For the Laphroaig Select, the Islay distillery has taken whisky from a number of different types of cask, including Oloroso Sherry butts, white American oak, Pedro Ximenez seasoned hoggies, Quarter casks and first fill bourbon casks. Quite a "selection", wouldn't you say? A laid-back addition to the Laphroaig core range of single malts.
Loch Lomond 18 year old has a strong oak character, with hints of summer grass, tropical fruit and zesty citrus notes. our master cooper back then was tommy wallace, who carefully selected the finest casks to mature the liquid for a minimum of 18 years allowing time and nature to bring out the sweet character of the wood. our 18 year old is non-chill filtered to keep things just as nature intended.
Our master distiller Bill White selects individual casks matured exclusively in traditional American oak whisky barrels before marrying them together for a further maturation in casks that have previously been used for making fortified madeira wine. the madeira cask finish enhances the orchard fruit character of peach and pear with marzipan and nutmeg and gives a dry nuttiness to the long, oak finish.
The limited edition 2019 Open Special Edition from Loch Lomond was created to celebrate the distillery's partnership with the golf championship. This Distiller's Cut was created by master blender Michael Henry, and has been aged in three types of American oak cask before bottling at 46% ABV. Rather appropriately, the grassy green presentation box is adorned with all kinds of golfing paraphernalia, to get you in the spirit.
It's the 2021 release of The Open Special Edition from Loch Lomond! Whisky and golf fans, rejoice. It was created in partnership with professional Scottish golfer Colin Montgomerie, matured in three different types of American oak casks, before being finished and married in virgin American oak.
The first in a series of annual releases from The Macallan, the wonderfully titled A Night on Earth in Scotland is inspired by Hogmanay, Scotland's New Year's Eve celebration. Created by Macallan lead whisky maker Sarah Burgess, whose memories of Hogmanay were a key influence to the expression, this single malt features whiskies aged in American and European oak sherry seasoned casks, as well as ex-bourbon barrels.
Those ex-bourbon barrels have imparted a distinctive helping of vanilla notes to the whisky, an homage to the 'first footer', a custom of Hogmanay where it's supposed to be good luck for a dark-haired person to be the first to visit your home after midnight on New Year. Apparently, the 'first footer' will be carrying shortbread (that's where the vanilla notes we were talking about come into this), whisky, and coal for the fire.
A Night on Earth in Scotland features designs by Japanese-French illustrator Erica Dorn, once again inspired by the New Year celebrations around the world.
Matured in a unique combination of casks with two distinctive wood types, this special single malt exudes flavours of both European and American oak, married together to create a unique tasting experience.
With a distinct grapefruit flavour, this whisky emphasises a wide range and complexity of flavours. The two wood types complement and balance together beautifully and offer an experiential journey through flavour, aroma, colour and texture.
Maker's Mark is a bourbon whiskey produced in Loretto, Kentucky. The Maker's Mark distillery was founded in 1954 and today produces around 1 million bottles of whiskey per year. The Maker's Mark brand is known for its red wax seal, which is applied by hand to each bottle.
Maker’s Mark bourbon is distilled to the lowest proof of any US whiskey, according to the producer. This proffers a bourbon that retains a rich flavour. Developed by Bill Samuels Sr, he replaced rye with red winter wheat to reduce the burning sensation from the whiskey.
A brilliant whisky (NB - Maker's Mark is one of just a few distilleries in the US to spell whisky sans the "e"!) it is made to a mashbill which uses wheat instead of rye. The result, therefore, can be described as a "wheated bourbon", and it's all the more smooth and creamy because of it!
Maker's Mark is made using a sour mash process, which means that each batch of whiskey is made using a portion of the previous batch's fermented mash. This makes Maker's Mark whiskey unique, as each batch has its own flavor profile.
Martell Cordon Bleu is the cognac for true connoisseurs and has acquired legendary status since its creation by Edouard Martell in 1912. Its distinctive taste, characterised by a predominance of eaux-de-vie from the Borderies, and its timeless bottle design make it a classic, unequalled in the world of cognac. An explosion of deliciously fruited, spice notes. Elegance linked to aromatic richness is what defines Martell Cordon Bleu.