350 ml, 40.0% abv, New ZealandThe latest flagship release of the South Island Single Malt. Continuing the tradition of the multi-award-winning 18, 21, and 23 year old expressions, the new 25 year old will be sure to please. Made from 100% malted New Zealand barley in the Willowbank distillery, Dunedin. This whisky has been aging in American Oak, Ex-Bourbon barrels for 25 years.
*350 ml bottle"It is light yet punchy. Smoke is more present on the palate but its wonderful green apples and vanilla that combine amazingly well with a touch of spice. A very complex and well-balanced palate"
350 ml, 43.0% abv, New ZealandYears ago, in the Willowbank distillery in Dunedin, a batch of whisky was made in the distillery’s pot-stills using un-malted barley. This “single grain whisky” was then blended with 70% of their single malt, and placed into American Oak, ex-bourbon barrels. Twenty-one years later, carefully selected casks have been bottled as “High Wheeler”.
*350 ml bottle"High Wheeler has a light presence on the tongue and tastes of pears in the main, accented by a little oakiness and a little smokiness. The finish left a lingering trace of salt and smoke"
500 ml, 40.0% abv, New ZealandDunedin DoubleWood 16 year old is a master blend of 70% single malt, and 30% premium grain whisky produced from un-malted barley in the Willowbank Distillery. Aged for 6 years in American Bourbon barrels, before finishing for 10 in French Oak NZ wine barrels, giving ruby colour, depth of character and long-lasting, rich flavours. "A superb blended whisky from the now demolished Willowbank distillery in New Zealand, with complex fruit and oak flavours. The Dunedin is a really great whisky, complex and rich"
700 ml, 48.0% abv, Scotland (Speyside)Glenlivet have created Code, a limited edition that follows Alpha and Cipher, to encourage people to experience whisky aromas and flavours without pre-conceptions. The Glenlivet Code, which invites whisky enthusiasts to be part of a global Bletchley Park and decipher the expression. A dedicated website leads to a digital tasting room, where a virtual version of master distiller Alan Winchester challenges you to decode the dram using four aromas and four flavors. “I’d like to introduce to you our latest challenge. this year’s limited edition is a labyrinth of flavours that will test the senses of even the most discerning whisky drinker. I invite you to take the ultimate test. Can you unlock the taste of The Glenlivet Code?” - Alan Winchester, Master Distiller. The Glenlivet Code is encased in a black bottle with no information about casks used and tasting notes. Discover this whisky for yourself and challenge your senses to see if you can unlock it.
700 ml, 46.0% abv, Scotland (Highland)Matured for 15 years, they state that this is Old Pulteney's most balanced and smooth single malt. Balancing two different sides of the flavour spectrum, this single malt marries these perfectly, whilst also reflecting their coastal home and its unwavering influence. On one hand, this is an intense single malt, yet at the same time, it is truly balanced. Launched in 2018 as part of their new range and matured in 1st fill ex-bourbon casks, and then finished in 1st fill Oloroso casks. "Spice and sweetness unite in this naturally rich amber whisky to celebrate rich flavours, yet lighter, more refreshing coastal notes show another side of this single malt"
700 ml, 40% abv, Scotland (Speyside)The name ‘Copper Dog’ comes from an old device made from copper tubing with a penny soldered to one end and cork in the other, which was used by distillery workers to smuggle whisky home. It is also the name of the bar at the Craigellachie Hotel. Blended by master blender Stuart Morrison, the whiskies included in Copper Dog have been aged in a mixture of refill American and European oak casks, first fill Bourbon casks and rejuvenated casks, before being married in hogsheads.
Copper Dog was created at the Craigellachie hotel. It’s a smooth, fruity malt with a spicy finish. Bottled at 40% abv, the whisky combines eight Speyside single malts supplied by the world’s largest Scotch whisky producer Diageo, which has a minority shareholding in the brand."It’s Speyside in a glass, and damn easy to drink"
700 ml, 46.3% abv, Scotland (Islay)Meaning 'Smoky Two' in Scots Gaelic, Toiteach A Dhà (pronounced Toch-ach ah-ghaa) is a sequel to the original peaty paradox on Bunnahabhain’s gentle single malt. To create this Mòine variant, Senior Blender, Dr. Kirstie McCallum selected a combination of ex Bourbon and Sherry casks which were then matured in full, in the coastal warehouses on Bunnahabhain Bay. "With touches of smoke from peated malted barley, this whisky’s prickling strength emanates from the dram, while warming with a lingering, robust length and delicately sweet sherry influence"
1000 ml, 46% abv, Scotland (Highland)The highly anticipated Rùdhan is the latest travel retail expression to join the Peaty Collection. In keeping with anCnoc’s traditional style, the whisky takes its name from the peat harvesting process. The term ‘rùdhan’ [roo-an] refers to the final stage, in which the peat is stacked for several weeks to dry out ahead of burning to create the signature smokiness associated with the range. "With the smoke comes spices and burnt fruits, ash and toffee apples, a little citrus and milk chocolate and a very distinct earthy note.." (ocdwhisky.com)
1000 ml, 43.0% abv, Scotland (Highland)Another release in the Spirit of Oak, four-part travel retail offering from Glengoyne. The rich depth of Balbaína is the result of careful maturation, with a heart of first-fill European oak aged sherry casks.
"Rich brown sugar, with raisins, dried apple and cloves"
1000 ml, 40.0% abv, Scotland (Highland)Glengoyne Cuartillo is a Highland Single Malt Whisky with sweet fruitiness and a bright gold hue, and at its heart, hand-selected first-fill Oloroso sherry casks, crafted from American oak. "Toffee, apricots, and vanilla - with a hint of cinnamon"
700 ml, 46.0% abv, Scotland )Speyside)
GlenAllachie distillery is an independent, Scottish owned and managed whisky company. GlenAllachie 12 year old, the heart of their range, is a landmark bottling. This is the first time the whiskies have been officially distillery released, their best casks selected and bottled under the careful eye of Master Distiller Billy Walker. Matured in a mixture of virgin oak, Oloroso sherry and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Natural colour, non-chill filtered.
