Below are this months newest Whisky expressions and limited releases to hit the online shelves. Click on the buttons to read more.
30th November 2017
Old Smuggler is a long running blended whisky, first bottled back in 1835. Named in honour of the whisky smugglers who traded around the Scottish islands back in those days it's still popular today, especially in Argentina and Belgium(!)
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.
The age of the Knappogue Castle vintage malts has been sneaking up in the last few years since Bushmills took over the supply contract (early Knappogues were from Cooley). Here, finally, Knappogue has cast off its vintage and replaced it with a 12yo age statement. This Knappogue has beeen bottled without artificial colouring.
29th November 2017
Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve is a fresh and floral single malt with notes of coconut, crème brulee and berry fruits. Enjoy it from these fine branded glasses, which also make the pack a wonderful gift.
Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve is certified Kosher by Rabbi Padwa of the London Beth Din.
Glenglassaugh describe this single malt as 'like a sweet shop by the beach', referring to the candy and vanilla notes added to their coastal, peated whisky by the American virgin oak it's been finished in.
A spell in casks previously containing sticky sweet Pedro Ximenez sherry has given this dram extra richness and intensified the fruity flavours, sprinkling them with a layer of spice.
This Pedro Ximenez Sherry Wood Finish bottling is one of four released by the distillery in a series that, for the first time, explores the effect of wood finishes on their whiskies.
The waves of fruit and smoke in this peated Glenglassaugh are amplified by a period of extra maturation in ruby port pipes. Expect peppery dark fruits, beguiling smoke and hints of sea salt.
One of the four bottlings that comprise Glenglassaugh's first-ever series of wood-finished whiskies. This version explores the effect of ruby port pipes on the distillery's maritime drams: the result is an aromatic copper-coloured single malt with notes of blueberries, mint, toffee and blood orange.
A great gift for those discovering the delights of Speyside single malt whisky, as well as existing Glenfiddich fans. This 15 year old whisky has been aged in a Solera system - mostly commonly used in the maturation of sherry - which allows the distillery to marry together two different types of casks (European oak sherry and new oak). The result is a golden whisky with complex notes of heather honey, rich dark fruits, marzipan, sherry and spices.
Alongside the whisky this pack contains two glasses featuring Glenfiddich's famous stag logo.
A single-cask bottling of Tormore 25 Year Old, brimming with notes of plums, fruit cake and coffee beans. This is part of Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular series and only 247 bottles are available.
An unusual dram from France, twice distilled in the copper alembic stills normally used in Cognac production. The Cognac theme is further continued in the whisky's aging process, as after a period of maturation in new Limousin oak barrels it is then finished in Cognac casks. The result is a single malt with intense notes of apricot, banana, rose, vanilla and bubblegum. One for those with a sweeter tooth.
Albariza is the name for the white ('alba') soil in which many sherry grape vines grow. It is an appropriate moniker for this peated single malt as, after several decades' maturation in American oak casks, the whisky is finished in Pedro Ximenez barrels. This gives it sweet notes of chocolate, raisins and dates, alongside honeyed peat and garden mint.
A peated Speyside whisky with additional flavours of roasted apples, demerara sugar and lemon peel. Initially aged in American oak casks, this has been finished in dark rum barrels from Jamaica.
This whisky takes its name, 'Dunder', from that given to the cane-juice residue left in the still after rum distillation, something which is then used as a yeast source for the fermentation process in the production of further rums.
First aged in American bourbon barrels, this Speyside single malt is then finished in barrels that previously held dark Jamaican rum. The result is a whisky which marries BenRiach's characteristic barley and orchard fruit notes with dark sugars and spices from the rum.
A mongrel whisky that reflects a mongrel nation. The ONE is a blend of whiskies from around the British Isles, selected for flavours which represent the nation's passion, diversity and aptitude for craftsmanship. This special, limited-edition version of the blend has been finished in Pedro Ximenez hogsheads – no-one expected that Spanish intermission.
