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Deal Of the Month
70cl / 46%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
£35.95 Inc. VAT
(£29.96 Ex. VAT)

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December '08 22nd Monday

The last remnants of this year's new releases trickle through: later than planned, we have 'Golder Still' the bourbon cask expression of Bruichladdich's 'Still' series - and you 'Still' can't see into the bottle, (boom-boom). 

Golder Still is joined by the X4, also from Bruichladdich.  This 'Islay Spirit' is unaged malt distillate that caused a bit of a hoo-hah when it was originally made, with a lot of hysterical frothing in the press about the 92% strength it was distilled to.  The strength of this unaged, unpeated spirit has subsequently been reduced to 50% to pre-empt a similar campaign now that it's in the bottle.

The X4 makes an interesting contrast with another of this week's arrivals - the barely-aged malt from Chichibu.  Chichibu is the new distillery from Ichiro Akuto, whose family owned the old Hanyu distillery that was forced to close in 2000, was dismantled in 2004 and has subsequently found fame thanks to Ichiro's 'Card' series.  This is one of the first releases in Chichibu's history, with distillate aged in first-fill bourbon barrels for a couple of months.

Also this week, another Jim McEwan-selected malt: an ancient Banff from Jim's Celtic Heartlands bottlings;  another new bottling in the unending flow of Japanese malt arriving on our shores - this time, it's from Nikka's Miyagikyo and was distilled in 1989; and finally, a new long-aged blended malt from blend-meisters Famous Grouse.  Not a blended whisky, you understand - a blended malt whisky.  What used to be known as a vatted malt.  Confused?  No, no, of course you're not, say the SWA.  You just think you are.

Merry Christmas to one and all from The Whisky Exchange - thanks for joining us in 2008 and we hope to see you again in 2009.  In the meantime, enjoy your holidays and have a great Hogmanay...

70cl / 62.5%
Part of the first release from the new distillery built at Chichibu by Ichiro Akuto to replace his family's Hanyu distillery (which was dismantled in 2004). This spirit is just a few months old, having been distilled in July and bottled in October after a few months rest in a bourbon barrel.
£90.55 Inc. VAT
(£75.46 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 48.1%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Celtic Heartlands
A new long-aged Banff 1975 from Jim McEwan's Celtic Heartlands series. As usual, this is beautifully presented in a decanter with a Celtic design.
Out of Stock
70cl / 50%
Scotch Malt Spirit
Distillery Bottling
Bruichladdich X4 has been distilled four times, reaching 92%, before being bottled at a reduced 50% without ageing (which is why it can't be called whisky).
£59.95 Inc. VAT
(£49.96 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 51%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
The latest release in Bruichladdich's 'Still' series (after Blacker and Redder), Golder Still refers to the colour provided by the experimental 'dumpy' squat bourbon Hogsheads that the spirit was matured in. These casks gave a greater ratio of wood contact to spirit and have resulted in the eponomyous 'Golder Still' spirit, it says here. Cunningly, the bottle has been coated, so unfortunately this amazing golden colour can't be seen until you have it in the glass...
£150.00 Inc. VAT
(£125.00 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 60%
Japanese Single Malt Whisky
Another single cask of Miyagikyo from Nikka, this was distilled in 1989 and bottled at a whopping 60% in July of 2007.
Out of Stock
70cl / 43%
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
A new 21yo vatted malt (sorry, BLENDED malt) from Famous Grouse, whose stable-mates at Edrington include Highland Park and Macallan - so this should be pretty good stuff.
Out of Stock
December '08 17th Wednesday

Some humdingers for you just in time for the last-minute Christmas rush.  Two very different offerings from Bruichladdich, with the long-awaited young peatbomb Octomore accompanied by DNA - a bottling of the oldest remaining stocks of Bruichladdich.  And just for good measure, we have the remarkable 40yo Glenfarclas 105.  Sadly, we don't have samples of any of these, so we can't tell you what they're like yet, but we expect demand for all three of these to be massive nonetheless.

The new releases are coming so thick and fast we've barely time to put them all up here.  Some very interesting stuff though, including some gems from Douglas Laing, the new cask-strength Talisker OB, the return of Campbeltown Loch in its oldest guise yet, the 'First Edition' (hmmm, really?) Mackmyra and an official cask strength Talisker, not to mention a couple of new wood finishes from BenRiach.  Heady days...

