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Deal Of the Month
70cl / 46%
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
£78.95 Inc. VAT
(£65.79 Ex. VAT)

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September '08 30th Tuesday

We've dug up some great new goodies for you this week, with party-size bottles from Glenmorangie and Compass Box and a clutch of lovely Nikkas (oooh, Matron!).  And as if that wasn't enough, we've also got the beautiful boxed expression of Compass Box Hedonism Maximus as well.  Never say we're not good to you.

Not only that, but at last we have Ulf Buxrud's wonderful new book on Japanese whisky, so you can educate yourself while dramming Eastern-style. 

Meanwhile, over on the TWE Blog, our Octomore pictures from last week caused a bit of discussion.  So here's a taster for the next post:

'To Coat Or Not To Coat?'

"In the comments section of our last post on Octomore, drJarv (who I’m assuming is on the design team for Octomore as he hasn’t denied it yet!) asked for our thoughts on the coated opaque bottle that they’ve gone for with Octomore (Bruichladdich fans will remember that both Blacker Still and Redder Still were similarly adorned with this coating). 

Poster bgulien immediately responded with a fair point that these coatings make it difficult to see how much whisky you have left.  I decided to throw my tuppence-worth in and started to write a quick comment - but it kind of turned into a bit of a rant and opened up a bit of a can of worms, so I thought I’d do it as a new post and throw the floor open for discussion:"

Exciting stuff, eh?  Oh.  Well, never mind.  You can read my Clarkson-esque rant here, anyway.

75cl / 43%
Japanese Blended Malt Whisky
The previous whiskies that Nikka have produced under the Taketsuru label have been vatted - sorry, 'blended' - malts from Nikka's Yoichi and Miyagikyou distilleries, and we have no reason to believe any different of this one, since Japanese distilleries tend not to swap stock with each other. The 21 yo Taketsuru Pure Malt won the 'World's Best Blended Malt' at the World Whisky Awards in 2007.
Out of Stock
70cl / 43%
Japanese Blended Whisky
Famous aged Japanese blend from the Nikka company, Super contains a high proportion of malt from the Yoichi and Miyagikyou distilleries.
Out of Stock
50cl / 55.5%
Japanese Malt Whisky
A no-age-statement 'vatted pure malt' (their description, not ours!). These days the SWA are campaigning to ban the use of 'pure' in the description of whiskies), from Nikka. This has been bottled at cask strength.
Out of Stock
70cl / 40%
Japanese Blended Malt Whisky
A younger blended malt from the Nikka family, Nikka Taketsuru is named after Masataka Taketsuru, who founded the company in 1934.
World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Non-Scotch Blended Malt 12 years and under
£44.75 Inc. VAT
(£37.29 Ex. VAT)
300cl / 40%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A whopping three litre bottle of the splendid Glenmorangie Original. Glenmorangie are getting into large formats in a big way these days (think Ardbeg Mor). It may be gimmicky, but it does look good.
£169.00 Inc. VAT
(£140.83 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46%
Blended Grain Scotch Whisky
A special new reserve bottling of Compass Box's fabulous grain whisky, Hedonism Maximus is composed of a 42 yo Invergordon (70%), with the remainder being a 29 yo Carsebridge, both of which were matured in first-fill ex-bourbon American oak. Fabulous, limited, and unlikely to last long.
Out of Stock
150cl / 48.9%
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
A special reserve edition released to celebrate the fifth birthday of Compass Box's Peat Monster. This stronger, more intense Peat Monster is only available as a magnum - and who would want it any other way?
£84.95 Inc. VAT
(£70.79 Ex. VAT)
Ulf Buxrud
Ulf Buxrud is an important figure in the whisky world, being one of the famous Malt Maniacs, and the author of the definitive book on the Rare Malt series. To have such a learned and committed whiskyphile turn his energies to the emerging Japanese whisky scene is very exciting - and this is be a fascinating read.
September '08 26th Friday

Some more good stuff this week, including a sherried Port Ellen from Douglas Laing's McGibbon's Provenance range, a peated Famous Grouse and the return of two TWE favourites, Blue Hanger and John Glaser's sumptuous Orangerie.

