Two new – and very different – peated releases to mark the end of a very strange summer for you. As usual the best way to keep up to date is by signing up to the mailing list here.
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All Chorlton Whisky releases are bottled at natural strength from a single cask, with no chill-filtering or added colouring. No monkey business, basically.
Lochindaal is the lesser-seen peated Bruichladdich that fits between Port Charlotte and Octomore in terms of ppm. Happily as well as being a bit of a rarity it’s also extremely delicious! The nose is super-clean and coastal, with seaweed, camphor, bonfires, oranges and melons. The palate is like crystal-clear smoked seawater, backed with masses of citrus and hints of tropical fruit.
This bourbon barrel produced 241 bottles at 61.9% and they are available for £125 each. Only one per person please.
Lovely briny and umami-forward smoky stuff from Tobermory! The nose has smoked sea salt, lemony smoked oysters, old fishing nets and soy sauce, with an interesting floral side that comes out with time. The palate has more seafood, crab pots, tar and peppered mackerel, but cut through with a fresh note of lemon oil that keeps everything balanced.
This bourbon barrel produced 197 bottles at 57.0% and they are available for £65 each.
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 hogshead produced 268 bottles at 56.6% and they are available for £62.50 each. Not many left.
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. Last few.
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. Not many left.
A sturdy canvas shopping bag with long handles and a gusset, perfect for transporting whisky or other essentials. Screenprinted in Yorkshire. £4 each, and can be added to any bottle order for no extra postage.
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