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.$149.00
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.$49.95
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.$44.95
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.$76.00
Ardnamurchan Spirit 2017 AD
The second release from the Ardnamurchan distillery in the Scottish highlands.
Ardnamurchan is the distillery built by internationally renowned independent bottlers Adelphi and the first spirit ran off their stills in July 2014. Designed and built for quality and versatility, Ardnamurchan distil unpeated spirit for six months and peated for the other six.
Following the 2016 AD inaugural release, the 2017 AD is again ‘spirit’ rather than whisky, as it is not yet three years old.
This is a vatting from both peated and unpeated distillate, matured in first fill sherry octaves before they were married for four months in ex-Pedro Ximenez casks.
The 2017 release is also the first to feature the distillery’s blockchain tracking technology.
The distillery has a capacity of approximately 500,000 litres per year, although actual output is currently around half of that. They have four wooden (ex-cognac vats) and three stainless washbacks and a single pair of wash/spirit stills.
The distillery’s heat source is generated from a biomass boiler, run on wood chips from a local forestry, making them a pioneer in the Scottish industry for using renewable energy sources.
Official tasting notes:
Honey roasted nuts, Christmas-spiced sultanas, baked apples, custard creams, Liquorice allsorts, nutmeg, rock salt and smouldering driftwood.$210.00
Feral Biggie Juice NEIPA 6% 330ml
BIG, juicy and with more tropical fruits to sponsor a two time Olympic gold medalist Men's rowing team, Biggie is Juice is a West Coast East collab beer brewed with our mates across the ditch, Royston Hotel.$6.50
Hairyman Pop Ale Creaming Soda Ale 4.6%
Creaming Soda Ale. With malt and a hint of hops, combined with the genius that is Creaming Soda, this hybrid sensation merges craft beer with a dash of nostalgia.$5.50
Other Right Love Potion 2017
Light, slurpy, delicious Shiraz. Each year it just gets better. Crunchy and carbonic. Uncomplicated and easy going. Full of joy.$32.95