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Lots of New Exciting Single Malt Releases and more

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There have been quite a few new bottlings for single malt whisky into the shop over the last week or two.

Kilchoman Spring Spring 2010 Release £45.95

The latest release from Kilchoman.  This one has been matured in a combination of fresh and refill bourbon barrels for 3 years then finished in 'very active' oloroso butts for 3 and a half months.

Kilchoman Spring 2010 Release

Three New Realease from Adelphi

Adelphi Bunnahabhain 1968 41 Years Old £137.95

From 2 European Oak Sherry Butts.  This is a fabulous old whisky. A real stunner.

Adelphi Longmorn 1992 17 Years Old £75.95

On the nose tomatoes, peaches. A background wisp of smoke. On the palate it is rich, creamy with treacle and toffee.  Probably the best Longmorn I've had.

Adelphi Macallan 1995 14 Years Old £69.95

A great cask strength Macallan from a refill sherry cask with Sweet. Malt. Madeira cake. Gariboldi biscuits. Raisins. Sun dried tomatoes.

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And from Wemyss Vintage Malts

"Honey Smoke" Caol Ila 1996 £78.95

An acceptional Caol Ila.  Orange Muscat on fire.

"Spiced Apples" Benrinnes 1995 £46.95

A great Benrinnes from a refill sherry hgshead.  Probably my favourite of the bunch.  On both the nose and the palate there's just different layers of spice and apples.

"The Fruit Bowl" Glen Garioch 1989 £66.50

This does what it says and its all about fruit salad from a wooden bowl.

"Tropical Spice" Dalmore 1990 19 Years Old £71.95

This is the Wemyss bottling that so many are raving about. From a first fill sherry butt.  The nose is Brandy snaps and fig rolls.  The taste is chocolate cake in Cognac.

And for something different:

Darnley's View Gin £19.95

A fabulous gin from Wemyss.  The two main botanicals of Elderflower and citrus really standout producing a gin that already smells like gin and tonic.

And Now Just Arrived from Adelphi Distillery

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The latest releases just in from Adelphi:

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Adelphi Bowmore 2001 8 Years Old @ 59.9%

Don't buy it as it's so good I want to drink them all myself!

Adelphi Bunnahabhain 2000 9 Years Old @ 59.2%

One for those that like fresh sherry notes in their whisky.

Adelphi Glenlivet 1978 31 Years Old @ 53.9%

A really complex and unusual Glenlivet.  Excellent.

Adelphi Glenallachie 1973 36 Years Old @ 48.1%

A superb aged Bourbon cask whisky.

Adelphi Aultmore 1974 35 Years Old @ 49.6%

This whisky just has so many layers.

Return of an old friend

Adelphi Ardbeg 1998 11 Years Old  @ 58.0%

An Ardbeg to welcome in the warmer months

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The Adelphi Range

By Mike Lord

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New in from AD Rattray

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Here are the new releases just in from AD Rattray:

By Mike Lord

AD Rattray Glen Grant 1985 24 Years Old @ 55.8%

A class act this one.  Well aged an sophisticated.  If it was a person it would wear tweed and look good in it.

AD Rattray Glenrothes 1990 19 Years Old @ 49.9%

Kiwi fruits and bananas but a real chardonnay edge to this one.  Amazing.

AD Rattray Laphroaig 1998 11 Years Old @ 61.6%

Another cracking Laphroaig from ADR.  This one is a real feisty 11 years old.

AD Rattray Pulteney 1982 27 Years Old @ 53.5%

Pulteney does age so well and this is an exceptional example

AD Rattray Cragganmore 1997 12 Years Old 46.0%

A fresh, fun, bourbon cask whisky for anytime of the day at a great price.

Return of an old friend:

AD Rattray Mortlach 1994 13 Years Old 58.8%

This one shows you how good Bourbon cask Mortlach can be.

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More Bull from Duncan Taylor & Co.

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Here are the latest stock of single malt and other whiskies from Duncan Taylor:

Black Bull 40 Years Old

More Bull

Black Bull 40 Years Old

Another refined old blend of exceptional single malts from Duncan Taylor and Co.  This one is an impressive 90% single malt and 10% grain whisky with a ratio of 80% bourbon cask to 20% sherry cask.  The whiskies range from 40 to 44 years old and are from Bunnahabhain, Glenfarclas, Glenlivet, Glenburgie, Highland Park, Miltonduff, Springbank, Tamdhu and Invergordon.

Further New Releases from Duncan Taylor & Co

Rarest of the Rare Port Ellen 1983 26 Years Old

A fabulous cask strength Port Ellen from Duncan Taylor.  A reminder of what Port Ellen's can really be like.  Duncan Taylor say it’s like eating fruit in a sauna.  Not sure which of the DT crew know about that but my money is not on Mark Watt but probably Jacque.

**** SOLD OUT ****

Rare Auld Laphroaig 1997 12 Years Old

Like your Laphroaig cask strength and non chill filtered? Here you go.

NC2 Laphroaig 1997 12 Years Old

A well priced non chill filtered hard hitting Laphroaig.

By Mike Lord

January 2010 New Releases from Duncan Taylor & Co

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By Michael Lord

Some new single malt whiskies in from that irrepressible independent bottler Duncan Taylor.  Not all of their new bottlings are available (even if some shops have them on their website) but I have managed to get in my pick of the new Octave range.  These use reconstituted exsherrywood octaves for an extra 3 months of maturation and it does seem to work.  This does mean that each expression is very limited stock!

Octave Bowmore 1982

This is an exceptionally well rounded Bowmore. Very subtle on the smoke. Stunning.

