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Deal Of the Month
70cl / 46%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
£299.00 Inc. VAT
(£249.17 Ex. VAT)

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February '10 26th Friday

All sorts of goodies for you this week, from the latest of Douglas Laing's Tactical (plus delicious new releases of Rosebank, Caol Ila and Tamdhu), to an extraordinary backgammon set from Johnnie Walker and the latest batch of Glenfiddich 40yo.  It's all go here, I'm telling you.

Incidentally, TWE has just been named as Best Online Retailer in the World (!!) at this year's World Whisky Awards, following our Icon award last year.  To say we're chuffed is an understatement.  Thank you to all our customers and friends - we're off to Whisky Live now, hope to see some of you there!

70cl / 53.3%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Dead Whisky Society
A cask-strength Banff 1971 bottled by the Dead Whisky Society at 37 years old. Banff distillery was part-demolished in 1985, with the remains of the distillery being destroyed in a fire in 1991.
£299.00 Inc. VAT
(£249.17 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 43%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & Macphail
A Connoisseur's Choice bottling of obscure Speysider Balmenach. This 1993 expression has been bottled from refill sherry hogsheads, adding sweetness to hints of tropical fruit and a waft of spices.
Out of Stock
70cl / 43%
Blended Scotch Whisky
An extraordinary Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V special edition. The bottle comes with two beautiful crystal tumblers from designer William Yeoward and is housed in a hand-tooled bespoke leather backgammon set of the finest quality from luxury Mayfair firm William & Son. Only 250 of these sets have been made.
Out of Stock
70cl / 47%
Single Grain Whisky
Scott's Selection
A very old cask strength single grain whisky from the North of Scotland distillery, which closed in 1980 and was dismantled by 1993. This 1970 vintage has survived for almost 40 years in the cask and should be superb. A drop of liquid history.
Out of Stock
70cl / 46.7%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Specially selected by retiring The Glenrothes malt master John Ramsay after 43 years service, this bottling came from a vatting of twenty second fill American oak sherry casks racked into sherry butts. The two casks showing most development were vatted togather and slowly reduced to 46.7%. A fitting tribute to a giant of the whisky world.
£750.00 Inc. VAT
(£625.00 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 43%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Private Cellar
An independent bottling from the defunct North Port distillery (AKA Brechin), which closed its doors for the last time in 1983 and was demolished in 1994 to make way for a supermarket.
£199.00 Inc. VAT
(£165.83 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 50%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A silky texture, but this Caol Ila 1979 is no softy - a burst of assertive phenols on the palate fades slowly as the wood assumes control, smoothing out some of the rougher edges. Surprisingly elegant for a Caol Ila and, as always, it's as clean as a whistle. Recommended.
Out of Stock
70cl / 46%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
McGibbon's
Distilled in Spring of 1983, this Port Ellen has been bottled from a single sherry butt early in 2010 by Douglas Laing for their McGibbon's Provenance range. A very approachable PE, with sweetness and oak more prominent than the phenols.
£399.00 Inc. VAT
(£332.50 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 50%
Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A very pleasant, grassy Rosebank 1990 from a refill butt bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask series. Still amazingly fresh despite its age, and packing the full 50% abv kick. We like.
Out of Stock
70cl / 50%
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
Another of Douglas Laing's very popular 'Tactical' releases from Skye as part of the Old Malt Cask range. This is youthful and fresh without being rough, with some pleasantly pungent phenols balanced by a lingering sweetness. Very nice.
£59.45 Inc. VAT
(£49.54 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 55.6%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
Bottled from a single sherry hogshead, this Tamdhu 1989 is an incredible colour and remarkably fruity on the palate, with apricots, peach and mango flavours woven wonderfully together. Very drinkable, even at cask strength.
Out of Stock