28th November 2017
Celebrate the festive season with this Christmassy cask strength bottling from the Creative Whisky Co. Filled from a single cask, these bottles feature a fun festive label - Father Christmas even makes an appearance – and contain single malt from a mysterious Islay distillery, although the cask reference 'MS' might give fans of the island's whiskies a few clues...
The second batch of Dingle's triple distilled whiskey, released following unprecedented demand for its inaugural bottles. This is a marriage of spirit matured in bourbon, olorosso and Pedro Ximenez casks, giving the resulting dram a warming richness and complex layers of fresh and dried fruits.
The Dingle distillery was founded in 2012 and is named after the small port town it is based in, located in the west of Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way.
27th November 2017
A limited-edition Chichibu, developed in conjunction with a Japanese craft brewer. The brewery aged their beers in casks from the distillery and then returned these ‘beer-washed’ barrels to Chichibu, where they were filled with whisky for a period of extra maturation. The hop characteristics from the IPA are discernible on the palate, where they are joined by honey and lemon flavours. The finish has a bitter grapefruit quality, alongside a distinctive twist of sansho pepper.
The first in a diptych that celebrates the seasons on the Isle of Orkney, where Highland Park is made. This bottle, The Dark, focuses on the autumn and winter seasons, while The Light – due to be released in 2018 – will symbolise spring and summer.
The Dark is a 17-year-old single malt that has been matured in sherry casks, giving it aromas of dried fruits, nuts and herbs that continue into the palate, where they are joined by distinctive notes of smoky peat.
The Dark has been bottled in a limited edition of 28,000.
22nd November 2017
An intensely fruity and sweet Glen Moray, filled from a single bourbon hogshead into 240 bottles. This cask-strength limited edition has been created by North Star Spirits, independent bottlers based in Glasgow.
21st November 2017
A sherry-finished single grain whisky, filled into 127 bottles from a single Pedro Ximenez barrel. This has been released by The Creative Whisky Co. as part of their The Exclusive Grains series. A great change to try a long-aged grain whisky with a sherry twist.
Delicious long-aged single grain whisky bottled by The Creative Whisky Co. as part of their The Exclusive Grains series. Filled from a single cask, this whisky exhibits rounded notes of butterscotch, vanilla ice cream and orange peel.
A single-cask Glenlivet, bottled as part of their Blairgowrie series. Notes of rich fruits, sweet vanilla and soft caramel.
A sherry-aged Speyside single malt bottled to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Belgian whisky organisation The Nectar. Aromas of caramel, raisins and tobacco followed by flavours of cloves, spiced oak, dark chocolate and red fruits.
The Nectar is a Belgian organisation which not only imports spirits but also organises the popular Spirits in the Sky whisky festival. To mark their 10th anniversary the group released a number of special bottlings, including this 16-year-old Bowmore. Bottled at cask strength, it offers aromas of smoke, sweet almond and tropical fruits, alongside peaty, maritime flavours with elements of spice and more tropical fruit intertwined.
Bottled by Belgian organisation The Nectar, this is a 26-year-old single malt from the Lowland region's smallest distillery. Expect notes of walnuts, vanilla and winter fruits if you select this as your daily dram.
A flavoursome whisky with discernible notes from the ex-Masi Costasera Amarone wine casks and first fill oloroso sherry casks this single malt has been partially aged in. Lots of enjoyably sweet, rich and fruity notes alongside a soft and herbal spiciness. Skördetid means 'harvest' in Swedish.
This is a blend of single malts aged primarily in: first fill Amarone, first fill bourbon and first fill oloroso sherry, with smaller additions from first fill Pedro Ximenez and first fill Mackmyra Reserve casks.
Distilled just over a decade before the distillery closed, this is both a rare and old Highland single malt. Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in a limited edition of 128 bottles, this is a wonderful opportunity to try this rarely-seen whisky.
One for the Sherlocks among you. This is a mystery Islay single malt which Belgian whisky organisation The Nectar believe to be the island's finest. Could it be peaty? Smoky? Medicinal? Who knows...
Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail, this Ledaig 2005 has delicious aromas of sweet honey-roasted ham, spicy citrus and summer berries. These are followed by orange marmalade, pepper, red fruit and dark chocolate flavours, accompanied by hints of smoke.
A 24-year-old Highland Park single malt, bottled by Belgian spirits importers The Nectar. As Highland Park fans will attest, 'Nectar' is an appropriate word for bottlings such as these.
A mystery Island single malt, aged in a single sherry butt for 15 years and then bottled by the Creative Whisky Co. for their The Exclusive Malts series. Definitely one to park on your whisky shelf.
20th November 2017
A mellow yellow Tullibardine 26 Year old bottled from a single cask as part of the First Editions range. Expect notes of sweet honey and barley sugar with a hint of spiced oak.
Independent bottlers Signatory have combined two barrels of Ledaig 7 Year Old to create this tasty limited edition. The two barrels were both previously home to bourbon so expect notes of creamy vanilla and honeyed fruits alongside peat and smoke.
A lusciously rich and warming dram with notes of caramel, raisins, chocolate and gentle smoke. This independent bottling by Hunter Laing has been created from a single sherry butt, in which the whisky resided for 21 years.
A single cask of Inchgower 20 Year Old has been trapped in 154 bottles by Edition Spirits – and only you can set it free. Expect rich, sweet aromas of vanilla fudge and pineapple, followed by creamy flavours of sultanas, Scottish tablet and soft fruit from the liberated Speyside single malt.
Distilled in March 1987 and bottled by Hunter Laing 30 years later, this is a beautifully gentle, rounded dram with aromas of summer fruits, beeswax and vanilla. The flavours revolve around candied orange and caramel while the finish is medium-length and satisfying.
The Dumbarton distillery commenced production in 1938 and was closed in 2002 by then owners Allied Lyons. Aside from its whisky, the distillery was known for its 'Scotch Watch', a flock of 100 geese introduced in 1959 to protect its stocks from burglars.
A single-cask bottling of single grain Lowland whisky, part of Hunter Laing's respected Sovereign series. A soft and satisfying dram with notes of toffee, citrus and vanilla.
A sweet and slightly herbal Glen Moray 21 Year Old with notes of flowers, grass and a hint of spice. Only 102 bottles were produced, filled from a single refill hogshead.
Distilled close to Christmas 1995, proving just how hardworking the folks at Glen Elgin are, this is a delicious 21-year-old single malt bottled from just two casks by Signatory. Notes of honey, citrus, herbs and cinnamon.
Filled from a single cask by independent bottlers Hunter Laing, this Glenburgie 18 Year Old boasts notes of citrus, liquorice, coffee and salted caramel.
Two refill hogsheads containing 20-year-old Dailuaine single malt have been combined for this Signatory bottling, which took place on 16th October 2017. Notes of honey, spice, orchard fruit and buttery brioche.
Part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask series, this smoky Bowmore has spent 21 years in a refill hogshead. Aromas of sweet peat and lemon juice are followed by flavours of seaweed and smoke with a dash of pepper.
A bourbon-aged Allt A'Bhainne bottled at cask strength after 24 years of maturation. Drawn from a single cask, this creamy single malt is available in a limited-edition of just 180 bottles.
19th November 2017
A 1976 vintage whisky from the well stocked warehouses of Gordon & MacPhail - distilled at Speyside favourite Mortlach.
A cask-strength Glenrothes, distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2017. Aged in a single sherry cask and available exclusively in the UK, this has notes of Christmas baking, dark chocolate and ginger.
Made from one third first-fill European oak sherry butts and two thirds refill sherry butts, Glengoyne 30 Year Old has rich notes of black cherry, marmalade, rum and raisin, cinnamon and plum compote.
Each yearly release of Glengoyne 30 Year Old is made from just 13 casks. Each bottle is presented in a solid oak box, and the accompanying hessian square and rose gold bung to reflect the traditional cask sampling method used at the distillery.
