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  • Black Gate Rum Cask BG017

    Black Gate Rum Cask BG017

    Finally back in stock after 12 months absence - the next single barrel rum from New South Wales distillery Black Gate is here.

    Distilled from fermented refinery molasses this was double distilled in their direct-fired copper pot still in March 2014. Matured in a 100-litre ex-sherry cask, it was bottled May 2016. 

    Bottled at 51%, the cask - BG017 - yielded just 165 bottles. Each have been individually numbered and signed.

    If their first rum cask was anything to go by this will be full of flavour and spice, with sweet brown sugar.

    Black Gate is located in Mendooran in country New South Wales, between Dubbo and Coonabarabran. It is run by husband-and-wife team Brian and Genise Hollingworth, with Genise playing a strong role in the rum distillation rums. She's one of only a handful of female distillers in Australia. Other Black Gate releases can be found here.

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  • Octomore 2009 Pauillac Rest & Be Thankful Single Cask

    Octomore 2009 Pauillac Rest & Be Thankful Single Cask

    A very rare single cask bottling of Octomore matured in ex-Bordeaux wine cask. 

    Octomore is the intensely peated series of expressions from Islay's Bruichladdich distillery, and it is only Rest & Be Thankful's connection to the distillery that they have allowed these casks to be released to an independent bottler.

    This particular cask previously held Pauillac, an extremely well regarded red wine Appellation d'origine contrôlée from within Bordeaux.

    It was filled 16 November 2009 and matured for six years on Islay before it was bottled 8 February 2016. At 66.9% it is a limited edition of 300 bottles. Non-chill filtered and natural colour.

    One of the newer and most exciting independent bottlers in Scotland – and brand new to Australia in July 2016 – Rest And Be Thankful have some amazing access to casks that we just don’t see from others. The series is bottled by whisky traders Fox Fitzgerald and gets its name from a stone inscription written by soldiers at the top of Glen Croe, which dates to 1753 (as explained on the back of each tin).

    See our full range of Rest & Be Thankful whiskies here

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  • Dormilona Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    Dormilona Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    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 couple of months. Then basket pressed & aged to perfection in seasoned French oak barriques. Only racked once and sulpured at bottling. No additives, fining, nor filtration to express the wonders of the land.


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  • Laphroaig Lore

    Laphroaig Lore

    The latest premium release from Islay distillery Laphroaig, now officially available in Australia. 

    Entering as the Laphroaig 18 is gradually phased out, Lore has been crafted from a range of whiskies in the distillery's warehouses. With the oldest vintage being from 1993 (up to 23 years old) there is also double-matured stock - some of it first-fill sherry casks - and a mixture of American and European oak.. 

    Remembering that Laphroaig were the team that redifned what a non-age-statement whisky could taste like with the launch of the Quarter Cask, expect intense robust flavour from the Lore.

    Tasting notes by Laphroaig's John Campbell: 

    Nose: Rich and smoky with seaside minerals with a hint of ash and bitter chocolate drops. Vanilla follows with oily unroasted chestnuts and a hint of fudge with a malty sweetness. A drop of water adds a creamy clotted cream note with fruit appearing in the form of unripe citrus in a flan glaze.

    Palate: Richly peaty with a spicy chilli bite.

    Finish: Short dry finish and a long sweet aftertaste.

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