70cl / 45.9%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A very handsome packaging upgrade (very similar to the recent 50yo, in fact) for what is now, incredibly, Batch 10 of Glenfiddich 40yo. Bottled at a perfect tippling strength, this batch is restricted to just 600 bottles.
£2,200.00 Inc. VAT
(£1,833.33 Ex. VAT)
February '10 12th Friday
A slew of exciting new stuff this week, with the second tranche of Diageo's Managers' Choice series hitting the shelves alongside a pair of releases from Berry Bros and a couple of hotly-anticipated releases from Springbank - not to mention the small matter of the latest uber-premium Dalmore: the rather fabulous-looking 50yo Candela.
70cl / 54.7%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Special Offer: 40% Off!! (was £200.00)
A single sherry cask of Blair Athol 1995 bottled for Diageo's Managers' Choice series in 2009. A medium-full biscuity dram, with background notes of syrup and fudge.
£120.00 Inc. VAT
(£100.00 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 59.7%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A full-strength Cragganmore 1997 bottled in 2009 from a single sherry cask by Diageo for their Managers' Choice series.
£249.00 Inc. VAT
(£207.50 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 51%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Bottled for Diageo's Managers' Choice series, this single cask Dalwhinnie 1992 is a deliciously biscuity dram, with crisp malty notes and hints of cinnamon and lemon curd. A class act.
£250.00 Inc. VAT
(£208.33 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 59.5%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Bottled as part of Diageo's Managers' Choice series, this 1997 Dufftown is a rare official bottling from another of the company's distilleries that rarely sees the light of day.
£200.00 Inc. VAT
(£166.67 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 52%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Bottled by Diageo as part of their Managers' Choice series of single cask bottlings from each of their distilleries, this Glen Spey 1996 is creamy and nutty, with hints of coconut betraying its new American oak maturation. Best consumed neat.
£195.00 Inc. VAT
(£162.50 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 60.1%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Bottled in 2009 as part of the not-altogether-uncontroversial Managers' Choice series, this Strathmill is one of the more interesting bottlings in the series, as one of only a tiny handful of official bottlings from this very obscure distillery, most of whose output goes into the J&B blend.
£200.00 Inc. VAT
(£166.67 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 58.6%
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A single sherry cask of Talisker 1994 bottled at full strength as part of Diageo's Managers' Choice series. Bandages and bonfire aromas on the nose give way to a turfy, palate with some citrus also evident before a sweet finish.
£295.00 Inc. VAT
(£245.83 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 55.6%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Berry Brothers & Rudd
From the ever-reliable Berry Bros comes this 30yo batch of two 1979 sister casks of Caol Ila, the unsung hero of Islay's distilleries.
Out of Stock
70cl / 45%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A very limited edition Dalmore, Candela has been created by master blender Richard Paterson from very old vintage stocks, with the youngest from 1951 and the oldest going all the way back to 1868. Just 77 bottles of this have been released.
Whisky Bible Awards 2011: Best Single Malt Scotch (41 years and over)
Out of Stock
70cl / 50%
Japanese Single Malt Whisky
This single malt from Nikka's Sendai distillery has been assembled from four styles of Miyagikyo malt (some peated, some not) distilled in 1988 and matured in a mix of recharred and remade casks and a sherry butt. Sounds pretty good to us.
Out of Stock
70cl / 52.2%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Berry Bros & Rudd
A 25 year-old Macduff 1984 from a fresh sherry cask bottled by Berry Bros & Rudd. Their tasting notes are enticing, promising rich dried fruit aromas, liquorice and background smoke, a sweet fruity palate and dark toffee and peppery spice on the finish.
Out of Stock
70cl / 46%
Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
This is the second edition of Springbank's 18yo, with a change of presentation to bring it into line with the rest of the range. The first edition of this was extremely popular, with more than a hint of sherry amongst the Springbank brine and smoke, and this version has already been named as Best Campbeltown Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2014.

