Released May 2018
Below are this months newest Whisky expressions and limited releases to hit the online shelves. Click on the buttons to read more.
30th May 2018
Bottlings of the rarely-seen Auchroisk are always to be welcomed and this 19-year-old offering from Hunter Laing is no exception. Bright fruit notes mix with caramel, spices and a hint of smoke for a delicious dram.
29th May 2018
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Bladnoch's foundation, this is a richly sherried 29 Year Old whisky that spent its last 18 months of maturation in Moscatel casks. It was formed from a marriage of two casks, both distilled in 1988, and has notes of sherry, acacia, sweet oak, citrus and dark chocolate.
Each of the 200 bottles released comes in a special presentation case and is crowned with a gold stopper designed by the distillery's Australian owner Richard Prior.
28th May 2018
The signature note of Glenlivet single malt is pineapple and tropical fruit and this 10-year-old Signatory Vintage bottling ramps up the richness further thanks to ageing in a first-fill sherry butt, adding notes of dried fruit and spice.
A mystery malt from the isle of Orkney, which means it can only be from one of two distilleries – and we think it could be from one that makes regular reference to its Nordic heritage! Aged for 12 years in bourbon hogsheads, this has floral notes, sweet vanilla, pepper and peat.
Speyside distillery Inchgower is noted for its fruity, aromatic style, and this independent bottling from Signatory Vintage is a fine example. The whisky was aged for 10 years in a pair of bourbon hogsheads before bottling in February 2018 at 46% ABV.
This 2004 Strathmill is part of Gordon & MacPhail’s Connoisseurs Choice range, and has the trademark aromas of tropical fruit, green apple and flowers, with a slightly richer palate of toffee, butterscotch and citrus peel.
Limited to just 452 bottles, this 10-year-old Tamdhu was released by Langside Distillers for its Hepburn’s Choice range. Aged in a sherry butt, this has the classic Tamdhu notes of candied orange, honeyed fruit and a touch of spice.
A delightful Teaninich aged for 18 years in a single bourbon hogshead. An exceptionally fruity nose offers aromas of apple, lemon zest and vanilla, while the palate brings sweet apple juice, brown sugar and ginger. The finish is long and fruity, with toasty notes of oak.
Teaninich bottlings are quite rare, because much of the whisky produced there goes into blends. They are well worth seeking out, however, just like this 10-year-old bottling from Signatory Vintage. Aged in a pair of bourbon hogsheads, this was bottled in March 2018 at a strength of 46% ABV.
A three year-old peated single malt from Portland, Oregon, McCarthy's has been picking up followers rapidly on this side of the pond in recent years. The Clear Creek distillery is one of the pioneers of US micro-distilling and this terrific single malt is testament to their hard work.
A young Ardmore from Signatory that shows off the distillery’s character of fresh fruit and citrus with a touch of smoke. Bottled in March 2018 at a strength of 46% ABV, it was aged in a pair of bourbon barrels.
This 17-year-old Auchentoshan was aged in two bourbon hogsheads before being bottled in 2018 by indy bottler Signatory Vintage. Auchentoshan is one of the few producers that triple-distils its whiskies, ensuring a soft, silky texture and elegant aromas.
This 2004 Balmenach was aged for 13 years and displays aromas of creamy vanilla and caramel as well as herbs and candied orange peel and a hint of ginger.
A beautiful sherried Bowmore that has been aged for four decades in a sherry cask, adding rich notes of dried fruit and spice to Bowmore’s classic fruity, smoky spirit. Bottled at 43.2% ABV, this is part of Signatory’s Cask Strength Collection.
This 14-year-old Braeval was bottled by Langside Distillers as part of the indy bottler’s Distiller’s Art series. Aged in a bourbon cask, this has appealing aromas of flowers, citrus and stewed fruit, alongside winter spice and vanilla.
A delicious 10-year-old Clynelish from indy bottler Signatory Vintage as part of its Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Bottled at 46% after a decade’s maturation in bourbon casks, expect the classic Clynelish notes of wax and green apples.
A sherried Dailuaine from the Hepburn’s Choice range from Langside. Bottled at 46% ABV after a decade’s maturation in sherry wood, this has rich notes of dried fruit and Christmas spices.
24th May 2018
This 100% wheat whiskey from Virginia-based Reservoir is rich and sweet but still has plenty of character. A nose of oak, honey and caramel is followed by a velvety-soft palate with floral notes, orange peel, herbs and spices. It’s been dubbed the ‘beginner bourbon’ by its makers.
