Arran distillery have release two new bottlings. The first is their annual release of a single cask Arran Sherry Cask which was distilled in 1996 matured in sherry butts and bottled in 2012 at cask strength 53.9% vol one of only 263 bottles. The second is Arran Bere Barley made using an old variety of barley. This type of barley was one of the original types used to make whisky but it is difficult to grow and low yielding, with more modern varieties being used now. The barley comes from Orkney and produces and a wonderfully complex whisky.
We have an exclusive bottling of Bruichladdich which has been aged for 10 years in a Premier Grand Cru Sauternes cask (one of the most famous sweet white wines in the world). The cask only realised 277 bottles of cask strength whisky at 59.9% vol. It has a lovely deep amber colour with sweet fruity notes on the nose. The palate is rich and complex with typical bruichladdich flavours with a raisin fruit finish. Tasted by a highly respected whisky bottler who said “one of the finest bruichladdies he had tasted in years”
Bruichladdich have been busy revamping their entire range of Malts, de-listing many bottlings which are starting to become sort after by whisky collectors. Their range is being divided into two ranges, unpeated malts, and peated malts. The unpeated range consisits of Laddie 10 years old, Laddie 16 years old, Laddie 22 years old. While their peated range will be shared between bottlings of ‘Port Charlotte and Octomore’, with new bottlings coming in the form of Port Charlotte 10 years old heavily peated malt and Octomore 10 years old 50% vol. The Octomore is limited to 6000 bottles Worldwide so buy it quickly before we sells out.
Another new range is their “Uber Provenence Range” of malts being either Organic or Barley specific telling you the provenance of where the barley was grown right down to the field it was grown in. We have two from this range Bruichladdich Bere Barley and Bruichladdich Islay Barley
We are holding a tasting of over 150 different wines, whisky, rums, liqueurs and other spirits.
A tasting not to be missed:
Thursday, November 3rd 6.30pm -9pm
The Falmouth Beach Hotel
Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall.
Tickets £10 per person*
Refundable when you place an order for £40 or more on the night.
Entrance by ticket only.
Tickets available on 01326340226
Colour: Golden Hay. Nose: This whisky has an incredibly sweet nose with some savory notes peeking through. Marshmallows in abundance – the vanilla variety, with icing sugar and foam bananas adding to the sweetness. Upon further nosing the fruit makes an appearance, brambles, mandarines and over ripe damson fruits. Some savory notes pushing through such as linseed oil – do we smell cricket bats? Palate: This dram coats your palate in a waxy fashion with its continuing sweet flavours as described on the nose. But there is also the familiar, well balanced trace of smoke which makes this a brilliantly complex wee dram that will make you feel right at home no matter where you are.
Finish: The creaminess of this whisky means it doesn’t go away – you feel the warmth of this Longrow all the way down to your boots, creamy, sweet with a gentle smoke finish.
Hazelburn 8 years old Sauternes wood
Also they have released a cask finish from their Hazelburn Distiller, Hazelburn 8 years old Sauternes wood bottled at 55.9% vo, which has a lovely mahogany colour. This is a limited bottle of 9180 bottles worldwide.
Distillery Tasting notes
Colour: Reddish Auburn
Nose: Warm and embracing: homemade Seville orange marmalade on a buttered, toasted cinnamon and raisin bagel. Orange liqueur, burnt demerara sugar, treacle, honey, figs and dates emerge from the sidelines as the aromas develop.
Palate: Buttery, creamy and rich with orange fondant cream and ginger bread biscuits. Hints of honey and chili glazed brazil nuts, sweet and warm.
Finish: The longer this whisky spends in the glass the better it gets. It has a thick and creamy finish that pleasantly lingers on for a long while, leaving you feeling very content
Kilkerran Work in Progress 2 and 3
Kilkerran Work in Progress 2 and 3 – we have just taken stock of the new whisky made at the Glengyle distillery. The 2010 bottling Grey label, and the 2011 bottling Green label.
