An independent bottler searches for casks from the different distilleries around Scotland, looking for the best malts to share with whisky enthusiasts the world over. Each cask is sampled and only if it is found to be of the best quality will it be bottled in the Single Malts of Scotland range as a Single Cask or as part of a small batch.
Many of the bottlings in Single Malts of Scotland have received awards and critical acclaim and with years of experience in selecting casks, you can be sure that the whiskies that are bottled are of the highest quality. With aged casks such as these becoming increasingly difficult to find, each Whisky can be considered unlikely ever to be repeated. Each bottling is one of a limited number, making them perfect for a special gift or the chance to try something truly unique.
About Director’s Special
Only exceptional whiskies are selected by our Director to be bottled for this exclusive series from The Single Malts of Scotland. Each bottling is aged to perfection, celebrating both the classic characteristics of the distillery and the subtle changes created by time and oak.
31 yo Imperial
Only 154 bottles were produced from a single barrel of Imperial Single Malt Scotch whisky, which was aged for more than 31 years.
Bottled at 44.1% alc.
NOSE – Strawberry jellies in a crinkly paper bag appear at first, followed by a vase of dried honeysuckle, sitting on a wooden windowsill. A slice of key lime pie is served with a dollop of sugared cream and accented by a few sticky marshmallows.
PALATE – Raspberry coulis and crunchy meringue nests, breaking apart on a China plate. The tart sweetness of lychee develops on to a little hint of baking spice and a spoon of set honey. A hint of Earl Grey tea, left stewing in the cup.
FINISH – Warming and silky, leaving a lasting impression of cinnamon chewy sweets and desiccated coconut. Milk-chocolate mint creams rest on, with a whisper of almond extract.
22 yo Laphroaig
Only 421 bottles were produced from a single ex-Sherry Butt of Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch whisky, which was aged for more than 22 years.
Bottled at 52.6% alc
NOSE – Initially, heapings of spiced plum chutney and blackberry compote. This is accented by a touch of smoke from bonfire embers and plenty of sticky, smoked chipotle glaze. Lastly, vanilla-infused tobacco leaves appear.
PALATE – Crunchy maple syrup brittle coats the palate, followed immediately by a spoon of date conserve. Steaming peppermint tea arrives, served with crumbly ginger snaps. This eases on to a glass of decadent cherry wine and a slice of spongy pain d’épices.
FINISH – Sooty smoke is at its most intense on the finish, mingling with smoked trout blinis. Sea-salted caramel and earthy brown soda bread linger to the end.
25 yo Bowmore Cask #1367
This Single Malt was distilled at Bowmore Fistillery in 1996 and aged for more than 25 years in a single Hogshead, yielding a total of 162 bottles. This Bowmore treats you to abundant sweet smoke, saline intensity, and a pleasant freshness.
Bottled at 54.3% alc.
NOSE – At first, aromas reminiscent of a smoky barbecue on a windy beach, with salt in the air. This leads on to smoked thyme and slightly grilled nectarine.
PALATE – Plumes of sweet smoke, a crunchy, indulgent candy apple, and a drizzling of blossom honey. Some heat appears with smoked chipotle chili paste, which is balanced by the freshness of a vase of just-cut flowers.
FINISH – A touch of the tanginess of grape peel marries with a slightly burnt pear pie, which evolves into a whisper of white pepper.
24 yo Ben Nevis Cask #1730
This Single Malt was distilled at Ben Nevis Distillery in 1996 and aged for more than 24 years in a single Hogshead, yielding a total of 177 bottles. Full of creamy, fruity and zesty flavors, this Ben Nevis presents an array of taste experiences in just one sip.
Bottled at 48.8% alc.
NOSE – Cherry and cranberry chocolate brownies, just out of the oven. Scattered pine needles on a forest floor are followed by the headiness of a new leather satchel and the succulence of a few slices of mandarin.
PALATE – A bowl of deliciously juicy peaches is complemented by the creaminess of butterscotch candies. The fruity-yet-creamy character continues with helpings of strawberries and freshly whipped cream, drizzled with indulgent raspberry coulis.
FINISH – Just a touch of ripe kiwi is followed by a squeeze of lime juice and grated ginger
12 yo Teaninich Cask #715786
Distilled in Teaninich distillery in 2008 and aged for more than 12 years in a single hogshead, which yielded a total of just 296 bottles. This is a whisky bursting with verdant and juicy notes, all complemented by an indulgent showing of tasty confection.
NOSE – Comforting notes of roasted butternut squash, drizzled with honey and sprinkled with hazelnuts, drift in. Next, more freshness – like a springtime walk by the river. Pear peels mingle with heady wood and orchid petals.
PALATE – A refreshing lime ice lolly is served up with a glass of cold ginger beer. Chocolate-covered nougat and flaky pastry bring a creaminess to the experience, followed up by toasted almonds and chopped parsley.
FINISH – Deliciously light and bright – rose tonic water and strawberry marshmallows remain, with just a slight hint of torn rocket leaves.
11yo Glen Elgin Cask #807780
Distilled at Glen Elgin distillery in 2009 and aged for more than 11 years in a single hogshead, which yielded a total of just 242 bottles. An abundance of fruit and earthiness lifts this dram into elegant complexity.
NOSE – On first nose, we’re immersed in aromas of sliced Ambrosia apples and strawberry lace sweets. Light peony perfume wafts in, followed by crumbly marzipan and bright green tulip leaves. A new leather handbag brings an earthy freshness.
PALATE – Sumptuous Pasteis de Nata contribute a creamy sweetness. This is followed by celery sticks, with a tangy yoghurt dip and juicy nectarine conserve. Gentle wood spice drifts in next, smothered in lingonberry sauce.
FINISH – Burnt pretzels and delicate fruit remain strong – a touch of zest idles with apple-and-blackcurrant cordial and melon sorbet.
10 yo Caol Ila Cask #300162
Distilled at Caol Ila distillery in 2011 and aged for more than 10 years in a single ex-sherry butt, which yielded a total of 612 bottles. This is a dram that truly makes the case for the immense enjoyment gleaned from the perfect balance of smoke, salt and dark fruits.
NOSE – Right away, toasted naan bread and oak-smoked salmon, stuffed with mackerel roulade, jump out. Then, Sicilian lemon peel, with a smattering of coriander seeds and heapings of spiced plum chutney.
PALATE – Smoky and sweet sticky barbecue sauce coats the palate with plenty of dried figs and a touch of mango juice. A vinegar-laden paper bag of fish and chips takes over, moving on to juicier notes of cranberry compote and candied cherries.
FINISH – Strawberry jelly sweets rest on, along with the ashy smoke of a burnt match and lots of vanilla sugar. A few pickled capers linger behind the fruity smoke.