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    Belgrove Distillery Wholly Shit Rye Whisky (500ml)
    Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
    $180. 00 Bottle
    $2160.00 Dozen
    ABV: 46%

    Peter Bignell often says, "When you drink a bottle of my whisky, you're tasting my farm". 'Wholly Shit' takes this ethos (and recycling) to the next level: The sheep on Bignell's property eat spent distillery grain; their dried dung is then used to dry the rye instead of peat. Reportedly aged for three years, this is a follow up release to the cask strength original. Flavour wise, it's said to evoke peanut, sesame, toffee, honey, vanilla, hessian sacks and lots of smoke. Like its predecessor, only a small volume has been allocated for the mainland. 46% Alc./Vol.

    1997 Infrequent Flyers Bowmore Single Cask No.2690 24 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
    Islay, SCOTLAND
    $699. 00 Bottle
    $8388.00 Dozen
    ABV: 47.4%

    We have a very small number of well-aged Bowmores on offer as part of release No.60 from Infrequent Flyers. Indie expressions from this distillery are not common. This one sounds like a nice balance of fruit and gentle maritime notes. Distilled in 1997, it was finished in virgin oak barrel #2690 yielding 252 bottles at 48.4%. Non chill filtered.

    Notes from the bottlers... Nose: Herbal, peaty notes and sweet tobacco. Tangy cranberries and balsamic vinegar. Palate: Classic Bowmore style. Soft peat and exotic smoke flavours combine seamlessly with butterscotch black pepper, poached orchard fruits and ground mixed spice.

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    Balcones 1 Peated Cask Strength Texas Single Malt American Whisky (750ml)
    Waco, Texas, UNITED STATES
    $160. 00 Bottle
    $1920.00 Dozen
    ABV: 59%

    The Balcones “1” label is a part of the distillery’s annual offerings, made entirely from Golden Promise barley that’s been peated and imported from the Scottish Highlands. Bottled after approximately three years in new oak, the aroma sports an Oloroso-like character with burgeoning depths of dried fruits, orange zest, cured meats, roasted nuts, vanilla and smouldering beach wood. It's as beefy a Balcones as ever, yet somehow lands on its feet in an impossibly well-balanced arrangement of pulsing wood spices, oily peat-reek, pepper and weighty malt flavours that really takes off. The persistence is excellent, with those bittersweet, tongue tingling spices slowly fading into an ashy oblivion. Malt rebounds late with smokey cardamom and salted caramel dark chocolate. Bracing stuff. 59% Alc./Vol.

    Other reviews... [130.4 proof batch tasted] On the nose, the peat is indistinct and the whisky is elusive. Notes of black raisins, figs, ground coffee and leather are more evident than the smoke, though it’s there, just under the surface. Peat is far pushier on the palate, where the attack hits with notes of kippers and mesquite, reminding me immediately of the mesquite-grilled burgers of my youth. At more than 65% abv, it’s a blazer, and notes of licorice and bitter amaro are never far from the palate. Water is a great idea, tempering the heat of the whiskey as well as its bitterness, allowing the finish to run to notes of cloves, dark brown sugar, dark chocolate, more raisin notes, and a reprise of peaty smoke. With all that said, the peat is never overwhelming, and Balcones “1” Peated manages to find its own sense of balance in spite of all expectations to the contrary. Distinctly a product of Texas from start to finish, but nodding toward Scotland, it’s one of the most original Texas whiskeys (and arguably the best from the post-Chip Tate era) I’ve encountered to date. - drinkhacker.com

    Notes from the producers... Our peated malt whisky is made with our beloved Golden Promise malted barley dried over a highland peat moss fire. After mashing, fermentation, and distillation in Texas, the spirit is introduced into new toasted and charred American oak barrels where it is matured for 36 months. This marriage of peat and new oak is seldom undertaken in the world of whisky and creates a spirit that is both earthy and rustic as well as structured and robust. NOSE: rich, heavy aromas of earth, oak, caramel combine with spicier notes of incense and burnt cedar strips evoking summer grilling of cedar-planked salmon and charred teriyaki skewers. TASTE: round and creamy impression of brown sugar and cinnamon infused Lapsang Souchong tea. FINISH: the smoky tea flavors builds to dry, spicy notes of allspice, cardamom and hints of grilled chilies on the long, revealing finish.

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    Benriach The Original Ten 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
    Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
    $79. 99 Bottle
    $959.88 Dozen
    ABV: 43%

    A Bourbon, sherry and virgin oak matured expression in Benriach's new presentation. 43% Alc./Vol.

    Other reviews... This unpeated single malt updates and replaces the previous 10 year old. It presents tropical fruits, vanilla, honey, and ginger on the nose. Soft fruits, malt, and milk chocolate inhabit the creamy, well-balanced palate. Hazelnuts, drinking chocolate, and light spices surface in the medium-length finish, with just a wisp of smoke. 88 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Gavin Smith 2020.

    ...Nose: Juicy peaches right away mellow into cereal grains, but also the fresh loveliness of baked goods. The finish has the brightness of strawberry and the tartness of raspberry. Palate: The body is light all the way through. Just a touch of that fruit up front, bright, juicy peach and red grapefruit. This warms and sweetens to the back palate with note of red wine and cocoa. These great scotch distilleries are capable of a great range of flavors, even under the 15 year age mark, and these still stand out. The Original Ten has more flavor upfront and clearly, while The Twelve has similar flavors but deeper and richer. BenRiach is known for a touch of smoke across even their unpeated expressions. I didn’t get any of that from the Original 10, but it came through in The Twelve. Score: 4/5 - thewhiskywash.com

    2007 Infrequent Flyers Craigellachie Single Cask No.1826 13 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
    Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
    $240. 00 Bottle
    $2880.00 Dozen
    ABV: 58.3%

    Wow! Look at the spectacular colour of this indie Craigellachie. Typically a sweet, mouthfilling, oily, fruity and spicy whisky with a sulphurous edge, the distillate is usually x-Bourbon matured. We've never encountered one as sherry influenced as this. A finishing in a very active Pedro Ximenez puncheon yielded 654 bottles at 58.3% Sure to be quite a talking point in any blind tasting. Non chill filtered.

    Notes from the bottlers... Nose: Toasted oak, treacle toffee and caramelised Demerara sugar. Palate: Rich and densely flavoured. Liqueur-esque. Brandy snaps, dark chocolate and Morello cherries. Intense raisin and sultana. Quite a peppery note at the back.

    The Farmer's Wife Warm Winter Gin (700ml)
    New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
    $130. 00 Bottle
    $1560.00 Dozen
    ABV: 48%

    Now in a larger format but following the same recipe, Kylie Sepos creates this Winter expression using her original gin as a base, then leaving it to mature in a former peated whisky barrel sourced from Black Gate Distillery. During the ageing process the gin’s thirteen signature botanicals evolve as the flavour enriched staves impart both character and depth to the recipe. 

The result is a rich, floral smoked gin with hints of candied citrus that's smooth and warming, all the way to the finish. Its smokey opulence makes for the perfect Negroni or Gin Old Fashioned, however Kylie prefers it simply neat over ice by the fire, or mixed with a quality ginger beer. 48% Alc./Vol.

    1995 Infrequent Flyers North British Single Cask No.5742 26 Year Old Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (700ml)
    Lowlands, SCOTLAND
    $299. 00 Bottle
    $3588.00 Dozen
    ABV: 52.1%

    Located just outside of Edinburgh, North British never bottle whisky under their own label, instead they concentrate on supplying blends such as J&B, Cutty Sark, The Famous Grouse and Johnnie Walker. Infrequent Flyers foray into the single grain category starts with this relatively old North British expression, distilled in 1995 and bottled 2021. To further ramp up the richness, they've finished it in an ex-marsala hogshead. We have a handful from the outturn of 231 bottles. 52.1% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.

    Notes from the bottlers... Nose: Super aldehydic - huge hit of marzipan, followed by vanilla ice cream. Palate: A dessert extravaganza. Praline and brown sugar. Coconut macaroons and sugared almonds. A little spicy kick at the back.

