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Blended Scotch Whisky

Blended whiskies combine the subtle flavours of grain whisky with the more exuberant characteristics of single malts. Conceived usually for ease of drinking and sheer mixability, the flavour ranges from smokey to sherried to everything in between. The market remains enormous with blends outselling single malts 9:1. From rare Johnnie Walker Collectables to Quality Quaffing blends, we continue to offer the largest range of Scotch Whisky in Australia. Subscribe to our Spirits and Liqueurs Email Newsletter to keep up to date with new arrivals, whisky tastings, special offers and more. Click here to learn more about Scotch Whisky.

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      Ballantines 17 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
      Dumbarton, SCOTLAND
      $110. 00 Bottle
      $1320.00 Dozen
      ABV: 40%
      Scotch Whisky of the Year' & 'Third Finest Whisky in the World'
      - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2013.

      Speaking at the publication of Jim Murray’s 2011 edition of the Whisky Bible, the man of the hour commented, “Blends are seen by many as the poor relations to single malts. Ballantine’s 17 proves, quite spectacularly, what many of us have known for a great many years: it isn’t. A blender has the chance to create something unique and quite beautiful by putting together many whisky styles. With Ballantine’s 17, the blender has done his job in glorious, quite majestic fashion.”

      Note: we have the 40% ABV bottling. Jim Murray's review refers to the 43% bottling, however we would expect the whiskies to be very similar.

      Tasting note: Impressive, bright deep, gold colour. The nose offers powerful sweet grainy scents, beautifully integrated with cocoa, charry vanillan oak and a very soft, gentlly wafting sweet peat adding depth. There’s a subtle grapiness too. Concentrated and mouth filling by blended standards and quite spicy, the palate is pristinely clean offering rich sweet malt, followed by cocoa and some smokey, honeyed, biscuit flavours. Outstanding length. Remains spicy, becoming dry - the aftertaste is a remarkable quality of this whisky - pulsing for a good 10-20 seconds and beyond. A first-rate blend with loads of character. 43 % Alc. Vol.

      Other reviews: (97.5 points)(n24.5) deft grain and honey plus teasing salty peat; ultra high quality with bourbon and pear drops offering the thrust; a near unbelievable integration with gooseberry juice offering a touch of sharpness muted by watered golden syrup; (t24) immediately mouthwatering with maltier tones clambering over the graceful cocoa-enriched grain; the degrees of sweetness are varied but near perfection; just hints of smoke here and there; (f24) lashings of vanilla and cocoa on the fade; drier with a faint spicey, vaguely smoky buzz; has become longer with more recent bottlings with the most subtle oiliness imaginable; (b25) now only slightly less weighty than of old. After a change of style direction it has comfortably reverted back to its sophisticated, mildly erotic old self. One of the most beautiful, complex and stunningly structured whiskies ever created. Truly the epitome of great Scotch. To the extent that for the last year, I have simply been unable to find a better whisky anywhere in the world. 43% - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2013

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      • Nick's Import
      Ballantines 30 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
      Dumbarton, SCOTLAND
      $499. 00 Bottle
      $5988.00 Dozen
      ABV: 40%
      "Simply one of the world's most sensual drams." - Jim Murray.

      George Ballantine, the founder of Ballantine's came from a farming family in the Scottish borders. He established a grocers shop in Cowgate, Edinburgh in 1827, eventually extending his business into wines and spirits. His son, also named George, set up in Argyll Street, Glasgow, in 1872 as a whisky, wine and cigar merchant with many export interests, especially the promotion of the Old Glenlivet and Talisker Fine Malt brands. In 1903 the family business was granted a Royal Warrant and was recorded as "transacting an immense trade in supplying wines and spirits to families of distinction all over Scotland and in many parts of England and Ireland." The company was subsequently sold, however the new owners had similar success, establishing solid markets in the United States and elsewhere. The rest is history...

      Today Ballantine’s is one of the largest spirits brands in the world. The flavour profile of all the Ballantine’s bottlings is largely dependent on fingerprint malts from Miltonduff and Glenburgie.

      Other reviews......Simply one of the world's most sensual drams...
      96 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2017

      ...The nose unravels with milk chocolate, thick hazelnut spread, and a slender twist of orange peel, though that delectable goodness is evenly balanced with peppermint patties and detectable light, floral top notes. This has a lush softness, with a perceptibly slow crescendo of flavors incorporating caramel toffee, popcorn, and chocolate praline. It’s beautifully integrated with a smooth, dense texture, and releases its grip reluctantly with just a whisper of a peppermint reprise. 43% Alc./Vol. 89 points - www.maltadvocate.com, reviewed by: Jonny McCormick (Summer 2016)

      ....Colour: full gold. Nose: this is different and, most amazingly, much closer to the old one, with these whiffs of old books, old herbs liqueurs and metal polish, then moss and mushrooms. There’s also more oak, obviously, vanilla custard, cinnamon… And then mead, old roses and Turkish delights (very vivid). Rather beautiful! Mouth: bigger, richer, sweeter and fruitier than the 17. Starts with tinned pineapples and apricots and goes on with pomegranates and cinnamon from the oak. There’s also a little honey, aniseed and touches of rancio (and sherry), then more oak. Just like the 17, it becomes a little dry after a while, a little light… but it remains pretty excellent. Finish: medium long, a notch smokier. Bitter oranges in the aftertaste. Comments: again, it’s no big whisky but it’s complex and beautifully balanced. 85 points
      - Serge Valentin, www.whiskyfun.com
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        Ballantines Finest Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
        Dumbarton, SCOTLAND
        $44. 99 Bottle
        $539.88 Dozen
        ABV: 40%

        George Ballantine, the founder of Ballantine's came from a farming family in the Scottish Borders. He established a grocers shop in Cowgate, Edinburgh in 1827, eventually extending his business into wines and spirits. The founders son, also named George, set up in Argyll Street, Glasgow, in 1872 as a whisky, wine and cigar merchant, with many export interests, especially the promotion of their Old Glenlivet and Talisker Fine Malt brands. In 1903 the family business was granted a Royal Warrant and was recorded as "transacting an immense trade in supplying wines and spirits to families of distinction all over Scotland and in many parts of England and Ireland." The company was subsequently sold, however the new owners had similar success, establishing solid markets in the United States and elsewhere. The rest is history...

        The Malt and Grain whiskies used to produce Ballantine’s Finest are all aged for more than three years. The original flavour, complexity and refinement comes from more than 50 single malt flavours. The unmistakable Ballantine's flavour is dependent on these 50 single malts, 4 single grains and in particular the fingerprint malts from Miltonduff and Glenburgie. No one single component dominates. The Ballantines range also includes: Ballantine's Gold Seal, a smooth and complex 12 years old whisky; Ballantine's 17 year old, a super premium brand with a deep complex flavour which is regarded as THE Scotch whisky by consumers in the Far East and Ballantine's 30 year old, a rare and exclusive blend of Scotland's finest malts.

        Tasting note: Bright gold. Attractive scents of breakfast cereals, husk and caramel. Super soft throughout, as grains and cocoa feature on the light to medium bodied palate, drying towards the finish which is clean, a little flabby and very gently warming. Although this latest bottling seems sweeter than previous batches, it's still one of the picks of current blends if you’re looking for a lighter style at an entry level price point. 40% Alc./Vol.

