Released October 2018
Below are some of the latest whisky releases to hit the online shelves for October 2018. Visit the Whisky Boys online shop for a Dunedin 18 Year Old or 57 Year Old Longmorn whiskies from Gordon & MacPhail’s Private Collection.
17th October 2018
A 1997 Linkwood showing off everything we'd expect from liquid confined to a refill hogshead for 21 years: ripe, citrus sweetness and rich vanilla depth laid over a muffled, woody spice. A gorgeously cakey dram lifted by a certain airy character. Limited to 314 bottles.
Award-winning, sherry-matured single malt from Tamdhu, this is the third edition in the Speyside distillery's Batch Strength Series. Vanilla and berry fruit begin proceedings, followed swiftly by sherry-oak spice and dried fruit lightened with a sharp citrus twang – all backed up by a hefty 58.3% ABV.
A 15-year-old Tomintoul, this has all the hallmarks of 'the gentle dram' – easy-drinking, malty sweetness with light, nutty notes – with the addition of that Peaty Tang; a light peatiness, manifesting here as woody smoke, and all run through with a fresh mineral note. Very nice indeed.
A blended malt from Islay, bottled by Rattray. Williamson is the name given to a blended (almost certainly teaspooned) malt whisky that is predominantly from the south coast of the Island, from a distillery famed for its medicinal character. We can't say any more than that, but this whisky's punchy peat and smoke, sweet caramel character and added sherry-cask richness will give them game away...
A very old whisky from Fettercairn, distilled on 23 December 1977 and laid down to mature for 40 years before bottling in 2018. It spent the final few years in Gonzales Byass Apostoles palo cortado sherry cask, adding layers of dark fruit, citrus and toffee to the elegantly fruity whisky. The result is a complex balance of fresh fruit and sherry cask character, with a touch of balsamic sweetness.
Long-aged, elegant and very carefully selected, this single cask release from Fettercairn, launched in 2018 to celebrate the revitalisation of the distillery's on-going whisky range, is an impressive whisky. Matured for 50 years in an American white oak ex-bourbon cask and then finished for a few years in a tawny port pipe, this combines elegant old whisky with a fresh kick of berry fruit, all without becoming unbalanced.
The newest addition to the Compass Box core range, this is a blend of Highland and Speyside whiskies, significant portions of which have been aged in sherry casks and - most notably - Spanish red wine casks. Predictably, this is a delectable dram full of dark fruit and berry flavours with a heavy dose of rich, woody spice.
A bottle of nutty, malty Blair Athol single malt, distilled in 1988 and imprisoned in glass by indie bottlers Signatory 29 years later. Will you be the one to set it free?
A richly-sherried Bowmore, brought to us by independent bottlers Adelphi from a single cask distilled in 1997. This was bottled at cask strength and only 601 bottles are available.
A complex Irish blended whiskey, with malt and grain matured in four different types of cask combined together to create a rich and spicy whiskey: malt finished in port pipes, malt matured in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels, grain matured in sherry butts and grain matured in 'double-charred barrels'.
16th October 2018
Càrn Mor have bottled a single sherry hogshead of 21 Year Old Clynelish and it's a cracker – rich and sweet with loads of fruit and spice as well as fresher grassy notes.
An experimental bottling from Valinch & Mallet, part of the four-bottle Peaty DNA series: each bottling is from the same cask of 6-year-old Caol Ila, but each is finished in a different 30 US gallon cask that used to hold whiskeyy from Chicago's Koval distillery. This one was finished in a cask used for Koval's four-grain whiskeyy, made using oats, wheat, malted barley and rye.
An experimental bottling from Valinch & Mallet, part of the four-bottle Peaty DNA series: each bottling is from the same cask of 6-year-old Caol Ila, but each is finished in a different 30 US gallon cask that used to hold whiskey from Chicago's Koval distillery. This one was finished in a bourbon cask.
Lot 17 is the 2017 release of St George's single malt whiskey. The distillery was one of the first, if not the first, to produce single malt in the USA, and it was the first thing that master distiller Lance Winters made – the reason why he started the distillery in the first place. It's a vatting of 19 barrels, aged for between six and eight years. It's a mix of different types of cask, with ex-bourbon casks, port and dessert wine casks all on the list. It's bold, fruity, rich and spicy – a very American take on single malt.
