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Recent releases, July 2013

Hankey Bannister, Heritage Blend (Scotland)
This variant of the Hankey Bannister blend was inspired by the discovery last year of a sealed bottle of the brand dating from the 1920s. International Beverage’s Scotch whisky Master Blender Stuart Harvey set out to recreate what the company terms “…the distinctive, slightly sweeter and peatier taste of this lost classic.” A spokesperson adds that “Using the current Hankey Bannister Original Blended Scotch Whisky as a starting point, Heritage Blend has been created by adding both higher aged and peated malts to reproduce a full, sweet flavour with a delicate hint of smoke.” 5,000 cases will be available globally each year. The nose offers malt, fruit – notably oranges and peaches – along with thin toffee and a hint of wood smoke. Velvet textured in the mouth, very sweet, floral, with sultanas, soft spices and a slightly peaty background. The finish is modestly drying, with dried fruit and more pronounced spice, particularly ginger. 46.0% ABV, 70cl, £26.99, specialist whisky merchants.
Adelphi, Liddesdale 21-year-old Batch 4 (Scotland)
Independent bottler Adelphi Distillery Ltd has released the fourth batch of its Liddesdale single malt, and this is now identified as emanating from Bunnahabhain on Islay. Several casks have been vatted to produce an outturn of 1,523 bottles. A whiff of warm balloons, hand-rolling tobacco, raisins, sweet new leather and pencil shavings on the nose. The palate is rich and sweet, with spicy notes, soft peat, sherry and fruit malt loaf. Bold in the finish, with lingering citrus fruit. 40.0% ABV, 70cl, £65.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Invergordon, That Boutique-y Single Grain – Batch 1 (Scotland)
'That Boutique-y Whisky Company' is an offshoot of online retailer www.masterofmalt.com and bottles single malts, blended malts and blends from a variety of distilleries. These releases do not carry age statements and, according to the company, "are adorned with cultish comic book-style labels." 252 numbered bottles are available. Vanilla, American cream soda, milk chocolate, over-ripe bananas and a sprinkling of white pepper on the nose. The palate offers citrus fruit and vanilla pods. Sawn timber and soft spices, notably nutmeg and cloves. The finish is medium in length, with toffee and spice. 41.6% ABV, 70cl, £59.95, Master of Malt.
Glenrothes, 2001 Vintage (Scotland)
The latest vintage release from Glenrothes was distilled in 2001, and according to the distillers, "…was selected from a variety of casks to deliver soft but stimulating and conversational properties." Brazil nuts, icing sugar, vanilla and milk chocolate on the nose. The palate is smooth and spicy, with citrus fruits and nutmeg. Sweet and powdery in the finish, with slight oakiness and lingering spice. 43.0% ABV, 70cl, £45.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Bunnahabhain, Berry’s Own Selection 2006 (bottled 2013) (Scotland)
This young Bunnahabhain is the heavily-peated variant, known as Moine, and maturation has taken place in an ex-Bourbon hogshead. The result is a nose of sea salt and buttery, smoked haddock, damp fabric Elastoplast and wet ashtrays in time. The palate yields fruity Germolene notes and peat ash. Persistent ginger and medicinal peat in the finish. An appealing big bruiser of a Bunnahabhain! 60.7% ABV, 70cl, £105.00, specialist whisky merchants.
  

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