        Other reviews… Nose: Perfumy. Very fragrant smokiness. Palate: Soft and light. Silky, oily peaty. A therapeutically medicinal relaxant. Finish: Lemon-honey. Some late sweeetness. Late surge of gentle warmth. Comment: Very gentle, but a precise clarity of flavours. Drink while listening to Vivaldi. Rating: 85 - www.whiskymag.comsize>

        Medium golden color. Caramel, roasted nuts and old rose aromas with a good dose of hot vapor. A brisk entry leads to a dryish somewhat bitter, light to medium-bodied palate with mild toffee, light peatiness, and a sharp turn of white pepper. Finishes quickly with a pepper and caramel fade. Thin and uninteresting. 40% Alc./Vol.
        International Review of Spirits Award: Bronze Medal
        RATED: 81 points (Recommended)
        - www.tastings.com

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        • Nick's Import
        Ballantines 21 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
        Dumbarton, SCOTLAND
        $160. 00 Bottle
        $1920.00 Dozen
        ABV: 40%

        George Ballantine, the founder of Ballantine's came from a farming family in the Scottish borders. He established a grocers shop in Cowgate, Edinburgh in 1827, eventually extending his business into wines and spirits. His son, also named George, set up in Argyll Street, Glasgow, in 1872 as a whisky, wine and cigar merchant, with many export interests, especially the promotion of the Old Glenlivet and Talisker Fine Malt brands. In 1903 the family business was granted a Royal Warrant and was recorded as "transacting an immense trade in supplying wines and spirits to families of distinction all over Scotland and in many parts of England and Ireland." The company was subsequently sold, however the new owners had similar success, establishing solid markets in the United States and elsewhere. The rest is history...

        Today Ballantine’s is one of the largest spirits brands in the world. The flavour profile of all the Ballantine’s bottlings is largely dependent on fingerprint malts from Miltonduff and Glenburgie.

        94 points - Jim Murrays Whisky Bible.
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          Ballantines 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
          Dumbarton, SCOTLAND
          $54. 99 Bottle
          $659.88 Dozen
          ABV: 40%

          Today Ballantine’s is currently the 10th largest spirit brand in the world - refined and elegant, regarded as the taste to satisfy a modern style and an excellent, medium weight all-rounder. The Malt and Grain whiskies used to produce Ballantine’s Finest are all aged for more than three years. The original flavour, complexity and refinement comes from more than 50 single malt flavours. The unmistakable Ballantine's flavour is dependent on these 50 single malts, 4 single grains and in particular the fingerprint malts from Miltonduff and Glenburgie. It is balanced because no one single component dominates.
          Ballantine’s 12 Years Old , first introduced in the 1950’s includes a blend of over 40 specially selected single malt and grain whiskies.

          Other reviews... Bright golden amber color. Vanilla nut fudge aromas. A round entry leads to a dryish medium-boded palate with roasted nuts, caramel and sharp, white pepper. Finishes with a tinny, hot, spicy fade. A brawny, fiery style with a hint of Sherry. 40% Alc./Vol. International Review of Spirits Award: Bronze Medal. 84 points (Recommended). - www.tastings.com

           ...the kind of old fashioned, mildly moody blend Colonel Farquharson-Smythe (retired) might have recognised when relaxing at the 19th hole back in the early '50's. Too good for a squirt of soda, mind. 40% Alc./Vol.
          87 points
          - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2018.

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            Black Douglas Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
            Edinburgh, SCOTLAND
            $44. 99 Bottle
            $539.88 Dozen
            ABV: 40%

            The Black Douglas is a tribute drink to the legendary warrior, Sir James Douglas. He died in battle against overwhelming Spanish forces, swinging his claymore and clutching a silver casket containing the heart of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland. Aged and blended in Scotland, Black Douglas has won over many a dedicated Scotch drinker, with its simple, robust, full bodied character - not to mention its price.

            Other reviews... Big, chewy, well weighted and fat. Pretty long, decently smoked nose and finale. 40% alc./vol.
            83 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2006.

              Bulloch Lade Extra Special Gold Label Blended Scotch Whisky (1 Pt. 6 Fl. Ozs.)
              SCOTLAND
              $399. 00 Bottle
              $4788.00 Dozen
              A bottling of Bulloch Lade's Extra Special Gold Label blend, probably from the 1960s. The company were traders in whisky stocks, and at one point owned the famous Caol Ila Distillery on Islay. One bottle only from a private collection. Very good to excellent condition given the age of this curio.
                Cadenheads 7 Stars Oloroso Cask Finish Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                SCOTLAND
                $99. 99 Bottle
                $1199.88 Dozen
                ABV: 46%

                This historic label was originally bottled many decades ago when Cadenhead's rose to the challenge of creating a great blend from their massive warehouse stocks. They recently resurrected the '7-Stars' blend using whisky from distilleries all over Scotland. The blend is then finished in Oloroso sherry casks – giving it a bolder more complex flavour.

                Notes from Cadenheads... Nose: Strawberries and cream, Apple crumble, butter biscuits. Flavour: Tangerine skin, Muscovado sugar, ginger snap biscuits. Finish: Raisins, cold cocoa drink, slightly hoppy and zesty. 46% Alc./Vol.

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                  Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                  Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
                  $99. 99 Bottle
                  $1199.88 Dozen
                  ABV: 40%

                  In 1950, Chivas Brothers began the search for a secure supply of exceptional malt whisky. Strathisla Distillery in Keith, the oldest and most beautiful distillery in the Highlands, was the obvious choice. From that day to this, the world-famous Strathisla Single Malt Scotch whisky became the foundation of the Chivas blend. The international reputation of Chivas Regal has been built upon this distillery and the skill of successive generations of Master Blenders. Legally, a blended Scotch whisky must contain both single malt Scotch whiskies and single grain Scotch whiskies. Chivas Regal 12 and 18 year old whiskies are blended using a special process called triple blending. First of all, the selected single malts are blended together. The second stage sees the selected single grains blended together, and then thirdly, the vatted malts and the vatted grains are brought together. These spirits are each married in selected oak casks for an extended period of maturation in order to produce an exceptionally smooth, rich whisky.

                  'The smooth taste of Chivas Regal 18 Year Old reflects the traditional style of blended Scotch whiskies with a powerful array of rich, fruity aromas, and a defined smokiness that develops into a long and memorable finish.' So says Colin Scott, Master Blender of Chivas. Colin hand-picks each whisky designated for Chivas Regal 18 Year Old from the distilleries most precious stock - including certain whiskies that are now exceedingly rare.

                  Winner of three major awards, each bottle of Chivas Regal 18 Year Old bears its own unique serial number, sourcing it back to the one particular triple blending. And because only selected casks are matured to such a great age, the quantity of Chivas 18 Year Old produced every year is always strictly limited.

                  Tasting notes: Brassy gold appearance. Bubblegum / marshmallow opening is a little bourbonesque. Second pass reveals vanilla and biscuity malt with a judicious slather of peat. The palate combines a silky mouthfeel with solid concentration - nothing like the comparatively beige 12 Year Old - delicate spices, biscuity, honeyed grains with hints of dried fruits. The finish is crisp with a lingering confectionary note. 40% Alc./Vol.

                  Other reviews... Nose: A little closed without water; hints of grass, crystallised fruits and butter toffee. Water brings a note of dry cracker which mellows into juicier aromas. Palate: Solid rich stuff that stays in the mouth, all polished wood, soft leather, chocolate, black fruits, pipe smoke and balancing crunchiness. Finish: Lush and fruity slowly crisping up. Comment: Like a gentleman's club: all leather chairs, cigar smoke and murmured conversations. A beauty. Rating: 90 -  David Broom, www.whiskymag.com

                  Brilliant rich amber color. Caraway and nut fudge aromas. A very soft entry leads to an oily medium-to full-bodied palate with elegant balanced melon and dried fruit, brown spice, and heathery malt flavors. Finishes with a nice long fade of toffee and spice. A complex and elegant blended Scotch for sipping.  International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
                  91 points (Recommended)
                  -  tasting.com

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                  Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (200ml)
                  SCOTLAND
                  $29. 99 Bottle
                  $359.88 Dozen
                  ABV: 40%
                  A premium gift idea from Chivas: A gift boxed baby bottle of the 18 year old classic!
                  "The smooth taste of Chivas Regal 18 Year Old reflects the traditional style of blended Scotch whiskies with a powerful array of rich, fruity aromas, and a defined smokiness that develops into a long and memorable finish." So says Colin Scott, Master Blender of Chivas. Colin hand-picks each whisky designated for Chivas Regal 18 Year Old from the distilleries most precious stock - including certain whiskies that are now exceedingly rare. 40% Alc./Vol.
                    Chivas Regal Extra 13 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                    Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
                    $69. 99 Bottle
                    $839.88 Dozen
                    ABV: 40%

                    This is a first for the Australian market and Chivas's first non Travel Retail release in over a decade. It's made using a higher proportion of Oloroso Sherry casks for extra richness and comes matured for one 'extra' year than the standard issue Chivas. Others in the range include a rum and tequila cask finish.

