2009 Talisker 8 Year Old “Old Particular – K&L Exclusive” Single Barrel Cask Strength – Scotch Whisky News

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Limited Availability on an Inspired Single Malt from a Celebrated Distillery
2009 Talisker 8 Year Old “Old Particular – KL Exclusive” Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($72.99)
“Easily one of the best young Taliskers I’ve ever had.” —David Othenin-Girard

We’ve been exploring Scotland and its 120-plus distilleries for the last decade, and part of that journey is finding new and interesting bottlings to offer our customers. However, sometimes you have to step back and appreciate the pillars of an industry for what they are. Not only is Talisker one of the most recognizable single malts in the world, but it’s widely considered one of the very best distilleries of any kind anywhere in the world. While only a small fraction of the malt distilled will ever be sold as a single malt, the distillery’s releases are roundly lauded as the highest quality.

Today’s featured bottling wonderfully captures all the best characteristics of this cherished distillery. Having bottled a few casks over the years, we’re starting to get a sense of the potential of this incredible whisky. At around the eight-year mark, the spirit takes on a new complexity that the younger versions lacked. Adding to the deep briny Talisker character, expect rich, fresh whole grain bread, roasted lemons, almond butter, camphor, raw honey, and freshly shucked oyster. While Talisker is not the peatiest whisky in Scotland, it does offer the most authentic “Island” experience available, transporting its drinkers directly to the Isle of Skye without the hard edge smoke of the south coast Islay distillers. Of all the incredible casks we’ve sold this year, this might be the most interesting. A truly eye-opening offering from one of Scotland’s true “Grand Cru” distillers.

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2009 Talisker 8 Year Old “Old Particular – KL Exclusive” Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($72.99)

Talisker has sort of this mythical quality in the pantheon of great malts. The majestic distillery on the banks of Loch Harport has long been a staple of any good Scotch selection thanks to its inclusion in the original “Classic Malt” line-up. While it was always one of the more available high quality malts on the market, Talisker was almost NEVER bottled by independents. Word was that Diageo prohibited the sale of casks to blenders under that name, but a special few bottlers, like Gordon Macphail, had access to filling contracts which allowed them to use the name. Needless to say, the mark was exquisitely rare and we had never tasted a single cask until our friends at Douglas Laing offered one up a few years back. We’ve since bottled a few of these, but have yet to find one as special as this one. While Talisker is moderately peated (circa 22ppm) it has an ocean quality that is almost unmistakable. It’s difficult to pinpoint just where these mindblowing flavors come from, but it must be some combination of the peat and the unusual five still set up. The extreme saltiness makes you believe it’s peatier than it is, but actually it’s the bold malt that is coming through more than the peat.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2019

There’s always a risk when you pick rare casks from a blue chip distillery. Not to mention the fact that you’ll need to pay a bit of a premium, but also these sorts of casks receive an extra dose of scrutiny from our discerning customers. It’s not enough to put out a cask of Talisker just because you can. It needs to be special. We’ve done it a few times in the past and while all those casks were good, none broke the threshold for true greatness like this one has. The 8 year age statement from Talisker is a historical one and the distillery has an incredibly rare LE making the rounds in Europe right now. So we thought we’d have a crack at filling the void that product has left for lovers of the old still on Skye. Here is what to expect. The nose is all salt and lemons. Touches of sourdough and pumpernickel. Not at all as spirity as past barrels have been. We’ve really turned a corner here in terms of maturity. Some big salted orchard fruit chopped and wrapped in nori. On the palate, big ripe Meyer lemons and salty smoke. Tons of grip and bold peat. It’s always surprising that Tali shows so much intensity of smoke and salt when the peat levels are only around 16-20 ppm (half of the big boys on Islay). Savory herbs, fennel, lovage, coriander, but very clean and pointed. With water, the brine fully takes over. For those who like ‘em salty, you’ve found your malt. Basically seawater. Easily one of the best young Taliskers I’ve ever had.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2019

While independent casks of Tali are indeed rare, this bottling is perhaps as classic as Talisker gets. Until 1998, Talisker’s predominantly available malt was 8 years of age. Check. The remote distillery on the Isle of Skye with a very long history has always been unique. Its five still setup really utilizes the wash stills’ unique shape to produce a huge amount of reflux without a ton of copper contact. This contributes to the fruity, yet full bodied and peppery nature of the house. Add to that the peat smoke and saline environs and you have a splendid combination that defines the malts of Talisker. All of that is on full display here. Check, check. It’s like sucking down a fresh oyster while sitting on a beach with a blazing fire keeping you warm. Add to that some salty snacks and you have yourself a Talisker afternoon. The malt carries through in a big way here, there is tons of rich cereal to stand up to that incredible and unwavering salinity. Add to that a chance to enjoy it at full proof and you’ve got the real deal.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 07, 2019

