Special Whisky ReleaseSuper special whisky release at the Vinmonopolet on Friday December 15. This is not a regular whisky release by any means. The whiskies themselves look stunning (at least quite a few of them), and the prices are quite reasonable (at least quite a few of them).

In addition, this release is only primarily for the seven special outlets (“spesialpol”). These special outlets are located at: Aker Brygge and CC-Vest in Oslo, Hamar, Sandnes sentrum, Sandefjord, Valentinlyst in Trondheim and Valkendorfsgaten in Bergen.

Here are the ‘rules’ of the engagement, as far as I have managed to clarify them:

  1. The whiskies have been evenly distributed between the seven outlets.
    • There are one or two product lines where the total quantity is less than seven though, so all things are not equal…
  2. A few product lines will be available as stock in the web shop, and as such will be possible to order online on the release day (Friday)
    • These will naturally be the product lines with the most bottles available.
    • The probable suspects are marked +web in the list below.
  3. Vinmonopolet will attempt to introduce a cap of max 2 bottles per customer for some of the product lines
    • One example of this is the new Highland Park single cask for Norway
    • This cap will be in effect both in the web shop and in the actual outlets
  4. All product lines can be ordered online, but since this is a special release the ‘normal’ procedure is not in effect. You can order these items online starting the day after the release (Saturday) – the exception being the products mentioned in item 2 above.

To sum up, if you really want these whiskies you have to be at one of the outlets on the Friday.

I predict queuing. I predict whisky nerds (at least quite a few of them) standing in queue from very, very early that morning – or perhaps from late the night before.

The number of bottles available for most of these whiskies will be very limited (at least quite a few of them), and in some cases extremely limited.

I hope to taste and review more of these before the release date (at least quite a few of them), and will update with links to reviews accordingly.

As usual I have to add the disclaimer that all of this might change at any time, and I am of course in no way responsible for any of this. I do drink responsibly though, as should you!

** List updated 2017-11-29 – this is the final list of products**
** New reviews linked daily up until December 15**

Arran 21st Anniversary (52.6 %) (no 8112901), Scotland, NOK 1982,70
BB & R Blue Hanger 11th Release (45.6 %) (no 1925901), Scotland, NOK 1599,90
Bowmore 1989 23 YO Port Cask Matured (50.8 %) (no 1129901), Scotland, NOK 3494,50
Bowmore Single Malt 25 YO (43 %) (no 5266501), Scotland, NOK 2799,90
Cameronbridge 25 YO Old Particular (52.4 %) (no 8111901), Scotland, NOK 1470,20
Caol Ila 2010 6 YO Provenance (46 %) (no 8112201), Scotland, NOK 1020,10 +web
Carsebridge 1970 47 YO (Murray McDavid) (40.9 %) (no 8111401), Scotland, NOK 3199
Chichibu The Peated 2012/2016 (54.5 %) (no 7635801), Japan, NOK 1999,90 +web
Craigellachie 2008 8 YO Benchmark (Murray McDavid) (46 %) (no 8111501), Scotland, NOK 835
Glen Elgin 18 YO 1998 (Special Releases 2017) (54.8 %) (no 7900801), Scotland, NOK 3974
Glenburgie 1998 16 YO Chieftain’s (46 %) (no 8136101), Scotland, NOK 1099,90
Glendronach Batch 15 Single Cask 21 YO 1995 (52.6 %) (no 7941201), Scotland, NOK 2449,90
Glendronach Batch 15 Single Cask 25 YO 1992 (58.5 %) (no 7941301), Scotland, NOK 2999,90
Glenfarclas 1986 The Family Casks (Spring 2017) (52.8 %) (no 8113101), Scotland, NOK 4065
Glenfarclas Family Casks 1990 Sherry Butt (49,7 %) (no 8113001), Scotland, NOK 2474
Glenfarclas Family Casks 1991 Sherry Butt (57.6 %) (no 8112801), Scotland, NOK 2469,40
Glenfarclas Family Casks 1992 Sherry Butt (59 %) (no 8112701), Scotland, NOK 2468,60
Glenfarclas Family Casks 1993 Sherry Butt (59.4 %) (no 8112601), Scotland, NOK 2468,40
The Glenlivet Pittandlich (59.9 %) (no 8086001), Scotland, NOK 1912,30
Hakushu 12 YO Single Malt (43 %) (no 1132201), Japan, NOK 999,90
Hanyu 2000 Number One Drinks 10th Anniversary (56.6 %) (no 7701801), Japan, NOK 6000
Hanyu Final Vintage 15 YO (46.5 %) (no 8136801), Japan, NOK 6000 +web
Highland Park Single Cask Vintersolnu (58.8 %) (no 8085801), Scotland, NOK 1420,30 +web
Ladyburn 42 YO (40 %) (no 8085901), Scotland, NOK 14999,90
Linkwood 1990 (Duncan Taylor Dimensions) (45.9 %) (no 8099401), Scotland, NOK 3275
Longmorn 1996 (Duncan Taylor Dimensions) (52.1 %) (no 8099501), Scotland, NOK 2645
MacDuff 1991 26 YO Sherry Butt 1991 (Chieftain’s) (46 %) (no 8136201), Scotland, NOK 1899,90
North British 1988 28 YO (Murray McDavid) (46 %) (no 8111701), Scotland, NOK 1299
Pittyvaich 1989 25 YO (Special releases 2015) (49.9 %) (no 3405901), Scotland, NOK 2800,20
Springbank 1993 23 YO Mission Gold – Limited release (Murray McDavid) (50.4 %) (no 8111601), Scotland, NOK 3499,90
Springbank Hazelburn 13 YO Oloroso Cask Matured (47.1 %) (no 8112301), Scotland, NOK 1020,10 +web
Springbank Longrow 18 YO Limited Edition 2017 Release (46 %) (no 8112001), Scotland, NOK 1498 +web
Springbank Longrow Red 13 YO Malbec Cask Matured (51.3 %) (no 8112101), Scotland, NOK 1270,20
Talisker 2010 6 YO Provenance (46 %) (no 8111801), Scotland, NOK 1019,20 +web
Teaninich 1999 17 YO (Special release 2017) (55.9 %) (no 7900701), Scotland, NOK 3666,20
Yamazaki 12 YO Single Malt (43 %) (no 5138201), Japan, NOK 641,90

Phew! That’s it for the Special Whisky Release. Good luck!

One of the bottles in this Special Whisky Release…

Sláinte!
– Thomas

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