Whisky New Releases 2017 Week 46
Welcome to The Whiskyphiles New Releases, our weekly report on the best of both the official and independently bottled whisky recently released.
Our top picks this weeks are:
- Aultmore 35 Year Old 1982 (cask 1575) the pick of Glasgow’s Whisky Festival!
- Glenturret 29 Year Old 1988 (cask 539) – Cask Strength Collection yum yum old Glenturret at affordable prices!
- Springbank 13 Year Old 2003 yeah I actually missed this one and it is likely sold out now…
Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 60 £49.03
Aberlour’s incredible series of cask strength, heavily-Sherried single malt has reached its 60th batch.
Incredibly well-aged single malt from the Aultmore distillery, drawn from a single cask which homed the whisky for 35 years – from 1982 to 2017! This was independently bottled by the fine folks from Adelphi, with an outturn of 196 bottles.
Distilled at Bowmore back in 1989 and aged in a single cask for 27 years, before being bottled by Adelphi in 2017. Only 207 bottles were produced.
Adelphi’s Breath of Speyside range shows off top-notch single malt from the eponymous Scotch whisky-producing region, presented without mentioning the distillery which produced it. This particular release was distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2017 at 57.7% ABV, with an outturn of 508 bottles.
An Adelphi indie bottling of 33 year old Miltonduff single malt! This was distilled in 1983 and left to mature in a single cask until 2017, when it was bottled at cask strength with an outturn of just 158 bottles.
anCnoc Peatheart £52.00
The smokiest whisky from the aCnoc Peaty range – Peatheart! The Knockdhu distillery has used barley malted to 40 PPM and it was aged in ex-bourbon barrels before bottling at 46% ABV.
Ardmore 20 Year Old 1996 £54.95
Distilled at Ardmore and matured for 20 years in bourbon and ex-Islay casks.
Balvenie have reached Chapter Three of the DCS Compendium – a series of extraordinary releases celebrating the five decades that Malt Master David C. Stewart has been working for the distillery in Speyside. Chapter 3 is titled ‘Secrets of the Stock Model’, and gives light to the Malt Master’s tough task of controlling all manner of variables impacting the maturing whisky stocks. This chapter features five different expressions, each drawn from a single cask, including whisky distilled in 2004, 1993, 1981, 1973 and 1961. That last one, by the way, is the oldest whisky released by Balvenie to the public to date – a 55 year old Balvenie single malt.
This is the complete set of DCS Compendium Chapter 3 releases, featuring five 70cl bottles, a wooden presentation frame and a handsome case. The whiskies included in this release are…
Balvenie 55 Year Old 1961 (cask 4193) – 41.7% ABV
Cask Type: European Oak Oloroso Sherry Hogshead
Filling Date: 14th June 1961
Bottling Date: 12th June 2017
Balvenie 43 Year Old 1973 (cask 8556) – 46.6% ABV
Cask Type: European Oak Oloroso Sherry Butt
Filling Date: 7th June 1973
Bottling Date: 2nd June 2017
Balvenie 35 Year Old 1981 (cask 7824) – 43.8% ABV
Cask Type: Refill American Oak Hogshead
Filling Date: 29th October 1981
Bottling Date: 19th June 2017
Balvenie 23 Year Old 1993 (cask 11621) – 51.9% ABV
Cask Type: Refill American Oak Hogshead
Filling Date: 6th December 1993
Bottling Date: 19th June 2017
Balvenie 13 Year Old 2004 (cask 741) – 58.2% ABV
Cask Type: European Oak Oloroso Sherry hogshead
Filling Date: 19th January 2004
Bottling Date: 19th June 2017
Released as part of their Straight From The Barrel range, this bourbon was drawn from cask #891 and bottled at a full-on strength of 63.4% ABV.
This one was from barrel #894, and was bottled at 63.4% ABV.
This one was aged in cask #895, and was bottled at 63.4% ABV.