                    Other reviews.... A new oloroso-forward Chivas positioned to split between the 12 and 18 year olds? I got this. Refined and inviting nose of lemon pith, black fruits, and Kola Kubes. The velvety texture is wonderfully smooth, redolent of an apricot custard Danish, lime zest, raisin, currant, mixed peel, and walnut, with a growing bitter-lemon note. Quite unique finish, like sucking on lumpy Spanish lemons speckled with spices.
                    85 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Jonny McCormick 2015

                      Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                      Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
                      $54. 99 Bottle
                      $659.88 Dozen
                      ABV: 40%

                      The name 'Schivas' is derived from the old Gaelic 'seimh as', meaning 'the narrow place.' It perfectly describes the spot where a medieval castle once stood, at a narrow stretch of the River Ythan, in Aberdeenshire in the North East of Scotland. In 1950, Chivas Brothers began the search for a secure supply of fine malt whisky. Strathisla Distillery in Keith, the oldest and most beautiful distillery in the Highlands, was the obvious choice. The distillery was purchased and now the highly praised Strathisla Single Malt Scotch Whisky lies at the heart of the Chivas Regal blend. Aged for a minimum of 12 years, Chivas is distinguished by its light, lingering aroma, full, smooth, balanced palate with a hint of smoke - very subtle and complex. 'A good whisky blender knows intimately the character of all the whiskies he uses,' says Chivas's Master Blender Colin Scott. 'They are as unique as people. Some are subtle, some are bolder. My job is to produce a distinctive blend of whisky of the highest possible quality which is consistent in flavor and bouquet from year to year. I would describe Chivas Regal as smooth, with a honeyed richness, round and full-bodied, slightly smoky with a long, lingering finish. The classic, premium Scotch whisky.'

                      Other reviews... Nose: Distinct marshmallow. Peach blossom. Faint cocoa. Palate: Light hazelnuts. Cream. Buttercups. Violets. Lavender. Herbal. Finish: A little snappy and aggressive. Comment: The flavours tail off, as though the whisky is going to sleep. Smooth and easy, but lacks livliness. Springtime never quite blossoms into summer..  Rating: 75 -  Michael Jackson, www.whiskymag.com

                      Brilliant golden amber color. A somewhat closed nose of light caramel, toast, and vapor. A soft, buoyant entry leads to a off-dry, somewhat thin light-to medium-bodied palate with sweet toasty malt, peppery spice, and a brush of grain alcohol. Finishes dryly with a quick, hot fade. 40% Alc./Vol.
                      International Review of Spirits Award: Bronze Medal
                      RATED: 83 points (Recommended)
                      - www.tastings.com

                        Dewar's White Label Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                        SCOTLAND
                        $46. 99 Bottle
                        $563.88 Dozen
                        ABV: 40%

                        Dewar’s, for one reason or another has become extremely popular amongst American whisky imbibers. Perhaps it is their preference for lighter tasting beers that extends into their tastes for Scotch? The sixth best-selling scotch in the world, John Dewar was the first to bottle whisky with his own name on the label as a guarantee of quality (circa 1846.) Dewar was also the first to move away from stoneware jars and kegs, to begin selling the product in bottles. As this bought the cost of the product down significantly, the practise soon became the custom. After Dewar died in 1880, his two sons Thomas & John set off abroad, successfully signing up 27 new agencies greatly expanding the business.

                        In 1898, the brothers returned to build the Aberfeldy distillery, which to this day remains the primary source of the Dewars blend. Perhaps Dewars most curious claim to fame, however, occurred in the same year when the company hired Thomas Edison to shoot the worlds first ever moving picture advertisement for a commercial product. It featured, not surprisingly, dancing kilted Scots.

                        This blend consists of up to 40 different single malt and grain whiskies. Light in colour and body, elegant with aromas and flavours of new oak dominating over a sweet, heathery background. Clean, faintly spicy, slightly drying finish. Dewar’s is a distinctive though subtle drink. As an introduction to Scotch, its unassuming character makes it ideal.

                        Other reviews... Nose: New leather upholstery. Polished oak. Beeswax. Hint of pine. Palate: Firm body. Fresh, crisp,toast. Very spicy. Ginger-dusted melon. Finish: Vanilla. Oak. Slightly piney again. Resiny. Comment: Decisive, cleansing and refreshing. A civilised apertif before oysters Rockefeller and a New York strip steak. Rating: 8/10 -  Michael Jackson, www.whiskymag.com

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                          Dewar's 12 Year Old Double Aged Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                          SCOTLAND
                          $59. 99 Bottle
                          $719.88 Dozen
                          ABV: 40%
                          Dewars 12 is created in "limited quantities" each year and released only when the master blender deems it ready. To highlight its restricted availability, bottles of Dewar's 12 are embossed with the Dewar's marrying symbol and individually numbered at the source.

                          Other reviews... Medium amber color. Buttered caramel coconut, light peat, and vapor aromas. A smooth entry leads to a round medium-to full-bodied palate with sweet malt, dried tropical fruits, toffee, honey roasted nut and brown spice flavors. Finishes with a nice fade of dried fruit and peppery spice. Solid.40.0% Alc./Vol.
                          International Review of Spirits Award: Silver Medal
                          87 points (Highly Recommended)
                          - tastings.com

                          Other reviews… "Lots of character a dash of peat, and a hint of honey are all there, and they are nicely woven together." (89 points and a Best Buy) - Gary Regan, The Wine Enthusiast.

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                            Dewar's 18 Year Old The Vintage Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                            SCOTLAND
                            $149. 99 Bottle
                            $1799.88 Dozen
                            ABV: 40%

                            "A blend that upholds the very finest traditions of the great Dewar's name." - Jim Murray.

                            Dewar’s, for one reason or another has become extremely popular amongst American whisky imbibers. Perhaps it is their preference for lighter tasting beers that extends into their tastes for Scotch? This new 18 Year Old release from the makers of one of the best-selling scotch in the world adds to Dewar’s already impressive portfolio of blended whiskies. Very limited stocks.

                            Other reviews... sublime grain at work here. That is the key to the blend. Finding one that can both absorb and reflect the malt at work... and it does here almost to perfection. 40% Alc./Vol. 96.5 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2021

                            ...Vanilla laced with spice, fondant icing, grapefruit peel, and lime zest leave the vanilla and floral notes lower down the pecking order. In the mouth, grapefruit and orange dominate the vanilla, yet the mouthfeel is thinner and the acidity tips toward the taste of bitter orange seeds. A lingering bitter orange finish. 85 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Jonny McCormick (Spring 2018)

                              Dimple 15 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                              Edinburgh, SCOTLAND
                              $64. 99 Bottle
                              $779.88 Dozen
                              ABV: 40%

                              This distinguished, deluxe Scotch is a subtle blend of 15 year old whiskies considered as special as the uniquely designed 'pinched' bottle that holds it. The container was actually the world's second trademark bottle design, officially registered in 1919 - Coca Cola's was the first. The wire netting around the bottle, now merely decorative, was originally used to keep the cork from expanding out in extremes of temperature.

                              Tasting Note: Medium amber in colour, this is an elegant scotch with some complexity, wood aromatics and a light palate that finishes dry. Glenkinchie, a lowland distillery features strongly in the blend and is no doubt responsible for a degree of Dimple's softness. 40% alc./vol.

                              Other reviews... A sturdier dram than before, but over-sweet and still fails to get my pulse racing.Rating: 79- Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2006.

