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Recent releases, March 2013

An Cnoc, 22 Years Old (Scotland)
anCnoc has added a 22-year-old expression to its core range, matured in American Bourbon and Spanish sherry oak casks and neither chill-filtered nor coloured. Gillian Gibson, Brand Manager at anCnoc, says that “Releasing our 22 Years Old marks the first in a series of exciting developments for anCnoc in 2013 which are sure to delight fans of our portfolio of single malts worldwide. This particular expression, which was bottled at 46%, has a unique taste profile and we are confident that it will find favour with whisky enthusiasts everywhere.” Zesty fresh fruits on the pretty nose, apricots and oranges; creamy, with honey. The palate is urbane and well-mannered, with lively fruit notes for its age, cloves, old leather, soft toffee and Crunchie bars. The finish is lengthy, with lingering sweet spices. At time of writing this is being retailed in the UK, USA, Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Japan and Taiwan 46.0% ABV, 70cl, £85.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Linkwood, 2000 – ‘Summer Orchard’ (Wemyss Malts) (Scotland)
One of the latest batch of single cask releases from Wemyss Malts is this 12-year-old expression from the Elgin distillery of Linkwood. 762 bottles are available. The nose offers soft fruits, notably peach, baking bread and mild ginger. Mouth-coating, sweet and rounded on the palate. Vanilla, green apples and digestive biscuits. The finish is relatively long, slightly oily, with gentle spices, drying slightly. 46.0% ABV, 70cl, £55.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Bunnahabhain, 1997 – 'Billowing Embers’ (Wemyss Malts) (Scotland)
From the same batch of single cask releases as ‘Summer Orchard,’ this example of a Bunnahabhain from Islay is a 15-year-old. 331 bottles have been issued. Sweet peat smoke, brine, chorizo sausage and Rich Tea biscuits on the nose of this unusually bold Bunnahabhain. Citrus fruits and predominantly dry notes of bonfire smoke and oak on the palate. The finish is long, with plain chocolate, more peat smoke, savoury notes and chilli powder. 46.0% ABV, 70cl, £75.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Port Dundas, 34 Year Old (Clan Denny) (Scotland)
This is a single grain bottling from Douglas Laing & Co Ltd’s Clan Denny series, and it was distilled in the now closed Port Dundas distillery in Glasgow during 1978. Honey, vanilla, Jaffa oranges and ginger on the fragrant nose, while the palate is smooth and silky, with rich spices, notably nutmeg, vanilla fudge, sweet oak and ripe banana. The finish is medium in length, floral and spicy. 52.0% ABV, 70cl, £90.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Glen Garioch, Single Cask #668 (Scotland)
The Aberdeenshire distillery of Glen Garioch in Oldmeldrum has joined forces with World Duty Free World of Whiskies outlets across the UK, offering one single cask bottling exclusively at each of 11 stores. The variant on offer at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 was filled into an ex-Bourbon cask in February 1998 and was selected on 7th September 2012 for bottling. The nose is sweet and floral, with honey and barley sugar. Vanilla and caramel in time. Sweet and spicy on the palate, with orange peel and a little oak. Medium to long in the finish, with lingering citrus fruits, black pepper and a creamy texture. Available only in Heathrow Terminal 5. 53.9% ABV, 70cl, £95.00, Duty Free & Travel Retail.
Glen Garioch, Single Cask # 10997 (Scotland)
This is the oldest expression of Glen Garioch to be bottled as part of their partnership venture with the World Duty Free Group, and is exclusively available from their Glasgow Airport store. The American oak cask was filled in November 1978 and matured for 33 years being chosen for bottling on 16th August 2012. Relatively muted on the nose, with soft fruits and a hint of aniseed. A dusting of icing sugar after a while. A big mouth-feel in contrast to the nose, with rich plum notes, vanilla and then coal. Big and burly. The finish is dry, with coal dust and citric spices. Available only in Glasgow Airport. 54.8% ABV, 70cl, £350.00, Duty Free & Travel Retail.
Cutty Sark, Prohibition (Scotland)
We recently received a preview sample of a new Cutty Sark variant which will launch in the USA in June, and thereafter will be rolled out internationally. This year marks the 90th ‘birthday’ of the Cutty Sark brand and 80 years since Prohibition ended in the USA, and Cutty Sark has chosen to celebrate both events with the Prohibition Edition, bottled at 50%, or 100 proof in US terms. According to the distiller, the Prohibition Edition is “…a celebration of the earliest days of Cutty Sark, when it was smuggled into the USA by legendary bootlegger Captain Bill McCoy, and enjoyed by the thirsty clientele of thousands of Speakeasy bars.” The nose is slightly mashy, spicy, with vanilla, honey and malt. Fresh citrus fruit and a sprinkling of white pepper on the palate, balanced by more honey. The finish features a touch of liquorice and persistent, spicy malt. Only available in the USA at time of writing. 50.0% ABV, 70cl, $35.00, specialist whisky merchants.
  

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