Previous Bottlings

The Chess Malt Collection Bottlings

White Rook - H1

Craigellachie, 1995 – 21 Years Old Speyside Single Malt – 52,3% (Sherry Butt)

Release date: 3rd November 2017

Appearance
A wonderful nice dark golden color with a brilliant mahogany glimpse.

Nose
Soft and welcoming with lots of raisins, chocolate, dark dried fruits and Christmas cake.

Palate
Rich with dried fruits, nuts, orange peel, caramel and dark chocolate. Hints of tobacco and aged-oak spice.

Finish
Long and lasting length with slightly bitter fruits and more chocolate. And a touch of white pepper in the aftertaste.

Black Pawn - C7

Auchentoshan, 1997 – 20 Years Old Lowland Single Malt – 56,7% (Bourbon Cask)

Release date: 15th December 2017

Appearance
A nice and deep golden mature barley appearance.

Nose
Fruity with citrus and some sweet notes with a hint of vanilla and coconuts and toasted almonds.

Palate
The whisky is rich, nutty and oily. It has a floral freshness with sweet vanilla and spicy oak notes but also notes of sweet milk chocolate.

Finish
Lasting notes of vanilla and spices with a hint of fruity notes. It’s a well balanced dram.

Black Knight - B8

Blair Athol, 1995 – 22 Years Old Highland Single Malt – 57,2% (Sherry Butt)

Release date: 1st May 2018

Appearance
A nice clear and golden sherry color.

Nose
Lovely Oloroso-sherry notes with toffee, orange and a hint of black pepper with vanilla and ginger.

Palate
A big creamy Sherry sweetness, plum, toffee, spices and sweet raisins with a slightly nutty note. The nice cask strength makes a fine balance to the sweetness.

Finish
Silky smooth with sweetness, spices and a hint of toffee and grapefruit notes. It’s a cracking sherried Highland malt.

White Pawn - F2

MacDuff, 1997 – 21 Years Old Highland Single Malt – 53,5% (Bourbon Cask)

Release date: 1st September 2018

Appearance
A clear and nice yellow grain color.

Nose
Notes of green banana, honey with vanilla, cereals, apple skin and black pepper.

Palate
A bit spicy, rich and with fruity aromas and spicy wood and more black pepper.

Finish
Dry with vegetables and pepper notes followed by gentle oak spices.

Black Queen - D8

Bowmore, 1996 – 22 Years Old Islay Single Malt – 52,9 % (Bourbon Cask)

Release date: 1st November 2018

Appearance
The color is beautiful, clear and golden.

Nose
A delicious aroma with peat, smoke and a little hint of liquorice.

Palate
Classic with lots of menthol and smoke with a nice salty feel on the tongue.

Finish
A long and lasting taste of salt, ash and peat. What a wonderful drama.

White Pawn - A2

Tormore, 1988 – 30 Years Old Speyside Single Malt – 51,4 % (Hogshead)

Release date: 3rd May 2019

Appearance
The color of this Single Malt has been developed over more than 30 years in a American oak cask and it appears with a beautiful yellow color almost like an old Sauternes.

Nose
The nose is very fruity with notes of citrus, coconut, caramel and lots of vanilla. After a few minutes in the glass more exotic fruit characters like pineapples and banana are coming through.

Palate
A very soft and sweet Speyside Single Malt with notes of wood after many years in cask. The Cask Strength of 51.4% alcohol is not really something you will notice. The whisky is pleasant on the palate and it is really a classic Speyside with lots of honey aromas and sweetness from the wood.

Finish
The finish is long and pleasant with slightly spicy aromas with malty aromas and white peppers. What a dram! It’s so “old-school-great” that all your senses will call for another straight away.

White Bishop - C1

Lochranza, 1997 – 22 Years Old Island Single Malt – 51,7 % (Sherry Hogshead)

Release date: 28th August 2019

Appearance
Brilliant and light golden sherry color.

Nose
Malty, floral, green apples and notes of nuts, toffee, honey and some light sherry aromas.

Palate
The taste is dominated by the typical Arran lemon/citrus fruity notes with spices, sweet dried fruits and a hint of white pepper. This dram needs some air and a drop of water to open up and show the most delicate aromas.

Finish
Delicate sherry, nutty, malted barley and with a salty finish

Black Pawn - G7

Ardmore, 2002 – 17 Years Old Highland Single Malt – 59,7% (Bourbon Cask)

Release date: November 2019

Appearance
A light golden and clear color.

Nose
Lots of vanilla, malty, coffee and caramel notes in combination with a wonderful note of peat smoke.

Palate
On the palate the whisky is dominated by sweet notes of vanilla and a nice peaty note alongside with ginger and dark berries.

Finish
Spicy and a dry earthy smoke and some very pleasant sweet vanilla notes.

Black Rook - H8

Deanston, 1996 – 23 Years Old Highland Single Malt – 52,7% (Bourbon Barrel)

Release date: February 2020

Appearance
A yellow and clear golden color.

Nose
Notes of vanilla, coconut and cereals. There is absolutely no doubt about the influence of the American white oak.

Palate
An “old-fashioned” and classic single malt whisky with all the aromas you can expect after more than 23 years in American oak. The palate is dominated by lovely sweet notes of vanilla. Rich and spicy with hint of fruit aromas and white pepper.

Finish
Dry, spicy and a long gentle oaky and spicy aftertaste.

White Pawn - E2

Benrinnes, 1997 – 23 Years Old Speyside Single Malt – 56,9% (Bourbon Hogshead)

Release date: October 2020

Appearance
A nice clear and golden color.

Nose
Notes of white pepper, vanilla, oranges and caramel.

Palate
The palate is dominated by notes of sweet milk chocolate and lovely vanilla. It’s a spicy and fruity dram with hint white pepper.

Finish
The aftertaste is very long with long-lasting pepper, vanilla, green fruits and spice. A sweet ending that is long and intense.

Black Bishop - F8

Auchroisk, 1996 – 24 Years Old Speyside Single Malt – 48,4% (Bourbon Hogshead)

Release date: February 2021

Appearance
A light golden color.

Nose
Notes of oak, peaches, toffee, vanilla and very nutty. Like walking into a ware house.

Palate
The taste is extremely delicate, soft and with notes of nuts, sweet vanilla and soft oak aromas. A really well developed and balanced taste. Call it old-fashioned. That’s what it is!

Finish
The finish is intense, long and tasty with notes of black pepper, raisins and oak. Warming and spicy at the very end. It’s an excellent dram.

White Pawn - B2

Jura, 1997 – 23 Years Old Island Single Malt – 53,7% (Bourbon Barrel)

Release date: July 2021

Appearance
A clear bright yellow and golden color.

Nose
Notes of vanilla, fudge caramel and biscuits.

Palate
The palate is fat and oily and dominated by notes of barley, caramel, toffee and at bit of menthol and salt. It’s very complex.

Finish
A very nice long finish, with sweet oak and a spicy note.

White King - E1

Dufftown, 1991 – 29 Years Old Speyside Single Malt – 52,6% (Bourbon Barrel)

Release date: September 2021

Appearance
The color is beautiful. Like ripe and golden grain.

Nose
Notes of grass, straw and mint with vanilla.

Palate
A very light and gentle beginning. Then hints of citrus with green apples and melon takes over and lots of vanilla is coming through. It’s a very aromatic with wood and honey note. A very gentle and (almost to) easy drinking dram.

Finish
A medium long finish, with sweet and spicy notes of oak and white pepper.

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