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    Meletti Limoncello Liqueur (700ml)
    ITALY
    $59. 99 Bottle
    $719.88 Dozen
    ABV: 30%

    Lemons have been cultivated on the Amalfi coast since 200 AD. In the creation of this liqueur, Meletti selects the finest Sorrento lemons from the region's groves. A variety noted for its low acidity and thick skin, the rich oils give this liqueur its body and aroma. The final blend is aged for three months before being bottled, resulting in a limoncello that's both vibrant and rich.

    Other reviews... This lemon liqueur appears slight at first: pale yellow and slightly cloudy, lightly fragranced with lemon oil. Yet one sip, and the favor is unmistakably bold, balancing sweetness with an authentic and clean lemon-peel acidity. 90 points - Kara Newman - Wine Enthusiast

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    Timboon Distillery Smoky 1881 Single Malt Australian Whisky (500ml)
    Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $199. 00 Bottle
    $2388.00 Dozen
    ABV: 47%

    Named '1881' for the year when it all kicked off with illicit distilling in the Timboon area, this latest expression comes aged in 200 litre American oak ex-tawny port barrels, with just a smidge of Scottish peat in the mash to give a smoky taint. Aged over four years, on the nose there's a soft, earthy peat character that develops with dried red berries and vanillan oak. Light to medium bodied, the smokey veneer is more salient in the mouth - at first like a Highlander (think Ardmore or Benriach), but finishing on a more tangy maritime note. Elegant and very approachable. 47% Alc./Vol.

    Notes from the producers... Tawny cask florals, apricot and suggestions of fruit cake. The balanced, wispy peat gets sent to the back palate while a savoury/cinnamon mouth feel develops before slightly salty & earthy peat at the finish.

    2013 Infrequent Flyers Knockdhu Single Cask No.1 8 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
    Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
    $160. 00 Bottle
    $1920.00 Dozen
    ABV: 58.9%

    For those who don't know, Knockdhu is mostly marketed as AnCnoc (it's also one of Jim Murray's favourites). This one's been matured 1st-fill ex-bourbon barrel #1, which yielded 210 bottles at 58.9%. The profile should be pretty classic as far as Speysiders go - think 'fruity & malty' with a lick of vanilla.

    Notes from the bottlers... Nose: Ripe bananas, almonds and vanilla milkshake. Palate: Banoffee pie smothered in custard. A little nutty, with a touch of chilli pepper.


    Belgrove Distillery Bogan Burnout Heavily Peated Malt Spirit (500ml)
    Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
    $160. 00 Bottle
    $1920.00 Dozen
    ABV: 52%

    Quite possibly never to be repeated, proprietor and distiller, Peter Bignell, has created another smokey sensation with a variation on his peated, new-make rye that debuted at the Sydney Whisky Fair in 2019. Named ‘Bogan Burnout’, you can expect something pretty confronting and probably more Mezcal-like than anything resembling whisky (which it's not anyway, given it only spent two months in barrel). The label alone earns this a place in any serious Australian whisky collection. 52% Alc./Vol. Very limited stocks.

    Plantation Stiggins' Fancy Smoky Formula Pineapple Rum (700ml)
    Caribbean,
    $99. 99 Bottle
    $1199.88 Dozen
    ABV: 40%

    The fruit of a third collaboration between Alexandre Gabriel and David Wondrich, the 'Fancy Smoky Formula' is a variation on the original Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple rum that sees Victoria pineapple rinds infused in Plantation 3 Star, then further distilled in Copper pot stills. A second fruit infusion takes place in Plantation's Original Dark rum for three months. Both the distillate and the fruit infusion are finally blended together. The difference here is that they're finished in casks that previously contained peated single malt whisky (in this case, x-Teeling Blackpitts casks) - hence the smokey accents. The result promises to take your Daiquiris to another level, or any other rum cocktail you’d care to mix it into. If you're wondering, the name is a tribute to the fictional Reverend Stiggins whose favourite drink was “pineapple rum” in the Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. 40% Alc./Vol.

    Other reviews... Ripe golden pineapple flavors are cheerful and unmistakable from the glass. With balanced sweetness, there is tons of fresh pineapple aroma and flavor without being syrupy. Brown sugar and baking spice notes support this rum that is an overall celebration of tropical fruit. 96 points - Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation, 2020 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

    Notes from the producers... A rich and delicious bouquet, accented by smoky notes and aromas of tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus peel, and a touch of clove. The palate opens with a structured, pleasant sensation of ripe banana, pineapple, and spices layered in a smoky finish.

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    Meletti Dry Anisetta Liqueur (700ml)
    ITALY
    $79. 99 Bottle
    $959.88 Dozen
    ABV: 42%

    The Meletti dry takes the family's classic recipe but decreases the sugar content and ups the ABV (42% as opposed to 35%). As a cocktail ingredient it's much more friendly than absinthe and reportedly, easier to 'control' than Pernod or Ricard.

    Other reviews... Recommended by the producer for cocktails, this higher-octane, lower sugar anisette offers a bright orange peel aroma and fruity-spiced palate that finishes with brisk cayenne and cinnamon, fading off into an earthy aniseed hint. 93 points - Kara Newman, wineenthusiast.com

    Balcones Single Barrel Cask Strength Texas Single Malt American Whisky (700ml)
    Waco, Texas, UNITED STATES
    $160. 00 Bottle
    $1920.00 Dozen
    ABV: 66.7%

    This is the cask strength / single cask version of Balcones single malt, not to be confused with their 'Classic' edition that typically arrives at what many might consider cask strength or near to. Apart from similar looking private bottlings, the labels on both the Cask Strength and Classic are very similar, so at a glance, it's easy to mistake the two. The ABVs will also vary from batch to batch, however the uncut strength for any Balcones is typically extreme (think 65%+), which is the tell tale signature to differentiate by. Balcones single barrel selections aim to showcase the contrasts from one barrel to the next and the way the wood and whisky respond to the Waco climate. Hungarian oak, x Bourbon wood and French oak are common, but they'll alternate between releases, depending on which barrel performs best. These beasts often rate highly amongst critics, and if you like your whisky incendiary and intense, this will fit the bill. 66.7% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.

    2006 Infrequent Flyers Auchroisk Single Cask No.5751 15 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
    Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
    $250. 00 Bottle
    $3000.00 Dozen
    ABV: 59.1%

    An unusual Auchroisk, finished in a single Sauternes hogshead (sweet white wine from Bordeaux). Cask #5751 yielded 286 bottles at 59.1%. Non chill filtered.

    Notes from the bottlers... Nose: A big nose - dried figs, treacle toffee and peanut brittle. Palate: Rich, viscous and oily. Multi-layered. Apple strudel and stewed raisins. Rum baba and dark chocolate. A slightly spicy edge.

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    Meletti Sambuca Liqueur (700ml)
    ITALY
    $79. 99 Bottle
    $959.88 Dozen
    ABV: 42%

    Other reviews.... Look for a mild licorice aroma with a hint of espresso. Each sip is palate-coating and relatively sweet, reminiscent of Good and Plenty licorice candies, finishing with an assertive hint of spice and alcohol heat that cuts through the sweetness. An easy-sipping dessert pour. 90 points - Kara Newman - wineenthusiast.com

    ...Fairly aggressive cracked black pepper and aniseed with almost toffee sweetness. 3/5 stars - diffordsguide.com

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    Meletti Fernet (750ml)
    ITALY
    $79. 99 Bottle
    $959.88 Dozen
    ABV: 40%

    Centuries-old and rooted in medicine, Fernet are a kind of sub-category of Amaro that are typically less sweet, or more bittersweet. Like Amaros, they're usually consumed at the end of a meal to aid digestion and are flavoured with locally grown plants and herbs so as to represent the flavours of a given region. The Branca brand has long held the top position in the Fernet world, but that hasn't stopped countless distilleries, both in Italy and beyond from making proprietary variations of their own.  Meletti's expression is described as a 'moderately bitter' style, offering hints of dark chocolate, coffee and mint, finishing with bitter gentian root, while the ingredients are said to include cardamom, myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile and saffron, among others. 40% Alc./Vol.

