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.
- 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 ImportSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$99.99 Bottle
A throwback to when Highland distilleries dried their barley with the sweet smoke of local peat. It's also finished in smaller Quarter Casks, so it's fuller and richer than most, as well as having distinct smokey notes. Non chill filtered. Other reviews... [46% ABV tasted] My guess, due to an extra fraction of sweetness and spice, is that it is the former [caramel has been added]. All that said, the overall experience remains quite beautiful. And this remains one of my top ten distilleries in the world. 88.5 points 46% Alc./Vol.- Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2019 ... This is non-chill filtered and finished in a “Quarter Cask,” similar to Laphroaig Quarter Cask (same owners). Ardmore remains one of the few Speyside whiskies made with peat-smoked malt. Chewy, almost oily-textured, with sweet notes of toffee and caramel up front, followed by emerging damp, earthy peat and bourbon-like notes. The oaky, resinous bourbon lingers through the finish. The bourbon oak intensity dominates to a degree, disrupting the harmony of the remaining flavors. A whisky of great potential, but still waiting to achieve some of it.
- ABV 40%
80 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: John Hansell (Fall 2008)
- 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
- 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$89.99 Bottle
- ABV 40%
With more 4-5 star user reviews around the web than most whiskies we can recall, this is one of the more notable big brand bottlings of late intended exclusively for the Duty Free market.A Travel Retail Exclusive celebrating the only three men who have been Master Distillers at Glenlivet. Alan Winchester, the current custodian, is responsible for this no age statement release matured in three cask types: ex-sherry, first-fill and re-fill American hogsheads (or in marketing friendly parlay, 'traditional casks'). This has had more 4-5 star user reviews around the web than most whiskies we can recall, except from one 'Mr. Murray' (86.5 points). Bottled in a big value 1 litre format. Not scheduled for release in Australia.
Retasted February 2018... New packaging and a new batch; similar on the nose, but on the palate, the fruity burst is toned down a notch; the length also seems shorter. Otherwise, stylistically on par with the previous. 90 pointsPrevious batch tasted February 2015: Pure bright amber / polished brass. Lifted and pure orchard fruit opening sniff; a few minutes in the glass draws out dry-styled citrus marmalade, vanilla malt and light sweet spices. Comes across as a relaxed style, middle-weighted and easy going with its attractive fruity malt delivery, up until the finish which adds pepper, wood and ups the intensity. Concludes crisp and fresh with a buzzing gingery warmth amid the lingering fruitiness. Deceptively long. A dangerously drinkable evolution of delicious flavours. 40% Alc./Vol. 93 points
- 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)
- Direct ImportSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$89.99 Bottle
Originally part of Glenlivet's Travel Retail series, the Triple Cask Matured Distiller's Reserve expression brings together whisky matured in three different types of cask - traditional casks, American white oak casks and ex-sherry casks. 40% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 40%
- 87Direct ImportSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$109.99 Bottle
Other reviews… Much more age than is comfortable for a 12 YO
- ABV 40%
87 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2017 The U.S. Singleton comes from Glendullan, a distillery that makes a sweet, light spirit. Here, a percentage has been aged in ex-sherry casks, which has added a layer of fruity sweetness — think port-like sloe notes, Muscatel, and wisteria. The wood is lightly handled, allowing the aromas full rein on the palate. 83 points - www.maltadvocate.com, reviewed by: Dave Broom (Fall 2011)