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Recent releases, September 2013

The Glenrothes Manse Brae
The Glenrothes brand of Speyside single malt forays into the travel retail-exclusive arena for the first time, with a trio of no-age-statement expressions under the 'Manse Brae' banner.

Glenrothes, Manse Reserve (Scotland)
The entry level variant of the Manse Brae collection is the Manse Reserve, principally matured in American oak casks, along with some ex-sherry wood input. Toffee apples and vanilla on the slightly floral nose, while the palate is relatively sweet and creamy, with spicy nuts and ripening pears. Fresh fruit and spice in the medium length finish. 43.0% ABV, 70cl, £33.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Glenrothes, Elder’s Reserve (Scotland)
Elder's Reserve has been aged for a minimum of 18 years. The nose offers brittle toffee, fresh ginger and new leather. Citrus fruits, spice and vanilla toffee on the palate, while vanilla and oakiness merge in the finish. 43.0% ABV, 70cl, £80.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Glenrothes, Minister’s Reserve (Scotland)
Minister’s Reserve is at least 21 years old. It boasts a nose of milk chocolate, ginger, then vanilla and worn leather. The palate is smooth, with honey, dark chocolate and rich, spicy tropical fruits. Cedar and vanilla in the lengthy finish. 43.0% ABV, 70cl, £115.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Johnnie Walker, Odyssey (Scotland)
Johnnie Walker has launched a new expression which sits between King George V and The John Walker in the Diageo blend’s range. Named Odyssey, it is a blended malt, or, more specifically, a ‘triple malt,’ as it contains malts from just three Diageo distilleries. Rich on the nose, with autumn berries, deep and intense. Silky smooth on the palate, with more berries, plus honey and caramel, with fresher fruit notes emerging in time, along with slight smoke. Dark chocolate orange and rich coffee in the finish, plus a wisp of subtle smoke. 40.0% ABV, 70cl, £580.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Tweedale, Batch 3 (Scotland)
The Tweeddale Blend is a modern recreation of the sort of blend created by Alisdair Day’s great-grandfather, Richard, at Coldstream in the Scottish Borders. The first two batches met with very positive reviews and a third batch is now available. The malt to grain ratio is 50:50. Day says that "For batch 3 I have gone for natural colour, based on the feedback that I have received from the first two batches. In batch three the same single grain is 18 years old from sherry butts. Seven of the malts are from the same casks as batches 1 and 2, but a year older (13 to 21 years old). The core malt is 14 years old from different casks." Sweet and fruity on the nose. Starts as peaches and ends as plums. Fresh ginger, becoming more floral, with vanilla. The palate is full and spicy, with sherry, lots of fresh fruit and a slightly heathery, smoky edge. Lingering fruit and spices in the well-mannered finish. 46.0% ABV, 70cl, £42.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Deanston, 19 Year Old Single Cask – Master of Malt (Scotland)
This single cask bottling of Deanston was distilled on 16th December 1992 and was matured for 19 years in a refill hogshead. The out-turn was 260 bottles. Plain chocolate, roasted coffee, sultanas and cherries on the nose. Apricots in time. The palate is very fruity – spicy Black Forest gateau and malt. Quite dark in the finish, with brittle toffee and black pepper. 53.4% ABV, 70cl, £59.95, Master of Malt.
Tobermory, 17 Year Old Single Cask – Master of Malt (Scotland)
Distillation took place on 26th April 1995, and this single malt from the Isle of Mull was then matured for 17 years in a single refill hogshead. 274 bottles have been released. Soft, creamy and floral on the nose, with a sprinkling of pepper. The palate is voluptuous, with spices, peat, Brazil nuts and lots of pepper. Lingering nutmeg and chilli powder in the finish. 57.0% ABV, 70cl, £59.95, Master of Malt.

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