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Octave Bowmore 1982

Octave Caperdonich 1972

This is another outstanding Capedonich from Duncan Taylor with all that fruitiness you expect balanced by a medicinal influence.

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Octave Caperdonich 1972

Christmas Whisky - What's the best Single Malt Whisky for Christmas?

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What's a good Christmas whisky?  We've asked a few industry experts to select their best single malt for Christmas:

Mark Watt of Duncan Taylor & Co

Anyone who has met me for more than three and a half seconds would be expecting me to pick Caperdonich  for the best Christmas single malt, but I thought I would go with something a little different.  The dearly departed Black Bull 30yo would be a  great choice or its younger brother the 12yo [more] however this year my Christmas pick would be our (DTC’s) Glen  Grant 1970 [more].  A dram to savour something to sit back relax after a healthy Christmas dinner and put the world  to rights.  A nice creamy dram with a touch of spiced oak, some delicate stewed fruits and a hint of spice! Cracking stuff!

WSD Challenge 2009 MW 04Black Bull 12DT Ardbeg v2

Alex Bruce of Adelphi Distillers

The best Christmas dram is “the free one” or “the one in the biggest glass”, but if I was to select one from the Adelphi stable then BREATH OF SPEYSIDE 1991, 18 year old Speyside 54.3% vol, 1 of only 612 bottles from cask no. 5142 [more] is my best Christmas single malt. Hot on the heels of its sister cask (no. 5145), this is the 4th sherry butt in the Breath of Speyside range from Adelphi.  A rich amber hue, we were immediately struck by how clean this whisky was. A lovely nose of well-aged balsamic vinegar with marmalade, plums and Maraschino cherries in the background. The whisky keeps opening, now revealing prunes, marinated in Armagnac; then hints of Calvados and plenty of brown sugar.  To taste, the sugar is now more burnt and caramelized, with a thread of dark chocolate and Christmas cake wrapper. A rich, viscous texture to finish with Old English marmalade, and no tannins. Christmas in a glass.  Reasons: kind of puts its own case forward…

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Steven McConnachie of Whyte & Mackay

I recommend My Winter Warmer - Jura Prophecy [more] as the best Christmas whisky. If you like the darker/smokier side of whisky but not necessarily some typically heavy islay malts, then try this. Uncharacteristic of what is expected of Jura, its peatier than the sumptous Superstition with slightly more of a raw edge to it. Sit in front of a log fire and enjoy! Slainte.

Jura Prophecy

Mike Lord of The Whisky Shop Dufftown

The above are all good suggestions for the best Christmas single malt.  If you want to go with the sherry theme then ADR Benrinnes 13 [more] and Wemyss Barbeque Sauce [more] are both outstanding drams.  If you want something old then I still have a couple of bottle of Duncan Taylor Caperdonnich 36 years [more] old which is phenominal.  And if you want to go with the peat there are peated Bunnahabhain's in the NC2 [more] range and from Adelphi [more].

Merry Christmas from the WSD!

New Releases of Single Malt Whisky from Adelphi Distillery Ltd

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Always first class whiskies, here are the new releases from Adelphi Distillery now available at The Whisky Shop Dufftown.

Ardbeg 1998 11 Years Old 57.9% Cask #1981


Breath of Speyside 1991 18 Years Old 54.3% Cask # 5142


Bunnahabhain 1997 11 Years Old 58.6% Cask #5368


Caol Ila 1982 27 Years Old 57.6% Cask #688


Linkwood 1984 25 Years Old 56% Cask #1623


New Shipping Rates

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New UK Shipping Rates

For the winter we have reduced our UK shipping rates for single malt whisky and our other products to £9.50 for two bottles and above.  So whether you buy 2 bottles or 12 bottles (one for each day of Christmas) then you only pay £9.50 in shipping for UK delivered orders.    The £8.50 charge remains the same for the first bottle.

New Shipping Rates for France, Germany, Netherlands and Denmark

We have also reduced are shipping rates for France, Germany, Netherlands and Denmark for the winter.  For any purchase of 2 or more bottles of single malt or any of are other products the shipping rate is a flat fee of £18.00.

New Daigeo Premium Release Single Malt Whiskies

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Daigeo's latest 2009 premium release whiskies are now in stock:

The new premium releases from Diageo

The new premium releases from Diageo

Benrinnes 23 Years Old

The Bennriness 23 Year old is£149.95

Brora 30 Years Old

The Bora 30 Years Ols is £250.00

Caol Ila 10 Years Old

The Caol Ila 10 Years Old is £51.95

Mannochmore 18 Years Old

The Mannocgmore 18 Years Old is £104.95

Pittyvaich 20 Years Old

The Pittyvaich 20 Years Old is£129.95

Port Ellen 30 Years Old

The Port Ellen Release 9 is £233.50  **** Sold Out ****

Talisker 25:

The Talisker 25 2009 Release is £150.00

Talisker 30

The Talisker 30 2009 Release is £215.00

Please note very limited stock

AD Rattray New Bottlings

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Three fantastic new bottlings from AD Rattray:

Benrinnes 1996 13 Years Old

This whisky is a first fill from a Sherry Hogshead and is at 57%.  It's full on sherry with lots of syrup.  If you ever wanted to know wanted to know what a chocolate fruit cake is like then this it.

Highland Park 1995 14 Years Old

An exceptional Highland Park particularly if you like them a bit more peaty than the average.  The Bourbon cask supports a tary smokiness coming through with creamy.  Smoked custard!

Glen Elgin 1984 24 Years Old

A really smooth 24 years old with the wood not dominant.  Still fresh and buttery.  Has a quality like an oaked Chardonnay.  Great.

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