Whiskey | Scotland | Highlands | 750ml
Whiskey | 750ml
Whisky Advocate 96 PointsPowerful, muscular, well-textured, and invigorating. Even within the realm of Ardbeg, this one stands out. The more aggressive notes of coal tar, damp kiln, anise, and smoked seaweed are supported by an array of fruit (black raspberry, black cherry, plum), dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, bacon fat, kalamata olive, and warming cinnamon on the finish. Quite stunning!
The third release of Balblair 1989 is subtly amber in appearance with rose gold highlights. A full bodied malt with aromas of raisin, green apples and hints of banana and lemon. The American oak, ex bourbon casks used in the maturation lend a warm toffee vanilla fragrance. On the palate there are raisins and fruits with rich spiciness leading to a long, complex and ultimately smooth finish.
Whiskey | Scotland | 750ml
#142 of 150 Produced WorldwideThe fourth batch in the Balvenie 40 year old series. This release is a marriage of 6 European Oak Sherry Butts, hand selected by Balvenie Malt Master David Stewart. Limited to only 150 bottles worldwide, this is collectors piece which is sure to be highly sought after.
The Balvenie 17 Year Old DoubleWood commemorates Malt Master David Stewart's 50th anniversary. To craft The Balvenie 17 Year Old. The Balvenie 17 Year Old DoubleWood is an expertly proportioned single malt with distinctive rich vanilla oak, honeyed sweetness and layers of spices. On the nose, it is elegant and complex with oak, vanilla, honey and a hint of green apple. To taste, it is sweet with dried fruits, sherbet spice, toasted almonds and cinnamon, layered with a richness of creamy toffee notes and traces of oak and deep vanilla.
| Scotland | Speyside | 750ml
One of the World's Greatest Single Malt Scotches!This Balvenie, which has been matured in traditional oak casks, is transferred to a Port cask, or pipe, which has held fine Port wines. Here it is sampled every month by The Balvenie Malt Master to ensure that just the right amount of character is imparted by the Port casks, enhancing and developing the single malt, whilst preserving its original characteristics. Intense and complex with scents of roasted nuts, dried red fruits, toffee, marzipan, and caramel with hints of cedar and clove filling the nose. Creamy and lush on the palate with a warming Port influence. Graceful whilst bold and generous.
| Scotland | 750ml
From the same cask pedigree as Blacker Still but one year older, this opulent 21 year old Bruichladdich scales new heights and regrettably is unlikely to be repeated for quite some time due to the scarcity of good quality Oloroso sherry butts. This is a rare and exceptional signature Bruichladdich spirit. Oloroso sherry butts used to be widely available but are becoming increasingly difficult to find now as sherry sales and production continues to decline. Ironically as the availability of sherry casks declines Bruichladdich is starting to use French wine casks in which to mature its whiskies; in fact it was the prolonged wars with France in the 19th century when British traders couldn’t source French casks that British merchants developed trading routes with Spain and other countries in Europe, which itself developed demand for sherry in the UK as an alternative to wine, and it was these butts which the scotch whisky industry used in the absence of French wine casks. The combination of the rich Oloroso sherry influence and full term maturation in Islay’s marine climate creates Bruichladdich’s richest full bodied whisky to date.
| Scotland | Islay | 750ml
This classic 16-year-old whisky has been matured in vanilla-rich casks coopered from American White Oak; stowed away in Bruichladdich’ s loch-side warehouses, slumbering, maturing, coming of age… All the time breathing the invigorating marine air of this hebridean island.
90 points Whisky Advocate
The first 10 year old distilled by the current owners back in 2001. Lovely marriage of both bourbon and sherry casks, and quite fresh, with a maturity resembling a 12 year old, rather than 10. Smooth on the palate and very drinkable, with creamy vanilla, honeycomb, banana bread, bright lemon, melon (honeydew, cantaloupe), tangerine, candied ginger, and delicate brine. With all the Bruichladdich razzle-dazzle over the past decade, we can embrace this unpretentiously delicious Laddie with open arms. (Vol. 20, #4)
Recently voted "Best Islay Whisky of 2011" by the Whisky Advocate, the Bruichladdich 10 has finally reached the American west coast where at last we can revel in its glory. Finally, ten long years after re-opening the distillery, Bruichladdich has reached the finish line - a ten year old malt composed entirely of whisky made after the resurrection. The wait has been worth it. Many of us at K&L feel that Bruichladdich's post-2001 whiskies are some of the best distillates in the world - they've always just been a bit too immature. The quality of the spirit coming off their pot stills is simply jaw-dropping (their Botanist gin is also delicious), and we've been excited to see what it can do after a decade in the barrel. That time is finally here. The malt is ultra smooth, creamy with citrus notes, stone fruits, and the trademark saltiness that makes it an Islay whisky through and through. The price is also right. For a small independently-owned distillery, the boys at Bruichladdich have struggled at times, but they've always landed on their feet. The 10 year is one of the most anticipated whiskies of all time and for about $50, it's one of the best single malt deals we'll see this year. For those lamenting the rising cost of good whisky, make sure you take home the Laddie 10 and savor each drop. This is true handcrafted whisky. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)
Whiskey | Scotland | Islay | 750ml
A dark, sensuous whisky, very fine, incredibly elegant, decadently hued, perplexingly complex, mischieviously prepared and subtly provoctaive. Beguiling, other-worldly... Inspired!
