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  • $399.00
    $359.10
    Highlander Inn Ben Nevis 20-Year-Old Single Cask

    Highlander Inn Ben Nevis 20-Year-Old Single Cask

    A single cask Ben Nevis bottled for the Highlander Inn in Craigellachie, Scotland.

    A classic Ben Nevis, this is oily but clean – not as industrial as other vintages from around the era and with a touch more sweetness. The cask yielded 595 bottles, approximately 50 have been brought into Australia.

    The Highlander Inn is one of Scotland’s famed whisky venues, with an extensive whisky list at the bar alongside accommodation and dining. Each year they bottle one single cask release, available over the bar. This is the 2017 bottling, distilled 3 February 1997at the Ben Nevis distillery.

    It is currently owned by Tatsuya Minagawa who, born in Japan, worked at the Inn from 2005 to 2012, before returning in 2015 to purchase the business. He is the driving force of the cask selections.

    The distillery was built in Fort William in 1825 by ‘Long’ John Macdonald. An early success in the hands of his son Peter, Long John’s Dew Of Ben Nevis became a sought after blend (which is still available under the name Nevis Dew). A second distillery – Nevis – was built to keep up with supply and with its own cottages for workers employed around 200 people at its peak. Nevis was closed in 1908 when the whisky boom crashed, but the original Ben Nevis survived.

    After a period of intermittent production during the ‘70s and ‘80s, a tough period for whisky distilleries in general across Scotland, the distillery was bought by the Japanese company Nikka in 1989. Fifty percent of the distillery’s new make is shipped to Japan for maturation and eventual use in Nikka’s blends.

    They’re understood to be the last distillery in Scotland to still use the latter, distillers yeasts have been developed for higher yield and stainless steel washbacks are the norm.

    They employ a slow distillation to coax out plenty of fruit whilst keeping structure and five of their six warehouses are the traditional dunnage style. The 50 percent of spirit that remains in Scotland is used for the Nevis Dew and Macdolands Of Glencoe blends and their own single malts.

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  • $279.00
    $251.10
    Jacoulot 18-year-old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Jacoulot 18-year-old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    An 18-year-old highland Scotch whisky, bottled by the French Jacoulet house.

    This comes from an undisclosed distillery, was distilled in January 1997 and bottled June 2017. Jacoulet sent over casks of their own Marc de Bourgogne to finish the whisky. At 43%, this is a rich whisky, with strong malt and dusty old wood notes.

    The cask yielded 325 bottles, a very small number of which found their way to Australia.

    Maison Jacoulot was founded in 1891 with Vincent Jacoulot began distilling grapes in Bourgogne (Burgundy). Since then the company has grown to encompass a number of liqueurs, fruit eaux de vies, marcs, whiskies and rums.

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  • $129.00
    $116.10
    Creative Whisky Company Orkney 9-Year-Old Single Cask

    Creative Whisky Company Orkney 9-Year-Old Single Cask

    A single cask whisky bottled by the Creative Whisky Company.

    This Orkney expression is part of their ‘Single Cask Exclusive’ series which looks to showcase flavours associated with the Scottish regions.

    The lingering smoke on this expression means this is from Highland Park. Exceptional value for a single cask from that famous distillery, particularly when bottled at 50%.

    Bottled as a 9-year-old.

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  • $129.00
    $116.10
    Creative Whisky Company Speyside 9-Year-Old Single Cask

    Creative Whisky Company Speyside 9-Year-Old Single Cask

    A single cask Speyside whisky bottled by the Creative Whisky Company.

    This is part of their ‘Single Cask Exclusive’ series which looks to showcase flavours associated with the Scottish regions.

    A fresh, sweet and light whisky, it’s what you’ll reach for to start your evening.

    This 9-year-old is bottled at 50%.

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  • $210.00
    $189.00
    Michel Couvreur XII 12-Year-Old Single Cask

    Michel Couvreur XII 12-Year-Old Single Cask

    A sweet 12-year-old single cask from the renowned French bottler Michel Couvreur.

    This is unpeated, distilled in Scotland (at an undisclosed location) and matured in France. Distilled 5 June 2006, it was filled into a PX ex-sherry butt and entirely matured in Couvreur’s mid-humid French cellars.

