April is a particularly intense month, with many exclusive or highly-sought after whisky releases entering the market. They’re many commemorative whiskies, including one by Springbank Distillers, that celebrates how 62% of Scotland’s population voted to stay in the EU. It’s made from a combination of 62 whiskies from all around the land, a particularly fitting drink in light of Brexit uncertainty.
But if you’re really looking to invest your money in liquid gold, and kit out your booze cabinet, we’ve compiled five of the best premium whisky releases to not miss out on.
The Black Art 5 is Adam Hannett’s first foray into crafting an expression for Bruichladdich after stepping up as Head Distiller. Aside from the witchy bottle that wouldn’t look amiss in a curiousity shop, this dark tipple is a blend of varying whiskies, the youngest of which is 24 years. Its a potent beast rich on autumnal fruit notes, with a hint of coconut one expects from American oak casks. There’s a discernible influence from wine casks as well — notes of champagne grapes give it pleasant, lingering hint of bitterness. Definitely Bruichladdich’s most exciting release in recent times. This whisky can be experienced at The Wall and La Maison du Whisky and can be purchased at La Maison du Whisky for S$495.
S$475. Get a bottle here.
Lochside is a Highland distillery that faded into obscurity in 1992. The remains of a single cask are being sold by Long Drop distillers, with 106 bottles available worldwide. Its a single grain whisky from 1972, bottled at cask strength of 44% ABV. Drink it with a drop of water to tease out notes of peach, nectarine, pepper, yuzu and an underlying greenness that just makes it all the more supple on the palate. This Lochside truly gives grain whisky a new lease, proving that it does get better with age.
S$3530. Get a bottle here.
Some will argue that 30 years is a long time to age a whisky, but this Glenlivet expression will knock that out the water. Finished in American Oak, this 48% ABV gem is one bursting with warm gingerbread, toffee and apricot notes. It is definitely a sweet one, that’s in-your-face with its flavours, so go for this if you enjoy your whiskies bold.
S$1,200. Get a bottle here.
This ultra-rare Speyside Macallan was aged for 19 years, and bottled by the Hart Brothers in 1990. Its a light gold expression, a far cry from the standard Macallan troupe. Given its rarity, there aren’t many tasting notes on the market, nor were we able to get our hands on a bottle to try. If you’re interested in trying your luck, it is making some circuits around whisky auctions.
S$880. Available at select auctions.
The Johnnie Walker Green Label is back from the annals of yesteryear, and now available in Singapore again. Blended with Highland, Lowland, Speyside and Islay whiskies, with the minimum being 15 years old, the Green label is definitely a whisky that’s heavy on the smoke. The whiskies selected for this were from American and European oak, resulting in an amber expression with seriously pronounced flavours.
S$101. Find a store for purchase here.