One Litre Scotch Super DealsThis is where the value is! Fabulous prices on big-name brands at direct import prices including Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Glenfarclas, Laphroaig, Bowmore and more. Many bottlings otherwise available via duty free only.
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%
92 87Direct ImportIslay, SCOTLAND$99.99 Bottle
- ABV 40%
Introduced in 2014, this new no-age statement release is described by the producers as "A delicious balance of peat smoke, treacle, toffee and orange...strongly influenced by the time spent maturing in Spanish sherry casks.”Taking its name from the Black Rock of Islay that rises out of Loch Indaal, this otherwise Travel-Retail Exclusive is certainly one of the more intriguing Bowmore releases of late. Sherry and smoke can be a difficult combination to pull off, and although light, this works nicely and is easy to like. We've secured a very small quantity for Australian whisky lovers.
Tasting note: Striking deep copper colour - almost sienna brown. Such softly handled brushstrokes of smoke you'll rarely encounter - and quite beguiling complexity: A delicate mist of peat, though not thick enough to completely obscure underlying notes of leather, pencil shavings, cinnamon, vanilla, manuka honey, orange cake - others may find still more... Genteel delivery, again, soft, almost flaccid peat over sherry. Gains a point intensity wise at the finish with cinnamon and spice adding vibrancy. Fades with bitter dark chocolate and light orange cake. Sedate yet cleverly handled - the ideal dram when you want something peaty without assaulting your senses. 40% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... " A friendly, full bodied dram whose bark is worse than its bite. Smoked toasted fudge is the main theme. But that would not work too well without the aid of a vague backdrop of cinnamon and marmalade. If you are looking for a gentle giant, they don't come more wimpish than this. 87.5 points- Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015
4.5 stars. - www.diffordsguide.com
88Islay, SCOTLAND$125.00 Bottle
A big one litre Bowmore released for the Duty Free market in 2017, one of three in a series. Other reviews... 1st Fill Bourbon casks. The most most wonderful mix of peat reek and allotment fires....this was going swimmingly until the caramel just went nuts. I know first-fill bourbon casks are at work here, but hard to believe that was all natural. 43% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 43%
88 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2018
93 92Direct ImportIslay, SCOTLAND$99.99 Bottle
Another duty free exclusive, this time Spanish oak and sherry casks combine with hogsheads and peat! Tasting note: The deep glossy topaz / new copper coin colour is a pleasure to behold. Nosing finds a superb integration of maritime peat, raisin cake, pepper and cinnamon with flashes of molasses. Medium bodied, the peat and sherry arrive in perfect harmony. There’s brine, light fruit cake and a touch of orange zest while the finish is fresh, breezy and finely tuned. Sherry and peat don’t always work. This one combines the two with aplomb. If only it was higher ABV! 40% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... Wow!! This is some nose: the peat is as hefty and cinderish as I have come across from a Bowmore in an age... a silky mouthfeel is first enriched by muscovado sugars and molasses and then a gradual but unrelenting build up in peat. Very gratifying indeed...a very happy marriage between some full on peat and decent sherry butts makes for the intense peat promised on the label. 40% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 40%
92.5 points - Jim Murrays Whisky Bible
Islay, SCOTLAND$145.00 Bottle
- ABV 46.3%
Peated to 3-8ppm and finished in French and Italian red wine casks. The result is a sultry combination of red berries, salt and smoke.Pronounced "Ae-ree ne gray-nyuh" and meaning ‘Morning Sky’ in Gaelic, this is a Duty Free only Bunnah'. A relatively small number of cases are produced every year. There's a significant proportion of high-quality ex-red wine cask-matured whisky of various ages in the mix. Expect flavours of "roasted nuts, dried fruits, hints of sea salt and smoke." Big one litre format. Tasting note: [Batch 3 tasted] Peated to 3-8ppm and finished in French and Italian red wine casks. Pretty bright brass colour. Evolves with strawberry-cream sponge cake / dried berries / fruit beer notes. A concentrated dram. Spritely and lively spirit in the mouth. Cocoa and barley with a saline / pepper edge. The creamy finish is the highlight which includes strawberry sponge cake and red berry notes into the aftertaste. Tasty stuff! 46.3% Alc./Vol. Non-chill filtered.
Direct ImportIslay, SCOTLAND$125.00 Bottle
This is the third Bunnah' Travel Exclusive following Eirigh Na Greine and Cruach Mhona. Released in August 2017, An Cladach, meaning "The Shore" comes aged in sherry casks and bottled at high ABV.
