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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%
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
Direct ImportIslay, SCOTLAND$125.00 Bottle
This is the third Bunnah' Travel Exclusive following Eirigh Na Greine and Cruach Mhona. Released in August 2017, An Cladach, meaning "The Shore" comes aged in sherry casks and bottled at high ABV.
- ABV 50%
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
91 84Direct Import ReducedSpeyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
Reduced from $135.00
- ABV 43%
Big age statement + New shipment & even better pricing = Guilt free dramming. Stock up!A large format Glenfarclas that delivers quaffing excellence, reflecting the philosophy of distillery manager, John Grant: "Whisky is for drinking!" And if you think the packaging is a little 1970s, it's also deliberate: “It’s affordable because it’s not over packaged" explains Grant, "it just comes out in a plain carton – and we have lots of it. We make a reasonable margin, and I’d rather people drank it than collected it”.At this price, John, we salute you!
Tasting note: Bright amber gold. Nosing reveals husky malt with some sherry influence evident. Second pass finds hints of mulch, honey, vanilla and dried fruits (raisin / fig). Medium dry and in the moderately Sherried vein; mid palate builds with suggestions of honey drizzled muesli; firmish tannins and warming spices carrying the finish. Ends aperitif-like and fine, medium long. Normally duty free exclusive. 43% Alc./Vol
Other reviews... Tight, nutty and full of crisp muscovado sugar. 84 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2015
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$109.99 Bottle
Other reviews... Here, a new solera vat is home to a Glenfiddich that has been exclusively aged in sherry casks, and shows its origins with deep, black fruitiness, orange peel, and sultana. The signature pears of ’Fiddich here are dried and sit next to moist fruitcake. Ripe and long, with toffee, a pleasant wisp of sulfur, and blackberry. An easy-going sherried style that’s ideal for the beginner. (Travel Retail exclusive.) 40% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 40%
86 points - maltadvocate.com, reviewed by: Dave Broom (Winter 2013)
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
93 91Direct ImportHighlands, SCOTLAND$165.00 Bottle
- ABV 43%
One of our all-time favourites from the Legends series returns (probably for the last time). Stock up!Glenmorangie Duthac is the first release in the Travel Retail Legends collection, that, like the Private Editions will be added to over the coming years. Each expression is packaged in honour of a Highland legend. According to Glenmorangie, this is "A whisky fit for a King". It honours the annual pilgrimage made by King James IV to the shrine of St Duthac in Tain. At the centre of the Royal Burgh of Tain, Ross-shire, in the far north of Scotland where the Glenmorangie Distillery has stood proudly since 1843 lies the resting place of St Duthac. During the Middle Ages, the legends of his workings drew travellers from far and wide on pilgrimages to the ancient burgh. Tasting note: Pours an eyecatching orange-gold showing considerable legs. Bouquet is ultra pure, soft and a sheer delight with a fresh dried fruit focus underscored by vanilla and citrus zest. Likewise in the mouth, but with gently nipping spices adding buzz; citrusy malt dovetails into late dried fruits and cocoa. Almost a lightness to the finish which is vanilla-oak heavy, mildly acidic, fresh, medium long. Late gingerbread in the fade? The various oak inputs are well defined but kept in check. Engaging and skillfully composed. 43% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... ...Educated guess: some kind of finish involving virgin oak, or at least first fill bourbon, and sherry. probably PX on account of the intensity of the crisp sugar. 91.5 points
- Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2016. ...This Travel Retail-exclusive from Glenmorangie is the inaugural expression in the distiller’s new Legends series. Glenmorangie Duthac is matured in a mix of charred virgin oak and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. Peaches, tangerines, cloves, vanilla, and toffee bonbons on the nose. Silky on the palate, with warm spices, honey, intense tropical fruit, and fresh ginger. Relatively long and creamy in the finish, with nutmeg, marzipan, and milk chocolate.
86 points- whiskyadvocate.com, Reviewed by: Gavin Smith (Fall 2015)
90 86Direct ImportHighlands, SCOTLAND$165.00 Bottle
- ABV 43%
"...the texture and intensity of the barley on arrival is borderline brilliant..."The latest in the Travel Retail 'Legends' series honours the splendour of the Cadboll Cup, a 16th century silver goblet. A work of Scottish artistry that combines mysterious French influences in its design, it has remained a treasured artifact, kept near the Glenmorangie's Highland home. As a nod to the artist's inspirations, Bill Lumsden has extra-matured this whisky in high-end French barriques which previously held Muscat and Sémillion grapes adding tempting, dessert-like flavours, hinting at the sweet wines of the past that the Cadboll Cup might once have held. Tasting note: Brassy gold. Initially low-key, this benefits from 5-10 minutes in in the glass: Pears, apple crumble, fruit pastries, honey and orange zest are all suggested, with cocoa and oak shavings drying the nose-feel. It's intense at 43%, with a mildly bittersweet attack; Oily then fruity with orange spice cake, peel freshness and warming spirit to finish. The aftertaste is medium long, developing richness while maintaining the fruity-vanilla trajectory. Shows more spice and kick than your average Glenmorangie. Add a little water to soften and accent the citrus and vanilla. 43% Alc./Vol. Other reviews… neither the nose nor finish is quite up to par with the outstanding delivery – indeed, the finale is pretty bitter... But the texture and intensity of the barley on arrival is borderline brilliant, as is the most wonderful caramel which frames it with a buttery sweetness. 86.5 points - Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2019 ...Part of Glenmorangie’s Legends collection, this was finished in casks that previously held sweet French white wines. Sweet red berries on the somewhat shy nose, with developing low-key honey and vanilla. Nicely textured, with a palate of honey, caramel, milk chocolate, shortbread, and lots of lively spice. Lengthy in the finish, with more caramel and milk chocolate, plus strawberry and ginger.
- Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
88 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Gavin Smith (Summer 2018)