    Other reviews... A stomach settler and a breath freshener, this liqueur is full-on minty from first sip straight through to exhale. The moderately bitter midpalate offers hints of dark chocolate, espresso and allspice. There's a passing resemblance to thin-mint cookies if you squint. 90 points - Kara Newman - wineenthusiast.com

    2006 Infrequent Flyers Blair Athol Single Cask No.6133 15 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
    Highlands, SCOTLAND
    $230. 00 Bottle
    $2760.00 Dozen
    ABV: 51.4%

    Blair Athol stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands in the picturesque town of Pitlochry, Perthshire. From the water of the Allt Dour burn comes a whisky with a mellow deep-toned aroma, a strong fruity flavour and a smooth finish. The style has made it an irreplaceable contributor to the Bell's Blend - one of the most popular blended whiskies in the UK. This single cask expression from Infrequent Flyers was distilled in 2006 and bottled 2021 before being finished in an ex-moscatel hogshead yielding 281 bottles at 51.4%. Non chill filtered.

    Notes from the bottlers... Nose: Cocoa butter and a touch of dark rum and raisins. Palate: Creamy - Roasted malt and butterscotch. Sugar puffs and Biscoff caramelised biscuits.

    2011 Infrequent Flyers Benriach Single Cask No.2377 10 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
    Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
    $190. 00 Bottle
    $2280.00 Dozen
    ABV: 58.8%

    Benriach is a characterful make that's fruity and floral with honeyed notes, and sometimes more than a touch of peat. Wood finishings are frequently employed for official bottlings. In this case, Infrequent Flyers have followed suit with a secondary maturation in a virgin oak barrel. Combined with the natural sweetness of the malt, this promises to be a delicious dessert-style dram. 272 bottles at 58.8%. Non chill filtered.

    Notes from the bottlers... Nose: Vanilla, toffee and almonds, with a hint of spice. Palate: Honeycomb, Lyle's golden syrup and a touch of Demerara sugar. Soft caramel chews, with cloves and cracked black pepper.

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    Meletti Anisetta Liqueur (700ml)
    ITALY
    $64. 99 Bottle
    $779.88 Dozen
    ABV: 34%

    This is the company's flagship product which Silvio Meletti began formulating in the mid 1800s. Following a period of trial and error, he identified plants from the Ascoli Piceno region, east of Rome as being of the highest quality. Here, heavy clay soils produce the most aromatic anise. Silvio captured these aromas via a traditional alembic still, however, he subsequently attributed the incredible flavour of this special Anisette primarily to his proprietary aging process. Enjoy with your coffee, on the rocks, in a cocktail or sipped after dinner. 34% Alc./Vol.

    Other reviews.... Among the best of the its category, Meletti made its name experimenting with anise plants from numerous Italian provinces as far back as 1870, determining finally that the best quality anise grew on the Adriatic Coast directly east of Rome. The end result: a pungent aroma hinting at anise and fennel, and a mellow, sippable flavor that slowly unfurls fiery cinnamon, anise, Dutch licorice and a sweet-herbal hint of sarsaparilla. 90 points - Kara Newman - Wine Enthusiast

    The Gospel Projects Fortified Cask Finish Straight Rye Whiskey (700ml)
    Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $149. 99 Bottle
    $1799.88 Dozen
    ABV: 52%

    This limited edition 'Project Release' has been sparsely allocated to retailers in Victoria. It comes matured in three Australian ex-fortified wine barrels – Apera, Chardonnay Tawny and Fortified Semillon. The aim has been to balance the distillery's signature dry rye grain with a richer and sweeter finish. The casks were re-coopered on site by Master Distiller, Ian Thorn then filled with mature Straight Rye whiskey and matured at the top of their Brunswick warehouse, absorbing the full force of Melbourne’s summer for a further six months. Going by the quality of previous releases, this should be quite special. 52% Alc./Vol.

    Notes from the producers... Roasted walnut, maple syrup, clove, nutmeg, leather and fig on the nose. Unctuous texture with orange marmalade, fruitcake and bitter caramel on the palate.

    Set in the backstreets of Melbourne’s eclectic Brunswick neighbourhood, The Gospel features a six-metre-high continuous column still, designed and built in-house, as well as a bespoke Copper Pot still.  The wider team are an experienced group of industry experts, all of whom have a fierce love for deliciously unpretentious rye whiskey.

    2021 Eric Bordelet Poire Granit Pear Cider (Perry)
    Normandy, FRANCE
    $49. 99 Bottle
    $599.88 Dozen
    ABV: 4%
    Closure: Cork

    Eric Bordelet approaches Cider-making with the same intensity as a passionate oenologist brings to winemaking. Bordelet worked as sommelier in the leading 3 star Parisian restaurant, ‘Arpege’ where he became deeply familiar with the top winemakers and wineries of France. In 1992 he took over the tiny patch of family farmed orchards in Charchigné, in the heart of Normandy’s premium Cider producing area. Since then he has set about rescuing the ancient ‘heirloom’ varieties of pears and apples that produce tiny quantities and amazing flavour.

    Working organically, the fruit is dry-farmed, as Bordelet prefers to work with tiny very flavoursome apples and pears. ‘The fruit we work with looks quite different from what you'll find in the grocery store. I know what each apple variety brings to the cider.’ says Eric, explaining that some Ciders can have about 20 different varieties used. And he adds, ‘I use about 40% of sweet apples, 40% bitter apples and 20% of acidic apples to get the right balance.’

    His ciders are deliberately made in a very gently sparkling petillant style and do not have the same level of effervescence as many other ciders. This is a conscious decision on Bordelet's part, ‘I want it this way because it shows off the fruit character better.’

    Produced from pear trees estimated to be about 300 years old. Poiré Granit has 25-80 grams of sugar per liter, yet it doesn't taste particularly sweet. This is due to the tannin and acidity, which Bordelet says is twice as high as the apple. Stunning as aperitif or with cheese or desserts, the low alcohol also means this can be enjoyed any time. Cider simply doesn't get better than this!

    Willett Family Estate Small Batch Rare Release (Barrel 1597) Cask Strength 16 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
    Kentucky, UNITED STATES
    $2500. 00 Bottle
    $30000.00 Dozen
    ABV: 61.5%

    A very old whiskey by Willett standards, and for Bourbon in general. Drawn from single barrel No.1597 at 61.5% Alc./Vol. Older Willetts continue to perform well on the secondary market, with several bottlings ranking amongst the top 20 most expensive Bourbons you can now source in the US. Collectable.

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    Suntory Hakushu 18 Year Old Single Malt Japanese Whisky (700ml) - Limited Edition Packaging
    Hokuto, Yamanashi, JAPAN
    $1799. 00 Bottle
    $21588.00 Dozen
    ABV: 43%

    Note: This is from a private collection and as such may have some minor scuffing/scratches/handling marks.

    A slight variation on the original 18 year old Hakushu. So far as we can tell, the presentation is the main point of difference with this expression coming in 'limited edition' packaging. Collectable.

    Production wise, Suntory's Hakushu distillery (pronounced "Hack-shoo") is the largest malt whisky distillery not only in Japan, but in the world. Built in 1973 coinciding with Suntory's 50th anniversary, it's set amidst spectacular pine forests close to the Japanese Alps. Suntory also purchased the distillery surrounds to protect water quality and conserve the local environment. In fact, water from the district is considered the best in Japan, something Suntory have capitalised on by bottling and selling it throughout the country. All the barley required for single malt whisky production here is imported from Scotland or elsewhere (including countries like France, England and Australia). The resulting whiskies make a significant contribution to Suntory's large number of malts and blends. Due to the distillery's height above sea level (700m), low pressure distillation occurs naturally, said to contribute to the light, fruity style of the whiskies

    Other reviews... Unlike their colleagues in Scotland, Japanese distillers do not exchange stock for their blending requirements. This means that each distillery is set up to produce a wide range of styles. Hakushu uses four different types of malt (unpeated to heavy) run through four pairs of differently-shaped stills. Each single malt is a different blend of these bases. While still herbal, this example shows more sherried notes along with sour orange zest, tropical fruit, and some smoke. Complex. 43% Alc./Vol. 90 points - maltadvocate.com

    1973 Highland Park Vintage Single Cask Number 11167 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
    Orkney Islands, SCOTLAND
    $2500. 00 Bottle
    $30000.00 Dozen
    ABV: 50.4%

    From an outturn of 524 bottles, this was the second from a duo of "intriguingly different" single casks filled in October in 1973 and bottled 28 years later in 2001. The series continued with a number of older releases following a similar theme. Now quite rare. One only from a private collection. 50.4% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.

