A very special release of 25-year-old Ardbeg, bottled by Elixir Distillers as part of the Single Malts of Scotland Director's Special range in honour of the Whisky Show: Old & Rare's third outing. It's a classic Ardbeg of the era, with a mix of smoke, brine, fruit and tar that immediately conjures visions of the seashore by the distillery
A waft of pipe tobacco. As the smoke clears, an orchard comes into view with apricots and pears. Tarred rope and dusty wicker chairs surround a beach bon‑re. With water, lemon cake is served with a cup of sweet lapsang souchong tea.
Burning oakwood chips. Grilled vegetables – capsicum and courgette – are sprinkled with sea salt and cracked black pepper. After a while,the spicy vegetal notes develop into liquorice and rich tannins.
Once the ames on the grill have settled down, just the ashes remain. Sweetness returns with soft fruits and hazelnut. Bottle Size: 70cl *Only Available for in store purchase or UK Delivery
A single-cask release of Bunnahabhain from the Single Malts of Scotland, bottled as part of the Director's Special range. This was distilled back in 1975 and aged for 43 years in a single refill-bourbon hogshead. Over the years, its strength has naturally dropped, concentrating its flavour. The result is a soft and fruity whisky that shows the delicacy of Bunnahabhain's normally boisterous spirit.
Darroze Les Grands Assemblages 50 Year Old Armagnac
The 50-year-old entry in Darroze's range of blended Armagnacs, assembled from their deep and varied cellars of single-estate eau-de-vie from across the region. This was awarded 93 points by Serge Valentin, who described it as 'amazing and glorious'.
Sweet, floral and delicate on first sniff – meadow flowers and sweet grapes – with richer notes of demerara sugar, stewed raisins and rich earth behind.
Initially soft, with autumn leaves and touches of nutmeg, quickly becoming dark and rich. Dried fruit, leather, and growing notes of bitter barrel char and green leaf balance the sweetness
More delicate and less weighty than some old Armagnacs, with a complexity that demands careful examination.
Bottle Size: 70cl *Only Available for in store purchase or UK Delivery
The 2017 release of the popular Springbank 21 Year Old has been aged in a combination of bourbon, sherry, port and rums casks. A sweet and savoury whisky with notes of apricots, cured meat, tobacco and leather.
The third release of Balblair's 1991 vintage is 27 year old, this time bottled in 2018. Matured in ex-bourbon casks for 24 years, before being transferred to ex-sherry butts for a further three, this combines Balblair's typical citrus and orchard fruit notes with rich chocolate, dried fruit and honey.
Tasting notes from the producer
The nose is expansive and complex with rich citrus fruits and vanilla notes, toffee and chocolate. The American oak ex-bourbon barrels and Spanish oak butts used in the maturation impart notes of honey, winter spices and apricot with just a hint of liquorice in the background
On the palate Balblair's signature style of citrus orchard is followed with rich creamy chocolate and layers of stewed apples and pears, Christmas pudding and hot vanilla sauce.
The finish descends slowly into brighter tonality, sparkling orange and toasted coconut overtones, accentuating full-bodied sweetness of vanilla and caramel. A rich and celebratory dram.
Bottle Size: 70cl *Only Available for in store purchase or UK Delivery
Diplomatico Pot Still Rum Distillery Collection No.3
The third rum in Diplomatico’s Distillery Collection, No. 3 is a full-bodied, complex spirit made using high quality sugar cane honey. Matured in ex-bourbon barrels, this limited-edition rum combines tropical fruit aromas with toffee and vanilla. The palate offers rich oak notes alongside dark chocolate and dried fruits, before a rich, lingering finish full of warm spices.
This rum was made solely in the Copper Pot Still that was brought to Diplomatico’s La Miel distillery in 1959. This discontinuous distillation system was originally used in Scotland to produce whisky. The Distillery Collection showcases the individual distillates behind some of Diplomatico’s world-renowned rums, highlighting the distinct personalities created by using different stills.
The third bottle in Havana Club’s annual Tributo release is finished in casks that previously held peaty Scotch whisky, adding layers of smoke to this rich, sweet rum. On the nose, expect notes of dried fruits and raisins, with a full-bodied palate of dried fruit, smoke and toasty oak. This could convert Islay fans to rum…
Premiered at Whisky Show 2019, Chichibu London Edition 2019 is the second in this popular series. This Japanese single malt, which again commemorates London's capital, bears a label by Whisky Exchange Creative Director Raj Chavda that is a companion piece to last year's. 1405 bottles were released.
Longmorn 1996 23 Year Old Sherry Cask for TWE 70cl
A superlative dark golden rum from one of Central America's most celebrated producers, Flor de Cana from Nicaragua. Delicious, and one of the best rums anywhere in its price bracket. Aromas of toasted coconut, vanilla and fig are joined by flavours of honey and dark chocolate. Try this with soda or mixed with sparkling water.
