|Lemongrass and Mint Voddka|
1. Lemongrass and Mint Voddka
From North Yorkshire comes this lemongrass and mint vodka, produced by microdistillers The Lickerish Tooth. We’d like to experiment with this minty, citrus-y vodka in cocktails. The company have a couple of interesting bottlings of gin and vodka at very reasonable prices.
|Octomore Masterclass 08.3|
2. Octomore Masterclass 08.3
Bruichladdich are set to release Octomore 08.3 as part of their Octomore Eights Masterclass series this month. This bottling will beat their own record to become the peatiest whisky in the world, with 309ppm (the previous title holder was their Octomore 06.3, released in 2011 with a phenol level of 258ppm). As peat lovers, we can’t wait to see whether there is such a thing as too much peat.
Next up is a whisky we sipped only recently: Bealach Ruadh 8 Year Old, an independent bottling from Chorlton Whisky Company. Moderate peat, zesty grapefruit, Islay salt, fuzzy peaches and sweet barbecue sauce, we want to get our hands on a whole bottle of this stuff.
This tequila had its agave smoked after cooking to create a smoky flavour. This could be an interesting bottling to compare to mezcal, which differs from tequila in a couple of ways, including its underground roasting production process which leads to a distinctive smokiness. The Fumado makes the wishlist because it is something a little different from our usual tipples.
|Ardbeg An Oa|
5. Ardbeg An Oa
The first new addition to the Ardbeg core range for almost a decade has now been released! The whisky brings together whisky from ex-bourbon, ex-Pedro Ximenez and virgin oak casks, which are then married in a French Oak “gathering vat”. We are Ardbeg fans, so naturally we are curious about their new malt.
|Lagavulin 12 Year Old|
The 15th installment of the the Lagavulin 12 Year Old to be included in the Diageo Special Releases. Peaty whisky is a firm favourite in our household, but the depth and complexity of this malt stands out above many. This installment was bottled at 56.5% and aged in refill American oak hogshead.
The Collectivum is the 1st blended malt to be included in the Special Releases – and only the 4th NAS. It is also the 1st time Diageo has blended single malt from all of their active distilleries. The name of this blended malt is a hint, but for those who are unfamiliar with Roman numerals, that is 28 different distilleries! This blended malt has been bottled at 57.3% at was aged in a combination of refill American oak hogshead, refill European oak butts, ex-bodega European oak and first-fill American oak.
|Balvenie Peat Week 14 Year Old|
Since 2002, Balvenie has been quietly producing peated whisky for one week of every year. This particular bottling is one of the first expressions by Balvenie to include 100% peated barley. This single malt has been bottled at 48.3% and was matured in American oak casks!
|Raasay While We Wait 2nd Release|
Now, you may recognise this distinguishing-ly pink single malt if you’re fortunate enough to have the 1st Edition amongst your collection – or have simply supped it at your favourite whisky joint. Similar to the 1st Edition, this single malt is a blended of peated and unpeated whisky from the same distillery and is finished in Tuscan wine casks! However, whilst the 1st edition was given a finishing period of 8 weeks the 2nd was left to rest in the wine casks for 18 months! This bottling has an ABV of 46%. Unfortunately, it seems that this expression is currently sold out! If you catch sight of a bottle available I readily encourage you get it!