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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%
Direct 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 Murrays Whisky Bible 2015
4.5 stars. - www.diffordsguide.com
Reduced from $145.00
- 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.
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.
85Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND$150.00 Bottle
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
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
Direct Import ReducedHighlands, SCOTLAND
Reduced from $125.00
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. Big one litre format. The producers say to expect aromas and flavours of green apples, toffee, vanilla and cinnamon. 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, if a little fleeting. 40% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 40%
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