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Pulteney 9 Year Old Octave Project Original Bourbon Barrel (AD Rattray)
Pulteney 9 Year Old Octave Project Original Bourbon Barrel (AD Rattray)

The awesome whisky magicians at AD Rattray have been doing some experimentation with some casks of Arran, Pulteney and Bunnahabhain,

Redbreast Dream Cask 32 Year Old
Redbreast Dream Cask 32 Year Old

This bottle of 32 year old Redbreast from Irish Distillers sold out in record time despite its Euro500 cost for a 50cl bottle.

Benriach 2005 Cask #5025 Heathrow Exclusive (World of Whiskies)
Benriach 2005 Cask #5025 Heathrow Exclusive (World of Whiskies)

This really shocked me as i hadn’t really read the press release and thought from the colour that this was going to be a first fill ex bourbon not the oloroso sherry but that it is.

Aberfeldy 2001 single cask #21444
Aberfeldy 2001 single cask #21444

My good friend Barry from The Whisky Philes recently took part in a tweet tasting of this Aberfeldy dram with The Whisky Wire and shared some of the generous samples from these single cask expressions with me.

SMWS 65.5 Old School Speyside
SMWS 65.5 Old School Speyside

This dram is from a distillery with a chequered past that closed in 1998, has since been knocked down and replaced with part of another distillery with a different name, so although the site and location might be used the name of this distillery will not.

Aberfeldy 1999 Single Cask #5
Aberfeldy 1999 Single Cask #5

My good friend Barry from The Whisky Philes recently took part in a tweet tasting of this Aberfeldy dram with The Whisky Wire and shared some of the generous samples from these single cask expressions with me.

Inchmurrin 2008 Cask #79 Heathrow Terminal 5 Exclusive
Inchmurrin 2008 Cask #79 Heathrow Terminal 5 Exclusive

Global Travel Retail is an ever expanding market for whisky, and other luxury goods, and it's nice when the bottles are smaller batch, or single cask and not the mass produced no age statements that some distilleries are pumping out for this market.

Dalmore Port Wood Reserve
Dalmore Port Wood Reserve

Dalmore is a distillery i can have a bit of a love/hate relationship with due to their extensive use of sherry casks and my love of ex bourbon casks.

Glen Moray 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Finish
Glen Moray 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Finish

My good friend Barry from The Whisky Philes recently took part in a tweet tasting of Glen Moray drams with The Whisky Wire and shared some of the generous samples from these single cask expressions with me.

McGibbons Special Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky
McGibbons Special Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky

Another range of Blended Scotch whiskies from Douglas Laing is the McGibbons range which features a bit of a golf theme throughout.

King of Scots Blended Scotch Whisky
King of Scots Blended Scotch Whisky

Anyone who knows anything about Douglas Laing and Co knows their roots stem back to the purchase of the King of Scots blend and this dram is still available to buy today.

Glendronach 1989 Cask 5476
Glendronach 1989 Cask 5476

Recently released the Batch 18 single casks series from the hugely popular Glendronach distillery range has landed, and run straight out the door, at most retailers, this 1989 cask 5476 is from that range of drams.

Jura Signature Series Seven Wood
Jura Signature Series Seven Wood

This Jura Seven Wood from the recently announced signature series from Jura i've seen described as the Jura equivalent of Dalmores King Alexander III.

Jura Signature Series 18 Year Old
Jura Signature Series 18 Year Old

This Jura 18 Year Old from the recently announced signature series from Jura is the oldest, with age statement, in the new Signature range.

Jura Signature Series 12 Year Old
Jura Signature Series 12 Year Old

This Jura 12 Year Old from the recently announced signature series from Jura I believe will only be available from Specialist retailers and is a nice addition to the range.

Jura Signature Series 10 Year Old
Jura Signature Series 10 Year Old

This Jura 10 Year Old from the recently announced signature series from Jura really tickled my palate and i can see myself drinking a fair amount of this in the future.

Black and White Blended Scotch (1990s Ramazzotti Italian Import)
Black and White Blended Scotch (1990s Ramazzotti Italian Import)

Black and White Blended Scotch holds a special place for me, it was the one dram that my Grandad drank and the one that was most frequently in my Dads glass also, meaning this was very likely the first dram i had having dipped a finger into my Dads glass sometime in the late 70s to early 80s.

Glenglassaugh Peated Port Wood Finish
Glenglassaugh Peated Port Wood Finish

Third of the four new wood finishes from Glenglassaugh Distillery, this is the Peated Port wood, pretty self explanitory.

Glen Moray 2008 Cider Finish Cask
Glen Moray 2008 Cider Finish Cask

My good friend Barry from The Whisky Philes recently took part in a tweet tasting of Glen Moray drams with The Whisky Wire and shared some of the generous samples from these single cask expressions with me.

Benriach 2008 (Cask 7880)
Benriach 2008 (Cask 7880)

The Benriach batch 14 single casks, released a short while back, had been snapped up in many specialists even before hitting the shelves and my day job had me pretty busy so it's taken some time to get through to this one.