Glenmorangie Bacalta Private Edition Single Malt
New for 2017 and available in limited quantities is Glenmorangie’s Bacalta – the eighth instalment in their ‘Private Edition’ series of experimental and limited releases.
The Bacalta expression has been finished in casks which previously held Malmsey Madeira, adding toasty and fruity notes to the distillery’s clean, delicate spirit. The first part of the maturation was completed in ex-bourbon casks.
Official tasting notes:
Nose: Fragrant, honeyed and sweet. Some ripe apricots, mead-like, and a curious flinty note, followed by sweet white chocolate.
Palate: An initial burst of mint toffee, with baked fruits such as caramelised oranges, honeycomb, almonds and dates.
Finish: A rich, syrupy aftertaste, with more caramelised citrus and pears, creamy fudge, and an intriguing mentholic sensation in the background.$169.00
Hazelburn 9-Year-Old Barolo Cask Single Malt
The limited edition Barolo wine cask matured whisky from Springbank’s Hazelburn.
Hazelburn is a brand of the famous Springbank distillery in Scotland’s Campbeltown, and is always triple distilled and unpeated (although it is run through a still that distils peated whisky as well).
The resulting light, elegant spirit is a magnet for cask influence – which is good news for these Barolo wine casks. Barolo is a full-blooded Italian wine and this Hazelburn comes after the release of Barolo cask-matured expressions from Longrow, Springbank and Kilkerran.
After spending six years in first-fill ex-bourbon casks, this was finished for three years in the Barolo-soaked wood. Bottled at cask strength 57.9%, there were 10,800 bottles released worldwide. A small number of them have made it to Australia.
Official tasting notes:
Nose: Fragrant with notes of sweet confectionery and fruit salad giving way to sugared almonds, sherbet and soft fruits.
Palate: Peppery with light tannins. The sweetness is continued alongside dried fruits, raisins and the subtle hint of coconut shavings.
Finish: Dark sugars and chocolate to the fore with pineapple custard, vanilla, stewed fruits and a touch of bung cloth all present in the medium dry finish.$175.00
Heiwa Shuzo Tsuruume Yuzushu
A very addictive, refreshing Yuzushu from Heiwa.
Yuzushu is a citrus-driven 'limoncello-style' drink from Japan made from the yuzu citrus fruit.
This Heiwa expression is made with yuzu juice and one-year-old junmai sake at a 1:1 ratio, which is a higher ratio of fruit juice than the typical.
Beautifully fresh and aromatic, it’s clean and citrusy on the palate with refreshing acidity and tartness.
The fruit for this is sourced from Wakayama and is juiced with the peel to bring our both the sweet and bitter elements.
Perfect for summer heatwaves, a huge favourite of Oak Barrel staff.$69.00
Swinging Bridge Mrs Payten Chardonnay 2015
From the Balmoral vineyard that sits at 870 meters. The Chardonnay grapes were harvested in the cool of the night to retain their freshness. Upon fermentation, the wine was matured in a combination of new and older, tightly grained French oak for ten months.
Complex and balanced aromas of citrus and stonefruit with lemon pith and subtle integrated oak. This is lovely textured and elegant cool climate Chardonnay with a long, linear acid structure surrounded by fleshy grapefruit and stone fruit flavours.$27.95
By Farr 'Sangreal' Pinot Noir 2014
'Each year the same descriptive notes come to mind for this wine, seductive, perfumed, seamless balance and moreish. It is a site that wavers very little in more difficult vintages and excels in the great ones. This is the back bone of Wine By Farr. Once again the alluring characters of this site combined with red fruits, whole bunch, acidity and oak have produced a beautifully interwoven expression of site and vintage. That’s what its all about for a near perfect vintage!' - Nick Farr$79.95
Moon Dog Splice Of Heaven 6.5%
What do you get when you combine Dave Dobbyn and a popular Australian ice cream? A mildly witty name for a beer... A beer that's all about pineapple, creamy vanilla and lime - and that's the bottom line - that makes us feel like there's a warm Moon Dog shining over our collective horizon. Its most certainly a splice of heaven.$6.50
Shenanigans Hoppy Gonzales 5.7%
Hoppy Gonzales is a hoppy American ale with bucket loads of fresh jalapeños added at three stages during the brewing process. Some in the mash, at the end of the boil and then roasted jalapeños were added to the fermenter along with the dry hop. It pours a deep copper to amber in colour with aromas of fresh peppers and herbal, citrusy US hops. On the palate the jalapeños team up with the hops for a herbaceous character that’s warm, but never too hot, while the malt helps temper things nicely.$12.95
Young Henry's Dunies Lager 4.2%
Fellow ratbags Young Henrys and Dune Rats met for beers at 4:20 one afternoon. This is the result.
Slightly hazy, Summer smasher of a lager with a full blown dank hop nose and flavour courtesy of some late addition hop hash. Mosaic, Citra, El Dorado and Azacca hops give a feisty first impression, but mellow into an easy going friend that drinks for days.$5.95