Released October 2019
Below are this months newest Whisky expressions and limited releases to hit the online shelves. Click on the buttons to read more.
A 2001 Braeval single malt from Douglas Laing's Old Particular range, this has been matured in a single sherry but for 18 years, before being bottled in August 2019.
A 2006 Bunnahabhain single malt from Douglas Laing's Old Particular range, matured in a single cask and bottled in August 2019.
A 1995 North British single grain whisky from Douglas Laing's Old Particular range, matured in a single refill cask before being bottled in August 2019. The palate is sweet and buttery, with notes of maple syrup. cramy vanilla, cookie dough and milk chocolate.
A 2005 Macallan single malt from Gordon & MacPhail's Speymalt series, bottled in 2019.
A gift set from Bowmore, including a bottle of the distillery's 15-year-old whisky, as well as a stylish decanter. This 15-year-old single malt, which spends its final three years in oloroso sherry casks, is elegantly balanced between this sherry influence and the distillery's fruit and peat characteristics – including a siren-like whisper of tropical fruit that will delight fans of older-style Bowmore.
A seven-year-old Australian single malt from Starward distillery, bottled exclusively for The Whisky Exchange's 20th anniversary. Made in 2012, this whisky was matured in a single refill Apera cask – an Australian fortified wine, similar to Spanish sherry – before being bottled in 2019. Aromas of toffee, peach, pineapple, pear, sandalwood and vanilla custard fill the nose, with sharp lemon and golden sugar. The palate offers notes of caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, stewed apples and raisins, developing black pepper, toffee, pineapple and milk chocolate.
A 2004 Old Pulteney bottled exclusively for the 20th anniversary of The Whisky Exchange. Matured in a single ex-bourbon barrel before being bottled in 2019, this Highland single malt has a fruity, spicy character with aromas of salt and pepper, soft fruits, royal icing, muscat grapes and spiced sponge cake. The palate offers notes of creamy vanilla, candied lemon, sponge cake, barkey sugar, liquorice and cinnamon-baked apples.
Made at Clynelish distillery in 2005, this 14-year-old Highland single malt was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in June 2019, exclusively for The Whisky Exchange's 20th anniversary celebrations. Matured in a single refill hogshead, it has aromas of honey-glazed nuts, salted caramel, sugared almonds and marmalade on croissants throughout the nose. The palate offers notes of orange, oatcakes, dark chocolate, raisins, cinnamon, barrel char and liquorice, before sweet cocoa and icing sugar develop in the finish.
A gift pack including a bottle of fruity, lively Benriach 10 Year Old and a pair of glasses, perfect for sharing a dram with a friend.
A 1994 Aberlour from Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range, matured in a refill hogshead for a quarter of a century, before being bottled in August 2019. Sweet aromas of juicy peaches, exotic spice, cookie dough and strawberry jam fill the nose, and the palate offers notes of gruit compote, chocolate ganache and rich barley.
A 1994 Miltonduff single malt from Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range, matured in a single refill hogshead for a quarter of a century, before being bottled in 2019.
A 1994 Auchroisk from Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range, matured in a single refill hogshead for a quarter of a century, before being bottled in August 2019. Aromas of damp wood, foraged fruits, barley and gentle spices fill the nose, and the palate offers notes of creamy toffee, vanilla, nutmeg and pear drops, with hints of ginger cake, almond biscuits and dark chocolate lingering in the finish.
Laid to rest in 1956, the same year that Mr George Urquhart became Gordon & MacPhail's senior partner. Matured in a single first-fill sherry butt, made to Mr George's specific requirements, for more than six decades, this rich, fruity Glen Grant single malt was bottled in June 2019 to commemorate what would have been his centenary year. Rich aromas of fruitcake, raisin and dried fig are complimented by Seville orange peel, beeswax, molasses, roasted walnut and burnt toffee on the nose. The palate is initially sweet, with notes of vibrant citrus, juicy sultanas and cinnamon, developing into rich tobacco, dark chocolate covered coffee beans, liquorice and charred oak.
A 10-year-old single grain whiskey from Belfast's Kirker & Greer, matured in first-fill bourbon casks. Aromas of grassy oak, vanilla fudge, banana bread and runny honey fill the nose. The palate offers notes of toffee popcorn, caramelised banana, pineapple, cinnamon and creamy vanilla.
Carefully crafted to honour the beautiful Donegal coastline and the magical creatures said to reside there, Silkie blended Irish whiskey aims to be just as beguiling as the Silkies themselves, with its soft mouth feel and its rich and warming flavour.
Made with barley smoked with cherry wood, mesquite wood and apple wood, this is a rich and oily American single malt with a distinctive smoky twang. Expect notes of apricot, apple, salty barbecue, toasted sugar and pastry, with a long savoury, smoky finish.
FEW is a craft distillery based near Evanston, Illinois.
A gift set from Laphroaig, including a bottle of the peaty, spicy Laphroaig Lore, matured in a combination of quarter casks, sherry casks and reused peated casks. It also includes a pair of Laphroaig glasses.