A single-vintage Glenrothes distilled in 1996 and bottled by German retailer Jack Wiebers. This was bottled after two decades’ maturation in a bourbon cask (Cask #17), and has the typical Glenrothes character of sweet spice, toffee and vanilla.
Rich, sweet and spicy grain whisky from Lowland distillery Strathclyde and bottled by Douglas Laing. Expect aromas of pistachio and vanilla ice cream, and a palate of spicy fruit, oranges and fudge.
A bourbon-cask-matured Glenrothes from German whisky retailer Jack Wiebers. Bottled at 49.1% ABV after 20 years maturation in Cask #18, this is a classic Speyside with rich notes of toffee, vanilla and stone fruit.
This extremely well-aged Invergordon grain whisky was distilled back in 1972 and bottled no fewer than 44 years later in 2016 by German retailer Jack Wiebers at a strength of 49.3% ABV. This release was limited to just 127 bottles.
Rich, full-flavoured Virginian bourbon bursting with notes of cocoa, vanilla, caramel and woody spice. Made from grain to bottle at Belmont Farms Distillery and bottled at a punchy 46% ABV, this would be ideal used in a classic bourbon cocktail.
Crisp, refreshing blend of corn whiskey, apple juice and aged Virginia whiskey. This is rich, spicy and fruity with lovely tones of fresh apple contrasting with the spicy, toasty whiskey.
A 20cl bottle of this refreshing, highly drinkable unpeated release from The English Whisky Co. Aged in bourbon casks, this dram has notes of vanilla ice cream, nuts and a hint of sea spray.
The first Kopper Kettle bottling from Belmont Farms Distillery is a delicious sipping whiskey. Made with three types of grain, it is rested on Virginia white-oak and apple-wood chips for two months before being aged in oak barrels for four years.
Aged for nearly 40 years in a single Pedro Ximénez sherry puncheon, this is a rich, fruity Glenglassaugh bottled at cask strength of 42.5% ABV. The nose combines honeycomb, marmalade and red-berry fruits, with a fresh palate of grapes, gooseberries and brown sugar.
23rd May 2018
Young Caol Ila is a beautiful thing, showing the distillery’s lemony citrus character balanced by aromatic smoke. This 2009 edition was aged for eight years in a pair of bourbon casks before being bottled by Signatory at 46% ABV.
Another textbook Clynelish bottled by Signatory, with all the distillery’s trademark notes of green apples and wax. This bottling was aged for 21 years in a refill sherry butt then bottled in February 2018, at 46% ABV.
Craigellachie is known for its meaty, robust style, laced with rich tropical fruit – rather atypical of its Speyside neighbours. This 8yo bottling is from Signatory Vintage, which aged the whisky in a pair of bourbon barrels before bottling in June 2017.
This 20-year-old Dailuaine bottling from Signatory was aged in two bourbon casks (7220 and 7221), as opposed to the more common sherry-cask maturation. Dailuaine is noted for its citrus and nutty character.
This small-batch bottling from Signatory Vintage is part of the indy bottler’s Un-Chillfiltered collection. The whisky was distilled at Glen Keith in 1997 and aged for 20 years in a pair of hogsheads and was bottled in April 2018. A typically fresh and fruity Glen Keith, with toasty oak and aromatic vanilla.
This well-aged Glenrothes spent 21 years in a pair of bourbon hogsheads before being bottled by Signatory Vintage in April 2018. Expect the trademark Glenrothes notes of toffee, citrus peel and subtle spice.
This 32-year-old Longmore is from indy bottler A D Rattray and spent its three decades in bourbon cask number 8897. Expect aromas of sliced apple, toasted coconut, strawberries and cream, followed by a palate of soft peach, white chocolate and gooseberry then a herbal, spicy finish.
This 1997 Fettercairn spent two decades in a pair of bourbon hogsheads before being bottled 20 years later by indy bottler Signatory Vintage at 46% ABV. Expect a fresh, fruity nose and a warm, spicy palate.
22nd May 2018
This award-winning rye whiskey from Virginia’s Catoctin Creek offers plenty of spice, along with toasty oak, a hint of mint and ginger. Bottled at 92° proof (46% ABV) for more punch and robustness. Use this in place of bourbon for a spicier take on your favourite whiskey cocktails.
21st May 2018
Reservoir’s bourbon is made with a mixture of grains – corn, wheat and rye – and the result is a sweet and spicy spirit packed with notes of chocolate, nuts and honeyed fruit. There’s spice in the form of cinnamon and nutmeg, too. A versatile sipping bourbon.