Plenty to be excited about too, as this week sees the official launch of the TWE Blog!!!  This week we have a quick look at the sale of Glen Moray to French rum firm La Martiniquaise - plus some exclusive new pics of the soon-to-be-released Octomore and Port Charlotte PC7 from Bruichladdich - how cool is that?!


70cl / 43%
Brilliant Old Tom gin from Christian Jensen. This was made to a recipe from the 1840s, and is naturally sweetened with larger quantities of botanicals than the original Jensen's London Gin.
£25.95 Inc. VAT
(£21.63 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 40%
Blended Scotch Whisky
Special Offer: Free Famous Grouse Tumbler!!
A timely innovation from Famous Grouse - this blend is based on peated Islay malts, and promises 'reassuring smoothness with aromatic, peaty flavours'.
£19.95 Inc. VAT
(£16.63 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 43%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & Macphail
A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of little seen Speysider Benrinnes from 1974. This was matured in refill sherry hogsheads.
Out of Stock
70cl / 40%
The famous Orangerie 'whisky infusion' from Compass Box, in simply beautiful packaging. Smooth, sweet Scotch whisky infused with the hand-zested peel of Navalino oranges and subtle accents of Indonesian cassia bark and Sri Lankan cloves. Orangerie is not officially liqueur as it doesn't have the requisite additional sugar - with this much flavour, it doesn't need it.
£35.45 Inc. VAT
(£29.54 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
A new Provenance bottling of Port Ellen 1982 from two sherry casks, bottled at 46%. A sumptuous nose, woody at first but then becoming beautifully fruity, leading to a soft, gentle, oaky palate.
£225.00 Inc. VAT
(£187.50 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 45.6%
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Berry Bros & Rudd
A new release of Berry Bros's celebrated vatting of Blue Hanger after the last one won best Blended Malt at the World Whisky Awards. This time the youngest spirit is 16 years old and the oldest is 34 years old. Congratulations to Doug & the team.
£74.95 Inc. VAT
(£62.46 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 43%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A recent release from long-time TWE favourite Aberlour, this 16 year-old has been double-matured in traditional oak and sherry casks. Deep and complex, with lip-smacking spices - not as sherry-sweet as the 18yo.
World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Speyside 13 to 20 years
IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Whisky - Scotch
£45.45 Inc. VAT
(£37.88 Ex. VAT)
September '08 3rd Wednesday

Some great new stuff this week, including a new sherried Port Ellen from Douglas Laing (will they ever run out?!) alongside refill casks from Glen Scotia and St Magdalene.  In addition, we have two smartly-presented new releases from the cream of Tomatin's old maturing stock: a 30yo finished in ex-Oloroso casks for the final three years of maturation, and a 40yo vatting of seven ex-bourbon hogsheads.

In other news this week, Glendronach has been sold by Pernod to the consortium behind the miraculous revival of BenRiach - we wish them the best of luck and hope that they can work some more of their magic on another distinguished old Speysider fallen on hard times.

We've also been sent some great pics of the continuing work on Diageo's new Roseisle distillery - check out the birth of a behemoth below:



70cl / 50%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A new Port Ellen 1982 bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask series, this has been matured in a single sherry butt.
Out of Stock
70cl / 50%
Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A new Glen Scotia 1992, bottled from a single refill hogshead by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask series.
£62.45 Inc. VAT
(£52.04 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 50%
Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A bottling from the much-lamented St. Magdalene distillery by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask series, this has been matured in a refill butt.
£199.00 Inc. VAT
(£165.83 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 42.9%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
For this very special Tomatin, distillery manager Douglas Campbell has selected seven of the best ex-bourbon hogsheads distilled in 1967. Rich, fruity, creamy and complex
£450.00 Inc. VAT
(£375.00 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 49.3%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
This splendid Tomatin 30yo was initially matured in bourbon hogsheads before being finished for over three years in Oloroso sherry butts. This should be terrific.
Out of Stock