Released October 2017
Below are this months newest Whisky expressions and limited releases to hit the online shelves. Click on the buttons to read more.
12th October 2017
11th October 2017
Leap into the unknown with this limited-edition blended malt, inspired by phenomenology - 'the study of consciousness and the objects of direct experience'. To encourage people to experience this whisky without preconceptions Compass Box have not released any tasting notes, or even listed which single malts make up this blend. All we know is that they were selected due to their distinct and different flavour profiles, something that promises a complex and surprising whisky. Why not share your thoughts by leaving a review?
10th October 2017
A Glenrothes 27 Year Old bottled exclusively for Whisky Show 2017 and featuring an art-inspired label depicting the Art of Whisky Ageing. Notes of stewed fruits and spices with a long, sweet finish. Part of the Art of Whisky series.
The Art of Whisky Malting is the first in the Art of Whisky series, which was created exclusively for the Whisky Show 2017 and features label designs by our Creative Director Raj Chavda. This Caol Ila has been matured for at least seven years in bourbon hogsheads and forms a limited edition of 600 bottles.
Celebrating the Art of Whisky Mashing, this beautifully-bottled Balblair has notes of apples, hazelnuts, sugar-coated almonds and honeysuckle. Part of the 'Art of Whisky' series produced for the Whisky Show 2017.
A 20-year-old Tomintoul, aged in a bourbon hogshead and then trapped by A D Rattray in 287 lovely Cask Collection bottles. Yours if you're quick.
Part of A D Rattray's excellent Cask Collection, this is a Tamnavulin 8 Year Old that has been matured in first-fill bourbon. Only 229 bottles were produced from the single cask.
A Swiss whisky (Swissky?) from Langatun, bottled by the quirky chaps at That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Notes of honeyed fruit, melted chocolate and earthy peat.
An immensely popular single-cask release of bourbon-aged Smogen single malt. Peaty, intense and redolent of pine wood, chocolate and vanilla.
A rarely-seen bottling of long-aged Strathmill, bottled by Adelphi. This 31-year-old single malt comes from a single refill hogshead and has delicious, complex aromas of sandalwood, apple sponge and Madeira cake. On the palate you'll find sweet notes of coffee beans, bitter chocolate and sugared almonds, followed by a lingering finish.
A limited-edition bottling of triple-distilled single malt from the English Whisky Co., matured in a single first-fill bourbon cask. This bottle is one of just 160 available and is presented in a beautiful wooden box.
A biscuit-led Mortlach 22 Year Old from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, who have issued 200 bottles as part of this latest batch. The scary-looking monster on the label comes from Mortlach's nickname, 'The Beast of Dufftown', something it earned thanks to its whiskies' robust, intense character.
A limited-edition (although you probably guessed that from the title) Linkwood 11 Year Old, matured in two hogsheads since 2006. Light and honeyed with a hint of mint.
Part of the Art of Whisky series created exclusively for Whisky Show 2017, this Miltonduff 17 Year Old carries a distinctive label representing the Art of Whisky Fermenting. The Speyside single malt inside has notes of sweet orchard fruits, buttery biscuit and tarte tatin.
Representing the Art of Whisky Bottling, as its beautiful label makes clear, this is a fruity, creamy Glentauchers bottled exclusively for Whisky Show 2017.
9th October 2017
A blended whisky from Japanese producers Toashuzo, bottled as part of the Golden Horse range. Expect nutty honey, vanilla and subtle earthier tones.
Bottled by A.D. Rattray as part of their Cask Collection, this is a sweet 25-year-old single grain whisky drawn from one sherry butt. Delivers notes of ginger, citrus and candyfloss, followed by a sweet, spicy finish.
Drawn from a cask specially selected by Douglas Laing, this Cameronbridge 25 Year Old is big, bold and buttery, with plenty to keep those with a sweet tooth happy.
The chaps at the Boutique-y Whisky Company have a particular fondness for the onion-shaped stills at the Glenlossie distillery in Speyside - something you can probably tell by the design on this label. This is a 17-year-old single malt drawn from a single cask.
Càrn Mòr have bottled a single cask of Glen Keith 28 Year Old, creating 221 bottles of Speyside loveliness. This is part of their Celebration of the Cask series and offers notes of creamy vanilla, apricot and a hint of citrus.
A 29-year-old Glen Grant, bottled by Adelphi in 2017 from a single cask.
Finished in a Madeira wine cask, this 11-year-old Edradour has been bottled as part of the distillery's Straight From The Cask series.
Bottled on 27 March 2017, this is an Edradour 12 Year Old with lots of sweet notes thanks to spending the last part of its life in a single Sauternes wine cask. Part of Edradour's Straight From The Cask series (SFTC).
Part of Edradour's Straight From The Cask (SFTC) series, this has been aged in bourbon for 12 years and finished in a Chardonnay cask.
Christmas-cakey Clynelish 20 Year Old, aged in a sherry puncheon and bottled by Càrn Mòr for their Celebration of the Cask series.