A 16-year-old single malt whiskey from Belfast's Kirker & Greer, matured exclusively in first-fill ex-bourbon casks. Aromas of vanilla custard, banana, stewed apple, honey and vanilla fudge fill the nose. The palate offers notes of chocolate cake, vanilla cream, tropical fruit and caramelised apples, alongside a hint of dry oak spice.
A triple distilled blended whiskey from Belfast's Kirker & Greer, a marriage of both grain and malt whiskies that have been rested in first-fill bourbon casks. Shamrock has aromas of toffee apples, buttery croissants, brown sugar, marmalade and white flowers. The palate offers notes of caramel milk chocolate, honeyed apples, white peppers and creamy vanilla.
A 1998 Ardmore single malt, mature in a refill hogshead for 21 years, before being bottled by indie bottler Thompson Bros. The nose has peaty aromas of poached pears, vanilla, peach and salty seaweed. The palate offers notes of soft white fruit, salty seashore, wax, white pepper and medicinal peat, with a gentle minerality throughout.
Port Charlotte's 10-year-old, rich and smoky whisky made by the independently minded folks at Bruichladdich distillery on Islay. It is big and peaty with a maritime tang – the Bruichladdich team would claim that it's because their warehouses are so close to the sea, we're still undecided. In the end, the most important thing is the taste: it's rather good. This gift set also contains a pair of glasses.
An unaged rye spirit from Buffalo Trace Distillery, White Dog Rye Mash pays homage to the first spirits made by settlers in America, known as White Dog, which would later become whiskey. The palate is fresh and green, with spicy rye notes and sweet, creamy cereals.
Kilkerran Heavily Peated has been matured in of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, adding a fruity, sweet character alongside the savoury peat centre. The nose is full of fresh apple, strawberry and boiled sweet aromas, with an undercurrent of wood-smoke and toasted marshmallows. The palate offers notes of buttery popcorn, brown sugar, freshly-baked pastry and peppermint creams, before developing into vanilla, butter, toasted oats and sea-salt that linger in the finish.
A nine-year-old Kilchoman single malt, distilled in 2010 and matured in a combination of ex-bourbon barrels and oloroso sherry butts, before being bottled in 2019.
Made in 1966 at Longmorn distillery, this Speyside single malt has been matured in a first-fill sherry butt for more than half a century, before being bottled in March 2019 for Gordon & MacPhail's Private Collection.
A 5-year-old Campbeltown blended malt whisky from Thompson Brothers, matured in a refill hogshead. The palate offers notes of chamomile, citrus and apple.
For peat lovers, Ardbeg 10 Year Old is probably the highest-quality 'entry-level' single malt on the market, and the distillery many Islay connoisseurs would choose as their favourite. A whirlwind of peat and complex malty flavours.
This unique gift pack is shaped like a bone to honour the distillery's mascot Shortie, a Jack Russell terrier rumoured to have 'the peatiest nose on Islay... apart from Ardbeg of course'.
The eight release of Glendronach Cask Strength has been matured in both Pedro Ximénez and oloroso sherry casks for a decade. Aromas of sandalwood, oak, aromatic Colombian coffee, manuka honey and cocoa fill the nose. The palate offers notes of velvety caramel, mocha, cherry, chocolate cake, dates, plum skins and sultanas, before developing into traces of espresso, cocoa, liquorice and tobacco that linger in the finish.
We've managed to find some bottles of Maker's Mark's cask-strength, rarely seen over this side of the pond. Richer and more intense than the standard bottling, this batch has been bottled at 55.45%.
A 38-year-old blended whisky from indie bottler Thompson Bros, married in sherry butts before being bottled in 2019.
A long aged bottling of Strathisla from independent bottling veteran Gordon & Macphail, whose warehouses are filled with impressive number of treats like this. Clocking in at over 40 years old and packed full of sherry fruit and spice.
The 2019-release of Macallan's 18 Year Old triple-cask-matured single malt. Aged in a combination of sherry-seasoned European and American oak casks, as well as ex-bourbon casks, this is a fruity Highland single malt with notes of citrus, dried fruit, bitter cocoa and oak spice throughout the palate.
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 collaboration between East London Liqueur Co. and Sonoma Distilling Company's Adam Spiegel, this London Rye whisky has been matured in a variety of casks, including ex-peated whisky casks and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Aromas of honey, brandy-soaked cherries, almond butter, hay and honeysuckle fill the nose. The palate offers notes of black pepper, dried apricots, candied cherries, coffee and porridge.
Matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-rye whiskey casks from Sonoma and Kentucky, this East London single malt has aromas of milk chocolate, peanut butter, fresh hay and buttery biscuits. The palate offers notes of bitter almonds, biscuits, green tomatoes and light tar, with hints of peanut butter throughout.
