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13th March 2019
One up from their standard 10-year-old bottling, the 12 Year Old has two more years in the cask and is a step closer to the sherry-heavy older expressions.
Created to show the complexity and depth that can be achieved through aging, Rare Cask comes from a broad selection of casks, including American oak sherry casks and European oak casks – a large number of which are first-fill. The result is a complex, fruity whisky, with aromas of vanilla, raisins, apples and sweet citrus. The palate offers warming notes of oak, vanilla and chocolate before developing into a lighter, citrus led finish.
12th March 2019
Bunnahabhain Over 35 Year Old has been aged in a single sherry butt and bottled by La Maison du Whisky for its Artist series. This 1979 vintage single malt has rich aromas of flowers and fresh coffee, slowly developing notes of orange and passion fruit. The palate is smooth and rich; notes of dark chocolate, raisins and tropical fruits mingle with herbal notes, such as pine and coriander.
This 1995 vintage Glenfarclas Family Cask single malt was aged in a single sherry butt before being bottled in 2015.
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Distilled in 2001 and fully matured in an ex-sherry cask, this Bowmore single malt was release by La Maison du Whisky as part of its Artist series. The nose offers notes of salty, fresh herbs, sweet flowers and heavy peat smoke. The palate is smoky and mineral, notes of coconut build alongside juicy pear notes before a long, gently smoky finish.
11th March 2019
One of the oldest Longmorn single malts ever released, this 1961 vintage whisky was matured in a first-fill American oak sherry hogshead. For 57 years this cask sat in the warehouse, side-by-side with its European oak twin, until both were discovered by twins Stuart and Richard Urqhuart of Gordon & MacPhail, who were instantly captivated by the two whiskies, created from the same spirit but matured in different casks. A study in the effect of wood on whisky, these twin casks were bottled in 2018.
This single malt initially offers aromas of vanilla, charred oak and red fruits, before notes of orange, maple syrup and marzipan develop. The palate offers notes of bitter orange, lemons and tropical fruits, balanced by dark chocolate notes. Sweet notes of bananas, kiwis and raisins give way to herbal notes and a hint of smoke, all wrapped up in heavy oak.
One of the oldest Longmorn single malts ever released, this 1961 vintage whisky was matured in a first-fill European oak sherry hogshead. For 57 years this cask sat in the warehouse, side-by-side with its American oak twin, until both were discovered by twins Stuart and Richard Urqhuart of Gordon & MacPhail, who were instantly captivated by the two whiskies, created from the same spirit but matured in different casks. A study in the effect of wood on whisky, these twin casks were bottled in 2018.
This single malt initially has aromas of raisins, marzipan, orange and dark chocolate, before a fresh note of mint builds and softens into vanilla, maple syrup and cherries. The palate offers notes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and hazelnuts balanced by sweet marzipan. Zesty citrus notes develop alongside dried fruits, buttery caramel, black pepper and toasted oak notes. The finish is smooth and creamy, plenty of fruit notes mingling with mature oak.
This 25-year-old blended malt was bottled by The Nectar for its Daily Drams series. This 1993 vintage whisky has a light and fruity nose, with notes of pears, honey, sweet berries, peaches and fresh croissants. The palate is light and dry, with peppery spice building alongside a tart, fruity note. Buttery pastry notes mingle with vanilla and honey, before a long, spicy finish with notes of apples, cinnamon and black pepper.
10th March 2019
The sixth edition of The Balvenie Fifty, this whisky is a marriage of four American oak casks, each of which has been aged for a minimum of 50 years. The nose is oaky and sweet, with aromas of brown sugar, toffee and spiced ginger alongside plenty of toasted oak. The palate opens with maple syrup notes, followed by tangy citrus, nutmeg and finally sweet, lingering honey.
This single malt comes in a stunning wooden box, featuring 48 different layers of walnut wood and two layers of brass.
Made exclusively with barley harvested from near Kingsbarns in East Fife, this is a clean, complex Lowland single malt. The nose offers notes of banana, pineapple, red berries and a slight herbal note.The palate is light, fruity and floral, with notes of toffee, custard tarts and redcurrants, plus an undercurrent of ginger.
A seven-year-old single malt from Ben Nevis distilled in 2010. Part of the independent bottler The Nectar’s Daily Dram series, this whisky has aromas of sweet fruits, nectarines and black pepper. The palate offers notes of white peaches, pears, black pepper and a hint of smoke, before a dry, spiced finish.
Midleton Very Rare 2018 is a marriage of specially-selected casks of pot still and single grain Irish whiskeys, all of which were aged exclusively in lightly-charred ex-bourbon barrels for at least 12 years. This whiskey has rich notes of vanilla on the palate, with subtle floral notes and fresh citrus alongside black pepper, cloves and cinnamon. The vanilla builds alongside toasted oak and sweet orchard fruits for a lingering finish.
