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Direct Import ReducedSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
Reduced from $150.00
Produced from Balvenie matured in three different types of cask: first-fill American oak barrels, traditional refill casks and first-fill Oloroso Sherry butts. The producers say to expect subtle spice and honeycomb flavours. Normally duty free only. 40% Alc./Vol. Tasting note: Deep brass. Nosing finds an attractive combination of classic x Bourbon notes mixed with spicier, deeper sherry. Well rounded in the mouth with semi sweet, orchard fruitiness and an almost succulent texture. Crisp and spicy to finish. Shows more body than most Balvenies. Great session whisky. 40% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 40%
90Highlands, SCOTLAND$120.00 Bottle
- ABV 40%
The Dalmore story began in 1839 with Alexander Matheson who lived in the Highlands of Northern Scotland. Matheson found the rich peat and pure water sources of the Highlands to be the makings of a perfect whisky. He built a distillery in the area and produced small batches until 1886, when the Mackenzie family acquired his operation. When a member of the Mackenzie family risked his own life to save Scotland’s ruler, King Alexander III, from a charging stag, the grateful king offered a token of his appreciation by bequeathing the stag to the Mackenzie family as a symbol of valor and courage. And more than 130 years later, the stag head still appears on every bottle of The Dalmore.
Today, Dalmore distillery has ten stone warehouses and eight pot-stills, several which date back to the late 1800s. Much of the distillery burned down during World War I while occupied by the U.S. Navy, but production resumed in 1922. The production process is meticulous and includes double distillations in copper pot-stills and aging in white oak and sherry wood casks.
Other reviews... Clear golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, toasted pine, caramelized stone fruits and orange, and vanilla tapioca with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, toasted grain, honeyed granola, and minerals finish. A delicately balanced, eminently drinkable dram. 40% Alc./Vol. 93 points - www.tastings.com
Nose: Nose: Outwardly flattish, but time and patience reveals life beyond the sherry - hints of cherry and oak. Palate: Mouth-filling and chewy. Lots of cream toffee. All the time there's a delicate, malty spice buzz. Finish: Very long and still milky, silky toffee with malt and vanilla arriving. A wave or two of sweet liquorice adds further richness. Comment: Genuinely classy stuff from the 24 carat jewel in JBB's Scottish crown. Rating: 93.
Highlands, SCOTLAND$150.00 Bottle
No longer 100% Sherry matured, this whisky is now drawn from American White Oak and three styles of sherry wood. Other reviews... Brilliant dark amber color. Nutty, grainy aromas and flavors of butter sautéed nuts and barley, toasted fig bread, leather, and maple nut fudge with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, medium-long mocha creme brulee, delicately spiced dried fruits, and smoked tobacco finish. A supple, very refined highland malt with pitch perfect balance. 40% Alc./Vol. 95 points - www.tastings.com
- ABV 40%
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Direct ImportHighlands, SCOTLAND$130.00 Bottle
Like the 'Cuartillo' in Glengoyne's new Travel Retail exclusive series, Balbaína is also named in tribute to a Jerez neighborhood where the barrels were sourced. Matured in first-fill European oak oloroso casks, and bottled at 43% abv, expect notes of "caramel, dried apple, and cloves". Big one litre format.
- ABV 43%
95 95Direct Import ReducedSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
Reduced from $150.00
- ABV 60%
Unquestionably Australia's Best Deal in Single Malt Scotch Whisky.Cask strength whiskies have not always been available to the general public. In fact, the very idea was incidental, and only materialised in 1968 when a fourth generation member of the Grant family bottled a single cask straight from the warehouse, and sent the bottles to family and friends as Christmas gifts. George S. Grant created a simple, hand written label for the bottles noting only the name of the distillery and the strength of the whisky (which happened to be 105 British Proof.) By the end of January the recipients requested further bottles. George obliged, and since then, Glenfarclas 105 has gone onto become one of the most highly sought after expressions in the Glenfarclas range.