A half bottle of Buffalo Trace's White Dog Wheated Mash. White Dogs are commonly released from American distilleries whereas they are rare from scotch ones. Made from a mash composed of wheat, corn and barley and then bottled without ageing.
The second batch of Tomatin's limited-edition 30-year-old Highland single malt has been matured in a combination of first fill bourbon barrels and refill hogsheads.
This 11-year-old single malt, made by the English Whisky Company, has been matured in a single red wine cask, before being bottled by North Star Spirits in July 2019.
Made in 1991 at Jura distillery, this single malt has been matured in a single refill American oak hogshead, before being bottled in 2019 for Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice series. Aromas of apple crumble, honey, salted lemons and freshly-cut grass fill the nose, and the palate offers notes of toffee, black pepper, baking spices and juicy peaches.
A limited-edition 2008 GlenAllachie single malt, matured in a single Marsala wine hogshead for 10 years, before being bottled in August 2019 as part of the distillery's Single Cask series. Fresh aromas of orchard fruit, pineapple, cinnamon and mint fill the nose, and the palate offers notes of heather honey, raisins, orange peel, toffee and apricots, over a backdrop of sweet cinnamon.
A limited-edition 2007 GlenAllachie single malt, matured in a single Madeira hogshead for 12 years, before being bottled in August 2019 as part of the distillery's Single Cask series. Tropical aromas of pineapples, orange zest, sweet spices and mint fill the nose. The palate offers notes of apricots, pineapple, coconut, cinnamon and refreshing mint.
A limited-edition 2006 GlenAllachie single malt, matured in a Pedro Ximenez sherry cask for 13 years, before being bottled in August 2019 as part of the distillery's Single Cask series. Aromas of dark chocolate, mocha, honey and sweet baking spices fill the nose, and the palate offers notes of orange zest, treacle, dark chocolate, mint and cinnamon, with a hint of roasted coffee beans lingering in the finish.
A limited-edition 2004 GlenAllachie single maltm atured in a single ex-oloroso sherry puncheon for 15 years, before being bottled in August 2019 as part of the distillery's Single Cask series. Aromas of heather honey, orange zest and cinnamon fill the nose, and the palate offers notes of rich spices, treacle, raisins, orange peel and dark chocolate.
This Danish malted rye whisky is made with 70% rye and 30% barley, grown locally and malted at Stauning Distillery in Denmark. Initially matured for three years in virgin American oak barrels, Stauning Rye has been finished in Plantation Rhum casks for a further eight months, creating a smooth, tropical character.
Matured in American oak wine barrels that have been re-charred to create extra-fruity notes in the spirit, this is a single-cask whisky with notes of melon, mango, citrus, vanilla, oak spice and dates
A 2005 Craigellachie single malt, matured in a refill bourbon barrel for 13 years before being bottle by Gordon & MacPhail in June 2019, as part of its Connoisseurs Choice series. Sweet, floral aromas of apple blossom, malted barley, pear, line and soft vanilla fudge fill the nose, followed by hints of chocolate and fresh pine. The palate offers notes of black pepper, green apple, keylime pie, apple blossom, aniseed, banana and oak.
A 2008-vintage single malt from Taiwan's Kavalan distillery, this has been matured in sherry casks to create a rich, fruity edge to this tropical whisky.
Another outstanding bourbon from Kentucky Distillers, makers of Noah's Mill. Handmade in very small batches and aged in charred oak barrels.
A rich and fruity 12-year-old single malt from Edradour, matured in a single ex-sherry cask for 12 years. Aromas of dried fruits and crème caramel fill the nose, complimenting notes of red berries, dried fruit, orange peel, Christmas cake and cinnamon throughout the palate.
A limited-edition 2001 GlenAllachie that has been matured in a Pedro Ximenez hogshead for 18 years, before being bottled as part of the distillery's Single Cask series. Fruity aromas of orange zest and green apples are balanced by Dark chocolate and cinnamon on the nose. The palate offers notes of honeycomb, barley sugar, raisins, treacle, orange peel and sweet baking spices.
A 31-year-old blended malt whisky from North Star Spirits, Sirius has been matured in first fill bourbon barrels, before being bottled in 2019. Named after the brightest star in the night sky, Sirius is a waxy, citrusy whisky with a rich, malty backbone.
The sixth edition of North Star Spirits' limited-edition Vega blended malt whisky is a combination of whiskies distilled in 1996 and matured in a combination of European and American oak for 22 years, before being bottled in July 2019.
This 5-year-old Campbeltown blended malt has been finished in a Perdo Ximenez sherry cask, before being bottled in August 2019 by indie bottler North Star Spirits.
A single cask Longmorn, distilled in 2013 and matured in an ex-bourbon hogshead for three years and finished in an ex-Glen Moray barrel for a further two years, before being bottled by A.D. Rattray in September 2019, as part of its Cask Collection. Aromas of toasted marshmallows, vanilla and orange peel fill the nose, and the palate offers notes of creamy coconut, candyfloss and zesty citrus.
