Scotch | Scotland | Highlands | 750ml
Baked yellow fruits (banana, pear, quince) and round, lightly toasted scents of malt in the aroma. Palate entry offers clean, crisp tastes of dry breakfast cereal and lightly toasted barley malt; by midpalate, the dry to off-dry flavor profile includes oak-induced vanilla, light toffee, and nougat. Ends on a woody note.
Scotch | 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.
Golden yellow color. Rich aromas of honeyed figs and dried fruits, caramelized nuts, and toasted muffins follow through on a satiny entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-full body with excellent interplay and balance. Finishes with a long wave of spicy pistachio nougat, sweet cream, toasted grain and minerals. An elegant, almost feminine whisky with an alluring style.
International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
Scotch | Scotland | Speyside | 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.
| 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.
Scotch | Scotland | Islay | 750ml
Winner of the title "Single Malt of the Year 2010"- Jim Murray Whisky Bible Distilled at Islay’s Bruichladdich distillery, and is 3 times more peaty than any other mainstream whisky. Absolutely outstanding. Incredibly well balanced even with the massive amount of peat. It is paced, delivered, and rewarding for those who like peated whiskies. It's a real treat. Peated to 140ppm and matured in bourbon than Chateau Petrus casks, this is limited to 15,000 bottles. An exceptional scotch that you won't forget. Deceptively smooth, teasingly complicated, and possessing a finish that will delight the senses and enrich the moment. Forget about the statistics -- just nose it, let if flutter in your mouth, and breathe deep. You're alive.
| 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.
Very Limited! Another monster from the Laddies, this time at a higher peating of 140ppm as opposed to last years 132. We think this is great stuff, and so did Jim Murray (he gave it 94 points and a Liquid Gold award). In the race to create the most peaty whisky in the world, Bruichladdich is certainly in the lead. Bruichladdich's Octomore leaves Ardbeg's Supernova in the dust at a staggering 140 ppm phenolic content. The only whisky that is outdoing this one in terms of peat at the moment is Bruichladdich's own new Octomore 3 (152 ppm). You can smell massive amounts of peat-smoke from 10 feet away. Approach the glass, it only grew stronger. Loads of smoke with a little bit of water the nose gives off licorice, ash, straw, and hints of camphor. Long, Long Finish.
Scotch | Scotland | 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!
| 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.
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)
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!
Nose: Big, bold cereal spices, toasty oak, hints of figgy pudding, sherried peels and barley.
Palate: An almost effervescent palate of mustard seed, cinnamon pastry whirls, apple strudel, honey and pepper.
Finish: Long and spiced, hints of walnut and lemon peel.
This comes from The Octave range of whiskies finished in smaller casks for sped-up maturation periods - really very tasty indeed!
A delicious 17 year old Glen Grant from Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range. This was distilled in May 1995 and aged in cask 85116 before bottling in May of 2012. A release of just 226 numbered bottles, all at natural cask strength.
Nose: Beautifully fragrant nose, with gooseberries, apricots, watermelon, a touch of honey and spiced oak.
Palate: Intense and rounded, notes of rich spices and malt. A little soft fruit, honey and toffee apples.
Finish: Long and cinnamon-led finish.
Scotch | Scotland | Scotch | 750ml
Nose: A waft of coastal peat smoke followed by stewing dried fruits, notably raisins, dates and currants. The there is a rich hint of Christmas cake chased with a little more smoke.
Palate: The saline coastal quality returns hand-in-hand with Java coffee beans and parma ham.
Finish: The finish is extraordinarily long with notes of fleshy stone fruit and smoked coffee beans.
Overall: An outstanding whisky, the high ageing of this Caol Ila has resulted in a wonderfully complex whisky perfect for contemplating late into the night.
A 20 year old, cask-strength Glen Moray from Duncan Taylor's Octave range of whiskies aged in smaller "Octave" casks for additional flavour and spice.
Nose: Porridge, gingerbread and oatcakes. A little toffee and honey, hints of grapefruit juice.
Palate: Lemon zest, barley sugar, hints of vanilla custard and tropical fruits.
Finish: Medium finish with cut hay and pepper.
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