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Direct ImportHighlands, SCOTLAND$99.99 Bottle
- ABV 40%
Reserved for decades as the heart of the Dewars family of blended whiskies, Aberfeldy is now being released in limited quantities in 12 and 21 year old expressions. Recent awards for the 12 year old include:
- Grand Gold Medal – Monde Selection, Belgium
- Gold Medal – Concours Mondial, Belgium
- Silver Medal – International Wine and Spirits Competition
Tasting note: Bright gold. Initially impressions are of a fruit salad with striking scents of unripe canteloupe most salient along side dustings of dried coconut. Five minutes sees the fruity edge only slightly diminished. Light,silky entry builds into a soft, medium bodied, elegant and delicate malt. The fruity / vanilla combination repeats at mid palate, followed by hints of oatmeal and moderate length. A delightfully fruity Speysider. 40% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... Fresh and floral, with lively tropical fruit, honey, and vanilla. Gentle on the palate, with a slight syrupy texture to its malty foundation. Youthful, orange marmalade finish with a hint of spice. A pleasant, easy-going whisky.82 points
- maltadvocate.com, 4th Quarter 2006 Issue-Vol. 15#4
... Nose: Beautifully intense malt with a cidery-apple fruitiness. Gentle oak and honey round off superbly. Palate: Fresh, almost crisp mouthfeel with outstanding sweet maltiness and an almost Irish pot-still firm fruitiness. Mouthwatering. Finish: Softly spiced with a long, rich malt follow-through. Comment: Really outstanding example of massively complex, classy but undiscovered malt. 85 points
- Jim Murray, www.whiskymag.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%
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
93 92Direct ImportIslay, SCOTLAND$99.99 Bottle
Another duty free exclusive, this time Spanish oak and sherry casks combine with hogsheads and peat! Tasting note: The deep glossy topaz / new copper coin colour is a pleasure to behold. Nosing finds a superb integration of maritime peat, raisin cake, pepper and cinnamon with flashes of molasses. Medium bodied, the peat and sherry arrive in perfect harmony. There’s brine, light fruit cake and a touch of orange zest while the finish is fresh, breezy and finely tuned. Sherry and peat don’t always work. This one combines the two with aplomb. If only it was higher ABV! 40% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... Wow!! This is some nose: the peat is as hefty and cinderish as I have come across from a Bowmore in an age... a silky mouthfeel is first enriched by muscovado sugars and molasses and then a gradual but unrelenting build up in peat. Very gratifying indeed...a very happy marriage between some full on peat and decent sherry butts makes for the intense peat promised on the label. 40% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 40%
92.5 points - Jim Murrays Whisky Bible
Islay, SCOTLAND$145.00 Bottle
- 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.
93 89Islay, SCOTLAND$120.00 Bottle
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.
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