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    2021 Torbreck Woodcutter's Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $23. 99 Bottle
    $287.88 Dozen
    Cellar: 4 - 5 Years (2026-2027)
    ABV: 15%
    Closure: Stelvin

    The Woodcutter’s Shiraz is sourced from Torbreck’s younger vineyards located in the prime Barossa sub regions of Marananga, Greenock, Seppeltsfield, Gomersal, Moppa, Lyndoch and Ebenezer.
    Fruit is hand harvested and fermented in a mixture of cement, wooden and stainless steel vats for 6-7 days. It is then basket pressed to well-seasoned hogsheads and French oak foudres where it’s matured for 12 months. From the exceptional 2021 vintage, this rich, plump, voluminous yet fresh rendition is one out of the box and not to be missed.

    Cascading waves of succulent blue to black fruits saturate the palate with terrific richness and intensity.

    Magnificent inky black dark purple colour with a very deep dark purple hue. The nose throws up an alluring mix of dark plum, blackberry, liquorice and ripe blueberry fruits with hints of vanillin oak, light earth and spicy fennel ensuing. Showing terrific density, volume and concentration, the rich, opulent palate is engulfed with dark plum, blackberry and liquorice fruits. Blueberry, vanillin cedar, fennel and spicy pepper elements lie underneath. Showing superb depth and power for the price it has velvety tannins and finishes with a youthful freshness. Concludes long, inky and wonderfully fruited. Will evolve beautifully with a few more years in the bottle.
    Cellar 4-5 years.
    Alc. 15%

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    2021 Vieux Chateau Certan Pre-Arrival Offer
    Pomerol, Bordeaux, FRANCE
    $650. 00 Bottle
    $7800.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork

    Vieux Chateau Certan is regarded as one of the finest estates in Pomerol, and given their neighbours include Petrus, Lafleur, Certan de May, and l’Evangile, this is no surprise. Much of the vineyard is planted on the clay and gravel plateau of Pomerol, with the mix of grapes being 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Other Reviews....
    A blend of 77% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2021 Vieux Château Certan wafts from the glass with lovely aromas of violets, rose petals, sweet wild berries, exotic spices, orange rind and smoke. Medium to full-bodied, supple and enveloping, it's an elegant, fleshy wine with a bright core of fruit, ultra-refined tannins and a precise, saline finish. Despite its almost Burgundian finesse, this Pomerol's remarkably penetrating, perfumed finish gives the lie to any notion that it's in any way lacking in intensity of flavor. As is almost invariably the case, Vieux Château Certan is one of the finest wines of the appellation this year.
    94-96 points
    William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Apr 2022)

    The 2021 Vieux Château Certan is a spectacular tour de force from Alexander and Guillaume Thienpont. What a wine. Vibrant and magnificent in its precision, the 2021 races across the palate, revealing seemingly endless layers of nuance over time. Dark blue/purplish fruit, cinnamon, new leather, graphite, lavender and crushed rocks all build effortlessly. The Cabernets are dialed up in 2021 and that comes through in the wine's flavor profile and overall feel. The purity of the flavors is just mind-bending. Harvest took place between September 25 and October 4. The blend is 67% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Readers who can find the 2021 should not hesitate, as it is truly magical. Drink 2031-2061.
    96-98 points
    Antonio Galloni - Vinous

    The 2021 Vieux Château Certan was picked from September 24 to October 6 at 38hL/ha and registers 13.2% alcohol. It is a VCC defined by its Cabernets; Guillaume Thienpont told me ]they used all they had. "I would have blended more if we had more vines," he quipped. The nose unfurls with air to reveal graphite-infused black fruit, touches of undergrowth and tobacco – quintessential VCC aromatics. The palate is beautifully balanced with exquisite definition, not powerful and certainly not opulent, yet built around finesse, precision and charm. It seems to grow in stature in the glass. Pure class. Drink 2028-2058.
    95-97 points
    Neal Martin - Vinous

    Medium to full body with a supple, textured and firm tannin structure. Velvety and perfumed with fragrant notes of flowers, cloves, plums and raspberries. Broad and layered. Very supple and evolving. Opens on the palate. 77% merlot, 20% cabernet franc and 3% cabernet sauvignon.
    96-97 points
    James Suckling

    The 2021 Vieux Château Certan is another pure, elegant Pomerol with plenty to love. Giving up a very pretty, precision, and medium-bodied style, it has lots of pure blue fruits, notes of spring flowers and graphite, finely polished tannins, and a great finish. It shows the cooler, fresher style of the vintage but has incredible purity and certainly brings good intensity. The tannins here are also terrific. The blend is 77% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, all of which is still resting in 65% new French oak.
    93-95 points
    Jeb Dunnuck

    Dark ruby in color, the perfume kicks off with lilacs, violets, graphite, nutmeg, spice, plums and black cherry nuances. On the palate, the wine is fresh, vibrant, crisp, chewy and long. The salty touch of minerality in the endnote adds to all the sweet, dark red pit fruits. Refined, elegant and classic, (but in a good way) there is length, purity, tension and energy in the finish, with just a hint of spice too. The wine blends 77% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.2% ABV. The harvest took place September 24-September - October 6. Yields were 38 hectoliters per hectare. Drink from 2026-2049.
    94-96 points
    Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

    Ripe juicy strawberry, this has a gorgeous intensity on the nose, really fragrant and expressive, in a rich deep, heavily-scented way. You get the ripeness here with smooth, silky tannins giving depth and intensity on the palate. Succulent with a sharpness, that hit of freshly picked strawberry and cherry juice - electric and bright with tension and direction. It’s softly spoken in one way, so quietly confident, yet showing so much detail in another, saying; "looking at how charming I can be". It has freshness and tension - ‘a cool climate VCC’ said Alexandre Thienpont. Bright acidity through delivered gracefully and sensitively with a gentle persistence. I love the delicacy, it has body no doubt, but it’s the detail that’s so captivating. A wonderful wine and one of the best from Pomerol in 2021. 3.63pH. A yield of 38hl/ha. Drinking Window 2027 - 2050.
    96 points
    Georgina Hindle - Decanter

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    2021 Chateau La Conseillante Pre-Arrival Offer
    Pomerol, Bordeaux, FRANCE
    $450. 00 Bottle
    $5400.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork

    As a wine often compared to Burgundy, Chateau La Conseillante produce one of the most refined and elegant examples in all of Bordeaux. Vines here are planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, and are situated on some of the finest land in Pomerol (with a touch of Saint-Emilion!).