    The sherry influence is prominent, the thick style of the fortified give this a rich, dark fruit roundness. Stewed and cooked fruits, clean and smooth at 47%.

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  • $279.00
    $251.10
    Michel Couvreur XV 15-Year-Old Single Cask

    Michel Couvreur XV 15-Year-Old Single Cask

    A stately 15-year-old single cask from the renowned French bottler Michel Couvreur.

    This is a unpeated 15-year-old, distilled in Scotland (at an undisclosed site) and matured in France. Filled into a 500 litre oloroso ex-sherry butt at 63%, it was bottled at 45%. Matured in mid-humid French cellars, the cask yielded 783 bottles.

    Straight off the nose this smells older that it is, with elegant malt of soft cereals. Touch of woodiness, very mild spices and that classic cellar dampness that is so welcome in Couvreur bottlings.

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  • $159.00
    $143.10
    Kilchoman 2009 Vintage 8-Year-Old Single Malt

    Kilchoman 2009 Vintage 8-Year-Old Single Malt

    A single vintage eight-year-old from Islay’s Kilchoman distillery.

    This is very unique release from the distillery, as it carries an age statement of eight years. About 90% of the maturation was carried out in ex-bourbon barrels from Buffalo Trace, and the extended age on this release lets the subtleties of that elegant American oak shine.

    Almost to be considered as a bigger sibling of the core Machir Bar, age has this 2009 experience and wisdom, if not as much hyper-energy as the younger expressions. Outside of limited releases, this is their oldest global expression yet.

    The citrus notes of the previous vintage releases remain, but this time it’s orange peel rather than lime.

    An excellent expression that’s not the loudest in the stable, but shows why we love this distillery so much.

    Founded in 2005, Kilchoman was the first new distillery built on Islay in 125 years. It is the only independent, family-owned distillery, the smallest and (as of 2018 before Ardnahoe is completed) the newest. Knowing their peated whiskies would need to ready at a relatively young age, Kilchoman adopted a long fermentation, slow distillation model that has given them an outstanding house style of fresh smoke and rounded fruits.

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  • $179.00
    $161.10
    Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2018 Sherry Cask Single Malt

    Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2018 Sherry Cask Single Malt

    The 2018 release of Kilchoman’s exclusively-sherry cask expression, Loch Gorm.

    This annual release is an outturn of 10,000 bottles in 2018 and is made up of 19 oloroso sherry casks, distilled across 2007, ’08 and ’11. Those ‘07s are some of the distillery’s oldest remaining sherry casks.

    Filling peated spirit into sherry casks is risky move, but the Loch Gorm has established itself as one of the best in the business. Particularly in recent years, the Loch Gorms have settled into a balance between the two. The ’18 showcases sherry sweetness, stewed fruits, citrus and lingering coastal smoke.

    Founded in 2005, Kilchoman was the first new distillery built on Islay in 125 years. It is the only independent, family-owned distillery, the smallest and (as of 2018 before Ardnahoe is completed) the newest. Knowing their peated whiskies would need to ready at a relatively young age, Kilchoman adopted a long fermentation, slow distillation model that has given them an outstanding house style of fresh smoke and rounded fruits.

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  • $210.00
    $189.00
    Kilchoman 2018 Port Cask Single Malt

    Kilchoman 2018 Port Cask Single Malt

    The long-awaited return of Kilchoman’s Port Cask release, one of the young distillery’s best received whiskies ever and controversial in Australia for the lack of allocation.

    This 2018 release follows the 2014 release and these casks were filled in the same year its predecessor was released. 30 hogsheads of ruby port have yielded 10,000 bottles globally at 50%.

    Once again, this is a full maturation in these active casks and they provide a creamy texture, deep red fruits, a really jammy finish with a line smoke from beginning to end.

    Small allocations in Australia, once again (but it has arrived this time).

    Founded in 2005, Kilchoman was the first new distillery built on Islay in 125 years. It is the only independent, family-owned distillery, the smallest and (as of 2018 before Ardnahoe is completed) the newest. Knowing their peated whiskies would need to ready at a relatively young age, Kilchoman adopted a long fermentation, slow distillation model that has given them an outstanding house style of fresh smoke and rounded fruits.

