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Recent releases, October 2013

Bowmore, The Devil’s Casks (Scotland)
Maturation of this limited edition, non-chill-filtered 10-year-old Bowmore has taken place in first-fill sherry casks, and 6,000 bottles are being released this month. Explaining the whisky’s name, a distillery spokesperson says that “The story goes that the Devil himself was spotted in the round church of Bowmore and chased by local congregation down into the No. 1 vaults at the Bowmore distillery. Here, as the warehousemen were filling casks and loading them aboard the paddle steamer (The Maid of Islay) the devil was lost. It is believed he escaped in a cask of Bowmore bound for the mainland.” Nougat, blackberries and white pepper on the complex nose. Polished oak and warm leather in time, while the pepper turns to sea salt. Chewy on the palate, with in-your-face intense fruit, peat, pipe tobacco and finally Tarmac. Plain chocolate and liquorice sticks in the lengthy, robust finish. (540 bottles in UK) 56.9% ABV, 70cl, £50.99, specialist whisky merchants.

Glenfiddich Cask Collection The first two expressions in Glenfiddich's new global travel retail-exclusive Collection have been released. The third - Vintage Cask - is due to appear early next year. The characteristics of each whisky are the result of maturation in a variety of oak casks, followed by a period of finishing in wooden Solera tuns.

Glenfiddich, Select Cask (Scotland)
Maturation has taken place in ex-Bourbon, European oak and red wine casks, and the result is a whisky with baked apple, brittle toffee, sultanas and malt on the nose. The palate is smooth and fruity, with more toffee, allspice and a hint of cloves. Caramel and a hint of black pepper in the finish. 40.0% ABV, 100cl, 39.00, Duty Free & Travel Retail.
Glenfiddich, Reserve Cask (Scotland)
The Reserve Cask variant has been matured in Spanish sherry casks, and the fragrant nose offers soft peaches, milk chocolate, figs and oak. Spicier on the palate than Select Cask, with citrus fruit and fudge. The finish is lengthy and sweet. 40.0% ABV, 100cl, 49.00, Duty Free & Travel Retail.
Glenfiddich, Vintage Cask (Scotland)
Vintage Cask has been matured in European oak and American Bourbon casks, but it is highly unusual in having been made with an amount of peated malt. A maritime note of brine and smoke, with hay and Jaffa oranges. Smooth in the mouth, with vanilla and smoky summer fruits. Lingering sweet wood smoke in the finish. 40.0% ABV, 70cl, £79.00, Duty Free & Travel Retail.
Lakes Distillery, The One (England)
Ahead of the commencement of whisky-making next May, The Lakes Distillery Company has launched an innovative blend, named The One British Blended Whisky, Described as “A unique blend of exceptional whiskies from the British Isles,” The One comprises predominantly Scottish malts, though it has to be assumed that there could be some Bushmills, Penderyn and/or St George’s in the mix, too. The malt content is relatively high. The nose offers nutty, spicy, caramel notes, while the palate boasts prominent spices, dried fruits and Brazil nuts, with a suggestion of light smoke. The finish is medium in length, with citrus notes, and spicy, mild smoke. 40.0% ABV, 70cl, £28.95, distillery website, specialist whisky merchants.
BenRiach, Batch 10 1985 Peated Virgin American Oak Finish (Scotland)
The latest batch of single cask releases from BenRiach contains a rich variety of styles, including triple distilled and peated spirit, wine cask finishes and several virgin American oak finishes. Our selection is a medium-peated 27-year-old, distilled on 13th November 1985. It has undergone a final period of maturation in a virgin American oak hogshead before bottling in June 2013, with an out-turn of 257 bottles. Spicy toffee, cloves and newly-sawn oak on the nose. Smoky orchard fruits, vanilla fudge and lots of cloves on the palate. Lingering spice and soft smoke in the finish. 48.9% ABV, 70cl, £129.99, specialist whisky merchants.

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