Kilchoman Red Wine Cask Single Malt
A juicy, chocolatey red wine cask from the Kilchoman distillery on Islay.
Bottled at 50%, there are just 7,000 bottles worldwide. The casks were sourced from the Duro Valley in Portugal.
Part of the series that has seen expressions matured in Port, Madeira and Sauternes casks, this is a full maturation in those wine casks. While they can often overpower a spirit, this distillate from 2012 has held its own.
Red berries sweetness up front, but there’s dark chocolate and a bit of spice on the palate to counter any over-sweetness. The smoke, shy initially, shows itself at the end. A drop of water makes it present on the nose as well.
Founded in 2005, Kilchoman was the first new distillery built on Islay in 125 years. It is the only independent, family-owned distillery, the smallest and (as of 2018 before Ardnahoe is completed) the newest. Knowing their peated whiskies would need to ready at a relatively young age, Kilchoman adopted a long fermentation, slow distillation model that has given them an outstanding house style of fresh smoke and rounded fruits.$195.00
Koerner Tiver Rose 2017
The Sangiovese (70%) and Sciaccerrelo (30%) fruit was sourced from the flats of Vivian vineyard, which consists of darker clay on limestone. The grapes spent 24 hours on skins before being pressed and settled overnight. Natural fermentation happened in ceramic egg and neutral oak and lasted around 3 weeks. The wine remained in it’s vessels on full lees for a further 3 weeks before being racked and blended to stainless steel to sit on fine lees for a further 4 months. Prior to bottling a small sulpur addition was made and the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.$32.95
Miyozakura Junmai Panda Sake 180ml
A delightfully clean and easy drinking saké which comes in a ready to go glass panda cup.
Originally released as a futushu grade 30 years ago in celebration of the arrival of the giant panda for Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, this particular saké is a more recent addition as part of a premium junmai release.
This saké is:
Junmai (no added alcohol)$11.00
Peter Wetzer Silverberg Kekfrankos 2016
Also known as Blaufrankisch (Kekfrankos is its Hungarian name), the dark red grape is often mistaken for Gamay or Pinot Noir. This expression is from Wetzer's very best vineyard, a small selection of vines in a clearing of a forest. Very long ripening, rich and elegant.$64.95
Dormilona Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
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 good four months. Then basket pressed & aged to perfection in old French oak barriques. Only racked once and sulphured at bottling. No additives, fining, nor filtration to express the wonders of the land.$42.95
Hawkers Imperial Stout 11.5% 2018
A big, bold and full flavoured stout from Hawkers brewery. Showing a rich, malty palate with dark chocolate, espresso and a boozy warmth.$9.50
Holgate Empress 10%
The Big sister of the much-loved temptress (Best porter AIBA 2018). the Empress uses the same great Dutch cocoa and Madagascar vanilla but with the addition of premium coffee (from Moto Bean Coffee Roasters).
Silky Smooth with dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee (of-course) and a slight bitterness.$21.95
Laphroaig 10-Year-Old Single Malt
An Islay classic, the Laphroaig 10-year-old has one of the most recognisable aromas in all of Scotch whisky.
Pungent and coastal, the iconic smoky bonfire, medicinal iodine and earthy tarred rope and all here in glorious form.
A whisky that can sometimes divide, but almost certainly always conquers.$99.00