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                                Douglas Laing's The King of Scots Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                SCOTLAND
                                $49. 99 Bottle
                                $599.88 Dozen
                                ABV: 40%
                                Other reviews... The King of Scots brand, along with three casks of whisky, was acquired fully by Fred Laing Snr in 1948, at which point he established the company Douglas Laing & Co. He set about acquiring stocks from distilleries as fillings for his new blend – not an easy task in post-war Scotland. King of Scots really ‘took off’ during the 1970s when Douglas Laing & Co. was asked to provide a glitzy blended Scotch for the duty free market, to appeal to wealthy Asian travellers. Today, whiskies used to make the King of Scots blend are hand-picked by the company’s chairman and master blender Fred Laing. Each bottle is decorated with Scotland’s Lion Rampant, which was used by the Kings of Scotland for centuries. A three-year-old blend with notes of toffee, spices and citrus on the nose. At first, the palate is said to be sweet, with ripe fruits, toffee and vanilla, developing into a sweet and spicy finish. Non-chill-filtered, the whisky is bottled at 40% abv. - scotchwhisky.com
                                  Douglas Laing's The Gauldrons Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                  Campbeltown, SCOTLAND
                                  $120. 00 Bottle
                                  $1440.00 Dozen
                                  ABV: 46.2%
                                  The Gauldrons is the latest addition to Douglas Laing's "Remarkable Regional Malts", alongside The Epicurean (The Lowlands), Timorous Beastie (The Highlands), Scallywag (Speyside), Rock Oyster (The Islands) and Big Peat (Islay).

                                  Its name which translates to "bay of storms", is inspired by the dark sandy coves lining Campbeltown’s west coast. Legend has it the Scot's king, Robert the Bruce, hid from his enemies in a cave there, and while sequestered observed a spider’s patient efforts to build its web. The difficulties overcome by the spider encouraged Robert to return to battle against the English.

                                  Says Fred Laing, managing director of Douglas Laing, "The Gauldrons has seen us carefully marry together some of our best, and indeed rarest, casks of Campbeltown single malt. The resulting spirit is a unique combination of salt and sweet – the archetypal maritime tang balanced perfectly by a sugary, cereal character."

                                  Notes from the bottler... On the nose detect a dry saltiness with sweet cereal and a late hint of gentle peat smoke. The palate is initially dry (beachy and maritime) warming to crunched sugar, barley and oak. The warmingly spiced finish brings puffs of smoke and rock pools with a dark sugar sweetness. 46.2% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.
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                                    Dunkeld Atholl Brose Scotch Whisky Liqueur (500ml)
                                    Elgin, SCOTLAND
                                    $69. 99 Bottle
                                    $839.88 Dozen
                                    ABV: 35%
                                    Crowned ‘World’s Best Whisky Liqueur’ at the World Whisky Awards 2012.

                                    Made from Gordon & MacPhail's award winning ancient recipe, using herbs and Benromach Speyside single malt Whisky, Atholl Brose has always been considered one the very best in its genre. Now it's official. David Urquhart, Joint Managing Director of Gordon & MacPhail, commented, “The World Whiskies Awards are one of the most high-profile and highly-regarded in the industry, so to have been presented with the title of ‘World’s Best Whisky Liqueur’ really is a fantastic achievement, particularly when you consider that we were judged by a panel of senior industry representatives from around the world.”

                                    The legend behind Atholl Brose stems back to 1475, when the Earl of Atholl foiled a rebellion against the King by the Lord of the Isles, Iain MacDonald, by filling the well he drew water from with honey, oatmeal and whisky. The mixture was so enticing that MacDonald, rather than flee his pursuers, stayed to enjoy the concoction, giving the Earl time to catch him. To this day, the exact recipe that he found so beguiling remains unknown, but Gordon & MacPhail certainly bring its essence to life in this captivating liqueur.

                                    Tasting note: Brilliant deep gold appearance. The perfumed bouquet yields fresh picked herbs including sweet oregano, thyme and rosemary over a ripe melon, honey base. Aeration brings out the whisky, which is appropriate. Is there a hint of peat here too? A light, silky entry builds to an initially off-dry burst of honey and sweet herbs (clove, liquorice) accompanied by a crescendo of gentle spices adding depth. Mid palate is semi sweet. Concludes perfectly balanced, clean, fresh, and delicately peppermint-like with hints of clove and barley sugar tailing off into the lengthy aftertaste. Superb! 35% Alc./Vol.

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                                    Grand Old Parr Superior 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml)
                                    SCOTLAND
                                    $125. 00 Bottle
                                    $1500.00 Dozen
                                    ABV: 40%

                                    Usually available at Duty Free stores only, Old Parr is named after Tom Parr (pictured on the label), once reputed to be the oldest man in England. Launched in 1909, the brand later found success in export markets such as Japan, Mexico and South America where it was easily identified in its distinctive dimpled and rounded square bottle. The basis of the blend today is Cragganmore, however Glendullan has also been a major component since World War II.

                                    Here we have the 'deluxe' expression, although there's also a 15-year-old, the NAS Old Parr Tribute and the very rare, beautifully presented Old Parr Elizabethan (none of these are available in Australia at the time of writing). The house style is big, bold and complex by blended whisky standards.

                                    Other reviews... Old Parr is popular in Japan and South America. Oh, and amongst whisky lovers, especially the older bottles, maybe because Mr. Parr lived for 152 years and married for the second time at the age of 122. Colour: full gold. Nose: very different from the Buchanan, sweeter, fruitier, less 'tertiary', with a lot of orange liqueur and then some brine, game, peat, a little ginger ale, touches of molasses, hay, a little chalk, cut grass… It's very complex but I liked the Buchanan's focus (even) better. Mouth: high peat content, high quality. It's a big blend, really punchy, slightly rough (in the sense that it's not as polished as most blends), that develops mostly on bitter oranges, cloves, juniper berries, pepper and then green tea. Very powerful. Finish: long, gingery and peppery. Certainly not what you'd expect from some blended Scotch, but we won't complain! Comments: probably one of the biggest blends out there. I liked the Buchanan a little better because I thought it was more complex and a little silkier. 87 points - whiskyfun.com

                                      Inver House Deluxe 25 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                      Airdrie, SCOTLAND
                                      $225. 00 Bottle
                                      $2700.00 Dozen
                                      ABV: 40%

                                      The legend of Green Plaid is even more ancient than the distilling of Scotch Whisky. 'Plaid' is the traditional Scottish name for the heavy woolen tartan material used to make the famous kilt. It is thought that Green Plaid was worn by the first Lord of the Isles, a 12th Century Viking Warrior called Somerled. Today the Lord of the Isles tartan is incorporated into the label of each bottle of Inver House whisky.

                                      Founded in 1964, Inver House is an independent Scottish based company. Within their portfolio there are five distilleries –Pulteney, Balblair, Speyburn, Knockdhu and Balmenach – each producing its own distinctive, individual single malt whisky. The component distillates of the Inverhouse blend are specially selected from the four principal regions of Scotch whisky production - Speyside, Northern Highland, West of Scotland Isles and the Southern Lowland regions. Centrally located in Airdrie, the company is well placed with warehousing for 500,000 barrels of whisky plus state of the art blending and laboratory facilities.

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                                        J&B Rare Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                        SCOTLAND
                                        $42. 99 Bottle
                                        $515.88 Dozen
                                        ABV: 40%

                                        The blending of whiskies is a practise aimed at creating a product of broad appeal. It was for this purpose that Justerni & Brooks developed their now famous J&B Rare for the American market. By using a high proportion of the softer Lowland malts, J&B achieved a classic in its genre which remains one of the biggest selling whiskies on the American market.

                                        Over 40 different malt and grain whiskies are matured and then married together for an unusually long time. Distilled, blended & bottled in Scotland.

                                        Tasting note: [2012 bottling] Pale straw colour. Nosing reveals toasty cereals, vanilla wafer and a whisper of peat. Aeration releases more cocoa. Light to medium bodied. Exhibits a lovely malt/grain balance with gentle spices and a fluff of peat adding depth at mid palate. Finishes crisp, clean and beautifully dry with good persistence. In its latest incarnation, one of the best value blends on the market.
                                        40% Alc./Vol.

