Each batch carefully made by hand, Aberlour A’bunadh is a unique cask strength whisky that has achieved cult status among whisky connoisseurs. An incredibly popular whisky from Aberlour. Meaning ‘the original’ in Gaelic, A’bunadh is made in homage to Aberlour’s founder, James Fleming, using only traditional methods without chill filtration, just great whisky! The result is a heavier, creamier single malt than most have ever experienced.
Amrut Fusion gets its name from the fact that it uses two barleys: Indian and Scottish - with the latter being peated for good measure. Fusion has been picking up awards ever since it first appeared in 2009, and in 2012 was named the best whisky for a Rob Roy in the Ultimate Cocktail Challenge in New York.
700ml / 50%
Indian Single Malt Whisky
A glorious single malt from the Island of Islay, Ardbeg 10 year old. Beside the classic peat, It gives way to the natural sweetness of the malt, producing a whisky of perfect balance. This single malt has won several awards including World Whisky of the Year in 2008 by Jim Murray, simply a dram not to miss out on.
As a replacement for the much-loved 1990 Airigh nam Beist, Ardbeg Corryvreckan had some pretty big shoes to fill, but the good news is that this is a belter, winning World's Best Single Malt Whisky at the World Whisky Awards 2010 and Best No Age Statement Scotch from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible.
A fine drop of Ardbeg bottled at cask strength. A marriage of Ardbeg from bourbon barrel and sherry butt which gives a sweet and smoky finish to this malt. Uigeadail is the loch from which all Ardbeg water flows. An absolutely stunning whisky, and following the demise of Airigh nam Beist, this probably represents the best value in the core range.
700ml / 54.2%
From Hunter Laing's classic Old Malt Cask range of independently bottled whiskies comes a 16 year old Auchentoshan single malt, presented at 50% ABV. It was distilled in October 1997 and matured in a refill hogshead until July 2014. 299 bottles were produced.
The 21 year old is a really refined blend. Ballantines base their whiskies around malt whisky from distilleries like Glenburgie and Miltonduff.
An additional period of maturation in 30 year-old port pipes has given this aged Balvenie an extra level of depth and concentration of flavour, adding potent fruit and smoke notes to the silky-smooth full-bodied palate. Rich, indulgent, after-dinner Speyside at its best.
This Benromach was distilled in 2008 using Scottish organic barley and left to mature in virgin American oak casks until 2014, when it was bottled. Big and bold with plenty of malty notes at the core, surrounded with toffee, banana and milk chocolate notes with some spicy, peppery oak giving depth.
700ml / 43%
The selection of American Oak casks were hand charred by Bimber’s on-site coopers to level #4 char – also known as ‘Alligator char’. The deep charring process caramelised the wood sugars, adds a layer of filtering carbon to the surface of the barrel and influences the whisky by imparting distinctively sweet, rich smooth and fruity flavours into the maturing spirit.
NOSE: Orchard fruits and spit-roasted pineapple chunks are sweetened with honey, nougat and cookie dough. Oak smoke and wood char float across the nose, whilst cinnamon and pepper spicing offers an enlivening intensity.
PALATE: Red apples and ripe pears sit alongside banana bread and pineapple juice. Caramel, butterscotch sauce and split vanilla pods combine with layered pepper and ginger spicing and a characterful note of charred oak.
FINISH: Enduring wood smoke supports beautifully fading fruits and perfectly balanced oaky dryness.
Undoubtedly one of the greatest bourbons on the planet, Blanton's Gold is hand-bottled from the best casks at the distillery. Profoundly full-flavoured.
The original single-barrel bourbon, first introduced in 1984, and winner of a Gold medal at the International Wine & Spirits Competition every year from 1999 - 2004.
Rewarded with a Gold Outstanding award, Bowmore 18 year old is a masterful combination of ripe fruit, dark chocolate and Islay smoke. A superb staple in core range from the Bowmore distillery.
Master distiller Jim McEwan has crafted this malt from individually selected casks to illustrate the classic, floral and elegant style of Bruichladdich.It is the trademark Bruichladdich unpeated and definitive. Created from 100% Scottish barley, it is trickle distilled, then matured for its entire life in premium American oak by the shores of Lochindaal and is a testament to the quality of the ingredients used by Bruichladdich.
