Justerini & Brooks release 39-year-old Singleton and 26-year-old Lagavulin

Justerini & Brooks release 39-year-old Singleton and 26-year-old Lagavulin

The London wine and spirits merchant carries single cask bottlings and other rare and collectible whiskies

04 March 2022

Almost four decades in the making and limited to just 1,695 bottles, Singleton 1981 39 Years Old is the second expression in the distillery’s Epicurean Odyssey series. This new release from Justerini & Brooks (J&B) is the product of The Singleton of Glen Ord, the oldest of The Singleton distilleries and the only Highlander in the group.

Created by master blender Maureen Robinson, the whisky was matured in port, Pedro Ximénez and oloroso casks before being finished in ex-Bordeaux wine barrels. The result is described as a “rich and succulent whisky” which “layers classically dried fruit flavours with the spicy red fruits of wine and sumptuous whisper of crumbled muscovado sugar.”

Robinson commented, “I was adventurous in my approach over the years with this whisky, drawing on memories of tasting ripened grapes fresh off the vine, and newly uncorked wine around a table with my friends. Tasting a dram takes me back to that time – a shared epicurean adventure and moment of indulgence.”

This Singleton is accompanied by another new release: Lagavulin 1994 2021 Special Release, 26 Years Old. Of this Islay dram, dubbed ‘The Lion’s Jewel’, J&B says that it has a mellow nose, “complex with wood aromas”; vinous notes of linseed oil and mahogany, “backed by dry edible seaweed”; and “sweeter hints of baked fig and butterscotch”.

The Singleton (RRP £2.295) is available for purchase here, and the Lagavulin (RRP £1,650), here.

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