70cl / 41%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Another beautifully-presented Bruichladdich, DNA represents the last of the late 1960s and early 1970s casks acquired when the new owners took over. Matured in 80% bourbon and 20% sherry, DNA has been finished in wine casks from cult claret Le Pin.
Out of Stock
75cl / 63.5%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
At last - it's the first edition of Octomore, Bruichladdich's mega-peated 5yo, which weighs in at a staggering 131ppm phenols. Aged five years in bourbon casks, this has generated huge interest - strictly one bottle per customer.
Out of Stock
70cl / 60%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A really incredible Glenfarclas - a forty-year old expression of cask-strength cult favourite 105, bottled late in 2008 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the appearance of the 105 expression. It's astonishing that they managed to maintain the 60% abv over forty years in sherry casks - this will be an epic dram.
£1,500.00 Inc. VAT
(£1,250.00 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 40%
Blended Scotch Whisky
We've found another parcel of stock of the famous Campbeltown Loch, the special blend made by Mitchell's - owners of Springbank. A significant proportion of this will be 30yo Springbank, yet despite the age this is a very approachable, elegant dram.
£150.00 Inc. VAT
(£125.00 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
This Bruichladdich 21yo is a very dark, intensely sweet and sherried affair, thanks to full-term maturation in Oloroso Sherry butts. Very big and fruity, with more than a hint of sulphur.
Out of Stock
70cl / 48.8%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
Labelled as 'Probably Speyside's Finest Distillery', this Glenfarclas 1966 has a delicious sherried nose to die for, and the oaky, fruity palate carries not a trace of sulphur. This is superb.
Out of Stock
70cl / 50%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A fruity, honeyed, blossomy Port Ellen 1982 from Douglas Laing. Extremely restrained peat on the nose - barely detectable - becomes much more noticeable on the palate, alongside honeyed fruit and slightly dusty wood. Very enjoyable.
Out of Stock
70cl / 46%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
McGibbon's
A Port Ellen 1983 from a single sherry butt bottled for Douglas Laing's 'Provenance' series. This is more overtly sweet on the nose and palate than the Old Malt Cask version released at the same time.
Out of Stock
70cl / 46%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A recent Benriach 13yo continuing the faux-latin-names theme of recent releases, this Maderensis Fumosis has been finished in Madeira wood.
£31.95 Inc. VAT
(£26.63 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A recent Benriach 16yo that has dispensed with the Latin naming system, this has been finished in Sauternes. The standard issue 16yo is a terrific dram, so this should be very interesting.
£46.45 Inc. VAT
(£38.71 Ex. VAT)
100cl / 45.2%
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
A special bottling of Woodford Reserve to commemorate the 133rd Kentucky Derby, which took place on May 5th 2007. This is part of an annual limited edition release series.
£76.95 Inc. VAT
(£64.13 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46.1%
Swedish Single Malt Whisky
Distillery Bottling
After numerous Preludiums, all of which have been incredibly successful, Sweden's first single malt whisky Mackmyra makes its full debut. Interestingly, some roasted Swedish oak casks were used in the maturation.
£44.45 Inc. VAT
(£37.04 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 57%
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A distillery-bottled cask strength Talisker, 57' North is deceptively smooth for a whisky at this strength, but still a muscular presence on the palate, with the pepper and chilli Talisker hallmarks very much in evidence.
World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Island No Age Statement
Out of Stock
December '08 16th Tuesday

A quick update to introduce our newest bottlings - and this time it's two more of our famous long-aged Single Malt of Scotland 'Anniversary Selections'.  We've unearthed a corker from the barely-recognised Glen Spey and caught up with a classic old Tamnavulin just before it went under-strength.  


These two gems, along with the rest of our Single Malts of Scotland range neatly exemplify our philosophy of judging only what's in the glass rather what's on the label.  There are dozens of unsung distilleries across Scotland producing fantastic quality malt whisky - it's just that most of it ends up in blends because there's no marketing budget or the distillery is perceived as unfashionable.  Independent bottlings are the best way to discover these hidden gems, and frequently the best drams are from totally unexpected sources...

70cl / 40.4%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
This ancient Tamnavulin is a star of our much-lauded Anniversary Selection. Rich and sweet, yet graceful, this gets away with its age thanks to an abundance of honey and cocoa notes on nose and palate.
Out of Stock
70cl / 54.5%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
A splendidly refined 30yo from little-known Diageo workhorse Glen Spey, the vast majority of which goes into J&B. We're very grateful that the two hogsheads used for this bottling escaped the vat.
£86.45 Inc. VAT
(£72.04 Ex. VAT)
December '08 9th Tuesday

The Christmas releases are coming in thick and fast, so this will be a two-part post today.  First up is our own bottling of Glen Elgin, which we've chosen to call 'Green Elgin' because of its rather unusual hue.  Fans of our legendary 'Green Brackla' of a few years ago will no doubt be licking their lips.