From my experience young Talisker selections are really good. They are lively, expressive and delicious. This Old Particular that was distilled in 2009 is no exception. Without the addition of water the nose is smoke and sea and the mouth is sweet and round. It is the addition of water that makes this product shine. The smoke and sea aromas open up and become more pronounced. The flavors are more open to taste with sweet malt, salt and a kiss of smoke coming through.

William Beare | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2019

Step forward and give yourself to the embrace of the ocean. Shake hands and mingle with Leviathans, Krakens and Cthulus, while you share in this mystically wonderful sea-sprayed scotch. The nose of the 8 Year Old Particular Talisker Single Barrel is a powerful melding of seaweed and pepper, with some rich, smoked fish pâté both on the nose and the edges of the palate. Touches of candied citrus rind (more bitter than sweet), with another big dose of smashed peppercorn on the finish. I love Talisker, and found this to be a serious treat, not to mention a re-affirmation of the truly special quality on display at this distillery.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2019

The first sniffs of this bottling remind me of going to the deli and getting cured, pepper-crusted meats. This is Talisker at its full robustness – it’s bold, brash, and unflinching. Because of the young age, the peat feels fully present and this quality pairs perfectly with Talisker’s core characteristics of black pepper spice and sea salt brine. But underneath all that power, there’s a delicacy here as well. There’s soft vanilla notes and some honey sweetness, and there’s scents and flavors of candied tropical fruits and dehydrated pineapple. The more I nose my glass, the more prominently these fruity dessert elements come out. The palate reverses this power-to-delicacy dynamic with the initial flavors focusing on those tropical fruit notes before the spice and smoke come out and build. As the finish comes on, the spice warms the entire mouth and leaves me with the flavors of ash and smoldering campfire embers.

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Kilchoman Sauternes Finish Was Awarded Best Whisky of 2018 by Cigars Lover Magazine! – Scotch Whisky News

Kilchoman Sauternes Finish Was Awarded Best Whisky of 2018 by Cigars Lover Magazine!

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The Sauternes Finish has been awarded the Best Whisky of 2018 by Cigars Lover Magazine after scoring an amazing 92 points in a blind tasting competing with over 200 whiskies from around the world!

The Sauternes Finish is a limited edition release of only 10,000 bottles from 30 casks.  It was initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels before being transferred into fresh Sauternes hogsheads for five months prior to bottling.

Described by Cigars Lover tasting panel as “Intense, structured and harmonious. The deep aroma of the peat is refreshed by citrus, giving rise to an excellent aromatic bouquet.”

 

Nose: Maritime peat smoke, citrus and tropical fruit with hints of buttery sweetness.

Palate: Soft creamy chocolate and liquorice with waves of peat smoke, cinnamon and mixed fruit.

Finish: Layered peat smoke and fruit with lasting honey sweetness.

This follows news that Whisky Advocate gave Kilchoman the honor of being in the Top 20 Whiskies of 2018, and that Sanaig won ‘Best Peated Whisky’ from the Whisky World Cup!

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Whisky Advocate writes: ‘To determine our Top 20, we begin by looking only at whiskies that rated “outstanding” (90 points or higher on Whisky Advocate’s 100-point scale)’

href=”https://impexbev.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=015fa69c1fef0d8de97fb4d76id=54b151b535e=110a891535″Sanaig has been judged Best Peated Whisky at the Whisky World Cup 2018 after more than 2000 people cast their votes in 32 blind tastings held at whisky clubs across Sweden.

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  • Every bottle of Kilchoman is hand bottled on Islay at a minimum of 46% ABV allowing for the full-bodied character of the whisky to shine through.
  • Kilchoman Distillery ships all their barrels whole directly to Islay. Their Bourbon Barrels are sourced exclusively from Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky, and their Sherry Casks from Miguel Martin in Jerez, Spain.
  • Kilchoman Distillery’s stills are amongst the smallest in Scotland, increasing copper contact and creating unmatched balance and complexity.
  • Kilchoman Single Malt is never chill-filtered or colored; the whisky is a pure, unfiltered representation of traditional whisky distilling.

