Dear Whisky Santa …

There’s still time for seasonal wishes! This year we have been less naughty, so can we at WhiskyBeans please have one (or more) of the following whiskies this Xmas:

Glenmorangie Signet (70cl, 46.0%)

It uses high roast chocolate malt, in which malty barley grains are tumble roasted in the same way coffee beans would be. This unique whisky is surely on top of many wish lists this year! Tasting notes include coffee, chocolate, hint of tiramisu and spices.

A fusion of unique and rare elements, and clouded in secrecy, Signet is the culmination of a lifetime’s experience. A blend of our oldest whisky – distilled over thirty years ago when malting still occurred on site – and spirit matured in a selection of the world’s finest casks, this undoubtedly is the richest whisky in our range. Of course, whilst the exact secrets of its production are known only to our whisky creators, we can tell you that Signet’s melting sweetness and explosive spiciness is, at least in part, caused by our unique roasted ‘chocolate’ barley malt and the ‘designer casks’ made bespoke for Glenmorangie from American white oak. Non chill-filtered


The whisky wishlist continues:

Old Pulteney Limited Edition 1990 Vintage (70cl, 46.0%)

Matured in American ex-bourbon and Spanish ex-sherry casks which previously held heavily peated whisky. Each 700ml bottle is non-chill filtered at 46% ABV.

Lovely limited edition that really spurs your interest.

Old Pulteney Navigator (70cl, 46.0%)

The ‘Old Pulteney’ Clipper Round the World Race yacht departed from London’s Tower Bridge on Sunday 1st September with a very special cargo on board: the first case of a brand new limited edition Old Pulteney inspired by our intrepid maritime adventure – ‘Old Pulteney Navigator’.

We like Old Pulteney, does it show?

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1990 Black Art 04.1 (70cl, 49.2%)

“Sorry. Can’t tell you.” That’s what Black Art is all about – “Working with the very finest American and French oak to explore that most esoteric relationship between spirit and wood, Black Art is Master Distiller Jim McEwan’s personal voyage into the heart of Bruichladdich.”

I remember tasting the earlier versions of Black Art and falling in love in that instant. The 4th version is no less dramatic than the previous ones.

Bruichladdich 22 Year Old 1991 (70cl, 52.4%)

Fragrant aromas, palma violets and a hint of sweet honey and vanilla. Fruit elements develop, pineapple, lemon and lime zest. … Black pepper with green apples and peach. Slight bitter flavours develop, orange peel with a lingering trace of tobacco.

Nothing like an aged Bruichladdich for the cold wintery evenings.

Invergordon 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 10250, 70cl, 50.6%)

Oh, what’s this? Another excellent bottling of single grain Scotch whisky from Douglas Laing’s The Clan Denny selection? Marvellous! This one is a 26 year old Invergordon single grain, distilled in 1988 and presented at 50.6% ABV.

Grain whisky needs a bigger spotlight, so that’s why we have three Invergordon grain whiskies on our list!

Invergordon – Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company, 50cl, 58.3%)

All hail the Coffey still! Or is that the coffee still? Whilst the label may be a little confused by these homophonic terms (and Invergordon may not have any actual Coffey stills these days…), the whisky itself certainly isn’t confused at all, in fact, it’s an absolute cracker of a single grain! Thick and honeyed without being overly sweet, Batch 2 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s Invergordon is a golden dram in more ways than one.

Lemon Cheesecake 1988 – Wemyss Malts (Invergordon, 70cl, 46.0%)

If you put lemon and cheesecake in a whisky, it can’t be anything but good. I have a soft spot for the Wemyss Malts special bottlings and was devastated when I couldn’t get the Lemon Grove I had my eyes on for a while.

Lemon Cheesecake (CC BY-SA 2.0 by Charles Haynes)
Lemon Cheesecake (CC BY-SA 2.0 by Charles Haynes)


That’s it! We hope Whisky Santa will see how nice we have been. Let us know what is on your Whisky Santa list & have a lovely December!

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