                                          Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                          Kilmarnock, SCOTLAND
                                          $240. 00 Bottle
                                          $2880.00 Dozen
                                          ABV: 40%
                                          Is this the Holy Grail of blended Scotch Whisky? The Blue Label blend echoes early pioneering days when Johnnie Walker would select a small number of whiskies in his own local grocery shop in order to create an outstanding blend for the specific tastes of a highly valued customer. John Walker and his son Alexander began their earliest blending experiments using a limited range of whiskies, drawn mainly from the islands, the western and northern Highlands and a few distilleries in Speyside. After rejecting whiskies that didn't meet their standards, they found that the very best were strictly limited in supply. Following their lead, the Johnnie Walker master-blender developed Blue Label as a celebration of the founder's unremitting standards for only the highest quality whisky.The blend is similar to the taste and character of some of the earliest whisky blends created in the 19th century, possessing a traditionally rich peaty taste combined with an exceptionally smooth, deep, distinctly malty flavour. Whiskies of up to 60 years old contribute to its character.

                                          In 1993, a panel of international experts at the International Wine and Spirit Competition awarded Johnnie Walker Blue Label its most prestigious medal, the Gold Medal for the Best Blended Whisky. Indeed this is a venerable whisky and one that would have been much appreciated by Walkers clients. A toasty, sweet aroma is complemented by a peaty and spicy taste that develops into heady flavours of oak, dark-chocolate and rich fruitcake. Comprising 16 of the world's rarest whiskies, Blue Label is dominanted by Islay malt whisky, and balanced by several rich Speyside malts that have undergone exceptional periods of sherry oak maturation.

                                          Other reviews… Nose: Opens very slowly to reveal a mass of aromas: lanolin, smoke, hessian, dried fruit, polished wood floors, oak, liquorice, cake, silky red fruit, cream. Palate: Hold it in the mouth and there's allspice, sultana cake, crisp malt, bung cloth, turfy smoke which builds in intensity as the whisky opens. Finish: Long, smoky, but also fruit pastilles. Comment: This needs time. Right enough at this price you're hardly going to shark it back. Rating: 90 - David Broom, www.whiskymag.com

                                          Nose: Perfumy. Lime skins. Juniper. Slightly sweet spiciness. Tobacco? juicy oak. Palate: Beautifully rounded. Voluptuous. Ginger cake. Marzipan. Nuts. Pears in chocolate. Finish: Flowery dryness. roses. Long, lingering. Comment: A lovely, luxurious whisky. 40% alc./vol.
                                          Rating: 93 - Michael Jackson, www.whiskymag.com

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                                            Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                            Kilmarnock, SCOTLAND
                                            $84. 99 Bottle
                                            $1019.88 Dozen
                                            ABV: 40%

                                            There are many bottlings of Johnnie Walker, however few Australian whisky enthusiasts will be familiar with Johnnie Walker Gold Label. Until recently, Gold Label was reserved exclusively for the duty free market. The product has now been released at the retail level and provides lovers of Johnnie Walker with an opportunity to taste the portfolio’s "older brother".

                                            Conceived by Alexander Walker in 1920 for a centenary blend, Gold Label had to wait another 30 years to see the light of day, due to shortages of aged malts caused by the First World War. It remained as jottings in a notebook until the early 1950s when, shortly after Alexander's death, the Johnnie Walker master blender completed this unfinished symphony. However, this time shortages caused by the Second World War, meant that bottlings were exclusively reserved for the company's blenders and directors. From its smoky, caramel and vanilla aroma to its creamy, honeyed taste, this Scotch whisky finishes with a light and lingering spiciness. It's unique character comes from an alchemic blending of 15 whiskies, at the heart of which is Clynelish, the rare Highland malt whisky made from spring water that flows over veins of pure gold.
                                            40%Alc.Vol.

                                            Tasting note:Nose: Big, soft-hearted nose: honeycomb, meaad, exotic spice, rose petal, butter, light wood and ozone. Palate: Hugely silky and ripe: a whiff of smoke, peach, mango. All very rich, waxy and long. Finish: Soft, honeyed and gentle with some light smoke. Comment: Voluptuous and deeply sexy. More of a cousin to Black than a brother. Rating: 90 - tasting note sourced from David Broom, www.whiskymag.comsize>

                                              Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                              Kilmarnock, SCOTLAND
                                              $54. 99 Bottle
                                              $659.88 Dozen
                                              ABV: 40%

                                              Black Label was first introduced in 1910 although its origins go back as far as 1820 when Walker blended his original 'Kilmarnock Whisky' and began selling it from his grocery shop. The location of the shop had a great deal to do with Black Labels success. Situated on a main trading route near an old poll gate, the shop attracted passing merchants and locals. It was through these travellers that the whiskys fame quickly spread.

                                              This aged version of the classic Red Label enjoys a similar cult following. Its unique complexity is achieved by expertly blending an extremely diverse, but complementary range of malt whiskies, each of which has been matured for a minimum of 12 years and some for much longer. In total, up to 40 malts and grain whiskies make up the Johnnie Walker Black Label blend. Island and Islay malts deliver spice, richness and lingering peat. Speyside malts make an important contribution to the depth of taste, bringing smoky malt, fruitiness, apple freshness and a rich sherry character to the blend. At the heart of Black Label lies 12 year old Cardhu, an outstanding malt from Speyside, which imparts silkiness, a characteristic which has made it famous as a single malt.

                                              To date, Black Label has won more international awards for excellence than any other deluxe whisky. In the 1880s, Old Highland won medals in Sydney and Paris. Over 100 years later, in 1994, Black Label picked up gold medals at the 1994 Monde Selection Awards and the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), where it also won a trophy for Best Blended Whisky. In 1996, it won gold again at IWSC for the best deluxe Scotch Whisky.

                                              Black Label has many admirers, but perhaps none so famous or devoted as Sir Winston Churchill, whose still life painting 'Bottlescape' (1932) proudly captures the familiar contours of his whisky of choice. Indeed, the company's old timers recall the Herculean efforts required to keep the British PM supplied with his favourite tipple during wartime rationing!

                                              Other reviews… Nose: Rich. Maple syrup, spices and mustard. Can a whisky have a hint of acidity on the nose? Yes, but rahter the acidity of a Lenny Bruce rather than of vinegar. Palate: Marijuana. Big interplay of smoky dryness, spicy heat and sweetly malty, creamy vanilla. Finish: Rounded with raisiny sherry. At length, mellow. Comment: Is Black Label a great whisky? Was Dizzy Gillespie a great musician? Rating: 90 -Michael Jackson, www.whiskymag.com

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                                                Johnnie Walker Blue Label Australia Commemorative Edition Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml)
                                                SCOTLAND
                                                $499. 00 Bottle
                                                $5988.00 Dozen
                                                ABV: 48%

                                                Collector's note: Older bottlings may have scuffing, cellar bloom, scratches or dents to the packaging. We endeavour to describe the condition of the item in the product description text. Minor markings are inevitable with old bottlings, so we request collector's have reasonable expectations in this regard. Not every imperfection can be noted. Refer to the product images or contact us if you have any concerns about the condition of an item on 1800 069 295.

                                                A limited release commemorating "the traditional 19th Century Johnnie Walker whiskies that first set sail to Australia in the 1860's".

                                                One only from a private collection. Bottled at 48% Alc./Vol.

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                                                  Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                  Fife, SCOTLAND
                                                  $79. 99 Bottle
                                                  $959.88 Dozen
                                                  ABV: 43%
                                                  '...God, I love this stuff... this is exactly how a vatted malt should be and one of the best samples I've come across since its launch.'
                                                  - 95 points, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2017.

                                                  Johnnie Walker Green Label is the only whisky in the Walker range to carry the 'Blended Malt Scotch Whisky' certification. It replaces the older term 'Vatted Malt' and indicates that the whisky has been blended exclusively from single malts, and not blended with inexpensive grain whisky.