A special bottling Edradour, released to commemorate the 70th birthday of legendary Italian import Velier. This was distilled on 2 September 1998 and matured for 19 years before bottling in March 2017. It spent the final 101 months of its maturation (about eight-and-a-half years) 'finishing' in an oloroso sherry butt. It's an impressive sherry monster and a worthy birthday bottling.
Tel Aviv's Milk & Honey is Israel's first whisky distillery, and this is its new make spirit. Double distilled from malted barley in pot stills, just like in Scotland and elsewhere, this is the starting point of the distillery's whisky journey.
A tempting single-cask Bunnahabhain bottled by Douglas Laing for its Provenance series, with notes of salty air, cured meats, peated barley and crème brulée.
An experimental bottling from Valinch & Mallet, part of the four-bottle Peaty DNA series: each bottling is from the same cask of 6-year-old Caol Ila, but each is finished in a different 30 US gallon cask that used to hold whiskey from Chicago's Koval distillery. This one is finished in an ex-rye cask.
A blended Irish whiskey from the team behind the Pearse Lyons distillery in Dublin. It's malt and grain from across Ireland initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels, blended and then filled into first-fill sherry casks. This adds an extra layer of sherry-cask spice and fruit to the already fruity whiskey.
A 12-year-old Irish single malt whiskey, specially selected by company founder Pearse Lyons. It's a classically fruity Irish malt, with soft spice and balanced citrus notes.
A blended Irish whiskey from Pearse Lyons, made with malt and grain whiskeys from across Ireland, specially selected by the head distiller at the company's distillery in Dublin. It's a blend of whiskeys matured between three and nine years, including malt whiskey distilled using the stills that are now at the heart of the distillery.
The Original is Pearse Lyons flagship whiskey. It's a blend of whiskeys sourced from across Ireland, including some made using the stills that are now in place at the Pearse Lyons distillery in Dublin. It's an easy-drinking whiskey with balanced sweet citrus and a wisp of smoke.
15th October 2018
A very limited edition of long-aged grain whisky from the closed Cambus distillery, bottled by The Whisky Agency in 2016.
A new edition of Michter's limited-edition rye, bottled at cask strength. Starting with a punchy rye whiskey, Michter's further age it in casks that have been toasted rather than charred. This extra step adds surprising complexity and extra layers of spicy flavour that work well with the intensity of the bottling strength.
Taste a mountain of fruits in this delicious single-cask Ben Nevis, bottled by Hunter Laing for its Old Malt Cask series. Aged for 16 years in a refill hogshead, this Highland single malt has notes of orange, apple and strawberry, alongside herbs and jasmine tea.
A deliciously easy-going whisky, this organic 15-year-old is matured in American oak for gently-spiced and notably-honeyed profile. It begins in the nose, where citrus and oaky vanilla skitter down a slightly-floral honey slide. Everything pools on the palate, joined by creamy malt and a touch of woody spice, before the arrival of a crisp and fresh finish.
As is traditional, Octomore 9.1 sets the tone for the 9 series. This intensely peaty single malt is designed to demonstrate that ingredients and distillation methods can create young whisky which is superior to those prized simply for their age. Matured in ex-American whiskey casks for five years, this is elegant, smoky and sweet with notes of toffee, earthy peat, fudge, coconut and rose petal.
The Octomore 9 series has been named dialogos (dialogue in ancient Greek) in recognition of the whisky's ability to provoke debate amongst whisky enthusiasts.
A beautiful sherry-aged Springbank from acclaimed indie bottlers The Whisky Agency, part of the range released to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Expect this to be whisked off our shelves very quickly.
A special collaborative bottling, created for Italian bottler Velier's 70th anniversary by Compass Box's head whiskymaker John Glaser, with some rumoured 'input' (lots of tasting) by Velier's Luca Gargano and La Maison du Whisky's Thierry Benitah. It's a classic Glaser blend, with a rich and waxy backbone, but tempered by herbal, fruity and citrusy notes. A label by Italian artist Lino di Vinci tops of this very special release.