Also in this inital update we have an embarrassment of riches from Douglas Laing, including a couple of Ardbegs, a lively Springbank and some very old Banff and Blair Athol.  It's a good time to be a malt fan...

70cl / 40.8%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Whisky Exchange
A very unusual bottling of Glen Elgin, with a slight (all-natural) green tint. This is a deliciously retro dram, with apples and silky malt on an oak backdrop of the very highest quality.
£139.00 Inc. VAT
(£115.83 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 50%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A refill hogshead of Ardbeg 1991 bottled at 50% by Douglas Laing.
Out of Stock
70cl / 50%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
Another new rum-finished Ardbeg 1991 from Douglas Laing. They've had a good run of these this year.
Out of Stock
70cl / 55.4%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A special new Blair Athol 1976 for Douglas Laing's 'Platinum' collection. DL have had some stunning Blair Athols in the last couple of years, so hopes are high for this. 119 bottles only.
Out of Stock
70cl / 48.7%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A new bottling by Douglas Laing of the little-seen Banff single malt. Delicious apple-pie character from this 1975 refill hoggie.
Out of Stock
70cl / 50%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A single refill hogshead from the Lochnagar distillery, bottled by the tireless Douglas Laing independent bottling company.
Out of Stock
70cl / 50%
Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A citrussy Springbank 1993 bottled from a refill hogshead by indie favourites Douglas Laing.
Out of Stock
70cl / 45.7%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A special bottling of Benromach 2000 released to celebrate the 80th Forres Highland Games held in July 2008.
£50.95 Inc. VAT
(£42.46 Ex. VAT)
December '08 6th Saturday
This is so special that we felt it deserved its own posting on New Products & News, as it's our oldest, rarest and most luxurious bottling yet:  An official bottling for TWE of a Fifty year old Glenfarclas!
70cl / 50%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A stunning distillery bottling of Glenfarclas 50yo for The Whisky Exchange. Aged over 50 years in a single refill sherry cask, and bottled at a remarkable 50% abv, just 87 bottles were yielded from the cask. This incredibly rare Glenfarclas has been packaged in a gorgeous crystal decanter.
£4,500.00 Inc. VAT
(£3,750.00 Ex. VAT)
December '08 5th Friday
Here at last - the new Single Malts of Scotland bottlings!  We've got some real treasures from little-seen distilleries like Glenglassaugh, Benrinnes, Linlithgow and Caperdonich (a very unusual heavily-peated expression); a pair of wildly different Bowmores; and new versions of old favourites such as our Springbank (quite Longrow-esque),  Rosebank 1991, Caol Ila and our superb Benriach.  There really is something for everyone with this batch of releases - enjoy!
70cl / 57.4%
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
A powerful cask-strength Arran from a single hogshead filled in 1996, just a year after the distillery was established. A drop of water will bring the best out of this sweet-smelling, peppery dram.
£46.45 Inc. VAT
(£38.71 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 55.7%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
Our previous bottling of Benriach picked up a Silver Medal at the Malt Maniacs Awards 2008, and this one, although slightly younger, shares a lot of the same qualities and has a bit more fire in its belly. A tremendous dram.
Out of Stock
70cl / 60.1%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
An immensely perfumed Bowmore in it's true form from this era. A very nice dram at a high strength but this whisky has enough weight to balance all the flavours with the strength.
£81.35 Inc. VAT
(£67.79 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 56.4%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
A big-boned teenage Bowmore 1995 from a single sherry butt. Full-on,rich and fruity.
ONE BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER
Out of Stock
70cl / 55.8%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
A delicious honeyed, spicy dram of Benrinnes 1991 bottled by our good selves for your delectation. Stands up well on its own, but comes alive with a drop of water.
Out of Stock
70cl / 58.5%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
An unusually heavily-peated dram from Caperdonich, Glen Grant's much-ignored 'sister' distillery.
Out of Stock
70cl / 58.2%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
Richer than our previous bottling of Caol Ila, and more coal-y (if that's a word, which it almost certainly isn't). Fans of this great distillery will lap this up and ask for more.
Out of Stock
70cl / 49.8%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
An old-school heavily-sherried single cask Glenglassaugh with a surprisingly accomplished balance of fruit and structure and a Demerara finish to die for.
NEW!
Out of Stock
70cl / 52.8%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
A very sweet honeycomb nose on this Ord, which turns more spicy and tweedy on the palate as the wood influence asserts itself before an appley finish. Becomes waxy with water.
Out of Stock
70cl / 61.2%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