The second release of Blood Oath Bourbon is a blend of three whiskeys: two of which are rye heavy (one aged in port barrels), with the third a wheated bourbon. The result is a sweet and spicy whisky with hints of dried fruit.
16th May 2018
A limited-edition release from Port Askaig that beautifully blends robust smoke and sweet spice. Sourced from a distillery that rarely releases peated whiskies, this single malt was matured in 11 first-fill bourbon barrels for 14 years. Rich, fruity, peaty and sweet – catch it if you can.
This award-winning Virginian rye whiskey from Catoctin Creek is dark and rich, with plenty of spice in the form of aniseed and pepper. There’s also notes of toasty oak, toffee and candied citrus. Bottled at cask strength of 58%, a little water will unlock even more aromas and flavours.
Wasmund's is an American single malt whiskey, made at the Copper Fox Distillery in Virginia, the malt for which is dried at the distillery using applewood and cherrywood. This has been aged for 42 months using a secret 'chip and barrel ageing' process, which has certainly added plenty of colour to the final product.
15th May 2018
This special bottling of Glenrothes is the brainchild of Luca Gargano, boss of Italian drinks company Velier. He created this range to celebrate his four daughters – this single-cask bottling is in honour of Maria Margaux who was born in 1985. With tempting aromas of orchard fruits and vanilla, and a fuller, richer palate of toasty oak, biscuits and citrus, this is a fitting tribute.
Plenty of fresh fruit and sweet toffee notes in this Gordon & MacPhail Glencadam bottling. Distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2015, this dram also has notes of spice and toasty oak.
Oodles of fruit in this 2004 Glendullan, bottled at 12 years of age by Gordon & MacPhail as part of its Connoisseurs Choice range. The nose has aromas of satsuma, pineapple and flambéed banana, with a richer palate of ripe banana and crystallised ginger, followed by a spicy finish.
A rich and spicy Inchgower, bottled for the Connoisseurs Choice range by Gordon & MacPhail. Expect robust notes of dried fruit, roasted nuts, winter spices and chocolate, with a hint of citrus.
This young Glenrothes was bottled in Scotland for German whisky importer Jack Wiebers. Aged in bourbon casks for eight years and bottled in 2016, expect the classic Glenrothes notes of honey, malt and toffee.
It’s rare to find Bowmore of this age, and Douglas Laing has bottled a sherried cracker, with a peaty, tobacco-flecked nose, along with notes of barley sugar, woodsmoke and that classic maritime influence.
Limited to just 307 bottles, this is a highly rare Speysider (from a family owned distillery, no less), aged for half a century in a sherry butt. As you’d expect, the nose is rich and full flavoured, with notes of dried fruit and spice, with spice, vanilla and baked bread on the palate. A rich, mature classic.
A softer, less spicier take on rye whiskey from Virginia-based Franklin County Distilleries. This has a very smooth mouthfeel and is unaged, putting the emphasis on sweet cereal notes rather than toasty oak.
Douglas Laing has launched this 21-year-old Glenrothes, aged for two decades in bourbon casks. On the nose, notes of barley, spices and honey, with a spicy palate of oak, fruit and malt and a touch of mocha on the finish.
Made with corn, rye and malted barley, this unaged corn whiskey is made with spring water from Virginia’s famous Blue Ridge mountains. Expect sweet, soft aromas of corn, toasted nuts and spice, followed by a silky palate of cinnamon, almonds and pecans.
A well-aged Glenturret, home of The Famous Grouse, and bottled by indy bottler Douglas Laing for its Xtra Old Particular range. Expect aromas of brown bread with salted butter, as well as green apples, fudge and honey, along with candied orange and spice.
Swiss whisky distiller Langatun has a reputation for interesting, innovative releases, and this bottling is no exception. This was aged in casks that used to hold Pinot Noir, adding subtle notes of raspberries and cherries to richer notes of fruit cake, malt, vanilla and sultanas.
Glen Spey is one of the hidden gems of Speyside and this 10-year-old bottling is from Gordon & MacPhail as part of its Connoisseurs Choice range. Aged in first-fill bourbon casks, this dram displays Glen Spey’s classic notes of grass, vanilla and liquorice.
From a secret Islay distillery, this has full-bodied layers of peat and smoke and bottled at a sturdy 56.9% cask strength.