Bruichladdich 11 Year Old £85.71
From the Chorlton Whisky range comes an 11 year old single malt produced by the Bruichladdich distillery. It was aged in first-fill bourbon barrel and bottled without chill-filtration or additional colouring. Only 42 bottles were made.
An indie bottling of 40 year old Carsebridge single grain – it could only be from Douglas Laing’s incredible Xtra Old Particular range! This whisky was distilled back in October 1976 and bottled in September 2017, with an outturn of just 215 bottles.
Whisky aged for over 50 years is a rare and welcome sight – hence why Douglas Laing must be very proud of this Xtra Old Particular bottling of 51 year old Invergordon single grain Scotch whisky! It was distilled back in May 1966 and left to age in a refill hogshead for 51 years, before being bottled in June 2017 with a very small outturn of just 161 bottles.
Another knockout Douglas Laing bottling for the Xtra Old Particular range, this Port Ellen 34 Year Old was distilled in May of 1982, before it was charged from one refill hogshead cask and bottled November 2016. A single cask, of natural colouring, without chill-filtration, Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky, distilled over 30 years ago and bottled by Douglas Laing.
Drawn from a single cask laid down in 2002, this 14 year old single malt from the Edradour distillery was bottled in 2017 at a cask strength 54.3% in these sophisticated Ibisco decanters.
A UK exclusive bottling of 22 year old single malt from the GlenDronach distillery. This was drawn from a single Pedro Ximenéz cask that was filled in November 1994 and cracked open in November 2016, producing 660 cask-strength bottles.
This handsome chap before you is the first permanent no age statement single malt from Glen Keith that the distillery in Speyside has released. Matured in ‘traditional’ American oak casks and bottled at 40% ABV.
The Sovereign range, bottled by Hunter Laing, compromises of single cask whiskies that are of cask strength and without chill filtration or artificial colouring, and, crucially, are between 25 and 50 years of age. This Dumbarton 30 Year Old, sourced from the lost Scottish distillery, is a prime example. An exceptional single grain Scotch whisky, it comes at a price point that boasts incredible value. 135 bottles were produced.
OK everybody. I need you to remain calm, but this is a magnum bottle of 21 year old single malt from Laphroaig. Yes, we know, it’s ridiculously awesome. This was distilled on the Isle of Islay in July 1996 and aged in a refill hogshead until September, when it was bottled by Hunter Laing. 97 magnum bottles were produced.
An absolutely stunning single cask Springbank, independently bottled by Hunter Laing as part of their Old & Rare Platinum range. This was distilled in October 1996, aged in a Sherry hogshead and bottled 20 years later in November 2016 with an outturn of only 75 bottles.
North Star Spirits
Benrinnes 10 Year Old 2006 £49.57
Distilled at Benrinnes in November 2006, this single malt Scotch whisky spent more than a year in a Pedro Ximenéz hogshead, after ageing for the previous 9 years in a refill hogshead. It was bottled at a a cask strength of 49.1% for the North Star Spirits range in September 2017, un-chillfiltered and of natural colour.
Bruichladdich 15 Year Old 2002 £152.03
An indie bottling of 15 year old Bruichladdich single malt, drawn from a Radoux French oak cask. It was distilled by the Islay-based distillers in July 2002 and bottled in September 2017 by North Star Spirits with an outturn of 264 bottles.
Cambus 24 Year Old 1993 £82.97
Indie single grain from the closed Cambus distillery, drawn from a single Pedro Ximenéz cask and bottled by North Start Spirits. This was distilled in 1993 and matured for 24 years before being bottled in 2017 at cask strength. 210 bottles were produced.
Glenturret 8 Year Old 2009 £43.46
Distilled in March 2009 at the excellent Glenturret, this little beauty was bottled at 57.1% ABV in September 2017 for the North Star Spirits range. It was charged from a refill bourbon hogshead after 8 years maturation, and there’s an outturn 330 bottles, at a very reasonable price.
