Released May 2019
29th May 2019
This limited-edition single malt from Ardbeg distillery – Drum – was released for Ardbeg Day, during Feis Ile 2019. Matured in ex-bourbon casks and rested in ex-rum casks, this is a funky, flamboyant whisky. The nose is full of ripe banana, pineapple, cocoa and woodsmoke aromas, with hints of fresh ginger, cinnamon and lavender developing slowly. The palate offers notes of black pepper, ginger, clove and liquorice, alongside dark chocolate, rich smoke and vanilla. An intensely smoky, fruity dram, Ardbeg Drum is the perfect way to celebrate Feis Ile.
The sixth release in the Icons of Wales series from Penderyn, Royal Welsh is a peated single malt finished in a ex-port cask bottled to commemorate the original Welsh whisky distillery at Frongoch which closed over 100 years ago. Delicate smoke mingles with vanilla, red berries and salted caramel aromas, while the palate offers notes of toffee, treacle, black pepper and heavy waves of peat smoke.
La Maison Du Whisky
The Fruity is a young Speyside single malt made at Mannochmore distillery, bottled in 2018 by La Maison du Whisky for its Four Styles series. Matured in first-fill bourbon barrels, it has notes of vanilla, red berries, green apples and sharp citrus throughout the palate – a fruity, fresh whisky that lives up to its name.
The Malty is a young Speyside single malt from Inchgower distillery, bottled in 2018 by La Maison du Whisky for its Four Styles series. Rich and malty, it has notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel and sweet malt throughout the palate.
Distilled at Caol Ila in 2002, this 16-year-old single malt was bottled in November 2018 for Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice series. A creamy, sweet whisky, it has gentle aromas of vanilla, ripe banana, lemon zest and savoury peat smoke. The palate initially offers notes of pineapple, chilli flakes and honey-cured meats, before candied tropical fruits and rich bonfire smoke.
This young Islay single malt from Bunnahabhain was bottled in 2018 for La Maison du Whisky's Four Styles series. The Peaty is a rich, smoky whisky with notes of vanilla, toasted oak, bonfire smoke and salty driftwood throughout the palate.
This seven-year-old Ben Nevis single malt was distilled in 2010, and matured in 10 first-fill bourbon barrels. Bottled for La Maison du Whisky's Artist Collective series, this bottle features a colourful label designed by artist Marc Olsen. Soft aromas of vanilla and coconut milk develop into rich malt, cardamom, citrus, chocolate and violets. The palate offers notes of nuts, coriander, malted barley, freshly-baked sponge cake and orchard fruits.
A young Speyside single malt from Auchroisk, The Oaky is one of four whiskies in La Maison du Whisky's Four Styles series. Full of rich, oaky spice and sweet vanilla notes, this whisky really lives up to its name.
28th May 2019
Distilled in 2011 and matured for over seven years in a trio of ex-bourbon barrels, Pl6 has a rich, meaty character with notes of smoke, warm spices and rich earth.
Distilled on Islay in 2011, Cl12 has been matured for seven years in a pair of refill sherry butts. A salty, coastal single malt, it balances briny freshness with herbs, peat and freshly-cut grass.
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 brothers of the Night’s Watch take an oath and pledge their lives to protect the Seven Kingdoms and guard them from the terrors that lie beyond the ancient barrier of ice, The Wall, from their base at Castle Black. There lies a frozen wasteland which, legend has it, is inhabited by giants, wildlings and the Night King and his army of White Walkers who bring with them the long night. Just like Castle Black, Oban Distillery sits at the foot of a steep cliff that overlooks the bay, the frontier between the West Highlands and the Islands of Scotland. The richness of the whisky is balanced with a woody, spicy dryness that would keep even the Night’s Watch warm in winter.
On the nose this Oban has aromas of hay and tangy savoury aromas, but calms into cocoa and Morello cherries. On the palate there are instant flavours of dark berry pie and liquorice. Toasted oak joins the fray, and citrus and cloves add a lighter touch. The finish brings back those cherries and dark fruits, alongside a hint of savoury.
