Released June 2019
Below are this months newest Whisky expressions and limited releases to hit the online shelves. Click on the buttons to read more.
24th June 2019
Kempish Vuur is a Belgian single cask whisky, made at Brouwerij Pirlot Stokerij distillery. It has been matured for three years in a single ex-Laphroaig quarter cask, creating a rich and smoky whisky, with notes of new leather, delicate peat smoke and buttery shortbread, as well as sweet apples and white peaches.
Made in 1997 at Linkwood distillery, this Speyside single malt spent more than two decades in a refill sherry hogshead, before being bottled by La Maison du Whisky for its Artist Collective series. The bottle features a piece entitled "Sans Titre 16.08.14" by artist Thierry Zdzieblo.
From Irish bottler Hinch, this 5-year-old Double Wood has been matured in ex-bourbon casks and finished for at least a year in virgin American oak barrels. It is a smooth, sweet whiskey with notes of vanilla, cinnamon and oak spice throughout the palate.
A small batch Irish whiskey from Hinch that has been matured in ex-bourbon casks, this has notes of creamy vanilla, honey-nut cornflakes and lively citrus throughout the palate.
Glen Scotia Victoriana has been bottled at cask strength and finished in heavily-charred oak casks. Victoriana has notes of richly-spiced fruit, vanilla and oak throughout the palate, followed by a gently smoky finish.
23rd June 2019
After 23 years maturing in a single sherry cask, this 1995-vintage Clynelish was bottled in May 2019 for Signatory Vintage’s Cask Strength Collection. A fruity, spicy single malt, it has notes of sultanas, dried apricots, cinnamon and cracked black pepper throughout the palate.
20th June 2019
A fresh, spicy 12-year-old Tennessee bourbon from American Eagle, made from a marriage of corn, rye and malted barley. The nose is full of citrus aromas; dried orange, fresh lime and lemon zest, as well as sweet spices. The palate offers notes of cinnamon, dried orange peel and sweet raisins, as well as creamy vanilla.
A Jim Beam gift set including a bottle of Jim Beam Black Extra Aged bourbon, as well as a pair of exclusive black crystal tumblers. A full-bodied, sweet whiskey, with notes of smooth caramel and warm vanilla, this makes a great gift for bourbon lovers.
Made at a mystery distillery and bottled by Edinburgh-based John Crabbie & Co, Yardhead is a single malt made for mixing. A sweet, young single malt it offers notes of shortbread biscuits, vanilla, toffee apples and citrus throughout the palate.
19th June 2019
Created to add a smoky edge to classic cocktail, Smokey Monkey is a blend of malt whiskies – one of which is peated. Matured in ex-bourbon casks, the palate offers notes of sweet vanilla, fiery black pepper and bright citrus, with waves of earthy peat smoke building in the background.
A gift set of grain whisky from Japan's Nikka – produced mainly from corn using one of their continuous Coffey stills – and a stylish Nikka tasting glass. Rather than the rare and limited releases they have done before, this is a larger release to further show off this key component in the Nikka family of whiskies.
A fruity, refined Australian single malt from Starward distillery, matured exclusively in Australian red wine barrels. It has notes of fresh grape, black cherries and caramel throughout the palate.
18th June 2019
Named after the oldest stone lighthouse in Japan, Hatozaki Pure Malt Japanese whisky is a sweet, smoky blended malt whisky from Kaikyo distillery. Rich aromas of dried fruits, toffee apples and summer blossoms fill the nose, and the palate offers notes of sweet honey, delicate wood smoke and sultanas.
Named after the oldest stone lighthouse in Japan, Hatozaki blended whisky is made at Kaikyo distillery. Matured in a variety of casks, including sherry, bourbon and Mizunara oak it has a complex character, with notes of cherry blossom, pears and caramel throughout the palate.
A powerful cask-strength 20-year-old single malt from the Yoichi distillery that previously bested some very high-profile Scottish malts at a blind tasting in 2003 and received 95 points in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible.