Created in 1984 by Master Distiller Emeritus Barry Crockett, Midleton Very Rare is an expression of his expertise and his art. A new vintage is released every year, and this year the series celebrates its 35th release.
A young Bunnahabhain Staoisha bottled for The Nectar’s Daily Dram series. The nose is sweet and fruity; notes of peat smoke mingling with vanilla, caramel and sweet peaches. The palate is bolder; cloves, black pepper and spices instantly present, followed by a strong note of peat smoke.
7th March 2019
Macallan Masters of Photography is an elegant Speyside single malt, made using whisky aged in eight different types of cask including first-fill American oak, an ex-European wine cask and a refill Speyside whisky cask from Macallan itself. This combination creates an incredibly complex single malt with notes of candied fruits, honey, butterscotch, red berries and spicy ginger.
Created to celebrate both photography and whisky-making at Macallan, Masters of Photography features exclusive collaborations with six of the world’s best-known photographers, to capture each stage of the process – and the new Macallan distillery – in a different light.
The third entry in the Spot range of single pot still whiskeys is a rich, spicy and enticing Irish whiskey, exploring the influence of sherry and Marsala casks. Matured for more than 15 years in ex-bourbon, -sherry and -Marsala casks, it combines ripe, dried and stewed fruit flavours with sweetness and spice.
The first whisky in Glengoyne’s Legacy Series, Chapter One has been aged in first-fill European oak oloroso sherry casks, as well as some refill casks. It has a fruity, sweet character, with notes of sweet sherry, vanilla and dried apricots, while a bolder, spicier note develops slowly.
The Legacy Series Chapter One commemorate the life and achievements of Cochrane Cartwright, and his vision of what Glengoyne could become. Distillery Manager from 1869, Cartwright dramatically slowed down the distillation process and introduced the distillery to sherry casks.
This 2009 Benromach was fully matured in a single first-fill bourbon barrel and was released exclusively in the UK.
Matured in American oak wine barrels that have been re-charred to create extra-fruity notes in the spirit, this is a single-cask whisky with notes of melon, mango, citrus, vanilla, oak spice and dates.
One of the most sought after whiskies from Kavalan's range, matured in sherry casks and one of the most sherried whiskies we've ever had. Big, rich and dark - an impressive dram from the Taiwanese distillery.
6th March 2019
Macallan Enigma was released as a part of the Quest Collection, aged exclusively in European oak sherry casks from a single cooperage in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Enigma is intensely fruity and oaky, with aromas of raisins, vanilla, sweet pears and cinnamon. The palate holds more raisin and wood spice notes, followed by ginger, cinnamon and oak.
A half-litre bottle of port-finished whisky from Taiwan's Kavalan, marrying their fruity young whisky with extra maturation in casks to create a balance of rich and fresh flavours.
A brand-new release from award-winning Taiwanese distillery Kavalan, celebrating the craftsmanship of Master Blender Ian Chang. Aged in refill casks, Distillery Select captures the fruity, tropical character that Kavalan has become known for, whilst also displaying a refined balance from its maturation in the tropical temperatures of Taiwan. The palate is full of notes of tropical fruits and chocolate that mingle with toffee apples, salted-caramel and vanilla. The finish is smooth and fruity, full of pineapple and mango notes, and sweet, tropical spices.
As well as savouring this neat, try Kavalan Distillery Select in an Old Fashioned or a Highball.
Far in the North of Westeros lies the home of House Stark, a noble family whose lords served as King in the North for generations. A proud and loyal family, the Starks were true to those they swore allegiance to – First House Targaryen and later House Baratheon. However, every noble family has a vulnerable side, and the Starks are no different. Living in the North they are often caught with a warning passing their lips: Winter is coming. Like House Stark, Dalwhinnie distillery are northerners through and through. One of the highest and coldest distilleries in Scotland, the extreme weather and cold temperatures experienced at Dalwhinnie are reflected in the fact that this single malt is best served chilled, or over ice, to highlight its signature honey and spice characteristics.
Aged in ex-bourbon casks, this light gold single malt gently opens to flavours of honeyed figs and delicious malt balls, finishing with rich fruitcake sweetness. Like House Stark, Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost is loyal to the flavour profile that the distillery is known for, and not only survives the cold of winter, but uses it to its advantage.
One of the most resilient houses in the Seven Kingdoms, House Targaryen have survived a lot of trials and tribulations, often with the help of their fire-breathing dragons. The strength of will and fierce, unwavering determination of House Targaryen allowed Daenerys Targaryen to walk through fire and emerge at the head of the greatest army the known world has ever seen. Under the Targaryen banner she marched to claim the Iron Throne and bend her rivals to her will. The same fiery spirit and steely resolve fueled Helen Cumming and her daughter-in-law Elizabeth as they formed Cardhu Distillery in the male-dominated whisky world. This single malt celebrates legendary women, in the Seven Kingdoms and in Scotland, with a drink that is rich in flavour, dark and fruity with a spicy toffee edge.
