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Recent releases, February 2015

Angel's Nectar, Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (Scotland)
Angels’ Nectar is a new blended malt from Highfern Limited, a company established by Robert Ransom, formerly of Glenfarclas distillery. Bottled at natural colour, Angels’ Nectar is vatted from a selection of Speyside and Highland single malts. Green apples, unripe pineapple and barley sugar on the nose. Sweet toffee, honey, gentle spices and Brazil nuts on the medium-bodied palate. The finish is medium in length, soft and nutty. 40.0% ABV, 70, £30.95, specialist whisky merchants.
Blair Athol, 18-year-old (Douglas Laing) (Scotland)
This expression of Diageo’s Perthshire single malt has been bottled as part of Douglas Laing’s Old Particular range. Distillation took place in September 1995, and the spirit was filled into sherry butt #10457. The outturn was 681 bottles. Apricots, honey, milk chocolate and icing sugar on the nose. Medium-bodied, with soft sherry, tropical fruits and spices, notably ginger. Lingering spice and nutty plain chocolate in the finish, with a persistent tang of satsumas. 48.5% ABV, 70cl, £85.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Brora, 1978, 35-year-old (Diageo Special Releases 2014) (Scotland)
The 13th annual Brora release from Diageo has been aged in refill American oak and refill European oak casks, which yielded 2,964 bottles. The initial nose offers hessian and hemp, with ozone, muted peat, and tar. Fruity, fragrant aromas develop, with honey and ripe apples. Sweet and spicy on the waxy palate, with heather and ginger. Smokey and mildly medicinal. The finish dries steadily to aniseed, dark chocolate, black pepper and fruity tannins. 48.6% ABV, 70cl, £1,200.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Clynelish, Select Reserve (Diageo Special Releases 2014) (Scotland)
Notable as the first non-age-statement Special Release, this Clynelish bottling has been aged in a mixture of refill European and bodega European oak casks, first-fill, refill and rejuvenated American oak casks. 2,964 bottles have been released. Salty and fresh on the nose, with olives, pine, and lemongrass. Fruit notes develop, ranging from citric to sweet. The palate is oily, with the same citric and sweet fruits as the nose, plus vanilla and cayenne pepper. The finish is drying, with Spicy citrus fruits. £500.00, specialist retailers 54.9% ABV, 70cl, £500.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Aultmore, 12 Years Old (Scotland)
The youngest bottling in Dewar’s new line up of malts from its Aultmore distillery, near Keith, this expression offers a nose of peaches and lemonade, freshly-mown grass, linseed and milky coffee. Very fruity on the palate, mildly herbal, with toffee and light spices. The finish is medium in length, with lingering spices, fudge, and finally more milky coffee. 46.0% ABV, 70cl, £50.00, specialist whisky merchants.
Aultmore, 21 Years Old (Scotland)
While the two principal versions of Aultmore are a 12 and a 25-year-old, this 21-year-old variant is exclusive to travel retail outlets. Soft spices, honey and ginger on the nose, with developing vanilla. Becomes more fragrant with time. Quite full-bodied, spicy and sweet on the palate, with a hint of treacle. Drying slightly in the finish; spicy, with toffee and a hint of chilli. 46.0% ABV, 70cl, £103.00, Duty Free & Travel Retail.
Strathmill, Friar John Cor 10-year-old (Robertsons Of Pitlochry) (Scotland)
A house bottling of the elusive Strathmill single malt, Friar John Cor commemorates the first written record of Scotch whisky, dating back to 1494. It is exclusive to the well-known retailer Robertson’s of Pitlochry, which is expanding its range of own-label bottlings under new ownership. Honey, caramel and milk chocolate on the relatively light nose. Medium-bodied, sweet and fruity, with soft ginger. Slight oak in the finish, more aggressive spice, and mild liquorice. 40.0% ABV, 70cl, £50.00, Robertsons Pitlochry.
  

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