Distilled in 2008 at Glen Elgin distillery, this 10-year-old Speyside single malt was bottled in December 2018 by indie bottler Mossburn, and is the 19th whisky in its Vintage Casks series. Matured in a single cask, it has a sweet and spicy character, with notes of black pepper, caramel and oak spice.
The 17th whisky in indie bottler Mossburn's Vintage Casks series, this 2008-vintage Glentauchers matured in a single cask for a decade before being bottled in 2018. The palate offers notes of meadow flowers, honey, beeswax and toasted oak, before a long, peppery finish.
Made in 1996 at Glentauchers distillery, this 22-year-old Speyside single malt was bottled in 2018 by German bottler Jack Wiebers for its Old Train Line series. Matured in a single bourbon cask for more than two decades it has delicate aromas of summer flowers, heather honey, beeswax and vanilla on the nose, with a hint of lavender and toasted oak underneath. The palate offers notes of meadow flowers, orchard fruits, cinnamon and garden herbs, before a long, peppery finish.
Inspired by Scotland's history of importing casked port during the 19th century, Glendronach Port Wood has been finished in port casks from Portugal's Duoro Valley for three years. The result is a rich, fruity whisky with sweet aromas of summer berries, cherry blossom and sweet honeysuckle, and a spicy ginger edge. The palate offers notes of apple crumble, wild berries and sweet gingerbread.
The 2019 release of the ever-popular Old Pulteney 25 Year Old has been matured for a quarter of a century and finished in ex-sherry casks. The palate offers rich notes of toffee, vanilla, raisins and figs, as well as bitter dark chocolate and spicy pepper flavours that linger in the finish.
This sweet and smoky whisky was released as part of Jura's Aged Vintage series. It was matured for 21 years in ex-bourbon barrels, before being finished in virgin American white oak casks, creating a sweet and spicy character with creamy caramel, ginger biscuit and ripe berry aromas. The palate offers notes of sweet gingerbread, white chocolate, vanilla macaroons and custard, with a spicy fresh ginger edge.
17th June 2019
Batch number four of Australian distillery Starward's Projects series. Sourced from the nearby Boatrocker brewery, Starward has used casks that previously held fiery ginger beer to finish their whisky, creating sweet notes of crystalised ginger, cinnamon, caramelised banana and fiery root ginger.
16th June 2019
This Irish single malt whiskey was made in 1989 at a mystery distillery and bottled 29 years later by Belgian bottler The Nectar for its Daily Drams series in 2018. A sweet, malty whiskey it has notes of caramel, cinnamon and citrus throughout the palate.
This Irish single malt whiskey was bottled in 2017 by German bottler The Whisky Agency in celebration of Maltstock festival. A sweet and spicy whiskey, it has notes of crystalised ginger, caramel and black pepper throughout the palate.
Made in 2001 at a mystery distillery in Ireland, this 16-year-old whiskey was bottled in 2018 by German bottler The Whisky Agency as part of their 10th anniversary collection. Sweet and spicy on the palate, this whiskey has notes of fresh ginger, caramel, black pepper and shortbread.
A creamy, sweet single malt, The Sweet Toast of American Oak is the first whisky in the Balvenie Stories collection. Finished in heavily-toasted virgin American oak casks from Kentucky, it is even fruitier than normal. Sweet, malty aromas of fudge, citrus and oaky vanilla mingle with spicy ginger and warm cinnamon on the nose. The palate initially offers notes of candied orange peel, vanilla toffee and butterscotch, developing slowly into flavours of melted brown sugar, blossom honey and rich oak spice.
The Balvenie Stories collection is designed to bring to life the tales of 'character, endeavour and craft' of those at Balvenie through the generations.
This 14-year-old heavily-peated single malt is the second whisky in the Balvenie Stories collection – a sweet and smoky whisky that balances earthy peat smoke with the distillery's characteristic citrus edge. Gentle peat smoke, delicate flowers and sweet butterscotch fill the nose, while the palate initially offers notes of sharp citrus, blossom honey, creamy vanilla and rich, earthy peat.
