One Litre Scotch Super Deals
This is where the value is! Fabulous prices on big-name brands at direct import price. 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 stalled. Word is that some distilleries are suspending the production of one litre bottlings usually reserved for Duty Free, until the travel industry is back on its feet. 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.
- 89Direct ImportSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$99.99 Bottle
- ABV 40%
Tomatin hit the duty free market with this one litre Bourbon & Sherry matured malt. The combination results in a fruity whisky offering apples, pears, ginger and cinnamon.
Other reviews... Nose: Quite an earthy nose for this dram. Think damp earth after the rain with some woody notes thrown in for good measure too. Palate: Quite a chewy mouth-feel, black pepper and liquorice mingle with some dark blackcurrant cassis, with some burnt toast flavours. Finish: Long, sweet, but also a little smoky on the finish. Comment: What to make of this oddball? Some rather contrasting, complex flavours that strangely hang together rather well. One to ponder and enjoy. 40% Alc./Vol. 88 points - Joe Bates, whiskymag.com
Direct ImportSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$150.00 Bottle
Sporting handsome new packaging, this extra aged Aberfeldy fits between the 12 and 21 year olds but was released for the Duty Free market only. We've managed to secure a small quantity. Other reviews... The nose opens with a slightly savory note, rich and spicy, with sherry, Jaffa oranges, and sweet oak. The palate is smooth and rounded, with malt, nutty spice, honey, and milky coffee. The finish is lengthy, with Seville oranges, plain chocolate, dark sherry notes, and licorice. (Travel Retail only) Price is per liter. 86 points
- ABV 40%
- www.maltadvocate.com (Winter 2014) Reviewed by: Gavin Smith
Direct ImportSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$99.99 Bottle
Aberlour's house style is typically rich, generous and extremely accessible. These flavours are usually achieved with very low degrees of peating being employed (if any at all). Maturation takes place in top quality ex-sherry casks, in this case, exclusively Oloroso Sherry casks. Tasting note: Polished brass / copper colour. Not exactly an extroverted nose, but not shy either, with definite sherry input infusing light citrus peel, fruit cake, walnut slice and hints of cocoa to the aroma. Middle weighted, this glides easily over the tongue with medium dry flavours of ginger bread and light fruit cake supported by a spicy, slightly citrusy / acidic backbone. Finishes relaxed, fresh and nutty with the sweetness restrained. The trace of sulphur is mild enough to ignore. A nicely balanced sherried edition that treads on the drier side. 40% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 40%
Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$79.99 Bottle
- ABV 40%
Matured in a combination of sherry and bourbon oak casks for a minimum of 10 years.
Other reviews... Orange-amber hue. Inviting aromas of orange marmalade and Sherry. Moderately full-bodied with mouth-coating viscosity. Well-balanced flavors of honeycomb, heather, oloroso Sherry, and citrus peel with a hint of herbaceous peat. Finishes with a warm, satisfying glow of alcohol. A sure bet as a digestif.
RATED: 91 points (Exceptional) - www.tastings.com
The distillery which was founded on its current site by James Fleming in 1879 is not open to the public. (However, visitors are welcomed by appointment during the Speyside Whisky Festival). The village ‘Aberlour’ (Gaelic for Mouth of the Chattering Burn) became nationally famous in the 19th century for its Orphanage. The town has preserved much of its historical character. Original houses, built of stones taken from the bed of the Spey, mingle with more recent buildings and landscaped public gardens. Aberlour's spectacular setting on the banks of the Spey makes it easy to see what made it such an attractive place to found a community and a distillery. The pack horse bridge over the Lour and the remains of the famous Aberlour Orphanage can still be seen in the village, which makes an ideal base for exploring the surrounding countryside. Aberlour is also a highly sought after salmon angling spot and the home of Walkers’ shortbread. Built alongside the Lour burn, the Aberlour distillery uses pure spring water that rises through peat and granite from Ben Rinnes. The St Drostan Well stone was erected to mark the location of the spring, which was used by St Drostan to baptise the local population in the 7th century, and is also featured on Aberlour’s label.Folklore, legend and the smooth delight of Aberlour malt whisky have been traditional fireside companions through many a long winter night in these parts. Today Aberlour 10 year old is available in over 40 countries. Other bottlings are available in selected markets and duty free.
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84Direct ImportSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$149.99 Bottle
Aberlour has always delivered a decent dose of Sherry goodness, and this new NAS release aims to give whisky lovers “the ideal introduction to Sherry cask-matured whiskies”. First created for the French market but now a global release, the name translates from the Gaelic as “rare cask”. Not surprisingly, it's primarily matured in Oloroso sherry, as well as two different kinds of American oak casks. It's also bottled at a higher than normal ABV. Expect aromas and flavours of dried fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, some stone fruit and milk chocolate. Comes handsomely packaged with a wax sealed stopper. Non chill filtered. Other reviews... the delivery stars with those sugars well in their stride... Dates and figs represent the fruit with panache. 84.5 points 48% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 48%
- Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2019 ...Sure the name sounds a little stupid (aren’t they being almost as creative as Bunnahabhain in that respect?), but that does not obligatorily mean the whisky’s poor. Plus, the price is rather fair (approx.) so they’re not trying to suggest that this is the Koh-I-Noor of whisky. Colour: gold. Nose: typical Aberlour, really. Nuts, Mars bars, rose petals, milk chocolate, butterscotch, roasted raisins, walnut cake, Ovaltine and morello cherries. Mouth: chocolate and malt cake, more Ovaltine, raisin cake, Christmas cake, more walnuts and Mars bars, toffee, cinnamon rolls… Finish: rather long, and clearly on panettone. A wee drop of mulled wine too, and even more Ovaltine mixed with orange liqueur in the aftertaste. Comments: Aberlour are very good at making this very style of malt whisky. Another fine example - despite the lack of age statement (and the funny name). Nothing against Gaelic, of course, but it’s all becoming a little tiring, is it not. 85 points - Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com
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%
91 90Direct ImportSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$99.99 Bottle
- ABV 40%
'Just about the cleanest, most uncluttered, pure,
sweet malt you will ever find...90 Points' - Jim Murray
Founded in 1824, Cardhu was built on a site where illicit distilling had been in progress since about 1813. The distillery is located in the town of Knockando, which, incidentally, has a distillery by the same name. The famous Tamdhu distillery also lies in close proximity. All three operations rest in the region informally dilineated as the 'lower Spey'. Whereas the upper, more mountainous regions which the River Spey twists through are but sparsely dotted with stills, the lower region is home to more Malt Whisky labels than any where else in Scotland. Famous as the malty middle used in the Johnnie Walker Blends, Cardhu is considered an excellent introduction for beginners to single malt whisky.
