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 cinnamony, 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 Testing Institute, and a Silver Medal from the International Review of Spirits.
70cl / 43% / Distillery Bottling - 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 / 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 / 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.
20cl / 46% / Distillery Bottling - A 20cl bottle of The English Whisky Company's heavily peated Chapter 11, award winning and much anticipated.
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 / 43% / Compass Box - 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 / 50% - Mellow Corn is a high-proof gold-coloured American corn whisky. As a corn whiskey, the mashbill is a minimum of 81% corn, with the remainder being a combination of malted barley and rye. A light, sweet whiskey, perfect for summer evenings.
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.
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 / 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.
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 / 40% - Hugely popular Irish blend, renowned for its affinity with ginger ale. The default springboard into the fascinating world of Irish whiskey, Jameson's quality has improved massively in the last 10-15 years and it's one of Jim Murray's favourites, with 95 points in the Whisky Bible 2013.
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.
75cl / 43.4% - An old and rare bottle of Seagram's V.O. that we think was bottled way back in the 1940s. Along with the label stating all of the regular details it sports a jolly extra tag saying 'Canadian whisky at its glorious best!'. Glorious indeed.
75cl / 59% / Distillery Bottling - A 25 year old distillery bottling of Ben Nevis, distilled a couple of years after the death of Canadian Millionaire owner John Hobbs. From the colour on this one I'd guess that some of the whisky has seen the inside of a sherry cask...
70cl / 40% - Black Velvet Reserve is the 8 year old expression from Canada's second best selling (as of 2013) whisky. Originally called Black Label, the name was changed just after the end of the Second World War to reflect the velvet texture it was perceived to have.
50cl / 61.5% - A punchy bottling of the infamous Irish moonshine known as Poitin(Poteen), put together by the folks of the Teeling Whisky Company. A blend of double-distilled malt spirit and triple distilled maize spirit - classic Irish whiskey new make available to try before it's touched a barrel.
70cl / 40% - A fascinating whisky made with Yoichi, Miyagikyo and some 'grain' whisky that isn't really grain - it's malt whisky made in a Coffey still at Miyagikyo! This is really a vatted malt, or 'blended malt whisky', as we're supposed to call it these days.
75cl / 58.2% / Distillery Bottling - One of a series of extremely rare single cask, cask-strength releases from Glenmorangie. These releases were matured in a special type of new American oak and released in duty-free shops around the world.
75cl / 40% - A spicy rye spirit from the folks behind the Redemption whiskies, this is a little different from most American whiskey - it's not chill-filtered. As such, it's kept more of the fatty acids that cloud whisky giving it a more interesting mouthfeel, more flavour and a light haze.