Released January 2017
Below are this months newest Whisky expressions and limited releases to hit the online shelves. Click on the buttons to read more.
29th January 2017
Aged in sherry casks, this bottle of MacPhail's 25 Year Old is creamy and lightly spicy with notes of citrus, menthol and herbs.
The 21-year-old release in Gordon & MacPhail's series of whiskies from an undisclosed Speyside distillery. This is sweet and smoky with notes of rich fruit.
This bottling of 30-year-old whisky has been bottled as part of Gordon & MacPhail's undisclosed distillery range of Speyside whiskies, MacPhail's. Rich and smoky with notes of melon and grape.
A bottle of MacPhail's 15 Year Old. The range comprises single malts from an undisclosed distillery. Aged in sherry casks, this has notes of fruit cake, lemon zest and dark chocolate.
A 1984 vintage Caol Ila from independent bottler Douglas Laing as part of the Xtra Old Particular range. Aged for 36 years in a refill hogshead, this is sweet and oily with notes of salty smoke and burnt orange peel.
A richly coloured 2004 Glenrothes as part of Douglas Laing's Old Particular series. Aged in a sherry butt, this is sweet and spicy with notes of butterscotch, sultanas and honeycomb.
This 25-year-old single grain was distilled at Strathclyde in August 1990. Aged in a single refill barrel, this has a mouth-coating texture and notes of molasses, orange, vanilla and toffee.
A 2004 vintage grain whisky from Port Dundas, closed since 2010, aged for 12 years in a refill barrel and bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular series. This is warming with notes of honey, blueberries and nutmeg.
A 1991 vintage single grain whisky from Cambus, released by independent bottler Douglas Laing as part of the Old Particular series. This was aged for 25 years in a refill hogshead, resulting in a sweet whisky with notes of orange, gentle spice and honey.
A 1991 vintage single grain whisky from Cameronbridge, bottled by Douglas Laing as part of the Old Particular series. Distilled in October this is sweet and syrupy with notes of sugar, caramel and honey.
A 25-year-old release from Benriach made from a combination of whisky finished in new wood and sherry butts. This has been bottled for the export market at 46.8%.
A 1991 vintage Macallan from independent bottler Douglas Laing as part of the Xtra Old Particular range. Aged for 25 years in a refill hogshead, this is sweet with notes of honey, marmalade, autumn fruits and toast.
26th January 2017
The fifth release in Penderyn's Icons of Wales series honours opera singer Bryn Terfel, best known for playing Shakespeare's Falstaff. Covered in a red velvet-style wrap, this is a fruity and spicy whisky with notes of apple, vanilla, banana and cream soda.
The oldest expression in Tomatin's travel-retail range, this 40 year old is rich with an unctuous texture and notes of tropical fruit, paprika and sandalwood. A complex whisky that's one to sip, savour and think about.
Originally released for travel retail, Tomatin 15 Year Old is light and fresh with notes of honey, toffee and spice. A superb easy-drinking whisky.
The 1978 entry in Glenfiddich's Rare Collection, also known as Vintage Reserve. Aged for 38 years in cask 28117, just 159 bottles were yielded at a strength of 56.3%.
Another entry in Gordon & MacPhail's excellently priced range of old whisky - this time a 1964 vintage dram from Speyside's Longmorn, bottled at around 50 years of age.
Another incredibly priced retro-labelled old Longmorn bottled by Gordon & Macphail from their scarily well stocked warehouses - this one was distilled in 1967 and bottled in 2015 at more than 45 years of age.
A 2002 vintage Longmorn from independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail. This was aged just into its teenage years before being released in 2016, and displays notes of citrus fruit, apples and raisins.
This is the 2000 vintage of Lagavulin's Distillers Edition, bottled in 2016. By far the most popular of the series, this double-matured Lagavulin has had a finishing period in sweet, sticky Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. A whisky that never disappoints.
The Cragganmore entry in Diageo's Distillers Edition series is one of the more unusual – it is finished in port pipes for extra sweetness and fruity depth. This is the 2004 vintage, bottled in 2016.
The January 2017 release of Springbank's 12-year-old cask strength whisky. These have an excellent reputation, combining the distillery's rustic charms and quality sherry casks. This has notes of citrus marmalade, caramelised toasted marshmallows, vanilla and pepper.
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The pinnacle of Macallan's 1824 series, a vatting of whiskies stretching back to the 1940s showing off the distillery's old fashioned, sherry cask matured drams. Presented in a Lalique decanter designed by Fabien Baron, it's beautifully designed and a great addition to the collection of any fan of old school Macallan.
Please note this is limited to one bottle per customer.
A perfect showcase for the quality of Kavalan's Taiwanese made and matured spirit - a single cask bottling from a first-fill bourbon cask. Rich and fruity with lots of woody spice.
The second limited-edition cask-strength edition of Douglas Laing's Speyside blended malt – Scallywag. The blend includes whisky from Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes, and is complex and powerful.
The 2001 vintage entry for Oban in Diageo's Distillers Edition range, finished in Montilla fortified wine casks for more depth and a kick of spice.
A 2004 vintage Caol Ila from independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail as part of the Connoisseurs Choice series. This was aged for around 12 years in bourbon barrels before release in 2016.
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24th January 2017
A 2008 vintage whisky from Balmenach, the location at the centre of Inver House's group of distilleries. It mainly goes into blended whisky and doesn't have an official bottling but a small amount gets out through independents like Gordon & MacPhail. This was aged in a combination of refill-bourbon and refill-sherry casks.