Bottled by Kavalan to celebrate its 10th anniversary series, this was distilled in 2010 and bottled at 57.8% ABV. Aged in a sherry cask, it is rich and dark, with notes of roasted nuts, dried fruit, winter spice and chocolate.
A young Bruichladdich bottled under the Lochindaal name by Italian whisky importer High Spirits. Extremely rare, this will be sought after by fans of Bruichladdich’s fruity, maritime style.
This rare Jura single malt was aged in a Sauternes cask, that famous French sweet wine, which has added luscious notes of ripe apricots and tropical fruit to Jura’s famously rugged, smoky single malt.
Aged for more than half a century, this 1964 Invergordon has delicious aromas of roasted nuts, orange peel and Christmas spices, with a rich palate of tropical fruit, toasty oak and more spice.
This rare Speyside single malt from William Grant & Sons, part of its Rare Cask Reserves division, was bottled to celebrate the 70th birthday of legendary Italian bottler Velier.
14th May 2018
The much-anticipated 2018 release of Kilchoman's Loch Gorm, a sherry matured dram from the Islay distillery. This year's bottling is more restrained than some previous releases, with the sherry casks playing second fiddle to the distillery's powerful smoky spirit.
Part two of the 1990-vintage pair in the Glenallachie 50th anniversary collection, showing a different side to sherry maturation than its sister cask, #2515. Selected by distillery owner and industry veteran Billy Walker, this is a full-on sherried dram, with more subtlety and complexity than you might expect. Well balanced dried fruit and spice backed up against a background of fresh berries and chocolate.
Part one of a diptych: comparing and contrasting two 1990-vintage sherry butts, with cask numbers only two apart. This is one of the releases from Glenallachie's 50th anniversary collection, the first releases after the distillery was taken over by industry veteran Billy Walker. The whisky is more elegant than the other sherried entries in the range and is a contrast to its more concentrated sister cask (#2517). It's no shrinking violet, with rich nut and toffee notes, but it keeps its sherry influence restrained and moreish, with plump dried fruit and subtle stone fruit notes.
Half of a due of 1989-vintage whiskies from the Glenallachie 50th anniversary collection. Veteran whisky entrepreneur Billy Walker put together the range as the first releases after he bought the distillery. Unlike its twin, this was matured in a hogshead – we assume a sherry one – and has a more elegant character. Sultanas rather than full on raisin and gentle spice.
One of a pair of 1989-vintage drams from the Glenallachie 50th anniversary collection, overseen by new distillery owner Billy Walker, the first whiskies released since he took over. This half of the pair was bottled from a sherry butt, and you can tell – stacks of sherry cask cask character layers on top of aromatic fruit, gentle spice and the slightest hint of struck match.
The oldest in the inaugural range of whiskies released by Glenallachie under the watchful gaze of famed whisky maker Billy Walker in honour of the distillery's 50th birthday. This is a complex sherry-matured dram, with dark fruit balanced by fresh tea and fragrant tobacco notes.
The 2018 release of the popular Springbank 21 Year Old has been aged in a combination of rum (70%) and bourbon (30%) casks. An elegant and gentle whisky with notes of butterscotch, vanilla, apricots and peaches.
The 2018 release of aged whisky from Longrow – the heavily peated malt made at Springbank in Campbeltown. The 18 Year Old is a sought-after favourite – rich, creamy, smoky and sweet with notes of butterscotch, vanilla, tobacco and salted popcorn.
This release of Hazelburn, the triple-distilled malt from Springbank was distilled 2004. Aged for 13 years in a mixture of first-fill and refill oloroso-sherry casks, this is sweet and creamy with notes of strawberries and cream, Turkish Delight, marzipan and walnuts.
The second edition of Kilchoman's Port Cask whisky, laid down to mature at around the same time the first edition appeared on our shelves and almost instantaneously sold out. This marries young and feisty Kilchoman smokiness with rich berry fruit from the port cask, creating an ideal mix for lovers of smoke and port.
13th May 2018
Inchgower doesn't pop up often as a single malt, with almost all of it going into blended whiskies, but thanks to independent bottlers like Douglas Laing we occasionally get to try it on its own. This Old Particular bottling was distilled in October 1999 and matured in a sherry butt for 18 years before being bottled in February 2018. The sherry has done its work but this rich and fruity dram is still shot through with Inchgower's fresh and fruity style.
This heavily peated Swedish whisky was aged in Bordeaux wine casks (known as ‘barriques’), adding fresh notes of red berries to wilder aromas of smoke and bonfires. The palate is thick and rich, with plenty of dark-berry fruit, roasted nuts and more smoke. A drop of water unlocks yet more fruit.