The second in Bowmore's Vintner's Trilogy, this 26-year-old single malt has been aged in both bourbon barrels and wine barriques. The result is a dram with notes of oak-spiced smoke, salty dark chocolate and tropical fruits.
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16th November 2017
Adnams Single Malt is made using local barley. Aged for more than three years in new French oak barrels, this is rich in vanilla and spice flavours.
Michter's 10 Year Old Bourbon is aged for a decade in new charred American white oak barrels, with each bottling being from a single cask. Big and bold with a sweet flavour profile.
We cannot guarantee specific barrel number or year of release of these bottles.
A 10-year-old rye from Michter's. Rich, with notes of vanilla, toffee and spicy pepper.
We cannot guarantee specific barrel number or year of release of these bottles.
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Part of Douglas Laing's Remarkable Regional Malts series, which also includes the likes of Big Peat and Rock Oyster, The Gauldrons is a small-batch blended malt from Campeltown, named after the area in the region whose name literally means 'bay of storms'. Both maritime and with a sweet, honeycomb character typical of the region, this is made from a marriage of the independent bottler's best casks of Campeltown single malt.
The bottle's spiderweb design is a nod to the local legend that King Robert the Bruce, having been defeated by his enemies, was inspired by the sight of a spider building his web in the bay to carry on fighting.
A peated single malt from Sweden which represents the third and last edition in the 2nd Step Collection, a series which has explored the distillery's character and the depth of its young whiskies. Made from a marriage of bourbon casks, American oak casks and Hungarian oak casks, of which 88% of the whisky was peated to an average of 38.6 PPM, no.3 in the series is an enjoyably peaty dram with undertones of fruits, vanilla, wood spice and caramel.
The first in a new series from the Swedish distiller which explores the effects of different oaks on whisky's ageing. This single malt has been matured in first-fill bourbon barrels for 4.1 years and then finished in new Swedish oak barrels for 7 months. This process has given the whisky, filled into 8,229 bottles, notable spicy and sweet flavours.
Quercus Robur is the Latin name for European oak, which grows across much of Sweden.
A marriage of spirit aged in bourbon casks with that aged in second-fill oloroso sherry casks. Bottled at cask strength after 25 years of maturation, this is a complex mix of sweet, creamy bourbon influences and rich, oaky sherry influences, all intertwined with Laphroaig's signature flavours.
15th November 2017
A great gift for Speyside whisky lovers, this combines a full size bottle of Cardhu Gold Reserve – an easy-drinking whisky with toffee apple notes – with two branded glasses.
Now all you need to do is persuade the recipient to share those 'golden moments' with you.
This whisky is the first in Bowmore's Vintner's Trilogy, each of which will focus on a different wine finish. This version has been aged in bourbon barrels for 13 years and then finished in manzanilla sherry casks for an addition five years. The process has created notes of salted caramel, spiced orange and ripe blackcurrants, alongside a vein of peat smoke.
A limited-edition Johnnie Walker made to celebrate the Year Of The Dog (16.02.2018 - 04-02-2019). Inspired by the Dog as a symbol of prosperity, the specially-crafted bottle design depicts Johnnie Walker and a canine companion travelling the world and bringing good fortune to all.
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To create this rich, nutty single malt Sacred have brought English whisky to London and moved it from its original bourbon barrels to hogsheads which previously contained Pedro Ximenez sherry. The result of this sherry finish is a five-year-old with notes of rich Christmas cake and clove, alongside the notable peat smoke and sea salt characteristics.
A dark and long-aged Glen Grant from Gordon & Macphail's scarily extensive archives of their whisky from the 1950s. This one was distilled in 1954 and sat maturing for more than 59 years, before being bottled in 2014.
A 1966 vintage whisky from Glenburgie. Bottled in 2014 by Gordon & Macphail, making this approximately 48 years old.
A rich, sweet dram distilled in 1972 and aged in sherry casks until 2013. Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Rare Vintage series, this single malt offers notes of rum and raisin, hazelnut, dark chocolate and marzipan, with additional tropical and citrus fruits, plus cigar ash, when water is added.