Please feel free to reach out for more details on the bottling: office@impexbev.com

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/02/kilchoman-sauternes-finish-was-awarded-best-whisky-of-2018-by-cigars-lover-magazine-scotch-whisky-news/

TOBERMORY DISTILLERY CELEBRATES RELAUNCH WITH NEW SIGNATURE EXPRESSION – Scotch Whisky News

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TOBERMORY DISTILLERY CELEBRATES RELAUNCH WITH NEW SIGNATURE EXPRESSION

One of Scotland’s oldest distilleries, Tobermory, is celebrating its return to production following a 24 month intermission during which time the distillery team have been obsessively perfecting and crafting a new signature expression – Tobermory 12 Year Old.

During the past two years, the Hebridean distillery has been on a journey of self-discovery taking inspiration from the town and its colourful houses along the harbour. Tobermory has always sat at the centre of a vibrant and artistic community, which has shaped its expressive style. Today, this is borne-out with a bold, new confidence that is reflective of the creative and artistic talent across the Isle of Mull, as Tobermory showcases its craft and skill at distilling more than just memorable malts.

To celebrate the reawakening of Tobermory Distillery and the launch of its new 12 Year Old expression, two gallery unveiling events are being held in the UK. The first will take place in London on 27th March with the second event being hosted in Glasgow on 3rd April. They will reveal the vibrant new packaging, which is reflective of the distillery’s colourful Hebridean home, as well as offer the first tastings of Tobermory 12 Year Old.

An expression of the iconic coloured houses that sit on the harbour at Tobermory, the distinctive new 12 Year Old liquid is vibrant on the palette. Using non-peated barley and water from the distillery’s private source, the whisky is created using tried and tested methods that allow the art of the Hebridean distiller to shine through.

Guests will also have a unique opportunity to view two original pieces of art donated to the distillery by Catherine Ross, who completed the first Artist in Residence programme at Tobermory last year. Her works will be supported by photographer Euan Miles who has successfully captured the essence of the distillery and the island on camera, which in turn has been used to create standout packaging across all the spirits produced at the Hebridean Distillery.

Tobermory distillery has consistently been innovative and unusual, its lone existence on the Isle of Mull has nurtured an artisanal approach to whisky production over the centuries, operating two production cycles during the year. One to produce an unpeated malt, Tobermory while the other creates a peated version, Ledaig. This Spring will not only mark the return of whisky production, but it will also see the distillery venture into new spirits too and guests attending the two events will have an advance preview of what’s in the pipeline for 2019.

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Derek Scott, Brand Director for Malts at Distell International, said:

“The past two years have been a voyage of discovery; we have all been on an incredible journey with Tobermory and it is far from over. It’s a dream for any of us in the industry to be given a beautiful Hebridean distillery nestled in the centre of an iconic and vibrant community and answer the question ‘what is its future?’. It’s been fascinating watching the character of Tobermory almost answer that question all by itself, which is why it’s so exciting to now be on the cusp of launching the 12YO.

“The distillery has a rich tapestry of stories to share and the latest chapter follows on from the success of our Artist in Residence programme last year and the works our first artist Catherine Ross has donated. These perfectly complement the heritage of the distillery and its island home and we are very excited to see the creativity that spins out of this year’s residency as we hope to welcome more rising stars during 2019 and beyond.”

Find out more about Tobermory Distillery at www.tobermorydistillery.com

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About Distell 

  • Distell is Africa’s leading producer of wines, spirits, ciders, scotch whisky and ready-to-drinks (RTDs) with a portfolio of close on 100 brands.
  • Within the portfolio, Distell owns four single malts and a number of scotch brands produced across three distillery sites.
  • The three distilleries include: Bunnahabhain on the Isle of Islay; Deanston in Doune, Perthshire and Tobermory based on the Isle of Mull.
  • With a global network of offices and distribution partners, the company employs nearly 5000 people worldwide and has an annual turnover of R14.2 billion. (£1.09 billion)
  • In Scotland, the company’s operations are based in East Kilbride where it has a bottling hall, with blending and warehousing facilities at Airdrie, both near Glasgow.
  • Distell is the 2015 “Distiller of the Year” award winner at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.