An entry in Adelphi's Breath of Speyside range, each from a mysterious unnamed Speyside distillery. This one was distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2017 after 10 full years of maturation at a punchy 57.7%.
When it comes to whisky ages, 21 has always been good for Benriach. This edition has been matured in four different types of cask: bourbon barrels, virgin oak casks, PX sherry casks and red wine casks. Master blender has carefully balanced the characters of these powerfully flavoured casks to create an richly flavoured whisky that adds layers of complexity to Benriach's fruity spirit.
A well-aged dram from Tobermory on the island of Mull. Matured for 21 years including some time finishing in a Manzanilla sherry cask. This dry style of sherry is quite different to the bigger and richer styles you usually find associated with whisky, and the casks add extra citrus and spice notes to the distillery's weighty spirit.
A special edition Tobermory, originally bottled for the German market – we've managed to grab a few to let more Tobermory fans have a try. Matured in sherry casks, it's a rich and spicy look at this weighty and complex island whisky.
A long-aged grain whiskey from Invergordon, bottled by Belgian indie The Nectar for The Nectar of the Daily Drams series. Distilled back in 1973 and bottled in 2017 at 44 years old, this is a classic example of the style: elegant and spicy with polished oak notes.
Ardmore is a bit different to its Speyside counterparts due to its dedication to making smoky spirit. This AD Rattray bottling shows that off in spades, with the smoke restrained and elegant thanks to its 21 years in a bourbon hogshead. Distilled on 27 August 1996 and bottled on 5 March 2018.
A distinctively smoky yet beautifully balanced single malt that should tempt Islay fans back to the Highlands.
Blair Athol's known for its robust spirit and this Hunter Laing First Edition bottling is no exception. Distilled in 1995 and aged for 22 years in a sherry butt before bottling in 2018, it's a spicy dram with balanced berry fruit and citrus notes.
If you and a friend want to go to The Whisky Show 2018 and like Johnnie Walker, then this is perfect bundle for you: A bottle of bottle of tasty Johnnie Walker 18 Year Old, a pair of Johnnie Walker glasses, a Whisky Exchange tasting notes book and a pair of tickets to the Sunday 30 September session of The Whisky Show.
You can find more about the show on The Whisky Show website.
A 30-year-old Bunnahabhain from Douglas Laing' eXtra Old Particular range. Distilled in February 1988 and bottled in March 2018 from a single refill sherry butt, it's taken on some solid sherry character without losing its Islay heart.
A 22-year old whisky from Glen Grant released by AD Rattray. Distilled on 26 July 1995, matured in a bourbon hogshead and bottled on 5 March 2018, this is an excellent combination of Glen Grant's elegant character and a high-quality cask.
A richly flavoured 12-year-old from Dailuaine, bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular range. Distilled in July 2005 and bottled in February 2018 from a refill sherry butt, it's picked up a lot of rich sherry character, with stacks of fruit and spice.
A 22-year old whisky from Glen Grant released by AD Rattray. Distilled on 26 July 1995, matured in a bourbon hogshead and bottled on 5 March 2018, this is an excellent combination of Glen Grant's elegant character and a high-quality cask.
Lowland grain distillery Garnheath closed back in 1986, and bottles are hard to come by – indy bottler Douglas Laing bottled this whisky at 44 years of age. Expect a nose of fresh vanilla pods, strawberry bon-bons and brioche, atop a sweet palate with notes of peaches in syrup, charred banana and toasty oak.
North British is well-known for producing a heavier spirit than Scotland's other grain distillers, and this 25-year-old release from AD Rattray has given it enough time to shrug off some of that weight and display the elegance that grain can take on after 25 years in a sherry cask.
10th May 2018
A long-aged grain whisky bottled for Hunter Laing's First Edition range. Distilled in 1972 and bottled in 2018 after 45 years of maturation in a refill barrel. The result is a sweet and complex grain, run through with fruit, honey and soft spice.
The entry point to Jura's range and the start of a metaphorical journey through the flavours of the island's only distillery. Softly smoky, with citrus and orchard-fruit notes. A great place to start your exploration of Jura.
Glasgow's Port Dundas grain distillery closed in March 2010, but fortunately bottlers like Douglas Laing still have casks maturing in their warehouses. This Old Particular bottling from the Port Dundas was distilled in July 2004 and bottled at 13 years old in March 2018 from a vatting of American-oak barrels. It balances fruity and herbal notes, with a core of runny honey.