A super independently-bottled Craigellachie 11 Year Old from the wizards at Hunter Laing. Bottled from a single refill butt, this has notes of sultana, dark chocolate, red plums, orange and toffee.
A long-aged and well-rounded Bunnahabhain bottled by La Maison du Whisky as part of the 7th edition of the Artist collection. This has been aged for more than 40 years in a single hogshead, and is packed with classic, old-school Bunnahabhain character. A worthy addition to this excellent range of whiskies.
Created in the same year as the Rugby World Cup, this is a smooth and sweet grain whisky with layers of fresh fruits, toffee and vanilla. Distilled at Invergordon in the north-east of Scotland, this was bottled from a single cask by Hunter Laing in 2018.
A Signatory vintage bottling of 1988-vintage Tormore. This is a vatting of two hogsheads, distilled on 5 December 1988 and bottled on 16 March 2018 at cask strength.
A 2018 bottling of Benromach's 2010 vintage Organic single malt. This is a classic Speysider: rich malt and subtle fruit integrate wonderfully with the woody spice and vanilla flavours of virgin oak maturation and later, bittersweet dark chocolate underlines an otherwise clean and vivacious whisky.
A well-rounded and wholesome Laphroaig. As briney and coastal as you'd expect but balanced with rich, mossy wood and a fresh vanilla-sweetness; thick, fiery peat and battling earthy leather and rich caramel. A wonder of a dram and limited to just 299 bottles.
Bottled for The Whisky Agency's 10 anniversary, this is a fine example of long-aged grain whisky from the closed Carsebridge distillery. It was distilled in 1974 and aged in a single hogshead until being bottled in 2018.
A rich, sherry-aged Speyside single malt bottled by Hunter Laing for its acclaimed Old Malt Cask series. Lavish notes of dark chocolate, sultanas, coffee, red fruits and toasted nuts.
Did you know? The Tormore distillery was built in 1958 and designed by Sir Albert Richardson, the architect who also designed the Manchester Opera House.
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A relatively youthful Ben Nevis with a fresh, excitable profile to match. A sweet, outdoorsy nose beckons us into a sweet palate full of vanilla and cocoa flavours rooted in leafy loam. One of 399 bottles, this is essential Ben Nevis and a must for Highland whisky fans.
A great gift for whisky-loving golfers: a special edition Loch Lomond created to celebrate prestigious tournament The Open. This whisky has delectably vibrant notes of peach and pear, accompanied by creamy vanilla oak, maple syrup and subtle peat.
This whisky is a combination of four different spirit styles, including that distilled from wine yeast fermentations.
A heavily-peated single-cask Arran bottled by The Whisky Agency for The Whisky Fair - a world-renowned annual event in Limburg, Germany. Aged in a single bourbon cask and peated to 50ppm, this is a great whisky for those who want to see what Arran's Machrie Moor would be like with a bucket-load of extra peat.
A single-cask bottling of Strathmill 1996, released by Hunter Laing as part of the First Editions range. This was matured in a refill hogshead for 21 years before bottling in 2018. It's a fruity dram, with balanced berries and citrus.
A 13-year-old Speyside single malt that's just peachy. Bottled by Hunter Laing from a single refill barrel that yielded just 264 bottles, this has notes of gingerbread, almonds and white pepper, alongside an abundance of ripe peaches. This bottling is a rare chance to try this distinctive single malt outside the blends for which it is so prized.
14th October 2018
A special anniversary bottling from Signatory Vintage, celebrating the 10th birthday of The Whisky Exchange Whisky show. When we were looking for some special birthday bottles, this was first on our list – a big sherry cask from Glenlivet. We love this style and this continues a run of great collaborative bottlings between us and Signatory. It's all about the fruit, with loads of sticky cherries and raisins at its dark, sherried heart. One for sherry heads.
A very special Clynelish, bottled for The Whisky Exchange by Signatory in celebration of the 10th edition of The Whisky Show in London. We've been fortunate to bottle a few of these sherried Clynelishes, and this might be the best yet. It was distilled on 11 December 1996 and bottled on 20 August 2018 at 21 years old. The sherry butt has added layers of dried fruit and spice, but without hiding Clynelishes fresh and fruit character. An excellent balancing act.
