whiskies distilled at Bardstown and 12-year-old bourbon from a unnamed Kentucky distillery. By blending whiskey of different ages and flavour profiles, the Bardstown team have created a wonderfully nuanced dram with hints of cherry, maple and black pepper.
A thoroughly modern rye whiskey finished in ‘hybrid’ casks made with a combination of American oak and cherry wood. This unusual maturation adds notes of ripe cherry and white flowers to a classic rye palate of green herbs and spices. Try it in a classic Manhattan – garnished with a Maraschino cherry, naturally.
A great example of wheated bourbon, this six-year-old expression from Bardstown is round and balanced with notes of stone fruit, cocoa and toffee. As with all entries in the Bardstown Origin Series, this whiskey was distilled, matured and bottled in bond on site.
This spicy, fruity bourbon is made with a mash of 60% corn, 36% rye and 4% malted barley. The unusually high proportion of rye adds earthiness and body which nicely balances sweeter aromas of apricot, orange blossom and mint.
VAT 69 is a famous old brand of blended whisky, chosen by Sir Ernest Shackleton to accompany him on his Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914 'for medicinal and celebratory purposes', and also famously the favourite whisky of Captain Lewis Nixon of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, immortalised in the book and TV series Band of Brothers.
Two great distilling cultures combine in this complex Irish whiskey finished in barley shochu casks. This traditional spirit has been a part of life in Japan for centuries, but few casks used in its manufacture left the country until relatively recently. After four years in rare Japanese oak, this rich and fruity dram has emerged with added notes of jasmine tea, lychees and soft spices. A fascinating whiskey.
After an initial eight years in ex-bourbon barrels, this fruity Speyside malt was transferred to Marsala wine casks from the island of Sicily. Three-and-a-half years in these specially-selected casks imbued it with rich notes of honey, toasted nuts and stewed fruit. This expression was bottled exclusively for the UK market and comes to us without any added colouring or chill filtration.
This 23-year-old Laphroaig was bottled at cask strength as part of Hunter Laing’s Kinship range, which releases high-quality single malts. This dram commemorates the 2021 Feis Ile and displays the distillery’s classic character with aromas of iodine, seaweed and black pepper on the nose, with leather, toffee and clove on the palate.
This 29-year-old Bruichladdich was independently bottled by Hunter Laing as part of its Kinship range to commemorate Feis Ile 2021. It is reminiscent of honey nut cereal, with aromas of malted barley and salted caramel on the nose, alongside notes of stewed fruit and sea salt spray on the palate.
Hunter Laing’s Kinship series includes mature single malts from some of Scotland’s finest distilleries and this indie bottling is no exception. It has been matured for over three decades and released to commemorate Feis Ile 2021. Aromas of brackish water and campfire peat on the nose, complemented by olive oil, cinnamon and nutmeg on the palate.
This release from Hunter Laing is a rarely seen independent bottling of Ardbeg that commemorates Feis Ile 2022. This cask-strength whisky has aromas of sweet peat and sea-air, alongside almond cake, fudge and seaweed on the palate.
A 2008 single malt from independent bottler Douglas Laing, distilled on Orkney and matured for 15 years before being bottled as part of its Old Particular series. There are aromas of freshly cut ginger, caramel and pear on the nose, with salty smoke, black pepper and cinnamon on the palate.
This single cask bottling of Invergordon is part of Douglas Laing’s Old Particular range, which was first introduced in 2013. This 19-year-old whisky was bottled at cask strength and has pleasingly light aromas lemon meringue pie, nougat and dried fruit on the nose, which leads to notes of fruitcake, cacao nibs and almond on the palate.
This Diageo-owned blend made its debut in 1909 and is now mostly seen in overseas markets, particularly in Central and South America. Aromas of caramel, stewed fruit and candied citrus fill the nose, alongside cereal notes, light peat smoke and raisin on the palate.
This single cask whisky was selected by members of the Urquhart family – the owners of Gordon & MacPhail – and is part of its revered Private Collection range. Glen Mhor produced a robust single malt that stands up to its long maturation in an ex-sherry hogshead. It shows aromas of stewed raisin, morello cherry and toffee on the nose, alongside berry compote, demerara sugar and walnut on the palate.
This 1976 single cask whisky is an elegant snapshot into Banff distillery’s tumultuous history. It was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail as part of its Private Collection range and matured in an ex-sherry butt which endowed this dram with aromas of toffee-apple, prune and clove on the nose, followed by marzipan, mulling spices and hazelnut on the palate.
Personally selected by the owners of Gordon & MacPhail, this Private Collection release exemplifies Glen Albyn’s dark and complex character. This whisky was matured in an ex-sherry puncheon for 43 years and contains aromas of roasted coffee, beeswax and truffle on the nose, with dark chocolate, dried fig and liquorice on the palate.
This 48-year-old single malt from Glen Scotia is a rare opportunity to taste its whisky from a bygone era. It was matured in bourbon barrels for 43 years before moving to a first-fill oloroso hogshead for five years and a second-fill Pedro Ximenez casks for six months. Its time in oak has left this whisky with aromas of Seville orange, pineapple and sea-air on the nose, complemented by sultana, grilled peach and cinnamon on the palate.
Part of the Macallan Master Decanter series, the 2020 edition of Macallan M is presented in its traditional Lalique-crafted crystal decanter. The unusual, geometric design is as individual and complex as the whisky inside.
A 1995 Clynelish from Belgian independent bottler The Nectar, which was matured for 26 years. Aromas of leather, nutmeg and date on the nose, with bergamot, white chocolate and cinnamon on the palate.
This Glen Grant 2005 was matured in a single sherry hogshead for 16 years before being bottled as part of Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. It has aromas of fruitcake, apple and milk chocolate on the nose, with orange marmalade, strawberry and coffee the palate.
The Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection honours the final casks that were filled at the Old Midleton Distillery before it fell silent forever. There has been an annual release from this collection since 2020, which will culminate in 2025, marking the 200th anniversary of the of the old distillery.
Signatory has bottled this Glenlivet as part of its Cask Strength Collection in 2023, after 16 years in a first-fill oloroso sherry butt. This single cask whisky offers notes of buttered croissant, fruitcake and dried apricot on the palate.
Edradour’s spirit excels in sherry casks and this 12-year-old expression is no different. It was matured in first and second fill oloroso sherry butts and bottled at cask strength, creating aromas of fruitcake, raisin and marasca cherry on the nose. The palate is thick and chewy with toffee-apple, biscuit and ground cinnamon taking centre stage.
Glengoyne 21yo is noticeably deeper than younger expressions, with delicious rich, fruity and oaky notes – the darker colour and long finish are testament to the extra years in the sherry wood.