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70cl / 50.6%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
£575.00 Inc. VAT
(£479.17 Ex. VAT)

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June '09 19th Friday

It's fair to say that this week's offering is a hefty wallop of big-hitters from some blue-chip distilleries, with new 1970s vintages of Ardbeg and Dalmore, Douglas Laing's 60th anniversary bottling of rum-finished 1970s Macallan 30yo and a 20yo sherried Laphroaig just for starters.  It's enough to make you feel a bit sorry for the Ardbeg 1991 and the Skye-based distillery that begins with T, either of which might have had top billing in another week...

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70cl / 50%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A single refill hogshead of Ardbeg 1991, bottled by Douglas Laing at 50% for the Old Malt Cask series.
Out of Stock
70cl / 44.7%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A very, very rare Ardbeg 1973 for Douglas Laing's Platinum Selection - just 78 (!) bottles were yielded from the cask. Very elegant and unusual, with threads of Edinburgh rock, clove, cherry and a faint menthol woven through a distinct but not over-powering oak influence.
£1,200.00 Inc. VAT
(£1,000.00 Ex. VAT)
50%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A single-cask rum-finished 32yo Dalmore from 1976, bottled at 50% for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.
Out of Stock
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A real rarity from Douglas Laing - sherried Laphroaig. This is a single hogshead from 1989 and has been bottled at 50% after two full decades in the wood.
ONE BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER
Out of Stock
51.3%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
This Macallan 1978 rum finish is the first of six releases to come this year in celebration of Douglas Laing's 60th Anniversary. And when you consider the occasion and the stock they've got at their disposal, it's likely that this is pretty special stuff.
Out of Stock
70cl / 50%
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
Another of Douglas Laing's famous 'Tactical' bottlings of peated malt from one of the many distilleries on Skye. The emphasis is firmly on the pepper and chilli heat here.
Out of Stock
June '09 17th Wednesday

A crop of very old, extremely distinguished malts bottled for Signatory's cask strength Reserve series, including a reasonably pale Port Ellen and heavily sherried offerings of 1960s Glen Grant and early 1970s Bowmore!  There should be some crackers there.  Also this week, we have the latest arrivals from the Number One Drinks Co.'s extremely successful Ichiro's Malt 'Card' series, featuring single cask bottlings from the lost-forever Hanyu distillery.

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70cl / 43.9%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
A very old Benriach bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength collection, this 42 year-old is from the 1966 vintage and has been bottled at natural cask strength of 43.9%.
£425.00 Inc. VAT
(£354.17 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 45.4%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
A long-aged cask strength Bowmore 1972, aged 36 years in a sherry butt before bottling by Signatory in July 2008. This just missed out on a Malt maniacs gold medal, clocking in at 89 points.

Silver Medal Winner (The Malt Maniacs Awards 2009)
Out of Stock
70cl / 43.5%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
A very rare, long-aged malt from Caperdonich, Glen Grant's sister distillery. This is from a hogshead and has been bottled by Signatory at full strength.
Out of Stock
70cl / 46.9%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
An exceptionally old single cask Glen Grant from 1967, bottled from a sherry hogshead in October 2008 for Signatory's cask strength collection.
Out of Stock
70cl / 59%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
A cask-strength Port Ellen 1982 bottled from a Hogshead by Signatory. This 27 year-old malt has somehow managed to retain a strength of 59% abv - remarkable.
Out of Stock
70cl / 58.1%
Japanese Single Malt Whisky
A cask strength Hanyu Japanese malt whisky from 1991. This has been finished in Bourbon barrel after initial maturation in a hogshead. Part of the Ichiro's Malt 'Card' series.
Out of Stock
70cl / 59%
Japanese Single Malt Whisky
A cask strength Hanyu Japanese malt whisky from 2000, the last vintage before the distillery went out of production. This has been finished in a refill American oak Hogshead. Part of the Ichiro's Malt 'Card' series.
Out of Stock
June '09 12th Friday

Another bunch of cool new stuff that's already flying off our shelves.  Amongst the goodies this week we have the first ever single sherry cask Connemara from Cooley, a clutch of double maturations and finishes from the likes of Ben Nevis and Benriach - plus the newly-launched 'Paps' range from Isle of Jura, finished in a variety of wine casks. 

We've also got a pair of ancient sherried Speysiders from Glenrothes and Macallan, courtesy of our friends at G&M; Smokehead has hit majority with the release of their new 18yo, while newly-revived Glenglassaugh delivers a bouncing baby new make spirit; and we've dug up a couple of bottles of a very rare privately-bottled Glenfiddich 1974.

Meanwhile, over on the TWE Blog, Tim F's been reading all about a new Swedish whisky venture, recoiling from some alcohol-free whisky and rubbing his hands together over some saucy pics of this year's Octomore release.