    Other Reviews....
    A superb effort that transcends the challenges of the vintage, the 2021 La Conseillante offers up a beautifully perfumed nose of wild berries, raspberry coulis, violets, exotic spices and vine smoke. Medium to full-bodied, supple and enveloping, it's a sensual, seamless wine that's deep and layered, structured around supple tannins and lively acids. Perfumed and penetrating, the 2021 isn't the most powerful wine this estate has produced, but it brilliantly exemplifies the rare structural elegance and almost Burgundian aromatic range that so often set this great estate apart from the rest of the Pomerol appellation. It's a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.
    95-96 points
    William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Apr 2022)

    The 2021 is a super-classic La Conseillante the likes of which has not been made here in a very long time. A Pomerol of vibrancy and tension, the 2021 bristles with energy from start to finish. All the elements are so well-balanced. Aromatic and delineated, with terrific drive, the 2021 is so impressive in the early going. Dried herbs, licorice, mocha, cassis and blackberry open beautifully. The 70% new oak is already nicely integrated. To be sure, the 2021 is nervy and taut, as most wines are in this vintage. But it's all there. Drink 2031-2061.
    95-97 points
    Antonio Galloni - Vinous

    The 2021 La Conseillante was picked the latest in memory, from September 28 until October 8, at 39hL/ha, and matured in 70% new oak. It comes in at 13.3% alcohol and a pH of 3.6. The beautifully defined bouquet offers blackberry, bilberry and light iris petal scents, just a suggestion of black truffle coming though with time. The harmonious palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and lightly spiced red fruit. There is a very subtle ferrous note, lovely depth and grip on the finish, and a persistent aftertaste. A beautiful La Conseillante courtesy of winemaker Marielle Cazaux and her team. Drink 2027-2060.
    95-97 points
    Neal Martin - Vinous

    Lovely, balanced and linear with seamless, fine tannins that are soft and creamy. Medium-bodied. Very attractive berry, light walnut and violet character. Long finish.
    94-95 points
    James Suckling

    The 2021 Château La Conseillante showed beautifully, and while it's not going to match the all-time greats here, it's a quintessential, elegant, seamless Pomerol in the making. Revealing a deep purple hue as well as a spectacular nose of pure cassis, ripe tobacco, damp earth, and ample floral nuances, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, beautiful overall balance, and a great finish. It's a remarkable effort in this challenging vintage. The blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, still aging in 70% new barrels, that hit 13.3% alcohol and a pH of 3.6.
    93-95 points
    Jeb Dunnuck

    Violets, incense, black raspberry, dark kirsch, plums, espresso, and earthy overtones crowd into the finish. Deeply colored, on the palate the wine is exactly as it should be, elegant, refined, lifted, vivacious, and energetic, with a savory edge to the earthy red fruits and a hint of oak that should become completely integrated with a few years time. Perhaps this is a modern day version of the 1985, which if you have not tasted it lately, has aged extremely well. The harvest took place September 28, October 10, making this the latest vintage in the history of the estate. The wine blends 85% Merlot with 15% Cabernet Franc, 13.3% ABV, 3.6 pH. The yields were 39 hectoliters per hectare. Drink from 2025-2050.
    94-96 points
    Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

    Iris and raspberry notes on the nose, delicately floral but fresh and lively - just shy of mouthwatering acidity - but enough to create such a lift on the first taste which has a juicy effect. The acidity is nicely balanced but this has such a gentle charm, a suaveness and sensuality to it, tannins are sleek and agile with some bitter dark chocolate and slate edges while the fruit is full of black cherry, plum and blueberry touches. But it’s the texture and the aromatic display that are so captivating - having density and weight but no heaviness. You get the ripeness in the flavour but the overall feeling remains cool and refreshing with tension and terroir on show in the wet stone nuance underpinning the fruit. Just pure grace and precision. An exceptional effort for the estate's 150th vintage. 'The worst thing on the label is the vintage' says general director Marielle Cazeaux "because people think it’s bad, but this is really the DNA of La Conseillante". 3.6pH. Merlot picked from 28th September to 1st October, Cabernet Franc on the 6th and 12th October. Drinking Window 2026 - 2049.
    95 points
    Georgina Hindle - Decanter

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    2021 Chateau Pavie Macquin Pre-Arrival Offer
    Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE
    $170. 00 Bottle
    $2040.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork

    Other Reviews....
    Another success in this challenging year is the 2021 Pavie Macquin, a promising effort that offers up aromas of sweet berries, Indian spices, licorice and bay leaf. Medium to full-bodied, layered and incisive, it's a tensile, tightly wound wine that's concentrated and penetrating, concluding with a mineral finish. Its low pH profile means that this is always an estate that gains a lot from élevage, but even at this early stage, it's clear that this has excellent potential.
    93-95 points
    William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Apr 2022)

    The 2021 Pavie Macquin is a rich, heady wine, as it typically is. Dark red fruit, leather, smoke, licorice, mocha and espresso build nicely in the glass. The tannins are a bit firmer than they usually are, but there's plenty of creaminess and texture lurking beneath. The 2021 needs time to fully come together. In some tastings it was a bit austere, while in other moments, the trademark Pavie-Macquin sensuality was more in evidence. Tasted three times. Drink 2031-2046.
    92-94 points
    Antonio Galloni - Vinous

    The 2021 Pavie Macquin was picked from 4 to 19 October at 37hL/ha, the Grand Vin representing around 80% of the crop. Matured in 50% new oak, it clearly has the most fruit concentration amongst Nicolas Thienpont's portfolio with black cherries, blueberry and bilberry fruit, just a faint touch of orange rind in the background. The palate is fresh and well-structured on the entry, insistent grip and a pleasant seam of sapidity running through this Saint-Émilion. More "vertical" than usual, this is nicely focused with a delineated, quite mineral-driven finish that showcases its asteriated limestone terroir. Excellent. Drink 2029-2055.
    92-94 points
    Neal Martin - Vinous

    Lots of blackberry and inky character to this year. Always refined and polished with lovely length and medium body. 79% merlot, 19% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon.
    94-95 points
    James Suckling

    Tasted on multiple occasions, the 2021 Château Pavie Macquin is a more forward, textured, charming wine from this estate that still has plenty of classic Pavie Macquin class, freshness, and minerality, which is the hallmark of this terroir. Coming from a cooler site just above Château Pavie, the 2021 is a blend of 79% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, from a selection of 80% of the production. Harvest here started on the 4th of October for the Merlot and finished on the 19th of October for the Cabernet, and the wine spent 30-35 days on skins in a mix of open top wood and concrete tanks and is currently resting in 50% new French oak barrels. Its deep purple hue is followed by terrific aromatics of blue fruits, violets, and chalky minerality, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, ripe, rounded tannins, good mid-palate depth, and a great finish. This cuvée always needs bottle age, but I suspect this will be one of the more approachable vintages for this wine.
    93-95 points
    Jeb Dunnuck

    Flowers, plums, espresso, licorice, and dark cherries with a touch of leafy herbs are in the nose. The wine is fresh, bright, crisp, and with a salty, savory, olive-tinted edge on the palate, as well as in the mineral driven finish. Give the wine a few years in the cellar to soften and fill out. The wine was produced from blending 79% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. 13.5% ABV. The harvest took place October 4 - October 19. Drink from 2026-2043.
    92-94 points
    Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

    Bramble, coffee and caramel notes on the nose. Juicy and vibrant on the palate, this has a gentle coursing of strawberry and blackcurrant fruit with blackcurrant leaf giving a savoury, almost herbal edge, while the crushed stone and slate bring in minerality and salinity on the finish. Detailed and nuanced - I like the overall texture, there is grip and aromatic interest with density, chew and a gorgeous core of acidity that keeps things playful and joyous. Supremely alive and thriving on the palate with a persistence that doesn't let up. I love this and think it will be excellent after ageing. Tasted twice. Drinking Window 2025 - 2045.
    94 points
    Georgina Hindle - Decanter

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    2021 Chateau Figeac Pre-Arrival Offer
    Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE
    $465. 00 Bottle
    $5580.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork

    Positively ancient in wine terms, Chateau Figeac has a history of grape growing going back to Roman times. Once a large estate of 200 hectares, various divisions over the years, most notably selling the parcel that would become Chateau Cheval Blanc, the estate now covers 37 hectares and is planted to 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 30% Merlot. The high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon is rare on the Right Bank, and owes to the soil being a mainly fine gravel base, and the resultant wine requires at least mid-term cellaring to soften.