A suitable whisky for the Hart Brothers Legends Collection: 1989-vintage Macallan matured for 28 years in an oloroso sherry butt. This is a proper old-school Macallan, with rich dried fruit running through its core, as well as classic spiced orange notes. It's a very limited edition of just 240 bottles, the perfect addition for any Macallan fans collection
A very special bottling selected by Whisky Exchange director Sukhinder Singh. Each year, he tries hundreds of casks of whisky and occasionally he finds one good enough to be bottled as a part of his Masterpieces range. This is a Springbank distilled in 1993 and aged for 23 years in a sherry cask. It combines the distillery's soft rustic smokiness with soft fruit and spice, creating an elegant and more subtle dram than you might expect. A worthy addition to the Masterpieces collection.
A specially-selected single cask release of Eagle Rare, chosen by and exclusively available from The Whisky Exchange. It has the regular Eagle Rare intensity and complexity, but we chose this cask due to its excellent fruity notes that add an extra dimension to the house style. Sweet blackcurrant, stewed apples and raisins on top of brown sugar sweetness and leafy mintiness. An excellent whiskey.
2016 is the 200th anniversary of the founding of Lagavulin, and this bottle has been released in honour of the managers who have made the distillery what it is today. Aged for 25 years in sherry casks, it's a big and rich dram, with layers of smoke and dried fruit, all wrapped up in a bottle listing the name of each of the distillery managers.
Bottled in 2012, this 1996 edition of Lagavulin's Distillers Edition (probably the most sought after in the range) combines the regular rich, peat smoke that the distillery is known for with a finishing period in sweet Pedro Ximenez sherry casks for even more depth of flavour.
Another entry in Gordon & Macphail's excellently priced range of old whisky - this time a 1964 vintage dram from Speyside's Longmorn.
This 1983 Karuizawa has spent its life in first-fill sherry casks and was bottled in 2014 for a private customer.
Whiskies from Karuizawa are some of the most sought after in the world. Not only has the distillery closed, but its heavily sherried drams have a reputation for excellence that has only grown over the past few years. This 1981 sherry-cask-matured dram was previewed at The Whisky Show 2014, where it went down a storm.
An incredibly intense 1981 vintage bottling from cult closed Japanese distillery Karuizawa. Aged in a sherry cask for more than 30 years, this is another excellent example from this legendary distillery – it might just be the best one that we've bottled.
February 2010 marked an extraordinary achievement for Nikka, as their Taketsuru 21yo scooped the title of 'World's Best Blended Malt Whisky' at the World Whiskies Awards for the third time in four years. Bravo, Nikka!
Both the oldest whisky and the smallest edition to ever appear in Diageo’s Special Releases. This 52-year-old single-grain Scotch whisky comes from Port Dundas distillery, which closed in 2009. An excellent example of old grain whisky, this dram layers honey and cream on top of a stunningly fruity backbone. Port Dundas, in Glasgow, was founded in 1811 and became known both as a prominent grain distillery and for its 138-metre-high chimney – once the highest in the world.
A sherry-bomb celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show. We love Edradour's big sherried drams, and this one was a must-have as soon as we tried it – we bought the whole cask. It was distilled back in 2005 and matured for 12 years in a very active oloroso sherry butt before bottling in March 2018. The cask has layered on the fruit and spice, with intense sherry notes rolling out of the bottle as soon as you pull the cork. A friendly monster.
12th October 2018
The oldest Longmorn single malts ever released, and for a very special reason. On 2 February 1961, these two whiskies were filled into twin first-fill sherry hogsheads by George Urquhart, who led the second generation of the Gordon & MacPhail bottling dynasty, and sat side-by-side in the warehouse for 57 years – when they were discovered by Stuart and Richard Urquhart, fifth generation family members who also happen to be twins. The pair were fascinated by the prospect of whisky that mirrored their own experience – sharing the same DNA, but shaped by different maturation – and bottled both hogsheads, one European Oak, one American Oak, in tribute to the beguiling nature of twins. These two whiskies, each of which would be worthy of attention in its own right, together create a fascinating showcase of not only the maturation potential of excellent whisky, but also the captivating qualities produced by different wood on identical spirit.