 

70cl / 53.2%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A distillery-bottled cask-strength Bunnahabhain 16yo aged 12 years in traditional casks before a second four-year maturation in Manzanilla sherry casks. Tim F tasted this at the 2009 Feis Ile and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Out of Stock
70cl / 46%
Something a bit special here - the first ever single sherry cask bottling from Connemara! Peated, sherried Irish whiskey - what's not to like?!
Out of Stock
70cl / 46%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Beautiful colour on this single cask Ben Nevis 1997 - a result of spending its last 14 months in a port cask. Bottled for TKS.
Out of Stock
70cl / 43%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & Macphail
A new bottling of some pretty old Glenrothes by Gordon & Macphail. This 1969 vintage is pretty dark even at 43% so it's safe to say that this has been pretty well-sherried. Bottled in 2008, just shy of four full decades in the wood.
£305.00 Inc. VAT
(£254.17 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46%
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
One of a trio of smartly-packaged special finish Isle of Juras: the 'Jura Paps', launched during the Feis Ile 2009 to celebrate the islands eponymous iconic mountains. Sacred Mountain has been finished in Barolo casks.
£102.28 Inc. VAT
(£85.23 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46%
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
One of a trio of smartly-packaged special finish Isle of Juras: the 'Jura Paps', launched during the Feis Ile 2009 to celebrate the islands eponymous iconic mountains. Mountain of Gold has been finished in Pinot Noir casks.
£102.27 Inc. VAT
(£85.23 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46%
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
One of a trio of smartly-packaged special finish Isle of Juras: the 'Jura Paps', launched during the Feis Ile 2009 to celebrate the islands eponymous iconic mountains. Mountain of the Sound has been finished in Cabernet Sauvignon casks.
£99.95 Inc. VAT
(£83.29 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 43%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & Macphail
Another bargain Speymalt Macallan from Gordon & MacPhail. This 1968 vintage has been bottled at 43% and comes in at just over half the price of a miniature of the officially bottled Macallan 1968 at 46.6%. Thank you, G&M.
£750.00 Inc. VAT
(£625.00 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
A longer-aged edition of Smokehead, the popular mystery Islay Single Malt bottled by Ian McLeod Distillers. This Extra Black expression is 18 years old.
£92.75 Inc. VAT
(£77.29 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A new Madeira-finished Benriach 15yo. Not to be confused with the Maderensis Fumosus, which was more heavily-peated - this is the lighter style of Benriach.
£44.45 Inc. VAT
(£37.04 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 47.7%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A special bottling of Glenfiddich 1974, bottled in 2001 for luxury golf hotel Fenton Tower.
Out of Stock
50cl / 50%
This Glenglassaugh single mash pot still new spirit's full title is actually 'The Spirit Drink That Dare Not Speak Its Name' which is a bit of a mouthful. Like Bruichladdich's X4 this is not a whisky as it hasn't been aged.
Out of Stock
June '09 3rd Wednesday
Another bumper crop of new release and old rarities!  And if that's not enough, check out Tim F's Islay Festival reports on the TWE Blog
70cl / 43%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & Macphail
We recently sourced a small parcel of stock of this old Connoisseurs Choice Ardbeg 1993, bottled back in 2005 at 43%. It won't hang around, though.
Out of Stock
70cl / 47.9%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A positively ancient refill hogshead Clynelish 1971 bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range.
Out of Stock
70cl / 51.5%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Released in 2009, this version of Bowmore 21 year-old was distilled in 1988 and has been full-term matured in Port Wood casks, giving it a very alluring ruby glow.
£166.00 Inc. VAT
(£138.33 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 50%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A very old and unusual 38 year-old Glenallachie 1971, having been finished in a Bordeaux wine cask. Very rare as well, this - just 75 bottles were yielded from the cask.
Out of Stock
70cl / 50%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A rare sighting of Glenugie 1982, bottled for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range from a single bourbon cask in March 2009. The last bottling of this was extremely popular.
Out of Stock
70cl / 56%
Japanese Single Malt Whisky
Another very old single cask sherried Karuizawa, this time from 1973. Just 342 bottles of this were produced, so it probably won't be around for very long.
Out of Stock
70cl / 50%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A new Laphroaig 1988 for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. This is from a single refill hogshead and was finished in a rum cask before bottling.
Out of Stock
70cl / 55.4%
Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A bottling of the very rarely-sighted Lowlander Littlemill, this 1990 vintage has been bottled by Douglas Laing for their Platinum Collection, indicating that they reckon it's the real deal.
Out of Stock
70cl / 43.1%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
An astonishingly old refill hogshead Tamnavulin 1968, bottled in March 2009 by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask label.
Out of Stock
70cl / 45%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
An official bottling of the Loch Lomond distillery's heavily-peated Croftengea single malt, this is from 2003 and was bottled from a sherry butt in 2007.
Out of Stock
70cl / 48.5%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ian Macleod
A single cask rum-finished Dallas Dhu from 1979, bottled in 2006 for Ian Macleod's Chieftain's label.
£250.00 Inc. VAT
(£208.33 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 45%
Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A bit unusual, this - peated Glen Scotia?! This single cask edition is from the 1999 vintage and was bottled in 2007.
Out of Stock
70cl / 45%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
One of Loch Lomond's peatiest malts, this Inchfad 2001 is from a single American oak cask and was bottled in 2007.
Out of Stock
70cl / 45%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A single cask Inchfad (peaty malt from the Loch Lomond distillery), this 2002 cask was bottled in 2007.
£29.95 Inc. VAT
(£24.96 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 43%
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & Macphail
A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Ledaig, the peaty malt from Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull.
Out of Stock
70cl / 52.5%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & Macphail
This should be good: single sherry-cask Linkwood 1991 bottled at full strength in 2006 for Gordon & MacPhail's 'Cask' series - Yummy.
£68.75 Inc. VAT
(£57.29 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 48%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Laphroaig 18yo was introduced in 2009 as a replacement for the old 15 year-old (Prince Chuck's sorely missed favourite whisky, lest we forget). This is a stronger, altogether gutsier affair at 48%.
£74.95 Inc. VAT
(£62.46 Ex. VAT)


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