It might be related to the upcoming sequel for the Kingsman movie, but GlenDronach is about to release the GlenDronach Kingsman Edition 1989, a 29 years old expression. It is bottled at 50.1% ABV and the label now specifically mentions Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez casks.
Already available is the GlenDronach Port Wood, which is matured in sherry casks, followed by a second maturation in Port pipes from the Douro valley in Portugal. Contrary to previous Port expressions this doesn’t come with an age statement. It is bottled at 46% and available for around € 70.
Douglas Laing presented a premium version of its Xtra Old Particular range, called XOP The Black Series.
The first bottling will be an almost black Springbank 1994 from a sherry hogshead. Just 148 bottles at around € 900.
Also in the news this week: the Scotch Whisky Association changes its technical file, altering the rules on which casks can be used to finish whisky. From now on a wider variety of cask types is allowed, inluding agave spirits (Tequila), fruit distillates (Calvados, Armagnac, fruit eau-de-vie) and other spirits like cachaça or shochu.
Strangely Cider casks are not allowed any more, although there were examples like the Glen Moray Cider Cask.
It is said Diageo was one of the main defenders of more relaxed regulations. They own whisky brands but also Don Julio tequila for instance.
Things that may not have been widely announced but that grabbed my attention in shops recently…
- Loch Lomond 25 Years Triple Wood
- Bowmore 1990 Earth, Wind, Fire (Wemyss)
- Benromach 2008 Cask Strength
- Littlemill 1990 cask #103514 (Chieftain’s)
- Compass Box No Name N°2
- Ardbeg 1998 cask #1806 + #1807 (Chieftain’s)
- Old Pulteney 2007 single cask (Whisky Shop exclusive)
- Loch Lomond 2004 single cask (Whisky Shop exclusive)
- Big Peat 26 Years Platinum Edition
- Highland Park 1989 (GM Connoisseurs Choice)
- Glen Grant 1957 (GM Old Private Collection)