    Other Reviews....
    One of the highlights of the vintage on the Right Bank, the 2021 Figeac is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc and 29% Merlot, and the fruit of a harvest that lasted a full month, from September 21 to October 19, with each parcel picked at optimal maturity. Offering up aromas of blackberries, cassis, rose petals, violets, cigar wrapper and sweet soil tones, it's medium to full-bodied, supple and seamless, its velvety attack segueing into a deep, layered core of beautifully vibrant fruit, concluding with a long, saline finish. The first vintage vinified in Figeac's new winery, it's a resounding success for administrator Frédéric Faye and his team.
    94-97 points
    William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Apr 2022)

    The 2021 Figeac was picked from September 21 until October 19 and matured, as usual, in 100% new oak. It has a very pure, elegant bouquet, the Cabernet Sauvignon imparting subtle pencil lead notes, blackberry and briar, almost understated at first but gaining vigor with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity and just the right amount of sapidity. There is unerring symmetry about this Figeac, which is extremely focused yet unconcerned about showing off. There is lovely piquancy on the finish. Unequivocally one the finest Right Bank wines in 2021. Frédéric Faye continues to guide Figeac to the pinnacle of the appellation. (13.0% alcohol). Drink 2027-2060.
    95-97 points
    Neal Martin - Vinous

    The 2021 Figeac is a super-classy, elegant Saint-Émilion. Silky tannins and lifted, savory aromatics add to a total impression of finesse. There is more Cabernet Sauvignon than typically in this year's blend, which naturally brings added aromatic presence. The 2021 is not as explosive as recent vintages have been, but its class is evident. This is a strong showing from Figeac and the team led by Estate Manager Frédéric Faye. Tasted two times. Drink 2031-2051.
    93-95 points
    Antonio Galloni - Vinous

    A red with lots of dark-fruit, graphite and tar aromas and flavors. It’s medium-bodied and very integrated with firm, polished tannins and a long finish. Racy and compact. Silky texture.
    94-95 points
    James Suckling

    Unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage on the Right Bank, the 2021 Château Figeac checks in as 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, and 29% Merlot, brought up all in new barrels. It's a gorgeous, medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and textured 2019 with remarkable purity in its darker cassis and fresh plum fruits as well as notes of tobacco, truffly earth, cedar pencil, and spice. While it's easy to compare this to wines from the Médoc given its high Cabernet content, it has beautiful Right Bank character and is a classic, balanced, incredibly impressive Figeac that will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and cruise for over two decades. It reminds me slightly of the 2014.
    95-97 points
    Jeb Dunnuck

    Violets, roses, cigar wrapper, espresso, cherries, plums, blackberries and currants create the attention-seeking perfume. Lively and fresh, the wine is perfectly balanced between its elegant nature, vibrant red fruits, silky textures, length and purity. The fruit has a sweetness along with salinity that is impossible to miss. The wine is a slow build on your palate. So you do not notice it at first. But with an intake of air, the wine begins slowly expanding in the finish. This is a perfect example of a modern classic wine blending 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc and 29% Merlot. 13% ABV, 3.65% pH. The harvest took place September 21 - October 19, making 2021 not only one of the longest harvests in the history of the estate, but also one of the latest vintages they have ever recorded. Both choices were the key to the vintages success here. Of equal importance, 2021 marks the debut vintage for the estate's new, state-of-the-art cellars. Drink from 2026-2055.
    95-97 points
    Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

    One of my absolute favourite wines in 2021 with Figeac's star power clearly on show. Amazing aromatic complexity on the nose; dark chocolate with perfume from the Cabernet Franc - pink flowers, red cherry touches vanilla and cinnamon - such a seductive smell. Pure and focused - so smooth and sleek with a clear tang to the palate. Quite taut, so defined and pure. The minerality comes through the sweet strawberry and raspberry fruit giving that chalky, salty flavour and texture on the palate. Everything is precise and in the right place. You can tell this is ripe, the concentration is there in the fruit, alongside such bright freshness but also these fun and playful red fruit flavours with lively acidity. Classic Bordeaux style with vibrancy, clarity and harmony - you feel the St-Emilion terroir and the understated glamour. This is an epic wine, a brilliant Figeac and contender for wine of the Right Bank. 100% new oak. 3.65pH. Drinking Window 2028 - 2050.
    97 points
    Georgina Hindle - Decanter

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    Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) - Damaged Gift Box
    Isle of Skye, SCOTLAND
    Reduced from $89.99
    $84. 99 Bottle
    $1019.88 Dozen
    ABV: 45.8%

    'The lava of the Cuillins' - that is how Talisker, the Golden Spirit of Skye was described by one poetic taster. This is indeed a turbulent Gaelic malt ; the only single malt from a spectacularly beautiful island of wild moorlands and dramatic mountain peaks known as the Cuillins. Built in Carbost in 1831 near 'Talisker House', the distillery has entertained such personalities as Boswell & Johnson. Another celebrity who enjoyed his Talisker was author, Robert Louis Stevenson, describing it in 1880 as 'king 'o' drinks'. Stevenson rightly recognised it as bearing similarities to both the Glenlivet and Islay malts. However, by taking 'the best of both worlds' so to speak, Talisker had achieved a new, unique style of whisky.

    In 1892 Roderick Kemp, a part owner sold his share to establish the now immortal Macallan distillery, however, the distillery has continued strong since.

    Tasting note: Rich amber gold colour with golden hue. Pungent-yet-fresh with Islay-like seaweedy, smokiness and sweet fruity maltiness. A great sniff. Bold maritime influence on the palate too, perfectly complemented by a spicy, very peppery, long lingering finish. A little honey threads its way through the beautifully balanced spirit - not harsh but warming. Fine, individual malt. Remains an island classic. 45.8% Alc./Vol.

    A quite stupendous malt to be enjoyed at any time. But especially at night.
    93 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2019

    ...Another that should need no introduction. The thing to look for in Talisker, as with all smoky whiskies, is sweetness that gives the requisite balance to the drying effect of smoke. Underneath Talisker’s smoke, which ain't as all-pervading as Lagavulin, is a sweet pear-like quality. When young there are notes of the land: heather, moor, sweet seaweed, and a finish that has a distinctive cracked black pepper hit. 90 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Dave Broom (Summer 2012)

    Nose: A razor-sharp spiciness lances through Demerara sweetness and rich peat. Absolutely magnificent. Palate: The enormous build up of spice adds to the multi-layered peat. The sweetness is almost like freshly crushed grist. Wave upon wave, layer upon layer of complexity. Finish: Massively warming and still spicy. The peat lingers while the spice bristles. Comment: A dram to be savoured and celebrated. Rating: 95  - www.whiskymag.com.

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    Tamnavulin Tempranillo Cask Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky (1000ml) - Damaged Gift Box
    Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
    Reduced from $99.99
    $94. 99 Bottle
    $1139.88 Dozen
    ABV: 40%

    One in a series of Tamnavulins for the Travel retail market with a wine matured theme. This one sees an initial period in ex-bourbon barrels before being transferred into Spanish ex-Tempranillo red wine casks. The finishing adds a pleasing tint of colour as well as contributing a berry-like notes. Bottled in a large format at 40%, the producers say to expect warm, sweet flavours of figs, maple syrup and toffee apple with notes of peaches, decadent chocolate ganache and a touch of coffee.

    Other reviews... A little NAS finished in one the strongest red wines, what could go wrong? Remember, tempranillo is the varietal that's giving us the famous red Riojas. Colour: gold, not pink, and not even salmony/apricotty. Nose: as unusual as we were expecting, rather on peach and pear leaves, tomato leaves as well, then more earthy wood (barrel) and cassis, fruits and buds. Enters then more and more beer territories, which comes just as unexpected, but that would rather be Kriek and double-IPA. Mouth: a bizarre drop on the palate. Sour cherries, more Kriek, homemade mead, then wine gums and, well, a feeling of sangria. An acquired taste, shall we say. A little bitter/sour oak. Finish: short. Barrel water and more mead mixed with cherry juice. Comments: I'll never really manage to acquire this taste, I'm afraid. Please no red wine in my malt whisky (we'll have to make a T-shirt one day). 70 points - whiskyfun.com

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    Filey Bay STR Cask Finish Single Malt English Whisky (700ml) - Damaged Gift Box
    UNITED KINGDOM
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    $160. 00 Bottle
    $1920.00 Dozen
    ABV: 46%

    One of the crowd favourites at the distillery. Primary maturation in ex-bourbon casks has softened the mouth feel and allowed Filey Bay's signature flavour profile to shine, while a finishing in Shaved Toasted and Re-charred (STR) ex-red wine casks has added a wonderful deep colour and hints of red fruits. 46% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.

    Notes from the producers... Light, floral and fruity with flavours of red fruits, vanilla ice cream and toasted oak.

