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Deal Of the Month
70cl / 52.1%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
£118.00 Inc. VAT
(£98.33 Ex. VAT)

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August '08 29th Friday

A rather diverse bunch of recent releases, with household names like Bowmore & Macallan rubbing shoulders with the more esoteric delights of Benrinnes, Mannochmore and an incredibly rare Kinclaith.  We love the look of the handsomely-presented Antiquary '77 as well, rounding off a very interesting crop of new whiskies.

However, an even more exciting development has arrived in the form of our New Products RSS Feed

Now, the technically unaware members of TWE were always under the impression that 'feed' was something that you gave to farm animals, but it appears that these days the computer bods have reinvented the term - apparently by simply clicking on our New Products Feed icon (that's the orange square at the top of this section above the Archive bit) you can have info on all the products that feature in this news section delivered directly to your computer as soon as we activate them - and save yourself the hassle of having to revisit this page every week and read our rantings. 

However, don't worry if that all sounds a bit Philip K. Dick - the good old-fashioned News & New Products page will still be here for myself and any other cavemen out there.

70cl / 50%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A new Bowmore 1992 for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask series. This was bottled from a single Refill Hogshead cask.
Out of Stock
70cl / 50%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A new Benrinnes 1994 for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask series. This was bottled from a single sherry butt, yielding 661 bottles.
Out of Stock
70cl / 40%
Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & Macphail
Extraordinarily rare malt, even by Kinclaith's standards: just 64 (!) bottles were yielded when G&M bottled it in 1996 from what must have been, judging by the colour, an exceptional refill sherry hogshead. Kinclaith was founded in 1957 and closed in 1975. This incredibly scarce Lowlander has never been officially bottled as most of its output went into parent company Schenley International's Long John blend.
£1,400.00 Inc. VAT
(£1,166.67 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 43%
Distillery Bottling
A benchmark: not just for Macallan, but for aged whisky everywhere. Sets the standard for sherried Speysides to aspire to. 'Best Malt in the World': The Macallan 18 years old, Whisky Magazine, June 2004

Please note this is limited to 1 bottle per customer.
£275.00 Inc. VAT
(£229.17 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & Macphail
A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Mannochmore 1990 matured in refill sherry hogsheads, bottled at a sensible 46%.
Out of Stock
70cl / 46%
Blended Scotch Whisky
A very special expression of the famous Antiquary blend, this 1977 vintage was bottled to celebrate the 150th anniversary of parent company John & William Hardie Ltd.
£144.00 Inc. VAT
(£120.00 Ex. VAT)
August '08 14th Thursday

Bruichladdich X4+1 Deliverance: (Not) Rocket Fuel 

More exposure for Bruichladdich - getting themselves on the telly this time!  The below was reported on their blog:

"TV’s wine expert Oz Clarke and Top Gear’s James May attempted to run a high performance racing car fueled by our single malt whisky.

The charismatic presenters were filming for Oz and James’ Great British Adventure a new third series that follows on from their tours in series one and two of French and Californian vineyards, which will be broadcast later this year on BBC2.

We managed to get a zappy 150 mph Radical SR4 racing car thanks to Radical Sportscars, the Peterborough-based independent car manufacturer and Le Mans contender.  

Clearly it was important that the engine was not modified in anyway for the new spirit. In 1881 the young Harvey brothers set out to make the purest spirit in Scotland when they built a state-of-the-art distillery on Islay. The testament to their successful design is that nothing has changed in 127 years. And the spirit is every bit as pure.

X4 was inspired by Martin Martin’s fantastic 1695 tasting note of a 4 times distilled spirit he encountered. Translated from the Gaelic as perilous whisky, “it at first taste affects all the members of the body: two spoonfuls of this last liquor is a sufficient dose; and if any man exceed this, it would presently stop his breath, and endanger his life.” Ideal then to run a racing car engine in this über-refined state.

Obviously Islay spirit cannot be called whisky until it is matured in oak casks for 3 years, but on the day it was first tasted by wine & spirit expert Oz Clarke for verification as single malt spirit before being filled in to the car’s fuel tank. Then, using an Atlantic shore road closed to traffic by the island’s entire police force - and cleared of sheep and cattle - the car achieved a hair-raising 0-60 in 3.5 seconds.

