With colder temperatures just around the corner, the time for warming spirits is upon us – and recently there’s been a spate of new whiskies on the market ready to meet our autumnal demands. From approachable Irish whiskey to limited-edition bourbon, here are the latest launches
Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Whisky Batch Strength No. 005
Speyside whiskymaker Tamdhu has unveiled a new addition to its Batch Strength series, No. 005. Clocking in at a punchy 59.8% abv, the whisky is aged in oloroso Sherry casks and bottled without chill filtering.
On the nose, the whisky is said to deliver notes of vanilla, cinnamon and roasted brazil nuts; the palate has notes of citrus, oak and freshly baked cookies, with spices and orange zest on the finish.
RRP £79.99/700ml, Tamdhu, tamdhu.com
The Lakes The Whiskymaker’s Editions Colheita
While The Lakes Distillery has made a name for itself with its Sherry-influenced whiskies, the producer is switching things up with its latest launch, The Whiskymaker’s Edition Colheita.
Matured in colheita Port casks and a small proportion of bourbon barrels, the new whisky is the first in a special-edition series of expressions showcasing a ‘sense of adventure in maturation and blending’. Just 5,400 bottles have been released.
According to Lakes, the whisky’s nose offers hints of Santa Rosa plums, pickled cherries and candied orange, while prunes, stewed plums and cinnamon unfold on the palate.
52% abv, £65/700ml, The Lakes Distillery, lakesdistillery.com
The GlenDronach Kingsman Edition 1989 Vintage
GlenDronach has partnered with upcoming film The King’s Man to bring out a limited-edition whisky, the Kingsman Edition 1989 Vintage.
To produce the whisky, Dr Rachel Barrie, the distillery’s master blender, married six casks of 29-year-old single malt – matured in Sherry casks and finished in PX casks – resulting in just 3,052 bottles.
‘Working closely with Matthew [Vaughn, director of The King’s Man], I have selected casks of the most exceptional character for this rare 1989 Vintage, with smouldering aromas of dark fruits and Sherry-soaked walnuts, vintage leather and cedar wood,’ commented Barrie. ‘On the palate, dense autumn fruits meld with date, fig and treacle, before rolling into black winter truffle and cocoa. In the exceptionally long finish, notes of blackberry, tobacco leaf and date oil linger to conclude the rich tasting experience.’
The new bottling is the second partnership between GlenDronach and The Kingsman film franchise; the Kingsman Edition 1991 Vintage was released in 2017 to mark the premiere of Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
50.1% abv, £775/500ml, GrenDronach, glendronachdistillery.co.uk
Powers Irish Whiskey Gold Label Distiller’s Cut
Pernod Ricard-owned Irish whiskey brand Powers has brought its Gold Label Distiller’s Cut expression back to the UK.
Powers was founded in 1791 at John’s Lane Distillery in Dublin, and is now produced at the Midleton Distillery in County Cork. The single pot still, triple-distilled Irish whiskey has been matured in American oak for a flavour profile described as spicy, bold and honeyed.
43.2% abv, POA, Speciality Drinks, specialitydrinks.com
Douglas Laing & Co Big Peat 12 and The Epicurean 12
Scotch producer Douglas Laing & Co has rolled out two 12yo expressions as part of its Remarkable Regional Malts series: Big Peat and The Epicurean. The new whiskies are permanent additions to the producer’s portfolio.
Big Peat 12yo Islay Malt blends single cask single malts from throughout its namesake region, with tasting notes of charred oak, chimney soot, rock salt, brown sugar and bonfire ashes.
Meanwhile, The Epicurean 12yo is a blended malt whisky hailing from the Lowlands, reportedly boasting notes of citrus, ripe peaches, spice, coconut flakes and cut grass.
Douglas Laing & Co Big Peat 12 Years Old, 46% abv, RRP £55/700ml; Epicurean 12 Years Old, 46% abv, RRP £50/700ml, Douglas Laing & Co, douglaslain.com
Rebel Yell Cognac Cask Finish
Kentucky-based Lux Row Distillers has launched Rebel Yell Cognac Cask Finish Bourbon exclusively in the European and UK markets.
To make the liquid, Rebel Yell finished its Kentucky straight bourbon in Cognac casks for six months, producing 6,000 bottles. The resulting spirit has hints of oak and dark berries on the nose, with a palate of caramel, toasted sugar and raisins.
This launch comes on the heels of last year’s Rebel Yell French Oak Finish release; the distillery has plans to craft another special edition for 2021.
45% abv, RRP £34/700ml, Cellar Trends, cellartrends.co.uk