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New Whiskies For August 2016

03/08/2016

Some exciting new bottles that have landed early August - plenty more where this comes from this month as well.

SCOTLAND

Linkwood 1998 Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection

Wine-cask finished indie bottling from Linkwood - sweet and deep. The Private Collection releases are quite limited, this will likely go as quick as the last expression (a Caol Ila) did.

Laphroaig Lore

Landed in Australia officially now - a tasting, complex Laphroaig that showcases intense quarter cask matured stock with complex aged stock. Classic nose with a long, drying finish.

Glenmorangie Midwinters Night Dram

A UK-only limited edition release from Glenmorangie, direct imported by The Oak Barrel. Largely sold-out around the world, we've managed to get a small handful of bottles to finish off the Aussie winter. Richness from ex-Oloroso casks.

Port Askaig 100 Proof

A full-blooded, well-priced single malt from an un-disclosed distillery (read: C___ I__) bottled at 100 proof by the UK measure (that's 57.1%). Awesome peat throttle that does exactly what you want from a what-you-see-is-what-you-get smoky whisky.

Compass Box: 'This Is Not A Luxury Whisky'

The peak of Compass Box's blending powers, a rich, robust and complex whisky. Never made it to Australia, but we tried overseas and had to go and find some. Full discolsure of what went into this release as well. Luxurious (or not?). 

 AUSTRALIA

 Overeem Port Cask Strength

Welcomed back after many years gone missing, the awesome 60% edition of Overeem's port cask French oak matured single malt. Incredibly rare thanks a very modest production in the past decade and one of the more mythical Aussie whiskes. More from the Old Hobart Distillery here.

Black Gate Rum

Not a whisky, but a big star at last year's Whisky Fair. Back after a 12-month break, cask BG017 is finally ready. Matured in 100 litre sherry cask, full flavoured and juicy. Only 165 bottles from this their second ever rum release.

SWEDEN

Mackmyra Blomstertid

A limited edition from Sweden's Mackmyra distillery. A third of this has been matured in ex-bourbon casks that previously held cherry wine. Plenty of berry notes around. 

USA

Rock Town Single Barrel Arkansas Bourbon

Having tried some awesome young Rock Town whiskies from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, we've managed to get our hands on a very small number of their official releases. This is one of their premium single barrel bottles. Caramel, vanilla, oak and spice. No Aussie presence for these guys yet.

Scott Fitzsimons