Distillery manager Duncan MacGillivray said “the exhaust smells much better than petrol. With fuel here being a whopping £1.50 - £1.60 a litre VAT, It’s potentially a sustainable ‘biofuel’ but there are catches: the duty paid to the government makes it a ridiculous £26 a litre, and besides, imagine desperate thirsty folk trying to syphon out your fuel...”

After the successful run, the police suggested breathalysing the car itself, but fortunately had the wrong type of breathalyser.

Previousy distilled X4 in 2006 and 2007 that has been matured in new oak casks has taken on exciting deep colours and highly evocative flavours of cinnamon and spices. A small release of X4 will be bottled in the autumn - but at a more down to earth 55% ABV.

Ordinary whisky would damage a car’s engine and management system and should not in any way be used to replicate this experiment."

A terrible blow for the notoriously publicity-shy distillery, but to cheer them (and us) up, here's a small raft of new releases including a new batch of the 18 year-old (which continues the theme of finishing in sweet wine casks - this time from Jurancon's Clos Urolat); and two very interesting full-term sherrycask-matured expressions of Bruichladdich 1998. 

Now, the nerds amongst you will already know that Bruichladdich was mothballed between January 1995 and May 2001 - except for a six-week period in 1998 when then-owners Jim Beam brought their distilling team from the Isle of Jura distillery over for a busman's holiday. According to Andrew Jefford in the excellent 'Peat Smoke and Spirit', the Jura chaps made themselves busy, and knocked out between 100,000 and 120,000 litres of spirit - at 38ppm instead of the normal Bruichladdich 3ppm

This heavily-peated spirit produced during that brief burst of activity went into different types of cask, and some of it has already been used as part of the blend for the 3D series. However, these two releases are from the stock that was filled into sherry casks and, sensibly, they have blended and bottled the two types of sherry cask separately.  Okay, so lots of people have criticised Bruichladdich for putting out too many releases and messing around with daft wine finishes - but on this occasion, they are to be congratulated: these two sherry editions are items of genuine historical interest to Islay fans, and we can't wait to try them (hint hint).

TF 14/08/08

70cl / 46%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A second Bruichladdich 18yo following the successful first edition, which was finished in Willi Opitz Trockenbeerenauslese casks (that's Austrian pudding wine to you and me). This time the 'Ace-ing' (sigh) has been done with a different sweet wine: Clos Urolat from Jurancon in Southwest France.
£120.00 Inc. VAT
(£100.00 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Part of a pair of 1998 Sherry Editions from Bruichladdich, this whisky was distilled during a six week period in 1998, the only time the distillery was working between Jan 1995 and May 2001.
£54.95 Inc. VAT
(£45.79 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Part of a pair of 1998 Sherry Editions from Bruichladdich, this whisky was distilled during a six week period in 1998, the only time the distillery was working between Jan 1995 and May 2001.
Out of Stock
August '08 12th Tuesday

Coming Soon: Glengoyne 16yo Shiraz Cask Finish

The casks, previously used to mature award-winning Shiraz wine from Australia’s Hunter Valley, have come courtesy of Glenguin Winery. Lord Robin Tedder, who is in fact the third Baron of Glenguin – which was the original name of the whisky distillery known today as Glengoyne - established the Glenguin Estate in 1988.
 
It is 100 years ago since Glenguin Distillery’s name change to the more phonetic Glengoyne Distillery and to celebrate this and the Tedder link, 20 empty Shiraz casks were filled with 16-Year-Old Glengoyne in autumn 2007. 

One of only a few Australians with a Master of Wine, Robin Tedder is hugely knowledgeable and seen as a world authority on the Shiraz (Syrah) grape.   Robin ‘lent’ his expert palate to help decide on the timing of the final bottling of this exclusive malt.

