The Scotch Whisky Regulations of 2009 came into force at midnight on November 22nd changing the way that Scotch Whisky must be described. The names ‘Vatted Malt’ and ‘Vatted Grain’ are being retired so boutique whisky creators Compass Box are honouring their passing with two special releases, bottled just before the deadline.
They are both available now at The Whisky Exchange:
Last Vatted Malt
1323 bottles 53.7% £175
A vatting of 35 year old Speyside and 26 year old Islay whisky to create a rich and smoky memorial.
Last Vatted Grain
297 bottles 46% £130
A combination of grain whiskies from Invergordon, Carsebridge, Port Dundas and Cameron Bridge.
They also have an excellent FAQ from Compass Box’s John Glaser explaining the changes and how they affect their whiskies.
And if you’re looking for Christmas inspiration, it may be worth a look at The Whisky Exchange’s Top 20 Whiskies of 2011.