A single-cask release of Bunnahabhain, bottled by Elixir Distillers as part of the Single Malts of Scotland Director's Special range. Matured for 31 years in a single cask, this whisky holds aromas of Victoria sponge with raspberry jam, pear drops, cherry brandy and pink-champagne-cake, with undertones of tar, wax and engine oil. The palate offers notes of Wine Gums, grape jelly and heather honey, followed by damp driftwood, sea salt, chocolate stout cake, root beer and cinnamon.
This 2008 Tomatin single malt has been matured in an ex-bourbon hogshead for 11 years, before being bottled in April 2019 by indie bottler Artful Dodger.
The second release in The Lakes Distillery's Whiskymaker's Reserve series, this is a robust cask-strength whisky that has been matured in a combination of ex-bourbon, red wine and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Rich aromas of dried fruit, wood spice and vanilla fill the nose, and the palate offers notes of raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, crystalised ginger and toasted oak.
Distilled in September 2007, this Glenrothes single malt has been matured in a single sherry butt for 11 years before being bottled by North Star Spirits in August 2019. A fruity, rich whisky, the palate offers notes of sherry, dried fruit, pecans, chocolate and caramel truffles and peppery apricot jam.
This peated single malt was distilled at Caol Ila, and finished in a Pedro Ximenez sherry cask, before being bottled by North Star Spirits in August 2019 at nine-years-old.
Distilled on the 23rd of December 1973, this elegant Campbeltown single malt has spent 45 years in ex-bourbon barrels before being bottled. Coastal aromas of sea-soaked basalt mingle with ripe pineapple, crisp green apple, rose petals, vanilla and toasted oak. The palate offers notes of caramel, pineapple, mango, watermelon, vanilla and honey, with hints of sea-salt and lime lingering in the finish.
Distilled 1990 at Littlemill distillery, this 29-year-old single malt was made shortly before the distillery's closure and matured in seven refill bourbon casks, before being finished in first-fill oloroso sherry and Limousin oak casks. Floral, spicy aromas of honeysuckle, cinnamon and nutmeg fill the nose, and the palate offers notes of crisp green apples, pear, kiwi, sweet caramel and orange marmalade.
This bottle comes presented in a specially-made Glencairn crystal decanter, alongside a 5cl miniature and a piece of the original Littlemmill cask.
Matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks for 12 years before being bottled in 2019, this cask strength single malt from Springbank has refreshing aromas of oregano, lavender, marzipan, freshly-baked doughnuts and marmalade on the nose. The palate offers notes of butterscotch sponge, Chantilly cream, treacle, salty pretzels and orange rind.
Matured in a single bourbon hogshead for a decade, this 2009 Knockdhu single malt was bottled by A.D. Rattray in September 2019, as part of its Cask Collection.
A single-cask unpeated whisky, distilled at Bruichladdich distillery in 1992, this has been matured in a single barrel for 26 years before being bottled by Elixir Distillers in July 2019, as part of its Single Malts of Scotland series. Aromas of freshly-baled hay, sawdust and summer flowers mingle with toffee and liquorice on the nose, and the palate offers notes of rosemary, violets, spearmint, warm tarmac roads, agave and lemon peel.
After half a century maturing in a single ex-sherry hogshead, this 1969-vintage single malt from Benromach was bottled in June 2019. Rich and fruity, this whisky has gentle undertones of smoke and delicate oak spice.
heavily sherried Morthlach single malt, distilled in 1992 and matured in first-fill oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks for 26 years, before being bottled as part of Diageo's 2019 Special Releases. Aromas of black tea, jam on toast, leather an tar open on the nose, followed by dried fruit, apple upside-down, ginger cake cake and caramel. The palate initially offers notes of spiced sponge cake, burnt raisins, buttery pastry and hot caramel, slowly developing plums, liquorice, fruit cake and Caramac bars.
Pittyvaich is often described as rare – it was only open for 19 years and closed back in 1993. This is the third Special Release from the distillery since 2015, ‘double-matured’ in oloroso and Pedro-Ximénez-seasoned casks. A complex and rewarding palate of citrus, malt, caramel, orange and buttery pastry.
An advance of seven years on 2018's Special Releases Talisker, this is a big, sooty, earthy single malt run-through with lashings of ripe citrus and treacle sponge, and plenty of warming spice. Plenty of heft and darkness to be found here, alongside classic, coastal Talisker character for purists to revel in.
2019's Diageo Special Releases bring us a 12-year-old Lagavulin matured in refill American oak casks. Sweeter and more mineral than previous releases, it has aromas of sweet green peat, green apples, lemon oil, wood smoke, warm tar and brine. The palate offers notes of salty sea breeze, fresh green veg, young oak, saucy barbecue sauce, cinnamon, lemon lockets and earthy, damp peat.