World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best Campbeltown Single Malt
£73.55 Inc. VAT
(£61.29 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46%
Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
It's taken over a decade, but here we have the second edition of Springbank CV. After the widespread acclaim for the Longrow CV released in 2009, and the distillery's recent renaissance after a couple of so-so years, we expect this to be one of the hits of 2010.
£49.95 Inc. VAT
(£41.63 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 40%
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
A deluxe edition of the popular Sheep Dip blended malt. This is apparently a vatting of Islay and Highland malts (Dalmore, Fettercairn and Ardbeg) distilled in or before 1990 and allowed to marry for over a decade in first fill oak casks. This should be excellent.
Out of Stock
February '10 2nd Tuesday
A bumper crop of new releases to kick off the year, with all kinds of goodies from around the globe, plus some top-drawer limited releases from blue-chip Scottish distilleries.
70cl / 50%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A single refill hogshead of Blair Athol 1974, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask range.
Out of Stock
70cl / 46%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A special Benriach 18 year-old, finished in casks previously containing Barolo wine from the famous Gaja estate.
Out of Stock
70cl / 46%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A special Benriach 18 year old, finished in Portuguese Moscatel wine casks after an initial maturation in ex-bourbon casks.
Out of Stock
70cl / 57.4%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A single cask, cask-strength Brora 1981 bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old & Rare Platinum Selection. Just 93 bottles were yielded from the cask - maximum 1 per customer.
Out of Stock
75cl / 64.8%
Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
A cask strength edition of the much sought-after Parker's Heritage Collection bourbon, bottled at a staggering 64.8% abv.
£175.00 Inc. VAT
(£145.83 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 50%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A rare outing for Cragganmore as an independent bottling - this is the first Douglas Laing release we've had from the distillery. It's from the 1989 vintage and has been bottled from a single refill hogshead.
Out of Stock
70cl / 58.2%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
Another cask of Signatory's superb full-strength sherried Clynelish, this is from the 1995 vintage and has been bottled at 13 years old.
Out of Stock
70cl / 40%
Dutch Single Malt Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A bottling of 8yo Millstone, the Dutch single malt whisky from the Zuidam distillery. This is from the 2000 vintage and has had eight years of ageing in French oak casks.
£65.95 Inc. VAT
(£54.96 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 43%
Dutch Single Malt Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A bottling of Dutch single malt whisky Millstone, made at the Zuidam distillery in Holland. This 8yo is from the 2000 vintage and was matured in American oak.
£65.95 Inc. VAT
(£54.96 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 40%
Dutch Rye Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A pure potstill rye whisky from innovative Dutch distillers Zuidam, this is made in small batches and aged five years before bottling. Time for a Dutch Manhattan, methinks.
£50.15 Inc. VAT
(£41.79 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 54.9%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
From 'Probably Speyside's Finest Distillery', Douglas Laing have selected this 1991 vintage 18yo, finished in a Pomerol wine cask (that's posh claret to you & me). This release is the final 60th Anniversary edition, and has been subtitled 'One for the Road'.
Out of Stock
70cl / 50%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A beautiful deep, dark colour on this Glen Grant 1976, bottled from a single sherry butt by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask range.
Out of Stock
70cl / 54.2%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Bottled in November 2009, this batch of Glenlivet Nadurra seeks to emulate the roaring success of the previous version. Nadurra is acknowledged as one of the best value cask-strength Speysides available, and is bottled at natural strength without colouring or chill-filtration.
Out of Stock
70cl / 46%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
A 14 year-old Glenlivet 1995 bottled at 46% from a first-fill Sherry butt by top independent bottler Signatory. This looks like a treat.
Out of Stock
70cl / 46%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Glenmorangie's Sonnalta PX is the second of their Private Collection bottlings after 2008's release of Astar. Sonnalta PX has been finished in casks formerly containing Pedro Ximenez. A great success at TWE tastings in Vinopolis.
Whisky Bible 2010: Best Scotch New Brand;
Whisky Bible 2012: Best No Age Statement Single Malt Scotch (Multiple Casks); 96.5 Points

This is restricted to ONE BOTTLE per customer
£299.00 Inc. VAT
(£249.17 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 45.4%
Single Grain Whisky
Douglas Laing
An ancient single grain whisky from the Invergordon distillery, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Clan Denny range. This 1965 vintage has been bottled at a phenomenal 44 years old.
Out of Stock
70cl / 54.2%
Single Grain Whisky
Douglas Laing
Another of Douglas Laing's very old single grain whiskies bottled for their Clan Denny imprint. This is a 30yo North British 1979, bottled at natural cask strength.
Out of Stock
70cl / 44.1%
Single Grain Whisky
Douglas Laing
Another rare old single grain from Douglas Laing's Clan Denny label. This North of Scotland 1974 has been aged in a refill hogshead for 35 years.
Out of Stock
70cl / 50%
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A real find for Douglas Laing: a sherry hogshead of Highland Park 1983 - and probably first-fill judging by the colour of it. This one is likely to go pretty quick.
Out of Stock
70cl / 52.6%
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Named after the saintly ruler of Orkney who perished at the hand of his treacherous cousin in the 12th century (and whose bones were discovered in the 1920s in the Kirkwall cathedral built in his honour), Earl Magnus is a 15yo cask strength Highland Park resplendent in the company's best packaging job for years. Strictly 1 Per Person.

