Released January 2020
Whiskey | Buffalo Trace Distillery
A smooth, flavourful bourbon from Buffalo Trace distillery, Stagg Jr has aromas of chocolate, brown sugar and cloves on the nose. The palate offers notes of lively rye spice, cherries, wood smoke and vanilla.
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A 2007-vintage Islay single malt from indie bottler The Whisky Agency, matured in a hogshead for 11 years before being bottled in September 2018.
A 2001-vintage blended malt whisky from indie bottler The Whisky Agency, matured in a sherry butt for 17 years, before being bottled in March 2019.
This limited-release whisky from Beverbach, made at Hardenberg distillery, has been finished in ex-sherry casks. Aromas of sherried fruit, sweet malt, raisins and soft smoke fill the nose. The palate offers notes of stewed plums, oak spice, cinnamon, apple crumble and dried fruit.
Distilled in 2009 at Teaninich distillery and matured in a single ex-bourbon hogshead for a decade, this Highland single malt was bottled in May 2019 by indie bottler Rest & Be Thankful.
A 1995-vintage Glenrothes single malt, matured exclusively in American oak casks seasoned with oloroso sherry, before being bottled in 2016. Sweet aromas of strawberries and cream, black pepper, lemon meringue and apricot fill the nose. The palate offers notes of plum, orange, buttered corn and warm cinnamon.
A 20-year-old Aberlour single malt from the Distillery Reserve series, matured in a single first-fill sherry butt before being bottled in July 2018.
A 2005 Dalmore single malt, matured in a refill bourbon barrel for 13 years before being bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in July 2019, as part of its Connoisseurs Choice series. Floral aromas fight against citrus fruit and vanilla on the nose, while the palate offers notes of white chocolate, pepper, toasted cereal and dried banana, with hints of oak spice in the finish.
A 2005 Glenturret single malt, matured in a refill sherry hogshead for 14 years before being bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in June 2019 as part of its Connoisseurs Choice series. Rich sherry aromas mingle with apple and toffee on the nose. The palate offers notes of banana, dried fruit, gentle spice, liquorice and toasted oak.
Made in 2010 at Caol Ila distillery, this Islay single malt was matured in a pair of ex-bourbon barrels for eight years, before being bottled in September 2019 for Signatory Vintage's Un-Chillfiltered Collection. A smoky, sweet whisky, it has notes of dried apricots, vanilla, tobacco and gentle smoke throughout the palate.
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A potent cask strength Royal Lochnagar 1972 bottled in the mid-1990s by the distillers as part of Diageo's Rare Malt selection. The early Rare Malts bottlings were almost uniformly outstanding.
A limited-edition Taiwanese single malt from Kavalan's Solist series, matured in a single Vinho barrique. Aromas of vanilla, caramel, mango and dark chocolate fill the nose, while the palate offers notes of kiwi, citrus fruits, black pepper and red berries.
At only three-years-old 10.4 is the youngest whisky in the Octomore series and was distilled in 2015 from the 2015 harvest. Peated to 88ppm and matured in 28 heavily-toasted virgin Limousin oak casks create a layer of dry fruit and vanilla on the palate, alongside oak spice and rich smoke.
An update to the much vaunted Bunnhabhain 25 year old, keeping the same age statement and presentation but upping the ABV to 46.3% to bring it line with the rest of the range. A great whisky at 43% but even better now with a little more oomph.
Distilled in 1992 at Strathisla distillery, this 26-year-old Speyside single malt was matured in a single second-fill sherry butt for more than a quarter of a century before being bottled in August 2019 as part of its Distillery Reserve Collection.
The third release in Wolfburn's Kylver series features the runic symbol Thurs, which roughly translates as thorn or giant. This is one of the runic symbol found on the Kylver stone which the series is named after. this limited-edition Highland single malt has been matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks, creating aromas of vanilla, angelica root, waxy fruit and charred oak on the nose. The palate offers notes of crunchy brown sugar, fried bananas, oily walnut and a hint of something smoky.
A 1988-vintage Speyside single malt, made at Tormore distillery and matured in a single hogshead for three decades, before being bottled by Signatory Vintage in October 2019, as part of its Cask Strength Collection.
The fourth release in Wolfburn's Kylver series features the runic symbol Ansuz, which roughly translates as 'gods'. This is one of the runic symbol found on the Kylver stone which the series is named after. The first peated whisky in the series, it has been matured in a combination of first-fill bourbon barrels and second-fill quarter casks, the result is a smoky, smooth single malt with aromas of chocolate, green apple, freshly-cut grass and floral peat smoke on the nose. The palate offers notes of orange chocolate, green apple, citrus zest and soft peat smoke.