A cask-strength Signleton of Glen Ord, matured in freshly-charred American oak hogsheads for 18 years, before being bottled as part of Diageo's 2019 Special Releases. Delicate aromas of ripe apricots, raspberry jam, candied peel and cinnamon rolls mingle with chocolate-covered cherries, peach, sponge cake and barkey sugar on the nose. The palate offers notes of apricot frangipane, baking spices, orange peel, dark chocolate, mint and oak spice.
Matured in a combination of refill hogsheads and butts for three decades, this Dalwhinnie single malt is an elegant addition to Diageo's 2019 Special Releases. Aromas of raisins, leather, lemon and cinnamon-baked apples mingle with mint, grape jelly, honeysuckle, spring meadows and hay. The palate offers notes of summer flowers, vanilla toffee, delicate oak spice and slices of apple and pear, followed by zesty lemon, candied flowers, grystalised ginger and buttery shortbread biscuits.
The first-ever release of smoky whisky from Cragganmore distillery, this Speyside single malt has been matured in refill American oak casks for 12 years, before being bottled for Diageo's 2019 Special Releases. Aromas of crispy bacon and waxy lemons open on the nose, followed by burning leaves, damp peat, fresh pine, cinnamon bark and buttered malt loaf. The palate offers notes of spiced toffee, sponge cake, soft smoke and moss, developing into spiced chocolate, candied orange, charred leaves and damp oak.
Matured for 14 years in amontillado-sherry seasoned hogsheads, this rich and fruity 2004 Cardhu has been bottled as part of Diageo's 2019 Special Releases. Aromas of caramel, hazelnut, almonds, pastry, waxed lemons, wood polish and raisins mingle on the nose. The palate offers notes of zesty lemons, burnt toffee, toasted oak, rich fruit cake and chocolate sauce, before developing warm baking spice and ginger cake flavours that linger in the finish.
Distilled in 2012 at Glenallachie, this Speyside single malt has been matured in a single sherry butt for seven years, before being bottled by A.D. Rattray in September 2019 as part of its Cask Collection.
The 2015 vintage of 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.
A blended whisky from The Lakes distillery, The One Signature Blend combines The Lakes single malt with both grain and malt whiskies from Scotland. Complex yet balanced, the palate offers notes of honey-roasted nuts, peaches, treacle, cinnamon, toasted oak and dried fruits.
Matured for over three decades in American white oak bourbon barrels, this 1989 Rare Vintage Jura single malt has an exotic character with aromas of honeyed pears, freshly-baked bread, ripe bananas and vanilla cake. The palate offers notes of peaches in syrup, cinnamon, toffee apples and sweet white chocolate.
The 2019 release of Glenrothes Halloween edition single malt has arrived, a 13-year-old whisky matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, and finished in a cask that previously held peated whisky. The palate offers notes of earthy peat, creamy vanilla, dried fruit, cinnamon and clove-studded oranges.
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A 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.
The 2016 release of Eagle Rare 17 Year Old from Buffalo Trace's annual Antique Collection. This is packed with notes of wood spice, cherry, toffee and vanilla.
William Larue Weller is the wheated-bourbon expression in the Antique Collection from Buffalo Trace. The 2016 release is at a punchy 67.7% and is rich and warming with notes of cherry, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and tobacco.
The 11th edition of this acclaimed single barrel series from the Heaven Hill distillery. The name comes from Heaven Hill's late master distiller, Parker Beam, and each bottling is designed to be a tribute to his expertise. This 11 Year Old bourbon has notes of oak, cinnamon, tobacco, raisins and caramel popcorn.
2016's release of the whiskey often seen as the pinnacle of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is one of the strongest ever at 72.05%. George T Stagg is packed full of intense flavours of leather, vanilla and caramel.
This 12-year-old Westport blended malt whisky has been matured in a single ex-sherry cask before being bottled by Valinch & Mallet in 2019.
This sweet, spicy Swiss single malt from Seven Seals has been finished in ex-sherry casks and bottled at cask strength. The palate offers notes of toffee, gingerbread, roasted almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
This 21-year-old Wardhead whisky has been matured in a single bourbon hogshead before being bottled by Valinch & Mallet in 2019.
This Islay single malt, made at a mystery distillery, is named after a mystical area of Islay, known as Scarabus – meaning 'a rocky place' in Old Norse. The palate offers notes of leather, stewed rhubarb, vanilla, sea salt and rich peat smoke.
This 21-year-old blended malt is a part of MacNair's Lum Reek series, matured in a combination of oloroso sherry casks, virgin oak casks and ex-red wine casks. Aromas of rich peat smoke, dark chocolate and fudge mingle on the nose, and the palate offers notes of tobacco, leather, cedar wood, cocoa, vanilla, honey and spices, wrapped in waves of pungent peat smoke.
A blended malt whisky from indie bottler Hunter Laing, Islay Journey is inspired by the trip from the Scottish mainland to Islay. Matured in bourbon hogsheads, this whisky finds a balance between smooth caramel and bold smoke.
This Highland single malt from Teaninich distillery was made in 2007 and matured in a single cask for 11 years, before being bottled in 2019 by Berry Bros & Rudd.
