Released September 2018
Below are some of the latest whisky releases to hit the online shelves for September 2018. Visit the Whisky Boys online shop for a Jim Beam Distillers Masterpiece or Compass Box Flaming Heart.
20th September 2018
Distilled in 2008, this characteristically fresh and green whisky has been darkened and deepened by an 18-month finishing period spent in ex-solera sherry butts. Thick, powerful peat smoke meets its match in rich stone-fruit sweetness against a backdrop of dark chocolate and charcoal bitterness. A beautiful thing.
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Matured for more than 16 years in a duet of oloroso sherry butts, this is a weighty winter warmer. Candied citrus and fresh-baked bread squabble while mixed spice and rich, dark fruitcake relax by the fire. A luxurious, lingering and deeply satisfying whisky.
19th September 2018
The little known Croftengea comes out of the Loch Lomond distillery and is a heavily peated malt normally used as a blending component. This 13yo comes from a single refill hogshead and was bottled without chill filtration. Granny Smith apple, almond and vanilla are just some of the notes in this whisky.
18th September 2018
Deliciously smooth, with rich dried fruits and sherry, balanced with woodsmoke and spice. Described by F Paul Pacult, the renowned international whisky writer, in his book Kindred Spirits as 'simply the best 12 Year Old single malt around'.
17th September 2018
Knockando is known for its bottlings of vintage whiskies. This one was matured in ex-sherry casks and bottled in 2016 as part of the ‘slowly matured’ series. With aromas of sultanas, figs and orange peel, and cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves on the palate, this whisky has plenty of punch. Try this with a strong blue cheese.
Italian independent bottlers, Valinch & Mallet, have released a 25-year-old Tormore. Matured in a bourbon hogshead and producing only 149 bottles.
From one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries this bourbon-cask whisky is round and rich on the palate with a lovely spice on the finish.
Bottled at 51.6% abv, this release is from the Cambus distillery based in the Lowland region by Italian independent bottlers, Valinch & Mallet.
From the mighty Kavalan distillery in Taiwan comes this rich fruit lead whisky that has been aged in a Port cask. Dark berry fruits combine with vibrant tropical notes to give a very satisfying dram.
Fascinating Taiwanese whisky from Ian Chang and the gang, this expression is allowed to mature in red and white wine casks and then re-toasted.
Volume five is the final bottling of the Revival series which was crafted to celebrate the opening of the Teeling distillery in Dublin. This is a 12-year-old single malt that was aged in bourbon barrels before being finished in Cognac and brandy casks. Almond, lemon rind, honey and floral notes are surrounded by a toasty creamy oak note.
Hailing from the South coast of Islay (however the distillery remains a mystery) this 8-year-old single malt is subtle on the nose with a white fruit sweetness being introduced on the palate with a smoked fish finish.
8,400 bottles were produced of this outstanding Island blended malt, created after their No1 edition ‘rocked’ whisky lover’s worlds.
Speyside distillery Inchgower is noted for its fruity, aromatic style, and this independent bottling from Signatory is a fine example. The whisky was aged for 10 years in a pair of bourbon hogsheads.
Italian independent bottlers released this cask-strength 11-year-old Glenrothes expression from the Speyside distillery, aged in bourbon barrels.
Producing just 449 bottles, this Signatory bottling is matured in pair of hogshead casks from Autumn 1996 to Spring 2018 for the Cask Strength Collection.
The world’s first organic whisky to be certified by the Soil Association, this was bottled to celebrate the wedding of the owner of Da Mhile’s eldest son. Distilled in 1992 and matured for 20 years, this is a classic example of aged Springbank.
Teaninich bottlings are quite rare, because much of the whisky produced there goes into blends. They are well worth seeking out, however, just like this 10-year-old bottling from Signatory Vintage.
Bottled to celebrate the birth of Da Mhile owner John’s first grandchild, this 15-year-old whisky was matured in a first-fill sherry cask. A wonderfully rich and nutty example of Campbeltown whisky.
This Un-Chillfiltered Collection bottling from Signatory offers a 10-year-old Tullibardine, aged in bourbon barrels.
A pure example of Springbank whisky. Distilled in 1992 and bottled at around seven years of age, this has been bottled without chill filtration or colouring and was produced using traditional floor-malted barley. It’s also certified organic.
Please note that this is an old bottle and the closure may have deteriorated; care should be taken when opening the bottle. As such, the item is sold as described.
This cask-strength whisky was distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2016 from the Girvan distillery in the Lowland region, In 2013, Grant’s took the decision to introduce a range of single grain whiskies from their Girvan distillery in Ayrshire.
Produced from triple-distilled barley from Bushmills in Northern Ireland, this was aged initially in bourbon barrels before being finished in oloroso-sherry casks. Fruity and malty with notes of dark chocolate.
Matured in a bourbon hogshead for 20 years, this is part of the Lost Drams Collection from Independent bottlers Valinch & Mallet.
16th September 2018
Old Bear is the name for Swiss distillery Langatun's peated whisky. This triple-distilled malt has been aged in ex-Chateauneuf-du-Pape casks, resulting in a whisky with notes of peat, oak spice and dark fruit.