11th October 2018
An innovative Canadian whisky that's been aged for 21 years and then finished in casks that previously held Scotch whisky from Speyside. It's far from a gimmick, however – taste it and you'll discover rich, fruity notes combined with warm spice, dry oak, prunes, hints of tobacco and a rich, honeyed butteryness. The Speyside finish has added depths of spice to what is already a pedigree whisky, and this is a fantastic dram for those with an adventurous palate.
Glen Keith, despite being fairly well known, is still a very youthful distillery, founded in just 1957. It took a long while for any single malts to appear, with the first being released just after this was distilled, but fortunately independents like The Nectar continue to select and release great whiskies like this. Bottled for the Daily Drams series this was distilled in 1993 and matured for 24 years.
A single cask from Goa's Paul John, purveyors of fine Indian single malt. This unpeated special release was exclusively bottled for the UK and brings together the spicier end of the distillery's character, along with a touch of chocolate.
Suitably thick and intricate for a 21-year-old Blair Athol, this full-bodied Highland lures you in with baked fruit and a whiff of smoke before presenting an old oak table laden with fresh fruit, hints of roasted meat and rich malt. One of only 228 bottles, snap up this absolute feast of a dram before it’s all gone.
From a micro-distillery just north of Toronto comes this rounded, creamy blend of single malt, rye and corn whiskies. A fantastic mix of vanilla, crème brûlée, spice and fruit flavours, which gets more rounded and creamier with water.
This 21-year-old heavily sherried dram was bottled by Douglas Laing for its Old Particular range. Expect notes of winter spices, fruit cake and dark chocolate. We have an idea which distillery this dark, rich, sherried whisky is from, but we couldn’t possibly comment.
Imperial distillery closed in 1998, but thankfully there are still casks hidden in warehouses across Scotland, ready to be bottled by indies like Carn Mor. The distillery was closed more than it was open over its 100 year history, but it was producing between 1985 and 1991, when this 1989-vintage was distilled. Matured for 28 years and then bottled April 2018, it's a classic Imperial – grassy, spicy and buttery.
Described as 'the quintessential Canadian whisky' by GQ Magazine, this blend of aged single malt, aged rye and a touch of aged corn is a memorably full-bodied dram that's full of honey, granola, cacao, vanilla, cigar box and oak spice flavours. A worthy addition to your whisky cabinet.
A special bottling from The Nectar for the Daily Drams series, this anonymous 1996 Single Malt was bottled for The Whisky Fair 2018. It's a big and rich dram thanks to 21 years of maturation.
Another 'unnamed Orkney' single malt from acclaimed indie bottlers Signatory. Don't spend time in anguished contemplation as to which of Orkney's two distilleries this might have come from, rather just enjoy the notes of pepper, peat, sweet vanilla and white flowers that are abundant in this dram.
The first single malt produced in Ontario for more than a century - and it doesn't disappoint. This small-batch whisky, aged in ex-bourbon casks for a minimum of three years, offers a complexity and depth of flavour that many have described as beyond its years.
This creamy, easy-drinking single malt is packed full of cereal, vanilla, malt, grape, pear, ginger and cinnamon notes, with a lingering fruit and spice finish.
A 19-year-old Deanston single malt bottled by The Nectar for its Daily Drams series. This 1999-vintage – bottled in 2018 – is very much a typical Deanston, with a malt-forward character bolstered by dried fruit and spice.
Highland Park and sherry are an excellent match and this Carn Mor bottling shows the combination off to excellent effect. Distilled on 10 November 1995 and matured for 22 years in a sherry hogshead before bottling on 23 April 2018. Expect heathery smoke, rich dried fruit and chocolatey touches.
The first single malt produced in Ontario for more than a century - and it doesn't disappoint. This small-batch whisky, aged in ex-bourbon casks for a minimum of three years, offers a complexity and depth of flavour that many have described as beyond its years.
This creamy, easy-drinking single malt is packed full of cereal, vanilla, malt, grape, pear, ginger and cinnamon notes, with a lingering fruit and spice finish. This cask strength version is a punchier version of the standard bottling and highlights the intense spice and fruit flavours.
A Nectar of the Daily Drams bottling of Blair Athol, distilled in 1988 and bottled in 2018. Blair Athol is surprisingly well known, considering it's mainly a whisky that pops up as a key component of Bell's, but it's a favourite with whisky fans, and this 1988-vintage has an old fashioned charm, with herbal notes and a malt-forward palate.
