Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic Single Malt
A limited release from the resurgent highland distillery Glenglassaugh.
Now a museum release, this has used octave-sized casks (about one-eighth the size of a 500 litre butt) for maturation giving a higher surface-to-spirit ratio. Vibrant with a defined oak sweetness, this has been bottled at 44%, un-chill filtered and with natural colour.
Built in 1875, the distillery has had an on-off existence as a workhorse distilling whisky to bulk out blends. Most recently Glenglassaugh was a victim of the 1980s downturn and was inactive for over two decades between 1986 to 2008. Bought by BenRiach in 2013, there have been releases of the pre-closure stock and expressions from whisky distilled post-2008, which are usually more experimental.
Official tasting notes:
Nose: An abundance of sweet shop characteristics. Sherbet and candy apples with a gentle warmth of white pepper and cinnamon.
Palate: A vibrant green apple skin note balances with stewed yellow plums and hints of black vanilla pod. Clean, freshly sawn oak softens to crisp, sweet barley in the long finish.
Finish: A delicious combination of citrus and sweet notes complement the unique oak characteristics from the octave cask maturation.$139.00
Lucy Margaux Vin De Soif Gamay 2018
Early harvested Gamay carbonic fermented for a short time and aged in Enox to be a super bright pretty light rose.$29.95
Michel Couvreur XV 15-Year-Old Single Cask
A stately 15-year-old single cask from the renowned French bottler Michel Couvreur.
This is a unpeated 15-year-old, distilled in Scotland (at an undisclosed site) and matured in France. Filled into a 500 litre oloroso ex-sherry butt at 63%, it was bottled at 45%. Matured in mid-humid French cellars, the cask yielded 783 bottles.
Straight off the nose this smells older that it is, with elegant malt of soft cereals. Touch of woodiness, very mild spices and that classic cellar dampness that is so welcome in Couvreur bottlings.$279.00
Umenoyado Gin Daiginjo Sake 720ml
A pleasantly soft, delicate daiginjo with soft fruit (pineapple/peaches), strawberry and a gentle creamy finish. Classic example of a high quality junmai daiginjo.
Umenoyado Shuzo was established in 1893 in Nara, and for over 120 years have kept their motto of “small volume, yet high quality”, they are a sake brewery that aims to not just preserve and promote the tradition of sake but to help find the next stage of Japan’s alcohol.
This daiginjo is made using premium Yamada-nishki rice which has been polished to 50%.
This sake is:
Junmai (no added alcohol)
Daiginjo (polished to 50% or more)$43.00
Grand Ridge Juicy Pils 4.9% 375ml
Bursting with delicious tropical fruity aromas and flavours with a super smooth malt finish. This beer is packed with heaps of New World hops.$6.50
Lucy Margaux Pet Nat Pinot Gris 2018
A light sparking pink wine from pinot gris. The gris is from soils on black schist and goes directly into bottle near the end of primary ferment. It is disgorged and has a light sparks and pretty persimmon characters.$34.95
Plantation Guyana 2005 Vintage Rum
A powerful single vintage rum from Guyana, bottled by Plantation.
This has been distilled from raw cane syrup – which is rare for Plantation – although it carries the robustness of many of its molasses-based peers.
Distilled in 2005 through a pot still, it was fermented for a week prior. It then spent seven years maturing in an ex-bourbon cask in Guyana, before it was transferred to a Pierre Ferrand ex-cognac cask for two years in France.
Renowned American spirits journalist Paul Pacult provides the tasting notes for this expression, writing, “I like the toastiness of the initial aroma as well as the saline/see breeze quality of it; secondary whiffs pick up faint hints of dried sage, new leather, dried flowers, sea salt, dark caramel.
“Entry is lusciously sweet, honeyed, brown sugar-like, intense; mid-palate turns spicy, tangy, rich in texture, more bittersweet than sweet, beany (cocoa). Extra-long finish, a touch grapy/raisiny, dark chocolate-like.”
We largely agree, but would like to add a delightful grassy and earthy straw note on the finish.
In 1989 the Maison Ferrand cognac house was taken over by Alexandre Gabriel, who planned to return one of the region’s oldest spirit brands to the height of its powers. Starting with cognac and then moving into other fine spirits, Gabriel scoured the Caribbean throughout the 1990s in source of rum.
From those trips the Plantation brand was born. Rums are transferred to France, where they undergo final maturations in a variety of casks.$129.00
West City Brewing Oaty Session Stout 5%
A traditional style, easy drinking stout.$5.50