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Special Bottlings

We've sought to find a range of special whiskies that are sure to please any fan of this fantastically diverse spirit.

Sourcing exciting and limited edition distillery releases is a real passion for our spirit buyer, Don, and he's bound to have found something that will inspire and intrigue you. Browse and discover how vast the world of whisky distillation really is.

We've sought to find a range of special whiskies that are sure to please any fan of this fantastically diverse spirit.

Sourcing exciting and limited edition distillery releases is a real passion for our spirit buyer, Don, and he's bound to have found something that will inspire and intrigue you. Browse and discover how vast the world of whisky distillation really is.

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Cask Strength Whisky

Cask strength whiskies are often regarded as whisky in its purest form.

When it is decided that the cask is ready for bottling, the whisky is then cut with local spring water and then blended with other whiskies to make the finished style.

Cask strength whiskies are simply bottled directly from the cask at the natural strength from the barrel, often in excess of 55% abv. It is up to the person drinking their whisky to 'cut' it with mineral water, to get their their preferred strength.

Cask strength whiskies are regarded as a true expression of how a cask can mature at a distillery. They are unique expressions of the distillery's style of whisky and no two casks will ever taste the same.

Unchilfiltered Whiskies

Most whiskies, and other spirits, are chilfiltered to stabalise the liquid that is being bottled. This will stop it from clouding if the bottle gets cold.  Not a problem to the whisky as its will clear as the bottle warms up, but it often causes complaints from customers who do not appreciate that this is a natural phenomenon that occurs.

For big brand owners it is important that this does not happen, as customers often feel it is a fault in the spirit, hence they filter and cold stabalise the product. However, some master distillers feel that chilfiltration and cold stabalisation removes some of the essential oils and character of the spirit which ultimately detracts from the final tasting experience for the customer.

Natural Colour

Often it is assumed that the whisky in the glass is its natural colour.  Colour in a whisky comes from the cask, a sherry cask will give the spirit a deep golden colour, whereas a bourbon cask will make the spirit light, almost a straw yellow colour.  However, there will always be variation in the colour that comes from different casks. Again, this is natural.

Some brand owners will add an addition of caramel to be used as a colouring agent to ensure that all the bottles are consistent. Is this important? I suppose it is if you are a brand embassador.

From an interest point of view, look out for labels that say that the spirit Natural Colour, you will be buying a whisky that the master distller is proud of.

Also See

A Quick History of Whisky
Types of Malts
Now Whisky is Made
Influences on Whisky Flavour and Aroma
Whisky Style Chart 

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  1. Bladnoch 1993, Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice, Boxed

    Bladnoch 1993, Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice 70cl

    This is a delicate and fruity lowland malt with an almost-lemony aroma and distinctive flavour followed by a rounded, smooth, lingering finish.

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  2. Ben Nevis, 1991 1st Fill Sherry Butt

    Ben Nevis, 1991 1st Fill Sherry Butt 54.7% 70cl

    A lighter whisky with some floral and fruity notes bottled at cask strength of 58%

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  3. Ben Nevis, 1991 Unchilfiltered

    Ben Nevis, 1991 Unchilfiltered 70cl

    This is a very pure independently bottled expression of this whisky. The aroma is soft and fresh with some underlying notes of herbs. Crisp on the palate with an underlying almost honey like sweetness. A well made dram.

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  4. Edradour, Straight from the Cask 60.7%

    Edradour, Straight from the Cask 60.7% 50cl

    A pure cask strength bottling expression of this popular highland whisky.

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  5. Dailuaine, 1997 Unchillfiltered

    Dailuaine, 1997 Unchillfiltered 70cl

    A big, malty, fruity and often sherried whisky.

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  6. Dufftown 1997, Hogshead Cask 54.8%

    Dufftown 1997, Hogshead Cask 54.8% 70cl

    This Malt from Speyside has been aged for 15 years in a hogshead and bottled at 56.1%.

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  7. Glen Elgin 1990, Bourbon Cask 52.5%

    Glen Elgin 1990, Bourbon Cask 52.2% 70cl

    This is a good example of a cask strength whisky from Glen Elgin. It has a firm yet subtle malty aroma. Rounded on the palate with a subtle with a subtle malty sweetness.

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  8. Glenlivet 1996, Unchillfiltered First Fill Sherry

    Glenlivet 1996, Unchillfiltered First Fill Sherry 70cl

    A rare release from special bottlers "Signatory". This one is aged in Sherry casks which gives a slightly sweet edge.

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  9. Glen Rothes, 1997 Unchillfiltered

    Glenrothes, 1997 Unchillfiltered 70cl

    A whisky in its natural form, displaying soft fruit spice with a touch of smokiness on the nose. Sherry notes complement a smooth and malty finish.

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  10. Mortlach, 1997 Unchillfiltered

    Mortlach, 1997 Unchillfiltered 70cl

    A rich malt that has a full aroma that hints at smokiness. On the palate, the rich flavour comes in the form of malt and fruit in fine balance. The finish is dry, long and harmonious.

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  11. Bunnahabhain, 2006

    Bunnahabhain, 2006 70cl

    This limited bottling from Signatory was distilled to a strength of 57% on 09/03/2005 and matured in sherry butts until 27/10/2014. 

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  12. Caol Ila 2003, Unchilfiltered

    Caol Ila 2003, Unchilfiltered 70cl

    Islay character but not as intense as its more famous counterparts and very drinkable. This rich whisky has a peaty aroma with a touch of seaweed; on the palate, there are hints of spicy peat.

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