A 2009 Fettercairn single malt, matured in a single refill sherry butt for a decade, before being bottled by Douglas Laing as part of its Provenance series. Aromas of runny honey, cinnamon, blueberries and raspberries fill the nose. The palate offers notes of dried fruit, sugared almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, with hints of toasted barley and soft brown sugar lingering in the finish.
A 2009-vintage Speyside single malt, made at Miltonduff distillery and matured in a pair of ex-bourbon barrels for nine years, before being bottled by Signatory Vintage in September 2019, as part of its Un-Chillfiltered series.
A 1998-vintage Islay single malt, made at Laphroaig distillery and matured in a single refill hogshead for 21 years, before being bottled by Douglas Laing in August 2019, as part of its Xtra Old Particular series. Gently smoky aromas of barbequed meat, rock pools and seaweed fill the nose. The palate offers notes of dried peat, wood smoke, cinnamon and ginger, followed by hints of salted caramel, mocha and aromatic peat smoke that linger in the finish.
A 2002-vintage Island single malt, made at Highland Park distillery and matured in a single refill sherry butt for 16 years, before being bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in September 2019, as part of its Connoisseurs Choice series. Aromas of freshly-cut grass, dark chocolate and ginger open on the nose, followed by toffee, caramelised orange peel and lemon zest. The palate offers notes of sweet golden syrup, grapefruit and cocoa powder, with undertones of vanilla, mixed nuts and gentle chilli spice.
A 1997 Glentauchers single malt that was matured in a pair of ex-bourbon barrels for 21 years, before being bottled by Signatory Vintage in May 2019, as part of its Cask Strength Collection.
A rich and fruity 2009 Edradour single malt, matured in a single sherry butt for a decade, before being bottled in November 2019 as part of the distillery's Straight From The Cask series.
A 1999 Edradour single malt that was matured in a pair of Bordeaux wine hogsheads for 19 years, before being bottled in July 2019. The palate offers notes of sweet fudge and stewed prunes, alongside clove, raisins and orange peel.
A rich and smoky Islay blended malt for Elixir Distillers, Peat & Sherry has been specially selected for The Whisky Exchange and was matured in a single sherry butt. A balance of heavy smoke and rich fruit, the nose holds aromas of leather, raisins, bacon, barbeque sauce, candied orange peel and smoky pine. The palate offers notes of dark chocolate, raisins, charcoal, pine needles and baked apple.
A 1996 Benrinnes single malt, matured in a single hogshead for 22 years, before being bottled by Signatory Vintage in May 2019, as part of its Cast Strength Collection.
A 1990 Bladnoch single malt, matured in a single refill hogshead for 28 years, before being bottled by Gordon & MacPahil in September 2019, as part of its Connoisseurs Choice series. Aromas of creamy vanilla, lime zest, honeysuckle and freshly cut grass fill the nose, alongside delicate peach and green apple. The palate offers notes of fresh apricot, ripe pear, sweet orange blossom and tart citrus zest, developing hints of coconut and butterscotch that linger into the finish.
Released to commemorate 100 years since the passing of their co-founder, this limited-edition Irish whiskey from Egan's was initially matured in ex-bourbon casks and finished in XO Cognac casks. The palate offers a balance between creamy vanilla, malty cereals and sweet apricot notes.
Glendronach Traditionally Peated is a fruity, smoky single malt created to highlight the effect of adding peat at the end of the kiln fire rather than the start. The result is a warm, earthy smoke that complements aromas of toffee, treacle, dark honey and sweet barley on the nose. The palate offers notes of burnt orange and treacle over a blanket of cloves and smoked brambles.
A rich and fruity Texas single malt, Brujeria has been finished in a combination of oloroso and Pedro Ximenez casks, creating aromas of rich dates, smoked walnut, bacon-wrapped figs and struck matches on the nose. The palate offers notes of black beans, mince pies, shitake mushrooms, pecan pie and smoky lapsang souchong tea.
The eighth release of Kyrö's sweet and spicy Finnish single malt rye whisky, made exclusively with malted wholegrain rye from Finland and matured in virgin American white oak or ex-Bourbon barrels. Aromas of rich malt, green rye and beeswax mingle with caramel, apricot vanilla and raspberry on the nose. The palate offers notes of honey, sweet rye bread, black pepper, wild berries, vanilla and oak spice that lingers in the finish.
