The Whisky Exchange adds new own-label single malts
The Whisky Exchange has announced the second set of releases from under its own independent bottling label.
Co-founder and owner of The Whisky Exchange, Sukhinder Singh, selected the set of three single-cask single malts from Scotland from his extensive stocks.
The activity follows the company’s decision last year to launch six whiskies bottled by and exclusively for The Whisky Exchange.
Until that point the company had created independently-bottled whiskies for 20 years, but it lacked an ongoing independent bottling label under its own brand.
The latest three casks have been chosen to express just how many contrasting styles whisky has, bringing together smoke and sherry and rich and fruity spirit.
All three will be available online and in The Whisky Exchange’s London shops from March 11, 2020. More whiskies will be released throughout the year.
The first of the three is Ledaig 2005 (cask #900174), 13 Years Old (rsp: £94.95). It has been distilled at Tobermory on the Isle of Mull and Ledaig is the name the distillery gives to its peated spirit. It is described as being “rich and smoky, with dark chocolate, cinder toffee and candied lemon, balanced by charcoal smoke and earthy peat”.
The second is Glenburgie 1998 (Cask #900888), 21 Years-Old (rsp: £120). The company said: “We are big fans of fruity whisky at The Whisky Exchange and this ticks all of our boxes. Over the past few years, we have tasted some excellent casks of Glenburgie from 1998 and this continues that tradition, showcasing the distillery’s fruity spirit and how it develops over decades of maturation.”
On the palate, the whisky has candied notes with flavours of barley sugar and rhubarb and custard. There is a touch of oak and spice, followed by orchard fruits: flavours of sour apple and under-ripe pear.
The whisky has “layers of fruit. However it has still got a bite of oak hiding at the back, keeping everything in check”.
The final in the trio is Laphroaig 1998 (Cask #117), 21 Years-Old (rsp: 325). The whisky balances peat smoke and rich sherry “in harmony”. The company said: “if you like peat and sherry, this is a must-try dram”.
It has flavours of rich and earthy peat with flashes of liquorice, mint and berry compote.
It is described as “a dram that roars on the nose and purrs on the palate. Laphroaig’s spirit often hides its fruity character under medicinal smoke, but 21 years of maturation have peeled back the TCP to reveal the distillery’s heart”.