A 20cl bottle of Benromach's entry-level 10 Year Old, which has been a revelation since its introduction by owners Gordon & MacPhail in late 2009. A creamy, nutty and lightly smoky whisky.
The 2016 release of Whisktlepig's The Boss Hog is a 14-year-old rye. Bottled at a punchy 60.2%, this is big and bold with notes of clove, pepper, liquorice, cherry and vanilla.
Great King Street's Glasgow blend is a peatier version of the Artist's blend. The recipe is 33% Lowland grain and 67% malt (from Islay, the Highlands and Speyside), aged in a combination of first-fill and refill bourbon barrels, first-fill sherry casks, and a small amount being finished in new French oak. A rich and peaty style of blended whisky.
This 2001 Laphroaig was released in 2016 as part of Hunter Laing's The First Editions series. Aged in a single refill hogshead, this is smoky with notes of honey, vanilla and seaweed.
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Carrying the classic distillery label, first seen in the days when Gordon & MacPhail were Glen Grant's official bottler, this was distilled in 2004 and bottled in 2015 after more than a decade of maturation.
A high-rye recipe from Jim Beam's 'Small Batch' range of bourbons. "Basil Hayden’s is one of the best ultra-premium bourbons that you can find. It’s a good example of what a classic bourbon is like. It’s absolutely brilliant." - Spirit Journal
Originally released exclusively for travel retail, Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008 is the third release in the series and uses grain grown on Orkney. This has notes of honey, toast, coconut, ginger, melon and pear.
Benromach Peat Smoke distilled in 2007 is part of the small number of batches of peated whisky produced at the Speyside distillery. With a level of 62ppm, this is seriously smoky with notes of liquorice, orange (without water) or grapefruit (with water).
23rd January 2017
Caol Ila is Islay’s biggest distillery and a producer of incredible whiskies. The crisp and smoky flavour is a concentration of the island’s character and this Whisky Exchange exclusive bottled by Carn Mor is classic Caol Ila. Packed with earthy peat, maritime malt and coastal smoke, it’s a great aperitif or hip flask dram – just the thing for walks on a frosty beach.
A 1986 vintage Glenfarclas, matured in a refill sherry butt and then bottled at cask strength as part of the winter 2015 releases in the Family Casks range.
A 1974 Glenlivet bottled under the George G Smith label by Gordon & MacPhail. This was bottled in 2011 at more than 35 years of age.
An old bottle of historic bourbon brand Old Mock (though it almost looks like Old Mork on the label). Distilled at distillery no.17 in Louisville, Kentucky in 1916, this was released in 1933, and is a true piece of bourbon history.
20th January 2017
A 1966 vintage Glenfarclas released as part of the distillery's Spring 2015 releases of The Family Casks. Aged in sherry butt 4198, this was bottled on 1 December 2014.
19th January 2017
An interesting experiment from Kavalan, using first-fill American wine casks for maturation after planing and retoasting the wood. Measured wine influence with some classic American oak flavours of toffee, vanilla and soft spice.
13th January 2017
Presented in the popular safe-shape box, Jack Daniel's Single Barrel has less sweetness and more power than the No.7. A rich expression that's a favourite with JD fans and aficionados.
12th January 2017
We've been fans of Taiwanese distillery Kavalan for a long time, and we are very pleased to have been offered the chance to bottle an exclusive single cask.
Matured in an oloroso-sherry butt, the whisky is deeply coloured and intensely flavoured. It marries Kavalan's trademark fresh-fruit flavours with deep dried-fruit notes, and rich, nutty sherry-cask character. An excellent whisky that shows why Kavalan is getting so much notice.
11th January 2017
Named after a lighthouse on the west coast of Skye, Neist Point is a blend of young and old whiskies, resulting in a classic coastal-and-smoky Talisker with notes of pepper, vanilla and pear.
Initially released for travel retail, this release from Bruichladdich is made entirely with organic Scottish-grown barley. Rich in texture with an underlying sweetness and notes of honey, almond and pear.
Initially released for travel retail, Aberfeldy 28 Year Old is a superb example of long-aged Highland whisky. Fruity with notes of peach, orange, lemon, vanilla and butterscotch.
10th January 2017
The ongoing cask-strength addition to Tomatin's core range. Aged in a combination of bourbon and oloroso-sherry casks, this allows the distillery's spirit to shine through, along with notes of golden syrup, ginger, malt and marzipan.
9th January 2017
The August 2016 bottling of Nadurra Oloroso, a cask-strength Glenlivet that has been solely matured in first-fill oloroso sherry casks that is the sibling of the much-loved bourbon-cask-matured Nadurra. The result is a full-bodied, heavily sherried dram that still shows the elegance that you find at the core of Glenlivet's spirit.
5th January 2017
An exceptionally rare bottle of 1964 Glenfiddich from Hart Brothers. This was bottled in October 2014 at 50 years of age as part of the Legends Collection. Just 64 bottles were yielded from a single sherry cask.
A perfect showcase for the quality of Kavalan's Taiwanese made and matured spirit - a single cask bottling from a first-fill bourbon cask. Distilled on 29 August 2009, this is rich and fruity with lots of woody spice.
The 2016 release in Parker's Heritage Collection is a 24-year-old, bottled-in-bond bourbon. Distilled in 1990 and 1991, this is rich with notes of cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate.
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4th January 2017
The second batch of Tamdhu's Batch Strength is a high-strength bottling aged exclusively in sherry casks. A large proportion of the oak – both European and American – is first-fill. Rich, spicy and fruity.