A great single malt Scotch whisky, and excellent value for money too. The flavours are simple, but flawless, a clean, crisp 15 year old from the Dalwhinnie Distillery, also part of Diageo's Classic Malts range.
A wonderfully well-sherried single malt from the Tamnavulin Distillery, which begins its life in American oak barrels before being finished in three different types of sherry casks! Three of 'em! Shouldn't come as a surprise, but if you're a fan of all those Christmas cakey, chocolatey, red berry-y notes, you'll probably be into this one from the Speyside-based distillery.
For this limited edition, Niemann reinvented the ancestral Chinese tangram puzzle as a contemporary visual language to represent two key symbols: the rabbit, referencing the Year of the Rabbit in 2023, and the swift, which epitomises Maison Martell’s spirit of freedom and daring.
The gift of precious depth this Lunar New Year with Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Rabbit limited edition design.
The stunningly vivid design, created by one of fashion’s brightest young talents, Angel Chen, features a dynamic, modern interpretation of 2023’s Zodiac animal, the sprightly rabbit. Symbolising mercy, elegance and beauty, the rabbit signifies longevity in traditional Asian culture and as an echo of the Johnnie Walker motto, Keep Walking, prancing rabbits are captured bounding amongst mountainous peaks.
Douglas Laing's Provenance range comes this single refill hogshead of Ben Nevis. Distilled and filled in November 2012, and matured a little short of 8 years, it has a big, oily, chewy presence, with malt and molasses beneath mixed spices, chewy sweets and citrus.
A tremendous single grain Scotch from Invergordon, distilled in October 2002 and matured for 19 years in a single cask. Finally, in November 2021, the folks at Douglas Laing bottled it up for the independent Old Particular series, with a total of 781 bottles released.
A tasty blended Japanese whisky here, Tenjaku is made with corn and barley, and aged in American white oak bourbon barrels. The Japanese characters you can spot on the label translate to "hibari", more commonly known as the skylark. We reckon a Highball will showcase this one very well!
Octomore 13.3 from Bruichladdich is made entirely from single source barley, grown on Islay, harvested in 2015 and peated to 129.3 PPM. This single malt Scotch was distilled in 2016 and aged for five years in a combination of first fill European oak casks from Rivesaltes in France and Ribera del Duero in Spain, along with first fill American whiskey barrels. As with all the Octomore editions, this is non-chill filtered, and free of added colour.
The 13.2 edition of Octomore from Bruichladdich follows on from the 13.1, in that it’s made from 100% Scottish barley malted to a hefty 137.3 PPM, however the 13.2 edition of this superbly smoky single malt Scotch has enjoyed its five year ageing period entirely in first fill oloroso sherry butts, bringing waves of fruit and sweetness to the expressive Islay character.
The 13.1 edition in the Octomore series from Bruichladdich distillery sees this single malt Scotch whisky start its journey in much of the same way as other Octomore releases, with 100% Scottish barley and aged in a mixture of bourbon and Tennessee whiskey casks. In true Octomore fashion, this 5-year-old was made with 137.3 PPM malt, for a real explosion of smoke. This particular expression was also re-casked into more American oak in 2021, for extra layers of sweet, oak influence amongst the smoke.
Smoky sweetness galore here from Bruichladdich! This bottling of its heavily peated Port Charlotte single malt Scotch whisky was matured in a combination of sherry butts and American oak casks, and also enjoying a finishing period in Sauternes wine casks! Notorious for being deliciously sweet, the dessert wine has imparted some of those vibrant fruit notes to the smoky whisky, making for a particularly glorious sip!
A limited edition bottling of Scallywag blended malt from Douglas Laing, released in celebration of the company's 70th anniversary. The fact that this expression is a 10 year old blended malt is not a coincidence - in dog years, it would be 70 year old. The cheeky fox terrier on the label even has the monocle to prove it.