Here you can see our latest Whisky releases for May 2023.
The latest Whisky releases for May 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 months whisky releases, click here.
A sherry cask-finished Amrut Indian single malt whisky, made with 1% peated malt to create subtle smoky nuances and complexity. This ‘black panther’ expression was co-developed with La Maison du Whisky and is presented with two branded glasses. The nose offers complex aromas of dried fruits and nuts, vanilla caramel and a light whiff of smoke. On the palate, fruity notes of orange and peach lead into a long finish filled with toffee and toasted chestnuts.
The 2017 vintage of Masthouse English whisky from Kent's Copper Rivet Distillery, matured in a combination of casks. The palate offers notes of green apples, ginger biscuits, tropical fruits, toasted oak, chocolate orange and white pepper on the palate.
A great gift - not only do you get a bottle of the fantastic Nikka 'From the Barrel', but it comes in a nice presentation pack with a pourer and two smart glasses to drink it from! Picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010.
Hibiki is the flagship blend from Suntory, one of Japan's biggest drinks companies. Introduced in the 1970s following the construction of the company's second distillery, Hakushu, (the first being the famous Yamazaki), it has gone on to win a worldwide following and critical acclaim, culminating in the awarding of an International Spirits Competition Trophy four times in five years between 2004-2008.
The Old Particular range was first introduced in 2013 by independent bottler Douglas Laing as a replacement for the Old Malt Cask series. This Talisker from 2012 continues the tradition of single-cask releases bottled at natural cask strength under the company’s flagship label. Aged in a refill hogshead for 10 years, this expression offers notes of briny tar, vanilla oak and pepper throughout the famous Talisker smoke-filled palate.
A single-grain whisky, distilled in 1991 at Cameronbridge distillery in Fife, Scotland. Aged in a refill hogshead for three decades, this expression from independent bottler Douglas Laing offers an opportunity to taste a mature single grain from the biggest whisky distillery in the world.
Aged for four decades in a refill hogshead, this single-grain whisky from Cambus was bottled by independent bottler Douglas Laing in March 2023. The palate offers round and sweet notes of burnt vanilla toffee, Arabica coffee, citrus, cereal and liquorice.
This third release, from 2022, was inspired by a bubbly bourbon cocktail invented at the Seelbach Hotel. The base is made by combining 84% of bourbon, that has been aged for four years and nine months, with 16% of 15-year-old bourbon – both from the State of Kentucky. Finished in Triple Sec liqueur and Pinot Meunier Champagne barrels, the result is a sweet and spicy bourbon with lovely floral notes. The nose offers aromas of dried mango, apricot and warm spices, followed by candied orange, tobacco and almonds throughout the palate.
The second official Fino sherry matured release from Kilchoman – an Islay farm distillery known for its fine young heavily peated whiskies. This whisky was distilled in 2018 and aged for a minimum of five years in 20 Fino sherry casks sourced from Bodega Jose y Miguel Martin. The nose opens with aromas of dry peat and sweet butterscotch, joined on the palate by well-rounded smoke, honeycomb, candied fruits, rich toffee and caramel.
This limited-edition single malt from Kilchoman was aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and Pedro Ximenez casks. The result is a well-balanced whisky that showcases the distillery’s smoky, fruity, briny and lively character, along with extra dried fruit and caramel sweetness from the PX casks.
The first official expression from Kilchoman that has been fully matured in ex-Cognac casks. This heavily-peated Islay single malt was distilled in 2016 and aged in 31 Cognac barriques for around six years. The nose offers fresh aromas of orchard fruits, honey and warm spices, followed by sweet peat smoke, buttery marzipan, dried fruits and toasted oak throughout the palate.
A 1991 Glen Garioch single malt from indie bottler Whisky Sponge that was initially matured in a refill hogshead for a decade, before being transferred to a first-fill Port barrique for a further 20 years, until it was bottled in 2022. Robust and rich, the palate brings notes of dark sticky fruit, chocolate, oak and toasted walnuts that linger in the finish.
This blended malt from Douglas Laing was released for the Feis Ile festival in 2023. Made by combining numerous heavily peated single malt whiskies from Islay, this limited-release was finished ‘predominantly’ in rich and robust red wine casks. The nose offers aromas of dark fruits, red apples, vanilla and oak, followed by dried cherries, peat smoke, brine and peppery spices throughout the palate.
