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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Bn7 – Elements of Islay Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 50cl
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
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
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