The increasing popularity of cask strength single malts comes as no surprise. They provide an opportunity to taste whisky in its purest and most natural form without visiting a distillery, and conversely, to dilute to your preferred strength rather than the bottler's. Typically, they have minimal or zero filtration which tends to retain more flavour and texture. One has to take the good with the bad. Extreme alcohol can be prickly, and can even anaesthetise the mouth resulting in a less pleasurable experience. A high tax/alcohol ratio also means such spirits can be excessively pricey. If there was a holy grail of malt, then for many it would be the discovery of affordable cask strength whisky that's also achieved balance - to the degree that you can enjoy it undiluted. This is one. There are 'softer' cask strength releases on the market, but rarely in this style and very, very rarely at this price/volume ratio.
Tasting note: Beautiful polished brass / amber gold. Opening pass detects toffee apple, polished leather and juicy, grapey malt. Second pass finds marzipan and toasted oats followed by crunchie bar and intense vanilla. The aromatic range is matched on the palate, delivering a concentrated, medium dry, peppery attack with a delicious interplay between sugar, tannin and spice. Bracing yet balanced. Finishes with flashes of dates, creme-caramel and crunchie bar before drying with oatmeal biscuit, toffee apple and dappled explosions of sweet spice. Those who religiously follow Aberlour's Abunadh will discover similar thrills here. Tremendous whisky. 60% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... long, luxurious, with a pulsing vanilla grape mix and a build up of spices; light oils intensify and elongate. I doubt if any restorative on the planet works quite as well as this one does. Or if any sherry cask whisky is so clean and full of the joys of Jerez. A classic malt which has upped a gear or two and has become exactly what it is: a whisky of pure brilliance. 95.5 points
- Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2014
...This Scotch is named for the proof (105) of a bottle that Chairman John Grant’s father, George S. Grant, bottled in 1968 as a Christmas gift for family and friends. Nut-colored, it has a markedly bold toffee aroma and lots of flavor and drama. Hazelnut, espresso and cocoa flavors linger, with hints of allspice and drying oak tannins. Though it needs more than a splash of water to arrive at a nuanced sippability, don’t hold that against this almost Bourbon-like beauty. 95 points...up one point within seven or eight years. Seriously, this is excellent, classic malt whisky. - www.whiskyfun.com
91 84Direct Import ReducedSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
Reduced from $135.00
- ABV 43%
Big age statement + New shipment & even better pricing = Guilt free dramming. Stock up!A large format Glenfarclas that delivers quaffing excellence, reflecting the philosophy of distillery manager, John Grant: "Whisky is for drinking!" And if you think the packaging is a little 1970s, it's also deliberate: “It’s affordable because it’s not over packaged" explains Grant, "it just comes out in a plain carton – and we have lots of it. We make a reasonable margin, and I’d rather people drank it than collected it”.At this price, John, we salute you!
Tasting note: Bright amber gold. Nosing reveals husky malt with some sherry influence evident. Second pass finds hints of mulch, honey, vanilla and dried fruits (raisin / fig). Medium dry and in the moderately Sherried vein; mid palate builds with suggestions of honey drizzled muesli; firmish tannins and warming spices carrying the finish. Ends aperitif-like and fine, medium long. Normally duty free exclusive. 43% Alc./Vol
Other reviews... Tight, nutty and full of crisp muscovado sugar. 84 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015
94 93Direct ImportSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$125.00 Bottle
Glenfiddich has captured the hearts of whisky fans everywhere who don't want intense, overproof, or polarising expressions - possibly why we’ve never been too swayed by the house style as it's too homogenous and predictable. The 12, 15, 18 and 21-year olds generally rate well, but middle age continues to be this distillery's sweet spot (15 especially), unless you have thousands to blow on the decades old luxury lines. The Distillery Edition breaks the mould (or at least cracks it). Maturation is standard in American and European oak. The departure here is zero chill filtration and an ABV close enough to call cask strength. Familiar characteristics remain, only they're amplified, so if you’re used to 'Fiddich's sedate, easy-drinking house style, this may bruise your tongue a little. But by the third or fourth taste, you’ll be begging for more (a few drops of water is transformative). Released in 2012 to