Deep amber color, along with an aroma of vanilla, caramel, mint and molasses. Palate offers sweet notes of brown sugar and toffee, which give way to oak, dark fruits, baking spices and anise. The finish is both mellow and complex, with lingering notes of vanilla, oak and rock candy.
A nose and a taste of this tells more than a book ever could. The beautiful golden spirit’s aroma releasing honeyed nuts and a slightly sea-induced salty tang. Rich toffee and leathery oak notes can be sensed upon further reading, while the palate tells of mellow sherried nuts and shavings of the finest natural oak wood. Its story ends very happily, with dry notes interspersed with mixed spices fading magnificently into a light salt and sherry finale.
A true Islay stamp mark from the Caol Ila distillery, the 18 year old is full flavoured with a pleasant charred peat character. it's not too heavy on the peat, with a touch of sweetness makes this dram just perfect.
700ml / 43%
A terrific vatted grain whisky (the first of its type) from tireless innovators Compass Box. Supple & silky, with elegant, rich flavours of vanilla, toffee, coconut and cocoa.
Blended Grain Whisky
A whisky commemorating the end of an era in Whisky history - the enactment of the Scotch Whisky Regulations of 2009. After the 22nd of November 2011 whiskies can no longer be labelled as Vatted Malts, the new term being the (debatably) confusing Blended Malt Whisky. This bottling, a cask strength vatting of 35 year old Speyside whisky and 26 year old Islay whisky, is Compass Box's tribute.
700ml / 53.7%
A top-quality vatting of the peated Speysider Ardmore with some choice Islay malt, Peat Monster is never less than excellent. Pitch-perfect balance and delicious chewy complexity.
Dalmore's stunning 18 year old Highland malt is as rich, fruity and spicy as you could ever want from a Dalmore. Kudos to Richard Paterson for creating another veritable chocolate orange of a whisky - a surefire hit, and great for the colder months. It is aged for 14 years in American oak, followed by three years in Matusalem sherry butts, before a final year in sherry butts.
To make Dalmore King Alexander III, Master Distiller Richard Paterson selected a range of differently aged malts matured in a mixure of French wine casks, Madeira drums, sherry butts, Marsala barrels, port pipes and bourbon barrels from Kentucky. A remarkable feat of blending.
700ml / 40%
A top-quality single barrel bourbon from Buffalo Trace, the Eagle Rare 10yo is deliciously fragrant and woody, and has to be one of the best bargains available in this price range.
Elijah Craig has long been a favourite bourbon of many whiskey enthusiasts - to the point where their stocks of 12 year old bourbon have been under a lot of pressure. The producers made the decision to discontinue the 12 Year Old expression and create this expression to take its place. It manages to maintain the incredibly high quality that Elijah Craig is known for, including the delicious core of cooked apple drizzled in honey notes. This expression has been well received, taking home not one but two San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold medals!
The yearly release of Evan Williams's vintaged single barrel whisky, aged for nine years. The folks at Evan Williams know how to pick them, and with every vintage gaining a few breathless reviews we expect good things from this one as well.
700ml / 43.3%
A rye whiskey from Chicago's FEW distillery, named for temperance campaigner Frances Elizabeth Willard. This is rye heavy, with a touch of corn in the mix. Aged in air-dried oak barrels, this is a spicy offering.
Matured in first-fill bourbon casks and cut to 46% ABV before bottling using Wicklow water, Glendalough 13 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey offers rich aromas of butterscotch, honeycomb and lemon meringue balanced with subtle notes of citrus and clove. Generous notes of vanilla fudge and rock candy emerge on the palate and merge with hints of lemon, peach, dried apricot, oak and spice that carry through the long finish.
A delicious, richly sherried Glenfarclas aged for 17 years and launched for the travel retail market. Loads of character and depth, just what we've come to expect from the distillery.
700ml / 43%
A dark amber-gold, full sweet vanilla delicately smoked with a rich and long lasting finish. Glenfarclas 21 year is delicious stuff, and a bargain at this price.
700ml / 43%
An elegant nose, faintly sweet, scented with apple and wood. Glenfiddich 18 yo is a robust and full-bodied single malt whisky, yet remains remarkably soft, rounded and long lasting.
