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
| 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.
Whiskey | Scotland | 750ml
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.
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.
Scotch | Scotland | Islay | 750ml
Scotch | Scotland | 750ml
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.
Tequila | Mexico | 750ml
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.
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!
Brandy | France | Bas Armagnac | 750ml
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)
Cognac & Armagnac | France | 750ml
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.
Touches of nail polish remover and boiled cabbage prick the olfactory sense to attention; later passes detect more well-rounded, almost fat, aromas of almond and lanolin. There’s a rush of fatty butter flavor at palate entry, then at midpalate the flavor includes oak, black raisins and dark caramel. Aftertaste is thick, long and sweet.Wine Spectator
Initial fragrances are of lead, black pepper and tobacco leaf; with another six minutes of aeration, the bouquet turns bitter, steely and metallic. Palate entry displays semisweet tastes of marshmallow, cola and walnut; midpalate is highlighted by chewy flavors of almond butter and bacon fat. Finish is oily, thick and semisweet. Weirdly appealing.Wine Enthusiast
| France | 750ml
Scotch | Scotland | Island | 750ml