Here you can see our latest whisky releases for December 2023.
The latest Whisky releases for December 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.
Ardbeg's 19 Year Old is an annual release. This set contains a bottle each of 2019's batch 1 through to 2023's batch 5. Inspired by Islay's Traig Bhan - known to locals as the Singing Sands - a beautiful beach with soft white sands, said to sing beneath your feet. A velvety-smooth single malt, Traig Bhan offers aromas of salty, smoky bonfires on the beach, sweet pineapple and burnt caramel. The palate offers notes of paprika, smoky chilli chocolate and aromatic wood smoke.
The 13th edition of 100% Islay was matured in predominantly first-fill ex-bourbon barrels, offering creamy and buttery characteristics. Aromas of toffee-apple, candied banana peel and pear drops fill the nose, complemented by notes of sea breeze, peat smoke and toasted malt on the palate.
An 18-year-old Strathclyde single grain whisky, matured in a single cask refill cask and bottled in 2023 by Berry Bros. & Rudd. It has wonderful aromas of coconut and baked banana, with hints of vanilla on the nose, making way for peach, dark chocolate and nutmeg on the palate.
This English single malt was produced at Cotswolds Distillery and matured in an ex-oloroso sherry cask for 5 years before being bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd. Pleasingly chewy notes of Victoria sponge, honeycomb and stewed orchard fruit cover the palate and lead to a long finish with abundant baking spice and citrus notes.
The heavy duty spirit from Dailuaine works beautifully well when paired with sherry cask maturation and this release exceeds expectations. In the glass it shows rich notes of prune, medjool dates, stewed orchard fruit and Iberico ham.
A small-batch Caol Ila single malt matured in hogsheads and bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd. There are aromas of chocolate orange, peat smoke and tobacco leaf on the nose, leading to notes of cocoa powder, umami, smoke and a long smouldering finish.
This classic premium blend comes in a distinctive bottle, one of the many reasons for it standing the test of time. Rich, smooth and complex this whisky displays aromas of crème brulee, cinnamon, vanilla and dark chocolate.
A limited-edition ten-year-old single malt form Glenallachie that was distilled in 2012. This was initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels, before a secondary maturation in a combination of wine barriques from Languedoc, Medoc, Grattamacco and Valpolicella. The nose is bursting with pastel fruits with aromas of heather honey and caramelised biscuits, leading to notes of orchard fruit, orange zest, glazed cherries and a hint of cinnamon on the palate.
The first release in Laphroaig’s Archive Collection offers a rare taste of this richly-peated single malt’s elusive fruity side. Matured in first fill bourbon casks and finished in a refill oloroso sherry hogshead, it shows tropical aromas of mango and citrus. The palate shows mellow medicinal smoke, softened by age, as well as liquorice, cedar, toffee and honeycomb.
Westport is the name of a tea-spooned blended malt from a famed highland distillery. Tea-spooning is the practise of blending tiny amounts of single malt from another distillery into a cask of whisky –this stops brokers and bottlers from selling under the distillery’s name. This was matured in a refill hogshead for 17 years, which imparted aromas of stewed apricots, milk chocolate and ground coffee on the nose, followed by notes of cinnamon, cocoa powder and fresh citrus fruit on the palate.
This single-cask Auchentoshan was distilled in 1991, aged in a second-fill hogshead and bottled by Decadent Drinks in 2023.. This old and rare expression is tropical fruit in a glass with aromas of guava, dragon fruit and ripe bananas giving way to notes of honeycomb, candied lemons and kiwi on the palate.
The inaugural release in the Westie Sponge series from Decadent Drinks, this elegant small-batch Nc’nean was made from whiskies which were fermented with various wild and proprietary yeasts. This is a fresh and lively single malt with notes of lemon posset, wildflowers, plump apricot and dried peach granola on the palate.
A well-aged single malt from Glen Grant produced in 1994 and matured for 29 years in an ex-bourbon cask. Expect aromas of vanilla custard, toffee apples and cinnamon spice on the nose, complemented by nutmeg, black pepper and praline on the palate.