An ancient single grain from Cambus, more than three decades in a refill hogshead have leant this spirit a sweetened stewed-fruit character. Combined with sweet cereal notes and savoury, woody spice, this all makes for a beautifully-balanced, richly-flavoured and rewarding whisky.
Made only from local Ontario rye, this vibrant small-batch whisky delivers a magnificent combination of earthy, fruity, spicy and floral notes. It's a masterpiece of traditional rye flavours, which are delivered in ample volume thanks to its young age, but these are also tempered with citrus, vanilla and seductively buttery notes.
Stalk & Barrel Rye is also available in cask strength.
An exceptional Tullibardine for the sweet-toothed whisky fan, this dram is a cornucopia of sweet biscuit, rich chocolate, caramel and candied fruit. Delightful dessert notes are curbed and rounded out by fresh-cut wood, earthy notes and a nutty freshness, making this a perfect post-meal whisky to be savoured in good company.
A lightly-coloured Glen Ord from Blackadder's Raw Cask range. Distilled on 5 May 2004 it was matured in a refill-sherry puncheon for 13 years before bottling in December 2017. The cask hasn't added much sherry character, but the whisky's still fruity, with a punchy youthfulness.
Please note Blackadder's Raw Cask series is unfiltered, and the bottles have a natural sediment.
The cask-strength version of Stalk & Barrel's acclaimed 100% Ontario rye, a vibrant small-batch whisky that delivers a magnificent combination of earthy, fruity, spicy and floral notes. It's a masterpiece of traditional rye flavours, which are delivered in ample volume thanks to its young age, but these are also tempered with citrus, vanilla and seductively buttery notes.
10th October 2018
A new sherry-led expression from Aberlour, Casg Annamh – Gaelic for 'rare cask' – isn't pulling any punches at 48% ABV. Triple matured in European oak ex-sherry, American oak ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks, this is a bold, flavoursome and exceptionally balanced whisky full of fresh fruit, sherried nuttiness and woody spice.
8th October 2018
A sherry bomb from a mystery Speyside distillery is the only detail we can give away from the crafty Boutique-y Whisky Company, barley and oloroso sing through this whisky enigma.
Stagg Jr shares many characteristics with its older brother George T Stagg. It's big, bold and high strength, but younger and more accessible. This is the batch at 65% and shows a perfect balance of sweet and spicy flavours.
7th October 2018
A special 10th-Anniversary bottling, celebrating the Whisky Show's big birthday. It's rare to see indie-bottled Ardbeg and this went down a treat at the show, with its big smoke, barbecue sauce and beach bonfire character giving peat heads exactly what they were after.
Batch 62 of the A'Bunadh range - small batch bottlings of oloroso-sherry aged single malt - continues with this 61st edition, which as usual offers tasty notes of dried fruit, sherry, dark chocolate and spice.
From their Hidden Cask Collection, Valinch & Mallet have produced this 19-year-old whisky from the Ben Nevis distillery, matured in bourbon hogshead and producing only 278 bottles.
Distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2018, this Islay whisky is matured in a bourbon hogshead by the Italian independent bottlers, Valinch & Mallet.
Macallan 15yo Fine Oak is matured in a combination of Bourbon & Sherry Oak Casks. This range has been around for a few years now and seems to have weathered the storm it caused amongst the faithful when it was initially released. This one is probably the pick of the (Fine Oak) bunch. "Takes time to open but worth the wait. The complete package and arguably the best. 9¼/10" Dave Broom, Whisky Magazine.
The final entry in The Future of Whisky series, selected and bottled specially for the 10th Whisky Exchange Whisky Show. This bottled – The Future – is what we see the future of whisky being: old grain. Distilled at Invergordon in 1974, it's an old and elegant dram, with its long maturation adding layers of complexity.
A big, rich and smoky Ledaig, selected and bottled specially for The Whisky Show 2018, celebrating the 10th show. It's got an incredible 3d lenticular label that is almost as impressive as the whisky inside the bottle: smoky spirit from the Isle of Mull's Tobermory distillery, matured in a flavoursome sherry butt. It combines coastal peat smoke with rich fruit and a powerful punch of intensity. Named "Present Future", this is the style of dram that's coming into vogue at the moment, packed with intense smoky flavour.
