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70cl / 40.7%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
£16,000.00 Inc. VAT
(£13,333.33 Ex. VAT)

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October '08 31st Friday

Just a few things this week, nothing to get excited about, really - only kidding!

Yes, the return of Port Charlotte and the arrival of the first official 'White' Bowmore have had whisky nuts tossing and turning for weeks, and probably losing sleep as well.  Here they are at last.

In all the furore and hubbub surrounding them though, let's not forget there are two other more modestly priced Bowmores to check out.  The 1992 looks interesting and the '83 looks like it could be a belter.

Best of all, though, will be the words of a living legend of whisky, the life and times of maestro Richard Paterson.  Surely the perfect stocking-filler for the erudite whiskyfan.

Richard Paterson & Gavin Smith
The legend speaks! Anyone who's ever been to a tasting by Richard Paterson will want a copy of this new work, subtitled 'The passionate revelations of a Scotch Whisky Master Blender'. Sounds pretty racy, doesn't it?
£19.99
70cl / 53.5%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A new Bowmore cask strength vintage release, this time from 1992 and double-matured in first bourbon and then Bordeaux wine casks. Our tasting sample smells great, will post notes as soon as we've tried it.
Out of Stock
70cl / 42.8%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
After 2007's 'new' Black Bowmore, this White Bowmore is the second edition of the Noughties' 1964 Trilogy series, and has spent its life in bourbon casks, so should make for a very interesting contrast. Awarded 94 points from John Hansell in Malt Advocate, this was one of the most talked-about releases of 2008.
£5,250.00 Inc. VAT
(£4,375.00 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 47.8%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A new Douglas Laing Platinum bottling of Bowmore from 1983. No cask type stated, but from the colour we'd say this must have been 'traditional'. Would make an interesting contrast with White Bowmore for the deep-pocketed.
£250.00 Inc. VAT
(£208.33 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 61%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Hot on the coat-tails of Jim Murray's humongous score for the PC6, here's the latest version of Bruichladdich's Port Charlotte. Can it be even better this time around?
Out of Stock
October '08 30th Thursday

Three very interesting new bottlings from Adelphi, including a young cask-strength Ardbeg.  We also have a new bottling from the Number One Drinks Company, former Whisky Magazine publisher Marcin Miller's Japanese whisky venture.  Sadly, the Hanyu distillery closed it's doors in 2000 and was dismantled in 2004, but the malts coming to market now are of outstanding quality, so we should enjoy them while they're still available.

On the blog this week, we have a report on the Ardbeg Blasda tasting held at Vinopolis here, and photos of the event here.  It was a great event, with plenty of top-class whisky to enjoy - many thanks to the TWE Vinopolis team for setting it up, and to Ardbeg distillery Mickey Heads for coming to talk to us.

70cl / 58.5%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Adelphi
A young single cask Ardbeg 1999 bottled at full strength by Adelphi - this should be delicious.
ONE BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER
Out of Stock
70cl / 46.9%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Adelphi
A single cask bottling by Adelphi of the rarely-seen Glen Elgin, one of the unsung heroes of Diageo's portfolio. This 30yo has been bottled at full strength.
Out of Stock
70cl / 52.8%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Adelphi
A single cask release of Macallan 1990 bottled by Adelphi at full strength.
Out of Stock
70cl / 55.5%
Japanese Single Malt Whisky
Another single cask, cask-strength malt from Hanyu, this is from a bourbon hoggie and was finished in Japanese oak. Hats off to the Number One Drinks Company, who have been unearthing some phenomenal stuff recently.
Out of Stock
October '08 17th Friday

Just like the clocks going back, here at TWE we know that the Christmas rush is just about upon us when Diageo's Special Releases arrive.  Plenty to get excited about here, with the eighth release of Port Ellen and the first official bottlnig of Brora 25yo leading the way, but as ever there are other malts from less hyped distilleries that are likely to be excellent in their own right without causing quite as much damage to your pocket. 

We're tipping the Glen Elgin 16yo this year as the choice pick for the budget connoisseur (of whom TWE has more than one amongst our number), and of course there's the ever-reliable Lagavulin 12yo and the always-wonderful Talisker 25 and 30yo.  In something of a departure from previous years, this year Diageo has released three expressions from the same distillery in 50cl bottles: Linkwood 26yo.  Each of these bottlnigs was matured initally for 12 years in traditional casks before spending the last 14 years of maturation in different woods: Rum, Port and Red wine.  These bottlings have provoked some debate in the whisky world - you can read about it alongside official tasting notes for each expression on the TWE Blog.