Classic proportions with a texture that is gorgeous. So warm, sweet and mellow after 22 years maturation in the highest quality oak casks, from several nations, leaving nothing more to be desired. Absolutely bewitching!
The power of the oak encompasses the structure of the spirit, ensuring that all the characters can be experienced; their journey was long, and now you are there to hear their story and share in the harmony that's to be found in the glass. It's the Black Art of man-made spirit, nature's natural resources, and the distiller's never-ending quest to find the ultimate taste experience. At Bruichladdich we are constantly making spiritual journeys, seeking new and exciting experiences for those who have been with us since we first set sail a decade ago. Stay on board for our next voyage!
This beautiful golden spirit’s nose releases honeyed nuts and a slightly sea-induced salty tang. Rich toffee and leathery oak aromas can be sensed upon further inspection. The palate is influenced by mellow sherried nuts and shavings of the finest natural oak wood.
The voyage ends with dry notes that are interspersed with mixed spices fading magnificently into a light salt and sherry finale.
Crafted to honour the act of saving Scotland’s King in 1263, this expression unites six specially selected casks housing spirit of perfect maturity. Whiskies matured in ex-bourbon casks, Matusalem oloroso sherry wood, Madeira barrels, Marsala casks, port pipes and Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques are brought together in perfect harmony. Each cask gives its own flavour notes, delivering a unique complex single malt whisky revered by connoisseurs.
Aged Oloroso and Madeira butts lend a backbone of crushed almond and lively citrus fruit, while Port and Marsala casks add hints of wild berry and ripe plum. Warm vanilla and toffee notes from the bourbon barrels are accented by a touch of ripe red fruit from the Cabernet Sauvignon barriques. Hints of cinnamon, dark chocolate, coffee and lavender add depth and complexity to the bold oak finish.This is a rich, luxurious single malt.
Cognac & Armagnac | France | 750ml
A lovely golden colour with chestnut tints. A nose of exceptional finesse with superb aromas of dried apricot, mandarin, vanilla, lime blossom and mint. The tannins are silky smooth on the palette and the balance between alcohol, tannins and aroma is remarkable. A thoroughbred Armagnac!
Tequila & Mezcal | Mexico | 750ml
Produced in the highlands of Purisima del Rincon, DeLeon Tequila is a premium spirit created from natural, high quality ingredients. Although chemical coloring and synthetic flavor softeners are permitted in tequila production, DeLeon founder and CEO Brent Hocking refuses to use any of these artificial ingredients, making DeLeon the purest tequila on record, as documented by the Consejo Regulador Del Tequila (Tequila Regulatory Council). While most tequilas are distilled three to five times, DeLeon is only distilled twice to preserve the natural character of the agave.DeLeon Tequila Anejo has been aged in 150 - 200 year old Haute Futaie French Oak for seventeen months, then finished in French Sauternes barrels from the most revered winemakers of our time. This maturation has created a round, balanced, full-flavored spirit with complex notes of butterscotch, oak, black cherry, vanilla and spice, supported by the unmistakable note of mature agave.
Francis Darroze has been described as the Pope of Bas Armagnacs and is widely recognised as the top producer in the region. Darroze owns no vineyard, instead works with small growers ageing the spirits in his own cellars. The end product is totally authentic, each bottle is hand drawn and bottled from its original aging cask. Francis refuses to blend casks from the same Domaine or same vintage feeling that this would diminish each cask's individual charm and integrity. Darroze also refuses to add water to his brandies (a common and legitimate practice in both Armagnac and Cognac). Each cask is carefully monitored and tasted regularly to adequately judge its maturation and evolution. The results speak for themselves. This is why the Bas-Armagnacs of Darroze are served in the world's best restaurants and sold in the finest stores.
The most complex and evolved Gaube we have tasted, showing finesse as opposed to raw power. Rich, round and complex with a beautiful Oloroso Sherry character. Soft and lovely finish showing hints of roasted nuts and toffee. (Bacco grapes dominant)
The aroma is intensely waxy, tea-like, fibery with scents of nutshell, toasted almond and hemp/rope aromas. The palate entry is nutty and mildly tobacco-like; the midpalate is keenly resiny and bittersweet with touches of early-budding rancio, oaky vanilla, cocoa bean and walnut paste. Finishes well and semisweet.Wine Enthusiast
Calvados & Other Brandy | France | Bas Armagnac | 750ml
Opening nosing passes pick up nut/nougaty scents; plump, maple-like aromas of caramel, sap, baked apple and toasted almond emerge with aeration. Palate entry is sap-sweet, concentrated, candied and toasty; midpalate features resiny tastes of nougat, oak and palm oil. Finish is oily, woody, medium-hot and semisweet. Shows a quick furnace-blast of heat in aftertaste. Keep away from children and open flames.Wine Enthusiast