                                                  The Walker family began buying some of Scotland's finest distilleries over 100 years ago. Now, with over 27 malt whisky producers in ownership, the company doesn't have to look too far for the very best material. They can choose from the cream of the crop, and have also acquired over a century of distilling experience in the process, guaranteeing the quality of their whisky well into the future.

                                                  Undisputed as one of the all-time classics in its genre, Green label is instantly recognisable as a Walker blend, with a profile of fresh and slightly fruity aromas with hints of mango and toffee followed by the trademark whiff of peat & sea air that distinguishes most of the JW stable.

                                                  Tasting note: Brassy gold / impeccable clarity. A sophisticated, expressive nose offers an assemblage of soft, sweet peat, oatmeal biscuit, dried mango / fig, white pepper with good freshness - sustained even after several minutes in the glass. Full and well rounded in the mouth with nipping spices carrying the malty attack, along with flavours of salted crackers, restrained peat and an oily-yet-crisp finish with strong staying power. The vivacious and intensely flavoured character of this vatting will keep you coming back time and again. Forget Blue Label: Green and Gold remain the stars in the JW line up. 43% Alc./Vol.

                                                  Other reviews... Just as complex as Johnnie Walker Gold, but fuller and more richly textured. (Not surprising, given that there are no grain whiskies in Johnnie Walker Green.) This is one of the finer vatted malts on the market. Its flavors are well-integrated. You’ll find creamy toffee and nougat at its core, which is then layered with notes of vanilla, mint, fresh brine, and even a hint of mustard seed. Excitingly fresh and vibrant on the finish. A whisky for both the blend and single malt drinker. And at the price, it is also fairly valued for an all-malt whisky.
                                                  89 points - www.maltadvocate.com (Summer 2005) Reviewed by: John Hansell

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                                                    Johnnie Walker Double Black Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                    Edinburgh, SCOTLAND
                                                    $64. 99 Bottle
                                                    $779.88 Dozen
                                                    ABV: 40%

                                                    A new addition to the Johnnie Walker family. The whisky was created taking Black Label as a blueprint and adding heavily-peated malts, some aged in deeply charred oak casks. Memories of our last tasting of the original Johnnie Walker Black about one year ago (the blend varies) recollect an all round richer, sweeter, oilier whisky whereas rather than doubling the experience, this seems to have halved it. For those who enjoy lighter Islays this is akin to a young Caol Ila. It would make a pleasant food whisky.

                                                    Tasting note: Deep gold colour. Moderate aromas of sweet cereals, fruit cake and clove are interwoven with peat that has a salty, kippery edge. Entry is light and silky to the point of being water like. Mid palate is light to medium bodied, with soft spices adding depth. Mild flavours of toffee apple and fruit cake seamlessly combine with sweet grains and delicate peat followed by a subtle, drying aftertaste of fruit cake and peat. This is exceptionally smooth - if that’s what’s most important to you - but the overall delivery is a little thin, especially with regard to the finish and aftertaste. 40% Alc./Vol.
                                                    Limited stocks.

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                                                      Johnnie Walker Red Label Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                      Kilmarnock, SCOTLAND
                                                      $42. 99 Bottle
                                                      $515.88 Dozen
                                                      ABV: 40%

                                                      The world's number one selling blended Scotch and the preferred choice of whisky lovers every where. Johnnie Walker Red Label is a full-flavoured spirit that is a blend of Highland malt and Lowland grain whiskies. Red Label was originally created in 1909 for the new Scotch drinker who was inclined to mix whisky with ice, water, soda or in a variety of cocktails. By widening the range of whiskies used in his father's Old Highland Whisky, Alexander Walker developed Red Label as a smoother and lighter alternative - this was a break from the traditional deeply flavoured, full bodied Scotch whiskies of the past and was considered a more approachable drink. By 1920, Johnnie Walker Red Label had become the first truly global drinks brand, sold in over 120 countries. In 1933, the company was granted a Royal Warrant to supply Scotch to King George V, and the company has remained an official purveyor to the British Royal Household ever since. In 1996, Johnnie Walker Red Label won the Gold Medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition, having previously picked up Silver Medals over three consecutive years. It has also consistently garnered Gold and Grand Gold Medals at the Monde Selection Awards.

                                                      Tasting note: Brilliant, bright gold appearance. Aromas offer a peaty top note hovering over sweet, fat, oily grains. The palate possesses good concentration with the peat laced sweet grains and gentle spices contributing to a fat, rich, oily mouth feel. Aftertaste of vanilla and sweet cereals with the peat re-emerging. Technically faultless and an achievement given how much of this stuff is churned out. But this bottling (and they do vary) is lacking freshness being quite sweet and clunky throughout. In fact, it's almost a little out of balance. Some fresh oak required in the mix? 40% Alc./Vol.

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                                                        McCallums Perfection Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                        Edinburgh, SCOTLAND
                                                        $41. 99 Bottle
                                                        $503.88 Dozen
                                                        ABV: 40%
                                                        From Edinburgh, Scotland, McCallums is a bartenders standard for mixing any drink that involves Scotch. Its full flavour allows for versatility. A large percentage of the McCallums blend relies on Cragganmore color>(see entry), a highly regarded Speyside Single Malt, providing McCallums with its round mouthfeel and slightly peaty character.
                                                        The whisky has a particularly strong following in Australasia.

                                                        Other reviews... Pretty competent and clean of no great age. Lovely malty sweetness combining with soft smoke for a full bodied start and then finishing with firm grain. Bottled in Australia. 40% alc./vol.
                                                        80 points- Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2006.

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                                                          Nevis Dew 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                          SCOTLAND
                                                          $69. 99 Bottle
                                                          $839.88 Dozen
                                                          ABV: 40%
                                                          Tasting note: A likeable blend that retains a good degree of Ben Nevis' character. Straight up: oily, fruity and satisfying; with water, the grains vie for lead position and it loses a bit of its initial charm. Aged for 12 years in ex- bourbon, ex-sherry and ex-wine casks, expect the malt content to be fairly high. 40% Alc./Vol.
                                                            Pure Scot Midnight Peat Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                            SCOTLAND
                                                            $84. 99 Bottle
                                                            $1019.88 Dozen
                                                            ABV: 44.5%
                                                            Finished in ex-peated whisky casks, Midnight Peat is a new offering from acclaimed Master Distiller, Nick Savage in collaboration with Australian cocktail bartenders. Expect rich campfire smoke aromas and flavours with toffee apples, honey and custard, a spicy, sweet mouth feel and a tingly, smokey finish. 44.5% Alc./Vol.
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                                                              Pure Scot Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                              SCOTLAND
                                                              $84. 99 Bottle
                                                              $1019.88 Dozen
                                                              ABV: 40%
                                                              Tasting note: Bright gold. Moderate scents of vanilla, clove and light fruit cake. Second pass suggests stewed fruits. Light'n'easy in the mouth with pleasant mocha and muesli-like flavours rounded out by a soft flurry of spice. Ends drying, brisk and woody with subtle grains in the aftertaste. 40% Alc./Vol.
                                                                Strathconon 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml)
                                                                SCOTLAND
                                                                $399. 00 Bottle
                                                                $4788.00 Dozen
                                                                ABV: 43%
                                                                Possibly a late 1970s or early 80s bottling, the Strathconon brand was created by James Buchanan & Co.
                                                                One only. Note box condition and low fill level. 43% Alc./Vol.
                                                                  Teachers Highland Cream Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                  Glasgow, SCOTLAND
                                                                  $41. 99 Bottle
                                                                  $503.88 Dozen
                                                                  ABV: 40%

                                                                  William Teacher started work in a cotton mill aged seven; in 1830 he was employed by a small grocer in Glasgow. After marrying the owner’s daughter, he managed to arrange a liquor licence and opened his first 'dram shop'. These were well maintained public houses selling reasonable spirits. Twenty years later, Teacher was officially recognised as the largest licence holder in Glasgow. The Scotch Whisky bearing his name remains today blended & bottled in Scotland. While all blended Scotch Whiskies are made from either malt and/or grain spirit, Teacher's Highland Cream has an exceptionally high malt content - at least 45%. This is a feature which contributes to its unique character and flavour. The two core components are Glendronach and Ardmore. Glendronach is an exceptional sherry cask Speyside malt, produced in one of Scotland's oldest working distilleries. The heart of Teacher's 'rugged' flavour comes from Ardmore.