"honey, marzipan and bananas, with lashings of butterscotch, raisins and a delicate hint of mocha"
1000 ml, 40% abv, IrelandThe third expression released in this series, Bushmills Bourbon #3 Char Cask Reserve is the result of a long-standing relationship with master coopers from Louisville, Kentucky who reserve only the finest American white oak, custom-charred bourbon casks to mature this unique whiskey. The amount of char you give a cask has a significant impact on the flavour and this is what makes Bourbon #3 Char Cask Reserve so special. “The seasoned casks are emptied of Bourbon and re-charred before being shipped to the Old Bushmills Distillery where we fill them exclusively with triple-distilled Bushmills Single Malt Irish Whiskey.”
“subtle notes of toasted oak, spices and crème brûlée with a long, rich and smooth finish”
1000 ml, 40% abv, Ireland
Bushmills' first release in the Steamship Collection is Sherry Cask Reserve, a limited release of fine malt whiskey exclusively matured in first-fill Oloroso Sherry butts. The Steamship Collection marks the 125th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the SS Bushmills, the distillery's own steamship that delivered its whiskey to new corners of the world.
"Notes of raisins, dried apricots and spiced honey"
700 ml, 46% abv, IrelandThis exquisite, triple-distilled single malt is matured only in select handpicked Spanish sherry butts which have previously been seasoned with the finest Oloroso sherry. It is the influence of these scarce butts that give this expression of Writers’ Tears its signature rich, ruby hue and hence the moniker – ‘Red Head’. The expression is distilled without chill filtering as nature intended and at a distinctive 46% abv.
150 ml, 40% abv, IrelandThis mini book gift pack, with three miniatures of the critically acclaimed Writers Tears ‘Copper Pot’ whiskey concealed within the ‘book, is a salute to the tradition of great Irish writers from Behan to Yeats and the many in between. The design of the mini-book gift pack is based on a leather bound book with extracts from Dubliners by James Joyce. (note: the actual item is not leather bound)
“The light music of whiskey falling into glasses made an agreeable interlude.” – James Joyce, Dubliners.
A perfect gift for a literary friend, or to hide on your own bookcase for emergencies.
700 ml, 43% abv, Ireland
The notion that "single grain" describes a whiskey made with just one grain is a common misconception. Rather, the term refers to whiskey made in a single location using malted barley and at least one other grain. 94% of the mash bill for Kilbeggan Single Grain is made of corn, with the other 6% being malted barley.
Kilbeggan Single Grain is a sweet spirit that absorbs the flavours of the casks it ages in. After aging in ex-bourbon barrels, it is finished in a marriage of ex-bourbon and different fortified wine barrels."The caramel from the nose carries through, and then it finishes with a little heat and currants"
500 ml, 40.0% abv, ScotlandA 21 year old blend, produced by William Grant's, said to contain a good percentage of Girvan and Kininvie whiskies.
"Hazelwood 21 is elegant and sherry-influenced, with carefully balanced spice and dried fruit notes". "After a short time on the palate, the flavor develops into a well-balanced mix of cinnamon and nutmeg on the one side, and raisins, dates and prunes on the other"
Silver medal winner.
700 ml, 43.2% abv, Ireland (Midleton)Powers Gold Label is a complex spice and honeyed taste experience. Every drop is triple distilled, with more cut from the top and tail of the second and third Pot Still charges. This means only the purest heart of the distillate is captured. This is then left to mature in select American oak casks which allow the distillate driven style to shine. Powers Gold Label is blended with the finest grain whiskey, also exclusively matured in American oak casks. Finally, a Powers production technique enables a non-chill filtration at 43.2% abv quite unique amongst Irish whiskey.
700 ml, 43.0% abv, JapanChita is the serenity of Japanese whisky, from the inventive grain whisky distillery in the Chita Peninsula dedicated to the pursuit of making diverse grain whiskies. Through a rare continuous distillation process using two, three or four columns, the Chita Distillery mainly creates three types of grain whisky—clean, medium, and heavy. These whiskies have been aged in a variety of casks before coming together to produce the Chita Single Grain Whisky.
700 ml, 46.0% abv, Scotland (Islay)Released in 2016, this is a small batch release of Finlaggan which is finished in sherry casks and bottled at 46% abv, for a ripe smoky flavour.
"thick chewy peat and rich fruity notes, sea salt. Oranges and dried fruits."
700 ml, 46.0% abv, Scotland (Islay)Released in 2016, this is a small batch release of Finlaggan which is finished in port casks and bottled at 46% abv, for a rich fruity smoky flavour.
"the Port cask finish starts to really take hold here, though the peat puts up a good fight"
700 ml, 40.0% abv, Scotland (Islay)Finlaggan “Original” is a peaty distillation from one of Islay’s finest distilleries. Rich in the aromas of the peat smoke which dried the barley and of the Scottish sea shore where it matured. Finlaggan “The Secret Islay” – share the secret.
700 ml, 40.0% abv, Scotland (Islay)Finlaggan is very much the secret Islay, as the name of the distillery from which it comes is a closely guarded secret and known to only a select few. The Island of Islay lies in the stormy waters of the Atlantic Ocean just off the West coast of Scotland. Many centuries ago, the Lord of the Isles ruled Scotland from the stronghold of Finlaggan Castle on Islay.
"This is simply awesome. If you don’t get a bottle of this you will regret it for the rest of your life”-(Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2006)