A perennial favourite and a must-try for anyone interested in discovering Japanese whisky. Hakushu is owned by Suntory, founders of the first Japanese distillery, Yamazaki. The original Hakushu distillery was built in 1973, with another distillery building called Hakushu Higashi (east) added in 1981.
A massive step up in quality from the standard Hakushu 12 yrs, this 18yo is amazingly well-defined (as we've come to expect from Japanese whisky) with deliciously rounded fruit and cereal flavours, at times surprisingly reminiscent of the finest Irish potstill whisky (eg Redbreast 15yo).
Part of an exclusive series from The Single Malts of Scotland range, this delicious Laphroaig 20 Year Old has been bottled from a single sherry cask. Notes of red fruit, iodine and seaweed accompany finely structured smoke.
The second release to be produced using Hine's own vineyards, this 2006 vintage Bonneuil is a single-estate Cognac made using Ugni Blanc grapes grown in the Grande Champagne cru of the region. A fruity and floral Cognac.
Hine's Bonneuil Cognacs are produced solely using grapes from the house's own estate. The 2008 vintage is an assemblage of just 16 casks, yielding just 450 bottles. It's a rare opportunity to explore the terroir of Hine itself, key to understanding the house's style and approach to creating fine Cognac
A fabulous Venezuelan dark golden rum, distilled from molasses in a copper pot still before it's aged for up to 12 years. Rich, sweet and fruity, just how we like 'em. Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva is one of the most awarded rums, with more than 20 awards to its name.
Matured for 12 years in a combination of American white oak, ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks Diplomatico Seleccion de Familia is a complex rum with a dry, bittersweet edge alongside notes of caramelised bananas, white pepper, ginger, raisins and figs.
El Dorado Versailles 2002 12 Year Old Rare Collection
A blend including whisky from Nikka's two distilleries, Yoichi and Miyagikyo, The Nikka 12 is a well-balanced blend. There's green-apple freshness, rich fruitcake spiciness, butterscotch and some green-peppercorn punch. Another winner from Nikka.
Taketsuru's no-age-statement blended malt contains a high percentage of malt from Miyagikyo, with the reminder coming from Yoichi. Aged on average for around 10 years in a variety of different cask types, including some sherry wood for extra richness.
Port Askaig Islay Single Malt Whisky Aged 8 Years 70cl
The youngest age-statement release in the Port Askaig range of single malts from undisclosed Islay distilleries, this eight-year-old whisky is warming and smoky with notes of limestone, liquorice and dark peat.
The 2020 edition of Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak has been matured exclusively in hand-picked oloroso sherry casks from Jerez for a quarter of a century before bottling. This creates aromas of orange, cinnamon, sherry and wood smoke on the nose, complemented by notes of dried fruit and crystalised ginger throughout the palate.
From the Macallan Distillery - Director’s Special The Single Malts of Scotland 36 Years Old 70cl
A very special release from The Single Malts of Scotland: a 36-year-old Macallan bottled from a single cask under the Director's Special label. Rather than Macallan's trademark sherry-cask-forward flavour, this whisky is wrapped up in orchard fruit, vanilla and soft spice.
A 1953 vintage Glen Grant, bottled at 52-years-old by Gordon & Macphail. This was an important year for the distillery, as they merged with Glenlivet to form the imaginatively titled Glen Grant and Glenlivet Distillers Ltd and commenced the expansion that led to the latter being the second biggest malt in the world.
The Macallan Masters of Photography: Magnum Edition marks the seventh limited edition release in The Macallan Masters of Photography series. This awe-inspiring collection of images, taken by six world renowned Magnum photographers, capture different aspects of the iconic distillery.
Macallan Masters of Photography is an elegant Speyside single malt, made using whisky aged in eight different types of cask including first-fill American oak, an ex-European wine cask and a refill Speyside whisky cask from Macallan itself. This combination creates an incredibly complex single malt with notes of candied fruits, honey, butterscotch, red berries and spicy ginger.
Created to celebrate both photography and whisky-making at Macallan, Masters of Photography features exclusive collaborations with six of the world’s best-known photographers, to capture each stage of the process – and the new Macallan distillery – in a different light.
Isla del Tesoro (which translates as 'treasure island') is a rum from Santiago de Cuba which was formerly used as gifts by the Cuban government. Now available around the world, this exceptional rum is presented in a ceramic bottle and a wooden chest.
Caroni Replica 90 proof / 100th Annivsary Rum 70cl
Bottled to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Caroni distillery, La Maison du Whisky and Velier have teamed up for this limited-edition rum. Matured in Trinidad for 18 years, this is a fruity run with aromas of ripe banana, dried apricots and cloves. The palate offers notes of camphor, linden, pineapple, passion fruit, gooseberry and gentle bonfire smoke. This rum is presented in a traditional Caroni bottle, complete with a replica of the historic original label of 1940s Caroni rum.
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