capitalize on the burgeoning duty free market, glowing reviews, 51%, and a very generous, one litre format make for seriously good single malt buying by any measure. If you have a Glenfiddich stigma, now is a good reason to drop it and enjoy what is just really, really good Scotch. Tasting note: Brilliant amber / perfect clarity. Vapoury alcohol yields to strawberry sponge cake, custard tart, almond flan. 2-3 minutes exposure draws out beeswax, peppered pears. A drop of water removes the alcoholic whiff and sweetens the nose. Full bodied, black pepper-laced attack; builds with flavours of vanilla, oatmeal and subdued orchard fruitiness. Creamier at the finish; flashes of bittersweet oak threaten the balance, but the tangy, juicy malt doesn't let up. What started off as slightly astringent gets better with every taste... integrated and deceptively complex - perhaps only as this distillery can be. Dried fruits and a thread of sooty peat to close? Almost compromised by the length. Adding several drops of water enhances the orchard fruit characteristics and extends the finish making for an undeniably delicious dram. Glenfiddich as you may never experience it again. 51% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 51%
Other reviews... Had this exceptional whisky been able to maintain pace through to the finish, this would have been a single malt of the year contender - at least. 93.5 points - Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2017First tasted June 2012 from a 20ml sample... Bright gold appearance. Rich, soft aromatics...a superb creamy, juicy malt crescendo with great balance for a cask strength whisky. Like several other of Glenfiddich’s limited releases, this teases with some sublime moments but doesn't quite follow through. 51% Alc./Vol. 91 points
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Direct ImportHighlands, SCOTLAND$125.00 Bottle
Named after the rural neighbourhood (or pagos) in Jerez, Spain, this sherry-heavy Glengoyne has hand-selected first fill American Oak Oloroso sherry casks at its core. Normally exclusive to duty free. Big one litre format. Look for aromas and flavours of green apples, toffee, vanilla and cinnamon. 40% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 40%
Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$120.00 Bottle
- ABV 40%
Described as 'the quintessential Speyside malt' by whisky writer Michael Jackson.
'Make no mistake, this is one of Speysides definitive malts' - F. Paul Pacult, Kindred Spirits.
What Grande Champagne is to Cognac, the glen of the river Livet is to Speyside. And as with fine wine, the location of each single malt distillery plays a key role in determining the character of the whisky. It is the combination of air, water, and other natural forces that influence the taste, flavour, and aroma. The glen on the river Livet is also one of the most scenic and romantic glens in the Scottish Highlands. As you savor The Glenlivet you can almost picture the rolling hills and laughing waters. Part of the Glenlivet's complexity comes from a combination of lightly and heavily peated malt as well as both soft and hard water.
Tasting note: Pale golden colour. Perfectly balanced fruity aroma with delicate floral fragrance and vanilla/honey sweetness. Medium weight palate. Sweet summer fruits balanced between malty dryness. A slightly nutty, woody character is also evident from the use of new bourbon and sherry wood casks. Dry, austere finish. This a lighter, elegant style of malt. 40% alc./vol.
Further notes...Golden yellow hue. Soft peaty aromas with delicate malt and floral accents. Follows through with a smooth palate with sweet malty flavors and a soft heathery finish. A lighter-styled but highly drinkable malt. 87 points (Highly Recommended) - tastings.com
Further notes… Nose: Lifted. Apple wood, heather, baked soft fruits mixed with cereal, citrus and pear. In time there’s notes of freshly-sawn wood, freesia and dried orange peel. Complex but light as well. Palate: Light and fragrant. All the notes on the nose come through. Medium-bodied and gentle. Finish: Dry and clean. Comment: Right back on form. Is some more mature stock being blended in? 8 /10 - - whiskymag.com
Direct ImportSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$125.00 Bottle
This is the diluted version of the cask strength, no age statement release in batch FF0714, the latter which received wide acclaim, including 95.5 points from Mr. Murray. Bottled at 48% and non chill filtered, this edition was also matured in 'First Fill" American oak casks (i.e. - casks that previously have not held Scotch Whisky). If you've not experienced the Nadurra collection, they promise some of the most exciting Glenlivets released to date. Expect intense flavours of tropical pineapple and ripe banana coupled with a delightful citrus sparkle and a creamy mouthfeel.
- ABV 48%