For anyone labouring under the misapprehension that Inchgower starts and ends with the somewhat insipid FF bottling, prepare to have your socks blown off. This is phenomenal.
NEW!
Out of Stock
70cl / 63.7%
Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
From the St. Magdalene distillery comes this ludicrously powerful Linlithgow. This is our best bottling yet from this distillery.
£199.00 Inc. VAT
(£165.83 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 55.1%
Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
Another Rosebank 1991 for the pantheon from our outstanding batch of single casks. This resembles the 16yo that we bottled earlier in 2008, with a bit more emphasis on the spices this time.
Out of Stock
70cl / 46%
Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
More akin to a Longrow, this Springbank 1992 has an appealing turfy, peppery character with coal and hot spices also prominent.
Out of Stock
December '08 3rd Wednesday
A tremendous selection of recent arrivals, including some more top-end single cask stuff from Dewar Rattray - their last releases sold out super-fast, so don't hang around if you want one of these; some interesting Islays from Murray McDavid; bottlings of extinct distilleries by Connoisseur's Choice and Signatory; the oldest ever official vintage release from Balblair; and the unthinkable: an unmolested 16yo from Bruichladdich - 100% bourbon matured, and not even a whisper of Guatemalan Grenache wine casks.  You'd've thought it was Christmas or something. 
70cl / 52.3%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
The oldest and most limited of Balblair's vintage expressions yet released, this 1965 comes from a single American oak ex-sherry butt that yielded 350 bottles at natural strength. This picked up a humonguous 96.5 points from Jim Murray, who made it Single Malt of the Year in its age category.
£1,220.00 Inc. VAT
(£1,016.67 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Murray Mcdavid
A new bottling of Bowmore 2000 from Murray McDavid. This little beauty has been matured in sherry casks and bottled at natural colour and without chill-filtration at 46%.
Out of Stock
70cl / 49.3%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Murray McDavid
One of a pair of Bunnahabhain 1976s released by Murray McDavid after 31 years in different types of sherry casks - this is the Fino version.
Out of Stock
70cl / 54.5%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Murray Mcdavid
One of a pair of Bunnahabhain 1976s released by Murray McDavid after 31 years in different types of sherry casks - this is the Oloroso version.
£176.00 Inc. VAT
(£146.67 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 46%
Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
One of our customers was kind enough to sell us part of the bottling from his cask of Springbank 1992. He had it bottled up in 2008 as a 15yo. The whisky was matured in a refill bourbon hogshead.
Out of Stock
70cl / 56.2%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Dewar Rattray
A new single cask Bowmore 1991 from Dewar Rattray, this has been bottled at full strength after 17 years of maturation in a quality first-fill sherry butt. We expect this to fly.
Out of Stock
75cl / 46%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Something interesting for Bruichladddich fans and malt purists alike: A 100% bourbon-matured 16yo, untroubled by fancy finishing of any kind. Hats off to the team at Bruichladdich.
£69.95 Inc. VAT
(£58.29 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 43%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & Macphail
A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Coleburn 1981. This little-seen Speysider was closed by Diageo in 1985.
£175.00 Inc. VAT
(£145.83 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 43%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & Macphail
A bottling of Dailuaine 1993 from Connoissuers Choice, this was blended from refill American Hogsheads.
Out of Stock
70cl / 46.3%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
A relaunch in fancy packaging for Burn Stewart's Deanston single malt, previously famous as the whisky used in the much-missed Wallace whisky liqueur. Trivia snitched from the Malt Whisky Yearbook: Deanston is the only distillery in Scotland that is self-sustaining for electricity, being equipped with a dam and a turbine.
£34.25 Inc. VAT
(£28.54 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 53.1%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Signatory
A very rare example of the long-defunct Glen Albyn single malt, this is a single Hogshead filled in 1974 and bottled by Signatory in 2007.
Out of Stock
70cl / 60.7%
Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Dewar Rattray
A new cask strength bottling of Glenkinchie 1975 from Dewar Rattray, this was matured in a single refill hogshead and bottled at the ripe old age of 33. An aged Lowlander of remarkable complexity and character.
Out of Stock
70cl / 59.8%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Dewar Rattray
A Dewar Rattray bottling of the rarely-seen Lochside, this expression is a single refill hogshead filled in 1987 and bottled late 2008 at full strength.
£150.00 Inc. VAT
(£125.00 Ex. VAT)
70cl / 43%
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling
Tobermory are to be congratulated for bumping their entry-level Ledaig peated malt up to a 10yo. A distillery on the up.
Out of Stock


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