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  • Adelphi 21-Year-Old Bunnahabhain Liddesdale Batch 10 Single Malt

    Adelphi 21-Year-Old Bunnahabhain Liddesdale Batch 10 Single Malt

    A 21-year-old single malt from Islay’s Bunnahabhain distillery, bottled by Adelphi for the Liddesdale series.

    Bottled un-chill filtered and with natural colour at 46%, the Liddesdale series is a small batch vatting of hand selected casks. Despite coming from Islay, Bunnahabhain is largely un-peated, although this Batch 10 of the Liddesdale series continues to showcase maritime notes.

    Just 1,101 bottles in the global outturn.

    Tasting Notes:

    “A box of assorted chocolates by the fire: orange, grapefruit and pineapple with a dusting of cocoa; honeycomb and hazelnut to follow finishing with the surprise strawberry ganache and a grind of pepper.”

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  • Glenrothes 2003 Australian Exclusive Single Cask

    Glenrothes 2003 Australian Exclusive Single Cask

    A fantastically matured single cask from the Glenrothes distillery, chosen exclusively for the Australian market.

    Distilled in 2003, this was matured in a single sherry cask and bottled at cask strength 56.6%. The sherry butt yielded 564 bottles.

    The cask was chosen by Glenrothes’ Australian Ambassador, and regular Oak Barrel visitor, Daniel Hutchins-Read.

    A very clean expression, the gorgeously dark colour is not lost on the flavour profile, which carries deep fruity notes, rich brown sugars, sherry-doused citrus peels and a touch of toasted oak.

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  • Japhet White Dry Gin

    Japhet White Dry Gin

    Another unique modern Aussie gin from the Stone Pine distillery in Bathurst, the Japhet White uses local saltbush and lemon myrtle in its botanical list.

    Distiller Ian Glen is best known for the Stone Pine gin, one of the catalyst Aussie craft gins for the recent boom, and he has since been experimenting with limited editions, including the Truffle Gin.

    A herbal and earthy gin, there’s a touch of salinity balanced out by juniper and citrus. At a healthy 46% ABV, it has a great structure and mouthfeel. Dry martini fodder.

    This gin takes its name from a pioneering Australian distiller, with a strong nod to the Bathurst region.

    Japhet White was born in 1783 and after he was found guilty of fraud in Dublin he was sent to the colony, arriving in New South Wales aboard the ship Surry in 1846 (members of his family came aboard the same ship of free will).

    He soon started the The Beehive Inn in Sydney and then in the late 1820s set up the Bathurst Distillery, making him the first inland distiller. He died in 1866. White Street in West Bathurst is likely named after the family.

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  • Manon Peaches Pinot Gris Savagnin 2016

    Manon Peaches Pinot Gris Savagnin 2016

    Very pure and refreshing wine. slighlty pinky in colour, lovely minerality and a hint of berries fruit. 

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