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  • $599.00
    $539.10
    Bladnoch 1990 27-Year-Old Antique Lions Of Spirits

    Bladnoch 1990 27-Year-Old Antique Lions Of Spirits

    A 27-year-old single cask from the Bladnoch distillery, bottled by Antique Lions Of Spirits – a series which is gorgeous is both appearance and flavour.

    Lowland distillery Bladnoch was closed between 1994 and has had an on-and-off production history since then. Such long breaks in production means that these pre-closure expressions – in this case a 1990 vintage – are becoming rarer. There is now an Australian link to the distillery as in 2015 Aussie businessman David Prior bought the then-closed distillery, refurbished it and fired up production again in 2017.

    Distilled in 1990, this was matured for 27 years in an ex-bourbon cask before it was bottled in 2017 – natural colour and un-chill filtered at 49.4%. The cask yielded 276 bottles.

    A very special release of whisky that created quite a stir when they were first released in Europe in 2017, the ‘Butterflies’ series is the second release from Antique Lions Of Spirit. The indie bottler was formed by Jens Drewitz of Germany’s Sansibar alongside Italian whisky merchants Max Righi (Silver Seal) and Diego Sandrin (Whisky Antique).

    This release is a homage to the Moon Import bottlings prominent in Europe in the ‘90s and ‘00s. Often beautifully stylised, this homage series has some of the best packaging we’ve ever seen.

    The whiskies have been selected to have an ‘old world European’ style, so expect them to be soft, elegant and fruity with fantastic poise.

    The first release – Birds – had some of the best whiskies we tried in 2017 and so we expect these to be up to the same level.

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  • $1299.00
    $1169.10
    Bowmore 1991 25-Year-Old Antique Lions Of Spirits

    Bowmore 1991 25-Year-Old Antique Lions Of Spirits

    A 25-year-old single cask from the Islay’s Bowmore distillery, bottled by Antique Lions Of Spirits – a series which is gorgeous is both appearance and flavour.

    This was distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2017 after 25-years of maturation in an ex-bourbon cask. The barrel yielded 248 bottles at 48.7%, unchill-filtered and with natural colour.

    A very special release of whisky that created quite a stir when they were first released in Europe in 2017, the ‘Butterflies’ series is the second release from Antique Lions Of Spirit. The indie bottler was formed by Jens Drewitz of Germany’s Sansibar alongside Italian whisky merchants Max Righi (Silver Seal) and Diego Sandrin (Whisky Antique).

    This release is a homage to the Moon Import bottlings prominent in Europe in the ‘90s and ‘00s. Often beautifully stylised, this homage series has some of the best packaging we’ve ever seen.

    The whiskies have been selected to have an ‘old world European’ style, so expect them to be soft, elegant and fruity with fantastic poise.

    The first release – Birds – had some of the best whiskies we tried in 2017 and so we expect these to be up to the same level.

    Tasting notes by Serge at WhiskyFun.com:

    Nose: It’s not always a bad sign when you first get glue and nail polish remover (acetone). In this case, those obvious notes tend to vanish into the air after just twenty (say fifteen) seconds, leaving room for some superb late-1960s-style almondy notes, smoked salmon, olives (bags of olives), and a little saltpetre and damp concrete. This is not exactly ‘modern’ Bowmore yet, but this rather ‘muddy’ style just works. Perfect and complex.

    Mouth: Indeed, the late 1960s. What we have today is rather astonishing, as if our friends had poured quite a few old low-level bottles into the cask prior to disgorging it, and while only friends were watching. Only 1991, really? Very very good – and complex.

    Finish: Medium, a tad burnt in a good way, slightly Demerara-y, and with hints of very old and slightly sweet balsamico and more leather and tobacco. Some stuff must have happened. Comments: the word any bad writers would use here is ‘intriguing’. I would make things even more difficult for myself and add ‘excellent’.

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  • $649.00
    $584.10
    Bunnahabhain 1989 28-Year-Old Antique Lions Of Spirits

    Bunnahabhain 1989 28-Year-Old Antique Lions Of Spirits

    A 28-year-old single cask from Islay’s Bunnahabhain distillery, bottled by Antique Lions Of Spirits – a series which is gorgeous is both appearance and flavour.