13th September 2018
The oldest bottling in the 2018 edition of Diageo's Special Releases and the sole grain whisky entry: a 48 year old from closed Carsebridge distillery – it closed back in 1983. This is a classic old grain whisky, matured in refill American-oak hogsheads to ensure that the spirit wasn't overwhelmed by wood influence.
A blended malt released as part of the Diageo Special Releases 2018 – only the second time a blended malt has made up part of the line up. Cladach means 'coastline' and the whisky runs with that theme, using only single malts made at coastal distilleries: Inchgower, Clynelish, Talisker, Oban, Caol Ila and Lagavulin. It's a dram that shouts about the seaside, balancing maritime character with soft smoke and fruit.
A much-anticipated entry in the Diageo Special Releases, harking back to the Talisker bottlings of the 1970s and 1980s. Matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks, it is a surprisingly rich take on Talisker's fresh and maritime spirit, with layers of bacon, fruit and spice.
A third entry in the Diageo Special Releases for Pittyvaich. It's a rare whisky to see as the distillery was closed in 1993 and very few casks have made it out into the wild. Fortunately, Diageo have dropped another 1989-vintage edition in the Special Releases, giving us a chance to try the distillery's idiosyncratic style. It was matured in refill American-oak hogsheads and the gentle wood influence has revealed a core of fruity spirit.
A well-aged Oban, released as part of the annual Diageo Special Releases in 2018. This 21-year-old cask strength whisky was matured in refill European-oak butts, giving the fruity whisky a jacket of rich sherry cask character.
A triumphant entry for one of the annual Diageo Special Releases regulars – the Lagavulin 12 has only missed the very first edition in 2002. 2018's is sweeter than the past few years, with all of the smoke and seaside character that these bottlings are known for.
The first entry in Diageo's Special Releases for northern Speysider Inchgower, part of the 2018 edition of the range. Aged for 27 years in refill American-oak hogsheads, this is a great example of the distillery's fruity and salty spirit – it's by the coast and the distillers swear the sea gives the spirit its salty tang.
The pinnacle of the single malts in the 2018 edition of Diageo Special Releases – the oldest Caol Ila released as part of the series. It's a mixture of refill American-oak hogsheads, and both refill American- and European-oak butts, all of which add gentle character to the whisky while letting its 35-year-mellowed shine.
A sherry-forward edition of the yearly Diageo Special Releases unpeated Caol Ila. While whisky from the distillery is usually very smoky, this yearly release looks at the distillery's other, less well-known side: unpeated spirit. The 2018 bottling was matured in refill and rejuvenated American-oak hogsheads and ex-bodega European oak butts, which give a balance of elegant vanilla and orchard fruit, and richer, sherry oak flavour.
11th September 2018
A great whisky for those looking to try Glenrothes for the first time. This sweet, zesty dram has a yellow label that denotes the colour of the grape at the point it is plucked from the vine.
This whisky is part of the Soleo collection, a series paying homage to the ageing process used on some sherry grapes. Each whisky in the series has a different colour label, each reflecting a different stage of the grapes' maturation.
A Glenrothes 12 Year Old in classic style: fruity and sweet. Aged solely in sherry-seasoned casks, this Speyside whisky has notes of vanilla, melon, banana and cinnamon.
This 12-year-old whisky is part of The Soleo Collection: a range of five whiskies from The Glenrothes, ranging from 10 to 25 years old, which pay homage to the grapes from which some sherries, such as Pedro Ximénez, are made.
Matured in sherry casks, the majority of which were first-fill, this is a sweet and spicy whisky with notes of vanilla, fresh ginger and pear.
This 18-year-old whisky is part of The Soleo Collection: a range of five whiskies from Glenrothes, ranging from 10 to 25 years old, which pay homage to the grapes from which some sherries, such as Pedro Ximénez, are made.
A rich non-age-statement whisky matured entirely in first-fill sherry casks, with notes of orange, vanilla, nutmeg and oak. It is part of The Soleo Collection: a range of five whiskies from Glenrothes, ranging from 10 to 25 years old, which pay homage to the grapes from which some sherries, such as Pedro Ximénez, are made. The red label on this bottle reflects the colour of the grape just before it begins to ripen.
4th September 2018
Jim Beam Distillers Masterpiece is one of the brand's rarest expressions, only available at the distillery itself. It's finished in ex-Pedro-Ximenez-sherry casks from Bodegas Terry for extra richness.
Italian indie bottlers Valinch & Mallet pride themselves on finding excellent, unusual whiskies and presenting them as singular works of art. This 14 year-old from diverse Irish distillery Cooley promises finely balanced, floral flavours grounded firmly in smooth, sweet malt – no doubt with an element of Valinch & Mallet character thrown in for good measure.
Spey is a brand of single malts from the Speyside distillery. This Chairman's Choice bottling – aged in a combination of sherry and bourbon casks – follows a tradition whereby the chairman of the company would select his best casks to serve to his family on Christmas Day. The tradition continues and a small amount is released globally on this day each year.
2nd September 2018
The 2018 edition of Compass Box's perennially-limited Flaming Heart is bigger, bolder and tastier than ever. Full of thick, fiery, smoky flavours and overlaid with oaky depth and a herbaceous, spicy freshness born of a substantial Caol Ila component, this is far from a one-trick pony. A warm, multidimensional and luxurious dram.