Whisky Focus - Two New Scotch Single Cask Whiskies From Indie Bottler Skene

Two New Scotch Single Cask Whiskies From Indie Bottler Skene

15th April 2021
Edinburgh based independent bottler Skene whisky release two Speyside region, American oak matured, single cask, single malt whiskies, Skene Glenrothes 11 Year Old and Braeval 6 Year Old.

Two new Skene Scotch single cask whiskies - Glenrothes 11 Year Old and Braeval 6 Year OldFollowing on from their "Black Tartan 88" Scotch blended malt whisky release in September last year and a trio of single malt, single cask expressions just before Christmas, Edinburgh based independent bottler Skene Whisky has released two more Scotch single cask, single malt whiskies, this time from the Speyside whisky region.

The first is a Glenrothes 11 Year Old single malt which was distilled in 2009, fully matured in a hogshead Cask Number 7711 and bottled in 2021, it is naturally coloured, non chill filtered and has been bottled at 48% ABV. The single cask produced just 388 bottles which have a tempting RRP of only £45.80 for a 70cl bottle.

The second release is a Braeval 2014 vintage, although it isn't stated on the label I am told that this Braeval expression was distilled on the 30th September 2014 then matured in a American Oak Hogshead Cask Number 9900153 for 6 years and bottled in December 2020.  The single cask produced just 327 bottles, naturally coloured and non chill filtered it has been bottled at 50% ABV, again with natural colour and no chill filtration. Price at £45.80 for a 70cl bottle.

The two new single cask malt releases, together with earlier Skene expressions and a selection of third-party vintage bottlings, are now available from Skene Scotch Whisky’s online shop.

I haven't tasted any of the two new whiskies and Skene hasn't released them with any tasting notes to give you an idea of what you will find in the bottles, they also don't make it altogether clear on the bottle labels that they are single cask whiskies, or state the cask numbers, distillation or bottling dates and in the case of the Braeval  release it has no age statement even though they have given me all this info. Still an affordable range for whisky drinkers to explore but they could do themselves and whisky drinkers a favour and provide all the details they have on each whisky on the label.

Skene tells me that after a few years away from bottle sales they plan to release a number of new expressions through 2021 - "Skene Reserve", single cask premium bottlings of vintage malt whisky such as The Macallan 30 year old. "Skene Sherry Editions" will be sherry-matured single malts, normally bottled at 48% ABV and aimed squarely at whisky drinkers. "Skene American Oak Editions" will be ex-bourbon single malt bottlings, again normally bottled at a flavoursome 48% ABV. "Skene Peated Malt Editions" will be peated single malt expressions, yet  again normally bottled at 48% ABV.

You will find Skene whisky available from Skene's own website and it can occasionally be found available from specialist online retailers such as Master of Malt

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