Distilled by Allt-á-Bhainne back in 2008, this single cask Scotch whisky was bottled by Italian indie bottlers Samaroli at 43% ABV in 2016, and just 340 bottles have been produced of an edition that represents outstanding value.
This Highland single malt from Fettercairn distillery was aged for 22 years after distillation occurred in a double pot still, before Samaroli bottled at 45% ABV in July 2017, with an outturn of 320 bottles.
This Speyside single malt scotch whisky from Glenallachie was distilled in 2009, before Samaroli re-casked it into new oak to mature. It was bottled in June 2017 by the popular Italian bottlers, with a outturn of 444 bottles.
This right here is a rather lovely bottling of Glen Keith single malt, distilled in 1997 and bottled in July 2017, with an outturn of 390 bottles.
The revered Glenlivet distillery provides the respected Samaroli a Speyside single malt Scotch that was distilled in 1999 and bottled the Glenlivet in July 2017. The outturn is just 162 bottles.
A 1996 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the gorgeous Glentuachers distillery. This was independently bottled at 47.5% ABV in July 2017 by Samaroli, with an outturn of 258 bottles.
A rather marvellous Speyside single malt Scotch distilled at Macduff in 1997, independently bottled by Samaroli in June 2017 from a single cask. Only 432 bottles were made of this release.
This single malt Scotch whisky from Mortlach, distilled in 1997 and re-casked by Samaroli using new oak! Following that, it was bottled by the aforementioned Samaroli in 2017, with just 300 bottles produced.
A 1980 vintage blend from Samaroli, which doesn’t give anything away as to where the whisky came from. Limited to 540 bottles.
The ferry over to the Island of Islay never ends for true whisky enthusiasts – it’s a journey you’ll want to make throughout your life, and Samaroli agree. After becoming inspired to create this blend by a ferry to Islay some years ago, the classic release is now in its third bottling. This is a unique blended malt, featuring exclusively the whisky of Islay. It was bottled in June 2017 at 55.1% ABV, with just 320 bottles of 700ml size.
The second edition of a bottling often referred to as the ‘little brother’ Samaroli’s Ferry to Islay, Over an Islay Rainbow was bottled at 45% ABV in June, 2017, with an outrun of just 260 bottles in 700ml size. Much like it’s ‘older brother’, it’s a blended malt made with whiskies from a selection of Islay distilleries.
A cornerstone of the Samaroli portfolio, this is the ninth bottling of ‘S Peaty, a blend of malts sourced from a number of distilleries around Scotland. A small batch blended malt, bottled at 45% ABV in July 2017, with an outturn of 280 700ml bottles.
Speyside 1995 (bottled 2016) £124.10
Adding to the quite remarkable library of Samaroli’s supremely intense and rare bottlings, this second edition of Speyside blended malt was distilled in 1995. In June 2016, it was bottled at 45% ABV by the Italian indie bottlers, with an outturn of just 290 bottles in 700ml.
Speyside 1995 (bottled 2017) £179.94
A beautiful Speyside blended malt whisky distilled in 1995, before it was bottled in July 2017 at 45% ABV by Samaroli, with an outturn of 294 bottles.
Samaroli bottled this 1995 vintage Tormore after it matured for over 20 years at 50% ABV in June 2017, and have released just 288 bottles – so you’ll need to quick if you want to experience this little beauty.
Laphroaig 18 Year Old 1997 £310.08
Independently bottled by Sansibar, this 18 year old limited edition Scotch was drawn from a single cask after distillation took place in 1997 at the wonderful distillery we know as Laphroaig! There are just 241 of these bottles.
Very old single malt from the Bowmore distillery on Islay, drawn from a single hogshead cask that matured the whisky for a massive 42 years. Said cask was filled in May 1974 and cracked open in January 2017 by Signatory. The whisky was then bottled for the Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve with an outturn of just 183 bottles.