70cl / 55.3%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
The eighth release of Diageo's Port Ellens is the fourth from 1978 and arrives in slightly tweaked packaging with a new box design, although the label remains largely the same.
£950.00 Inc. VAT
(£791.67 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 56.3%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
This was the first ever official bottling of 25 year-old malt from the much-mourned Brora. Bottled for the 2008 Special Releases from Diageo after a string of 30yos in previous years. Jim Murray's Scotch of the Year in its category two years running.
Whisky Bible 2011: Best Single Malt (22-27 Years); 96 Points
£750.00 Inc. VAT
(£625.00 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 64.2%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
The third batch of Caol Ila 8yo made with unpeated barley - although previous expressions still had an unmistakeably smoky tang about them. Bottled again at extremely high strength.
Out of Stock
70cl / 58.5%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
This cask-strength Glen Elgin 16yo looks the business - at last an affordable full-strength official bottling from this under-rated distillery.
Out of Stock
70cl / 56.4%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
At 56.4%, this year's Lagavulin 12yo is exactly the same strength as last year's - a phenomenon that occurred with the second and third release as well. Do you think they just make up enormous batches and drip-feed them through?
£150.00 Inc. VAT
(£125.00 Ex. VAT)
50cl / 54.5%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
For this Linkwood 1981, 12 yo malt that had been matured in traditional casks was transferred to rum casks for a further 14 years. Something of a departure for Diageo's Special Releases, releasing three malts from the same distillery in 50cl bottles.
£105.00 Inc. VAT
(£87.50 Ex. VAT)
50cl / 55.5%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
For this Linkwood 1981, 12 yo malt that had been matured in traditional casks was transferred to sweet red wine casks for a further 14 years. Something of a departure for Diageo's Special Releases, releasing three malts from the same distillery in 50cl bottles.
£105.00 Inc. VAT
(£87.50 Ex. VAT)
50cl / 56.9%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
For this Linkwood 1981, 12 yo malt that had been matured in traditional casks was transferred to port wine casks for a further 14 years. Something of a departure for Diageo's Special Releases, releasing three malts from the same distillery in 50cl bottles.
£105.00 Inc. VAT
(£87.50 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 54.2%
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A Talisker 25yo from Diageo's Special Releases is always a thing to cherish - and this is no exception, with a very clean, citric emphasis when compared to some of the earlier releases. As we've come to expect from Talisker, this is nothing short of superb.

Silver Medal Winner (The Malt Maniacs Awards 2009)
£299.00 Inc. VAT
(£249.17 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 49.5%
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A fancier box with a brass catch for 2008's Talisker 30 yo Special Release. The 2007 bottling of this was magnificent and we've come to expect no less from what is arguably Diageo's most consistent distillery.

Silver Medal Winner (The Malt Maniacs Awards 2009)
£399.00 Inc. VAT
(£332.50 Ex. VAT)
October '08 16th Thursday
More (or should that be 'MOR') new goodies, including the eponomous Ardbeg 4.5L, now reincarnated as a 46% 10yo;  we also have the new version of the Oloroso cask Laphroaig 27yo that did so well last year, picking up 92 points from Whiskyfun and scooping the Malt Maniac's Ne Plus Ultra award for top-scoring malt, two tasty Bunnahabhains from Signatory and a trio of Raw Cask malts from Blackadder including the rarely-seen Glenugie.  All this and the Diageo Special Releases still to come - you lucky people...
70cl / 56.6%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A second batch of 27 year-old sherried Laphroaig, this time from 1981. Bottled from just five Oloroso sherry butts - the same as 2007's 1980 vintage which won the top prize at the Malt Maniac Awards.
£1,500.00 Inc. VAT
(£1,250.00 Ex. VAT)
450cl / 46%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A second edition of Ardbeg 'MOR', but unlike 2007's cask-strength version, this has been bottled at 46%, as per the normal 10yo. The bottle will look pretty impressive in your living room and, when empty, will hold an awful lot of 2ps and a very big candle.
£399.00 Inc. VAT
(£332.50 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 52.3%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
A cask-strength Bunnahabhain 1978 bottled by Signatory from a single refill butt at thirty years old.
Out of Stock
70cl / 59.2%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
Another excellent heavily-peated Bunnahabhain matured in a single sherry butt. Last year's release of this was a great whisky - much more peaty than is normal for this distillery, along with the extra power - a real winner.
Out of Stock
70cl / 45.3%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
A cask-strength Glenglassaugh 1976 bottled by Signatory from a single hogshead at thirty years old.
Out of Stock
70cl / 59.4%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
A cask-strength Teaninich 1983 bottled by Signatory in March 2006 from a single refill butt. Independent bottlings of Teaninich are rare, so this is an unexpected treat.
Out of Stock
70cl / 58%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Blackadder
A rare old Dalmore 1976 bottled by Blackadder in October 2005. As with all of the Raw Cask series, this whisky has not been filtered at all and may have harmless cask sediment floating around in it.
Out of Stock
70cl / 56.1%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Blackadder
A rare and unusual bottling of Glencadam from 1971, botted by Blackadder in February 2008. Just 131 bottles were yielded from a single hogshead, and as with all Raw Cask bottlings, this may contain some harmless sediment.
Out of Stock
70cl / 61.8%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Blackadder
This Glenugie 1981 was bottled by Blackadder in June 2006 from a single cask. As with all Raw Cask bottlings, this will probably contain some harmless cask sediment in the bottle.
Out of Stock
October '08 15th Wednesday

