Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic Single Malt
A limited release from the resurgent highland distillery Glenglassaugh.
Now a museum release, this has used octave-sized casks (about one-eighth the size of a 500 litre butt) for maturation giving a higher surface-to-spirit ratio. Vibrant with a defined oak sweetness, this has been bottled at 44%, un-chill filtered and with natural colour.
Built in 1875, the distillery has had an on-off existence as a workhorse distilling whisky to bulk out blends. Most recently Glenglassaugh was a victim of the 1980s downturn and was inactive for over two decades between 1986 to 2008. Bought by BenRiach in 2013, there have been releases of the pre-closure stock and expressions from whisky distilled post-2008, which are usually more experimental.
Official tasting notes:
Nose: An abundance of sweet shop characteristics. Sherbet and candy apples with a gentle warmth of white pepper and cinnamon.
Palate: A vibrant green apple skin note balances with stewed yellow plums and hints of black vanilla pod. Clean, freshly sawn oak softens to crisp, sweet barley in the long finish.
Finish: A delicious combination of citrus and sweet notes complement the unique oak characteristics from the octave cask maturation.$139.00
Marius Simpatico 2016
Marius Simpatico is produced from the 'home block', a carefully nutured four-acre vineyard situated on rising ground to the south-east of Mclaren Vale township.
The fruit is sequentially hand-picked and fermented in small open fermenters. It is then gently basket pressed and transferred to French and American hogshead where it undergoes malolactic fermentation. The wine is then matured in oak for 21 months before bottling.
Recommended decanting an hour before serving$49.95
Michel Couvreur XV 15-Year-Old Single Cask
A stately 15-year-old single cask from the renowned French bottler Michel Couvreur.
This is a unpeated 15-year-old, distilled in Scotland (at an undisclosed site) and matured in France. Filled into a 500 litre oloroso ex-sherry butt at 63%, it was bottled at 45%. Matured in mid-humid French cellars, the cask yielded 783 bottles.
Straight off the nose this smells older that it is, with elegant malt of soft cereals. Touch of woodiness, very mild spices and that classic cellar dampness that is so welcome in Couvreur bottlings.$279.00
Miyoshikiku Orie Sake Cup 180ml
Named after Ryoichiro Mamiya’s second daughter “Orie” this junmai ginjo is only slightly less polished at 55% but still using the same premium yamadanishki rice.
The flavour is smooth, its noticeably richer with umami and soft fruits, amazing chilled or even slightly warmer.
This Saké is:
Junmai (no added alcohol)
Ginjo (polished to 55% remaining)$20.00
Big Shed Boozy Fruit NEIPA 6.2% 330ml
The one and only #GABS2018 Husky Peoples Choice winner. The 'sweet things on a stick as beer' legends, who bought you Golden Stout Time in 2015, are back with their beery NE IPA take on Frosty Fruits. It promises to be summer by the pint.$7.95
Plantation Guyana 2005 Vintage Rum
A powerful single vintage rum from Guyana, bottled by Plantation.
This has been distilled from raw cane syrup – which is rare for Plantation – although it carries the robustness of many of its molasses-based peers.
Distilled in 2005 through a pot still, it was fermented for a week prior. It then spent seven years maturing in an ex-bourbon cask in Guyana, before it was transferred to a Pierre Ferrand ex-cognac cask for two years in France.
Renowned American spirits journalist Paul Pacult provides the tasting notes for this expression, writing, “I like the toastiness of the initial aroma as well as the saline/see breeze quality of it; secondary whiffs pick up faint hints of dried sage, new leather, dried flowers, sea salt, dark caramel.
“Entry is lusciously sweet, honeyed, brown sugar-like, intense; mid-palate turns spicy, tangy, rich in texture, more bittersweet than sweet, beany (cocoa). Extra-long finish, a touch grapy/raisiny, dark chocolate-like.”
We largely agree, but would like to add a delightful grassy and earthy straw note on the finish.
In 1989 the Maison Ferrand cognac house was taken over by Alexandre Gabriel, who planned to return one of the region’s oldest spirit brands to the height of its powers. Starting with cognac and then moving into other fine spirits, Gabriel scoured the Caribbean throughout the 1990s in source of rum.
From those trips the Plantation brand was born. Rums are transferred to France, where they undergo final maturations in a variety of casks.$129.00
Sailors Grave Featherlight Berliner Weisse 2.7%
Berliner Weisse brewed with passionfruit and Coastal Everlasting (an Australian shrub).$7.70
Timo Mayer Rotwein 2015
Lovely earthy notes of forrest fruit , dark plums and smoke on the nose . The palate is elegant with floral , fresh cherry and red currant fruit showing . Medium bodied, great acidity & good fruit intensity on the mildly herbal savoury finish .$46.95