This Canadian whisky from Frank-Lin Distillers has been aged in small oak casks for a minimum of 12 years. Presented with a theme-suitable black pinstriped label, CEO offers rich notes of sweet vanilla, creamy caramel, raisins and crispy sherry wood throughout the palate.
For this rustic and oak-filled limited release, the Jim Beam distillery has resurrected the name Old Tub – the oldest whiskey brand from the Beam family archives that predates Jim Beam bourbon. Aged for a minimum of four years and bottled without filtration, this expression offers bold flavours of vanilla, oak and grain – a taste of old-style Kentucky bourbon.
This creamy and approachable expression from Canadian Club has been aged for a minimum of nine years in white oak barrels. The palate offers bourbonesque flavours of rich creamy toffee, oaky vanilla and warm seasonal spices that lead to a lingering dry finish.
A 2007 Glenlivet single malt from the Chivas Brothers Distillery Reserve Collection, this rich and full-bodied single malt was aged in a first-fill European sherry butt for no less than 12 years and bottled at natural cask strength in 2020. Offering aromas of spicy cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose, the palate is filled with notes of poached pears, milk chocolate and hazelnut.
This straight corn whiskey from the Hirsch Selection was bottled by Hirsch Distillers in Missouri – not to be confused with other incarnations carrying the same family name. Aged for a minimum of two years, this expression offers subtle flavours of sweet corn, vanilla and cotton candy, underlined by fresh vegetal notes throughout the palate.
This new incarnation of Hirsch, a famous whiskey name, was first introduced in 2020, inviting whiskey enthusiasts to explore new horizons with a familiar association. The palate offers classic bourbon characteristics with notes of sweet cornbread and vanilla, joined by cinnamon and oak spices on the lingering finish.
Distilled in Lawrenceberg, Indiana, this bourbon from the Selected Whiskeys series is a blend of 94% traditional mash bill whiskey – aged for a minimum of four years – and 6% high-rye mash – aged for at least six years. Please note that due to the small batch nature of this expression, the age of the whiskies used might vary between batches.
This limited release from Port Charlotte – a heavily peated whisky made at the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay – was initially aged in first-fill bourbon barrels for four years and then finished in Pomerol wine casks for a period of five years. It was released in May 2023 as part of the Cask Exploration series. Heavily influenced by the cask finish, the palate offers notes of malt sugar, peat smoke, rich blackberries, plums and aged leather.
This small batch release commemorates the year 1783 when Evan Williams founded the first licensed distillery in Kentucky. Made with a signature sour mash, this expression is a vatting of less than 200 American white-oak casks. The vibrant honey colour is matched on the palate with notes of oaky vanilla, buttered sweet corn and honey.
Named after the first licensed distiller in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Evan Williams bourbon is made at the Heaven Hill Bernheim distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. Aged for 10 years, this 2001-vintage offers rich fruity flavours along with honey, caramel and sweet oak, brought together by an underlying spicy character.
| 70cl / 49.4%
Aged solely in first-fill ex-bourbon casks, this single malt was released as part of the Aberlour Distillery Exclusive Collection. Aged for a minimum of 11 years, the palate offers sweet and silky notes of vanilla custard and caramel toffee.
Bottled by Frank-Lin Distillers, this rodeo-themed Kentucky bourbon was aged for a minimum of eight years in new American oak barrels. The nose is introduced to aromas of vanilla, candied dark fruits and grains that linger on to the palate with the addition of waffle cones and chocolate orange.
Made at the Lux Row distillery just outside Bardstown in Daviess County, this sweet and spicy bourbon combines wheated and high-rye mash bills. The result is a whiskey with aromas of honey, vanilla and caramel, followed by oak, graham crackers and a touch of spice throughout the palate.
| 70cl / 49.4%
This 11-year-old Aberlour from the Distillery Exclusive Collection was matured solely in first-fill ex-oloroso sherry butts. The palate offers powerful and rich notes of dried fruits and warm spices, with just a hint of liquorice.
One of the original whiskeys produced at George T. Stagg distillery – now known as Buffalo Trace – first introduced in 1946, Ancient Age bourbon has been aged three to four years and offers corn, caramel and vanilla toffee aromas. The palate offers an extra dose of spices, leading to a lingering finish with hints of toffee and citrus.