1970 was an experimental year at Strathisla, with some strange bottlings appearing these days, but this is their regular, straight down the line whisky, matured long and richly coloured.
An amazing colour on this long-aged Strathisla, distilled in 1964 and bottled by Gordon & Macphail at over forty years old.
Produced at Knockdhu distillery in Aberdeenshire, this is AnCnoc's smokiest-ever whisky and a welcome addition to the core range for fans of their 'Peaty' series. Peatheart is a single malt with intense smoke followed by orchard and citrus fruit notes.
Peatheart has been named after the peat bogs surrounding distillery, which are described as the heart of Scotland's peatlands.
The first and only Irish whiskey to have been finished in Japanese mizunara oak casks. First aged in bourbon barrels, this single malt was then transferred to virgin mizunara barrels created by hand at Japan's only independent cooperage. These lightly charred barrels have added vanilla, sandalwood and a touch of coconut to the whisky, while also increasing smoothness and depth of flavour.
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A great gift for those who prefer unpeated whisky. A bottle of Glenrothes 2001 single malt, bottled in 2017, accompanied by two branded glasses. Your recipient can expect notes of citrus, nutmeg, and sweet vanilla from this enjoyable Speyside whisky.
14th November 2017
Released at the end of 2013, this stunningly presented decanter, one of only 500 released worldwide, contains 35 year old Glengoyne. Distilled in the 1970s, this is rich and complex and comes with an individually numbered leather book detailing the distillery's history.
Please note damage to the box.
The oldest release in revitalised Bladnoch distillery's range, Talia has been aged for 25 years. Finished in port pipes, this is a fresh and spicy whisky with notes of honey, orange and vanilla.
2017 marks the third annual version of Laphroaig's limited-edition aged releases. This 27-year-old whisky has been matured in a combination of first-fill bourbon barrels and refill quarter casks. Smoky and fruity with notes of citrus fruit, leather and sea spray.
13th November 2017
The Cragganmore entry in Diageo's Distillers Edition series is one of the more unusual – it is finished in port pipes for extra sweetness and fruity depth. This is the 2005 vintage, bottled in 2017.
The Glenfarclas Family Cask series is an ongoing range of single-cask bottlings from the family's extensive collection, which spans seven decades. This 1955 bottling is one of the oldest in the range and is a marvellous gift for anyone for whom 1955 was a significant year.
One of 262 bottles filled from a single cask, this is a honeyed single malt with notes of waxy oranges, vanilla, malt and maple syrup. This Tullibardine 24 Year Old was bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular series.
The 2002 vintage of Dalwhinnie Distillers Edition, bottled in 2017. Each distillery's 'DE' is finished in a different wood – Dalwhinnie's uses oloroso-sherry casks, resulting in an added layer of rich fruit.
9th November 2017
The second release of Amrut Spectrum, a single malt aged first in bourbon barrels and then transferred to a custom barrel made of four types of wood: new French oak, new American oak, ex-Oloroso sherry staves and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry staves. These four wood types are reflected in the 004 logo found on the bottle, which whimsically mimics the style of James Bond's 007.
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This 2005 vintage Distillers Edition from Glenkinchie has been finished in amontillado-sherry casks for an extra burst of rounded flavour. This was aged for more than a decade before being bottled in 2017.
Presented in a golden tin, Aberfeldy 12 is a fruity, clean and polished malt with a touch of honey and spice. An excellent introduction to this Highland distillery. Aberfeldy's main claim to fame is as the heart of the excellent Dewar's blend but whiskies like this are putting it firmly in the spotlight.
The first single malt distilled in England's picturesque Cotswolds, released as a limited edition. This is no novice whisky, however, it's a highly enjoyable dram with notes of orange peel, spice, oaky malt and dark sugar.
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This exceptional bottling has been produced from two bourbon barrels of Tamnavulin single malt, aged for more than 40 years. Complex aromas of honeysuckle, orchard fruits and gingerbread biscuits are followed by rich flavours of nuts, vanilla ice cream and poached pears.