                                                                  Other reviews... Nose: Oily, Fudge-like. Palate: Big, rounded, smooth. Full of crunchy maltiness. To drink this whisky is like biting into peanut brittle. Then toffee. Then licorice flavours. Finish: Rooty, oaky, smoky, these dry flavours providing a perfect balance. Comment: Malty, even creamy, but never cloying. Big and sustaining. The whisky world's answer to Kendal Mint Cake.
                                                                  Rating: 85 - Michael Jackson, www.whiskymag.comsize>

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                                                                  The Antiquary 21 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                  SCOTLAND
                                                                  $150. 00 Bottle
                                                                  $1800.00 Dozen
                                                                  ABV: 43%

                                                                  Produced by the Tomatin distillery, The Antiquary range of blends are distinctive in their multi-faceted, diamond shaped bottles, which were once described as "the stealth bombers" of the whisky world. Comprised of malts from Speyside, the Highlands plus a small amount from Islay blended with grain from the Lowlands, this expression covers the geographical spectrum of Scotland’s in a single bottle! Expect complex, fruity flavours balanced by lighter grains.

                                                                  Other reviews... If you are not sure what I mean by a beautifully paced whisky, try this and find out. 92.5 points - Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2021

                                                                  5 Stars - diffordsguide.com

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                                                                    The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                    Perth, SCOTLAND
                                                                    $42. 99 Bottle
                                                                    $515.88 Dozen
                                                                    ABV: 40%

                                                                    Blended and bottled by the Gloag family, whose business was founded in 1800. The Famous Grouse is testimony to the unsurpassed blending experience of six generations of this family, which accounts for the consistent quality and smooth character of the blend. Like so many early whisky companies, Matthew Gloag & Son Ltd., has its origins in the early 19th century, when the founder established himself as a grocer and wine merchant in Perth. Matthew Gloag bought malt whiskies from distilleries around Scotland and built up a reputation for his cellars.

                                                                    Finest malt whiskies, such as The Macallan and Highland Park, are married with exceptional grain whiskies for an unusually long period in fully seasoned oak casks to create the Famous Grouse blend. The product takes its name from the Red Grouse, a native wild game bird of Scotland.

                                                                    Other reviews…Remains sexy, elegant and refined with a stunning opening on the palate. But can’t help feeling that caramel has recently replaced some of the crisper notes, especially on the finish.
                                                                    83 points - Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2006.

                                                                      The Macallan Amber Scotch Whisky Liqueur (750ml)
                                                                      Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
                                                                      $1499. 00 Bottle
                                                                      $17988.00 Dozen
                                                                      ABV: 25%

                                                                      Note: The perforated seal running from the cap down onto the bottle has partly torn but it is still intact and therefore sealed.

                                                                      This is The Macallan's first attempt at a whisky liqueur. Those who have had the opportunity to taste it will be sad to learn that it has now been discontinued (collectors take note!) It consists of Macallan Single malt whisky flavoured with maple syrup and pecan.

                                                                      If you like cocktails like the 'Rusty Nail', Macallan Amber can add an exciting twist in place of the traditional Drambuie. This is also recommended as a variation on the White Russian. 25% Alc./Vol.

                                                                      Snatch yourself a bottle while they're still around! One bottle only.

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                                                                        The Naked Grouse Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                        SCOTLAND
                                                                        $50. 99 Bottle
                                                                        $611.88 Dozen
                                                                        ABV: 40%
                                                                        The Naked Grouse brand began with a grain whisky component, but in response to the popularity of single malts, it was decided to make it a 'all malt' in 2017. Highland Park, Glenturret, Glenrothes and Macallan are the core ingredients. The final composition was matured in first-fill and refill American and European oak casks, then finished in first-fill oloroso Sherry butts for a further six months.

                                                                        Tasting note: Deep amber-gold. Strong sherry input brings whisps of sulphur / struck match and gingery warmth, with a drying, nutty, muesli-like edge to the malt. A little thin on entry, building concentration and spice through the middle; Biscuity and crisp, with light dried fruits, bitter chocolate and some peel freshness carrying the finish. Starts like a Glenrothes and ends like young Macallan. 40% Alc./Vol.

                                                                          Vat 69 Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                          Edinburgh, SCOTLAND
                                                                          $44. 99 Bottle
                                                                          $539.88 Dozen
                                                                          ABV: 40%

                                                                          No serious bar is complete without an inexpensive mixing scotch like Vat 69. This is a simple, unpretentious whisky, with hints of smoke and malt in the background. Hardy enough to withstand the most heavy handed mixing.

                                                                          Originally blended in 1882 by one William Sanderson, a young Wine & Spirit Merchant based in Edinburgh. Intent on launching a new brand, Sanderson commissioned 100 different blends from noted blenders and carried out his own market research. After tasting the samples with a group of asscosciates, it was blend number 69 that was chosen. The label still emulates the original which was inspired by Portugese port labels of the time. Vat 69 is distilled in Scotland, imported and bottled in Australia. 40% alc./vol.

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                                                                          Whyte & Mackay Blended Scotch Whisky (1000ml)
                                                                          SCOTLAND
                                                                          $69. 99 Bottle
                                                                          $839.88 Dozen
                                                                          ABV: 40%
                                                                          Tasting note: Composed from 41 different whiskies and "Triple Matured" for extra character with a finishing in Sherry casks, this deep amber coloured blend suggests a good proportion of malt is in the mix. Medium bodied and with enough substance to enjoy on its own, it finishes on a sherried note with flavours of spiced raisin cake and stewed plum. Sweet grains play second fiddle. 40% Alc./Vol.

                                                                          Other reviews... If you're looking for a big flavoured dram and with something approaching a vicious left uppercut, this might be a useful bottle to have on hand. ..a veritable orgy of big, oily, juicy, murky flavours...You cannot but like it, in the same way you might occasionally like rough sex.
                                                                          84.5 points - Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2017

                                                                          Gold 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
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                                                                            Adelphi Private Stock Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                            SCOTLAND
                                                                            $59. 99 Bottle
                                                                            $719.88 Dozen
                                                                            ABV: 40%

                                                                            This is Adelphi's only blend, employing four grains combined with a high proportion of aged single malts from the west coast and Speyside. Chosen from a large selection of ‘blind’ samples, the final blend is matured in a solera-style vat, whereby, each time a quantity is drawn off for bottling, the vat is topped up with exactly the same blend of whiskies. This practice allows Adelphi to maintain a consistent flavour for each small batch bottling (each batch contains no more than 12,000 bottles). We inquired further, but the actual composition is a closely guarded secret!

                                                                            Tasting note: Flawless bright gold with a pale straw hue. Semi sweet aromas are pristine and sherry focussed with traces of peat. Brief aeration releases more dried fruits, along with vanilla and gently warming spices. Light to medium weight, super-soft on delivery with dilute butterscotch flavours and delicate, warming spices. Hints of peat become more salient towards the finish. Concludes squeaky clean and feather weight. Reminiscent of the recent Bruichladdich bottling, 'Laddie 10', likewise, this offers great buying value for your next slightly better-than-everyday-drinking dram. 40% Alc./Vol.

                                                                              Ardbeg Serendipity 12 Year Old Limited Release Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                              SCOTLAND
                                                                              $399. 00 Bottle
                                                                              $4788.00 Dozen
                                                                              ABV: 40%

                                                                              We've one bottle only to sell of this curio that evoked a combination of cynicism and praise when it was released as the result of a 'blending accident' - see below. Evidently, in the late 1990s, there was a product called "80:20" which was 80% Glenmorangie and 20% something else, and with an identical marketing speel from Glenmorangie. It would have been a no brainer to repeat the 'accident', but a stroke of genius was required to make it seem plausible a second time.