Tasting note: Bright gold colour. Aromas of pristine malt that's like fresh baked oat biscuit. Delicately peated. Some baked citrus emerges. Concentrated, semi sweet flavours include honey laced cereals (in particular, oats) and again the peat lingering underneath adding depth. Exceptionally silky, soft mouth feel. A delicious drying crispness enters at mid palate while the gently warming spices persist well into the aftertaste before concluding fresh and clean. Remains more of a crowd pleaser than an individualist, but this is a significant improvement on a previous bottling with much more vibrancy and lift. Classic. 40% Alc./Vol.
First taste April 2010 from a 150ml sample Dull gold with a pale straw hue. There’s a just touch of smoke lingering in the otherwise malt rich nose that offers other aromas of mixed nuts and dried apricots, then sweeter vanilla notes. The palate is very soft, medium weight and medium dry. Vanillan oak and sweet cereals pass over imperceptibly into a shortish aftertaste of cereals, vanilla and spice. Perfectly balanced and nothing to actually dislike here, but like a perfectly proportioned model, nothing especially individual either. Beige whisky.
43% alc./vol. 86 points
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 ImportSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$150.00 Bottle
Part of Dalmore's Fortuna Merita ('fortune favours the brave') travel retail range. Regalis means 'royal'. This one's finished in first fill Amoroso Sherry casks following a maturation in American oak. While the term Amoroso isn’t used on sherry labels any more (instead it's 'Medium' or 'Cream' , depending on sugar levels), González Byass and Dalmore persist with the title. Big one litre format. Other reviews... An amoroso sherry finish this time. Amoroso is some kind of sweet sherry that some used to call ‘sweet oloroso’ or ‘dulce’ if I’m not mistaken. Rather out of fashion. Colour: pale amber. Nose: nice! (yes, demonstrating utter accuracy in tasting). More towards old tobaccos and herbal teas, almonds or amaretti, walnut wine, and, bizarrely, vin jaune. IN other words, a finishing in a sweet wine cask that got drier than its counterparts from dry wine casks. A master blender moves in mysterious ways… (that one for Richard!) Mouth: I find this really good. The Valour with more depth and complexity, as well as, perhaps, more freshness. Honeydew, fresh hazelnuts, fresh pecans, even macadamias… And I especially like the faint earthiness. Eating raw mushrooms. Finish: shortish, sadly, but that’s only the minimal strength. Chocolate and café latte. Comments: I’ll say again what any lazy blogger will say, bring a CS version of this! Very good juice. 40% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 40%
84 points - whiskyfun.com
95Direct ImportSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$105.00 Bottle
- ABV 43%
From the highest distillery in Scotland (at 326 metres above sea level), set in the windswept Grampian mountains of the Highlands, comes this delicate malt to be savoured. Originally called 'Strathspey', the Dalwhinnie distillery was founded by James Buchanan in 1897. Buchanan became well known for his 'Buchanan' and 'Black & White' blends which used Dalwhinnie as a core component. Later renamed 'Dalwhinnie', (Gaelic for “meeting place” ) the distilleries site is where cattle drovers and smugglers met on their way to markets in the south.
The whisky itself is often referred to as 'The Gentle Spirit', in contrast to the rugged environment it is produced in. (Staff at the distillery have been known to climb out first-floor windows in order to get to work when snow piles up in the hard winters.) This is testified to by its subtle, smooth, lightly smoked character and heathery, honey finish. Barely classifiable as a Speyside distillery, Dalwhinnie's location is at least forty kilometres south of the dense collection of stills in the 'lower Spey'. The distillery's endless water supply comes from the Allt an t'Sluic spring, bedded in granite. Current management boast their use of traditional wooden washbacks and distinctive lye pipes leading from the tops of the stills.
Other reviews… Nose: sublime stuff: a curious mixture of coke smoke and peat-reek wafts teasingly over the gently honied malt. A hint of melon offers some fruit but the caressing malt stars; Taste: that rarest of combinations: at once silky and malt intense, yet at the same time peppery and tin-hat time for the tastebuds, but the silk wins out and a sheen of barley sugar coats everything, soft peat included; Finish: some cocoa and coffee notes, yet the pervading slightly honeyed sweetness means that there is no bitterness that cannot be controlled; Balance: a malt it is hard to decide whether to drink or bath in: I suggest you do both. One of the most complete mainland malts of them all. Know anyone who reckons they don't like whisky? Give them a glass of this ~ that's them cured. Oh, if only the average masterpiece could be this good.” 95 points. - Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018.