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Recent releases, May 2014

Ardbeg, Auriverdes (Scotland)
Due for release on 31st of May 2014, Ardbeg Day at the Islay Festival of Malt and Music, Auriverdes is the brand's latest limited edition. The no-age-statement expression has been matured in American oak casks with bespoke toasted cask lids. An Ardbeg spokesperson says that "The toasting technique has given the whisky a distinctive flavour profile with the lids producing a mocha coffee flavour at one end, flowing into creamy vanilla at the other – truly a dram of two halves! "The name of Ardbeg Auriverdes derives from the colour of the golden whisky (auri) in Ardbeg's iconic green bottle (verde). Auriverdes is also the nickname of the national football team of Brazil, hosts of this summer's World Cup." Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distillation and Whisky Creation, adds that "When creating Auriverdes I had a distinct flavour profile in mind that I wanted to achieve, so I specifically created the heart of the recipe to bring that to life. It is an expression of Ardbeg which has exceeded all my expectations." The nose features hand-rolling tobacco, green tea and coffee, while the palate is notably fruity, with ginger, fabric sticking plaster, vanilla, more coffee and a savoury note. The finish is long and peppery, with vanilla and peat smoke. 49.9% ABV, 70cl, £79.99, specialist whisky merchants.
Glenlivet, Nadurra Oloroso (Scotland)
The Glenlivet launched its first Nadurra – Gaelic for 'natural' - expression in 2006, matured exclusively in first-fill Bourbon barrels. It was offered at cask strength and without chill-filtration. Now The Glenlivet has added Nadurra Oloroso, matured entirely in first-fill Oloroso Sherry casks from Jerez. It is the first 'regular' release in living memory from the distillery to have been aged solely in ex-Sherry casks. The nose offers musty Sherry, plain chocolate, dried fruits, cinnamon, toffee and malt, while the smooth, silky palate is fruity, with more plain chocolate and lots of spice. The finish dries slowly, with aniseed and a hint of oak. 48.0% ABV, 70cl, €55/US$75, Duty Free & Travel Retail.
Caol Ila & Tamdhu, Double Barrel (Scotland)
A blended malt from Douglas Laing & Co Ltd comprising one cask of the Islay malt Caol Ila and one of Speyside's Tamdhu. Earlier releases in this series included an Ardbeg/Glenrothes combination, Caol Ila/Braeval, Bowmore/Glenallacihe and Laphroaig/Mortlach. Smoky citrus fruit, lime, ginger, milk chocolate and coconut on the nose. The palate is viscous, very sweet and spicy, with peat smoke initially taking a back seat before making its presence more overt. Spicy in the finish, with sweet smoke. 46.0% ABV, 70cl, £45.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Ardbeg & Aultmore, Double Barrel (Scotland)
Independent bottlers Douglas Laing & Co Ltd have developed a range of blended malts under the 'Double Barrel' banner. Each comprises a vatting of two single malts, of apparently contrasting styles. One of the latest bottlings in the series is Ardbeg/Aultmore. Smoked yellow fish, brine, salted butter and old leather on the nose, with sweet, heathery and green foliage notes. On the plate, bug, peaty flavours merge with sweet, spicy soft fruits. Lingering spice and peat smoke in the finish. 46.0% ABV, 70cl, £45.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Girvan, Patent Still Single Grain No. 4 Apps (Scotland)
Girvan Patent Still No. 4 Apps is the first, non-age statement whisky to be released by the William Grant-owned brand. The name 'Apps' is a distillery term for 'Apparatus'; No.4 Apps has been producing unique 'vacuum distilled' spirit since 1992. The nose yields citrus fruit and brittle toffee, while the palate is glossy, with spicy fruit. Faint spice and watery toffee in the finish. 42.0% ABV, 70cl, £45.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Girvan, Patent Still Single Grain 30 Year Old (Scotland)
Described by a William Grant's spokesperson as "The oldest and most luxurious expression launched to date, having been laid to rest for 30 years in first fill American Oak barrels," this variant of the single grain follows on from the 25-year-old Girvan, which was the first of the trio from the Ayrshire distillery to be released. Delicate vanilla notes and fruity fudge on the nose. Crème brûlée and cinnamon on the palate, while the finish is medium in length, with tingling spices. 42.0% ABV, 70cl, £375.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Wemyss, Lord Elcho Blended Scotch Whisky (Scotland)
Originally launched by Wemyss Malts in 2012 as a 15-year-old blended Scotch, Lord Elcho is now also available without an age statement. It contains a malt to grain ratio of 40:60. The nose offers orchard fruits and treacle toffee, freshly-planed wood and new-mown grass. The palate is nutty and spicy, with ginger and caramel. The medium to long finish is lightly spiced and nutty. 40.0% ABV, 70cl, £25.95, specialist whisky merchants.
  

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