The Balvenie Stories collection is designed to bring to life the tales of 'character, endeavour and craft' of those at Balvenie through the generations. The Week of Peat is inspired by the tradition, started in 2002, of distilling peated malt for only one week every year.
13th June 2019
Distilled in 1953 at Strathisla distillery, this Speyside single malt was matured in a single first-fill sherry butt for more than half a century before being bottled for Gordon & MacPhail's Private Collection in January 2019. Sweet aromas of dried fruit, rich sherry and oak fill the nose initially, before hints of candied fruit, orange oil, baking spies and menthol develop. The palate initially offers mature oak spice, developing into notes of autumn berries, crystalised ginger, dark chocolate and aniseed.
This 30-year-old Highland Park single malt was distilled in March 1989 and spent the next three decades in a single refill sherry butt, before being bottled in March 2019 for Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice series. The nose is rich and fruity, stewed fruit aromas are joined by roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder, cinnamon and citrus. The palate offers notes of juicy oranges, black pepper, chocolate praline and red apple, before a spicy finish that lingers in the mouth.
Distilled in 2005, this 14-year-old Glenturret single malt was matured in a single first-fill sherry hogshead, before being bottled in April 2019 for Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice series. Fruity of aromas of raisins, cherries, toffee apples, stewed prunes and oaky spice fill the nose. The palate offers notes of candied orange, lemon peel, dark chocolate and toasted hazelnuts, before a lingering, nutty finish.
Distilled in 1957 at Glen Grant distillery, this Speyside single malt lay in a single refill sherry hogshead for more than half a century before it was bottled for Gordon & MacPhail's Private Collection in January 2019. Rich aromas of fruit, woody spice, leather and salted caramel initially fill the nose, before hints of dark chocolate and subtle sherry develop. The palate offers notes of dried fruits, figs, warm spices and oak, developing into sweet fudge, fresh menthol, rich malt and bitter oak, before a long, nutty finish.
Made at Glen Grant distillery in 1997, this rich, pepper single malt spent 22 years in a single refill American oak hogshead, before being bottled in April 2019 for Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice series. Delicate, sweet aromas of set honey and wildflowers mingle with soft vanilla, before developing into green apple, lemon zest and sweet honeysuckle. The palate is bursting with notes of cracked black pepper, intense dark chocolate, citrus fruits and toasted oak, before a delicate floral and citrus finish.
11th June 2019
Batch 16 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's bottling of Invergordon - the grain distillery owned by Whyte & Mackay. The label is a play on the name of Aeneas Coffey's famous invention, imagining a world in which he revolutionised the production of coffee, not whisky.
9th June 2019
This limited-edition release of Highland Park from The Kinship series was bottled by Hunter Laing for the 2018 Feis Ile. Aged for 21 years and finished for six months in a sherry butt, this single malt has an elegant nose of ripe fruits and gentle floral notes of heather, alongside a salty, maritime edge. The palate opens with smoky peat and gentle fruits, including apricots and peaches, before a lingering, smoky finish with notes of sweet heather-honey.
The third and hotly anticipated instalment in Glenfiddich’s Experimental Series, Winter Storm is a 21-year-old single malt that has been aged in Canadian ice wine barrels. The whisky offers notes of Turkish Delight and candied tropical fruit, which develop into juicy lychee.
This third experiment was born when the distillery’s Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, became fascinated by the interplay between sugar and acidity in sweet wines. He brought back several casks from Peller Estate in Canada for his research, and discovered that this Glenfiddich 21 Year Old, which has more complexity and oak tannins than its younger siblings, was the best equipped to handle the extra layer of sweetness from the wine-cask finish.
7th June 2019
A 50cl bottle of the original all-conquering cola-friendly colossus, Jack Daniel's No. 7. It commands a legion of fans worldwide, thanks to the sweet smoothness imparted by the Lincoln County Process of charcoal-mellowing the spirit before maturation.
