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  • GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 6 Single Malt

    GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 6 Single Malt

    The sixth edition of GlenDronach’s excellent cask strength range, lots of fruit with sherry influences and an oily, grapy palate.

    Matured in a mix of Spanish Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks, this is un-chill filtered and natural colour at 56.1%.

    The GlenDronach distillery is synonymous with sherry cask maturations and are one of the few distilleries that have delivered consistently brilliant sherried expressions in the past decade.

    While the Cask Strength series haven’t been the traditional ‘sherry bombs’ of the rest of the range, they showcase a range of other highlights often hidden beneath the sherry fruit.

    Official tasting notes:

    Nose: Warming, peppery oak combines perfectly with orange chocolate, sugar-coated almonds and ripe figs.

    Palate: Golden sultanas and yellow plums balanced with a rich barley character. Intriguing hints of dark chocolate appear alongside a classic back note of dry cedar wood, adding great complexity to the long palate.

    Finish: A perfect marriage of classic sherry cask in‑fluences and fruit-laden style. The robust depth and powerful ­finish reflects the traditional Highland characteristics found within The GlenDronach.

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  • Occhipinti Sp68 Rosso 2016

    Occhipinti Sp68 Rosso 2016

    A blend of Nero d'Avola (30%) and Frappato (70%). Dark berry fruits, cured meats, and a lovely leafy / bushy note. Medium bodied with tart red berry fruits and licorice. Fine chalky tannin structure and perfect acidity. 

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  • Dormilona Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    Dormilona Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    From the winery: 100% good old Cabernet Sauvignon from our little dry grown block in Wallcliffe. Hand picked, foot stomped, wild fermented and three months maceration. Basket pressed and aged to perfection in seasoned French oak barriques. Only racked once and sulphured at bottling. No additives, fining, or filtration.

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  • Miyoshikiku Nihonshu Not Dead Sake

    Miyoshikiku Nihonshu Not Dead Sake

    A more savoury Sake with a yeasty (almost cheese like) flavour and a lovely fruity finish.

    Miyoshiku is an unusual brewery partly because the owner (kuramoto) is also the head brewer (Toji) but because Mr Ryoichiro Mamiya is a sake brewer by day and a punk rockstar by night.

    Perhaps thats why they have such interesting labels and a slightly funky taste, Mr Ryoichiro is also rumoured to use wild yeast, adding to his experimental and traditional
    sake making style.

    Classified as Tokubetsu Junmai Ginjo, meaning special (literally something special about this Sake) no added alcohol and polished to atleast 60%.  

    A delightful sake, well worth trying, goes especially well with cheese platters or equally great chilled on its own.

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