These are the latest additions to the bar, from brand new releases to classic bottlings we have picked up at auctions. Some will join the full list as permanent features, but most will be one-offs – never to be seen again.
Glenglassaugh Peated/Sherry Cask 53.5% (Bramble Whisky Co.)
The chaps down the road at Bramble have started bottling their own whiskies (to go alongside their excellent liqueurs and rum) and this is the first release. Distilled 2011 and bottled 2018, this is sweet, spicy, smoky and rich.
Bunnahabhain 11 Year Old (Gordon & Macphail)
A cracker of an indie Bunnahabhain, not the first bottle we’ve had on the bar (it doesn’t last long). Expect fruitcake, vanilla and citrus fruits, with a whiff of smoke.
Caol Ila 18 Year Old Darkness! 67.3% (Master of Malt)
Finished for 3 months in specially coopered quarter Moscatel sherry casks and bottled at cask strength. Dark, smoky, rich and powerful.
Arran Peated Sherry Cask (Royal Mile Whiskies)
A peated sherry bomb bottled especially for our pals down the road at Royal Mile Whiskies. Smoky, rich, spicy and sweet.
Glen Keith 26 Year Old 54.0% Infrequent Flyers (Alistair Walker)
A ridiculously well-aged whisky from this little-seen distillery, bottled for the Infrequent Flyers range, showcasing rarely seen distilleries. Caramel, oak and spice.
Orkney 16 Year Old 54.9% Infrequent Flyers (Alistair Walker)
Using our finest detective skills we have narrowed this down to either Scapa or Highland Park, though the former seems the most likely given the series name. Light, sweet and smoky.
Berry Bros Mystery Cask
It’s no longer a mystery! We now know this to be a 10 Year Old Caol Ila. Light and smoky with citrus and tropical fruit.
Glenallachie 13 Year Old Marsala Finish 65.1% (Lady of the Glen)
A wonderful independent bottling of Glenallachie by Hannah Whisky Merchants, this is a sweet fruity pudding of a dram, and you would not guess it was bottled at 65%!
Clynelish 14 Year Old (Chieftains)
2 casks of Clynelish filled in June 2004 vatted together and bottled in May of this year. Light, spicy and intense.
Ben Nevis 22 year old 53.8% (Berry Bros & Rudd)
Ben Nevis distillery, near Fort William, lies in the Shadow of Britain's highest mountain, from which it takes its name. 1 of 246 bottles this refill sherry butt exudes a fruity character.
Spica 29 Year Old (North Star)
A 29 year old blend from North Star independent bottlers, distilled in 1989. Rich, spicy, sweet and an absolute bargain.
Linkwood 11 Year Old Amontillado Finish (James Eadie)
Delicious Linkwood finished in wood that previously held Amontillado sherry. Sweet, rich and spicy with dry finish.
Kilchoman 12 Year Old 55.2%
This years Kilchoman Club release, and the first 12 year old sherry matured bottling that Kilchoman has ever done. The peat is a bit more tame in these older Kilchoman bottlings, but expect smoke, dark fruits and spice.
A Rare Find 9 Year Old Tarlogie Springs (Gleann Mor)
An interesting (and rare) find which may or may not be a 9 year old Glenmorangie. Tarlogie Springs is the water source that feeds Glenmorangie Distillery. Quite different to the official bottlings, this is rich and spicy with a dry finish.
GlenAllachie 12 Year Old Sherry Cask (Douglas Laing)
Aged entirely in an ex-sherry cask, and bottled after 12 years by independent bottlers Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. Dark, rich, spicy and fruity.
Cu Bocan Creation 1 Stout & Moscatel Cask
This peated Tomatin spirit is amongst the most interesting we’ve tried recently, aged in ex-Black Isle Brewery Stout casks and ex-moscatel sherry casks. Smoky, sweet, dark and intense. Delicious.
Strathearn Single Malt
The first single malt from the new distillery based in Perthshire. Aged in European oak and ex-sherry casks, it is rich, sweet and spicy. A great first release.
BenRiach 27 Year Old Rum Cask 50.3%
Aged entirely in an ex-rum barrel for 27 years (I know) and bottled at cask strength, this has loads of tropical fruit, nutty goodness, and rich chocolate notes.
Craigellachie 7 Year Old Solaria 67.9% (Whisky Illuminati)
A sherry bomb to beat all sherry bombs, bottled at a frankly ludicrous 67.9%. This is part of a series, some of the spirit was left in the cask to mature longer, so it will be interesting to see how it changes with time. Spicy, intense, sweet and strong.
Dailuaine 2007 12 Year Old Sherry Cask 57.6% (Hunter Laing)
A single sherry casks bottled this year by Hunter Laing. Coffee, caramel and spiced dark chocolate.
Raasay “While We Wait”
Though not technically an Island whisky yet, this is whisky from an unnamed highland distillery for now, while we wait. It is a combo of peated and unpeated spirit finished in French oak Tuscan wine casks. If this is a sign of things to come, we cannae wait!
Ardbeg Drum Committee Release 52%
This years Ardbeg Day release, the Drum has been aged partly in ex-rum casks for a Caribbean flavour man! Very smoky with some tropical fruit and salty sea air.
Kingsbarns Distillery Exclusive Single Cask 60.7%
We picked this up on a recent staff trip to the distillery, and managed not to drink it on the way home this time! Apples, cinnamon and intense heat from this youthful cask strength dram.
Benrinnes 18 Year Old 55.7% (Cadenheads)
A single cask Benrinnes bottled by Cadenheads. Spicy, sweet and intense.
Glen Moray Rhum Agricole
A new release from the Speyside distillery, finished for 2 years in Rhum Agricole casks from the St. James Distillery in Martinique. Light, fruity and spicy.
Glenrothes 21 Year Old (Signatory)
This bottling is drawn from a single cask from the Glenrothes distillery near the village of Rothes. Chosen by Signatory this cask is placed in an Ibisco decanter. Distilled in 1997. Rich sweetness with hints of cinnamon
Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength 2019 58.6%
This years cask strength offering from Laphroaig is a beauty, smoky and intense in all the right places.