    This was distilled in 1989 and matured in a refill sherry butt, which yielded 388 bottles at 41.3% after 28 years. Bottled at natural colour with no chill-filtration.

    A very special release of whisky that created quite a stir when they were first released in Europe in 2017, the ‘Butterflies’ series is the second release from Antique Lions Of Spirit. The indie bottler was formed by Jens Drewitz of Germany’s Sansibar alongside Italian whisky merchants Max Righi (Silver Seal) and Diego Sandrin (Whisky Antique).

    This release is a homage to the Moon Import bottlings prominent in Europe in the ‘90s and ‘00s. Often beautifully stylised, this homage series has some of the best packaging we’ve ever seen.

    The whiskies have been selected to have an ‘old world European’ style, so expect them to be soft, elegant and fruity with fantastic poise.

    The first release – Birds – had some of the best whiskies we tried in 2017 and so we expect these to be up to the same level.

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  • $499.00
    $449.10
    Glenrothes 1997 20-Year-Old Antique Lions Of Spirits

    Glenrothes 1997 20-Year-Old Antique Lions Of Spirits

    A 20-year-old single cask from the Glenrothes distillery, bottled by Antique Lions Of Spirits – a series which is gorgeous is both appearance and flavour.

    This was distilled in 1997 and matured in a sherry cask, which yielded 288 bottles at 57% after 20 years. Bottled at natural colour with no chill-filtration.

    A very special release of whisky that created quite a stir when they were first released in Europe in 2017, the ‘Butterflies’ series is the second release from Antique Lions Of Spirit. The indie bottler was formed by Jens Drewitz of Germany’s Sansibar alongside Italian whisky merchants Max Righi (Silver Seal) and Diego Sandrin (Whisky Antique).

    This release is a homage to the Moon Import bottlings prominent in Europe in the ‘90s and ‘00s. Often beautifully stylised, this homage series has some of the best packaging we’ve ever seen.

    The whiskies have been selected to have an ‘old world European’ style, so expect them to be soft, elegant and fruity with fantastic poise.

    The first release – Birds – had some of the best whiskies we tried in 2017 and so we expect these to be up to the same level.

    Tasting notes from Serge at WhiskyFun.com.

    Nose: This one’s rather rounder, with more honey and raisins. A more civilised version of the one for Sweden, if you like. Whiffs of stewed strawberries, perhaps. With water: these earthy smells once again, moss, tobacco, cocoa, even a little menthol… The roundness went away.

    Mouth: Rich, rather sweet again. Some kind of peppered orange liqueur with an earthier background (our beloved gentian eau-de-vie), plus some mead and sweet white wine. Perhaps proper PX? With water: pepper up big time.

    Finish: Long, peppery, dry, with some coffee and almost a saltiness. Comments: a very good malt that goes from sweet(ish) to very dry.

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  • $649.00
    $584.10
    Irish Single Malt 1989 28-Year-Old Antique Lions Of Spirits

    Irish Single Malt 1989 28-Year-Old Antique Lions Of Spirits

    A 28-year-old Irish single malt, single cask from an undisclosed distillery, bottled by Antique Lions Of Spirits – a series which is gorgeous is both appearance and flavour.

    This was distilled in 1989 and matured in an ex-bourbon cask, which yielded 209bottles at 49.3% after 28 years. Bottled at natural colour with no chill-filtration.

    A very special release of whisky that created quite a stir when they were first released in Europe in 2017, the ‘Butterflies’ series is the second release from Antique Lions Of Spirit. The indie bottler was formed by Jens Drewitz of Germany’s Sansibar alongside Italian whisky merchants Max Righi (Silver Seal) and Diego Sandrin (Whisky Antique).

    This release is a homage to the Moon Import bottlings prominent in Europe in the ‘90s and ‘00s. Often beautifully stylised, this homage series has some of the best packaging we’ve ever seen.

    The whiskies have been selected to have an ‘old world European’ style, so expect them to be soft, elegant and fruity with fantastic poise.

    The first release – Birds – had some of the best whiskies we tried in 2017 and so we expect these to be up to the same level.

