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New Glen Moray Age Statement Whiskies, Single Cask Bottlings, And More

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New Glen Moray Age Statement Whiskies, Single Cask Bottlings, And More

January 7, 2017 –––––– Susannah Skiver Barton, , , ,

This week it's all about scotch. Read on for freshly launched single cask bottlings from Chieftain'sand newcomer Chapter 7, plus a whole new range of age statement whiskies from Glen Moray and a recently released Kilchoman.

Glen Moray 12 year old, 15 year old, and 18 year old single malts

Style: Single malt Scotch whisky

Proof: 40% ABV (12 and 15 year olds), 47.2% ABV (18 year old)

Price: $40 (12 year old), $55 (15 year old), $90 (18 year old)

Release: December 2016

Availability: Widely available, although the 18 year old is a smaller release than the other two

Need to know:

A new range from the Speyside distillery, the 12 and 18 year old expressions are matured in bourbon casks, while the 15 year old is a mixture of sherry and bourbon casks.

Whisky Advocate says:

This new lineup complements Glen Moray's no-age-statement Classic range, and its Elgin Reserve tier, which includes the 25 year old Port Cask Finish. Glen Moray 10 year old Chardonnay Cask is being discontinued.

Chapter 7 19 year old

Style: Single malt Scotch whisky

Proof: 56.2% ABV

Price: $180

Release: November 2016

Availability: 270 bottles for the U.S.

Need to know:

This whisky comes from an undisclosed Highlands distillery and is exclusive to the U.S. market.

Whisky Advocate says:

Chapter 7 is a new independent bottler based in Switzerland which has been operating since September 2014. Importer ImpEx Beverages notes that the whisky has aromas of “malt loaf and Christmas cake,” with a nutty and sherried palate.

Chieftain's Bowmore 2002 13 year old

Chieftain's Bowmore 2002 13 year old

Style: Single malt Scotch whisky

Proof: 46% ABV

Price: $130

Release: November 2016

Availability: 652 bottles for the U.S.

Chieftain's Glen Grant 1997 19 year old

Style: Single malt Scotch whisky

Proof: 46% ABV

Price: $125

Release: November 2016

Availability: 487 bottles for the U.S.

Chieftain's Glen Keith 1993 23 year old

Style: Single malt Scotch whisky

Proof: 46% ABV

Price: $175

Release: November 2016

Availability: 219 bottles for the U.S.

Chieftain's Linkwood 1991 24 year old

Style: Single malt Scotch whisky

Proof: 46% ABV

Price: $175

Release: November 2016

Availability: 269 bottles for the U.S.

Chieftain's Glenrothes 1997 19 year old

Style: Single malt Scotch whisky

Proof: 53.2% ABV

Price: $165

Release: November 2016

Availability: 437 bottles for the U.S.

Chieftain's Glenturret 1990 25 year old

Style: Single malt Scotch whisky

Proof: 49.7% ABV

Price: $210

Release: November 2016

Availability: 397 bottles for the U.S.

Need to know:

The Chieftain's range comes out twice a year. It's bottled by Ian MacLeod Distillers, which also owns Glengoyne, Tamdhu, Smokehead, and Sheep Dip, among other Scotch whisky brands.

Whisky Advocate says:

The Glenturret would make a fun (and probably satisfying) comparison with Famous Grouse, which uses up most of that distillery's production. And the Glen Keith is a rare find, as the distillery was mothballed between 1999 and 2012 and most of its production before and after the shuttering has been used in blends.

Kilchoman Original Cask Strength

Style: Single malt Scotch whisky

Proof: 56.9% ABV

Price: $110

Release: December 2016

Availability: 269 bottles for the U.S.

Need to know:

This is the second release of Kilchoman's Original Cask Strength and was matured in quarter casks.

Whisky Advocate says:

A quarter cask is, well, roughly one-quarter the size of a 500-liter butt, meaning the whisky comes into more wood contact during maturation. Expect this one to show notes of caramel and vanilla as a result.