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Glengoyne 15 Year Old (1 x 70cl)

In 1820, safe from the reach of the law, George Connell began distilling in secret at Burnfoot Farm, which is where you'll find today's Glengoyne Distillery. The hidden waterfall and its miniature glen made it easy for George to escape the notice of the Exciseman. He's not the first to distil here illegally as it is reckoned that George learned the stillman's art from his grandfather.

Here are the thoughts of the folks at Glengoyne Distillery: "Every skill – every intricate step – evolves through hard work and long practice. It’s why we still dry our barley by air. It’s why we distil more slowly than anyone else in Scotland. It is also why we moved predominantly to sherry cask maturation in the 1870s, latterly securing our own private supply of this venerable wood."

The depth and sweetness of dried fruit in the Glengoyne 15 Year Old present themselves alongside complex depths and bright tropical notes - with a spicy oak finish. Hints of candied lemon and pineapple reveal the influence of first-fill bourbon casks, balanced by the rich intensity of Glengoyne's signature sherry wood.

£52.50

Glenlivet Founders Reserve (1x 70cl)

The remote and isolated Livet valley made it ideal for illicit distillation. This is where The Glenlivet's founder George Smith learned his craft. Hidden away from the Customs Officers and soldiers amongst the hills and abundant springs, George had time to distil slowly making a whisky that would soon become world renowned. In August 1822, King George IV arrived in Scotland for a state visit and asked to try a drop of the infamous Glenlivet whisky. An illegal dram it was, but that didn’t stop the King. Two years later and after a change in legislation, George saw his window of opportunity and rode to Elgin to get his licence to become the first legal distiller in the parish of Glenlivet.

To truly capture the essence of George Smith’s vision, The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve has been created using the time-honoured distillation methods that he introduced so long ago. Made with water from the same crystal-clear mountain streams, in the same cold, pure air, The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve is as smooth and fruity as the whisky that first ran from the original copper pot stills. These unique, lantern-shaped copper stills, designed by the man himself, are not the only important tools in our distilling legacy. The traditional oak casks in which we mature the whisky give each expression its own distinct characteristics. When George Smith began distilling, The Glenlivet had no age statements and he selected whisky from casks of a range of ages. The distiller has now replicated this freedom with The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, selecting whisky from a variety of traditional aged oak casks. Then, to lend a modern twist to the flavour of the expression, Master Distiller Alan Winchester marries together a selection of the aged oak casks and American first-fill oak casks. American first-fill oak casks are those that have never before been used to mature whisky. Selective use of these casks provides a smooth, creamy sweetness that mingles harmoniously with the delicate flavours and complex fruity tones already present in the whisky.

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve has a delicate pale gold colour. The aromas that you will find in  this delightful whisky include citrus fruit and sweet orange. The palate continues with flavours of zesty orange, pear and toffee apples. It has a long, creamy, smooth finish that will certainly tempt you to another dram!

£41.00

Glenlossie Flora & Fauna 10 Year Old (1x 70cl)

Glenlossie nestles in the fertile Laich of Moray, just two miles from Millbuies nature reserve, and surrounded by hills and farmland. The Laich is a plain by the sea – rich, low-lying agricultural land that has been farmed for generations. It’s this proximity to the sea which lends Glenlossie a little of the coastal malt to its Speyside character, with a hint of smoke on the nose. Glenlossie distillery was the dream of local publican John Duff, who sketched the plans and worked with a local architect by the name of MacKenzie to make it a reality in 1876. Duff used the 70 foot drop from a nearby dam to drive a wheel which in turn powered the machinery, making Glenlossie, Duff and his local investors independent of steam power. The distillery changed hands over the years, and eventually moved from water to steam, and during the 1960 refurbishment, electricity. Though the wheel and the hand-fired stills may have gone, the independent spirit of Duff remains in this distinct Speyside malt.

The first impression you will get from the aroma of Glenlossie 10 Year Old  is vinous, like a well-used cocktail cabinet. Through this comes a light sponge-like aroma, followed by fruity notes (fresh plums, kiwi-fruit). Then the nose closes somewhat, with a promise of peardrops. With water, the reduced nose is estery, solvent-like and fruity - a fruit salad including oranges, apples, plums and pears. There is a hint of coconut milk and a fugitive scent of sweet tobacco. If more water is added, the nose becomes mossier, with a whiff of matchboxes (the sandpaper striker on a matchbox, to be precise). The last might indicate a thread of smoke. This is a medium bodied whisky. The flavours are sweet with a good balance of primary tastes and some pleasant acidity. If more water is added, there is a very slight hint of smoke. The finish is dryish, with some light chocolate notes and a light, malty aftertaste.

This is a fine example of a 'Top Class' Speyside but beware - its delicate characteristics are easily swamped. As a light whisky with just a whiff of smoke, Glenlossie works well with the gentle cocoa bitter-ness of a chocolate truffle or even a creme brulee, with it's creamy, melt-in-the-mouth flavours.