A nutty, honeyed single malt from Benrinnes, bottled in August 2017 after 21 years in a single hogshead. Part of Càrn Mòr's Celebration of the Cask series.
A wonderful 22-year-old Allt-a-Bhainne single malt, bottled to celebrate the equally wonderful Whisky Squad. The label depicts many of the Squad's members as cows, due to the fact that - according to That Boutique-y Whisky Company - 'Allt-á-Bhainne sounds a bit like House of Pain, and it literally means "River of Milk"'. We'll let you ponder that one over a dram.
A subtly spicy blended whisky from Japan, with notes of orchard fruits and caramel.
8th October 2017
A single-cask bottling which yielded just 78 crystal decanters, each housed in a special leather carrying case. Notes of orchard fruits, prunes and lemon balm, with just a hint of oak.
Part of the Glenrothes Extraordinary Cask series, this is one of only 145 bottles from a second-fill hogshead. The whisky is presented in a hand-blown lead crystal decanter from Portugal, stopped with wood from cask 13507, and housed in a special leather carrying case. Notes of rose, apricots, honey and Turkish Delight.
A 2006 vintage Strathisla from independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail. This was bottled with the old-style distillery label in 2017.
A 2010 vintage Ledaig from indie bottler Signatory as part of The Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was aged in a pair of first-fill bourbon barrels for seven years, before being bottled in September 2017. Ledaig is the name for the smoky, peaty whisky from Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull.
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 single-cask bottling of this popular unpeated Islay whisky, distilled in 1990.
February 2010 marked an extraordinary achievement for Nikka, as their Taketsuru 21yo scooped the title of 'World's Best Blended Malt Whisky' at the World Whiskies Awards for the third time in four years. Bravo, Nikka!
A 38-year-old whisky from Tomintoul, this single sherry cask was distilled on 12 April 1977 and bottled in June 2015. A rich and complex sherried whisky, only 470 bottles came out of the cask, of which each is individually hand numbered.
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5th October 2017
Independent bottlers Signatory bring us a single-cask of single grain whisky from closed distillery Carsebridge.
Part of the Blenders' Batch series, Johnnie Walker's ongoing experiments with flavour, this is a mix of Speyside and Lowland whiskies that has been finished in Caribbean pot-still rum barrels. Expect spicy, sweet and fruity notes.
Glenburgie is rarely allowed out on its own, but independent bottlers Signatory are known for their excellent small-batch editions of the distillery's single malts - and the 21-year-old here is no exception.
This has been bottled for the Carn Mor 'Celebration of the Cask' range, a series which celebrates Scottish distilleries through single-cask editions. Only 254 bottles of this Blair Athol 26 Year Old were produced.
A lovely sherried Edradour, distilled in 2006 and bottled exclusively for The Whisky Exchange. These limited-edition bottles have been drawn from a single sherry butt.
Linkwood's whiskies are known for their fruity, spicy characteristics. This bottling of the distillery's 19 Year Old single malt has been created by Signatory.
An eight-year-old Speyside single malt from Craigellachie, bottled by Signatory.
Please note, orders will be delivered during week commencing 16 October.
Sherry-aged Clynelish you can't get anywhere else, as the lovely folks at Signatory have bottled this butt exclusively for The Whisky Exchange.
Drawn from two casks by independent bottlers Signatory, this Caol Ila 7 Year Old is full of the distillery's typical smoke, brine and citrus flavours.
Exclusive to The Whisky Exchange, this limited-edition Caol Ila was distilled in 2009 and bottled by Signatory.
A Signatory bottling of 19-year-old Benrinnes single malt, distilled in 1997. The distillery's whiskies are known for their notes of meat, dried fruit and dark chocolate.
Signatory have bottled this Bowmore 15 Year Old just for us. Drawn from a single cask, there are just 233 bottles of this tasty single malt - once they're gone there will be no (bow)more.
Using heavily-roasted barley, Johnnie Walker Espresso Roast is richly flavoured with notes of chocolate and coffee. This bottle is part of their Blenders' Batch series, which allows the company's blenders free reign to experiment with flavours.
A single-cask bottling of Ballechin 12 Year Old, exclusive to The Whisky Exchange.
This Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Blair Athol features whisky distilled in 2008 and matured in sherry butts until 2017. Expect ripe white fruits and smoke on the nose, followed by spice, orange peels and bitter chocolate on the tongue.
Aberfeldy is known as one of the Highland region's sweetest single malts, and this 14-year-old delivers all its beloved honey characteristics alongside fudge, dried fruit and spiced biscuit.
Not only is this the first-ever small-batch Wolfburn, it is also the first time the distillery has created a lightly peated spirit - making this the forerunner to Morven, the peated whisky that has just been added to their core range. Initial tobacco notes are followed by lemon, crisp apple, honey and vanilla, alongside warming peat and earthiness.
A limited-edition bottling of the notably rich, robust Mortlach single malt, created exclusively for us by Signatory.