This 15-year-old Mortlach was aged in refill sherry casks, which is reflected in the notes of candied fruits, raisins and sultanas. Expect aromas of malt and fresh orange peel with a hint of chocolate and sherry sweetness on the palate.
A young and feisty single-cask whisky from Mortlach, dodging the distillery's usual style by being matured in a refill hogshead. Distilled in 2010 and aged for just 8 years before being bottled in 2018, this shows a lighter side to the distillery's character.
While Glenrothes is best known for its vintages, this easy-drinking dram is raising eyebrows. Classic Speyside, with honey, fruit and gentle spice, it's an easy choice as a go-to whisky.
The 1995 vintage has a special place in Glenrothes history – it was the first laid down by the distillery specifically with the intention of being released as a single vintage bottling. This 2016 edition continues the work of previous releases, showcasing the distilleries honey and fruit character.
A vintage revived from the Glenrothes archives, a second release of 1995 whisky. The first release appeared in 2011 and some of the casks were held back for further maturation. Five years later they were pulled out of the warehouse for public showing. With five extra years, the whisky shows increased depth and intensity, showing off the titular American oak.
The second edition of Glenrothes 1992. The first addition was released in 2004 and malt master John Ramsay held back a number of casks for a further stint of maturation. 10 years later, the whisky was deemed ready, and a selection of refill-sherry and American-oak hogsheads were vatted together to create this intense and fruity dram.
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.
The 2nd release of 1988-vintage Glenrothes, a follow-up to the acclaimed 2009 edition. John Ramsay, the malt master when the previous edition was released, thought that a few more years in cask would add even more to the whisky, so part of the vintage was held back for a further seven years in cask. The new malt master, Gordon Motion, selected first-fill American Sherry hogsheads and refill sherry butts and vatted them to create this rich and fruity whisky, bottled at 44.1% ABV.
Formerly known as Fine Oak, Triple Cask is part of the 2018 relaunch of the Macallan range. This has been aged for a total of 12 years in a combination of sherry and bourbon casks.
A 21-year old Campbeltown from Douglas Laing, bottled for the eXtra Old Particular range. Distilled in October 1996 and bottled in March 2018. 21 seems to be a good age for Springbank, and this bottle continues that trend, carrying the distillery's classic combination of maritime charm, farmyard style and malt goodness.
Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask has been aged in a combination of American oak and ex-sherry casks. This is a rich whisky which combines fruity citrus and caramel with spicy ginger and nutmeg.
The Angel's Share in Bangalore, where Amrut is made, is around 12% – at least six times that in Scotland. These 'Greedy Angels' are responsible for the accelerated maturation evident in this whisky, which has a flavour profile far beyond its tender years. Notes of tropical fruits, red liquorice and gentle spice.
Double Cask Gold is the new name for Gold as part of Macallan's relaunched range introduced in 2018. Aged in a combination of first fill and refill sherry casks, it is designed to sit between the now-defunct 10yo Sherry Oak and 10yo Fine Oak bottlings.
A classic example of coastal Islay whisky, Cl10 has been released at around eight years of age. A silky-smooth buttery texture is combined with notes of zesty orange, sea spray and an underlying smokiness.
Named after the legendary shape shifting sea maidens, The Silkie is a blended Irish whiskey that focuses on a fresh character backed up by buttery malt and honey.
The first entry in Diageo's Special Releases series for Brora, a mainstay since 2002. This set the high standard that the releases are now known for and is almost unanimously rated at over 90 points by the Malt Maniacs.
A massively fruity whisky from Auchentoshan: banana and apple pie with a net of spun sugar. Distilled in January 2003 and bottled in February 2018 after 15 years maturing in a hogshead.
3rd May 2018
Glendullan is not the best-known Speysider around but this 24-year-old bottling is well worth a look, with its rich aromas of vanilla, candied pineapple and honeysuckle, followed by a palate of cream, white pepper and chocolate. The finish is clean, with citrus fruits to the fore.
A subtle take on sherried Speyside with this 1997 Glen Elgin. Expect notes of vanilla, forest fruits, stewed fruits and toffee apple, along with subtle hints of cinnamon, green apple and ripe cherry.
A graceful Glen Spey with pear, banana and pineapple aromas followed by crème brûlée, jasmine and chocolate. There’s warming chilli on the palate along with summer fruits, white chocolate and a hint of herbs, while the finish continues the subtle fruit theme.
