Scotch Single Malt Whisky
These are whiskies that have been distilled at one distillery only, aged for at least three years and bottled above 40% abv. No grain whiskies can sit within this character, only those that have been made purely with malted barley. There are six regions where Scotch single malts are produced, these typically define the style and character of the whiskies. Speyside and Highlands are renowned for those rich and fruity styled whiskies, whilst Islay is home to the peat smoke.
Distilled in 1997, this single malt from Longrow was aged for a total of 14 years which included a 3 year finish in ex-Burgundy wine casks. 7,800 bottles were produced.
A Spanish influence with this Oban Distillers edition's second maturation in Montilla Fino cask wood finish. The core offering of the 14 year old has taken on a whole new array of complexity.
Packed with tropical fruits a mixed berries, this independently bottled Dalmore from Gordon & MacPhail was bottled in 2015 for their Connoisseurs Choice range.
Another fascinating whisky as part of Douglas Laing’s much-loved Old Particular range. This was distilled in November 2001 at Ben Nevis distillery, matured for 15 years in a refill hogshead then bottled at 48.4% ABV in October 2017. Only 102 bottles were released.
Part of an ongoing series of small batch vintage releases from the Knockdhu distillery (goes by the name of Ancnoc on its releases to save being confused with the Knockando distillery) The 2001 is very speyside in style even though it is from the east Highlands and matured for 14 years in a combination of 2nd fill American oak and Spanish oak butts.
Clynelsh single malt whisky aged for 20 years in a single sherry Puncheon and bottled in 2017 by Càrn Mòr. The cask was filled in September 1997 and emptied two decades later, bottled at natural cask strength. All kinds of yummy sherry notes are kicking in this one.
Old Malt Casks popular bottlings comes this 16 year old Clynelish matured in a single refill hogshead. Distilled by the Highland distillery of Clynelish in May 1997 and bottled in February 2014, a small outturn of just 318 bottles were produced.
Wemyss Malts are one of the great yet not-so-common indies. This offering is a fabulous Clynelish single malt that was distilled in 1997. A fruity treat indeed.
Deep golden amber in appearance, Balblair 1997 has an abundance of tropical fruits on the nose; bananas and pineapples, together with green apples, oranges and apricots. Hints of honey, vanilla and butterscotch can also be detected. The taste is initially sweet, yet spicy and full bodied, which reflects the time spent maturing in first fill American, ex-bourbon oak barrels. Th…
Another striking release from the Special Releases series of 2017- the sixteenth bottling of Brora in the iconic series. Just 3,000 bottles were produced, drawn from refill American oak hogsheads which were initially filled in 1982.
From family-owned company Gordon & MacPahil comes this exceptional indie bottling of Glenesk which was distilled in 1980 and bottled in 2014. It was released as part of their Old & Rare range.
Single cask peated Tobermory from Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. This Ledaig was initially distilled in May 2001 and bottled 15 years later in March 2017, producing 355 bottles of superb Island single malt whisky.
A fascinating 20 year old (just!) Ledaig whisky released as part of Carn Mor’s Celebration of the Cask Range. This was distilled at Tobermory distillery on the 1st October 1997, aged in a hogshead, and bottled on 4th October 2017 at 50.2% ABV. An ever distinctive peated offering from this Isle of Mull cult malt!
A single cask release of Highland Park from Hunter Laing and packaged in a super lacquered wooden box as part of the old and rare series. Aged for 18 years in a single refill Hogshead from a September 1997 distillation and bottled in 2016 at natural cask strength and without chill filtering and at natural colour with only 266 bottles released.
Single cask single malt from the Laphroaig distillery, released for Hunter Laings extensive Old Malt Cask range. It was matured from February 2001 to April 2017 in a refill butt, which when emptied produced 742 bottles at natural cask strength. A delicious Islay whisky with classic Laphroaig character - salty peat, smoked meats and lemon cake.
An indie bottling of Laphroaig released for Hunter Laings First Editions range of single cask whiskies. This 15 year old Islay single malt was aged in a refill butt from 2001 to 2016, producing an outturn of 244 bottles.
Each Distillers Edition expression undergoes a second (or 'double') maturation in casks that have previously held a fortified wine.
A really distinctive and distinguished dram, full of peat while the Pedro Ximinez sherry wood naturally has a big say; A more mellow Lagavulin, not quite as deep or intense as the 16 year old.
A Winter Distillation from Douglas Laing's Provenance range. This 9-year-old Islay single malt from Bunnahabhain was distilled in the winter months of 2001 and bottled in Autumn 2011 from and ex-Sherry butt.
Drawn from a single sherry butt after ageing for 15 years, this well-sherried Bunnahabhain was bottled up for the Old Particular range by Douglas Laing. This Islay single malt whisky was matured from December 2001 to March 2017 with an outturn of 611 bottles.
A great colour on this 14 year old whisky from Islay favourite Bunnahabhain. Bottled by Murray McDavid, it was initially distilled in 2001 and matured in Sherry butt. Then it was given a feisty finish in a first-fill Port pipe before being bottled in 2017.
Indie bottles of Bowmore single malt are highly sought after by whisky fans. This is an interesting 15 year old example - distilled in December 2001, matured in a refill hogshead and bottled in June 2017 - as part of Douglas Laing’s well-respected Old Particular range. This single cask yielded 321 bottles.
Unpeated cask strength single malt Scotch from Caol Ila bottled for the 2015 Special Releases. This 17 year old is the first unpeated release from the distillery to be aged in American Oak ex-bourbon casks.
The Coal Ila Unpeated 14 year old has been chosen for inclusion in this years (2012) special release selection by Diageo. Each year these are highly regarded with anticipation. Available to pre-order, delivery in October.
A single cask Bowmore from Adelphi, distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2017 at natural cask strength. Just 545 bottles were filled from cask #2411.