Part of an exclusive series from The Single Malts of Scotland range, this delicious Laphroaig 20 Year Old has been bottled from a single sherry cask. Notes of red fruit, iodine and seaweed accompany finely structured smoke.
Filled from a single sherry cask, this is an exceptional limited-edition bottling of Glengoyne 40 Year Old. A rich dram that shows its sherry influences through exotic notes of spice and a cornucopia of fruits.
A single malt whisky made in Texas by craft distilling powerhouse Balcones. It appeared in July 2011 and has been picking up awards ever since.
World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best American Single Malt.
A smokey whisky with a difference. Firstly it's made in Texas by Balcones and secondly the smoke comes from a secret process involving Texas Scrub Oak. This is not smoky whisky like you've had before – a mix of campfires, fruit and youthful corn.
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8th November 2017
One of only 140 bottles of long-aged Jura single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Xtra Old Particular series. Malty, vanilla, tobacco and toffee aromas give way to flavours of ginger, sugar, smoke and more spice.
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The peatiest-ever whisky from Compass Box, no mean feat from a company that produces a bottle called 'Peat Monster'. Called 'No Name' to let the whisky speak for itself, this limited-edition blend consists of: 75.5% malt whisky produced on Pier Road, Islay; 10.6% malt whisky made near the village of Port Askaig; 13.4% malt whisky produced near the village of Brora; and, 0.5% Highland malt blend.
No Name has aromas of bonfire smoke, medicinal peat and hints of autumn leaves, followed by intense smoky, peaty flavours accompanied by hints of spice, ripe cherries and plums.
7th November 2017
Know someone that loves Islay whisky? This pretty gift pack should be just the thing for them, containing as it does two small (20cl) bottles of Kilchoman's celebrated single malts.
Sanaig is aged in both bourbon and sherry casks and has notes of toffee, smoke plums and dried fruit, while Machir bay is aged in bourbon and finished in sherry casks for a tempting combination of peat and sweetness.
Treat the Glenfarclas fan in your life with a wonderful bottle of the distillery's rich, sherry-aged 105, accompanied by miniatures of both the 15 Year Old and 21 Year Old. Glenfarclas 105 is a delicious cask-strength single malt with notes of Christmas Cake, dates and liquorice root.
Named after Elijah Craig, the 18th-century renegade reverend & whiskey distiller credited with inventing the charring technique for whisky barrels. Brilliant sipping whiskey.
A stylish set from Macallan containing a bottle of their sherry-aged Amber whisky, an elegant branded glass and a water jug in a similar style.
A wonderful present for Macallan lovers: two branded glasses alongside a full bottle of what was described by one noted whisky writer as 'simply the best 12 Year Old single malt around'.
Macallan 12 Year Old is matured in sherry casks and has notes of woodsmoke, spice, rich dried fruits and sherry.
6th November 2017
A sweet and spicy Glenlossie single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular series. Drawn from a single cask, this has notes of marmalade, honey and toasted almonds.
Bottled by The Creative Whisky Company, this is a 21-year-old Speyside single malt finished in a Moscatel wine cask. Expect rich notes of raisins, creamy milk chocolate, toffee, orange and cinnamon.
Part of Douglas Laing's Old Particular series, this is a fine bottling of Glendullan 15 Year Old with notes of citrus and things you might find at the hairdresser's.
A single cask bottling of Blair Athol by renowned independent bottlers Douglas Laing. Sweet and rounded with caramel, coconut and vanilla notes.
Distilled in November 2010, this is a young and intense Caol Ila whose medicinal peat, barley sweetness and salty seaweed flavours have been trapped in 407 bottles by Douglas Laing.
Sherry-aged Caol Ila with a long and smoky finish – a delicious edition from independent bottlers Gordon & MacPhail.
A delicious drop of Caol Ila 11 Year Old, neatly wrapped in a bottling by The Creative Whisky Company. These bottles were filled from a single refill hogshead, meaning that there are only 317 available.