We still have a few bottles of the first Kilkerran (white label), so if you are thinking of collecting these you can get all three at once, as these are worth a punt for the future.
Octomore is just about to release its latest version, which is the peatiest every at 167ppm. Matured in 100% boubon cask and bottled at 62.5% vol. Here are jim Mcewans tasting notes:
Body The body is lean and muscular with the smouldering heat of a heath fire just being held in check by the strength of the oak. This is a spiritual soul, unconfined, independent and masters less – Hallelujah!
Nose / Palate Your expectations are about to be rewarded as a heat haze of peat smoke, bog myrtle, heather, wild thyme and juniper all harmonise to lift the awaiting senses into a state of total joy. Next, a beautiful note of yellow riverside flowers – primrose, buttercup and wild Lilies can be detected then the wind changes and now the aromatics are of warm barley fields just before harvest, plus the sweet vanilla notes from the Bourbon soaked oak. Then, as time slips by little aromas of soft green citrus fruits, lemon zest and clover honey all slipstream on a cooling marine sea breeze arrive. It’s a hedonistic aromatic experience. After some aeration and interaction the notes all rise as one, completely blowing your mind. It’s only when you taste the spirit that you wonder how a spirit so heavily peated can provide such harmonisation of aromas and flavours at such a young age. The answer is slow distillation, the tightest middle cut ever and maturation in fresh American oak casks next to the Atlantic Ocean. So you’re not just tasting peat, peat and more peat. This is a strong flavoursome handsome proud young son of the Stills with a warm open Gaelic heart, unconfined by Phenolic overload, untainted by additives, not stripped of its pride by chill-filtration and made by real people with passion and almost rare skills. Discerning followers of this Islands’ malt whiskies deserve nothing less.
Finish The finish is long and mellow and will end on a beautiful sunset of smoke and fruit syrup. Its 100% Islay DNA and I am delighted you have been introduced to the latest addition to the Bruichladdich family.
The Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix should be with us on Friday after long delays in the processing of the tins. This will be our last allocation of Snow Phoenix, so place your orders quickly to avoid disappointment. (maximun of 1 bottles per customer)
We will be getting another allocation of Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix, but unfortunately it will not be until the end of June. Please call 01326 340226 to reserve your bottle..
- Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt – Limited edition bottling
In 1907, Explorer Ernest Shackleton took 25 cases of Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt on his famous, ill-fated expedition to the South Pole, and left 11 bottles behind, buried in the ice.
In 2007 two priceless cases was discovered and one taken to NZ by the heritage trust.
Richard Patterson of Whyte&Mackay analysed the liquid and reveals a truly awesome whisky.
2011 Richard recreates this sensational blend, lost for over a century
Malts from Speyside, Islands and Highlands including Glen Mhor from 1983, the year the distillery closed.
Limited edition – Only 50,000 bottles will be produced
Each bottle sold will generate a £5 donation to the Antartica Heritage Trust
RSP £100 arriving soon….
Colour – Light honey, straw gold with shimmering highlights.
Nose - Soft, elegant & refined. Delicate aromas of crushed apple, pear and fresh pineapple arouse the senses. The spirit is exciting and vibrant with attractive notes of oak shavings that release hints of buttery vanilla, creamy caramel and nutmeg. A whisper of marmalade, cinnamon and even a tease of smoke, ginger and muscovado sugar completes this spectrum of delight.
Taste - With a generous strength of 47.3% this gives the spirit plenty of impact on the palate but in a mild warming manner. Harmonious and exhilarating. Whispers of gentle bonfire smoke slowly give way to spicy rich toffee, treacle and pecan nuts. These enticing flavours linger lovingly on the palate but are soon combined by a sensual, complex array of creme brulee, orange rind and freshly baked bread. It is a remarkable tapestry of tantalising taste sensations which truly rewards the palate.