The second whiskey in Egan's Legacy series, this Irish single malt has been matured in ex-bourbon casks, before being finished in Banyuls wine casks from the Catalan Pyrenees. Aromas of rich chocolate mingle with dried fruit and warm spices on the nose, and the palate offers notes of baked peaches, apricots, clotted cream and hints of cassis.
Batch 63 of Aberlour's much-loved A'Bunadh is a big, rich sherry-matured single malt with aromas of sultanas, dates, dark chocolate and cinnamon throughout the nose. The palate offers notes of toffee, rich malt, vanilla, Christmas cake, figs, caramel and spicy white pepper.
A 2000 Laphroaig single malt, bottled by Samaroli in 2019, as part of its Masam series.
A spicy, sweet Swiss single malt from Seven Seals, finished in ex-sherry casks to create dense aromas of toffee, sticky gingerbread, roasted almonds, salted caramel an Christmas pudding. These flavours are echoed on the palate, alongside toffee chocolates and lively orange notes.
This peated Swiss single malt has been finished in ex-port wine casks, creating a smoky, fruity whisky. The palate offers notes of rich peat smoke, raisins, sweet honey and oriental spices.
This Swiss single malt has been finished in ex-port casks, creating a complex combination of flavours, including honey, roasted nuts, gingerbread, honey and a hint of peat smoke.
This 2002 Loch Lomond single malt has been matured in American oak casks before being finishing in French oak Pinot Noir casks from Kerr Cellars. A fruity, spicy whisky, the palate offers notes of green apple, kiwi, lime, ginger and red berries.
A light, delicate single grain Irish whiskey from Kilbeggan, it offers aromas of creamy vanilla, candyfloss, pear drops, citrus peel and a hint of cinnamon. The palate holds sweet and fruity notes of bubblegum, vanilla, orange peel, poached pears and fresh ginger.
A three-year-old bourbon whiskey from Tarnished Truth, made with a mash bill of 60% corn, 36% rye and 4% malted barley, this is a sweet-and-spicy whiskey. The palate offers notes of butterscotch, toasted oak, vanilla, maple syrup, clove, cinnamon and ripe figs.
A limited-edition bourbon from Reservoir distillery, made with Virginia-grown wheat, corn and rye, and finished in a rum barrel. Rich aromas of liquorice, sherry, caramel, vanilla and roasted coffee beans fill the nose, and the palate offers notes of cedar, mint, brown sugar, blackberries, saltwater taffy and shortbread.
This 2002-vintage Irish single malt was bottled by indie bottler Artful Dodger after 15 years in a single ex-bourbon cask.
Matured in ex-sherry casks for 12 years, this rich, elegant Tamdhu holds aromas of cinnamon rolls, orange candy, fresh oak, raisins and faint traces of mint. The palate offers notes of banana, raspberry jam, malty biscuits and toasted oak, before developing into ground cinnamon, dried fruit and Scottish tablet flavours that linger in the finish.
A limited-edition small-batch whisky from The English Whisky Company, this single malt has been triple distilled to create a smooth, elegant character, with aromas of vanilla custard, citrus, dark chocolate, butterscotch and liquorice throughout the nose. The palate offers notes of bitter dark chocolate, vanilla custard, clove-studded oranges and salty liquorice.
This 2001 Balmenach single malt has been matured in a single first-fill sherry cask for 18 years, before bottled by indie bottler Samaroli, as part of its Masam series.
This Sherry Edition of A.D. Rattray's Cask Islay single malt has been matured exclusively in ex-sherry casks and bottled at cask strength. Fruity, nutty aromas fill the nose, alongside waves of dry peat smoke. The palate offers notes of roasted hazelnuts and pine nuts, raisins, sherry and earthy peat.
Distilled in 1989, this Macallan single malt has been matured in a single refill hogshead for three decades, before being bottled by Douglas Laing in May 2019, as part of its Xtra Old Particular series. Aromas of orange, sugared dates and leather fill the nose, complimented by notes of dark chocolate covered raisins, plums, tropical fruit and a hint of pepper throughout the palate.
A sweet, tropical blended Irish whiskey, this Tullamore D.E.W. has been finished in Caribbean rum casks. Aromas of vanilla, oak, citrus, ripe bananas and delicate spices mingle on the nose, and the palate offers notes of caramel, banana bread, dates and raisins.
Matured in first-fill oloroso sherry casks, this small-batch single malt from Glenlivet takes its name from the Gaelic word Nadurra, meaning 'natural'. Big, fruity and spicy, this is a must for sherry whisky fans.
The seventh batch of Cameronbridge to be bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, this 39-year-old single grain whisky offers aromas of butterscotch, mint chocolate and mixed spices. The palate holds notes of caramel, honey, dried apricot and warm cinnamon.
Matured in a single sherry butt for more than two decades, this 1996 Inchmurrin single malt has been bottled by A. D. Rattray in September 2019, as part of its Cask Collection.
