Bimber Re-charred Oak
The second release from Bimber distillery (after the First) is a small batch release: Bimber Re-charred Oak Casks, a vatting of heavily charred (‘alligator’) American oak casks laid down in 2016. Bottled at 51.9% ABV and available on their website for a reasonable £ 65, later also from select retailers like The Whisky Exchange.
Tomatin Decades II
Back in 2011 Tomatin released Decades, a really tasty composition of casks from every decade that Master Distiller Douglas Campbell had been working at the distillery (1960s to 2000s).
Now there’s the Tomatin Decades II, a marriage of 21 casks (bourbon, sherry and re-charred French oak) from the last 50 years, the oldest filled in 1973, 1975 and 1977. It is limited to 3600 bottles and will cost around € 200.
Glen Scotia 45 Year Old
Glen Scotia unveiled its oldest expression to date, the Glen Scotia 45 Year Old, distilled in 1973 and matured in refill bourbon casks. In 2011 it was re-casked into first-fill bourbon. According to the tasting notes it combines tropical fruits with coastal elements. Only 150 bottles are available for around € 4400, from retailers like The Whisky Shop.
Whisky that may not have been widely announced but that grabbed my attention in shops recently…
- Campbeltown blended malt 5 Years (North Star Spirits)
- Vega 22 Year Old (North Star Spirits)
- Macallan Edition No. 5
- Lagagulin 11 Years Offerman Edition (at a premium…)
- Diageo Special Releases 2019
- GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch #8
- Laphroaig 25 Years Cask Strength (2019 release)
- Isle of Jura 1991 (G&M Connoisseurs Choice)
- Tomatin 30 Year Old (Batch #2)