Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1997
Coming up from Glenmorangie distillery: their Grand Vintage 1997, bottled after 23 years of maturation in Bond House No.1. There’s no wood specification but based on the vivacious, floral, candied profile we assume there’s a good deal of common ex-bourbon casks involved. Bottled at 43% ABV.
Glen Grant 1953 – Gordon & MacPhail Mr George Legacy
There’s only one independent bottler that can bring a Glen Grant 1953 to the market these days: Gordon & MacPhail of course. Their latest tour de force is named Mr George Legacy, yet another tribute to George Urquhart, just like the Glen Grant 1956 ‘Mr George Centenary’. No less than 67 years of ageing and still it comes out at 59.4% ABV.
The interesting bit is that the label says First Edition, indicating there will be more like this in the future. Exciting.
Macallan An Estate, a Community and a Distillery
After the ultra-premium collaboration with Sir Peter Blake named The Anecdotes of Ages Collection, resulting in 13 bottles with unique works of art on their label, The Macallan is also launching Macallan An Estate, a Community and a Distillery, a long name for a NAS expression that was inspired by Blake’s visit to the distillery.
Compared to the other series, the amount of information here is disappointingly meager. No age statement, no information on cask types, no yield. Just a price of £ 750 / € 840 and the fact that they’ll sell through an online ballot.
Whisky releases that may not have been widely announced but that grabbed my attention in shops recently…
- Longmorn 1987 (Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice)
- Strathisla 1987 (Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice)
- Balmenach 1987 (Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice)
- Rosebank 21 Years ‘Fascination’ sample (Elixir Distillers)
- Talisker 27 Years 1993 (Hart Brothers)
- Bowmore 30 Year Old (2020)
- Tomintoul 1998 Caroni rum cask
- Crabbie 28 Years 1992
- Tormore 1988 cask CM226 (The Golden Cask)
- Caperdonich 25 Years Peated
- North British 1991 sherry butt (Signatory Vintage)
- Bunnahabhain 2001 Oloroso (Cooper’s Choice)