Out of Stock
70cl / 61.3%
Japanese Malt Spirit
Distillery Bottling
A young malt spirit from the new Chichibu distillery, owned and operated by Ichiro Akuto, whose family owned the old Hanyu distillery. This is some of the first spirit from Chichibu, distilled in the spring of 2008 and matured for a year in bourbon barrels before a four month finishing in new American oak hogsheads.
Out of Stock
70cl / 61.4%
Japanese Malt Spirit
Distillery Bottling
This is young, heavily-peated malt spirit from the Chichibu distillery, owned and run by Ichiro Akuto (of Hanyu and Card Series fame). Bottled at cask strength after three months maturation in a single new American oak hogshead.
Out of Stock
70cl / 57.3%
Japanese Single Malt Whisky
Another single cask from the extinct Hanyu distillery, this 1991 vintage has been finished in Japanese Mizunara oak after an initial maturation in a hogshead.
Out of Stock
70cl / 63%
Japanese Single Malt Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Another of the famous 'Noh' bottlings of Karuizawa featuring traditional Japanese theatre costumes on the label. This is a sherry butt from the 1976 vintage, bottled at a staggering 63% at 32 years old. This will go quickly, we predict - max 1 bottle per customer.
Out of Stock
70cl / 46.9%
Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
A coup for Signatory, this bourbon-matured Ayrshire 1975 is one of only a handful of bottlings of malt from the extinct Lowlander Ladyburn (not to be confused with the yet-to-exist distillery Ladybank).
Out of Stock
70cl / 52.9%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
A cask-strength Laphroaig 1990 bottled from a single bourbon barrel by Signatory - this should be very good.
Out of Stock
70cl / 50%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A bit of a rarity here - a wine-finished Macallan. This 19yo Macallan 1990 started life in a refill hogshead, before an finishing period in a red wine cask. Bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range.
Out of Stock
70cl / 46%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
A twenty-one year-old Signatory bottling of Macallan 1988, bottled from a small batch of hogsheads at 46%.
Out of Stock
20cl / 44.08%
A smart set of 'test-tube' style miniature 4cl bottles of various Nikka whiskies. Pack includes Nikka Pure Malts (Red, White and Black), Nikka All Malt and Nikka From the Barrel.
Out of Stock
50cl / 51.3%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A 50cl bottle from Chivas Brothers' little-seen Miltonduff distillery, most of whose output is used for blends. This is a cask strength 18yo from 1991.
Out of Stock
70cl / 56.1%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A cask-strength Mortlach 1992 from what we're guessing was a pretty active cask, judging by the colour. Bottled in 2009 by Douglas Laing for their Old & Rare Platinum Selection. Just 59 bottles of this released - maximimum 1 per customer.
Out of Stock
70cl / 43%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & Macphail
A recently-bottled Old Pulteney 1974 from Gordon & Macphail - and judging by the colour, we're guessing a goodly proportion of it is from sherry casks. This should be very good.
Limited to one Bottle per customer.
£205.00 Inc. VAT
(£170.83 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 43%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & Macphail
A recent bottling of Port Ellen 1982 released by Gordon & Macphail for their Connoisseurs Choice series. This is from refill sherry casks.
£425.00 Inc. VAT
(£354.17 Ex. VAT)
75cl / 43%
American Malt Whiskey
Distillery Bottling
A very exciting product - American single malt! St. George is made in a tiny copper potstill in Alameda, California, and should not be confused with the England's St. George distillery in Norfolk.
Out of Stock


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