For more visit: www.distell.co.za

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Outstanding Value from a Cherished Island Distillery 1999 Finest Orkney (Highland Park) 18 Year Old “John Milroy” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt – Scotch Whisky News

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Outstanding Value from a Cherished Island Distillery
1999 Finest Orkney (Highland Park) 18 Year Old “John Milroy” KL Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky ($99.99)
“This superb single barrel of Highland Park represents one of the greatest values we’ve ever offered.”
—David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

Here we have round two of the absolutely unprecedented single barrel offerings from Highland Park! Last week it was a 12-year-old ex-sherry barrel for nearly $200, but this week it’s all about value. Over the past two years, something very unusual has happened with Highland Park. A distillery that has typically guarded its stock very closely has been popping up at bottlers across Scotland. Word on the street is that Edrington (their parent company) needed cash to fund their outrageous new Macallan distillery. Whether or not those rumors are true, it’s been incredible to finally taste some single barrel Highland Park at full strength from our suppliers. The only problem is that they know what they’ve got is really special, and their prices have reflected this quality.

To get an idea of the current market on Highland Park, consider this: we sold a 20-year-old Highland Park last year from Old Particular for $200 that felt like a deal compared to many other bottlers. We’re also seeing 18-year-old stuff in cask at close to £150 a bottle, which would translate to upward of $250-300 on the shelf stateside. Anything older is just priced out of range of most consumers. Were it not for a bit of perseverance and a keen eye, we’d be selling you this cask for nearly three times the price. That’s why we pay attention. We saw an opportunity and worked hard to get a great price for an incredible whisky that may never be repeated. Cask strength single barrel Highland Park for less than $100? It’s almost unfathomable. But even more special than the price is the gorgeous Orkney whisky inside the bottle. The purity and grace of nearly two decades in barrel with the complex heathery smoke that Highland Park is famous for are truly why we bought this cask. It’s a perfect contrast to the over-the-top flavors of 12-Year we sold. A true old-school glory in our book—the ridiculous price is just the icing on the cake.

1999 Finest Orkney (Highland Park) 18 Year Old “John Milroy” KL Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

The Highland Park distillery has always been a favorite of aficionados. It’s risen to international prominence over the last several years thanks to a strong marketing push from their owners, the Edrington Group. Their move toward highlighting the Orkney’s Viking history has brought about a plethora of unique “limited” offerings and special editions. While many have been very good, the general theme is fewer age statements and higher prices. But, something has happened over the last couple of years. An unbelievable amount of “no name” Orkney casks have popped up at bottlers across Scotland. Most bottlers know that they’ve stumbled on a cash cow. Cask strength single barrel HP commands very high prices on the open market, so our suppliers didn’t think anything of expecting to get £150 ($300+ stateside) per bottle for this stuff. And several bottlers have gone ahead and done just that ’cause why not? The juice is delicious, and it sells well at the higher price. We want to offer value to our customers beyond what the regular market provides. If everyone can do it, we’re probably not interested. So when our friend Doug McIver came to use with this wonderful cask at bargain basement prices, we knew we had a winner. Cask strength single cask HP 18 for $100 retail? We’d buy 10 of these if we could. This is the real deal, old school, naked cask strength Orkney like nothing else on the market today.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 24, 2019

This superb single barrel of Highland Park represents one of the greatest values we’ve ever offered. We worked hard last year to get the price down of a single cask of 20-year-old HP from a refill hogshead. The great HP flood began nearly 3 years ago when I got an email from a supplier in Scotland offering us a parcel of THOUSANDS of Highland Park barrels at between 12-18 years old. I nearly choked on my morning coffee as a read the email. They wanted millions for the lot. While I briefly considered pitching the idea to our owners, I ultimately decided that we’d never be able to handle these quantities at our stores. So over the last couple of years we’ve watched as small lots of HP have popped up at bottlers across Scotland. Most had paid a premium to brokers for the prized malt. We weren’t prepared to indulge them, unless they were superlatively good, like the Old Particular from last year. When we commit to a barrel everything needs to come into place – the flavor, the price, the packaging. It’s gotta tick all the boxes. This is one of those whiskies. While not as heady or sherried as the OP, the purity and overt deliciousness of this cask is profound. The sweet and salt Orkney malt is vibrant and layered but somehow restrained on the nose. Flecks of oyster shell, lemon balm, earthy malt, honeysuckle and white pepper. On the palate that gorgeous Orkney peat pops up. Pristine with something floral behind (heather of course), and oceanic without the iodine of Islay, it’s pretty thick on the palate- oily, camphor, more pepper, bitter oranges, and green teas. Long and lingering. With water the nose opens, and the lemon becomes more prominent. The sweet malt falls away, and more peat comes through for some reason. All in all I’m not sure there’s a better way to spend $100 right now in the store.

