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  • Laphroaig Select Gift Pack

    Laphroaig Select Gift Pack

    A gift pack from Laphroaig with their Select Cask single malt expression.

    Lighter than some of their other lines, the Select Cask still has plenty of the classic Laphroaig smoke, iodine and brine that drinkers all over the world have fallen in love with.

    The gift pack includes two whisky nosing glasses, engraved with one of three Laphroaig 'Opinions', such as "Tastes like heaven. Smells like hell."

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  • Tumbulgum Rum 1866 Batch 1 (Husk Distillers)

    Tumbulgum Rum 1866 Batch 1 (Husk Distillers)

    A limited edition paddock-to-bottle agricole rum from Husk Distillers in Northern New South Wales.

    Husk Distillers is based in the area surrounding Mt Warning and began harvesting cane for rum in 2012.

    The 1866 Tumbulgum Rum is a blend of four barrels of paddock to bottle rum laid down in 2013 – two virgin American Oak and two ex-Bourbon barrels. The rum takes its name from the 150th anniversary of their local Tumbulgum township.

    There are 2,200 bottles in Batch 1 – the first bottle of which was auctioned for charity.

    Their first release – a single barrel – sold out immediately upon release in 2015. An unaged Cane Spirit release, the first in their bartender series, was released in the fourth quarter of 2016.

    Husk Distillers also produce the popular Ink Gin, launched in 2015, to compliment their quietly-maturing rum stocks. They began building a new distillery in October 2016, having outgrown their original small converted-shed operation.

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  • Hakushu Distiller's Reserve Single Malt

    Hakushu Distiller's Reserve Single Malt

    The Distillers Reserve Japanese single malt from Suntory's Hakushu distillery.

    A fresher expression than its older stablemates, the vibrant citrus notes on the nose are very appealing. Sometimes overlooked, this is a great example of the vibrancy Japanese whiskies can attain whilst remaining smooth and elegant.

    It's also been used in top-shelf highballs because of those lovely citrus traits, but we enjoy the freshness best neat. Great for summer.

    Tasting notes: 

    Nose: Peppermint, melon, cucumber.

    Palate: Yuzu (Japanese citrus fruit), grapefruit, lemon thyme.

    Finish: Refreshing, subtle smoke. 

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  • Jauma Pet Nat Chenin 2016

    Jauma Pet Nat Chenin 2016

    Slightly fizzy Chenin, with swooshy, cleansing acids, apples and pears and a lace of minerality. What more needs to be said.

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