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  • $195.00
    $175.50
    Kilchoman Red Wine Cask Single Malt

    Kilchoman Red Wine Cask Single Malt

    A juicy, chocolatey red wine cask from the Kilchoman distillery on Islay.

    Bottled at 50%, there are just 7,000 bottles worldwide. The casks were sourced from the Duro Valley in Portugal.

    Part of the series that has seen expressions matured in Port, Madeira and Sauternes casks, this is a full maturation in those wine casks. While they can often overpower a spirit, this distillate from 2012 has held its own.

    Red berries sweetness up front, but there’s dark chocolate and a bit of spice on the palate to counter any over-sweetness. The smoke, shy initially, shows itself at the end. A drop of water makes it present on the nose as well.

    Founded in 2005, Kilchoman was the first new distillery built on Islay in 125 years. It is the only independent, family-owned distillery, the smallest and (as of 2018 before Ardnahoe is completed) the newest. Knowing their peated whiskies would need to ready at a relatively young age, Kilchoman adopted a long fermentation, slow distillation model that has given them an outstanding house style of fresh smoke and rounded fruits.

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  • $399.00
    $359.10
    North Star Vega 40-Year-Old Blended Malt Whisky

    North Star Vega 40-Year-Old Blended Malt Whisky

    A fantastic value blended malt from North Star – the second edition of Vega has stepped it up to a stunning 40-years-old.

    North Star are a new indie bottler out of Glasgow and this Vega expression has been one of the biggest head-turners for the whisky community since their launch.

    Limited to just 400 bottles, this has sold out around the world before reaching Australia. An exquisite expression showcasing all the hallmarks of old whisky – dusty books, church pews, dried fruits, this is astonishing value.

    All components of this 40-year-old blended malt were distilled October 1977 and remained in cask until January 2018. This has been matured in both Spanish and American oak.

    Non-chill filtered and natural colour, it is released at cask strength 43.1%.

    Incredibly limited.

    Serge of WhiskyFun.com gave it a fantastic 90 points:

    Nose: Doesn’t feel very ‘blended’, and does feel very classically sherried, without excesses, with a perfect chocolate-iness, some cigars, a touch of hessian, some blackcurrants, some old oloroso, a little earth, whiffs of clean old wine barrel, and a handful of wild mushrooms. Proper raw chocolate beans, torrefaction, roasted coffee… Everything’s just impeccable.

    Palate: It’s the freshness that’s pretty impressive, the fruits (freshly squeezed orange juice with cloves), and the light chocolate/coffee/clove combo. Gets then more oloroso-y, darker, with more bitter chocolate and ‘crunching coffee beans’. Mexican mole sauce. Body and strength are just perfect.

    Finish: Medium, on oranges and chocolate. Jaffa cake, orangette, Demerara sugar. A touch of beef bouillon and black tobacco (Gauloise) in the aftertaste, plus mushrooms, penny buns, shitake…

    Comments: Did you notice that we haven’t used the word ‘oak’? Not even once?

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  • $215.00
    $193.50
    North Star Islay 10-Year-Old Single Cask Whisky

    North Star Islay 10-Year-Old Single Cask Whisky

    A single cask, cask strength whisky from an undisclosed distillery on Islay that has spent time in an ex-wine cask.

    This cask has been released by Iain Croucher’s Glasgow-based independent bottler, North Star. This is part of their fourth series of releases.

    This was distilled October 2007 and bottled February 2018 as a 10-year-old. Originally matured in a refill ex-bourbon hogshead, it was transferred to an ex-red wine cask from Bordeaux. The latter casks’ influence is visible even before you open the bottle – what should have been straw coloured has a distinct copper tinge.

    Bottled at 57.6%, there are 326 bottles worldwide.

    While we don’t know officially where this was distilled, the leather armchair-evoking ash and smoked fruits hint that this could be from a distillery starting with ‘L’, but a different one to what Croucher has bottled previously.

    Official tasting notes:

    Nose: Sweet soot and ash.

    Palate: Smoked cherries and marmalade.

    Finish: Sweet citrus and the reek of peat.

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