The whisky's rich golden colour is accompanied by soft honey aromas with just a hint of toasted oak. Take a sip and you’re greeted by apple pie flavours, sweet baked fruit and buttery cinnamon, which quickly develop into a rich caramel with clove and malty biscuit flavours mixed throughout.
One of the oldest, and richest, dynasties in the Seven Kingdoms, House Lannister will do anything to retain its power and influence over the Iron Throne. Their ferocious intent is aptly represented by the clawing lion of House Lannister’s banner which demonstrates that, if you cross them, you will hear the violent roar of House Lannister which has left many houses in ruins.
Lagavulin 9 Year Old is a roaring single malt that leaves an intensely smoky flavour in every sip. The golden liquid recalls the Lannisters’ riches and comes from being exclusively matured in first fill ex-Bourbon casks. The nose is characteristic of Lagavulin and bursts with sweet smoke, with a slightly zestier, maritime scent than other expressions. On the palate it opens with smoky, caramelised banana, burnt marshmallow and vanilla, fading into a salted caramel finish.
A sea-faring people, House Greyjoy rule over the Iron Islands and worship the Drowned God. The Ironborn live and breathe the sea, making their fortune amidst salt and smoke. With the sweat of their brows and the strength of their backs the Greyjoys have forged their place amongst the great Houses of Westeros, feeding their people and surviving on the desolate Iron Islands. They pay the Iron Price to succeed. On the shores of one of the most remote and rugged Islands in Scotland, the Isle of Skye, lies Talisker Distillery. Its wave-beaten shores imbue its whisky with Talisker’s signature maritime character. An intense, smoky single malt, with spicy and sweet notes, whose maritime edge makes this the perfect whisky to represent House Greyjoy.
Golden copper in colour, this Talisker is aged in heavily charred, ex-bourbon American oak casks for a truly unique character. The nose is typical of the distillery, with dry peppery smoke and dark chocolate tones. The palate explodes with flavours of salted caramel and chili flakes, with a subtle background of peppery smoke. The long finish brings sweet fruitcake notes and a lasting hint of heather.
The ancestral home of House Tully, Riverrun, sits at the junction of the Red Fork of the Trident and the Tumblestone River. The ruling Lord of the Riverlands, House Tully embodies the power and ferocity of the rivers it sits between. Using the power found in their positioning, House Tully forged strong alliances and built a history of honour, family and duty. Built along the banks of the River Fiddich, Glendullan Distillery originally relied on the waters it lay beside, using a water wheel to power the entire distillery. Like the Tullys themselves, this single malt can benefit from a splash of water, opening up flavours of green apple, honey and sweet vanilla.
Aged in ex-bourbon casks, this single malt has a light straw shimmer and a heady opening of Madagascan vanilla on the nose, followed by hints of clove spice. On the palate the initial drive is fresh green apples, then the clove flavour from the nose is there, but accompanied by warm cinnamon notes. The finish slips into a red berry flavour with vanilla and a hint of cherry bakewell.
4th March 2019
Aged in oloroso sherry casks, this 15-year-old Tamdhu has aromas of apple pie, spiced currants and orange zest. The palate is full of juicy apricots, vibrant raspberries and bitter almonds, before a long finish full of malty biscuits and creamy sherry notes.
A 2009 Aird Mhor, bottled in December 2018 by Elixir Distillers for its Single Malts of Scotland series. The nose is clean and fresh, with a subtle smoke and leafy, autumnal aromas of bonfire smoke and cooking apples. The palate brings flavours of sherbet lemons, smoked almonds and sweet apple pie, before building to a softer, lingering finish of hazelnuts, lemon peel and wisps of wood smoke.
A limited-edition bottling of The One blended whisky that has been finished in first-fill Pedro Ximénez sherry casks to add a layer of dried fruits and spices. The result is a stunning blend with notes of fresh ginger, toffee, nutmeg and wood smoke mingling with intensely fruity raisins. Creamier notes of vanilla and apples build to a lingering, complex finish.
1st March 2019
A very special bottling, selected by and exclusive to The Whisky Exchange: a single cask of 26-year-old Green Spot pot still whiskey, distilled at Midleton and filled into cask on 18 October 1991. It was initially matured in bourbon and sherry casks, before the spirit was reracked into a single Marsala butt for further maturation. The result brings together the fresh fruit flavours of bourbon-cask maturation with the richer dried fruit notes you get from sherry casks, and stirs them both together with fragrant Marsala and classic Irish pot-still fruit and spice.