6th June 2019
This blended Irish whiskey from JJ Corry has been finished in ex-mezcal and ex-Tequila casks for seven months. Named for the Batallion San Patricos – a group of Irishmen who fought for Mexico in 1846, this is a complex whiskey with notes of rich vanilla and herbal agave throughout the palate.
This 38-year-old single malt was made in 1980 at Glenrothes distillery and matured in a single cask until being bottled by indie bottler Adelphi.
This 40-year-old single grain whisky from Port Dundas distillery was made in 1978, and matured in a single refill hogshead until it was bottled in December 2018 for Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular series. The nose offers, sweet, spiced aromas of spun sugar, cinnamon and oak spice, and the palate brings notes of sherbet lemons, vanilla and sweet cereal.
The second batch of 2007-vintage Glenlivet Over 10 Years Old has been matured in a single first-fill sherry butt before being bottled for the Artist series by La Maison du Whisky. The nose is initially floral, fruity and bright, before developing notes of liquorice and figs. The palate offers notes of chocolate, black cherries, and liquorice with a sharp edge of gooseberry balancing the flavour.
Part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask series, this single cask Craigellachie was distilled in 2006 and aged exclusively in a single ex-sherry butt until it was bottled in February 2019. A lively, sweet whisky, it has notes of red berries, summer flowers, buttery shortbread and honey throughout the palate, with a strong, mineral backbone. The finish brings rich toffee, orange, espresso and dark chocolate flavours that linger.
A 12-year-old release of Douglas Laing's ever-popular Timorous Beastie blended malt whisky. A deliciously sweet Highland blend, that typically includes the likes of Dalmore, Glengoyne and Glen Garioch, it has rich notes of heather honey, zesty oranges, summer flowers and waxy honeycomb throughout the palate.
The seventh – and final – release in the Spirit of Hven Seven Stars series, Alkaid is an eight-year-old Swedish single malt whisky. Delicate aromas of toasted oak, orchard fruits, vanilla and milk chocolate fill the nose, and the palate offers notes of dark chocolate, dried figs, sweet summer flowers and green grass.
This 30-year-old single malt from Littlemill distillery was made in 1988 and matured in a single refill hogshead, before being bottled in February 2019 for Hunter Laing's Old and Rare series.
Part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask series, this 18-year-old single malt was made by Laphroaig in 2001 and matured in a single refill butt until it was bottled in March 2019. A rich, peaty whisky, the palate offers notes of bonfire smoke, salty driftwood, warm spices and citrus fruits.
5th June 2019
Part of the Auld Distiller's Collection from Jack Wiebers, this 11-year-old single malt was made by Croftengea in 2007 and aged in a single bourbon cask until it was bottled in 2018. A sweet and smoky whisky, it has notes of lemon, red berries, honey, summer flowers and peat smoke throughout the palate.
Part of the Artist Collection from La Maison du Whisky, this 1995-vintage Glen Grant was matured in ex-bourbon barrels for 23 years before being bottled in 2018. Soft aromas of vanilla, camphor, coconut, clove and ginger fill the nose, alongside chamomile, lemon zest and garden herbs. The palate offers malty notes of pears, Mirabelle plums, apples, vanilla and cinnamon, before clean, herbal flavours of fennel and aniseed.
The Artist Collective series features the works of contemporary artists on the bottles, this 1995 Glen Grant features a piece entitled 'Sedia A Sdraio' by Bernardino Luino.
Part of the Artist Collective series from La Maison du Whisky, this 11-year-old Ledaig single malt has been finished in ex-Burgundy casks, creating a rich, fruity depth to this peaty whisky. The nose initially offers aromas of ash and bonfire smoke, before a layer of malted barley, garden herbs, citrus and spices breaks through. The palate brings notes of rich peat smoke and salty driftwood, citrus fruits, fresh sage, pineapple and banana.