                                                                              Other reviews... Serendipity came about as a result of an error, when two parts of 12-year-old Glen Moray were inadvertently vatted with eight parts of much older Ardbeg. Indeed, the Ardbeg could be approaching its quarter-century. Cynics may suggest this smacks of something dreamt up by a marketing department, but whatever its origins, this 'Ardbeg Lite' blended malt whisky has much to commend it. The Glen Moray has given Serendipity a sweeter, more floral nose than is usual with Ardbeg. On the palate the defining dry, earthy, peat notes of Ardbeg lurk beneath a soft, mellow peachy character, but they remain steadfastly present. The result is notably harmonious. An inspired accident? 40.0% - www.whisky-pages.com

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                                                                              Ballantines 23 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                              SCOTLAND
                                                                              $250. 00 Bottle
                                                                              $3000.00 Dozen
                                                                              ABV: 40%

                                                                              Another beautifully presented and well-aged Ballantines that really hits the mark taste wise too. The Master Blender favours a high proportion of whiskies aged in first-fill American oak casks. Great review from Whisky Advocate below.

                                                                              Other reviews... An exceptional blend from first-fill American oak casks, which has Glenburgie whisky at its heart. Dry oak, Rolos, cantaloupe, dried mango strips, papaya, and cinnamon on the nose. Rewarding and weighty, with caramel, orange, raspberry, layers of spice, and dark toffee, with a concentrated fruitiness and a smear of spices leading to a warm, dark, lengthy finish. 40% Alc./Vol. (Travel Retail exclusive)
                                                                              93 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Jonny McCormick (Fall 2020)

                                                                                Ballantines 17 Year Old & Johnnie Walker Explorers Club Collection The Gold Route Blended Scotch Whisky Bundle Buy (1 x 750ml & 1 x 1000ml)
                                                                                SCOTLAND
                                                                                $199. 99 Bottle
                                                                                $2399.88 Dozen
                                                                                Get Ballantines 17YO, normally $89.99, PLUS Johnnie Walker Explorers Club The Gold Route, normally $199.00 together and save!

                                                                                Note: we have the 40% ABV bottling of Ballantines 17 YO. Jim Murray's review refers to the 43% bottling, however we would expect the whiskies to be very similar.

                                                                                Ballantines 17 Year Old tasting note: Impressive, bright deep, gold colour. The nose offers powerful sweet grainy scents, beautifully integrated with cocoa, charry vanillan oak and a very soft, gentlly wafting sweet peat adding depth. There’s a subtle grapiness too. Concentrated and mouth filling by blended standards and quite spicy, the palate is pristinely clean offering rich sweet malt, followed by cocoa and some smokey, honeyed, biscuit flavours. Outstanding length. Remains spicy, becoming dry - the aftertaste is a remarkable quality of this whisky - pulsing for a good 10-20 seconds and beyond. A first-rate blend with loads of character. 43 % Alc. Vol.

                                                                                Other reviews: (97.5 points)(n24.5) deft grain and honey plus teasing salty peat; ultra high quality with bourbon and pear drops offering the thrust; a near unbelievable integration with gooseberry juice offering a touch of sharpness muted by watered golden syrup; (t24) immediately mouthwatering with maltier tones clambering over the graceful cocoa-enriched grain; the degrees of sweetness are varied but near perfection; just hints of smoke here and there; (f24) lashings of vanilla and cocoa on the fade; drier with a faint spicey, vaguely smoky buzz; has become longer with more recent bottlings with the most subtle oiliness imaginable; (b25) now only slightly less weighty than of old. After a change of style direction it has comfortably reverted back to its sophisticated, mildly erotic old self. One of the most beautiful, complex and stunningly structured whiskies ever created. Truly the epitome of great Scotch. To the extent that for the last year, I have simply been unable to find a better whisky anywhere in the world. 43% - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2013

                                                                                Notes on Johnnie Walker Explorers Club Collection The Gold Route: The second addition to the Johnnie Walker Explorers' Club Series - "The Gold Route" was launched in 2013 as a Travel Retail exclusive.

                                                                                Developed as a 'luxury' whisky, Walker's Master Blender, Jim Beveridge describes this as an, “exotic mix of bananas, mango and pitaya,” with a taste of “pineapples, guava, passionfruit and raisins, all balanced perfectly by deep charred peaty notes in keeping with the signature smoky Johnnie Walker flavour”.

                                                                                Very limited stocks.

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                                                                                • Nick's Import
                                                                                Berry Brothers & Rudd Blue Hanger 11th Limited Release Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                                SCOTLAND
                                                                                $149. 99 Bottle
                                                                                $1799.88 Dozen
                                                                                ABV: 45.6%

                                                                                Awarded 'Blended Malt of the Year’ by Whisky Advocate Magazine in 2016.
                                                                                Final shipment.

                                                                                The Blue Hanger releases were originally reserved for the diplomatic market in the 1930s but faded into history until being revived in 2003 by Doug McIvor, Master of Cask Selection at Berry Bros & Rudd. The first edition was a sublime marriage of Glenlivet and Glen Grant which produced just 723 bottles from a total of 4 hogsheads. It sold out almost immediately upon release, and its success was repeated by many subsequent expressions. Creation of a new edition only takes place when Doug feels they've secured the right casks to create a complimentary addition to the range.
                                                                                And the name? It's a tribute to one of Berry's early customers, so called because of the shade of clothes he wore. William 'Blue' Hanger, aka 'Lord Coleraine', was a loyal regular of the Wine Shop at the end of the 18th century and considered "one of the best dressed men of his day."

                                                                                Tasting note: [15ml sample] Another outstanding vatted malt from BBR. The 11th in the series is a sultry combination of eight casks – four hogsheads, three butts and a puncheon, including both peated and unpeated Bunnahabhain. Very light / pale gold. A semblance of Johnnie Walker Green to this (as it was a few decades back); the same seamless integration of fruit, vanilla-laced malt and menthol-freshness overlaid by a delicate blanket of oily peat. The smokiness is slightly more evident in the flavour but kept in check by the vibrant, salivating malt, orange spice cake and peel freshness. Spot on balance. Beautifully rounded and very moreish. Non-chill filtered. 45.6% Alc./Vol.

                                                                                Other reviews... It’s the intensity of flavor that just grabbed me by the lapels and spun me round. It harbors intense tangelo juiciness; that unparalleled concentration of deep citrus skillfully mingled with dark vanilla, dried apricots, and gentle smoke. This goes the distance, delivering wave after delicious wave: peach juice, mandarin, pineapple cubes, and lemon zest. A firm, unctuous finish shows a little charred wood and dark sugar cloaked in fine smoke. Tongue pleasing and very special indeed. 92 points
                                                                                - maltadvocate.com (Spring 2015) Reviewed by: Jonny McCormick

                                                                                • Nick's Import
                                                                                Black & White Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml)
                                                                                SCOTLAND
                                                                                $46. 99 Bottle
                                                                                $563.88 Dozen
                                                                                ABV: 40%
                                                                                Some may recall the old Black & White bottlings and their canine marketing mascots. This famous old blend was first introduced in the late 19th century. The story goes that the whisky baron, James Buchanan selected a black Scottie dog and a white West Highland terrier as brand mascots after visiting a dog show. The pair of pooches were widely used in advertising before they appeared on the label of the best-selling blend.
                                                                                Described as a light, simple, grain-forward whisky with a clean, citrus edge. 40% Alc./Vol.
                                                                                  Black & White Buchanan's Blended Choice Blended Scotch Whisky - 1950s Bottling
                                                                                  SCOTLAND
                                                                                  $399. 00 Bottle
                                                                                  $4788.00 Dozen
                                                                                  Some may recall the old Black & White bottlings and their canine marketing mascots. Considering its age, this genuine antique is in good condition excepting some slight tears and markings to the front label. The back label features the brand's two famous terriers. The capsule is sealed with a wire 'spring' closure and the fill level is excellent. This was scheduled for the Malayan market.
                                                                                  One only to sell.
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