70cl / 43%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & Macphail
A recent bottling from the defunct Convalmore by Connoisseurs Choice. This is from refill sherry hogsheads.
£106.00 Inc. VAT
(£88.33 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 43%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & Macphail
A medium-bodied Glen Spey 1995 bottled for G&M's Connoisseurs Choice range. Glen Spey's pleasant, grassy single malt is rather rare as most of it goes into J & B.
£54.95 Inc. VAT
(£45.79 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 44.5%
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A recent addition to the 'Rare & Prestigious' series from Whyte & Mackay, this extra-special Jura has been finished in casks that previously held Gonzalez-Byass's stunning 'Matusalem' Oloroso sherry.
£699.00 Inc. VAT
(£582.50 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 42%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A welcome addition to the 'Rare & Prestigious' series from Whyte & Mackay, this Dalmore has been aged in casks that previously held Gonzalez-Byass's stunning sherries. The whiskey started life in 'Apostoles' Palo Cortado casks, before spending its last five years in 'Matusalem' Oloroso sherry butts.
£999.00 Inc. VAT
(£832.50 Ex. VAT)
August '08 11th Monday
70cl / 49.5%
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A bottling of Highland Park 1975 especially for The Whisky Exchange. This is from a single cask, a refill remade Hogshead which yielded just 96 bottles when it was bottled in November 2007.
£350.00 Inc. VAT
(£291.67 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 50%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & Macphail
It says here: 'Benromach Origins [are] crafted to highlight how subtle changes to the art of whisky-making can help shape the character of the final malt'. This first effort is made using Golden Promise barley and matured in sherry casks.
£43.95 Inc. VAT
(£36.63 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & Macphail
The second batch of Benromach's peated young Speyside, this has been full-term matured in American oak and peated to a lower level than the previous batch (35ppm as opposed to the previous 55ppm).
£32.95 Inc. VAT
(£27.46 Ex. VAT)
August '08 2nd Saturday
70cl / 43.5%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Duncan Taylor
A single cask of Glen Mhor bottled by Duncan Taylor for the Rarest of the Rare series. Glen Mhor was closed by Diageo in 1983 and dismantled in 1986 to make way for a supermarket.
Out of Stock
70cl / 52.2%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Duncan Taylor
A new Imperial is always something to cheer the spirits. Cask 358 is from 1990 and has been bottled at full strength by Duncan Taylor.
Out of Stock
70cl / 45.5%
Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Duncan Taylor
This Inverleven 1978 is part of Duncan Taylor's 'Rarest of the Rare' series. Inverleven started life in 1938 as part of the Dumbarton distilling complex, but was decommissioned in 1991.
Out of Stock
70cl / 48.5%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Duncan Taylor
A single cask Mosstowie from 1975 bottled at cask strength for Duncan Taylor's Rarest of the Rare series.
Out of Stock
70cl / 48.4%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Duncan Taylor
Another single cask Mosstowie from 1975 bottled at cask strength for Duncan Taylor's Rarest of the Rare series.
Out of Stock
70cl / 46%
Blended Irish Whiskey
The ne plus ultra from Jameson, this has been blended with some of the oldest and rarest whiskeys from Jameson's maturing stock - one of which was a pot-still whiskey matured in a port pipe, which adds an extra fruitiness to the final assemblage. More than justifies the price tag - this is one of the greatest Irish whiskies ever bottled, we feel.
Whisky Bible Awards 2012: Irish Blend of the Year
£275.00 Inc. VAT
(£229.17 Ex. VAT)
August '08 1st Friday
70cl / 61.6%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
A new signatory bottling from blue-chip Speysider Glenrothes, this 1995 vintage was bottled from a single Bourbon cask at a whopping 61.6%.
Out of Stock
70cl / 55.7%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
Very rare to find Imperial in sherry casks, especially at this age. This Signatory bottling is from 1982 and is bottled at cask strength.
Out of Stock
70cl / 56.3%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
A Signatory cask-strength bottling of Laphroaig 1990 bottled from a single Bourbon Barrel.
Out of Stock
70cl / 59.3%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
If this Port Ellen lives up to the normal high standards of Signatory's Cask Strength series we're in for a treat. Bottled in May 2008 from a single refill sherry butt, this 25 year-old has an amazing cask strength of 59.3%. Missed a Malt Maniacs gold by a single point in 2009.
Out of Stock
70cl / 43%
Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & Macphail
A 1991 vintage Rosebank from the folks at Gordon & Macphail, part of their Connoisseurs Choice range - one of the most affordable ways to get your hands on whisky from this closed distillery.
£99.95 Inc. VAT
(£83.29 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
This is the third Ballechin, a heavily-peated malt made at Edradour. This expression has been matured full-term in port hogsheads.
£62.65 Inc. VAT
(£52.21 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 55.6%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Berry Brothers & Rudd
A new bottling of Laphroaig 1990 from the ever-dependable team at St. James' St, who have unearthed a few treasures this year.
Out of Stock


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