    Tasting notes by Serge at WhiskyFun.com, where it scored a massive 92 points:

    Nose: A slightly rounder version of the 1990, with a little more cake-y notes, and perhaps very ripe bananas. A little more oomph as well, and that cannot only be the extra 1.3% vol. Passion fruits, mangos, chalk, grapefruits… Brilliant nose, rather more ‘immediate’ than that of then 1990.

    Mouth: Sweet Vishnu, this is a total fruit bomb! And they’re all there, papayas leading the way, then mangos, maracuja, etc., etc., etc… Also love the rather mineral backbone, it’s not just some fortified all-vitamin fruit juice.

    Finish: Medium to long, always immensely fruity, and with a rather lemony signature. No, rather pink grapefruits again.

    Comments: Just one stupid question, why don’t the owners have these? Granted, the prices would be five times higher, but still! A mystery…

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  • $1299.00
    $1169.10
    Speyside 1973 44-Year-Old Antique Lions Of Spirits

    Speyside 1973 44-Year-Old Antique Lions Of Spirits

    A 44-year-old single cask from an undisclosed Speyside distillery, bottled by Antique Lions Of Spirits – a series which is gorgeous is both appearance and flavour.

    This was distilled in 1973 and matured in a sherry cask, which yielded 372 bottles at 51.6% after 44 years. Bottled at natural colour with no chill-filtration.

    A very special release of whisky that created quite a stir when they were first released in Europe in 2017, the ‘Butterflies’ series is the second release from Antique Lions Of Spirit. The indie bottler was formed by Jens Drewitz of Germany’s Sansibar alongside Italian whisky merchants Max Righi (Silver Seal) and Diego Sandrin (Whisky Antique).

    This release is a homage to the Moon Import bottlings prominent in Europe in the ‘90s and ‘00s. Often beautifully stylised, this homage series has some of the best packaging we’ve ever seen.

    The whiskies have been selected to have an ‘old world European’ style, so expect them to be soft, elegant and fruity with fantastic poise.

    The first release – Birds – had some of the best whiskies we tried in 2017 and so we expect these to be up to the same level.

    Tasting notes by Serge at WhiskyFun.com, where it scored a massive 92 points:

    Nose: The finest custard mingled with all preserved fruits of the creation and with several kinds of honeys. I’m afraid there are too many to mention. Sublime nose again, with something Chinese. Very old Baiju? With water: dried figs! Big ones, small ones, medium ones… I just love figs.

    Mouth: It’s the punch and the oomph, the character of it all, that are remarkable here. Not a retired old malt whisky at all, and I’ll add that I simply adore these honeys, resins, and dried fruits that keep assaulting your taste buds like Alexander the Great did with Saladin (the equally great). Quinces are particularly noticeable. With water: and figs again!

    Finish: Rather long, perfect, full of figs, and honeys, and perhaps a little fudge. Fudge?

    Comments: Admirable whisky, in French you would say it’s got skank, but I’m pretty sure that doesn’t work in pre-Brexit English.

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  • $599.00
    $539.10
    Antique Lions Of Whisky Blair Athol 1988 28-Year-Old

    Antique Lions Of Whisky Blair Athol 1988 28-Year-Old

    A single cask 1988 vintage distilled at the Blair Athol distillery and release as part of the spectacular Antique Lions Of Whisky series.

    Blair Athol in the eastern highlands is one of Diageo’s blending workhorse distilleries and has long been a part of Bell’s. Highly sought as a single malt, it is celebrated when matured in an ex-sherry cask. (The blending-bound spirit usually matures in ex-bourbon casks.)

    Fruity and creamy, this expression was matured for 28 years before it was bottled in 2016.

    A very special release of whisky that created quite a stir when they were released in Europe earlier this year, the ‘Birds’ series is the first release from Antique Lions Of Spirit. The indie bottler was formed by Jens Drewitz of Germany’s Sansibar alongside Italian whisky merchants Max Righi (Silver Seal) and Diego Sandrin (Whisky Antique).

    This release is a homage to the Moon Import bottlings prominent in Europe in the ‘90s and ‘00s. Often beautifully stylised, this homage series has some of the best packaging we’ve ever seen.

