Tamdhu 10-Year-Old Single Malt
A heavily-sherried Speysider from the resurgent Tamdhu distillery that showcases soft fruits, plenty of spice and the faintest touch of earthy peat.
Founded in 1896, Tamdhu has been a relatively unknown distillery throughout its existence and was mothballed in 2009 until it was purchased by Ian Macloed Distillers in 2011 (they own Glengoyne and have a host of blends and gins in their portfolio).
They immediately went cask hunting upon their purchased and salvaged the best sherry casks to launch the distillery as a single malt and its reputation and thus been carried on the back of this veritable ten-year-old.
It’s particularly drinkable, smooth fruits balancing the prominent spice notes.$135.00
Wendouree Malbec 2015
Wendouree’s vines are among some of the earliest planted in Australia, in 1893. The vines were grafted from the original James Busby collection held in Adelaide's Botanical Gardens (Busby is considered the father of the Australian wine industry, bringing the first vine stock to Australia from Spain and France). Wendouree has 28 acres of vines, all dry grown (meaning that they are not irrigated). Wendouree wines are highly sought after and renowned for their exceptional quality.$100.00
Ricca Terra Tinta Barroca 2017
Tinta Barroca is a little known Portuguese variety used to make Port, but the Ricca Terra Farms expression couldn't be futher from a big, rich, tannic varietal. It's more akin to a Pinot Noir / Gamay blend in style, with brambly forest fruits and a light, moreish earthiness. We love sampling unusual or hard to find varietals and this is a stunner.
This is a brand new wine from Ricca Terra Farms. Owner and winemaker Ashley Ratcliff produces grapes for cult winemakers such as Brash Higgins, Unico Zelo, Bellwether, David Franz, Sassafras, and Astro Bunny.
120 cases made.$29.95
Wakatsuru Junmai Ginjo Kissui Sake 1800ml Bottle
A 1.8 litre bottle of the Kussui sake from from Wakatsuru brewery.
This Kissui is a junmai (made with no added alcohol, only rice water and koji) ginjo (with the rice polished to at least 60% of its original size).
Slightly on the drier side, the rice is polished to 55%.
Best served chilled or room temperature and matches a wide range of food.
The Wakatsuru brewery is located in the Tonami city of Toyama on Honshu, Japan’s main island.$95.00
Ben Nevis 1997 Oak Barrel Exclusive (Members Pre-Sale)
A 1997 vintage from the Highland Ben Nevis distillery bottled by The Oak Barrel for Sydney Whisky Fair 2017.
This was bottled in 2017 with natural colour and un-chill filtered. It is offered at cask strength 48.6%.
There are 60 hand-numbered bottles in the outturn.
Ben Nevis is one of the more traditional distilleries in Scotland and is often regarded as a “whisky drinkers’ whisky”.
The distillery was built in Fort William in 1825 by ‘Long’ John Macdonald. An early success in the hands of his son Peter, Long John’s Dew Of Ben Nevis became a sought after blend (which is still available under the name Nevis Dew). A second distillery – Nevis – was built to keep up with supply and with its own cottages for workers employed around 200 people at its peak. Nevis was closed in 1908 when the whisky boom crashed, but the original Ben Nevis survived.
After a period of intermittent production during the ‘70s and ‘80s, a tough period for whisky distilleries in general across Scotland, the distillery was bought by the Japanese company Nikka in 1989. Fifty percent of the distillery’s new make is shipped to Japan for maturation and eventual use in Nikka’s blends.
Pleasingly, the Japanese ownership has left Ben Nevis to their own techniques and the distillery continues in its own traditional methods. Ben Nevis still uses wooden washbacks and brewers yeast. They’re understood to be the last distillery in Scotland to still use the latter, distillers yeasts have been developed for higher yield and stainless steel washbacks are the norm.
They employ a slow distillation to coax out plenty of fruit whilst keeping structure and five of their six warehouses are the traditional dunnage style. The 50 percent of spirit that remains in Scotland is used for the Nevis Dew and Macdolands Of Glencoe blends and their own single malts.
Our 1997 carries some hallmarks of the distillery, with an enticing and intriguing nose of coal dust and cut herbs. The longer its open the more it showcases, melted toffee, machine oil, turned earth – you probably wouldn’t call it pretty, but there’s more than a few stories here. The palate is sweet, with sharp little jumps of oak and mineral. Granite pulls through on the finish with more of that oil, sweaty fudge and some spirity malt to round it off and give length. Tastes like whisky, not by design but by character.
Please Note: This item will be available for collection/dispatch the first week of September.$229.00
Epic Hysteria 6.9%
This is the third release in the IPA Hysteria series and follows on from Gods of War and Rocket. Hysteria is a perfect name since its releases is timed with the 10th Annual West Coast IPA Challenge held in Wellington, where Epic IPA’s have won four times.
This time around we have pulled out all the stops to see if we can level up the Armageddon recipe. A little change to the malt with the use of some US grown Pale Ale malt. Also some tweaks to the hops, this time including some NZ grown hops.
The NZ grown hops have had a noticeable influence on the aroma and flavour, giving it a real NZ IPA feel. Sub tropical fruit notes with hints of green mango and passionfruit.$16.00
Moon Dog Black Lung VII 8.2%
This really, really, ridiculously good looking seventh incarnation of our muchly-beloved peated stout (this year aged in red wine barrels) will leave you gasping for that last breath of clean air before succumbing to the intense chocolate, roasty, shmokin, red wine-y flavours. A stand out beer every year.$19.95
To Ol Mr Brown 9%
It’s not often we brew bock styles, but the idea of mixing aromatic figs and dates together with a shot of coffee and cacao and wrapping it all together in one hoppy showdown was too tempting..
93 Points on Rate Beer$11.95