A clean, fresh and zesty dram from Highland Park, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail as part of the first release of the revitalised and relaunched Connoisseurs Choice range. While the distillery's own bottlings usually focus on dark, rich, sherry-matured drams, this sits at the opposite end of the spectrum: matured in a first-fill bourbon barrel. The result is a dram that layers creamy vanilla and fresh tropical fruit on top of Highland Park's traditional smoke.
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A zingy Highland Park to help launch the revitalised Connoiseurs Choice range for its 50th birthday. This whisky was distilled back in 2004 and bottled in February 2018 at 13 years old, and combines the distillery's famous sherry-cask and soft-smoke character, with a punchy 60% alcohol and Gordon & MacPhail's eye (and nose) for a good cask. Rich and warming with citrus touches.
A cask-strength release from Gordon & MacPhail, part of the inaugural of cask-strength bottlings celebrating 50 years of the Connoisseurs Choice range. This is a classic whisky from Pulteney, distilled in 1998 and bottled in March 2018 at 19 years old. It's got the characteristic seaspray bite and squeeze of citrus, as well as vanilla notes and crisp orchard fruit.
A celebratory bottling for Gordon & MacPhail, distilled at Speyburn in 1989 and bottled at 28 years old in March 2018 at cask strength. This is celebrating 50 years of the Connoisseurs Choice range, and what better whisky to celebrate with than Speyburn? This is just what you'd expect from this Speyside stalwart: soft fruit, floral hints, and a touch of spice.
A rich and complex Arran, aged for 22 years. Expect aromas of dates, prunes and cinnamon and a creamy, spicy palate of orange, stewed raisins, marzipan and ginger. The finish is delicate and lingering.
A full-flavoured Strathmill, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail as part of the inaugural Cask Strength Connoisseurs Choice range. This is a bit weightier than your average Strathmill – usually a lighter whisky that's key in producing J&B's blend – with the bourbon cask adding some creaminess while letting the spirit develop fruity flavours.
Aged for two decades, this 1997 Blair Athol is charming and fruity, with aromas of apple, freshly squeezed lime and dried apricot. The palate is creamy but still loaded with tropical and stone fruit, along with milk chocolate and a hint of oak, while the finish has stabs of pepper and mature oak.
The second edition of Benriach's Cask Strength whisky. Bottled at a punchy 60.6% ABV, it's a concentrated look at Benriach's core flavours. The combination of bourbon, sherry and virgin oak casks create a richly spicy dram draped with fresh and dried fruit.
Subtle aromas of pear, lime and fresh clove on this American-oak-aged Braeval, matured for 20 years. There’s also a floral, grassy note, then a creamy palate with lime zest and fresh green apples. A charming, fragrant dram.
A young Caol Ila that packs a punch, this nine-year-old dram from Hidden Spirits’ Young Rebels series has a beguiling combo of clean lemon citrus with aromatic peatsmoke, creating a robust whisky that still retains its freshness.
The classic sweet smoke of Caol Ila is the key aroma you’ll find in this 17-year-old dram, aged in first-fill bourbon casks. You’ll also detect toffee apple, pear and caramelised banana, followed by a richer palate of baked apples, creamy vanilla with lemon zest to freshen things up.
Aged for 20 years, this 1996 vintage whisky from Speyside was bottled by indy bottler Kingsbury, with eye-catching packaging. Bottled at 56.5%.
A meatier take on Caol Ila initially, with sweet, smoky and salty aromas, followed by notes of mango, apricot and banana. The palate is has beautiful notes of honey and vanilla that warms into flavours of white pepper and dried ginger. The finish is long, with subtle spices and bonfire embers.
This 1994 vintage Braes of Glenlivet (better known to you and me as Braeval) was bottled by independent bottler Kingsbury after 22 years’ maturation in oak, at a strength of 55.6%.
Extra maturation in Hermitage wine casks has added a rich layer of red fruits to this 2004 Caol Ila. Initially, light peat smoke and cured meats mingle with vanilla and orange blossom, then a creamy palate with pepper and liquorice evolves into notes of spicy oak, blackcurrant and beeswax. The finish is balanced between fruit and smoke.
Independent bottler Kingsbury has released this vintage 1996 Caol Ila after 21 years’ maturation in cask. Bottled at a hefty 56%, a little water will allow those trademark Caol Ila notes of lemon, smoke and oil to flow freely.