    The whiskies have been selected to have an ‘old world European’ style, so expect them to be soft, elegant and fruity with fantastic poise.

    There are less than 300 bottles of each of the expressions in this first Antique Lions Of Whisky ‘The Birds’ and even less of complete sets. The Oak Barrel will be tasting the entire set of the whiskies at an event Tuesday 17 October. Details here.

    Un-chill filtered and with no added colouring.

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  • $599.00
    $539.10
    Antique Lions Of Whisky Fettercairn 1988 28-Year-Old

    Antique Lions Of Whisky Fettercairn 1988 28-Year-Old

    A single cask 1988 vintage distilled at the Fettercairn distillery and release as part of the spectacular Antique Lions Of Whisky series.

    Fettercairn has one of the most visually spectacular stills in Scotland, as water is allowed to run down the outside of the still neck during the middle cut. The waterfall effect is not only hypnotising, but it also increases reflux during the heart cut and promotes a lighter, cleaner spirit.

    This expression boasts complex citrus and tropical fruits, mellowed in the typical style of European bottlings. Often a polarising distillery, this is one of the most exceptional Fettercairns we’ve experienced.

    A very special release of whisky that created quite a stir when they were released in Europe earlier this year, the ‘Birds’ series is the first release from Antique Lions Of Spirit. The indie bottler was formed by Jens Drewitz of Germany’s Sansibar alongside Italian whisky merchants Max Righi (Silver Seal) and Diego Sandrin (Whisky Antique).

    This release is a homage to the Moon Import bottlings prominent in Europe in the ‘90s and ‘00s. Often beautifully stylised, this homage series has some of the best packaging we’ve ever seen.

    The whiskies have been selected to have an ‘old world European’ style, so expect them to be soft, elegant and fruity with fantastic poise.

    There are less than 300 bottles of each of the expressions in this first Antique Lions Of Whisky ‘The Birds’ and even less of complete sets. The Oak Barrel will be tasting the entire set of the whiskies at an event Tuesday 17 October. Details here.

    Un-chill filtered and with no added colouring.

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  • $599.00
    $539.10
    Antique Lions Of Whisky Glen Moray 1988 28-Year-Old

    Antique Lions Of Whisky Glen Moray 1988 28-Year-Old

    A single cask 1988 vintage distilled at the Glen Moray distillery and release as part of the spectacular Antique Lions Of Whisky series.

    Speyside’s Glen Moray is often associated with entry level malts, but it has long been a favourite of independent bottlers, including the Scotch Malt Whisky Association.

    This expression is probably the lightest of this series, with fresh barley, apples and a grassy note. A clean, refined and polished whisky.  

    A very special release of whisky that created quite a stir when they were released in Europe earlier this year, the ‘Birds’ series is the first release from Antique Lions Of Spirit. The indie bottler was formed by Jens Drewitz of Germany’s Sansibar alongside Italian whisky merchants Max Righi (Silver Seal) and Diego Sandrin (Whisky Antique).

    This release is a homage to the Moon Import bottlings prominent in Europe in the ‘90s and ‘00s. Often beautifully stylised, this homage series has some of the best packaging we’ve ever seen.

    The whiskies have been selected to have an ‘old world European’ style, so expect them to be soft, elegant and fruity with fantastic poise.

    There are less than 300 bottles of each of the expressions in this first Antique Lions Of Whisky ‘The Birds’ and even less of complete sets. The Oak Barrel will be tasting the entire set of the whiskies at an event Tuesday 17 October. Details here.

    Un-chill filtered and with no added colouring.

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  • $599.00
    $539.10
    Antique Lions Of Whisky Mannochmore 1988 28-Year-Old

    Antique Lions Of Whisky Mannochmore 1988 28-Year-Old

    A single cask 1988 vintage distilled at the Glen Moray distillery and release as part of the spectacular Antique Lions Of Whisky series.

    Mannochmore is a young distillery by Scottish standards, built in 1971 right next to its older sister distillery Glenlossie. A Diageo workhorse, single malt expressions are rare but often highly rewarding.

