Ardbeg Kelpie 2017 Limited Release Single Malt
The Kelpie is the 2017 limited release from Islay distillery Ardbeg for their annual ‘Ardbeg Day’ celebrations.
The retail version of Kelpie is bottled at 46% and un-chill filtered. A portion has been matured in virgin oak casks, crafted from oak grown near the Black Sea.
An Ardbeg with spice and salinity, there’s still plenty of trademark ashy smoke and sweet toffees underneath.
Very limited allocation.$195.00
Elements Of Islay Peat Full Proof
An intense peated all-malt blended whisky sources from distilleries around the famous Islay.
Single malts from the undisclosed distillery come together to provide big smoke and coastal salt and brine notes, with citrus peel underneath.
This is part of the lauded ‘Elements Of Islay’ series, bottled by The Whisky Exchange in London – one of the world’s best know and highest regarded whisky retailers.
Tasting notes from Serge Valentin of WhiskyFun.com:
Nose: Possibly less of an infanticide. I mean, it does not feel ultra-young – but young, for sure. Crisp peat and lemon and ‘a working kiln’ and, wait, some church incenses. In London! Cigar ashes. Does what it says on the tin, so far. With water: hospitals and smokehouses.
Palate: Neat: Perfect. It is ‘one’ – I know, whisky and philosophy – and it’s here (same comments). More Dasein than Sein. Oh forget, this is some mega-smoky, almost pleasantly brutal peated whisky. Green apples, smoked salmon, lemon oil, ashes. With water: more fruits. Grapefruits.
Finish: Long, sharp, well chiselled, millimetric, almost surgical.
Comments: It reminded me of those 3-cylindre Kawazakis, circa 1972. Great, dangerous stuff.$129.00
Bowmore Vault Edition First Release 'Atlantic Sea Spray' Single Malt
The first release from Bowmore’s Vault Edition series of single malts, designed to celebrate and explore the historic distillery’s famous No. 1 Vaults warehouse.
The four-part series will showcase various parts of the Islay distillery’s style – this first edition is dubbed ‘Atlantic Sea Salt’.
Located by the sea wall, Vault 1 is the oldest whisky maturation warehouse in Scotland.
Matured in ex-bourbon casks, this has been bottled at cask strength – 51.5%.
Bowmore is the oldest distillery on Islay and one of the oldest in Scotland. Located by the bay in the island’s capitol city and namesake, the ‘Established 1779’ slogan adorns all their bottles, but the real founded date might have been even earlier.
Indeed, the distillery building closest to the sea might be the oldest whisky-related building in Scotland.
Official tasting notes:
Nose: Breathe in notes of salted honeycomb complemented by the fresh and cool breeze of Atlantic sea spray.
Palate: After spending its life maturing in Bowmore’s legendary No.1 Vaults, this pioneering whisky embodies sun-ripened fruits, zingy spiced cocoa and blood orange
Finish: A lasting finish that opens out like the vast Atlantic Ocean of which the Bowmore distillery overlooks. The ideal dram to enjoy on a cold winter’s evening, this sublime whisky is awash with blackberry, sea salt and kumquat.$235.00
Jauma Archies Shiraz 2016
This year’s Archie is a big aromatic style, packed with rich dark blackberries and Chai spices.
It’s not all summer fruits though: there’s a healthy dose of fresh, lip smacking minerality on the palate that gives this wine its great structure and a whole lotta length.
This wine is organic with no added preservatives.$31.95
Feral Finn Diesel 6.6%
Inhale the intoxicating exhaust of pine, perfume and citrus as this rust bucket of a beer shudders and backfires sweet, heady fumes deep into the atmosphere. Late kettle hopping fuels bitterness as the strong malt body jump starts the palate to leave your senses under-steered and overheated. This is a death trap of another time, passed over the pits, free to once again pollute cruise the mean suburban streets.
A front and centre stage for the new-to-market hop product Lupulin Powder, Finn Diesel uses both Simcoe and Citra extracts throughout multiple stages of the brewing process to showcase the vast potential of the newly released substance in a large-scale brew.$7.50
Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Engineers Reserve 9%
We brewed this after feedback from the USA suggested the abv of our original Old Engine Oil (6%) was too low for their tastes… So we created this intensely flavoured but incredibly smooth 9% brew especially for them!
Heavily-scented chocolate aroma with loads of roast malt and dark fruit. An incredibly thick, creamy mouthfeel. Loads of chocolate flavours, some coffee and a sweet, fruity note to boot. There’s some alcohol in there (it is 9% abv after all!) but instead of being a separate element, it elegantly ties all the complex flavours together. This is Old Engine Oil turned up to 11 in every way.
98 Points on Rate Beer$11.00
Patrick Sullivan Amazon Pinot Noir 2016
Cloudy, textural, and brilliant. It’s incredibly aromatic: fresh raspberries, sugar plums, and tart red Christmas berries mingled with more savoury notes of tomato leaf, pepper berry, and roasted capsicum. The palate has that great sensation of just ripe red summer stone fruits with hints of sea salt and musky, spiced tannins. Smacks of crunchy fresh acidity.
Absolutely too easy to drink, perfect on its own but it would sing with something deliciously fatty: crispy skin Peking Duck or slow roasted pork, with crackling, of course, and all the trimmings of a long Sunday lunch comes to mind.
The most classically Patrick Sullivan of the three new release Pinots.$51.95
To Ol Reparationsbajer 5.8%
Gluten Free !
The day after your tour de force in the world of alcohol, where good manners has been thrown over the shoulder, the liver has been punished and the dance floor hasn’t looked better since John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, ones physical and mental state needs to get in gear for another week of tedious paperwork. You need something to cleanse your tastebuds from the taste of the cheap slave tequila. You need something to recover you safely and give you a renewed love and zest for life. In simple terms, you need a really good recovery beer (in Danish “”Reparationsbajer””).
The problem is that there are few perfect recovery beers! Nauseous mass produced lagers are the last thing you want to think about after you have been making a few calls in the great white telephone. This is why To Øl for a long time has had the goal to develop a recipe for the perfect recovery beer. This has resulted in a lot of tough empirical field work combined with a great amount of brewing. After a years of hard work all results have been gathered and the conclusion is clear: The best way to remove your hang overs is with a potent Pale Ale with powerful and aromatic American and New Zealand hops to give your tastebuds a cold turkey combined with a nice round, pleasant and well-balanced malt profile to massage the palate and reinforce the belief that one shall survive another day!
And that’s why we present for you To Øl Reparationsbajer.
94 Points on Rate Beer$7.95