One Litre Scotch Super Deals
This is where the value is! Fabulous prices on big-name brands at direct import prices including Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Glenfarclas, Highland Park, Bowmore and more. Many bottlings otherwise available via duty free only.
As the coronavirus continues to create havoc across the globe, no industry has taken the brunt of its force more than the travel industry. With flights cancelled and borders closed, international travel has ground to a halt. The immediate effect on Travel Retail / Duty Free has been so great, word is that some distilleries are suspending the production of one litre bottlings usually reserved for Travel Retail / Duty Free. Until the travel industry is back on its feet and there is renewed demand from international tourists, supplies of one litre whiskies and other spirits will most likely start to dry up. Already re-stocks of many Glenfarclas, Macallan, Bowmore, Balvenie whiskies, just to name a few, are becoming difficult to procure. Now is the time to grab these one litre super deals on Scotch whisky as supply is not guaranteed for the foreseeable future.
- Direct ImportHighlands, SCOTLAND$99.99 Bottle
- ABV 40%
Reserved for decades as the heart of the Dewars family of blended whiskies, Aberfeldy is now being released in limited quantities in 12 and 21 year old expressions. Recent awards for the 12 year old include:
- Grand Gold Medal – Monde Selection, Belgium
- Gold Medal – Concours Mondial, Belgium
- Silver Medal – International Wine and Spirits Competition
Tasting note: Bright gold. Initially impressions are of a fruit salad with striking scents of unripe canteloupe most salient along side dustings of dried coconut. Five minutes sees the fruity edge only slightly diminished. Light,silky entry builds into a soft, medium bodied, elegant and delicate malt. The fruity / vanilla combination repeats at mid palate, followed by hints of oatmeal and moderate length. A delightfully fruity Speysider. 40% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... Fresh and floral, with lively tropical fruit, honey, and vanilla. Gentle on the palate, with a slight syrupy texture to its malty foundation. Youthful, orange marmalade finish with a hint of spice. A pleasant, easy-going whisky.82 points
- maltadvocate.com, 4th Quarter 2006 Issue-Vol. 15#4
... Nose: Beautifully intense malt with a cidery-apple fruitiness. Gentle oak and honey round off superbly. Palate: Fresh, almost crisp mouthfeel with outstanding sweet maltiness and an almost Irish pot-still firm fruitiness. Mouthwatering. Finish: Softly spiced with a long, rich malt follow-through. Comment: Really outstanding example of massively complex, classy but undiscovered malt. 85 points
- Jim Murray, www.whiskymag.com
- Direct ImportSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$150.00 Bottle
A new version of Aberfeldy's 16 year old has been released as part of their duty free exclusive series. This time the famously fruity Speysider has been finished for a year in a combination of Malmsey and Bual Madeira wine casks. Expect soft notes of honey freshened with citrus and delicate tones of baked apples, cinnamon and creamy vanilla. Big one litre format. Other reviews... The nose is complex and rich with touches of citrus fruits, honey, and muted spices. The spices come alive on the palate with intense notes of cinnamon and allspice complemented nicely by apple cobbler, vanilla, and honey. The finish is long and well-balanced as the cinnamon spiciness fades away gently while lingering apple and honey notes tickle the back of the throat. Excellent!
- ABV 40%
93 points 40% Alc./Vol. - whiskycast.com, Mark Gillespie January, 2019
- 88Direct Import ReducedIslay, SCOTLAND
Reduced from $125.00
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 Import ReducedIslay, SCOTLAND
Reduced from $99.99
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
- Direct Import ReducedIslay, SCOTLAND
Reduced from $149.99
- 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.
- 85Direct Import ReducedSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
Reduced from $150.00
A new travel retail exclusive Dalmore, made by marrying three exceptional casks. Matured initially in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels, the spirit was then transferred to 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry casks from Gonzalez Byass, before being finished in Port pipes from Portugal. Named in honour of the brave actions of Colin of Kintail, Chief of the Clan Mackenzie, when he saved the life of King Alexander III of Scotland. ”Not often you get the words “Valour” and “fudge” in the same sentence." - 85 points - Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2018
- ABV 40%
- Direct Import ReducedHighlands, SCOTLAND
Reduced from $130.00
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, expect notes of "caramel, dried apple, and cloves". Big one litre format. Tasting note: Bright copper. Light, but more aromatic depth than the ‘Cuartillo’, accenting dried fruits (prunes, apricots) as well as bitter dark chocolate, orange spice cake and hints of cinnamon. A medium bodied whisky with a burst of sherry in the middle stage, trailed by warming cinnamon, cocoa and fruit spice cake. Lacks momentum but compensates with sheer purity and poise. Eminently drinkable. 43% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... a funny name, a finish in sherry, and a travel retail exclusive. What could (cough, cough) go wrong? No we won’t try to check what Balbaina means, perhaps someone’s first girlfriend? Colour: gold. Nose: well, nothing really wrong here, it’s a classic malty dram, with touches of burnt raisins and cakes, some vanilla, hints of roasted nuts and a spoonful of good marmalade. Nice citrus (pink grapefruit, perhaps?) Mouth: I find it really good, and again, extremely classic, with raisins, dried figs, bananas and pears, a bit of toasted oak, the obligatory walnuts, a mild spiciness that would rather involve cinnamon and cloves this time, and more toasted cake. Pancakes and maple syrup. Finish: quite long, rather toffee-ish and caramely. They seem to have pushed the oak a bit. Comments: all good, I think, one that won’t disappoint air travellers. It’s all-roundness should work well in travel retail indeed. 84 points - Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com
- 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
- 89 94Direct Import ReducedSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
Reduced from $135.00
- ABV 43%
"A superb re-working of an always trustworthy malt... What a sensational success!" - Jim Murray
Of the more contemporary age statement bottlings, Jim Murray enthuses over this one more than most, rating it just one point below the venerable 40 year old!Tasting note: [2014 bottling] 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.
Other reviews... A superb re-working of an always trustworthy malt... What a sensational success!
94 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2021
Nose:Deceptive. Seems restrained, but at close quarters is quite powerful. Nutty, with a splash of lemony sourness.Palate:Big, firm. Hard toffee. Burnt, peat-smoke, notes. Finish: Spicy. Ginger snaps. Shortbread. Long, lingering. Comment: Confident. Straightforward. A first-class whisky. Well-rounded. No-nonsense. 8.5/10 - Michael Jackson - whiskymag.com
- 91 84Direct Import ReducedSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
Reduced from $135.00
- ABV 43%
Big age statement + New shipment = 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