Released April 2017
Below are this months newest Whisky expressions and limited releases to hit the online shelves. Click on the buttons to read more.
25th April 2017
A youthful single malt from the Craigellachie distillery, independently bottled by the smashing Signatory chaps. This was distilled in June 2008 and matured in a pair of bourbon barrels for 8 years before being bottled in February 2017.
24th April 2017
This single cask was distilled in Lochside's Coffey still in 1972. Aged for 44 years in refill-bourbon casks, this is rich and fruity with lots of vanilla and wood spice. It comes with a miniature, so you can try the whisky before opening the full bottle.
21st April 2017
Roc'h Hir is the flagship release of Kornog from Glann Ar Mor in Brittany. This peated French single malt is smoky and coastal with some fruity notes, too.
This bottling of French single malt whisky from Glann ar Mor has been produced using Maris Otter barley. Malty and fruity with notes of Granny Smith apples, pears and almonds.
This 22-year-old Edradour was distilled in 1993 and has spent the final period of maturation in barrels that used to contain Sauternes, the renowned sweet wine from Bordeaux.
A 1988 vintage Blair Athol from independent bottler Signatory as part of the Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on 14 October, it was matured in a single refill-sherry butt for 28 years before 567 bottles were yielded on 22 November 2016. It's a rich and obviously sherried dram, with balanced fruit and spice.
A 1988 vintage Balmenach from independent bottler Signatory as part of the Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on 25 October, it was aged in a hogshead for 28 years before being bottled on 10 March 2017. The distillery's spirit has a malty and spicy character.
A 24-year-old-Signatory bottled whisky from Ben Nevis distillery in the Highlands of Scotland. This has been bottled without chill-filtration after maturing in a sherry butt - distilled on 29 October 1991 and bottled on 5 October 2016. Ben Nevis whiskies are known for their notes of vanilla and honey.
This Caol Ila is low in age and light in colour, but full of peaty flavour. Distilled on 19 December 2007, this was aged in a pair of hogsheads for nine years before being bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection.
A 1996 Clynelish, bottled by Signatory as part of the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Distilled on 11 December, it was aged in a refill butt for 20 years, before being bottled on 9 March 2017. A typical fruity and waxy Clynelish.
A 1997 Dailuaine bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Distilled on 21 May, it was aged for 19 years in a pair of hogsheads before being bottled on 15 December 2017. Dailuaine whiskies are noted for having notes of pepper and oranges.
A full-term sherry-matured whisky from Edradour, aged for 10 years in a butt. Distilled on 17 November 2006 and bottled on 15 December 2016, this displays the classic notes of dried fruit and chocolate orange.
A 1992 vintage Tormore from independent bottler Signatory as part of the Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on 7 April, it was matured in a pair of hogsheads for 24 years. The distillery is known for its malty and fruity whiskies.
Volume III in Teeling's The Revival series is a 14-year-old whiskey. Matured initially in ex-bourbon barrels before being finished for the final year in Pineau-des-Charenetes casks, this has notes of dried fruit, toffee, almonds and chocolate.
A lovely deep gold colour on this 1995 Clynelish, bottled by Signatory as part of the new The Decanter Collection. Distilled on 26 September and bottled at 20 years of age on 18 August 2016, this displays the classic Clynelish notes of fresh fruit and vanilla, with a waxy texture.
20th April 2017
The 2017 release of aged whisky from Longrow – the heavily peated malt made at Springbank in Campbeltown. The 18 Year Old is a sought-after favourite – rich, smoky and sweet with notes of smoke, dark chocolate and ginger.
A single cask bottling of brilliant Islay whisky from the much-loved Laphroaig distillery, distilled in 2000 and bottled 16 years later. 306 bottles were produced for Hunter Laing's The First Editions range.
A 28 year old Blair Athol single malt, aged in a single refill Sherry butt from October 1988 to November 2016. This was independently bottled for the much-adored Cask Strength Collection by Signatory, with 567 bottles produced.
Another release from Duncan Taylor's The Octave range, this time featuring whisky from Speyside's fantastic Mortlach distillery (sometimes known as The Beast of Dufftown). This was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2017 after a finishing period of 5 months in an octave cask. 63 bottles were produced.
