Black Gate Rum Cask BG017
Finally back in stock after 12 months absence - the next single barrel rum from New South Wales distillery Black Gate is here.
Distilled from fermented refinery molasses this was double distilled in their direct-fired copper pot still in March 2014. Matured in a 100-litre ex-sherry cask, it was bottled May 2016.
Bottled at 51%, the cask - BG017 - yielded just 165 bottles. Each have been individually numbered and signed.
If their first rum cask was anything to go by this will be full of flavour and spice, with sweet brown sugar.
Black Gate is located in Mendooran in country New South Wales, between Dubbo and Coonabarabran. It is run by husband-and-wife team Brian and Genise Hollingworth, with Genise playing a strong role in the rum distillation rums. She's one of only a handful of female distillers in Australia. Other Black Gate releases can be found here.$155.00
Octomore 2009 Pauillac Rest & Be Thankful Single Cask
A very rare single cask bottling of Octomore matured in ex-Bordeaux wine cask.
Octomore is the intensely peated series of expressions from Islay's Bruichladdich distillery, and it is only Rest & Be Thankful's connection to the distillery that they have allowed these casks to be released to an independent bottler.
This particular cask previously held Pauillac, an extremely well regarded red wine Appellation d'origine contrôlée from within Bordeaux.
It was filled 16 November 2009 and matured for six years on Islay before it was bottled 8 February 2016. At 66.9% it is a limited edition of 300 bottles. Non-chill filtered and natural colour.
One of the newer and most exciting independent bottlers in Scotland – and brand new to Australia in July 2016 – Rest And Be Thankful have some amazing access to casks that we just don’t see from others. The series is bottled by whisky traders Fox Fitzgerald and gets its name from a stone inscription written by soldiers at the top of Glen Croe, which dates to 1753 (as explained on the back of each tin).
See our full range of Rest & Be Thankful whiskies here.$540.00
Dormilona Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
100% good old Cabernet Sauvignon from our little dry grown block in Wallcliffe. Hand picked, foot stomped, wild fermented in opens & post maceration for a couple of months. Then basket pressed & aged to perfection in seasoned French oak barriques. Only racked once and sulpured at bottling. No additives, fining, nor filtration to express the wonders of the land.$42.95
The latest premium release from Islay distillery Laphroaig, now officially available in Australia.
Entering as the Laphroaig 18 is gradually phased out, Lore has been crafted from a range of whiskies in the distillery's warehouses. With the oldest vintage being from 1993 (up to 23 years old) there is also double-matured stock - some of it first-fill sherry casks - and a mixture of American and European oak..
Remembering that Laphroaig were the team that redifned what a non-age-statement whisky could taste like with the launch of the Quarter Cask, expect intense robust flavour from the Lore.
Tasting notes by Laphroaig's John Campbell:
Nose: Rich and smoky with seaside minerals with a hint of ash and bitter chocolate drops. Vanilla follows with oily unroasted chestnuts and a hint of fudge with a malty sweetness. A drop of water adds a creamy clotted cream note with fruit appearing in the form of unripe citrus in a flan glaze.
Palate: Richly peaty with a spicy chilli bite.
Finish: Short dry finish and a long sweet aftertaste.$199.00
Dieu du Ciel Aphrodisiaque 6.5%
Aphrodite is a dark ale brewed with cocoa and vanilla beans. Its flavour profile offers dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt tones. Gentle sweetness from the vanilla harmonizes alongside the bitterness of cocoa, presenting a subtle and surprisingly balanced finish.
100 points on Rate Beer$9.95
Dieu du Ciel / The Alchemist Moralite 6.9%
The concept of Morality is perhaps a subjective one, as the history of alcohol in Quebec may demonstrate. This IPA is brewed with a dare-we-say excessive quantity of Simcoe, Citra and Centennial hops. The dry finish is highly aromatic and slightly resinous, invoking tropical fruits atop dominant hop bitterness.
Moralité was crafted at our Montreal location in 2012 in collaboration with John Kimmich of The Alchemist brewery in Vermont, USA.
99 Points from Rate Beer$9.00
Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel 9.5%
A deep, dark and profound stout. Espresso coffee is infused during the brewing of Péché Mortel, resulting in an intense dark beer with roasted malt flavours enhanced by bitter coffee. The dry finish is long and persistent. Intended as a tasting experience, we invite you to enjoy this brew in moderation.
100 Points on Rate Beer$11.95
Vinteloper Odeon Pinot Noir 2013
A tense and delicate facade belies the potency and virtue that follows. Ultra lean colour, floral, spice, tart cherry, cinnamon and dried herb. Earth woodsmoke and orange rind freshness. The structure is shocking. Muscalar. A wolf in sheeps clothing, ODEON Pinot Noir is unrelenting on the palate.
The 2013 vintage will long be remembered as a great in the Adelaide Hills. Generous winter rainfall ensured subsoil moisture levels were high. Temperate conditions during flowering following by mild conditions after veraison resulted in perfectly formed bunches, balanced yields and clean canopy. A highlight in what has been & continues to be the most immaculate, well managed, near perfect, organic & sustainably managed vineyard we have ever worked with.$94.95