A single-cask bottling of Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old, which boasts aromas of fruitcake and malted barley alongside flavours of sweet cereal, ginger, molasses and nutmeg.
A rare independent bottling of long-aged Braeval whisky, a distillery which was originally known as Braes of Glenlivet and whose spirits very seldom appear as standalone single malts. This single-cask edition, from Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular series, features sweet notes of red berries, vanilla ice-cream and lightly toasted malt.
A single barrel bottling of 13-year-old bourbon, sourced from a mystery Tennessee distillery by The Creative Whisky Company. Only 150 bottles are available.
A single-cask bottling of Ben Nevis single malt, which has been aged in a sherry hogshead for 20 years. Only 242 bottles are available.
The third edition of this popular bottling, which blends single malt aged in a bourbon cask with that aged in a sherry cask. The two combine to create delicious notes of chocolate, tobacco, raisins, peach, brown sugar and plum.
The third edition of Amrut's splendid Two Continents, which is distilled and aged in India before being shipped to Europe for further aging. The result is a complex and delicious single malt that features notes of dried fruit, delicate spice, milk chocolate and banana.
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.
Part of independent bottler Douglas Laing's Old Particular series. Hints of smoke alongside spice and warm malts.
5th November 2017
A bottling of long-aged single grain whisky from the closed Caledonian distillery in Edinburgh. A fruity and creamy whisky.
A sherry-aged Glenfarclas, distilled in 1986 and bottled in January 2017. This bottling is part of the distillery's hugely popular Family Casks series, launched in 2007. A delicious whisky and a superb present for anyone for whom 1986 was a significant year.
The Ben Wyvis distillery was closed in 1976, just eleven years after it had opened as part of Whyte & Mackay's Invergordon complex. Only a handful of bottlings have ever been released, of which this is perhaps the most interesting. Having bottled what was believed to be the last casks of Ben Wyvis in 1999 under the name 'The Final Resurrection', Whyte & Mackay were somewhat taken aback to discover that one more cask did in fact exist in their warehouses. Unfortunately it belonged to someone else, but the twist came when it was discovered that the owner had defaulted on their storage fees. The cask was therefore repossessed and this is the bottling that resulted - probably the very last bottling from one of the shortest-lived distilleries in Scotland. A true collector's item.
2nd November 2017
A beautiful gift pack that's the ideal treat for fans of Johnnie Walker. A bottle of the celebrated whisky, made from hand-picked casks by Johnnie Walker's Master Blender, is accompanied by two stylish branded glasses.
A limited-edition Johnnie Walker Blue created by acclaimed British Designer Tom Dixon for Milan Design Week. The bottle and box feature contemporary designs typical of Dixon's work and include copper accents inspired by the copper pot stills used in whisky-making.
1st November 2017
A single-cask bottling of Port Ellen 34 Year Old, created as part of Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular series. These 219 bottles were filled in November 2016, when the distillery still lay dormant.
Bottled by the Creative Whisky Company for their Exclusive Malts range, this is a hearty Ledaig with prominent savoury, leather, smoke and dried fruit notes. This single malt, distilled at Tobermory, was filled into a refill sherry hogshead and aged for 21 years.
A higher intensity bottling from the Walsh distillery as part of their premium Writers' Tears range. Only 5280 bottles have been produced for 2017, offering notes of vanilla, honey, ginger, butterscotch and apple. The perfect gift for anyone with a novel languishing in a drawer.
The first official bottling from the re-opened Glen Keith distillery in Speyside, which was revived in 2013 and whose spirits normally appear in blends such as Chivas Regal and 100 Pipers. This new, no-age-statement whisky is a gentle dram with notes of poached pears, honeycomb and vanilla toffee.
This whisky has been created for the German heavy metal band 'Grave Digger' and is the brainchild of the band's guitarist Axel Ritt. Despite the heavy metal connection this is actually a rounded single malt with sherry fruit notes - accompanied by a riff of peat.
Grave Digger has been aged in a variety of cask types, including sherry and bourbon.