Released June 2018
Take a look below at the latest whisky releases to hit the online shelves in June 2018. There’s a Talisker 1978 40 Year Old, Bruichladdich Black Art 6.1 and a Port Charlotte 10 Year Old.
28th June 2018
The Glenrothes traditionally bottle single malts from specific vintages, so this no-age-statement example raised a few eyebrows when it first appeared. However, the only thing recent batches have raised is the bar - this is tremendous easy-drinking Speyside.
Another anniversary bottling for Delilah's! It's almost like they have a birthday every year... This special edition celebrates the Chicago bar's 25th year and owner Mike Miller has worked with Compass Box's John Glaser to create a suitable follow-up to their 20th birthday bottle. This takes some of that original edition, further aged, and combines it with a variety of other whiskies, including lots of sherry-matured spirit. The result is creamy and fruity with a backbone of dried fruit and spice.
A limited-edition, travel-retail exclusive release of Macallan's Rare Cask Black, created in collaboration with photographer and film maker Steven Klein. Klein, a master of disruptive and ambiguous imagery, has reimagined the whisky's packaging, creating a very different look to Macallan's more traditional aesthetic.
26th June 2018
The sixth edition of Bruichladdich's Mysterious Black Art, the second created by head distiller Adam Hannett. Each cask selected by Adam to be included in the mix is at least 26 years old, and the low natural cask strength of 46.9% suggests an aged elegance. He's not revealing the recipe and all we know is that some of the whisky has been finished in interesting casks – it's dark and jammy with rich, deep and intense fruit balanced by spice, chocolate and the underlying sweetly fruity Bruichladdich character.
This 1978-vintage Talisker is the first entry in the Bodega Series, a range of whiskies showcasing the distilleries connection with sherry houses and sherry casks since its 1830 founding. This inaugural entry is a marriage of five sherry butts, filled for about three months with 40-year-old Talisker. Before arriving in Scotland, the casks were part of a solera, maturing Delgado Zuleta's award-winning Quo Vadis amontillado sherry.
It's incredibly rare to see solera casks used to mature Scotch whisky, and even rarer for the ancient casks to have been used to create one of Spain's finest sherries. The result is a whisky that combines the elegance of well-aged Talisker with the fruity complexity of Quo Vadis. An impressive whisky.
25th June 2018
A mystery Islay malt, aged for a quarter of a century. This is unmistakeably Islay, with notes of smoked meat, seaweed, sweet fruit and maritime notes.
The 40% release of Old Bear, a peated whisky from Langatun distillery in Switzerland. Triple-distilled and aged in ex-Chateauneuf-du-Pape casks, this is a big and bold peated whisky with notes of peat, oak spice and dark fruit.
The cask-strength edition of Old Deer – the unpeated release from Switzerland's Langatun distillery. The high ABV has been tempered by the use of triple distillation. Matured in a combination of Chardonnay and sherry casks, this is a malty style of whisky.
Old Deer is the unpeated release from Switzerland's Langatun distillery. This triple-distilled whisky has been aged in a combination of Chardonnay and sherry casks, leading to a malty style of whisky.
The yearly release of Evan Williams's vintaged single barrel whisky, aged for nine years. The folks at Evan Williams know how to pick them, and with every vintage gaining a few breathless reviews we expect good things from this one as well.
24th June 2018
Punchy batch strength whisky from Glenlivet, matured in first-fill oloroso casks for deep colour and loads of intense sherry-cask flavour. Big, spicy and fruity, this is a must for sherry heads.
20th June 2018
The Minister's Reserve was released by Glenrothes for the Travel Retail market. Aged for at least 21 years, much of it in Spanish oak, it has notes of treacle, honey and marmalade.
17th June 2018
This Hunter Laing release of famed Cambus is a bottle of pure single grain glory. Dried fruit sweetness leads the charge on the nose, flowing smoothly onto the palate to meet light vanilla, a hint of oak and a touch of Christmas spice. Flavours lift even further toward the finish with more juicy fruit and a twang of fresh citrus.
This Auchentoshan release from Claxton’s holds a wealth of complex Lowland character, with a nose full of fresh baked goods and rich spiced fruit balanced against lower, earthier tones. The palate is generously peppered with malt and more autumn fruit, once more joined by light, leafy flora, a flourish of deeper wood spice and a twist of honey floating overhead. Spice and lingering sherry character at the end round out this delicious whisky.
14th June 2018
Exclusive to The Whisky Exchange, this hand-picked, single cask 36 year-old is a colossus of long-aged Glenlivet complexity, having spent its final 6 years in a sherry butt. The nose is an alluring, aromatic maze of cocoa, dried fruit, pastry and subtle oak. It’s just as enchanting on the tongue, where fresh apple and cinder toffee battle spice for dominance of a tempered citrus and oak landscape. All is reconciled in a finish full of gentle liquorice and mild cinnamon, with more rich, dark fruit to walk us out.
13th June 2018
All but an orchard in a bottle, this special dram from Hunter Laing balances classic Glen Keith levity with a delightful depth of sweet fruit. Nutty freshness and a touch of tobacco on the nose give way to citrus & vanilla. Meanwhile, the palate excels, introducing rich apricot and a soft tingle of spice tempered by lower, earthy tones — all before fading to a soft and creamy finish.
A limited-edition whisky released to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The bottle is hand engraved with a picture of the Royal couple, as well as the date of their wedding.
One of the starting points for whisky fans digging into Gordon & MacPhail's whiskies, the Discovery range is all about pulling apart the flavours of Scotland. This Miltonduff is part of the Sherry category, showing, as you'd expect, big sherry character thanks to 10 years of maturation in sherry casks.
The fourth entry in the Edition range, this release focuses on the structure of the distillery's trademark weight style, as well as celebrating the opening of Macallan's incredible new distillery. It is a well-balanced dram, constructed to show the best of each cask type selected to create the whisky: European and American oak refill butts and hogsheads, as well as butts, puncheons and hogsheads specifically from Vasmya, Diego Martin, Jose y Miguel Martin and Tevasa.
A very special limited edition bottling from Glen Scotia, launched to celebrate the Campbeltown festival at the end of May 2018. Matured for ten years, including six months of finishing in ruby port casks, it's rich and fruity with a classic Campbeltown seaside tang.
The Gordon & MacPhail Discovery range examines the core flavours at the heart of Scotch single malt whisky, and this is the headline of the Smoky side of things. A 13-year-old Caol Ila from the island of Islay, this is as typical a dram as you can get from the island, packed with sweet fruit and dark peat smoke.
The gateway to Gordon & MacPhail's excellently selected whiskies, the Discovery range offers dependable drams that dig deep into the world of Scotch whisky. This 12-year-old Balblair is the flagship of the Bourbon section of the range, with the distillery's trademark honeyed and fruity character amplified by American-oak ex-bourbon casks.
12th June 2018
Port Charlotte's long-awaited 10 year old, rich and smoky whisky made by the independently minded folks at Bruichladdich distillery on Islay. PC, as it's known to its friends, is heavily peated to 40ppm, putting it up with Islay's other heavy hitters. The resulting whisky is big and peaty with a maritime tang – the Bruichladdich team would claim that it's because their warehouses are so close to the sea, we're still undecided. In the end, the most important thing is the taste: it's rather good.