Robert Baratheon claimed his seat upon the Iron Throne after a bitter rebellion against the Targaryen dynasty, and ruled over the Seven Kingdoms wearing a golden antlered crown to show his power and honouring his House emblem – the Stag. Royal Lochnagar also enjoys royal connection, having held a Royal Warrant, first awarded by Queen Victoria, since 1848. Unlike House Baratheon, whose rule is over and whose family lies in ruins, Royal Lochnagar has only grown in strength. Its reputation for incredible whiskies has grown and spread, and it has maintained praise from British monarchs. Well balanced, fruity and spicy, it truly is a taste of royalty.
A light amber colour of this single malt echoes the light and delicate aromas of this 12-year-old Royal Lochnagar. It starts with gentle oak aromas that develop into sweeter caramel tones with a fruity edge. When you taste it there are immediate sweet layers of vanilla and liquorice, which blend into a gentle finish of nutmeg and sweet pastries.
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.
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.
24th May 2019
Batch 007 of Glengoyne's Cask Strength series is a sweet, malty single malt, and is the first in the collection to be matured in ex-bourbon barrels as well as ex-sherry casks. The palate offers notes of cinnamon, orange, peach and honey.
This 2008-vintage Benromach was bottled in 2019 after a decade maturing in first-fill bourbon and sherry casks. A delicately smoky dram, it has notes of cracked black pepper, milk chocolate and summer fruits throughout the palate.
23rd May 2019
Old Bear is the name for Swiss distillery Langatun's peated whisky. This triple-distilled malt has been aged in ex-Chateauneuf-du-Pape casks, resulting in a whisky with notes of peat, oak spice and dark fruit.
Distilled in 1991, this 24-year-old whiskey from Teeling was aged initially in bourbon barrels before being finished in Sauternes casks. Made with a small amount of peated malt, this is a subtly sweet whiskey with notes of ripe fruit and a hint of smoke.
This 10-year-old Aultmore is part of the Steamship Line range from German retailer Jack Wiebers. Aultmore is well known for its aromatic, fruity style, and this punchy version, bottled at 55.7% ABV, allowed the rich fruits and vanilla notes to shine.
One of the jewels in the Chivas crown, Royal Salute was created to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. This 21 Year Old is a robust and sophisticated whisky, with fruity aromas and delicate floral spices. It is presented in a unique porcelain flagon, painted with a sapphire glaze reminiscent of the gems set within the Imperial State Crown.
22nd May 2019
A collaboration between ourselves and German independent bottler The Whisky Agency, this 1990 Glen Moray single malt was bottled in late 2018 after 28 years of maturation. This well-aged Speyside single cask whisky has been bottled exclusively for The Whisky Exchange and has a creamy, fruity character with notes of lemon zest and apple pie.
17th May 2019
One of 268 bottles of Caol Ila single malt whisky drawn from a single refill hogshead and bottled at 48.6% ABV for Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range. This is a maritime dram in which Caol Ila's typically-fierce peatiness has burned down to embers; the spirit is redolent with coal dust and ashy smoke, run through with a sharp and distinct menthol note.
One of just 280 bottles of Macallan single malt whisky drawn from a single refill hogshead and bottled at 51.6% as part of Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range. A refined dram full of barley sweetness and soft orchard fruit.
16th May 2019
Matured in a single refill sherry butt for more than a quarter of a century, this 1990-vintage Bruichladdich was bottled in February 2019 by Signatory Vintage for its Cask Strength Collection. This Islay single malt has salty, herbal aromas and notes of cherries and cinnamon throughout the palate.
Matured in a single hogshead for more than two decades, this 1997-vintage Glen Keith single malt was bottled in February 2019 for Signatory Vintage’s Cask Strength Collection.
Matured in a pair of ex-bourbon barrels for more than two decades, this 1995-vintage Glen Grant was bottled in February 2019 for Signatory Vintage’s Cask Strength Collection.
