News: New Whisky Releases 2016 Week 12

This weeks new releases sees only a small (10) collection of bottlings on offer. Douglas Laing’s supreme Rock Oyster Island Blend which we love gets a boosted Cask Strength batch. Highland Park released their much-discussed Ice Edition, I have to admit checking it wasn’t April the 1st when I first saw this mountain shaped green bottle! The Irish Hibernia distillery release the 2nd President’s Cask which sees a rum-finish. More younger Langside offerings from Allt-à-Bhainne and Tamdhu offer great insight into the relatively unadultered spirit from these distilleries. A trio of single casks from Master of Malts own series, of which I would opt for the cheapest a 12 year old Caol Ila, rather than the more exclusively priced 25 year old Glenlossie or Macallan, though the  colour on the Macallan is awfully tempting from that refill sherry maturation. The most enigmatic release this week is from Ricky Christie (previously connected to North of Scotland distillery) with this 12 year old mystery Speyside malt finished for 6 months in Prunelle (plum liqueur) casks and named The Wolf of Badenoch after Alexander Stewart, the Earl of Buchan. Finally from Signatory we have another rare single cask, cask strength Mosstowie 35 Year Old 1979 produced from the Lomond stills that ran at Miltonduff distillery for only 17 years. My drinkers this week are Rock Oyster and Caol Ila 12 and for those not short of pocket change the Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 and Glenlossie 25 Year Old 1990 are affordable rarities! Investment money with the Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 though selling at this price the resale potential is slim to none.

Slainte Barry@TheWhiskyphiles

Douglas Laing

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Rock Oyster Cask Strength

70cl, 57.40% £46.95

Highland Park

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Highland Park Ice Edition 17 Year Old

70cl, 53.90% £190.00

Hibernia

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Hyde 10 Year Old No.2 President’s Cask

70cl, 46% £43.64

Langside

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Allt-à-Bhainne 7 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2016) – Hepburn’s Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46% £37.06

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Tamdhu 9 Year Old 2006 – Hepburn’s Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46% £41.39

Master of Malt

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Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2003 – Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 59.80% £64.95

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Glenlossie 25 Year Old 1990 – Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 54.40% £154.95

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Macallan 25 Year Old 1990 – Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 49.40% £694.95

Ricky Christie

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The Wolf of Badenoch 12 Year Old

70cl, 43% £49.99

Signatory

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Mosstowie 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 5042) – Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.40% £230.15