A 2005 Caol Ila single malt that was matured in a single refill sherry hogshead for 14 years, before being bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in September 2019, as part of its Connoisseurs Choice series. Soft smoke mingles with aromas of ginger, orange marmalade, vanilla and Brazil nuts on the nose. The palate offers notes of golden syrup, green apples, malted biscuit and cocoa powder, developing hints of toffee, dark chocolate, zesty lemon and rich smoke that linger in the finish.
A 2008 Edradour single malt that has been matured in a single bourbon barrel until it was bottled in October 2019. Aromas of lemon, peppermint and honey fill the nose, alongside lashings of creamy vanilla. The palate offers notes of dry oak, vanilla, coconut and fresh apple, followed by mint, honey and ripe gooseberries that linger in the finish.
Bottled by Elixir Distillers, this 38-year-old Karuizawa single malt is currently the oldest whisky in the prestigious Geisha series.
One half of the exquisite Pearl Geisha duo, this was aged in sherry cask no. 4348 and filled into just 172 bottles at 62.1% ABV.
The Geisha series was created to pay homage to both the exquisite whiskies of the closed Karuizawa distillery, and the majesty of its surrounding culture. As with the rest of the series, the Pearl Geisha labels were designed by The Whisky Exchange’s creative director Raj Chavda, who is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Art.
A bright and fruity whisky, created for cocktails, Glasshouse blended whisky offers notes of red apples, summer berries and caramel throughout the palate.
A rich and nutty 15-year-old blended whisky from Dewar's, The Monarch is a combination of whisky matured in both bourbon and sherry casks. Balanced aromas of sherry spice, green apple peel and roasted nuts fill the nose. The palate offers notes of walnut, fresh malt, sultanas and chewy vanilla toffee.
A 10-year-old Black Bottle blended whisky, released in January 2020 after a decade in American oak casks – the first release from the brand in over 20 years. Aromas of honey, ripe fruit and vanilla burst through the nose, complementing rich notes of oak, soft fruit and smoky spice on the palate.
A fruity, zesty and softly-smoky Japanese whisky, matured in mizunara oak casks. Aromas of orange peel, jasmine, soft cedar and coastal air fill the nose. The palate offers notes of earthy coffee, green apples, black tea and fresh herbs, with hints of cinnamon pastries and mango that linger in the finish.
This anniversary edition of The Balvenie DoubleWood celebrates a quarter of a century of the expression. It was hand-picked by Malt Master David Stewart, having been aged for 25 years in a combination of traditional oak whisky casks and oloroso sherry.
A single-cask release from Kavalan chosen by and bottled exclusively for us at The Whisky Exchange in celebration of our twentieth anniversary – online since 1999. This was matured in a rum cask for seven years, enough time to add layers of rummy fruit and sweetness to Kavalan's already excellently fruity spirit. A masterclass in balancing fruit, spirit and wood.
Produced specially for Chinese New Year 2020 – the Year of the Rat – this beautifully-packed set is decorated with a subtle, themed design. It contains two bottles of Macallan 12 Year Old Triple Cask, aged in both American and European sherry-seasoned oak casks, as well as ex-bourbon casks, resulting in a profile focused on flavours of citrus, vanilla and fresh oak.
A 1962 Balvenie single malt from Chapter 5 of the DCS Compendium, hand-selection by Malt Master David Stewart and representing the year that he started at William Grant & Sons. Bottled after more than five decades in a single European oak hogshead, this whisky has aromas of sweet dried fruit, apricots and delicate cinnamon spice. The palate is rich and velvety, with notes of toffee, honeycomb, vanilla, orange peel and ginger, that fade into a citrussy, spicy finish.
A limited-edition 17-year-old single malt from Balvenie's DCS Compendium Chapter 5, distilled in 2001 and matured in a Fino sherry butt. Aromas of orchard fruits, stewed plums and dried apricot fill the nose. The palate offers notes orange and salted caramel, grapefruit, spiced apple and toffee.
A 2014 Caol Ila, matured in a single refill barrel for five years, before being bottled by Douglas Laing in August 2019, as part of its Provenance series.
A bourbon from Yellow Rose distilling with a rebellious streak, Outlaw is made with 100% Texas yellow corn and is matured in small American oak barrels. The palate is full-bodied and warm, with notes of vanilla and caramel mingling with black pepper spice.
A limited-edition 52-year-old blended whisky from Royal Salute that has been finished in a single cask for 14 years, before being bottled as part of the Time Series. Intensely fruity aromas of ripe plums, toffee apples and chocolate-covered hazelnuts fill the nose. The palate offers notes of sweet marmalade, ginger and cloves, with hints of pears in syrup and liquorice that linger in the finish.