Christmas cake, honey and rich fruit – with a long cinnamon finish. Perfect after dinner, or frankly, anytime. Matured exclusively in hand-selected sherry casks, for twenty one character-building years.
This classic Speyside dram is as popular as ever, picking up awards like its a walk in the park. The 18 Year Old is an excellent dram from Glenlivet, well known to have the perfect balance for the consumer's palate.
A delicious no-age-statement dram from Glenmorangie, some of the spirit in Signet has been made using a unique heavily roasted chocolate malt that really beefs up the rich flavours.
Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX is the second of Glenmorangie's Private Collection bottlings, following on from the successful Astar. Matured for 10 years in American white oak casks before being transferred into casks formerly containing Pedro Ximenez for its final two years of extra-maturation.
An 8 year old single grain whiskey from Ireland! This won Gold (Best in Class) three years running at the International Wine and Spirits Competition between 2008 and 2010. Greenore is distilled at the Cooley distillery.
A collaborative whiskey from High West, taking spirit from the USA and Scotland to produce a one-of-a-kind bottling. It's a blend of straight bourbon and rye, with high corn and rye mashbills respectively, with a peaty Scottish single malt. A superb combination of sweet corn, floral rye and smoky Scotch.
One of our all-time favourites, this has to be one of the most consistently excellent malt whiskies of the past 10 years. Showered with awards and praise from all quarters, it was named as 'Best Spirit in the World' by F Paul Pacult of the Spirit Journal in 2005. Unfailingly excellent, especially after a good meal. Pacult wrote: 'After 25 years' experience, it fits my profile of what makes a perfect whisky, which is to say it's totally in harmony, there are no rough edges and everything is melded together brilliantly.'
700ml / 43%
With the smoothness of the 10 year-old allied to extra complexity from more ageing, this is a winner. 'A delicious and sophisticated dram with impressive depth and almost perfect weight.' Jim Murray, Whisky Magazine Dec 2000
700ml / 40%
Released for Feis Ile 2014 and describing itself as "a cryptic concoction", this is Jura playing with wood to an almost silly level. After its initial maturation in American oak ex-bourbon casks, the whisky was then moved to Jupilles, Les Bertanges, Limousin, Tronçais, Allier and Vosges oak casks, before being married in sherry butts, for a total of seven different cask finishes.
Well worth the extra, Gentleman Jack is charcoal-mellowed twice, before and after the ageing process, resulting in a cleaner, more refined end product. Packaged in a smart monogram-esque bottle.
700ml / 40%
Considered by many to be the jewel in the crown of the Jack Daniels stable, Silver Select is bottled at a significantly higher strength, resulting in a greater intensity of flavour. A full-on Tennessee whiskey experience.
700ml / 50%
A rye whiskey bottled under the reinvigorated James E Pepper label. James's grandfather has a claim to having opened the first Kentucky Distillery in 1776, but the James Pepper brand really hit its height in the early part of the 20th century, although it had disappeared by the latter parts. It's now back with this bourbon-esque, fruity rye whiskey.
Slightly sweet hints of vanilla, toffee and caramel, that subtly compliment notes of baking spices and oaky wood.
Hugely popular Irish blend, renowned for its affinity with ginger ale. The default springboard into the fascinating world of Irish whiskey, Jameson's quality has improved massively in the last 10-15 years and it's one of Jim Murray's favourites, with 95 points in the Whisky Bible 2013.
700ml / 40%
A 12 year old blended whisky, one of the world's most famous blends. Johnnie Walker Black is a blend of around 40 whiskies, very well put together.
A special edition release of Johnnie Walker, this 21 year old expression was inspired by the blending notes of Sir Alexander Walker. Featuring whisky from the extensive Johnnie Walker stocks, the XR 21 Year Old is even said to include whisky from the now-silent Brora distillery. Exciting stuff from Johnnie Walker!
$1,280.00Oloroso Sherry matured single cask whisky from Taiwan, bottled without artificial colouring or chill filtration. Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask won a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and was named Best Rest of the World Single Malt Whisky at the World Whiskies Awards in 2012!
Produced at the artisan farm distillery Kilchoman, Machir Bay 2013 is a delicious vatting of five year old bourbon-matured whisky, and four year old bourbon-matured and Oloroso-finished malt. The 2012 edition was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2012 International Wine and Spirit Competition. We're predicting big things from this one.