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    Kill Devil Single Cask Guatemala 9 Year Old Rum (700ml) - Damaged Gift Box
    GUATEMALA
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    2008 Oban 12 Year Old (Special Release 2021) Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) - Damaged Gift Box
    Highlands, SCOTLAND
    Reduced from $180.00
    $170. 00 Bottle
    $2040.00 Dozen
    ABV: 56.2%

    Other reviews... Comprised of freshly charred American oak casks, this shows cream, citrus, vanilla, and salted caramel on the nose, with new wood spices, dry chile flakes, and star anise. Sweet tangy orange on the palate initially, becoming more marmalade-like, before a sustained wave of pepper rides in with flavors of salted caramel and peanut brittle. The cask strength makes all the difference here, delivering a more gutsy Oban than the standard bottlings. 88 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Jonny McCormick 2021

    ...Said to be a 2008 and to have been matured in fresh-charred American oak, although the label would say 'ex-bourbon and refill casks'. The official website also speaks of 'Oban's understated, easy-drinking style'. Not too sure about that part… Colour: white wine. Nose: certainly not as briney and deep as the old 14, and rather more spirity but that may well be the much higher alcohol. Overripe apples and a little beer, mustard and soap. With water: we're closer to its ancestor, even if there's no beeswax this time, no terpenic notes, no piney stuff... But the olives are back. It's a simpler but remember the 14 had spent more than thirty years in glass. Mouth (neat): good, if a little eau-de-vie-ish and even brutal. More beer or ale, orange bitters, indeed a touch of salt… I believe we're on the right track… With water: it's not that we recreated the old 14, but, well, quite so… Excellent pine resin and salt, liquorice, fino sherry (I know there isn't any, but Oban IS fino-y), and once again something clearly 'West-Coast'. Not talking about jazz here, eh… Finish: pretty long, tighter, with some salted kirschwasser would I say. One pickled gherkin in the aftertaste. Comments: really a style that I enjoy, very well done even if the old 14 remained out of reach all along. Oban is not malt whisky for tourists! 87 points - whiskyfun.com

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    Suntory AO World Whisky (700ml) - Damaged Gift Box
    JAPAN
    Reduced from $149.99
    $144. 99 Bottle
    $1739.88 Dozen
    ABV: 43%

    Released to Global Travel Retail in October 2020, this hybrid combines whiskies from the five most noteworthy regions in the world - Japan, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the U.S. Suntory's Chief Blender, Shinji Fukuyo named the concept whisky 'Ao' meaning “blue” in Japanese, intended to evoke “the oceans that connect these distilleries together.” It's a whisky that pretty much does what the label suggests, offering a complex nose that wanders from sweet grains to more robust malt while also suggesting young Bourbon and trace smoke. Supple and integrated, the palate is a demonstration of Fukuyo's skills, starting out with faint citrus, vanilla and tea biscuits, building body and wood spice into the gently malty / smokey finale. It's followed by fruit'nut'chocolate and a light bourbon (or grain whisky) character through the aftertaste. Ultimately resembling a well-crafted malt-heavy blend, 'Ao' possesses some of the weight and character of a fruity Speysider, but with the grace and sweetness of an Irish Pot still or Canadian grain giving overall form and definition - especially through the finish. Also beautifully presented. 43% Alc./Vol.

    Other reviews... The nose of the whisky evokes Scotch mostly, arguably a blend (which is fitting, considering that’s basically what this is) vs. a single malt. Notes of well-toasted, heathery grain, a touch of smoke, and some lemon-heavy citrus are all evident, along with a honey note that recalls some Irish bottlings. The palate doesn’t really shake the boat, offering a malty core that’s touched with milk chocolate and some vanilla — perhaps the Jim Beam showing through, though just barely. From there the whisky adopts an earthier note, sultry but subtle, and nodding at some of the more aggressive wood elements you’ll find in Suntory’s Japanese stock, finishing with a reprise of citrus, just a bit. The balance, much to my surprise, is impeccable. While you’d have to be a savant to pick out all the component elements, Fukuyo has put them together so artfully that one really doesn’t feel like they need to bother trying. As the highest-end of infinity bottles, Suntory Ao is one to seek out… next time you’re in an airport, anyway. It’s currently available at travel retail outlets only. - drinkhacker.com

    "There's a very gentle mix of char and peat smoke on the nose. Sweet malt, toasted oak and a fruity note (mostly oranges) come through as well. The whisky is moderately rich on the palate with sweet/tart flavor profile mixed with barrel spices. There's a more than average length to the bittersweet finish. Very easy to drink. Overall, taste wise you get more of the European and Japanese whiskies coming through than the North American ones. Overall, an intriguing whisky, which for the price, makes a good value. " - distiller.com

    Notes from the producers... aromas and flavours of orange peel, banana and mild spice in a multi-layered delivery that leads into a pleasingly smoky finish.

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    The Macallan Sherry Oak Cask 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) - Damaged Gift Box
    Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
    Reduced from $139.99
    $134. 99 Bottle
    $1619.88 Dozen
    ABV: 40%

    The newly packaged Macallan 12 year old continues the tradition of being matured exclusively in sherry seasoned casks from Jerez for richness and complexity. While the exact breakdown of the casks remains undisclosed, it tastes like some American oak is at play here.

    Tasting note: Bright copper penny colour. Nice intensity and definition on the nose with a medley of dried fruits (dates, prunes, fig) alongside drier, leafy, nutty characteristics as well as fresh oak shavings and pepper prickle. Likewise on the palate which repeats the aromas adding nuances of sulphur, orange spice cake, bitter chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. The finish drops in vibrancy and momentum leaving mostly residual vanillas, the spice and sherry notes in retreat. 40% Alc./Vol.

    Other reviews.... It’s young Macallan. There’s a hint of sulfur (from distillate rather than cask), then wet leather, Brazil nut, muesli, dried pineapple, and raisin; even a little rubber, suggestive of youth. That can’t hide the fact that this is a big, deep, oily dram. Water makes it considerably more coherent, showing a substantial, thick palate with some licorice. Ripe, but you can’t help feeling that 12 is a little young for this slow-maturing distillate. 82 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Dave Broom

    Nose: sure there’s more happening than in the modest Cardhu. Some nice metallic touches, a little polish, walnuts, chocolate cake, Mars bar, roasted peanuts, Ovaltine yet again… There’s also some wet earth in the background, humus, a wee mushroom hiding beneath some autumn leaves… Mouth: closer to the Cardhu, less coherent than on the nose, a tad gritty, with some tobacco and tea, then some cloves and caraway, some burnt cake… Sadly, all that does not last forever, and this baby tends to become a little too dry, bitter and narrow, although I do enjoy these notes of dried herbs, parsley, some would even say umami… Finish: short and very dry, mainly on bitter chocolate. A little burnt wood and bitter oranges in the aftertaste. Comments: really good, but the low strength makes it cheap and, well, parsimonious. A little frustrating – and at that price…
    81 points - Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com

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    McDonald's Celebrated Traditional Ben Nevis Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) - Damaged Gift Box
    Highlands, SCOTLAND
    Reduced from $120.00
    $115. 00 Bottle
    $1380.00 Dozen
    ABV: 46%

    A 'replica' Highland whisky and one of the smokiest Ben Nevis to date.

    A distillery that’s garnered a quiet cult following, especially as its whiskies have become harder to find... Owned by Japanese giant, Nikka, it's no secret that Ben Nevis has been shipping large volumes to Tokyo for use in 'Japanese' blends - hence the lack of ten year old and the steady run of indie expressions to fill the vacuum.

    Initially launched as a limited edition, the first McDonald's outturn amounted to roughly 700 bottles and featured an historical label. It quickly sold out with demand far exceeding supply. Realising it warranted a wider release, Ben Nevis followed through. And according to the blogosphere, many tasters prefer this bottling to the official Bennie 10.

