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.
We're seeing quite a lot of excellent Highland Park whiskies hitting the indie market of late, and this one is a well-matured bottling in Douglas Laing's excellent Xtra Old Particular range. Distilled in September 1996, bottled in November 2017, this 21 year old is bottled at 47% ABV.
This Speyside-based Glentauchers has lived for two decades in Bourbon Hogsheads cask. Distilled in 1996, this was bottled as part of the Highland Laird range from the relatively new independent bottler Bartels Whisky.
Released as part of Hunter Laing's First Editions range, this single cask 19 year old Glengoyne was drawn from a refill hogshead in 2016. The outturn was fairly small too - just 120 bottles were produced worldwide.
The oldest and most impressive release in Dalmores limited edition collection. The 1996 vintage was initially aged in bourbon casks before being treated to a three year finish in vintage 1974 Colheita port pipes. The casks used had previously held port in them for three decades, ensuring the most complex flavours were imparted from the wood.
Great to see indie bottling's of this Highland distillery and Dalmore aged in a single refill Hogshead with natural colour and non chill filtered and bottled at higher strength than the official core range releases make things interesting indeed. Bottled by Hunter laing under the old malt cask range from an October 1996 distillation with only 371 bottles released.
Ben Nevis is one of the Highland distilleries we highly look forward to seeing in indie bottlings. From Hunter Laings extensive Old Malt Cask range comes this wonderful Ben Nevis. This single malt was distilled in 1996 and bottled 21 years later in 2017 at 50% ABV.
A splendidly aged offering from Ben Nevis, which was distilled in 1996 – this was aged for 20 years in a single sherry butt, imparting some lovely colours and flavours. Bottled in 2017, for Elixir Distillers’ The Single Malts of Scotland range, it was bottled at 53.1% ABV - only 466 bottles are available.
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.
Finished in Oloroso sherry casks, this Ledaig distilled in 1996 was made using Tobermorys first production of peated whisky. A sweet and fruity single malt with plenty of peat along the way.
Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular series brings us a well-aged specimen from Orkney. This is a 21 year old whisky distilled at Highland Park in September 1996 that yielded just 95 bottles at 50.6% ABV.
Single cask single malt from the Isle of Arran, bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Particular series. Aged from July 1996 to February 2018, this whisky offers expressive floral notes with salted butter and lemon zest. Just 544 bottles were drawn from refill barrel #12357.
Arrans whiskies have a fine reputation among the independent bottlers. This one was bottled by wine and spirits merchants Berry Bros. & Rudd - being distilled in 1996 and aged for a little over 20 years.
A bit of a peat monster here from Douglas Laings compelling Old Particular range. This 20 year old single cask Caol Ila was distilled in September 1996 and bottled in early 2017, presented at 51.5% ABV.
Port Ellen of this age tends to make most whisky collectors weak at the knees, so you'd better snap it up. Bottled for Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range, it was distilled in 1982, matured in a single refill hogshead cask for 34 years...
Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the now-sadly closed distillery of Port Ellen. It was distilled on the Island of Islay in 1982 and bottled in August 2016 by Douglas Laing. After 33 years of maturation in cask #11120, there was a small outturn of just 198 bottles produced.
A heavily-sherried bottling of 33-year-old Port Ellen for the Old & Rare Platinum Selection by Hunter Laing. Just 108 of these were filled from the single sherry butt, once housed in what is now the lost distillery on Islay - Port Ellen.
A very well-aged single cask Bowmore distilled on the Isle of Islay in 1982 and matured for over three decades. It was released in 2014 by independent bottlers Wemyss Malts and titled Loch Indaal Catch to best describe the character of the whisky. 165 bottles were filled from the hogshead cask.
Released by Duncan Taylor as part of the Tantalus range, this is quite something from the Bowmore distillery. A 31 year old single malt Scotch whisky presented in a hand crafted case, made from the cask itself that matured this exact Spirit! Independent bottlers Duncan Taylor have done a fine job with the Tantalus bottlings.
An independently bottled release of a long closed Lowland single malt from Morrison & Mackay under the "Carn Mor celebration of the cask" series of releases. Known as both the St.Magdalene and Linlithgow distillery and distilled...
A closed distillery bottling from Indie bottlers Douglas Laing. This 24 year old from St Magdelene was distilled at the Lowland site in 1982 and was eventually bottled for the Old Malt Cask range at 50% ABV.
Drawn from single hogshead cask #2096 on November 2017, this single malt from Strathmill was independantly bottled as part of the Cask Strength collection by Signatory Vintage. Just 241 bottles were filled, presented at 57.9%. Some of our favourite packaging here at N&P.
This is a single cask Linkwood single malt that was released as part of Diageo's Managers Choice selection. That consisted of single cask editions from each of the companies malt whisky distilleries, 27 in all. Only 480 bottles of this were released, at 58.2% ABV.
19 year old Glenrothes from The First Editions range by Hunter Laing. This Speyside single malt was matured in a single refill hogshead from 1996 to 2015, with an outturn of just 242 bottles. A vanilla and chocolate covered nose, with fruits and brushes of sweet honey on the palate.
Distilled in 1996, this 11 year old single malt from Glenburgie was bottled in 2008 by Duncan Taylor as part of the NC2 range. A light indie bottling from the heart of Speyside.