Will Blakely | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 03, 2019

A rare treat at an unbelievable price. It starts with a sea breeze and soft golden malt on the nose, with a whisper of smoke. Then all at once the taste blows you away – rich and complex with ample smoke. Earthy citrus, dried fruit, sweet cereal, and decadent fudge all play like a symphony on the palate with saline, fennel, and spice as counterpoint. This feels bright and concentrated, youthful even, but with a sophisticated finish that can only come with age.

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Laphroaig 18 Year Old Old & Rare Platinum Selection at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Laphroaig 18 Year Old

2000 vintage single cask bottled for the Old Rare Platinum Selection.

Shop £275.45

Laphroaig 18 Year Old 2000 Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask refill hogshead bottled October 2018 by Hunter Laing Co. for the Old Rare Platinum Collection. 209 bottles. Laphroaig Distillery was established in 1815 on the rocky south coast of the Isle of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. This malt whisky distillery continues to malt barley using its traditional malting floors and malt kiln. In 1994 the distiiley was awarded the Royal Warrant. The core range is quite extensive and supplemented by limited releases including a 21 year old was issued in 2015 to celebrate 21 years of Friends of Laphroaig. Independent bottlings are also available from Signatory, Cooper’s Choice and Hunter Laing. Laphroaig distillery also participates in Feis Ile, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music.

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Limited Edition New Releases at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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MACALLAN RARE CASK BATCH NO.3
Available for pre-order

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The third edition in the series of batched releases of The Macallan Rare Cask, this Speyside single malt is crafted from some of the rarest stocks in The Macallan Estate. Each limited batch is created with just 50 sherry seasoned European oak butts. Showcasing the depth and complexity of The Macallan, less than 1% of the stock maturing in The Macallan Estate is deemed worthy to be used in the creation of Rare Cask Batch No.3. This release is presented at 43% abv in a sculpted, heavy glass decanter.

£295 – Pre-order here

Pre-orders being dispatched W/C 11th

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OCTOMORE 10 YEAR OLD DIALOGOS
Available for pre-order

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This third limited edition 10-year-old from the Octomore range was distilled at Bruichladdich in 2008 using 100% Scottish grown Optic barley. Matured in a selection of bourbon, cognac, port and virgin oak casks, it has been bottled at 56.8% abv and is super-heavily peated at 167ppm. Only 12,000 bottles have been filled as part of the Dialogos series from the Islay distillery.

On the nose there is a rich chocolate and tobacco note, followed by vanilla custard and blueberries. The palate is warming and spicy with tobacco, old leather, icing sugar and a wonderfully earthy peat smoke with an oakyand coconut finish to balance the peat with a touch of vanilla re-emerging.

£160 – Pre-order here

Pre-orders being dispatched 11th February

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Glenmorangie Allta
Now in stock

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The 10th relese in Glenmorangie’s award-winning Private Edition series, Allta is the distillery’s first single malt to be created with yeast discovered growing wild on Glenmorangie’s own barley. Taking its name from the Gaelic for wild, Allta (pronounced ‘al-ta’) demonstrates the impact yeast has on the flavour of whisky and is bottled at a strength of 51.2% abv, free from chill-filtration.

£79.00 – Order Now

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Glendronach 1993 25 year old single cask
Very limited stock remaining

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This Highland single malt was distilled in February 1993 at GlenDronach and matured for a quarter of a century in a single Pedro Ximenez puncheon. Chosen exclusively for The Whisky Shop’s customers and bottled in May 2018, only 631 bottles have been produced, each one at a strength of 51% abv.

Described by Charles MacLean as a ‘superlative example of sherry cask maturation’, this impressive dram is an excellent example of The GlenDronach’s ‘big sherry’ style, bringing notes of Christmas cake, dried fruits and dark chocolate.

£210 – Order Now

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New: Laphroaig 30 Years // Tamdhu 15 Years // Glendalough 25 Years

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Laphroaig 30 Year Old (2019 edition)

First-fill bourbon casks and filled at “high strength” (just 48%), that’s the recipe for an upcoming Laphroaig 30 Year Old. It has the subtitle The Ian Hunter Story, referring to the last member of the Johnston family to run the distillery in the 1950s, before it was taken over by the manager Bessie Williamson.

