Amrut Single Cask #888 Single Malt
A very special and limited single cask Amrut whisky drawn from the distillery’s cask #888.
An unpeated expression distilled in April 2010 and filled into a virgin American Oak cask, the cask was selected by Alba Whisky’s Ian McKinlay – Australian importer and local whisky trailblazer – on his last visit to the distillery.
Amrut is located in Bangalore and they've been a driving force for the recognition of Indian single malt whiskies as a force to be reckoned with.
Bottled in December 2015 at 62.8% for an outturn of just 120 bottles, this is an intense, rich dram.
Amrut single casks have been known to throw all sorts of wizardry and this is no different. Big on the thick toffee notes (you’d be excused for picking some influence of new world sherry cask) there’s tropical fruit notes underneath.
The whole package is viscous and creamy, thanks in part to the powerful ABV.
On top of the sheer taste, this cask will be held in extra regard by fans of the distillery thanks to the number – 888. Symbolic to many cultures around the world (particularly in Chinese and Christian cultures) we don’t expect this to last too long.
It was bottled exclusively for Australia via Alba Whisky.
For further tasting notes, Melbourne's Elysian Whisky Bar have posted the following notes on Instagram:
"Rich toffee colour. Nose is malty, fruity, hints of leather polish, orange zest, nutmeg, maple syrup, oily and heavy. Palate is bright, with lots of citrus, mandarin peels, stonefruits, sultanas, really luscious and syrupy. Also has lots of kumquats and cloves without overpowering. Hints of the stonefruits re-appear on the back palate. With water, it makes this whisky too easy to drink."
Gearing up towards Chinese New Year, it's only appropriate that we introduce this amazing bottle. Amrut Single Cask, Cask No. 888 !!! Using Unpeated Indian Barley, matured for about 5 years (2010-2015) in a virgin oak cask, 62.8℅, 1 of only 120 bottles and exclusively bottled for Alba Whisky, Australia @albawhisky !!! Rich toffee colour. Nose is malty, fruity, hints of leather polish, orange zest, nutmeg, maple syrup, oily and heavy. Palate is bright, with lots of citrus, mandarin peels, stonefruits, sultanas, really luscious and syrupy. Also has lots of kumquats and cloves without overpowering. Hints of the stonefruits re-appear on the back palate. With water, it makes this whisky too easy to drink 😉 Now available by the dram and limited amounts of bottles available for takeaway too !!! Be quick !!! Nothing more auspicious than a few 888s !!! #whisky #whiskey #instawhisky #whiskygram #indianwhisky #albawhisky #amrut #amrutsinglemalt #cask888 #888 #theelysian #theelysianwhiskybar #elysianwhiskybar #singlecask #caskstrength$249.00
Iniquity Single Malt Whisky Batch 6
The sixth batch and release of Iniquity’s trademark ‘Silver Label’ single malt whisky from South Australian distillery Tin Shed.
Officially now a museum expression as it has sold out through the distillery, this has been matured in port and sherry casks, with some “Mallee smoke” for added measure. (Mallee is a colloquial district with parts in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.)
There’s a touch of smoke on the nose, with plenty of Iniquity’s bold fruits and eucalyptus. There’s more wood smoke and oak char on the palate, which comes through in the nose when you return.
Official tasting notes:
Nose: Mint toffee, wood-smoke, mixed apricots and apricot fruit leather, dried cherries, nuttiness, some leather, then smoked almonds, then some wine gums and violets; gets smokier and the usual thymol/eucalyptus puts in a late but welcome appearance.
Palate: Sweet peat and peanuts, much smokier than the nose; charry ashes, smoked mint toffee; gets much smokier in the palate, sweet and leathery, nutty; smoked apricot jam.
Finish: Charred paper and leather, nutty, mint toffee and roasted nuts; quite smoky.$185.00
Heiwa Shuzo Tsuruume Yuzushu
A clean, acidic and intense Japanese limoncello-style drink made using 50% fruit juice.
Yuzu is a tart citrus fruit found in Asia and the juice of the fruit is mixed with sake to create yuzushu. This expression from Heiwa Shuzo is mixed at a 1:1 ration with junmai sake, which is a high ration of juice to most others.
They harvest the yuzu fruits from Wkayama and they are juiced whole (peels and all) to release both the sweet and sour flavours of the fruit. Sugar is added but there are no sulphites, artificial colours or flavours.
Heiwa Shuzo was founded in 1928 in Wakayama. The site was a temple for 500 years before it was turned into a brewery. Ume and yuzu fruits are grown locally in abundance and working directly with the farmers gives Heiwa great access to top quality prouducts.
It results in a hugely tasty, refreshing drink that's hard to pull yourself away from. It's becoming one of our hits of the summer and has just arrived back in store after selling out of the country early December.
You can serve it neat, but our spirits buyer enjoys it best over a few large blocks of ice.
Unable to keep themselves away, the rest of The Oak Barrel's staff recently had their say on the bottle as well.
"We couldn't resist so we cracked a bottle. It's unbelievably fresh, citrusy, tart, and sweet. Dan reckons it tastes like homemade lemonade. Highly recommended, 5 lemons!"$65.00
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Astro Bunny Pet Nat 2016
The grapes for this year’s Astro Bunny were hand picked on the morning of Sunday 21st February 2016 by myself and a team of fifteen international backpackers.
We picked 2 tonnes of Nero d’Avola (most of which went into The Dark Side), 1.5 tonnes of Vermentino and 1 tonne of Zibibbo (aka Muscat of Alexandria aka Gordo)
The fruit came from Ricca Terra Farms, Riverland, South Australia. Astro Bunny is 50% Vermentino, 25% Nero d’Avola, 25% Zibibbo
Instructions for opening!
Pull the string loop straight up, and quite hard, like its a stiff cork, which breaks the wax over the top (like a babybel cheese)
Then unwind it three times anti-clockwise and the wax plus the twine should come off cleanly.$37.95
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91 Points on Rate Beer$36.95
Temple Onetime Double IPA 7.7%
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The plum variety for this bottling is Quetsche véritable d’Alsace. This plum is slightly larger and sweeter then the Namur variety.
Unfiltered and unpasteurized, it is re-fermented in the bottle for a minimum period of 3 months. The lambics used were fermented and matured in our own oak barrels at the blendery. They are made from worts brewed by Boon, Lindemans, Girardin and Cantillon. The taste is slightly tart but also fruity and round which makes this Quetsche à l’ancienne may be more accessible for non-experts or less sophisticated palates. It also has a slight dryness from the skin of the plums. The nose perceives a plum brandy perfume.
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