To celebrate Glenfarclas 15 Year Old being named as the Whisky of the Year for 2013-14, The Whisky Exchange asked the distillery to create a high-strength edition of this favourite, exclusively for TWE. Bottled at 103 proof, this is rich and spicy; a drop of water brings out extra sweetness and notes of fruit cake and cherries.
Independent bottler Wemyss Malts presented its newest addition to their blended malts range: Velvet Fig. This blend without an age statement (NAS) matured wholly in ex Oloroso sherry casks and will take its place next to The Spice King, Peat Chimney and The Hive.
They also release on a regular basis a range of single cask whiskies and a classic blend, Lord Elcho, in a NAS and a 15 years old version.
William Wemyss, Managing Director, made the following statement on Velvet Fig: ”We are thrilled with the new Wemyss Malts Velvet Fig blended malt as it will provide a unique, yet complementary addition to the Wemyss blended malt range. Velvet Fig is sure to be a favourite with those who have a passion for sherry cask matured whiskies or are looking for the perfect festive whisky.”. Read more
During the Kilchoman Tour through Europe
the Wills brothers presented a PX finished Kilchoman sample. The whisky will most likely be bottled by TasTToe, the Belgian shop that hosted one of the Kilchoman tastings on their European Tour.
The whisky was distilled in 2009 and got a 4.5 month finishing on a Pedro Ximenez sherrybutt. Curious whether Kilchoman and PX sherry guarantees fantastic stuff?
Bunnahabhain Distillery will present shortly a new whisky. Very little is know at this moment. It will be a limited edition with an unpronounceable Scots Gaelic name, bottled at 46.3% ABV, unfiltered and natural colour. The whisky matured for over ten years in ex-bourbon casks. Read more
The Macallan Select Oak was part of the 1824 Collection for tax free shops. It's a classical example of contemporary Travel Retail. Relative young whisky, no age statement, and an experimental hodgepodge of firstfill and refill American and European oak that previously held bourbon and sherry. Did I just hear someone shouting "Laphroaig Select"?
Anyway, Macallan (and the overarching Edrington Group) is known for its obsessive wood management witch translates in rather nice sales figures.
Oh my sherry-goodness! To celebrate their 15th anniversary (and their new website) The Whisky Exchange launches two heavily sherried whiskies. One from a young Island distillery and a fabulous Seventies bottling coming from the Highlands.