It appears to go back to the green bottle of the 25 Year Old, whereas in the past few years limited releases like the Laphroaig 27 Years were mostly bottled in clear glass.

 

 

Tamdhu 15 Years

Tamdhu 15 Years

After the recent Tamdhu 12, a new Tamdhu 15 Years is coming up, a limited edition bottled at 46%. Fully matured in sherry casks of course.

 

 

Glendalough 25 Years

Glendalough 25 Years

Irish whisky company Glendalough will soon release the first bottling in its Connoisseur Collection, a range of rare single malts. This will probably be the Glendalough 25 Year Old, aged in bourbon casks and finished in a Spanish oak Oloroso cask and subsequently in a virgin Irish oak cask.

 

 

Also interesting

Things that may not have been widely announced but that grabbed my attention in shops recently…

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New Bruichladdich Octomore 10 Year Old at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Bruichladdich Octomore
10 Year Old Dialogos

Octomore 10 Year Old 2008 3rd Release

Matured in a variety of casks including; Port, Cognac, ex-American whisky and Virgin Oak casks. Scottish grown Optic barley malted at 167ppm. 2019 limited release of 12,000 – maximum 1 bottle per customer! AROMA – There is a richness, chocolate, tobacco, bonfire smoke, leather. Vanilla custard, blueberry dry straw and pear drops. TASTE – Warming, spicy – mulled wine. Leather and tobacco, malt sugar, icing sugar. All wrapped in earthy peaty smoke. Dry on the palate. FINISH – Oak driven, coconut, tobacco, vanilla, then smoke. In balance the time in the cask has calmed the smoke, both through the phenols lowering naturally over time and the influence of the oak becoming greater.

Bruichladdich Distillery was established in 1881 by the Harvey family of distillers based in Glasgow. Situated on the Rhinns peninsular on the island of Islay close and close to the sandy bays of Loch Indaal. Re-opened in 2001 with much of the original Victorian equipment restored to working order. The first release of Bruichladdich’s new whisky was the highly acclaimed PC5, the first release in the limited Port Charlotte range. Also producing very highly peated Octamore, Organic using Islay grown barley, and triple and quadruple distilled single malt and single cask releases. Bruichladdich distillery participates in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Whisky Festival.

Shop – Octomore 10 Year Old 3rd Release – £162.00

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Cadenhead’s Whisky February 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

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IT’S WHISKY FEBRUARY 2019 

2019 – The year of change and challenge

Its a busy old year so far what with Brexit and the stories of panic almost daily anyone would think we are all going crazy!

But fear not, whisky will still be made and bottled, we will still be offering the same level of service and more over planning ahead for what is shaping up to be one of the most incredible years in the whisky world.

We have been advising as many as possible to look beyond the label, is age more important than taste?

Some of our top drams have not been the rare old 40 year old Vintage I can’t cope.com! Indeed like the list of new drams below some of our top tasting top selling drams have been below 15 years in the cask.

A few examples are Miltonduff 12 54.8%VOL, Ord 13 56.5% and Kilkerran 8 cask strength for a power packed taste or the 12 for the most delightfully flavoursome whiskies on the planet.

No collection is ever complete with-out the Springbank 10 46% always has been always will be the most complete drams of all time.

So have a look at the range below but might I draw your attention to the 9-10 year olds along with the older vintages, wood management has drastically improved over the years we are lucky to be in at the start of a new period with some stunning flavour packed whiskies made in some of the worlds most iconic distilleries and of course the new distilleries that will soon start to take a well earned place in the pantheon of whiskies in our store.

The fist release of 2019 is Cadenhead’s Small Batch now then a small release from Campbeltown.

THE RANGE

CAMERONBRIDGE 1984 34 YEARS OLD 52.8%VOL -70CL – Small Barrel Single Cask

NOSE: Caramel waffles, flaked almonds, white chocolate cheesecake. Satsumas, dried banana chips and coconut milk.

PALATE: Caramel tuille, faint golden rum notes, muscovado sugar, milk chocolate, soft spice and rye notes.

FINISH: Gingerbread, golden syrup, dry vermouth and almost a little hoppy.

 

TULLIBARDINE 1993 25 YEARS OLD 43.2%VOL – 70CL – SINGLE CASK

NOSE: Lychee, spearmint and eucalyptus. orange blossom water, peach skins and candied ginger.

PALATE: Traditional cloudy lemonade, banana loaf, orange sherbet and coffee beans.

