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70cl / 40%
Blended Scotch Whisky
£135.00 Inc. VAT
(£112.50 Ex. VAT)

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May '08 14th Wednesday

Coming Soon

We told you earlier about the soon-to-be-with-us Ardbeg Renaissance.  Now we're going to give you a sneak preview of some more exciting new releases that should be arriving into our warehouses and hitting the site in the next couple of months.

Highland Park 40yo:  A new permanent addition to the HP range, which not only bears testament to the top quality of the new-make spirit and the confidence of Edrington in the brand, but is also an astonishing feat of cask management.  A permanent 40yo?!  Granted it's likely to be expensive so volumes will be understandably low compared to the rest of the range, but it's still pretty impressive that they have enough stock in reserve to make this an ongoing bottling - by way of contrast, the Talisker 1973 that was released in 2001 was claimed to be the oldest at the distillery at just 28 years old.

Greenore 15yo:  The repackaged 8yo Greenore has been a huge success, with a Gold medal at the International Wine Challenge in 2007 and a Double Gold (whatever that means) at the San Francisco World Spirits Challenge 2008 - although the latter give out so many medals there's a rumour that a bottle of meths left behind by the janitor picked up Best In Class in the 'Unaged Purple Spirit' category. 

Anyway, Cooley have decided to release this much older expression, which has been aged in first-fill Kentucky bourbon casks.  We are told to expect a richer, more robust character with this release, which is limited to 5000 bottles and is the oldest single Irish grain whiskey ever released.


(picture nicked from Ho-Cheng's blog)

Glenmorangie Astar:  The second generation of the now-discontinued Artisan Cask.  Sadly the marketing department were unable to refrain from giving it a silly name - 'Astar' apparently means 'Journey' (sigh). Like the previous incarnation, the whisky is matured in 'designer' casks made with American Ozark oak.  The wood is air-dried naturally for around two years and the casks are heavily toasted but lightly charred, according to Malt Maniac Ho-Cheng, who was lucky enough to be taken on a special press jolly by Glenmorangie to see the oaks in their natural habitat. 

Ho-Cheng reported to Whiskyfun that the new release has been aged around nine or ten years and will be in a standard size bottle (as compared to Artisan's 50cl) at 57.1% (Artisan is 46%).  Not surprisingly, Astar is said to be more robust and richer than the Artisan Cask.  If it's of similar quality, we'll be more than happy.

 

43%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A new release of the popular 21 year-old from reliable Speysider Knockando.
Out of Stock
70cl / 46%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
McGibbon's
Refill Butt 4114: A sister cask to butt 4127, this lacks the dramatic 'Final Vintage' text, but also bears the somewhat misleading "Bottled Winter 2008". Look, chaps, I know the weather isn't great in Scotland, but this must have been bottled no later than April! Winter's not until at least the middle of August!!
Out of Stock
70cl / 46%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
McGibbons
Refill Butt 4127: The box / label for this bottling of Port Ellen 1983 subtitles it "The 'Final Vintage' in its last season of distillation". Presumably to distinguish it from their other bottling released at exactly the same time, cask 4114.
Out of Stock
70cl / 46.2%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A single refill hoggie from this extinct distillery.
Out of Stock
70cl / 50%
Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A single sherry butt from Glen Scotia, Campbeltown's other distillery, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. Rich, sweet and fruity.
Out of Stock
70cl / 50%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A single cask bottling of Laphroaig 1988 by Douglas Laing. This is from a single hogshead that yielded just 268 bottles.
Out of Stock
70cl / 54.4%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
Out of Stock
May '08 12th Monday

 

Ardbeg Renaissance Update

Ardbeg Renaissance 10yo:  This will be with us very soon, and after a sneak preview dram at Whisky Live, we can't wait. 

The press release reckons that last year's Almost There was supposed to be the last release in the series charting the evolution of the new-make spirit since production re-started in 1998 - but apparently the faithful weren't having that and demanded a proper bottling of this cask-strength (55.9%) 10yo to finish the series off.  And quite rightly so. 

Ardbeg Renaissance is the first ten-year old to incorporate 100% spirit distilled since the takeover and is a celebration of the ten hugely successful years since.  It should be with us in the next few weeks.

 

70cl / 52%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Dewar Rattray
A single bourbon cask has yielded just 136 bottles of this well-regarded but sadly defunct distillery. Bottled at full strength for Dewar Rattray's Cask collection.
Out of Stock
70cl / 56.6%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Dewar Rattray
Out of Stock
70cl / 60.4%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Dewar Rattray
A very potent single cask bottling of 1982 Port Ellen from Dewar Rattray. This was released in April 2008 after 25 years in a sherry cask, yielding just 199 bottles at 60.4%.
£499.00 Inc. VAT
(£415.83 Ex. VAT)


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