This elegant and fragrant single malt was matured for almost three decades in an ex-bourbon cask and bottled by indie bottler Carn Mor. There are aromas of peach blossom, honey nut cereal and ripe bananas on the nose that give way to a balancing combination of pineapple, citrus and freshly cut vanilla. This is a wonderful representation of Aultmore.
Westland looks to display the character of its Pilot barley with this release. The grain has imparted a subtle tea note to the whisky which has been partially matured in a second-fill oloroso hogshead to add body and character, without overpowering the barley flavours. There are notes of apple cider, chamomile tea, almond, milk chocolate and lemongrass on the palate. This is an American single malt with a strong sense of place.
Part of Single Malts of Scotland’s Marriage series, this release contains whisky from three hogsheads filled in 1997 at Ardmore distillery. There are aromas of dry spice, basil and ginger nut biscuit on the nose, complemented by notes of eucalyptus oil, shortbread and Eton mess.
Whisky from the now closed and well-loved Imperial distillery is becoming harder and harder to find, which makes this release all the more special. This marriage of three refill barrels has imparted juicy aromas of honeydew melon, lemon bon bons and meadow flowers on the nose, leading to ginger spice, milk chocolate, strawberries and mint throughout the palate. An elegant and fruity single malt that is worth savouring.
Part of Single Malts of Scotland Marriage series, this whisky is a vatting of two refill barrels and one refill sherry butt from an unnamed Islay distillery. Expect aromas of medicinal Islay peat smoke, banana peel, mango, bandages, papaya and welcoming caramel on the nose. A single malt with a long, fruity and smoky finish.
This is a rich and delicious 31-year-old single malt from an unknown Speyside distillery. There are abundant orchard fruit aromas that mingle with freshly made pastry on the nose, leading to notes of pear Tatin, hot cross buns, custard creams and candied satsuma peel.
A well-aged Bunnahabhain that has spent 23 years maturing in a refill oloroso sherry cask. On the palate this single malt brings notes of fresh pomegranate, chewing tobacco, salted caramel and hit of umami. This impressive single malt is sure to satisfy both newcomers and longstanding fans of the Islay distillery.
This small-batch release from Ardbeg was matured in a combination of ex-oloroso sherry and ex-bourbon casks. There are aromas of smoked guava, toasted coconut, charred green peppers and fresh herbs on the nose, followed by a creamy mouthfeel with notes of smoked bacon, white pepper and clove, with a long and smoky finish.
A big, bold and bracing single malt that will be appreciated by the peat lovers among us. This eight-year-old Ardbeg Committee release offers notes of burnt treacle, aniseed, salted caramel, menthol oil, charcoal and smoky bacon on the palate. With a long and lingering of peppermint and smoke.
Own all nine bottlings in the first release of Livingstone’s ground-breaking Macbeth series. These exceptional whiskies were selected by Elixir Distillers based on character profiles created by Dave Broom. The artwork that features on the bottles was specially created by beloved illustrator Sir Quentin Blake.
A limited-edition single malt from the English Whisky Company that was distilled in August 2007 and matured in one of the first Port casks ever filled by the distillery. There is a subtle hint of smoke with big juicy dark fruit notes, alongside ginger biscuit, toasted malt and cinnamon.
A limited-edition Danish rye whisky from Stauning that was initially matured in virgin American oak casks, before being finished in a combination of ruby and tawny Port casks. Aromas of smoked orange zest, strawberry and raisin fill the nose, complemented by notes of vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, caramel, malt and peppery rye throughout the palate.
The Wall Collection explores cask finishing on Laphroaig’s mature spirit. The first edition in the series sees its 36-year-old whisky finished in casks which previously held young single malt from Laphroaig. This has imparted a youthful peaty exuberance to the mature malt and carries aromas of passionfruit, strawberries and leather on the nose, leading to notes of custard tart, marzipan and plenty of peat on the palate.
The four chequered lines on the label symbolise the four distilleries used to create this complex whisky. A combination of corn and malted barley-based whiskies were made at Miyagikyo, Moji, Satsuma Tsukasa and the now closed Nishinomiya distillery. There are aromas of beeswax, chamomile and roasted corn on the nose, leading to a creamy texture on the palate with hints of spice and nuts.