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.
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%
- 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
- Direct ImportIslay, SCOTLAND$135.00 Bottle
Nicknamed the "Devil" as it was inspired by the "Devil's Casks Series", this is a marriage of the finest Oloroso sherry casks and red wine barriques. Duty free exclusive. Expect aromas and flavours of black cherry, dark chocolate, baked blood orange and nectarine soaked date oil with a cinnamon and smoked sea salt finish. 46% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 46%
- Direct ImportIslay, SCOTLAND$135.00 Bottle
A one litre duty free release made from organically grown barley sourced from Mid Coul Farm, Mains of Tullibardine Farm and Coulmore farm on Islay. This is one of the few organically certified malts currently being marketed, produced when distiller Jim McEwan (now retired) was still at the helm. A multi vintage vatting, this is an unpeated Bruichladdich bottled at a high ABV of 50% and non chill filtered.
- ABV 50%
- 93 89Direct Import ReducedIslay, SCOTLAND
Reduced from $125.00
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 Import ReducedIslay, SCOTLAND
Reduced from $165.00
- ABV 43%
A seductive after-dinner Caol Ila to melt into dark chocolate or blue vein cheese.
The combined effect of the Moscatel cask and European oak can work particularly well with peated Islay spirit - so long as it's not overdone. Six months finishing in the sweet Moscatel dessert wine casks has resulted in a decidedly different Caol Ila. A complex and richly flavoured whisky that maintains a fine sweet/dry balance.
Tasting note: Deep gold. Creamy, soft, sweet peat - think smokey vanilla wafer. Second pass suggests fennel / herbal tea over citrus lozenge. Oily, semi-sweet, smokey fruit'n'nut-chocolate delivery, rounded off with sufficient zest and spice to counter the moscatel input. Liquorice bullets and lanolin in the aftertaste. A seductive after-dinner Caol Ila to melt into dark chocolate or blue vein cheese. 43% Alc./Vol.
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
- 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.