Matured in a single hogshead for more than two decades, this 1995-vintage Glen Elgin whisky was bottled in February 2019 for Signatory Vintage’s Cask Strength Collection.
Part of the Cask Strength Collection from Signatory Vintage, this 1995 Glenburgie single malt was matured in a single hogshead for over two decades. This light and fruity Speyside whisky has notes of peach, pineapple and lychee throughout the palate.
15th May 2019
As Whisky Show 2019 looms ever closer, secure your place at the UK's greatest whisky festival with this Balvenie bundle. It includes a pair of Whisky Show 2019 Sunday tickets and a bottle of Balvenie Doublewood, alongside a Whisky Exchange Tasting Book – to record your favourite Whisky Show drams – and a pair of Balvenie tumblers.
12th May 2019
This 1996 Strathmill single malt has been matured in a single hogshead for 22 years before being bottled in February 2019 for Signatory Vintage’s Cask Strength Collection. A sweet, creamy whisky, it offers notes of pears, vanilla and freshly-made apple pie throughout the palate.
Matured in a pair of hogsheads for 21 years, this 1997-vintage Fettercairn was bottled in February 2019 for Signatory Vintage’s Cask Strength Collection. A rich, nutty single malt, it has notes of crystalised ginger, milk chocolate and sticky toffee pudding throughout the palate.
9th May 2019
Bottled in March 2019 for Gordon & MacPhail’s Connoisseurs Choice range, this 2005-vintage Caol Ila was matured in a single first-fill bourbon barrel for 13 years and finished in a Hermitage wine cask for a further year. Subtle aromas of vanilla, dark chocolate, cinnamon and cloves develop alongside delicate meadow flowers. The palate initially offers notes of creamy vanilla and black pepper, which build into liquorice and orange blossom balanced by juicy fruit and brown sugar.
Matured for more than three decades in a single refill bourbon barrel, this 1982-vintage Caperdonich single malt was bottled in January 2019 for Gordon & MacPhail’s Private Collection range. Sweet, floral aromas of honeysuckle, citrus peel and toffee mingle with fresh mint and grass, while the palate initially offers notes of liquorice root. Crisp red apples and dry oak spice emerge, as well as a rich, nutty undertone, before a sweet, floral finish.
8th May 2019
Matured for three decades in a single refill American oak hogshead, this 1988-vintage Glenrothes single malt was bottled in 2019 by Gordon & MacPhail for its Connoisseurs Choice series. Hints of zesty Kaffir limes mingle with sweet apricot jam and peach aromas, while spicy ginger and toasted malt develop slowly. The palate offers notes of sweet red apples, rich vanilla and warming ginger, building into a warm, spicy finish with lingering fruity notes.
7th May 2019
This limited-edition single malt from Speyside Distillery spent a decade maturing in Port casks before being bottled. Spey 10 Year Old is a fruity, balanced whisky with gentle pear, berry and red wine aromas. The palate offers notes of orchard fruits, white pepper and cinnamon, with a rich undercurrent of red berries, caramel and cocoa.
2nd May 2019
Distilled in 1997, this 21-year-old Linkwood was bottled in February 2019 by Douglas Laing as part of its Old Particular series. Matured in a single refill hogshead, this Speyside single malt has elegant aromas of orange blosson, malted barley and pineapple chunks, while the palate offers notes of lemon zest, crème brulee and spicy oak.
1st May 2019
This 19-year-old single malt from Loch Lomond was released as part of the distillery’s The Open Course Collection and named after Royal Portrush Golf Club. The official whisky of the Open, Loch Lomond have created this series in collaboration with 2011 Open Champion Darren Clarke. Matured in American oak casks, this whisky has notes of ripe apples, red berries, floral heather-honey and a funky, tropical-fruit edge.
This peaty single malt from Bruichladdich has been bottled under the Port Charlotte name by The Bottlers. Distilled in December 2001 and matured in a single bourbon hogshead for 13 years before being bottled in September 2015.