Something for everyone here, with a Japanese gem, a rare indy Macallan from our friend Jean Boyer, a new Balvenie release and a couple of single cask offerings of Ben Nevis from Signatory: an old bourbon barrel and a younger sherry butt. 

70cl / 50.5%
Japanese Blended Whisky
A higher-strength edition of Hibiki, Japan's most famous blended whisky. Powerful, yet mellow and very approachable for a whisky of this strength.
Out of Stock
70cl / 43%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Jean Boyer
A single cask Macallan 1991, bottled in 2007 from a single first-fill sherry cask, yielding 570 bottles.
Out of Stock
5cl / 52.2%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A miniature of Glengoyne 1986 21 yo, taken from a single sherry butt. To quote the label: " Great balance, too good to be collected, enjoy this now." Amen to that.
Out of Stock
70cl / 56.7%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
A single cask bottling of Auchroisk 1979 for Signatory's 'Cask Strength' collection. This is from a sherry butt which yielded an impressive 592 bottles at full strength.
Out of Stock
70cl / 43%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A 17yo Balvenie finished in a Jamaican rum cask, likely to appeal to fans of the successful 14yo Rum Wood expression released, er, three years previously.
Out of Stock
70cl / 63.1%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
A new cask-strength Ben Nevis 1975 from Signatory, bottled at 31 years old from a single Bourbon barrel at a frankly astonishing 63.4%.
Out of Stock
70cl / 56.6%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
A cask-strength Ben Nevis from 1992, this was bottled in 2008 by Signatory from a single sherry butt.
Out of Stock
October '08 13th Monday

A cask strength 18yo Lowlander, a limited high-strength Bourbon bottled for Japan and two single cask offerings from great distilleries by a top independent bottler - what's not to like?

Oh, and the small matter of the Ardbeg Blasda!  Yes, Islays favourite sons are at it again, this time with a new lesser-peated version of their lovely spirit.  Click here to go to the TWE Blog's special Blasda article, with much more info and comment on Islay's latest new arrival.

70cl / 55%
Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Another excellent release from the plucky independent Bladnoch distillery. This is a great price for an 18 year old cask strength whisky.
£49.85 Inc. VAT
(£41.54 Ex. VAT)
75cl / 50%
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Produced from a batch of 15 year-old casks found by Jimmy Russell in a disused warehouse (it says here), just 6000 bottles of Wild Turkey American Spirit have been released for the Japanese market. So we're lucky to have some.
Out of Stock
70cl / 43%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Jean Boyer
A new single cask release of Port Ellen 1982 from independent bottler Jean Boyer, this was from a single re-coopered 170L American Oak hogshead that yielded around 250 bottles in October 2007.
Out of Stock
70cl / 43%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Jean Boyer
A single cask Macallan 1991, bottled in 2007 from a single first-fill sherry cask, yielding 570 bottles.
Out of Stock
70cl / 40%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
One of the most talked-about releases of 2008: Ardbeg Blasda is a lesser-peated version of many people's favourite Islay malt, being just 8ppm in bottle (as opposed to the standard 10yo's 23ppm).
£175.00 Inc. VAT
(£145.83 Ex. VAT)


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