An indie bottling of Laphroaig single malt, which spent a dozen years maturing in a refill hogshead - from September 2004 to February 2017. Following that, the whisky was bottled by Hunter Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask range, with an outturn of 324 bottles.
An indie single grain Scotch whisky from the North British distillery, aged for a quarter of a century. This was distilled in 1991 and eventually bottled in 2017 after 9 months finishing in a octave cask. 55 bottles were independently bottled by Duncan Taylor for The Octave range.
A single cask bottling of Bowmore single malt, aged in a refill hogshead for 20 years! This was distilled in September 1996 and set aside to age until February 2017, when it was bottled at part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range. 239 bottles of tasty islay whisky were produced.
Indie Laphroaig - yum yum yum! This is a Duncan Taylor bottling of 11 year old Islay single malt, distilled in 2005 and bottled in 2017 for The Octave range. It was bottled after 5 months in an octave cask, producing 71 bottles.
Smashing single cask bourbon whiskey from the Blanton's Straight From The Barrel range, produced by the endlessly talented Buffalo Trace distillers. This particular bottling was drawn from cask #1181 and bottled at a robust 65.3% ABV (a drop of water will help open up the whiskey).
Please Note: Unfortunately, the gold wax atop these Straight From The Barrel bottlings is currently prone to cracking. We're informed that this should be a short term problem, but please be aware when purchasing this tasty bourbon. (Don't worry, the delicious liquid inside won't be affected!)
27 year old Tormore, independently bottled for the Duncan Taylor Octave range - all of which are finished in tiny octave casks. This particular Tormore was distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2017 following a 9 month stint in an octave. 93 bottles were produced.
A special edition 6 year old German single malt whisky from the Ziegler distillery's Aureum 1865 range, released in partnership with long-running German heavy metal band, Grave Digger! The label features a Grim Reaper on it, and the presentation box is shaped like a coffin (which reminds us of that box set of The Misfits albums that every punk fan has owned at some point).
Portions of the whisky were aged in Allier oak and chestnut casks for a year, before being aged for the rest of their maturation in bourbon casks. There's also a portion of Sherry-cask finished single malt and peated single malt in there too.
Long-aged Clynelish - oh, go on then! This right here is a Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old bottling of Clynelish single malt, distilled in 1972 and bottled in 2016 at 42.2.% ABV.
Single malt from the Loch Lomond distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were home to the whisky for 6 years - from 2000 to 2017. This has been independently bottled by Càrn Mòr for their Strictly Limited range, with 800 bottles produced.
28 year old Tormore, taken from a single barrel which was filled in February 1988 and cracked open in August 2016. 165 bottles were produced as part of The Single Malts of Scotland range by Speciality Drinks.
hough nothing but the large chimney remains of the Caledonian distillery, you can still get your hands on some of their tasty single grain whisky! This is a 29 year old Caledonian, matured in a single hogshead from April 1987 to January 2017, when Signatory bottled it for the Cask Strength Collection. 233 bottles were produced.
Well-Sherried single grain Scotch whisky from the closed Carsebridge distillery, aged in a refill Sherry hogshead for 34 years (from December 1982 to January 2017). This was independently bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection, with an outturn of 168 bottles.
A single cask bottling of 21 year old Clynelish, distilled in November 1995 and bottled in March 2017 by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection. 625 bottles were drawn from the refill Sherry butt in which this whisky slumbered.
Incredibly old single malt from the long-running Glen Grant distillery in Speyside. For 50 years, this whisky patiently aged, biding its time until half of a century had passed. Following that endeavour, it was independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail and bestowed a handsome retro label (how fitting for such an old whisky!).
An independent bottling of 28 year old single grain Scotch whisky from the closed Cambus distillery (its doors were closed for the final time in 1993), drawn from a single refill hogshead which was filled in September 1988 and bottled in March 2017. A release of 280 bottles from Douglas Laing's Old Particular range.
This release of Hazelburn, the triple-distilled malt from Springbank was distilled in October 2003. Aged in a mixture of first-fill and refill oloroso-sherry casks, this is sweet and lightly spicy with notes of strawberry jam, orange zest, brandy snaps, white chocolate and cocoa.
19th April 2017
A 19-year-old single-cask whisky distilled at Glenrothes on 2 June 1997 and then bottled on 20 January 2017 for the Un-chillfiltered Collection after maturing in a refill sherry butt, resulting in a typical sherried whisky notes of oranges and pepper.