- ABV 50%
93 89Islay, SCOTLAND$120.00 Bottle
Despite being the largest distillery on Islay (in terms of production anyway), nearly all of Caol Ila's output ends up in blends, so much so that until 2002 when the 12-year-old was released, independent bottlings were the only recourse for malt hunters. The distillery's gently fruity-smoky style sets it apart and comes down to the production process: "...although it receives the same spec of malt as sister distillery Lagavulin, Caol Ila’s distillation regime – longer fermentation, higher cut point, taller stills, helps to reduce the heavy phenols."
- ABV 43%
Tasting note: Pale straw colour with a subtle green blush. Aromas of soft, sweet peat - smoked trout, a hint of lanolin and some baked citrus. Rounded, pure and impeccably clean from start to finish, the palate offers semi-sweet smoky-fruity-oily flavours counterpointed by super fine tannins. Perfect balance. Finishes long with salt, smoked fish and light lanolin through the fade. A gentler, more feminine and food friendly expression that Islay lovers should get to know. 43%Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... Funny to think how recently Caol Ila was an Islay giant that was kept pretty much under wraps by its owner. These days it has cemented its reputation as the island’s Mr. Consistent. This version shows its character the best, a nose that mixes seashore and grass with a distinct hint of smoked bacon. The peatiness isn’t dominant, but flows throughout the palate, scenting, lifting, and subtly changing the mix. A delicious oiliness makes it a great food whisky.A seductive brininess and waves of oily peat-reek greet the olfactory sense. The palate entry finds a surprisingly buttery-creamy leaning along with the peat-reek; at midpalate the flavor becomes concentrated, oily, malty sweet, and only moderately peaty. Ends on a sweet malty note. Builds from stage to stage, each phase being better than the last. Best Buy.
89 points - whiskyadvocate.com, Reviewed by: Dave Broom (Summer 2012)
90-95 points - www.wineenthusiast.com
Caol Ila (Gaelic for 'the Sound of Islay') is hidden in a quiet cove near Port Askaig on the island of Islay. Many consider this locality to be the wildest and most picturesque of the island. Situated on Loch Nam Ban, the site is ideal thanks to the abundant supply of good water. The distillery was built in 1846 by Hector Henderson - a Glasgow businessman with a keen interest in distilling. Like Bunnahabhain and Bruichladdich, the development of Caol Ila created along with it a community of its own. Without these distilleries, it's likely that there would have been little sustained human interference in these areas at all. In 1857 Henderson went out of business and the distillery was purchased by Bulloch Lade & Co. The Distillers Company Limited took over management in 1927. From this date production continued until 1972, when the entire structure of the distillery was demolished. A larger distillery was built in the same original architectural style, and production resumed in 1974.
Direct ImportSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$125.00 Bottle
- ABV 43%
The perfect Winter session whisky for those who don't like peat.Named after the Valley in which the distillery is located, Forgue was hot on the heels of Glendronach's 15 year old re-release earlier this year (for Australia). It's a 10-year-old single malt matured in a combination of oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks, also marking the distillery’s first expression dedicated to Travel Retail. Tasting note: Amber gold. Builds with aromas of baking spice (cinnamon, vanilla), prunes, raisin cake and light orange zest. Feels like there's a little more PX than Oloroso influence, with nicely balanced, middle weight flavours of raisins, dried apricot and dark chocolate relieved by delicate peel freshness. Showing good body, texture and richness, it rounds off with gingery warmth, juicy fruit cake and bubblegum flavours through the aftertaste. Like a slightly toned down version of the 'Original', the one litre format and 43% ABV up the value. Non chill filtered.
89 94Direct Import ReducedSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
Reduced from $135.00
- ABV 43%
Glenfarclas - 'Glen of the green grassland' - has an enviable reputation amongst whisky lovers around the world. Noted Whisky writer, Micheal Jackson comments of the distillery: 'Among the handful of truly stand-alone distilleries in Scotland, Glenfarclas is the most assertive of its independence, by far the longest established, and the best known to connoisseurs. Its whiskies are in the top flight among Speysiders, though they do not enjoy the wider popular reputation of some similar examples from this region.' Jim Murray has enthused over this bottling.Tasting note: Deep gold. Shortbread and enticing vanilla custard on the nose; decidedly fuller, richer and overall slightly better balanced than the 10 year old, however, there's an odd match box/pickled onion flavour and a sharp edge to the profile that leaves you wanting. Concludes semi sweet, spiced up with gingery warmth but a little thin to finish. 43% Alc./Vol.
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