Ardbeg Kelpie 2017 Limited Release Single Malt
The Kelpie is the 2017 limited release from Islay distillery Ardbeg for their annual ‘Ardbeg Day’ celebrations.
The retail version of Kelpie is bottled at 46% and un-chill filtered. A portion has been matured in virgin oak casks, crafted from oak grown near the Black Sea.
An Ardbeg with spice and salinity, there’s still plenty of trademark ashy smoke and sweet toffees underneath.
Very limited allocation.$195.00
Bowmore 9 Year Old Sherry Cask Single Malt
A new release Bowmore which at nine-years-old has been matured in both ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks.
Given that this is called the ‘Sherry Cask Matured Limited Release’ it’s fair to say that there’s a fair bit of sherry influence on this. The delicate smoke of Islay’s Bowmore provides spice and brine while the sherry casks add honey, chocolate and caramel.
Understood to be part of Bowmore’s core range in the UK market, this has yet to come to Australia officially.
Founded in 1779 Bowmore is one of the most historic distilleries in Scotland, let alone on the small island of Islay.
It remains one of the few distilleries with its own malting floors, which produces an estimated 30 percent of their overall need. Both the house-produced malt and the rest sourced from the mainland are peated to approximately 25 PPM.
Bowmore is the main town of Islay and is held close to the heart of many visitors as it has the most amount of accommodation and is close to the island’s small airport (although nothing is far away on Islay).$99.00
Jauma Archies Shiraz 2016
This year’s Archie is a big aromatic style, packed with rich dark blackberries and Chai spices.
It’s not all summer fruits though: there’s a healthy dose of fresh, lip smacking minerality on the palate that gives this wine its great structure and a whole lotta length.
This wine is organic with no added preservatives.$31.95
A soft and mildly spicy gin from Wildbrumby in Jindabyne, New South Wales (or as they call in, ‘Gindabyne’).
Distilled at the Thredbo Valley Distillery, Wildbrumby has traditionally been known for its liqueurs.
With their gin they distil their own grape spirit, sourcing Chardonnay grapes from the Adelaide Hills in search of softness.
That soft, creamy texture certainly emerges with time amongst the other aromas – a slight salinity, star anise, cracked pepper, soft berry fruits and a hint of musk.
This particular gin received Gold at the 2016 Melbourne International Spirits Competition.$89.00
Buxton / Stillwater Superluminal 7%
A fantastic Sour IPA brewed by Buxton in collaboration with Stillwater brewery. Super fresh and tasty with loads of citrus hops and a tart finish.
97 Points on Rate Beer$8.50
Patrick Sullivan Amazon Pinot Noir 2016
Cloudy, textural, and brilliant. It’s incredibly aromatic: fresh raspberries, sugar plums, and tart red Christmas berries mingled with more savoury notes of tomato leaf, pepper berry, and roasted capsicum. The palate has that great sensation of just ripe red summer stone fruits with hints of sea salt and musky, spiced tannins. Smacks of crunchy fresh acidity.
Absolutely too easy to drink, perfect on its own but it would sing with something deliciously fatty: crispy skin Peking Duck or slow roasted pork, with crackling, of course, and all the trimmings of a long Sunday lunch comes to mind.
The most classically Patrick Sullivan of the three new release Pinots.$51.95
To Ol Liquid Confidence 12.2%
The Liquid Confidence is all about showing what To Øl likes to brew. This a not a chili stout but a stout brewed with chilies. Smooth and fruity Ancho and Guajillo chilies to impart a vegetable, fruity finish and smoked chipotle to give a hint of smoke. There is no smoked malt in the beer, so all the smoke is derived from the chipotle. The beer is just lingering in the throat. This beer is designed to straighten your back an let the kick of chili just give you the boost you need to take the dance floor like John Travolta, ask your boss for a raise or tell your parents that you are skipping the uncles 90-birthday…
100 Points on Rate Beer$17.95
To Ol Mr Brown 9%
It’s not often we brew bock styles, but the idea of mixing aromatic figs and dates together with a shot of coffee and cacao and wrapping it all together in one hoppy showdown was too tempting..
93 Points on Rate Beer$11.95