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Glenlivet Plans to Release a Sequel to Glenlivet Cipher named Glenlivet Code

It seems that Glenlivet Distillery is planning to release a sequel to the controversial and enigmatic 2016 release Glenlivet Cipher.

A new label filled by Glenlivet shows that Glenlivet Code is probably slated for a release sometimes in 2018. Like Cipher, it’s NAS whisky and will probably be bottled at 48%.

I bet no official tasting notes will be available up front…

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Laphroaig Cairdeas Fino Cask Finish to be released for Feis Ile 2018

It’s this time of the year where we recovers from the new year celebrations and looking forward new releases and festivals in 2018. So here’s the forthcoming Laphroaig Cairdeas 2018 edition – Fino cask finish.

It was matured in first fill bourbon casks and then matured for an unknown time period in Fino Sherry casks, bottled at the expected Laphroaig Cairdeas strength 51.8% (51.year) without chill filtering.

I’ve been wondering when a Fino expression will be launched and here it’s coming!

Diageo 2017 Special Releases Bottle Information

it seems like the information on Diageo Special Releases 2017 has started to trickle out as four new labels from Diageo distilleries has popped up in the TTB database and they aren’t of the more familiar brands in their portfolio:

  • Teaninich 17 Year Old (200th Anniversary) – 55.9%
  • Port Dundas 52 Year Old – 46.6%, 752 bottles
  • Glen Elgin 18 Year Old – 54.8%, 5352 bottles
  • Blair Athol 23 Year Old – 58.4%, 5514 bottles

Update (24/4/2017) – WhiskyExperts.net has published information on more bottles in the SP17 release:

  • Brora 1982 34 Year Old – 51.9%, 3000 bottles
  • Port Ellen 1979 37 Year Old – 51%, 2988 bottles
  • Convalmore 32 Year Old – 48.2%, 3972 bottles
  • Caol Ila 18 Year Old – 59.8%
  • Lagavulin 12 Year Old – 56.5%,

So far no mention of the annual Lagavulin 12/Caol Ila unpeated releases and we can be pretty sure more bottles will be added (Will we see Brora/Port Ellen this year?). The post will be updated when more information will be available.

Here are the labels from the TTB database:

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New Ardbeg is coming: Ardbeg Twenty Something 23 Year Old

Update: Ardbeg Twenty Something will be released on 2nd November 2017 for Ardbeg Committee members. Price tag: £430.


Seems like Ardbeg is preparing a new release for the rich among us. A new label shows they intend to release another whisky from the stock that was distilled prior to the current owners regime (with Ardbeg 21 being the first one). The label states it was bottled in 2017 after being aged for 23 years so it’s a 1993/1994 spirit distilled when Ardbeg was part of Allied distillers.

The label hints at a series of releases as the title is Ardbeg Twenty Something so we could (and probably will) see other future releases that carry 2x age statements.

Will it be released in time for the next month Feis Ile? Stay tuned.

Another new Highland Park whisky: Highland Park Full Volume 47.2%

There’s a flurry of activity with Highland Park distillery in the last few months. It’s like they are the hyperactive kid in the playground – too many single casks to different markets, stores or occasions, rebranding the core 12/18 year old whiskies with a new labels and viking theme, new expressions (Valkyrie and Magnus) but the dust didn’t settle down yet as there’s another new Highland Park whisky coming – Highland Park Full Volume according to the new label that popped up in the TTB Database.

This time we have age statement – it’s a 17-18 Year Old whisky, and from the short tasting notes it seems like no (or very little) sherry casks were harmed making this whisky. Is it a core line expression or a limited edition? Will it be a USA exclusive or will we see it out in a global release?  What does it means it’s Full Volume – is it cask strength whisky (the ABV is not too high)? stay tuned.

Longrow RED 2017 release: Longrow RED 13 Year Old Malbec Wine Cask Finish

It’s not really a secret as information on it was flowing quite freely since last year but people were anxiously waiting for the official release of the next Longrow RED.

Although it’s not the official release, the Label has been officially revealed and now we know for sure that the next Longow RED release is:

Longrow RED 13 Year Old Malbec Wine Cask Finish

It spent 12 years in Bourbon casks and then finished for 15 months in fresh Mabec wine barriques from the De Toren Private Cellar in Stellenbosch South Africa.

Only 9000 bottles were produced and it will be bottled at 51.3% and it should hit stores around the globe during May 2017.


A new member in Highland Park core range: Highland Park Magnus

Looks like Highland Park founding father is making a cameo. Highland Park is gearing up to release a new NAS expression in their official line up named Highland Park Magnus. It’s promised to be apologetically bold, smoky and undeniably Orcadian. Too bad it looks like it will be bottled at 40%

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