Over the bar: What’s new in September

This is a list of new whiskies selected, tasted and released weekly by our passionate team. We put around 10 whiskies on the bar each week, so our menu is forever changing and evolving and includes a broad selection of new, vintage and independently bottled whiskies.


Here we bring you our line up, and we hope these bottles inspire you to explore the world of whisky further, and give you some great ideas about what to look for the next time you visit the bar.

Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 year old is the newest addition to the Ardbeg core range.

Pictured above: New brandy and whisky on pour at Whisky & Alement from Monday 2nd September 2019.

Unique cask expressions top the list this week including Kilchoman STR (shaved, toasted, re-charred), Ledaig 2002 Moscatel cask finish by Cooper’s Choice and Melbourne’s newest addition, The Gospel Solera Rye.

Pictured above: New whisky on pour at Whisky & Alement from Monday 9th September 2019.

An old bottling of Glenlivet, Yoichi Sherry cask, more Cooper’s Choice and a Mannochmore aged 26 years by Scotch Malt Whisky Society is pulled from the archives.

Pictured above: New whisky on pour at Whisky & Alement from Monday 16th September 2019.

Our favourite new releases from the first month of Spring

1. Scotch Malt Whisky Society 139.4 ‘Spellbindingly sublime’ 1st fill STR barrique, Taiwan 58.3% (September Outturn)
Tasting notes – Cured sausage, raspberry vodka and lemonade, boot polish, soft red liquorice, creaming soda, raspberry jubes, old leather.

2. Fleurieu single ex Seppeltsfield Tawny cask selected by Whisky & Alement (‘Ricky’), South Australia 50.1% (Exclusive to Whisky & Alement)
Tasting notes – Liquidised Christmas lunch! Soy sauce, chewy Werthers, ginger snap biscuits, Gravox, brandy custard, lamb drippings, milky black tea, salted croissants, Luxardo cherries, caramelised orange.

3. Scotch Malt Whisky Society 53.300 ‘Unbridled joy’ 9 year old, Islay 58.5% (September Outturn)
Tasting notes – Pad Thai rice noodles, peanuts, hot sun drenched rocks at the beach, Snickers bars, chilli peanuts.

4. Yoichi Sherry Wood Finish, Japan 46%
Tasting notes – Blackberry jam, blackcurrants, melted honey, browned butter, oven roasted caramelised lemons. Delicate yet full flavoured.

5. Scotch Malt Whisky Society 64.71 ‘Fruit sweets in a ladies purse’ 26 year old refill ex bourbon, Speyside 57.2% (Old Livery Archive release)
Tasting notes – Chalk candy, spearmint leaves, rose perfume, tinned peaches, boiled blackcurrant sweets, violets, sweet puff pastry, danishes. A welcome dry finish.

Runner Up: Fettercairn 12 year old by North Star, Highlands 57.4%
Tasting notes – Paul’s Custard, peaches and cream, rice pudding, creme caramel, green leafy characters to finish.

Other five star endorsements (in no particular order): 
a) Tobermory 10 year old heavily peated by Liquid Treasures, Isle of Mull 59.3%
b) Dailuaine 10 year old refill sherry butt by Douglas Laing’s Old Particular, Speyside 48.4%
c) Aberlour 12 year old by Maltbarn 10th release, Speyside 52.1%

Beam’s Choice 8 year old bourbon bottled in the 1960’s. There were at least 5 volumes of this series of varying and weird bottle shapes, most of them looking like vases. Delicious and full of life! We giggled at the order form that requests a cheque or money order!

Pictured above: New whisky on pour at Whisky & Alement from Monday 30th September 2019.