Adelphi Clynelish 20-Year-Old 1996 Single Cask
A stellar single cask from one of our favourite distilleries, Clynelish.
Very much a favourite of the whisky industry, modern Clynelish was built in 1967 next to an older distillery of the same name, which would eventually take on the moniker of Brora. The northern highland site is used mainly for Diageo’s blends, including the top level Johnnie Walkers, but it has carved a cult following from single malts, largely by the hands of independents.
Adelphi’s Clynelish releases over the past five years have been nothing short of spectacular, the honeyed, waxy house style overlooking gorgeous complexity and intrigue.
This expression was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2017 as a 20-year-old. At 50.6%, the cask yielded 50.6%.
This is straight up and down what you expect from Clyelish, the beautiful textures and aromas all present and shining with delicate fruits, the slightest hint of smoke and sea air and the feeling that there’s always something more to discover.$369.00
Lucy Margaux 3 Colours Red 2017
Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.
Three colours red! Big, crunchy, juicy and fresh organic blend from Anton. Benefits from a light chill. No sulphur at all$29.95
Good Intentions Frankie 2017
Cabernet Franc from Mt Benson. Part carbonic, part destemmed, pressed into stainless steel and blended with a little Petit Verdot$39.95
Wakatsuru Junmai Ginjo Kissui Sake
A full-bodied but still delicate sake from Wakatsuru brewery.
This Kissui is a junmai (made with no added alcohol, only rice water and koji) ginjo (with the rice polished to at least 60% of its original size).
Slightly on the drier side, the rice is polished to 55%.
Best served chilled or room temperature and matches a wide range of food.
The Wakatsuru brewery is located in the Tonami city of Toyama on Honshu, Japan’s main island.$50.00
Baker Williams Wildcard
A bizarre, unique spirit from the Baker Williams distillery in Mudgee.
A mixture of wine spirits and malt barley spirit, this is neither brandy nor whisky but the result is fantastic.
The Baker Williams distillery was established in 2011 by Helen Baker and Nathan Williams. Located in Mudgee in New South Wales’ Central West, they have been making craft spirits and liqueurs in the otherwise wine-dominated region.
As well as distilling spirit to be laid down in casks to eventually become things like whisky, they are producing gin, liqueurs and schnapps immediately.
This Wildcard is the result of a barrel that was something of an ugly duckling. An experiment that ended up paying dividends, the mixture of brandy and whisky new make was filled 11 May 2016 and bottled 15 November 2017.
This is the 50% version, of which there are just 288 bottles.
The juice has taken on a remarkable amount of flavour and colour from its year-and-a-half maturation – an effect typical of New South Wales’ greater west. Softer that the cask strength version of the same name, the sweeter brandy-esque nose is prominent with the length and finish coming from the malt component.
A fascinating and delicious creation from one of New South Wales’ most promising new distilleries.$139.00
De Molen / Kees Frack & Frick 10.6% 330ml
Kees & Menno thought about malts. Smoked malts as the base malt for a new brew… Smoked malt from Bamberg to be precise. The choice of base malt was unanimous. But (headstrong who?) they wanted to make two different beers with it. March 14th 2017was Imperial Stout (Frack & Frick) day at our place, April 12th was Barley Wine (Frick & Frack) day at Brouwerij Kees!' place. Try them alongside to taste the obvious differences and unavoidable similarities.
98 Points on RateBeer.$14.00
Lucy Margaux Deans Picadilly Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
Pinot from the coolest sight in the Piccadilly Valley (yellow clay over sandstone), faces the morning sun. (Image of the 3 Dean brothers)$39.95
Two Birds Kiss From A Gose 4.7% 500ml
This Limited Release beer is a kettle soured ale bursting with a luscious combination of fresh blood orange and pomegranate juice. It is a traditional style that originated in Germany, with a modern Two Birds twist. Refreshing and sour, with a hint of Murray River pink salt, a Kiss from a Gose is now in bloom.$14.95