This Bunnahabhain was independently bottled by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection on 11th October 2017. After distillation took place on 23rd October 1989, this Islay beauty was matured for 27 good years in two hogshead casks (5858 & 5859), before 250 bottles of natural colour, 48.7% ABV spirit was released into our blessed lives.
Independently bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection on 19th September 2017, this 7 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky was distilled on 13th October 2009 at the Caol Ila distillery, after maturation took place in two hogshead casks (318823 and 318824). A whisky of natural colour and, quite appropriately, one untouched by chill-filtration.
Another independently bottled single malt Scotch by Signatory, added to the Cask Strength Collection on 23rd August 2017 after maturation in single hogshead cask. Distillation occurred on 26th June 1995 at Clynelish, and now 566 bottles of natural colour, and 55.5% ABV whisky is finally ready to be enjoyed after 21 good years.
Distilled on 21st May 1997 at Dailuaine, this single malt Scotch was independently bottled at 46% ABV by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection on 16th October 2017. Maturation occurred in two hogshead casks (7225 & 7226) and was bottle with no additional colours or chill-filtration.
This Glenrothes 19 Year Old was selected and bottled by Signatory from a single cask for the Ibisco Decanter Collection in 2017. Distillation took place in 1997 at Glenrothes Distillery, and cask 15974 spent 19 years maturing.
Distilled on 24th September 1990 at Glenrothes Distillery, this natural colour, single malt Scotch whisky was independently bottled by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection on 13th October 2017. A single hogshead cask was the place of maturation for 27 years, one of 247 bottles of 53.4% ABV.
If a 29 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky from Glenturret Distillery that matured in a single hogshead cask doesn’t get you excited, then nothing will. This prospect obviously delighted Signatory, because they bottled this natural colour, stately whisky for the Cask Strength Collection on 11th October 2017 at 50.8% ABV. 231 bottles were produced.
A very rare release of single malt Scotch whisky from North Port-Brechin (the distillery had various named during its lifetime, two most notably North Port and Brechin), which closed in 1983 and was subsequently demolished in 1993. This which was distilled in December 1976 and matured in a hogshead cask until February 2017, when Signatory bottled it for their Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve. 194 bottles were produced.
Single cask Macallan, independently (and handsomely) bottled by Skene Whisky as part of their Skene Reserve range – aptly reserved for rare and exciting whiskies. This indeed fits that description. It was distilled by Macallan in January 1990 and bottled 27 years later in April 2017 after a finishing period in an Oloroso cask. Only 70 bottles were produced.
Springbank 13 Year Old 2003 £69.95
From the much-adored Springbank distillery in Campbeltown comes a single cask expression of their stunning single malt. This was aged in a fresh Sherry butt from November 2003 to October 2017, when it was bottled at 13 years of age and at cask strength. Just 540 bottles were produced.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company
The very first Japanese whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company! This is a 21 year old blended Japanese whisky, and it’s absolutely stunning stuff. A hotly anticipated release from the indie bottler, so make sure you grab one before they’re all gone. Batch 1 is a release of 940 bottles.
Mackmyra 3 Year Old £127.95
Swedish single malt whisky from the Mackmyra distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! Hugely complex but approachable, featuring whisky drawn from casks that previously held cloudberry wine. Batch 1 is a release of 220 bottles.
Tomintoul 40 Year Old Quadruple Cask £2,500.00
40 year old single malt from the Tomintoul distillery! After evaluating a number of casks in the Tomintoul warehouse that were filled in 1974, master distiller Robert Fleming chose just four of casks to create this extremely charming expression. 500 decanters were released, presented at cask strength without any chill-filtration (and alongside a rather weighty stopper!).
The first release from the Woolf Sung Collection is an incredibly attractive Glenglassaugh single malt, aged in a Sherry butt for 40 years – from December 1972 to January 2013. Just 160 bottles were produced by the wine and spirit merchants based in London.
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