News: New Whisky Releases 2016 Week 23
This week sees only 1 official new release (well newly available to the UK) of Mackmyra’s Blomstertid, an expression we thoroughly enjoyed at this years Meet The Blenders. A batch of delicious Independently bottled single cask expressions are served up from both Bartels (Malts of Scotland range) and Master of Malt’s own bottlings. From both the Ardbeg expressions so rare as independent bottlings, and even rarer as Sherry-matured from Bartels! these will both sell out rapidly. My affordable/drinking picks this week go to Master of Malts Tullibardine and Aberlour bottlings. Investment whisky money this week surely goes to our Archive Macallan. For those with deep pockets Bartels 1975 Longmorn will surely not disappoint but comes with a high price-tag.
(70cl, 46.1%) £53.28 our review
Malts of Scotland
(70cl, 54.8%) £179.00
(70cl, 55.5%) £77.92
(70cl, 54.8%) £82.50
(70cl, 51.5%) £93.51
(70cl, 51.2%) £99.00
(70cl, 55.5%) £96.63
(70cl, 59.1%) £59.00
(70cl, 46.7%) £499.00
(70cl, 55.2%) £149.00
(70cl, 53.7%) £132.47
(70cl, 48.3%) £342.86
Master of Malt
(70cl, 51.1%) £97.95
Nose: Apple peel, pink peppercorn and cinnamon. This develops into freshly baked brioche and some dusty old oak furniture.
Palate: Very zesty with orange and grapefruit at first. Slowly develops chocolatey notes – spoonfuls of dark chocolate mousse on the mid-palate.
Finish: Digestive biscuit and a few scoops of apple crumble.
(70cl, 53.0%) £97.95
Nose: Caramel-forward, along with a touch of dark chocolate at its core. Ripe pear, redcurrant jam and blackberry leaf all play their part in the background.
Palate: Peanut brittle, apple and butter popcorn. Soon enough, there’s big notes of hot cross bun with loads of sultanas thrown in the dough.
Finish: A long, buttery finish.
(70cl, 52.0%) £144.95
Nose: Toasted barley, smoked meats, burnt sugar and a sweeter hint of pineapple. Robust cooking spices develop after a minute (which goes well with the smoked meat notes).
Palate: Citrus gives it a sweetness up front. This is followed by honey-roasted pistachio and medicinal peat, with a little bit of sweet coastal air.
Finish: Still shows off coastal sweetness, alongside pear, apple, and a touch of white chocolate.
(70cl, 58.4%) £94.95
Nose: Rich in apple notes, with a touch of cloudy apple cider too. Summer berry tart with a digestive biscuit base. Hints of rhubarb and honey.
Palate: Toasted bread, marmalade, cherry and sugar covered almond. Malty vanilla develops a little later on.
Finish: Fizzy apple laces and Mars Bars.
(70cl, 48.6%) £297.95
Nose: Two scoops of salted caramel ice cream and a scoop of mint-choc-chip too. Pithy orange, rye warmth and a hint of rock pools.
Palate: Continues to be packed with rye and caramel, with heaps of fresh orange behind it. Notes of old leather and oak follow it up.
Finish: Orchard fruit lasts, with touches of sweet coffee too.
(70cl, 56.1%) £62.95
Nose: Ground coffee, meaty malt and blackberry coulis. Water brings out some fragrant vanilla sweetness.
Palate: Walnuts, orange peel and vegetal oak notes up front. Stewed apples develop, alongside Greek yoghurt and dried apricot.
Finish: A slightly smoky finish, with a wealth of apple and blackcurrant notes hidden underneath the smoke.
(70cl, 57.0%) £73.95
Nose: Massively chocolatey, with notes of dark chocolate truffle and caramel at its core. Hints of fresh peach, and a vegetal waft or two…
Palate: Quite thick and oily, with robust malt and honey. Still chocolate rich, though that does take a back seat to vanilla and fudge.
Finish: Sugary caramel, joined by spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg.
(70cl, 43.0%) £595.00