This sherried Clynelish is like walking into a sweetshop, with aromas of candied cherries, sweet brown sugar and ripe citrus notes. The palate is richer, with notes of warming ginger, milk chocolate and baked plums, while the finish has a refreshing lime-zest note.
1st May 2018
An amazing colour on this long-aged Strathisla, distilled in 1964 and bottled by Gordon & Macphail at over forty years old.
Aged for a quarter of a century, this complex, fruity Glen Garioch is part of the Artist range from France’s La Maison du Whisky. Aged in American oak, adding soft, sweet spices to the fruity spirit which is ripe and generous.
A light, honeyed single malt from Limeburners in Western Australia. Aged in refill ex-bourbon barrels, this has aromas of honey and citrus alongside a bold palate of spice, vanilla and more honey.
This Caol Ila was bottled by La Maison du Whisky at just six years of age, but it has plenty of life an energy. The nose is packed with salty, smoky aromas, then the trademark Caol Ila ash and citrus come to the party. Full of coastal, maritime notes, this limited-edition Islay single malt shows how good young Caol Ila can be.
Western Australian single malt made using local barley. This incarnation of their small-batch whisky has been finished in Australian sherry casks after maturation in second-fill bourbon. The nose is dominated by spice and fruit notes, underscored by malted barley, vanilla, raisins and butterscotch. These notes continue on to the palate, followed by a long, smooth finish.
Part of French retailer La Maison du Whisky’s Artist series, this is a classic Caol Ila, aged for two decades. Expect textbook maritime notes, along with smoke, citrus and a touch of oiliness.
This incarnation of Limeburners' Western Australian single malt is first matured in a 200 litre American bourbon cask, then finished in an Australian fortified wine cask. This has rich notes of spice, dried fruits, malted barley, vanilla and honey.
This Cooper's Choice bottling of Glentauchers was distilled in June 2009 and aged in a first-fill bourbon barrel for seven years. This has classic notes of vanilla and coconut with a hint of spice.
Bottled at a powerful 61%, this Limeburners is matured in Australian fortified wine casks. Plenty of fruit and spice on the nose, and a splash of water unlocks rich notes of malted barley, port, honey, raisins and caramel.
Classic Clynelish bottled from a single cask after 21 years’ ageing. The trademark notes of wax and apples are there, but there’s also spicy notes of roasted nuts and ginger.
Directors Cut is the pick of the Limeburners range, and this particular bottling is made with locally sourced peat, with the whisky matured in both bourbon and Australian fortified wine casks. On the nose, expect floral, spicy aromas, along with malted barley and complex smoky notes on the palate.
This Western Australian single malt is made with local peat sourced from close of the Valley of the Kings natural park. Matured in bourbon casks, this has robust aromas of spices and flowers, while adding a splash of water unlocks notes of malted barley and powerful smoke.
A very special bottle of Aberlour 30 year old. This whisky was distilled in 1966 and has been aged for 30 years. This whisky has been matured in a mix of two Sherry butts and one bourbon hogshead. It was originally 52.1%, but has been reduced down to 43% for bottling. Limited to just 1000 bottles.
An Aussie take on a US sour mash whiskey, this is made with a blend of local corn, rye and malted barley. This is bursting with notes of vanilla, caramel and hazelnuts with a spicy palate and a smooth, creamy finish.
A cracking old bottling of Benriach, released by Signatory Vintage back in July 2001. It's one of their special sets including a tasting glass and a miniature, giving you a chance to have a taste before you open the whole bottle. This is a classic Benriach of the era, with stacks of fruit.
Part of Italian bottler Hidden Spirits’ Young Rebels Collection, this young Old Pulteney single malt has the distillery’s classic notes of smoke and sea spray and – in keeping with the rest of the series – features a very funky label!
Part of Bowmore's tradition of commemorating Scottish sporting events with limited edition special bottlings, this one is in honour of the 1996 international horse trials at Blair Castle.
A Highland Park whisky inspired by spring and summer on Orkney, the follow up to 2017's The Dark. It's a fresh and zesty take on the HP character, switching out the more traditional sherry casks for refill American oak casks and focusing on pear, vanilla and soft spice.
Please note that this is an old bottle and the closure may have deteriorated; care should be taken when opening the bottle. As such, the item is sold as described.
Part of an exuberantly-labelled range created by Italian independent bottlers High Spirits, this is a Fettercairn 17 Year Old distilled in June 1997 and bottled in January 2015. It has fresh floral aromas, followed by flavours of toffee, vanilla and hints of oak spice.