75cl / 40% - A Dalwhinnie-based deluxe blend launched by Diageo in Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia and duty-free markets in Latin America "to deliver enhanced margin by targeting the premiumisation trend", it says here. Best In Class at the International Wines and Spirits Competition 2006.
70cl / 33% - Fireball is made with Canadian whisky and natural cinnamon flavours. It's certainly very cinnamon-y (if that's a word), and it's not too sweet, which is a plus. A very popular shot drink on the other side of the pond, Fireball was awarded 87 points from the Beverage Tasting Institute, and a Silver Medal from the International Review of Spirits.
70cl / 43% / Flora & Fauna - A very interesting dram, the only Speysider to be triple-distilled like a Lowland malt or Irish whiskey, but with a lot more body and character than either of those styles. Impressive stuff.
70cl / 43% / Distillery Bottling - After maturation in 100% American oak casks, this Auchentoshan 18 years is a significant step up in quality and complexity from the Classic and 12 yrs expressions.
70cl / 40% - A rich, dark, Irish blend, Black Bush contains a high proportion of triple-distilled single malt, aged in Oloroso sherry casks for around 8-10 years before marriage with the grain. Picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010.
70cl / 46% - A special bottling to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the license to distil aqua vitae in Antrim originally granted in 1608 to Sir Thomas Phillips. Bushmills 1608 has already won 'Best Irish Blended Whiskey (No Age Statement)' at the World Whiskies Awards 2008 and 2012.
70cl / 52.3% / Distillery Bottling - The oldest and most limited of Balblair's vintage expressions yet released, this 1965 comes from a single American oak ex-sherry butt that yielded 350 bottles at natural strength. This picked up a humonguous 96.5 points from Jim Murray, who made it Single Malt of the Year in its age category.
70cl / 40% / Distillery Bottling - A 15 year-old expression of Singleton of Dufftown, Diageo's easy-drinking Speysider. This is a mix of European and American oak casks, producing a smooth, sweet, approachable style and a spicy, drying finish.
70cl / 46.3% / Distillery Bottling - A no-age-statement whisky from Deanston bottled at 46.3%. This one is made up of young whisky which is decanted into new American oak casks for its final stages of maturation.
70cl / 58.2% - Turf Mor is the second of Connemara's limited edition Small Batch Collection, and has been created using very heavily peated malt, with a phenol level of over 50ppm. A very pleasant, very peaty young whiskey - we predict this will be very popular too.
70cl / 46% - Introduced by Irish Distillers in 2011 as part of the relaunched range of pot still whiskies, The Barry Crockett Legacy is named for the Midleton master distiller and combines bourbon cask matured whisky with some from a new American oak barrel. A great entry into the Midleton line-up which has been showered with awards since it first appeared on the horizon.
70cl / 53.9% / Distillery Bottling - A cask strength Glen Garioch from the 1994 vintage, bottled from American oak barrels. This small batch release is said to combine a hint of smoke with classic Highland floral aromas.
75cl / 45% - Bernheim Original is made by Heaven Hill and is the only straight wheat American whiskey available. A winner of the Gold 'Editor's Choice Award' from Whisky Magazine, Bernheim is 51% winter wheat, 39% corn and 10% barley malt. A soft, mellow, fruity palate with gentle vanilla notes.
70cl / 43% / Distillery Bottling - A bottling of Dutch single malt whisky Millstone, made at the Zuidam distillery in Holland. This 8yo is from the 2000 vintage and was matured in American oak.
70cl / 59.2% / Distillery Bottling - A single American oak cask of Glen Ord 1997, bottled at full strength for the Managers' Choice range. This is only the second ever official vintage bottling of Glen Ord from Diageo.
70cl / 46% / Distillery Bottling - Chapter 6 is the official release of proper three year old unpeated English single malt whisky from Norfolk's St. George's distillery, which has become a phenomenon following recent media coverage.
70cl / 48.85% / Distillery Bottling - A historic bottling - the first ever official release of Inverleven, the Lowland distillery closed in 1991. This is one of the first releases in Chivas Brothers' Deoch an Doras series - the name (roughly pronounced 'Jock an Doris') means 'a drink at the door', the Gaelic equivalent of 'one for the road' - although why the Irish spelling of 'doras' has been used instead of the Scottish 'doruis' or 'dorus' is probably one for the marketing dept to answer.
70cl / 56% / Distillery Bottling - A special Cragganmore 1989, bottled at 21 years old for Diageo's 2010 Special Releases. This is from a smallish batch of refill American oak casks.
20cl / 46% / Distillery Bottling - A 20cl bottle of The English Whisky Company's heavily peated Chapter 11, award winning and much anticipated.
70cl / 43% - A vatting of top-quality Highland malts that undergo a unique secondary maturation in American casks capped with new French Oak heads, adding an extra layer of spicy flavour and complexity. The result is fruity and rich with clove and vanilla notes.
70cl / 55.1% / Distillery Bottling - The second 20yo Glenkinchie bottled for Diageo's Special Releases is, like the first, a small batch from refill American oak casks. This is an equally enjoyable dram, in our opinion a bit better, although it definitely needs a drop of water to get going.
70cl / 56.5% / Distillery Bottling - Lagavulin 12yo is always one of the most anticipated bottlings in Diageo's Special Releases. As before, this is a full strength bottling from American oak casks.
50cl / 50.5% / Distillery Bottling - And here we have the new edition of the massively popular Mackmyra, Sweden's favourite (okay, only) native malt whisky. This new version is called 'Fresh Swedish Smoke' and will be the last in the Preludium series.
70cl / 46% - The ne plus ultra from Jameson, this has been blended with some of the oldest and rarest whiskeys from Jameson's maturing stock - one of which was a pot-still whiskey matured in a port pipe, which adds an extra fruitiness to the final assemblage. More than justifies the price tag - this is one of the greatest Irish whiskies ever bottled, we feel.
70cl / 40% - The superlative Jameson 18yo has long been considered one of the brightest stars of the range. This blend of two potstill whiskies and a single grain is matured in Oloroso sherry casks and finished in bourbon wood for 6 months for a brilliantly complex potstill character.
20cl / 46% - Chapter 6 is the official release of proper three year old unpeated English single malt whisky from Norfolk's St. George's distillery, which has become a phenomenon following recent media coverage.
70cl / 43% - A massive step up in quality from the standard Hakushu 12 yrs, this 18yo is amazingly well-defined (as we've come to expect from Japanese whisky) with deliciously rounded fruit and cereal flavours, at times surprisingly reminiscent of the finest Irish potstill whisky (eg Redbreast 15yo).
50cl / 51.4% - A great gift - not only do you get a bottle of the fantastic Nikka 'From the Barrel', but it comes in a nice presentation pack with a pourer and two smart glasses to drink it from! Picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010.
70cl / 46% / Distillery Bottling - A well aged 22 year old edition of whisky from Knockdhu (aka anCnoc), bottled at 46% with no colouring or chill filtration. It's a mix of American ex-bourbon casks and some Spanish ex-oloroso butts, adding a bit of leathery smokiness to anCnoc's traditionally silky style.
70cl / 46% - Penderyn is a Welsh whisky distilled once in a unique Faraday copper still with an added purifier and rectification column and finished in Madeira casks for extra smoothness. Launched in 2004, Penderyn has built on its early promise and really carved a niche for itself.