The Artist Collective series features the works of contemporary artists on the bottles, this 2007 Ledaig features a piece entitled 'Dissolve' by Swain McCaughrin.
Part of the Old Malt Cask series by Hunter Laing, this 21-year-old single malt made by Auchentoshan was aged in a single refill hogshead until it was bottled in March 2019. The nose offers sweet aromas of lemon drops, red berries and rich toffee, and the palate brings flavours of apple crumble with custard, as well as digestive biscuits and cinnamon.
Part of the First Editions range from Hunter Laing, this 16-year-old single malt made by Auchroisk was aged soling in a refill hogshead until it was bottled in 2019. The nose offers gentle aromas of peaches, toffee and vanilla, and the palate brings notes of apples, grapes and a gentle grassy flavour.
A subtle, fruity 40-year-old blend from Berry Bros. & Rudd's Perspectives series, this whisky brings together two art forms – whisky-making and photography. Soft aromas of tropical fruits, vanilla, coffee beans and warms spices fill the nose. The palate is rich and textured, layers of pineapple, mango and vanilla are cut through by rich coffee, dark chocolate and warm cinnamon, building to a long, lingering finish.
Each whisky in the series is represented by a piece from photographer Lindsay Robertson, depicting Scotland's dramatic and beautiful landscapes. The 40-year-old features an image of Bauchaille Etive Mor on a crisp, clear day in early winter.
A rich, elegant 35-year-old blend from Berry Bros. & Rudd's Perspective series, this whisky brings together two art forms – whisky-making and photography. Notes of candied fruit, figs, stewed plums, cinnamon and oak spice fill the palate, with a long, lingering finish of sweet caramel and rich dried fruit.
Each whisky in the series is represented by a piece from photographer Lindsay Robertson, depicting Scotland's dramatic and beautiful landscapes. The 35-year-old features a dramatic view down Rannoch Moor and the lone cottage in the glen.
A fruity, spicy 25-year-old blend from Berry Bros. & Rudd's Perspective series, this whisky brings together two art forms – whisky-making and photography. Soft aromas of autumn berries, fresh citrus and honey fill the nose, while the palate offers notes of fresh berries, ripe plums, cinnamon, nutmeg and honeycomb.
Each whisky in the series is represented by a piece from photographer Lindsay Robertson, depicting Scotland's dramatic and beautiful landscapes. The 25-year-old features a moody image of the Cuillin mountain range on Skye.
A fresh and fruity 21-year-old blend from Berry Bros & Rudd's Perspective series, this whisky brings together two art forms – whisky-making and photography. Vibrant fruit notes are joined by delicate oak spice, vanilla and floral heather honey that lingers in the finish.
Each whisky in the series is represented by a piece from photographer Lindsay Robertson. The 21-year-old features an image of Sandwood Bay beneath dramatic clouds.
4th June 2019
Outrageously smooth and sophisticated, elegant bourbon. Only the very finest spirit can withstand ageing for seventeen sweltering Kentucky summers and still retain this level of quality.
A full-bodied, silky-smooth single malt from Glenmorangie, finished in a Quinta Ruban port cask, creating a rich chocolate flavour. Gentle aromas of Seville oranges and walnut build into rich dark chocolate, sandalwood and spicy pepper. The palate initially offers notes of mint chocolate, walnuts and orange develop into Turkish delight and summer flowers.
This 10-year-old Clynelish single malt was distilled in 2008 and matured in a handful of refill bourbon barrels until it was bottled in 2018 for La Maison du Whisky's Artist Collective series. It has a rich malty character, with a distinctive salty edge on the nose, alongside freshly-cut hay, vanilla and clove aromas. The palate offers notes of sea-salt, garden herbs and menthol, developing slowly into vanilla, pineapple, ginger, liquorice and juicy pears.
The Artist Collective features the works of contemporary artists on the boxes and bottles in the series, each style echoing the character of the whisky they represent. This bottle features a piece by Serge Le Fox.