GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 9 24-Year-Old
Batch 9 of The Grandeur, the peak of GlenDronach’s expressions.
This edition is a 24-year-old, selected by new Master Blender Rachel Barrie from sherry casks distilled in 1990, 1992 and 1993. Bottled at 48.7%, there were just 1,487 bottles produced, each individually numbered.
The GlenDronach distillery, located in the highlands east of Speyide, is synonymous with sherry cask maturations and are one of the few distilleries that have delivered consistently brilliant sherried expressions in the past decade.
Rachel Barrie’s tasting notes:
“The expression offers a carefully woven tapestry of stone fruit, baked quince and glazed cherries on a bed of sandalwood, roast chestnuts and subtle musk-scented leather. The freshness of oak balsam lifts and lengthens throughout, sustaining the exceptional balance and complexity. With an elegant, deep and perfectly integrated palate, Grandeur combines a myriad of sherry cask tastes in each sip. As time slowly passes, the taste lengthens and deepens towards an elegant dark chocolate mint, raisin and angelica root velvet finish.”$1299.00
La Violetta Ye-ye Blanc 2017
86% Riesling, 10% Gewürztraminer, 4% Viognier. The riesling at the heart of this blend comes from a vineyard 15 km south-west of Mt Barker. It shows loads of pure floral intensity, a conversation starter with the other varieties that contribute aromatic complexity and textural elements: old vine, dry-grown Gewürz and a splash of Viognier from Perth Hills. Around 15% is fermented in old oak barrels on solids to round out Riesling’s linearity with some lees-derived gloss, giving context to the structural phenolics. After a shaky start, 2017 turned out to be a brilliant year for aromatic whites in Great Southern, with the mild season bringing exceptional fruit intensity, purity and drive to the wines.
Freshness, balance and aromatic intensity typical of the vintage, with scents of lavender, wet stone and crystalline citrus. The acidity is matched by the depth of fruit, providing a canvas for the complexing textures of mineral phenolics, lees contact and barrel fermentation to disappear within. Fully drinkable this, glass after glass.$36.95
Kidoizumi AFS 1976 Sake
Aged for more than 40 years, this sake is proof that aged sake can be delicious, to us it almost tastes like a tokay; from a company specialising in aged and unique sake well before most breweries.
The palate has a pleasant initial acidity before showing umami, caramel and chocolate flavours; a delightfully savoury and rich sake.$385.00
Tamnavulin Double Cask Single Malt
The return of Tamnavulin as a single malt after two decades – this double cask showcases a light spirit with citrus and wood spices.
Tamnavulin was built in 1966 by Invergordon Distillers and is now under the ownership of Whyte & Mackay. The distillery was closed from 1995 and only re-opened in a major way in 2007, so we ca safely assume the stock for this double cask is from the post 2007-distilations. Prior to this Double Cask there was a 12-year-old expression, but that was discontinued over 20 years ago. There have been independent bottlings, but they are were few and far between.
The Double Cask is finished in sherry cask, which seems to bring our orange peel and wood spice. Elsewhere there’s honey, ripe banana and sweet malt notes, with a dry finish.
This expression was released in the UK exclusively in 2016 to mark the distillery’s 50th anniversary. It then spread across Europe and has arrived in Australia mid-2018.$79.00
Alvinne Cuvee Freddy Framboos 8%
Cuvee Freddy is their delicious version of an Oud Bruin. They then decided to add 20 kilograms of fresh raspberries per 100 litres of beer, and age this for a few months in red wine barrels.
91 Points on RateBeer.$16.00
De Moersleutel Je Moer Op Een Bakfiets Imperial Porter 10%
Thick and chewy imperial porter with aromas and taste of liqourice, mocca and chocolate. A bit sweet and a bit roast bitter with a slight finish of tobacco.
99 Points on RateBeer.$16.50
La Debauche Slap A Banker 12%
Slap a banker sees red. Without concession, his 12% do not fail to give him interest. Cash and opulence, here is a beer that has
safe: a cash settlement, a barley wine that spares no one!
94 Points on RateBeer.$16.95
Poderi Conterno Langhe 2013
Tarry earth and crushed flower petals frame the red and blue fruits in this ’13 Langhe Rosso; kisses of spice and underbrush complete the nose. Firm, fine-grained tannins and vibrant acidity propel this structured, balanced wine to a thrilling, lingering finish. Freisa, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon may seem strange blend for the likes of Aldo Conterno, but it's nothing short of delicious. A blend of 80% old-vine Freisa, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, Aldo Conterno’s Langhe Rosso, which has replaced the estate's famed Quartetto, is an incredible bottle of everyday red.$69.95