FINISH: Very juicy, with creme brûlée, blanched almonds, green apple skins and pears in syrup.

 

PORT DUNDAS 1988 29 YEARS OLD 51.3%VOL – 70CL – SINGLE CASK

NOSE: Thick, rich and oily. Rapeseed oil, grapes, avocados and hints of pork scratchings and ginger-beer.

PALATE: Golden syrup, melted butter on wholemeal toast. Rye bread, sweetcorn and apple sauce.

FINISH: Brandy snaps, poppy seeds, watermelon and grated ginger.

 

BENRINNES 2000 18 YEARS OLD 57.5%VOL – 70CL – SMALL BATCH 4 X BARRELS – Very Limited stocks

Rich and fruity, figs, white chocolate, raspberries, mango and a touch of pineapple cake.

Old School fruitiness, tropical fruits with a slight earth edge. Peaches, passion fruit, lychee and apricots with creamy yoghurt and vanilla custard

Long, slightly drying and then growing syrupy fruity notes.

 

BENRIACH – GLENLIVET 2008 10 YEARS OLD 57.6%VOL – 70CL – SMALL BATCH 2 X HOGSHEADS

Aniseed, dried apricots, whole olives, rosemary and touches of linseed oil.

Burnt sugar, quite earthy with an almost phenolic note. Very oily with praline, granite, salted butter and peanut butter.

Long and drying, earthy and flinty before orange and lime notes build.

 

ORD 2008 10 YEARS OLD 57.7%VOL – 70CL – SMALL BATCH 2 X HOGSHEADS

Almost medicinal, creamy, with a slight flinty note, raw honeycomb, goats cheese and banana peel.

Lime, pickles, geraniums, edible flowers with pistachio nuts and praline.

Light and floral before finishing with hints of rock salt, mezcal and lemongrass.

 

TOMATIN 2008 10 YEARS OLD 55.5%VOL – 70CL – SMALL BATCH 3 X HOGSHEADS

Malty, barley lofts and icing sugar. Pear skins, almond milk and honey.

More honey, with lemongrass, elderflower and caramel shortbread. Grape skins, olive oil and green bananas with touches of coconut and all spice.

Initial spice then growing floral notes along with marshmallows and salted popcorn.

 

BUNNAHABHAIN 2009 9 YEARS OLD 58.9%VOL – 70CL – SMALL BATCH 2 X HOGSHEADS (ISLAY)

Soft and oily to start with distant peat. Olive oil, pecan pie and faint antiseptic cream.

Nutty and creamy with lemon, peach syrup and raspberry coulis, hints of engine oil, beeswax and chives,

Long and oily, a distant harbour with diesel and green bananas.

 

CRAIGELLACHIE – GLENLIVET 2009 9 YEARS OLD 55.1% VOL – SMALL BATCH 2 X HOGSHEADS

Juicy fruits, pineapple sweets, mangoes and butterscotch. Sticky toffee pudding and vanilla ice cream.

Soft ashy notes, quite earthy with vanilla, whipped cream and maple syrup.

Dry spices, cinnamon, cassia bark mixed in with lemon icing and coconut flakes.

 

GLENROTHES-GLENLIVET 2009 9 YEARS OLD 65.3%VOL – 70CL – SMALL BATCH 3 X HOGSHEADS

Vanilla, golden syrup and hints of nougat and chocolate sprinkles. Faint green tea notes with butterscotch.

Lemon drizzle cake, touches of white pepper, freshly mown grass, autumnal forests with blackberries and raisin butter.

Tingling spices give way to warm toffee sauce and cranberries.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/02/cadenheads-whisky-february-2019-scotch-whisky-news/

Milroys: March 2019 Women’s Whisky Night – Scotch Whisky News

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WOMEN’S WHISKY NIGHT

ELEMENTS OF ISLAY

Tuesday, 5th March, 2019
6:30PM

The first Women’s Whisky Night of 2019!

On March 5th we have some delightful drams from Elements of Islay to sample!

A unique range of single malts and blends from various Islay distilleries, each that embody a distinctive flavour profile from the distillery.

Do not miss this opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in the industry from this amazing range.

Run by women. For women.

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mILROYS

Book tickets here!

Milroy’s of Soho ~ 3 Greek Street ~ London, England ~ W1D 4NX ~ United Kingdom

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/02/milroys-march-2019-womens-whisky-night-scotch-whisky-news/