    This is an outstanding expression from Mannochmore, more oily and minerally than the light, perfumed notes we’ve come to expect. Some have commented that it taste like it was distilled well before the distillery was built, making it a fantastic addition to this series.

    A very special release of whisky that created quite a stir when they were released in Europe earlier this year, the ‘Birds’ series is the first release from Antique Lions Of Spirit. The indie bottler was formed by Jens Drewitz of Germany’s Sansibar alongside Italian whisky merchants Max Righi (Silver Seal) and Diego Sandrin (Whisky Antique).

    This release is a homage to the Moon Import bottlings prominent in Europe in the ‘90s and ‘00s. Often beautifully stylised, this homage series has some of the best packaging we’ve ever seen.

    The whiskies have been selected to have an ‘old world European’ style, so expect them to be soft, elegant and fruity with fantastic poise.

    There are less than 300 bottles of each of the expressions in this first Antique Lions Of Whisky ‘The Birds’ and even less of complete sets. The Oak Barrel will be tasting the entire set of the whiskies at an event Tuesday 17 October. Details here.

    Un-chill filtered and with no added colouring.

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  • $1100.00
    $990.00
    Antique Lions Of Whisky Speyside 1975 41-Year-Old

    Antique Lions Of Whisky Speyside 1975 41-Year-Old

    A single cask 1975 vintage from an undisclosed Speyside distillery and released as part of the spectacular Antique Lions Of Whisky series.

    This has been matured in a Fino sherry cask and is a release of just 230 bottles. An extremely complex and satisfying whisky in the old European style of elegance and cultured fruits.

    A very special release of whisky that created quite a stir when they were released in Europe earlier this year, the ‘Birds’ series is the first release from Antique Lions Of Spirit. The indie bottler was formed by Jens Drewitz of Germany’s Sansibar alongside Italian whisky merchants Max Righi (Silver Seal) and Diego Sandrin (Whisky Antique).

    This release is a homage to the Moon Import bottlings prominent in Europe in the ‘90s and ‘00s. Often beautifully stylised, this homage series has some of the best packaging we’ve ever seen.

    The whiskies have been selected to have an ‘old world European’ style, so expect them to be soft, elegant and fruity with fantastic poise.

    There are less than 300 bottles of each of the expressions in this first Antique Lions Of Whisky ‘The Birds’ and even less of complete sets. The Oak Barrel will be tasting the entire set of the whiskies at an event Tuesday 17 October. Details here.

    Un-chill filtered and with no added colouring.

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  • $599.00
    $539.10
    Antique Lions Of Whisky Tormore 1988 28-Year-Old

    Antique Lions Of Whisky Tormore 1988 28-Year-Old

    A single cask 1988 vintage distilled at the Glen Moray distillery and release as part of the spectacular Antique Lions Of Whisky series.

    Built in 1958, Tormore is a relatively young distillery by Scottish standards. Its main duty is to provide spirits for the Chivas Regal and Long John blends (it is owned by Chivas Brothers) and is rarely seen as a single malt, although a few independent bottlings have appeared in recent years.

    Independent Tormore’s have an ability to re-create the ‘old-timey’ Scotch flavours, with floral rose, old oak and exotic spices. This is a spirit-driven expression from the distillery, with a thick texture and long finish.

    A very special release of whisky that created quite a stir when they were released in Europe earlier this year, the ‘Birds’ series is the first release from Antique Lions Of Spirit. The indie bottler was formed by Jens Drewitz of Germany’s Sansibar alongside Italian whisky merchants Max Righi (Silver Seal) and Diego Sandrin (Whisky Antique).

    This release is a homage to the Moon Import bottlings prominent in Europe in the ‘90s and ‘00s. Often beautifully stylised, this homage series has some of the best packaging we’ve ever seen.

    The whiskies have been selected to have an ‘old world European’ style, so expect them to be soft, elegant and fruity with fantastic poise.

    There are less than 300 bottles of each of the expressions in this first Antique Lions Of Whisky ‘The Birds’ and even less of complete sets. The Oak Barrel will be tasting the entire set of the whiskies at an event Tuesday 17 October. Details here.

    Un-chill filtered and with no added colouring.

    Read More 
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