A new Caol Ila that was bottled pre-lockdown is now available. Things are slowly returning to normal, but it’ll be a while before there’ll be anything like a regular release schedule. As usual the best way to keep up to date is by signing up to the mailing list here.
In the meantime the site is operating as normal and deliveries are being made smoothly, although please bear with me if things take a few days longer than usual. The couriers are offering “no-contact” collections and deliveries, and every precaution is being taken at this end to ensure we all stay safe.
Shipping is charged at cost, and there’s a free local pick-up option at checkout if you’re in the Manchester area. If your location isn’t available please get in touch and I’ll see what I can do. All the packaging used for shipping is recyclable.
All Chorlton Whisky releases are bottled at natural strength from a single cask, with no chill-filtering or added colouring. No monkey business, basically.
Caol Il 12-year-old
A true “iron fist in a velvet glove” of an Islay whisky here. The nose is clean, coastal and lightly smoky, with lemon sherbet, buttery baked apple and sea shells. The palate starts similarly sweet and lemony, before sooty and salty peat smoke rolls in, with a side of black cardamom pods and oolong tea. The finish is sweeter, with tangerine and toasted almond, cut through with tar, salt and smoke. Elegant, poised and powerful!
This hogshead produced 229 bottles at 57.8% and they are available for £67.50 each.
A rollicking joint bottling with my friends at The Rare Malt in Hong Kong! The nose is big and bourbon-forward, with marmalade, custard cream biscuits and plum jam. Underneath that you’ll find more subtle hints of dried flowers, cocoa powder and anise. The palate is also bold and rich, with mocha, chewy gingerbread, nutmeg and fudge, balanced by some zingy fruits. Water is transformative and makes everything more citrussy, clean and herbal.
This first-fill bourbon barrel produced 176 bottles at 62.0% and they are available for £62.50 each. Last two!
Blair Athol 12-year-old
A complex, earthy and waxy whisky this, in a very old-fashioned Highlands style. The nose has orange peel, malt extract, herbal pastilles and dark berry fruits. The palate has a long development that starts on honey and ginger beer, becomes more nutty, and ends with orange syrup, Blackjack sweets and a touch of salt. Blair Athol isn’t a big name, but this is a delicious and characterful whisky that rewards your attention.
This bourbon hogshead produced 268 bottles at 56.6% and they are available for £62.50 each.
My first foray into the world of whisky outside of Scotland is a rare chance to try a non-finished single cask from Sweden’s Mackmyra distillery. The nose is super-clean and foresty (very Scandi!), with rye, caraway, lemon sponge and hints of apricot. The palate continues the theme with gingerbread, spiced cookies, juniper and a zingy orange/grapefruit fruitiness in the finish. Really interesting stuff, and a profile quite unlike any Scotch.
This bourbon barrel was fully matured in an abandoned mine under the Swedish forest, and produced 278 bottles at 50.2% available for £70 each.
A fully sherry-matured single cask Speysider at an everyday price? Why ever not! This one has dark berry fruits, honey and toasted teacake on the nose. The palate is creamy, with lemon drops, caramelised pears and an earthy and toasty cardamom spiciness, leading into a hazelnut and dried fruit finish. An affable and quaffable dram, but by no means dull.
This sherry butt produced 455 bottles at 57.6% and they are available for £60 each.
These are sold out, but you may still find a bottle at one of our stockists.
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