    Majority matured in Sherry casks (the remainder x Bourbon), reports have this to be at least 5 years old, but with material up to 13 years of age. Self described as an attempt to replicate the spirit produced at Ben Nevis in 1882, malt is sourced from Port Ellen Maltings on Islay (peated to around 35ppm) - which means this is smokey, but in an ashy/sooty way rather than a maritime way, and it's also non chill filtered. To reflect its heritage, the label refers to a time when Ben Nevis was producing peated malt under the directorship of Donald Peter McDonald (son of the famous Long John McDonald) for use in the then world famous 'Dew of Ben Nevis'. Typically it was bottled as a relatively young whisky. Putting it all together you get a faithful replica of an ‘old-Highlands’ style, starting with a beaming polished copper colour showing considerable legs, and thick malty aromas, developing hints of dried apricot, hazelnut chocolate, chimney soot and trace lanolin. And it's repeated in a chewy, oily delivery; Spices fan out in a sultry burst of malt and sooty peat, with smoke and fresh oak rounding out the mid palate richness. Nicely balanced uncut, a small amount of water accents the latent fruitiness and sweetens the profile. Either way it's tasty stuff. 46% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.

    Other reviews... Liquid Gold Award - 2014 Jim Murray's Whisky Bible

    • 85
    Deau VSOP Cognac (700ml)
    Cognac, FRANCE
    $130. 00 Bottle
    $1560.00 Dozen
    ABV: 40%

    A 'Very Superior Old Pale' cognac assembled with eaux-de-vie from the finest terroirs of the Cognac region, aged for at least 4 years, but some elements of the blend are usually older. Distilled in the Moisans Distillery, overlooking the Charente River and crafted with Ugni Blanc grapes, it comes presented in a contemporary yet classic tasting bottle with a large stopper. 40% Alc./Vol.

    Other reviews... Topax color and sickly-sweet aromas of honey, apple juice, and clover. Not much flavor up front, a hint of sweetness, finishing into burnt caramel and oak, and alcohol bite. This spirit improves with a little time to open, showing a richer, more raisiny fragrance and a marzipan-like finish. Medium body. 85 points - wineenthusiast.com

    Sullivans Cove Special Single Cask TD0073FS 15 Year Old Single Malt Australian Whisky (700ml)
    Hobart, Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
    $1299. 00 Bottle
    $15588.00 Dozen
    ABV: 47.3%

    Note: Product has come from a private collection and as such has some minor scuffing/scratches/handling marks. Actual product pictured.


    Production Manager, Kirsten Laurie comments, "This unique Apera cask yielded a luxurious, velvety delight with layers of nostalgic confectionary and aromatic spice. Highly nuanced and beautifully balanced, this is a truly memorable whisky."

    Notes from the producers... NOSE: Apricot jam and ripe nectarines in a big old barn full of freshly harvested hay. There's also baked apples with raisins and delicate spices, heaps of buttery caramel and toasted malt, and a hint of freshly pressed linen. PALATE: Rich, creamy and viscous with a burst of Maltesers followed up by apricots and plums dusted with cocoa powder. Plenty of chewy caramel, dried fig and clove balanced out with a touch of refreshing sea salt. FINISH: Refined tannins balance perfectly as it swells towards a decadent finish of dulce de leche and bread-and-butter pudding along with cocoa, pepper and toasted marshmallow. Wonderfully delicate and complex. 

    A well-aged Sullivan's Cove, filled into a cask in Feb 2006, was finished for almost 2 and a half years and then bottled in Apr 2021. 426 bottles produced.
    One only from a private collection. 47.3% Alc./Vol

    • 90
    • Organic
    2019 Menhir Salento Pietra Organic Negroamaro
    Puglia, ITALY
    $34. 99 Bottle
    $419.88 Dozen
    Minimum 12 bottles
    Cellar: Drink now - 2 Years (2022-2024)
    ABV: 13%
    Closure: Diam Cork

    Deep dark red core with black tinged edges and a dark red hue. Spicy Morello cherry aromas mix with some dried herbs, tar and earth. Medium bodied the palate carries tarry Morello cherry like flavours over vanillin earth and spicy cinnamon. Slightly chewy tannins with a bright yet touch rustic finish.
    Drink over the next 1-2 years.
    Alc. 13%

    • 93
    2020 Vignobles Gueissard Rose
    Bandol, FRANCE
    $39. 99 Bottle
    $479.88 Dozen
    Minimum 12 bottles
    Cellar: Drink now (2022)
    ABV: 13%
    Closure: Stelvin

    A blend of 60% Mourvedre, 30% Cinsault and 10% Grenache. Very pale salmon colour with a watery hue. Nosing emits aromas of blood orange and citrus followed by some grapefruit and stony mineral notes. Silken in its texture the palate features delicious peach, blood orange and grapefruit flavours which overlay a stony mineral back drop. Finishes dry and crisp with a long tangy aftertaste.
    Drink now.
    Alc. 13%

    • 93
    2021 Artigiano Pinot Grigio
    Delle Venezie, ITALY
    $19. 99 Bottle
    $239.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now (2022)
    ABV: 12%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Brilliant very pale straw colour with a watery hue. Delightful pear and red apple aromas mix with hints of honeysuckle, musk and slate. Mouthfilling flavours of pear and red apple overlay citrusy quince like characters and subtle infusions of musk. Dry refreshing finish with a deliciously fruity aftertaste.
    Drink now.
    Alc. 12%

    • 91
    2020 Susuro Nero d’Avola
    South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $22. 99 Bottle
    $275.88 Dozen
    Minimum 12 bottles
    Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2022-2025)
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Dark red black tinged colour with a bright dark red hue. Red and sour cherry aromas mix with red liquorice, fresh herb and spicy earth notes. Ripe red to dark cherry and liquorice fruits are underpinned by lively acidity and grainy tannins. Infusions of fresh herbs and spicy earth also chime in. Moderate aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 2-3 years.
    Alc. 12.5%

    • 93
    2021 Tyrrell’s Hunter Valley Chardonnay
    Hunter Valley, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
    $19. 99 Bottle
    $239.88 Dozen
    Minimum 12 bottles
    Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2022-2025)
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Brilliant pale straw colour with a greenish tinge to the edges and a watery hue. The nose expels aromas of nectarine, citrus, faint bees wax, toast and spice. The palate is generously flavoured with white peach and nectarine fruits which meld into subtle notions of dried honey and spicy citrus characters. Fleshy mid palate feel finishing with a burst of freshness on the medium to long conclusion.
    Drink over the next 2-3 years.
    Alc. 12.5%

    • 93
    2021 Hirsch Hill Estate Chardonnay
    Yarra Valley, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $24. 99 Bottle
    $299.88 Dozen
    Minimum 12 bottles
    Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2022-2025)
    ABV: 13.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Bright pale straw colour with a watery hue. Pronounced yellow peach and honeycomb like scents mix with nougat and crème brulee nuances. Fleshy white peach, nectarine and melon flavours overlay a subtle back drop of biscuity oak and vanilla spice. Ripe yet fresh mouthfeel. Clean finish with brisk acidity and a hint of crème brulee lingering on the fruit driven aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 2-3 years.
    Alc. 13.5%

    • 92
    2020 Geddes Seldom Inn Grenache
    McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $26. 99 Bottle
    $323.88 Dozen
    Minimum 12 bottles
    Cellar: Drink now - 2 Years (2022-2024)
    ABV: 14.2%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Fruit was sourced from 85 and 95 year old vines in Blewitt Springs and McLaren Vale with aging taking place in large format French oak. Dark red in colour with black shaded edges and a dark red hue. A mix of dark cherry and dark raspberry scents greet the nostrils followed by some red liquorice and confectionary notes. Juicy dark raspberry and cherry fruits have a soft fleshy feel with some liquorice and spice lying underneath. Silky smooth tannins with a fruity raspberry jube laden conclusion.
    Drink over the next 1-2 years.
    Alc. 14.2%

    • 93
    2021 Redbank King Valley Pinot Grigio
    King Valley, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $19. 99 Bottle
    $239.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now (2022)
    ABV: 12.8%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Brilliant pale straw colour with a watery hue. Aromas of pear and red apple skin intermix with faint notions of honeysuckle and musk. Delicious pear and red apple fruits have a silken feel with some honeysuckle, delicate musk and light quince characters on the back half. Excellent intensity finishing dry with brisk refreshing acidity and a long moreish aftertaste.
    Drink now.
    Alc. 12.8%

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