September already… It’s too painful I don’t want to say more. But let’s deal with September pain with my monthly whisky selection!
Littlemill 1990 – 27yo Private Cellar Edition
The Littlemill distillery was sadly shut in 1994 – and even more sadly demolished almost completely by a fire in 2004. However, the whisky produced at the Lowland-based distillery still sometimes appears, much to the delight of whisky enthusiasts and collectors alike.
This is a 2017 release of 27 year old Littlemill single malt, released as part of the Private Cellar range. It features whisky distilled in May 1990 and aged in ex-bourbon barrels. The whisky enjoyed a 12 month finishing period in fresh bourbon barrels before being bottled in 2017. Only 500 of these were produced, and each one comes with a 5cl miniature of the whisky, and a little fragment of a cask used to mature the whisky.
Described by bottler Douglas Laing as the “lip-smacking success story of the magic that can happen when sweet meets peat”, Rock Oyster Scotch blended malt pairs Island salt-citrus character with the richness of sherry butts. A nautical theme presides over the handsome bottle and label, which we also enjoy.
A mid-2017 release of 12 year old cask strength single malt from the spectacular Springbank distillery in the Campbeltown region. It was d
rawn from a combination of 70% Sherry casks and 30% bourbon casks, and this time it’s been bottled at 56.5% ABV. Unlikely to stick around for long.
Sonoma County Black Truffle Rye
California’s Sonoma County Distilling Co. are well-versed in creating inventive spirits, and they’ve really gone for it with this one – Black Truffle Rye. What they’ve done here is create a rye spirit and allowed some Black Périgord truffles all the way from France to infuse into the spirit. It’s safe to say that we haven’t seen anything like this before. Very intriguing.
A limited release single malt from Auchentoshan that’s a product of their ‘New Malt Order’ cocktail competition. Blends created by 12 bartenders from five countries were brought together to create The Bartender’s Blend, using whiskies spanning five decades (the youngest of which were 6 years old). That includes whiskies matured in ex-Laphroaig casks, rum casks, red wine barriques, German oak casks and American oak casks.