A non-chill-filtered bottling of Glen Elgin from Signatory. Distilled on 22 December 1995, matured for 21 years in a pair of hogsheads and bottled on 27 February 2017.
A 1996 vintage Mortlach from independent bottler Signatory as part of the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Distilled on 30 July, it was aged in a single hogshead for 20 years before being bottled on 10 March 2017.
A heavily peated example of Jura from the eponymous island next to Islay. Distilled on 17 December 1989 this was aged in a bourbon barrel for 27 years, yielding 137 bottles on 30 January 2017.
Kornog is the name for the peated whisky produced at Glann ar Mor distillery in Breton, France. This cask-strength release is sweet and fruity with a delicate smoky backbone.
The first of three new releases from Bladnoch in early 2017 to celebrate the reopening of this Lowland distillery. Although it doesn't carry an age statement, it's said to be made up of whiskies that are a minimum or 8 years old and well as older, rarer whiskies. First fill Californian red wine and bourbon casks were used for maturation, whilst 'Samsara' appropriately enough means 'rebirth'.
Talia, which means 'dew from God', is one of three releases from Bladnoch in early 2017. The oldest of these releases, Talia matured for 25 years including a finishing period spent in American new oak casks...
Limited to just 480 bottles, this Deanston 40 Year Old spent 30 years in refill casks before being filled into Oloroso Sherry butts for the final decade. It exhibits classic Deanston character from the first ten or fifteen years of production at the distillery and is competitively priced compared to other official bottlings of this impressive age you may see released these days.
Unveiled in mid-2016, this is a very special and well-aged single malt from the Benromach distillery, which was placed into cask #1583 (a Sherry butt) in 1974! It comes presented in a stylish decanter-style bottle alongside a presentation case and a book about Benromach's history. Only 452 bottles were produced.
18th April 2017
A 1991 vintage Glenrothes released by independent bottler Adelphi in 2016. The distillery is owned by the Edrington Group (owners of Highland Park and Macallan among others), but the single malt brand is owned by Adelphi's fellow independent bottler Berry Brothers & Rudd.
Part of Adelphi's Selection series, this 12-year-old whisky was distilled at Bruichladdich in 2003. Aged in a single cask, and picking up lots of colour, this is a classic example of unpeated whisky from Islay.
This release from Adelphi was distilled at an undisclosed Highland distillery in 1985. Aged for 22 years, this was bottled in 2008 and released for the Adelphi Archives series in 2017.
Established in 1826, Adelphi used to be one of the largest producers of grain whisky used for blending. Once the distillery was demolished in 1968 after a washback collapsed damaging the building beyond repair, Adelphi returned to the whisky scene as an independent bottler in 1993. Glen Elgin's typical fruit-cake spice is pushed through with a velvety texture and a long finish of toasted oats.
A superb choice for any whisky lover this gift set contains a pair of glasses and a bottle of Glen Moray Classic – the distillery's entry level single malt. Aged for an average of seven years in ex-bourbon casks, of which a high percentage are first fill, this is easy drinking, honeyed and excellent value.
Glen Moray's Classic range of bottlings always represent great value. This gift set contains two glasses and a bottle of the expression which is finished in port casks, adding sweetness and extra richness.
This gift set contains a bottle of peated entry in Glen Moray's Classic range of excellent-value Speyside whiskies, and a pair of glasses. This is a lightly spiced whisky with notes of smoke and vanilla.
This release from Smögen of Sweden was triple-distilled in March 2011 using heavily peated malt. It was aged in a pair of 228-litre Sauternes casks for more than five years before being bottled in January 2017. A rich, smoky and fruity whisky with notes of apples, chocolate and vanilla.
A very rare example of 1980s' Inchmurrin. Distilled in June 1984, the same year the distillery was mothballed for three years, this fruity whisky has notes of strawberry jam and apple pie.
A 28-year-old Tormore from indie bottler Hunter Laing as part of the Old Malt Casks series. Distilled in November 1988, this was aged in a sherry butt, leading to a rich whisky with notes of fudge, vanilla, dark chocolate and citrus fruit.