A rich and spicy Arran, selected and bottled specially for The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show's 10th Anniversary. At 21 years old, it's almost as old as Arran gets – the distillery started production in 1995 – and the age has helped create an integrated dram, with layers of spice and fruit.
4th October 2018
A 2001 vintage Bunnahabhain bottled from a single oloroso sherry butt in 2018. At a hefty 53.4%, this is a characteristically full-bodied Bunna with heaps of fresh fruit exceptionally integrated with nutty, spicy wood influence.
Town Branch Bourbon is named after the body of water running under Lexington, where the product is made. Aged in new charred white oak barrels, this is a rich and complex bourbon.
An experimental release from Elgin's finest: Glen Moray. The distillery's warehouses are full of weird and wonderful casks and this whisky has been finished in ones that were previously used to hold Thistly Cross Scottish craft cider. The result as layers of toffee apples to Glen Moray's already fruity spirit – an excellent combination.
3rd October 2018
This single cask of sherry-aged whisky promises notes of raisins, dark chocolate and red fruits, underscored with a little smoke.
Distilled in 2008 this whisky spent the last 2 years of its life aging in French brandy casks before being bottled at cask strength. This dram is packed with orchard fruits with an almost grapey backbone behind dried fruits and sweet caramel.
Distilled in 1999 and bottled in 2018, producing 303 bottles using a bourbon hogshead, this is an independent bottling by Valinch & Mallet from Deanston distillery in the Highlands. It is the largest distillery owned by the Distell Group who also own Bunnahabhain and Tobermory.
Italian independent bottlers have released this cask-strength 10-year-old Ledaig expression from the Tobermory distillery, aged in bourbon barrels.
Having spent the last two years of its life in a Fino sherry hogshead this whisky is limited to 1710 bottles. A fresh citrus aroma behind notes of mocha and toffee apple. On the palate dark sweet fruits with nuts and toffee.
Founded by Robert Ransom (ex-Glenfarclas) this independent bottling from Highfern is a blend of Highland and Speyside malts. The name is in reference to the ‘Angel’s Share’, an attempt to retain all the liquid lost to the heavens.
Big Peat is back with their Christmas edition: a blend of Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore and Port Ellen. This Islay dram is full of earthy smoke, charcoal and oyster shells with a woody finish.
Mellow richness are derived from this great value dram distilled and blended at the Cameronbridge distillery – the home of Haig.
The next instalment in JP Wiser's limited release – and aptly-named – Rare Cask series. A rye-forward mash and a 46.1% ABV provide this whisky a thick, punchy profile full of sweet cereal flavours, rich toffee, plenty of oak spice and big clouds of airy vanilla floating overhead.
A litre bottle 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.
An eight-year-old Ardmore from Douglas Laing’s Provenance range. One of the few distilleries in the Highlands that produces peated whisky.
Aged in a refill barrel from 1996 until 2018, this Old Particular expression is bottled at 52% ABV and claims to have produced 544 bottles from a single refill barrel.
From the Bladnoch distillery this is a blend of Bladnoch single malt and aged Speyside, Highland and Islay malts with grain whisky that is designed for mixing. Orchard fruits, toffee, sweet spices and a hint of smoke.
2nd October 2018
A rare single-cask release from closed New Zealand distillery Willowbank – the world’s southernmost distillery until its destruction in the late 1990s. Distilled in 1988 and bottled in 2017 exclusively for The Whisky Exchange, this is a rich, well-aged dram with all the fruity intricacy and deep-rooted wood influence one might expect from a whisky on the brink of its third decade. A fine, one-off bottling that won’t be around for long.
A beautifully complex whisky from closed distillery Willowbank in Dunedin, New Zealand – the world's southernmost distillery until its destruction in the late 1990s. After an unconventional double maturation – a quartet of ex-bourbon barrels followed by a lengthy period in French oak New Zealand wine casks – this is a complex 18-year-old full of full-bodied, lingering dark fruit notes and woody spice. Exclusive to The Whisky Exchange.