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 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.
- 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
- Direct ImportSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$99.99 Bottle
The travel exclusive Cask Collection celebrates Glenfiddich's unique Solera process which marries whiskies matured in specially selected oak casks to ensure continuity of flavour. The vats allow the individual flavours found in each cask to mellow and intermingle in a large handmade tun that's always kept at least half full to create ultimate consistency.This edition was matured in Bourbon, European Oak and red wine casks before marrying in the Solera vat. Other reviews... Another from Glenfiddich’s three new solera vats, here we can see the distillery’s light character turned up to the max thanks to a mix of American oak, red wine casks, and a smidgen of sherry. Think of hyacinth, ultra-fresh William pear, light barley, and grass. Zesty, clean and light, and ridiculously drinkable with a silky feel in the middle of the tongue. Quite a bargain. (Travel Retail exclusive.) 86 points
- ABV 40%
- www.maltadvocate.com, (Winter 2013) Reviewed by: Dave Broom
- Direct ImportSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$109.99 Bottle
Other reviews... Here, a new solera vat is home to a Glenfiddich that has been exclusively aged in sherry casks, and shows its origins with deep, black fruitiness, orange peel, and sultana. The signature pears of ’Fiddich here are dried and sit next to moist fruitcake. Ripe and long, with toffee, a pleasant wisp of sulfur, and blackberry. An easy-going sherried style that’s ideal for the beginner. (Travel Retail exclusive.) 40% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 40%
86 points - maltadvocate.com, reviewed by: Dave Broom (Winter 2013)
- Direct Import ReducedHighlands, SCOTLAND
Reduced from $125.00
- ABV 40%
Quality oloroso matured single malt does not get cheaper than this.Our latest shipment of Glengoyne arrives at even better pricing. In fact, it's as cheap as duty free! 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. The producers say to expect aromas and flavours of green apples, toffee, vanilla and cinnamon. We found it to be the perfect 'end of the day' malt - especially when you don't want anything too heavy. Tasting note: Bright gold. Soft, sedate aromas giveaway the low ABV. Subtle sherry notes suggest orange zest, candied plums, new leather, bitter chocolate and delicate spice. Manages a little more concentration in a well-rounded, gently spoken delivery, the sherry brushed on with the softest strokes imaginable. Feather weight, amiable and easy going, without compromising flavour. 40% Alc./Vol.
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- Direct ImportSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$109.99 Bottle
Representing Glenlivet’s signature style, this malt was matured in American oak ex bourbon casks and European oak ex-Sherry casks. The fruity / vanilla combination makes for a smooth, balanced everyday drinker. Solid buying in this one litre format. 40% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 40%
Other reviews... The nose yields orange and lime, canned pineapple, and light caramel notes. Elegant, with some substance on the palate, with vanilla and brittle toffee underpinned by vibrant orchard fruits, honey, and milk chocolate. The finish features more milk chocolate, gentle oak, and ginger. Best Value.
87 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Gavin Smith (Fall 2020)
- 91 87ReducedHighlands, SCOTLAND
Reduced from $145.00
- ABV 43%
Extremely limited one litre format.
The Tayne is the second release in the Travel Retail Legends collection, that, like the Private Editions will be added to over the coming years. Each expression is packaged in honour of a Highland legend. Tayne refers to the local lore of a Spanish galleon's lost treasures in the depths of the Tayne Firth (now known as Dornoch). This NAS whisky has been finished in selected Amontillado Sherry casks. Tasting note: Deep brassy gold. Heavier than most 'Morangies on the nose: orange zest mingles with plum tart and vanilla. Later walnut fudge and hints of white pepper. Possibly one of the silkiest deliveries on record from this distillery - glides over the tongue with satiny, off-dry flavours of orange spice cake and pear tart. Juicy date, almond and walnut with trace salinity in the aftertaste. Lumsden has said that the lightness of Glenmorangie's spirit doesn't lend itself to Sherry casks as it's too easily overwhelmed. The balance here seems close to right. 43% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... Tangy back story. But also a curious early combination between butterscotch and Werther's Original candy. The malt, topped with a splash of double cream - in the centre ground, though, is the star showing. 43% Alc./Vol. 87 points - Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2017 This one was finished in amontillado sherry casks (obligatorily ‘carefully selected’ ones). Colour: a darker gold. Nose: nuts! I mean, dried and roasted walnuts, plus a little wood smoke and a touch of mustard, which does indeed recall a good glass of amontillado. Very nice bitter chocolate and tobacco as well, some cinnamon and cloves, and a pleasant muddy/earthy side. Old wine cellar – or a genuine bodega down there. Mouth: Glenmorangie tangos very well with dry oxidative wines, Madeira, amontillado, oloroso… So more walnuts, bitter oranges, bitter caramel, some leather, some tobacco, and a very spicy/leafy side that’s working very well. Finish: long, with even more dry roasted nuts. Pecans. All-spice mix, black pepper… Comments: I would have liked to try that amontillado! What’s sure is that this rather dry Tayne was my favourite today. 84 points -www.whiskyfun.com
- 90 86ReducedHighlands, SCOTLAND
Reduced from $165.00
- ABV 43%
"...the texture and intensity of the barley on arrival is borderline brilliant..."The latest in the Travel Retail 'Legends' series honours the splendour of the Cadboll Cup, a 16th century silver goblet. A work of Scottish artistry that combines mysterious French influences in its design, it has remained a treasured artifact, kept near the Glenmorangie's Highland home. As a nod to the artist's inspirations, Bill Lumsden has extra-matured this whisky in high-end French barriques which previously held Muscat and Sémillon grapes adding tempting, dessert-like flavours, hinting at the sweet wines of the past that the Cadboll Cup might once have held. Tasting note: Brassy gold. Initially low-key, this benefits from 5-10 minutes in in the glass: Pears, apple crumble, fruit pastries, honey and orange zest are all suggested, with cocoa and oak shavings drying the nose-feel. It's intense at 43%, with a mildly bittersweet attack; Oily then fruity with orange spice cake, peel freshness and warming spirit to finish. The aftertaste is medium long, developing richness while maintaining the fruity-vanilla trajectory. Shows more spice and kick than your average Glenmorangie. Add a little water to soften and accent the citrus and vanilla. 43% Alc./Vol. Other reviews… neither the nose nor finish is quite up to par with the outstanding delivery – indeed, the finale is pretty bitter... But the texture and intensity of the barley on arrival is borderline brilliant, as is the most wonderful caramel which frames it with a buttery sweetness. 86.5 points - Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2019 ...Part of Glenmorangie’s Legends collection, this was finished in casks that previously held sweet French white wines. Sweet red berries on the somewhat shy nose, with developing low-key honey and vanilla. Nicely textured, with a palate of honey, caramel, milk chocolate, shortbread, and lots of lively spice. Lengthy in the finish, with more caramel and milk chocolate, plus strawberry and ginger.
- Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
88 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Gavin Smith (Summer 2018)