This is a 1998 vintage Glen Garioch from renowned independent bottler Adelphi. This was aged for 18 years in cask 3741, which judging from the colour used to contain sherry, and bottled in 2016 at full strength of 56.3%.
16th April 2017
This sublime spirit enjoys a cult following in some of the finest hotels and bars in the world where demand for the precious malt continually outstrips supply. Rated 100 out of 100 by the Beverage Institute of Chicago in 1999. MAXIMUM 1 PER CUSTOMER.
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This 42-year-old Garnheath was aged in a refill barrel and released by Douglas Laing as part of the Xtra Old Particular series. Distilled in February 1974, this is complex and medium-bodied with notes of toffee popcorn, candied orange and candy floss.
A 1996 vintage Bowmore from independent bottler Douglas Laing as part of the Old Particular series. Distilled in December, it was aged in a refill hogshead for 20 years before 291 bottles were yielded in August 2014. Sweet, spicy and smoky.
A 1998 vintage Blair Athol from independent bottler Douglas Laing as part of the Old Particular series. Distilled in May, it was aged in a sherry butt for 18 years before 293 bottles were yielded in May 2014. Sweet, spicy and zesty.
Kavalan's Solist range comprises whiskies aged in different cask types. This has been aged in a port barrique, producing a whisky that is fruity with notes of plum, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry, backed up by chocolate.
A 21 year old blended Scotch whisky from William Grant & Son, produced as part of a series originally released for the Travel Retail market. 11 small batches were released, each one with a different airport on the label, including exotic locales like Barcelona, Madrid and Stansted. This one is the Cancun bottling.
From the excellent Glenfarclas distillery in the Speyside region comes their Heritage single malt. You're more likely to see this no-age-statement expression on mainland Europe, but lookee here - some bottles made their way to our sunny shores!
1968 vintage Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2012 for the Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old range. Interestingly, this was distilled only a few years after Tomintoul was founded, back when they only had two stills!
The entry-level expression from the Bower Hill bourbon range, bottled at 43% ABV. The name comes from the Battle of Bower Hill, which took place during the Whiskey Rebellion, making it a rather fitting name.
Fire is one of the elements in Tomatin's Five Virtues series. Aged in recharred American-oak hogsheads, this like liquid apple pie, with notes of cinnamon, too.
Wood is one of the releases in Tomatin's Five Virtues series. This emphasises the effect that oak has on whisky. Matured in a combination of French, American and Hungarian oak, this is rounded and complex with notes of vanilla, orange peel, brown sugar and wood spice.
5th April 2017
4th April 2017
Single cask, long-aged Edradour, finished in a cask previously home to intensely sweet Sauternes wine. This was distilled in December 1993 and bottled 22 years later in October 2016, with an outturn of just 293 bottles.
Yummy wine-cask-finished Edradour, drawn from a trio of hogshead which previously held Bordeaux wine! This was distilled in October 1999 and bottled 17 years later in February 2017 after 42 months in the Bordeaux casks. A release of 913 bottles.
16 year old single malt from the Edradour distillery, finished in casks that previously held Barolo wine. The three casks used for this bottling were filled in November 2000 and bottled in February 2017 after spending 42 months in the aforementioned wine casks. 894 bottles were produced.
A single cask Edradour, presented in fancy Ibisco decanters! This was distilled in August 2002 and aged for 14 years in cask #1421 until February 2017, when it was bottled with an outturn of 666 bottles. Spooky.
10 year old bourbon-cask-matured Edradour single malt, distilled in February 2006 and bottled in July 2016. Or should we say, "decatered"? Yes, this is yet another yummy Edradour presented in stylish Ibisco decanters! 1,772 of these handsome rascals were produced.
AnCnoc 24 Year Old has been aged in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks. Spicy and fruity with notes of candied orange, honey and leather.
This 20-year-old Bowmore was distilled in September 1996. Matured in a refill hogshead, this is silky smooth with notes of fudge, dates and peat smoke.
From the Bower Hill range (which takes its name from the Battle of Bower Hill, the first battle of the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794) comes a Barrel Strength expression. Full-bodied and powerful, packing an intense, spicy punch.
Single barrel bourbon from the Bower Hill range. Well-oaked and packed with character...
Straight rye whiskey here from the Bower Hill range, which takes its name from the location of the first bloodshed of the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion - the Battle of Bower Hill.