Matured for more than a decade in a single hogshead, this Caol Ila single malt was bottled by Signatory Vintage in June 2019, as part of its Cast Strength Collection.
The reincarnation of popular brand James E. Pepper's 1776 bourbon, this is a creamy, spicy whiskey. Zesty aromas of orange and lemon mingle with vanilla pods, toffee and rye spice on the nose. The palate offers notes of honey, vanilla, dark chocolate and orange.
Made exclusively with organic barley grown on Mid Coul Farms in Inverness, Bruichladdich The Organic 2010 is a fruity, sweet Islay whisky with an elegant island character. Aromas of melon, peach and apricot mingle with honey, lemon meringue pie, gorse, heather and tart gooseberries on the nose, atop a backdrop of rich malted barley. The palate initially offers notes of pear drops, vanilla fudge, chocolate and marzipan, before developing toasted rye bread, buttery popcorn, smooth caramel and toasted oak flavours.
A rich and creamy 4-year-old bourbon from American Eagle, the palate offers notes of toasted oak, vanilla, fudge, bittersweet orange and spicy white pepper.
This 21-year-old single malt is the 3rd batch of whisky from Fettercairn distillery to be bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Fruity and spicy, this whisky offers light notes of Bramley apples, sweet custard and sharp oranges, balanced by hazelnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg and toffee.
A sherry-finished single malt whisky from Darkness, initially matured in bourbon barrels, before being finished in oloroso sherry octaves. A bold, fruity whisky, it offers notes of Amoretti biscuits, raisins, prunes and rich oak spice.
A marriage of casks from a mystery distillery on Islay, Angels' Nectar Islay Edition is a smoky, coastal single malt, with notes of rich, medicinal peat smoke, salty seaweed, sweet biscuits and a hint of beeswax throughout the palate.
Matured exclusively in Pedro Ximenez casks, this Irish single malt whiskey has a rich, fruity character with a clear sherry influence. Aromas of honey, raisins, marzipan, sherry and cinnamon fill the nose, complimenting notes of dried fruit, sultanas, plums and nutmeg throughout the palate.
A single batch Irish whiskey from Clonakilty, finished in virgin oak casks and matured in a warehouse overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Soft aromas of sweet spices, freshly-cut grass, ripe orchard fruits and leather fill the nose, and the palate offers notes of fresh ginger, cubeb pepper, hazelnut, almond and grass.
A single grain Irish whiskey from Clonakilty, finished in ex-Bordeaux wine casks. Sweet aromas of raspberries, rhubarb and custard fill the nose, complimenting notes of strawberries, cream, honey and wood spice throughout the palate.
A triple distilled blended Irish whiskey from Clonakilty's Cask Finish Series, finished in port casks. Aromas of ripe peaches, lively citrus, creamy vanilla and delicate oak spice fill the nose, complimented by notes of cardamom, chilli, peach compote and orange zest on the palate.
The first batch of single malt from Glengoyne distillery to be bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, this 17-year-old whisky has buttery aromas of toffee, pastries, dates, sultanas, red apples, sherry and star anise. Dark fruits fill the palate, alongside notes of blackberry compote, marmalade and a hint of creamy nuttiness.
The 13th batch of Caol Ila single malt to be bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, this 18-year-old Islay whisky is fruity and smoky, with a subtle seaside edge. Aromas of olive oil, gorse and heather fill the nose, alongside straw, coal dust and sugar syrup.
Bottled by the Limestone Branch Distillery, this rye whiskey is named after the founders' ancestor: Minor Case Beam. Part of the famous bourbon-making Beam family, Minor Case worked as a distiller until 1920, when prohibition forced him to cease, and died less than a year after the ban on his life's passion was lifted.
This is a two-year-old rye whiskey which has been finished in sherry casks for six months. It has notes of fruit sweets, warm spices and oak.
The 2019 Limited Release Tobermory was distilled in 1999 and finished in Marsala wine casks, after a stint in refill ex-bourbon hogsheads. Sweet aromas of orange, tangerine, chocolate, fondant fancies and raspberry sauce fill the nose, followed by Battenberg cake, marzipan, gingernut biscuits and creamy coffee. The palate offers notes of cinnamon-spiced poached pears, stewed fruits, raisins, strawberry jam, raspberries, cocoa powder, cloves, honey-roast ham and earthy coffee grounds.
A 2007 Tamdhu single malt, matured in a single sherry butt for more than a decade, before being bottled by Douglas Laing in May 2019, as part of its Old Particular series.
Matured in a single refill hogshead for eight years, this 2008 Talisker single malt was bottled in January 2017 as part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask series.
Made using barley grown on Macallan's Speyside estate, distilled once a year in a single week, this single malt has been matured exclusively in sherry seasoned oak butts and hogsheads. Warm, comforting aromas of cinnamon, dried fruits, sweet lemons and caramel fill the nose, and the palate initially offers notes of warm spice, dry oak and fresh figs. Sweet orange and dried fruit flavours develop slowly, alongside delicate citrus and sweet toffee.