Castle & Key distillery, housed at the site of the old Old Taylor distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, was established in 2014 to create small batch whiskies. Made with a mash bill of 73% corn, 10% rye and 17% malted barley, this expression offers notes of baked peaches, cinnamon and brown caramelised sugar.
| 70cl / 43.2%
The Aberlour Cellar Collection is dedicated to showcasing the oldest and rarest whiskies from the distillery’s warehouses in Speyside. This 44-year-old is in fact the oldest expression released to date.
Inspired by the historic blending notes of Sir Alexander Walker, this is a 21-year-old blend from Johnnie Walker. Believed to contain whiskies from the now closed distillery of Brora, this is warm and spicy.
A Kentucky rye whiskey made at Castle & Key distillery, established in 2014, that has a rye content of 63%. This second batch release from 2021 is a vatting of 75 barrels that have been aged for an average of three-and-a-half years. The nose offers aromas of mint-apple pie, nutmeg and orange peel, followed by notes of brown sugar, intense baking spice and figs throughout the sweet and spicy palate.
Combining malt whisky distilled at Shinshu distillery in the heart of the Japanese Alps in Nagano and single malt whiskies from undisclosed Scottish distilleries, Cosmo is a blended malt that brings together two whisky-making nations. This limited edition was finished in Manzanilla sherry casks from Andalusia, Spain. With a textured, rich and aromatic profile, the palate offers lingering notes of dried fruits, cocoa, brown sugar and maple syrup with a vinous finish.
A delightful gift set containing a bottle of a terrific small-batch bourbon from Four Roses – sweet and spicy, with a generous dash of vanilla, this is a treat - as well as a pair of stylish glasses to share it from.
This 20-year-old release from Tomatin was distilled on 30 November 2001, matured in a Pedro- Ximenez sherry cask and bottled on 15 August 2022 exclusively for the UK market. The result is a whisky filled with notes of maple syrup, dark chocolate, cherries and Jamaican ginger cake.
Cu Bocan's fifth creation has been aged in rare Andean oak casks from Colombia. The wood has combined with the subtly smoky spirit to produce a whisky with notes of smoke, clove, eucalyptus and banana.
A set of three 20cl bottles showcasing the distillery’s renowned older core expression. This set of 15-, 21- and 25-year-old expressions offers a chance to enjoy the luscious fruitcake-inspired Speyside sherry cask whiskies without investing in full-sized bottles. Perfect gift for a whisky lover, or to be shared with friends in a private whisky tasting.
A set of three 20cl bottles showcasing Glenfarclas' younger releases - the light and sweet 10 Year Old, sherried 12 Year Old and the powerful, high-strength '105'.
This first release of oat grain spirit from Circumstance distillery in Bristol, England, is made from malted oats and barley. Aged for 50 months in a combination of charred British oak and first-fill bourbon casks, creating oily and sweet notes of toasted granola, bitter orange marmalade, white pepper and lemon chocolate.
This certified organic whisky is made in Circumstance distillery in Bristol, England. A single-grain expression, made with a mix of 70% malted wheat and 30% malted barley and aged for 36 months in first-fill ex-bourbon casks.
Blackened was born as a collaboration between the late master distiller Dave Pickerell, and Metallica. Unconventionally, the barrels are aged in an environment surrounded by the band’s music with the belief that the low-frequency vibrations help the spirit interact with wood. Finished in black brandy casks, the result is a whiskey that offers notes of honey, cinnamon, allspice and dark fruits on the palate, followed by butterscotch taffy and maple on the finish.
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This fruity bourbon from Blade & Bow has inviting notes of apricots, ripe pears and sweet roasted grains with charred oak and warm winter spices on the finish.
The historic Stitzel-Weller distillery in Louisville, Kentucky, closed its doors in 1992. Reopened in 2014, the distillery now produces multiple bourbon brands including Blade & Bow – first introduced to the market in 2015. This whiskey is made by using a solera system ageing process to preserve the distillery’s oldest whiskey stock, some of it produced before the 1992 closure.
