2013 A Whisky Year To Watch
There were some truely brilliant new whisky expressions released onto the whisky market in 2012 and it looks as though 2013 will be taking that from strength to strength.
Some of the highlights for those already announced are shown below to whet you're appetite.
anCnoc have released the 22 Year Old and have found more 16 Year Old which is only a good thing, even if the fact it's rare has popped the price up a little bit.
Springbank have released a revised 21 year Old along with the Longrow 11 Year Old 2001 - Rundlets and Kilderkins and Springbank 12 Year Old Cask Strength - Batch 5 so plenty of choice for those who like Campbelltown whisky.
Glen Scotia released a 10 Year Old, 12 Year Old, 16 Year Old, 18 Year Old and 21 Year Old all in brand new dayglo packaging that would not look amiss sitting beside the famous Ford Focus ST (in ASBO Orange).
Inchmurrin in packaging not to dis-similar from the Loch Lomond stablemate Glen Scotia range is a set of 10 Year Old, 15 Year Old, 18 Year Old and 21 Year Old bottlings in metallic colours.
Isle of Jura the 30 Year Old Camas an Staca should be available now and it looks like a 1977 bottling is on it's way shortly.
Talisker reports are heading around that a Talisker Storm (smokier than the 10) and a Talisker Port Ruighe (Port Finished) are on their way in the coming months, i'm hoping this one comes sooner rather than later as i love Port finished whisky and Talisker is also a favourite so i'm hoping to see more of them.
Bowmore there's a twitter tasting happening this week with 4 Bowmore expressions, 3 standard and one Work in Progress, no news yet on whether that will be a 2013 release but here's hoping.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company have already bottled a number of cracking single casks in the early stages of 2013 from distilleries including Arran, Tobermory, Ardbeg (which has already sold out), Bunnahabhain, Clynelish, and a couple of mystery malts, keep an eye on Master of Malt for more of these dropping in on a fairly regular basis.
Overall it looks like a really interesting year ahead and I for one can't wait to see these coming through and try to sample as many as i can.
Big Peat Christmas Edition 2013 (Douglas Laing)
Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013 On Sale Soon
Something Special Coming Soon From Bowmore (Part 2)
Jura 30 Year Old Camas an Staca
Grants Launch 25Yr Old Exclusively in Selfridges