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Recent releases, February 2012

BenRiach, Septendecim (17-year-old) (Scotland)
This is the latest addition to BenRiach’s range of peated single malts, and takes its name from the Latin for ‘seventeen.’ It has been matured exclusively in ex-Bourbon casks. Honey, butter, damp earth, treacle and sweet bonfire notes on the nose. Rich fruit and smoke notes on the palate. Violets, raisins, nuts and a medicinal note. Long in the finish, with spicy, citrus flavours behind smoky Germolene. 46.0% ABV, 70cl, £46.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Glen Moray, 1991 (Duncan Taylor Dimensions range, Cask #9408) (Scotland)
This 20-year-old bottling of the Elgin single malt in Duncan Taylor & Co Ltd’s new Dimensions range exhibits a nose of pear drops, pine, vanilla, developing peaches and almonds and deeper toffee notes. Intense, fresh fruits and fudge on the slightly peppery palate, drying to gingery nuttiness. 54.8% ABV, 70cl, £83.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Caol Ila, 1983 (Duncan Taylor Dimensions range, Cask #3625) (Scotland)
This veteran 28-year-old Islay single malt from Duncan Taylor has damp earth, peat, caramel and stewed fruits on the nose. Finally, old leather and a hint of menthol. Rich and full on the palate, with emerging sweet peat and cough lozenges. Quite long in the finish, with malt and smoky blackcurrant. 54.3% ABV, 70cl, £105.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Glenglassaugh, 35 Year Old The Chosen Few (Scotland)
The revived Highland distillery of Glenglassaugh has launched its new ‘The Chosen Few’ portfolio of single cask releases with a 35-year-old expression chosen by customer accounts manager Ronnie Routledge. Subsequent bottlings will be selected by other members of the Glengassaugh team. Distilled in `1976, this example has been matured in an ex-Sherry butt, and 654 bottles have been released in non-chill-filtered, un-coloured format. Initially, an aroma of tobacco and treacle, with sweeter and more floral note developing, plus spicy Sherry. Substantial on the palate, with sweet Sherry and pineapple, honey and spice. Oak, coconut and plain chocolate in the lengthy finish. 49.6% ABV, 70cl, £300.00, specialist whisky merchants.
North British, 1962 (Sirius bottling) (Scotland)
This is one of two veteran single grain whiskies offered in the initial release from Sirius, the uber-premium single cask release programme operated by US-based entrepreneur and whisky collector Mahesh Patel. Smooth and warm on the nose, with fresh pineapple, American cream soda, banoffee pie and ginger. Plump, rounded and fruity on the palate, becoming more musty. Very long in the finish, with significant wood influence and lingering ginger. 205 bottles. Price on application to www.universalwhiskyexperience.com, using their 'concierge-service'. 46.0% ABV, 70cl, £POA, UWE.
Carsebridge, 1965 (Sirius bottling) (Scotland)
While Edinburgh’s North British grain distillery is still in operation, Carsebridge in Clackmannanshire closed in 1983. Although a number of independent bottlers have released relatively old expressions of Carsebridge single grain, to find a surviving cask from the mid-1960s has been no mean feat for the Sirius team. The cask in question has yielded just 67 bottles. Big vanilla notes on the nose, over-ripe bananas, butterscotch and cocoa powder. Spicy on the fairly brief palate, with a hint of marzipan and then plain chocolate. The finish is mouth-drying, with old oak, liquorice and dark caramel. Price on application to www.universalwhiskyexperience.com, using their 'concierge-service'. 41.0% ABV, 70cl, £POA, UWE.
  

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