The second series of Smogen's Sherry Projects starts with this limited-edition bottling from 18 sherry octaves - casks with a capacity of around 50 litres. Expect notes of vanilla, pine, cinnamon and honey alongside sherry and dried fruits.
An exclusive bottling of single malt from little-seen distillery Linkwood, created for us by Signatory.
3rd October 2017
A rare independent bottling of Dufftown single malt, a whisky that spends most of its time hanging out in Bell's. Aged in sherry, this Connoisseurs Choice edition has notes of butterscotch, sultanas, sun-baked barley and stewed fruits, with a long, citrus finish.
A 19-year-old Dailuaine single malt, bottled from two hogsheads by Signatory in March 2017.
A single-cask bottling of Clynelish 20 Year Old, bottled by Signatory in June 2017.
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Triple distillation is rare at Scottish distilleries, but this Benromach is far from a novelty bottle. The process creates smoother, lighter whiskies and these characteristics are accompanied by delectable aromas of strawberry, sweet vanilla and elderflower. This is followed by creamy malt, lime zest, more vanilla and rich smokiness on the tongue, accompanied by a touch of pepper.
The latest edition in Benromach's Wood Finish series, this single malt has been aged in first fill bourbon then finished in Chateau Cissac wine casks from the Haut-Médoc region of Bordeaux. The result is notes of sweet vanilla, creamy milk chocolate, light peat smoke and a hint of tannin. This is a limited edition of 4,200 bottles.
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Ben Nevis 26 Year Old single malt, bottled by Signatory in July 2017 as part of their Cask Strength Collection. This single cask of sherry-aged whisky promises notes of raisins, dark chocolate and red fruits, underscored with a little smoke.
Matured in a wine-treated butt, this Blair Athol 28 Year Old has been bottled from a single cask by Signatory.
A limited-edition spirit drink (too young to gain its whisky badge) from the Starward distillery in Australia. Aged in wine barrels from the famed Barossa Valley region, this has aromas of Shiraz, marzipan, plum and hazelnuts, followed by flavours of dark fruits, liquorice and chocolate-coated coffee beans.
A Signatory bottling of this typically light, grassy single malt, drawn from two hogsheads.
A bourbon-matured Glen Elgin brought to us by the wonderful people at Signatory. Part of their Cask Strength collection, just 156 bottles of this 26-year-old Speyside single malt are available.
2nd October 2017
A single malt from Campbeltown distillery Glen Scotia, this is from the 1992 vintage and has been bottled by G&M as part of the MacPhail's Collection after more than two decades of ageing. The distillery is known for its fresh, fruity and grassy whiskies.
Big Peat comes to the Big Smoke with this limited-edition bottling.
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Signatory are renowned for their excellent independent bottlings and this Tormore 28 Year Old, bottled from two casks in July 2017, should be no exception. Just 388 bottles are available.
Aroma is an integral part of the whisky tasting experience, which is why Macallan Edition No. 3 so exciting: it has been created in conjunction with Roja Dove, one of the most respected 'noses' in the perfume industry.
A blend of six cask types, this whisky has the complex aromas of a fine fragrance, with notes of flowers, vanilla ice cream and orange oil leading into chocolate and burnished oak. The vanilla continues on the tongue, intermingled with sweet fruit, rich fruit cake and light resin.
Part of Signatory's Cask Strength series, this Inchmurrin 23 Year Old has been drawn from a single hogshead. Only 254 bottles are available.
Sherry-aged Glenrothes, distilled in 1997 and bottled by Signatory just under two decades later. Expect notes of honey, spice and black fruits.
A 1992 vintage Glenlossie from indie bottler Signatory as part of the Cask Strength Collection. Much of the distillery's production is used for the Haig range of blends. This was aged for 24 years in a hogshead prior to release.
A 1998 vintage Linkwood from independent bottler Signatory as part of the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was matured in bourbon barrels 11788 and 11789 for 18 years before being bottled in May 2017.
1st October 2017
A 1998 vintage Tormore from Gordon & MacPhail as part of the Connoisseurs Choice series. This was bottled in 2015 in its mid-teens.
A 2008 vintage whisky from Teaninich, bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range by Gordon & MacPhail in 2017. Thanks to it's popularity as a blending malt we don't see all that much from Teaninich on the market, so it's good to find an ongoing indie release non-chillfiltered and at 46%.
Fettercairn is rarely seen as an independent bottling these days. This 1997 vintage Fettercairn has been released by Signatory as part of the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was aged in a pair of hogsheads, before being bottled at 20 years of age in June 2017. Notes of oranges are often picked up on whiskies from this distillery.
A 1990-vintage Longmorn, matured for 26 years in a single hogshead before bottling in May 2017 by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection. The distillery is known for its sweet and fruity whiskies.
A 1997 intage whisky from the little-een Glen Keith, bottled by Gordon & Macphail for their Connoisseurs Choice collection in 2015.
A 2000 vintage Ledaig from independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range, bottled in 2015. Ledaig is the name for peated whisky produced at Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.