This toasted oak-finished bourbon was added to the Basil Hayden core range in 2021. Created to offer a new side to bourbon, Toast is made with a newly designed mash bill where rye grain is replaced by brown rice. The result is a slightly sweeter expression that offers notes of toasted oak, dried fruits, vanilla and caramelised sugar throughout the palate.
Compared to the classic Basil Hayden bourbon, this 10-year-old expression has been aged for an extra two years in charred virgin American oak barrels. Made with a high-rye mash bill, this expression offers notes of sweet caramel, vanilla, charred oak and spices on the palate. A surprisingly gentle whiskey that stays true to the approachable Basil Hayden style.
This young citrus fruit, sweet honey and smoke-driven whisky was aged in American oak casks for almost a decade. The set reflects the essence of the Islay-based distillery – thrashing waves, windswept landscapes and generations of traditions.
This surprisingly smooth cask-strength rye from Alberta Distillers in Calgary was launched in 2020 to draw attention to the lesser-known Canadian whiskey category. Made with 100% Canada-grown rye, this expression offers notes of caramel, vanilla and chocolate, balanced on the palate by flavoursome rye spice and black currants.
This rich and complex Irish single malt from Bushmills was aged first in bourbon and oloroso sherry casks, before a generous finish in first-fill ruby port pipes for 21 years. The nose has intense aromas of ripe dark fruits, honey and toasted wood, joined on the palate by sweet almonds, caramelised stone fruits and berries with dark chocolate spices and damson.
A rich and velvety single malt from Bushmills that displays the distillery’s sherried side. Aged initially in a combination of bourbon and oloroso sherry barrels, this whiskey was then laid in first-fill Pedro Ximenez casks for an extra 16 years. The nose offers deep aromas of dark stone fruits, treacle toffee and sweet spices, joined on the palate by inviting notes of praline, orange peel and vanilla pastries. A beautifully structured treat that ticks all the boxes for an indulgent old Irish malt whiskey.
Rich, fruity white Port meets lightly-peated whisky in this limited-edition bottling from Glen Scotia. After a decade resting in American oak by Campbeltown harbour this smoky, salty single malt was filled into white Port casks for a further 12 month maturation. The sweet wine influence manifests in layers of stone fruit and delicate spices that accompany classic Glen Scotia distillery character.
Gordon & MacPhail
Part of independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail's Private Collection, this Longmorn single malt was distilled in 1970 and aged in a single refill sherry hogshead for 51 years. The dark mahogany colour is matched with aromas of rich sherry, milk chocolate and citrus, which translate to notes of dark liquorice, ripe raspberries and roasted coffee beans on the palate. Truly a whisky to savour in good company.
Knockando distillery in Speyside is known for its slightly nutty and rich malty character. This 18-year-old hidden gem from Diageo’s portfolio was released without a vintage – a feature present in previous bottlings. The palate offers notes of orange peel, dark chocolate praline, forest berries and vanilla toffee.
The Dalmore 45 Year Old is designed to mesmerise with both appearance and flavour. The 2023 limited-edition was matured in a combination of ex-bourbon casks, Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels and vintage Tawny port pipes, creating a rich and luscious rare expression whisky with notes of figs, Manuka honey, ripe bananas and roasted coffee beans that coat the palate.
This beautifully presented 2023-release of Dalmore 40 Year Old was aged in a combination of ex-bourbon barrels, port pipes and ex-sherry casks, including barrels that used to hold 1970 Graham’s Colheita port and oloroso sherry from Gonzalez Byass. The result is an aromatic expression with notes of cherries, plums and toffee that pair with English marmalade, walnuts and dark chocolate on the palate.
Dalmore 21 Year Old is the pinnacle of the distillery’s Principal Collection. This 2023-release was aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and Matusalem oloroso sherry casks, refining and gathering aromas of Seville oranges, bitter chocolate and Colombian coffee. The palate offers delectable notes of black forest fruits, sweet liquorice sticks, roasted walnuts and thick marzipan.
Dalmore 18 Year Old is an annual limited-release that showcases the distillery’s renowned sherry-focused house style. This expression, released in 2023, was matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and Gonzalez Byass Matusalem oloroso sherry casks, creating a bold and rich whisky with notes of chocolate-covered raisins, citrus fruits, rich coffee and nutmeg that linger towards a warm fruit-filled finish.