Macallan Estate is presented in a striking box inspired by the landscape of Speyside. Featuring an inlay of hand-cut slate, this unique box reflects the sense of plac
This 2007 Mortlach single malt has been matured in a pair of hogsheads for more than a decade, before being bottled by Signatory Vintage in August 2019 as part of its Un-Chillfiltered Collection.
Matured in a combination of ex-bourbon barrels and European oak sherry casks, this Indian single malt from Rampur has a rich, complex character. Aromas of tropical fruits mingle with sweet malt, oak, honey and dried fruits on the nose, and the palate offers notes of dark berries, dried fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg and salted caramel.
Matured in a single sherry butt for nine years, this 2010 Glentauchers single malt was bottled by Carn Mor in 2019.
Matured in a single hogshead for a decade, this 2009 Glenlossie single malt was bottled by Carn Mor in 2019.
Matured for five years in sherry seasoned oak, this 2013 Bunnahabhain Staoisha was bottled in 2019 by Carn Mor.
A 14-year-old single malt from Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice series, distilled at Glenlivet and matured in a single ex-bourbon barrel, before being bottled in July 2019.
Matured in a single hogshead for more than two decade, this 1995 Glen Elgin single malt was bottled by Signatory Vintage as part of its Cask Strength Collection. The palate offers notes of cream, bread and honey, milk chocolate, garden herbs, toffee and sweet cereal.
A subtly smoky English single malt from Cotswolds Distillery, made in small batches with 100% floor-malted local barley and matured in ex-peated whisky quarter casks. Rich notes of summer berries, apricot jam and earthy peat smoke mingle together on the palate.
A young, smoky single malt from Elixir Distillers' Elements of Islay series, Oc6 offers aromas of sea salt, iodine, lemon, maraschino cherries, caramel and ginger. The palate gives notes of rich peat smoke, cracked black pepper, grapefruit, marmalade and rye bread.
Matured in a single first-fill sherry butt for 12 years, this 2007 Glenlivet single malt has been bottled by Signatory Vintage in August 2019, as part of its Un-Chillfiltered Collection.
This is the old wooden box presentation of Royal Lochnagar's prestigious Selected Reserve, which was phased out around 2008. A very drinkable dram.
An 11-year-old Glenrothes single malt, matured in sherry casks and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail as part of its Discovery series. Aromas of forest fruits, cinnamon and dark chocolate roll off the nose is waves, and the palate offers notes of raspberries, blackberries, charred oak, cinnamon, and orange chocolates.
This 1997 Ledaig single malt from Tobermory distillery has been matured in a single refill hogshead for 21 years, before being bottled by Douglas Laing in February 2019, as part of its Old Particular series.
A rich 12-year-old single malt from Edradour's Natural Cask Strength series, bottled in August 2019. The palate offers notes of rich dried fruit, dark berries, orange zest, toffee and Christmas cake.
A 2000-vintage Edradour single malt, matured initially in ex-bourbon hogsheads, before being finished in a pair of Barolo wine hogsheads. Sweet aromas of oranges, red berries and liquorice fill the nose, and the palate offers notes of smoky oranges, soft fruits and caramel.
A 2007 Bunnahabhain single malt, matured in a single first-fill sherry butt for more than a decade, before being bottled by signatory Vintage in June 2019, as part of its Cask Strength Collection.
While you wouldn't necessarily expect one of Scotland's favourite smoky drams to come from the Highlands, Ardmore has been distilling peaty spirit for years and has been quietly sneaking up the leaderboard. This Aird Mhor bottling is not only a peaty dram itself, but was matured for 9 years in a cask that used to hold Laphroaig. The result is a whisky that marries together Ardmore's heathery smoke with a touch of the Islay stalwart's medicinal and fruity character. Flowers, fruit, smoke – it's got it all! A hit at Whisky Show 2019.
Matured in a single cask for a quarter of a century, this 1991 Cambus single grain whisky was bottled in 2017 by Berry Bros & Rudd.
This 10-year-old Speyside single malt was distilled in 2007 at Glen Moray distillery, before being bottled by Berry Bros & Rudd after a decade in a single cask.
Matured in a pair of hogsheads for 12 years, this Glenlossie single malt was distilled in 2006 and bottled by Signatory Vintage in July 2019.
Matured in a single ex-bourbon hogshead for quarter of a century, this Glenlossie single malt has been bottled by Valinch & Mallet in 2019, as part of its Lost Dram Collection.
Distilled in 2009, this Edradour single malt has been matured in a single sherry butt for a decade, before being bottled for the distillery's Straight From The Cask series. Aromas of dried fruit, warm spice and marmalade fill the nose, complimenting notes of raisins, baked apples and spiced orange cake throughout the palate.
Matured in a single Madeira butt, this 15-year-old Bruichladdich single malt was bottled by Valinch & Mallet in 2018, as part of its Hidden Cask Collection.