£56.25

Glenmorangie Lasanta Single Malt Whisky (1x70cl)

** LIMITED QUANTITIES AVAILABLE AT THIS PRICE **

In 1843, William Matheson founded the Glenmorangie Distillery in the Scottish Highlands. Inspired by the Distillery’s peaceful surroundings on the banks of the Dornoch Firth, he brought forth a pioneering single malt whisky wonderfully complex and exceptionally smooth. Ever since, they have pursued their craft with uncompromising dedication – endlessly creative in our quest for perfection. To this day, they honour the Distillery’s provenance in the award-winning single malt. Its pure, smooth spirit is distilled in Scotland’s tallest stills, matured in the finest casks and perfected by The Men of Tain. And, in the hands of these select craftsmen, Glenmorangie will continue to delight malt whisky lovers for generations to come.

Elegant but full-bodied, the Lasanta has spent ten years maturing in American white oak, ex-Bourbon casks before being extra-matured for a further two years in Oloroso Sherry and Pedro Ximenez (PX) casks from Jerez in Spain.

Lasanta is Gaelic for warmth and passion, a reminder not just of the Spanish provenance of these Oloroso sherry butts, but also a reflection of this expression's lusciously soft texture and deep, enticingly sweet aroma.

Chill-filtered and bottled at 43% abv, Glenmorangie Lasanta is full-bodied and rich in texture, with a wonderfully long and smooth finish. It is characterised by rich, spicy, nutty notes from the Oloroso and PX casks selected for its finishing.

Aroma: Warm spices mix with smooth chocolate covered raisins, honeycomb and caramel toffee.

Taste: Deliciously sweet sherry flavoured sultanas, orange segments, walnuts and butterscotch combine to create complex warm spices.

Finish: Long and satisfying finish with spiced orange and chocolate covered hazelnuts.

£39.95

Glenturret Peated Edition Single Malt Whisky (1x70cl)

The historic site of the Glenturret Distillery has been soaked in whisky since the early 17th century with early accounts of illicit stills and bothies since at least 1717.  The one thing that those early bothies have in common with today’s distillery is that they all drew their waters from the cool, clear Turret Burn and used similar methods and equipment. Nothing has ever been ordinary about The Glenturret, Scotland’s oldest working distillery. Since its origins among the smugglers and illicit stills of the 18th Century, it has had some fascinating stories to tell. Whisky booms and prohibition might have ruffled its feathers, but The Glenturret scotch malt whisky, still made by hand in the traditional way, weathered all these challenges and has matured into an enduring brand that remains as the only traditionally hand-mashed whisky in Scotland.

The Glenturret Peated Edition delivers a heavy smokiness through the use of malted barley dried over peat fires, a taste akin to the whisky produced when the distillery first got its license in 1775.

A warm bitumen and freshly baked brownie aroma is followed in taste by a sweet, smoky flavour with slight salty notes. The colour of The Glenturret Peated Edition is a deep burnished gold, which is clear and bright. The aromas are of warm bitumen and freshly baked chocolate brownie. The flavours are sweet and smoky with slightly salty notes.  The finish is long and lingering with soft peat.

£45.00

Glenturret Sherry Cask Edition single malt (1x 70cl)

The historic site of the Glenturret Distillery has been soaked in whisky since the early 17th century with early accounts of illicit stills and bothies since at least 1717.  The one thing that those early bothies have in common with today’s distillery is that they all drew their waters from the cool, clear Turret Burn and used similar methods and equipment. Nothing has ever been ordinary about The Glenturret, Scotland’s oldest working distillery. Since its origins among the smugglers and illicit stills of the 18th Century, it has had some fascinating stories to tell. Whisky booms and prohibition might have ruffled its feathers, but The Glenturret scotch malt whisky, still made by hand in the traditional way, weathered all these challenges and has matured into an enduring brand that remains as the only traditionally hand-mashed whisky in Scotland.

The Sherry Cask Edition has been matured in Spanish oak sherry seasoned casks, delivering a sweet spiciness with a soft oak background.

This whisky has the colour of deep burnished gold which is both clear and bright. Homemade syrup sponge meets the nose with a sweetness and warmth that invites you in. The taste is of puff candy layered with aromatic sandalwood and smooth, sweet spices. The finish is medium sweet, has good length and a lingering spiciness.

£45.00

Highland Park 12 Year Old (1x 70cl)

Highland Park's founder, Magnus Eunson, was a direct Viking descendant. A butcher and church officer by day, and a smuggler by night, he set up his illicit still at a little bothy at High Park, overlooking Kirkwall – still the site of Highland Park today. Although they say that the distillery was founded in 1798, in truth, that’s just the year that the authorities finally caught up with Magnus – whisky was certainly being produced there before that! With the exception of the smuggling operation, very little has changed in those intervening years. They stay true to the exacting standards of whisky making Magnus introduced, and share his bold and uncompromising approach. In fact, you could say this is a whisky crafted in the old way by a new generation of Vikings.

'Viking Honour' 12 Year Old reflects the unique culture of Orkney. Part of Scotland yes, but originally belonging to a vast Viking kingdom. At Highland Park, they honour the spirit of their Viking ancestors, sharing their pride, integrity and fierce independence. "I am a reflection of my ancestors and values. I keep them close and continue to learn, to pass on those values to future generations. My name is all I truly have. Let it be a legacy of honour." Old Viking Saying

The heart and soul of Highland Park, 'Viking Honour' 12 Year Old is a perfect harmony of aromatic smoky peat, sweet heather honey and rich fruit cake.

The colour of Highland Park 'Viking Honour' 12 Year Old is glowing amber. The aromas and flavours are of heather honey, rich fruitcake, winter spices, Seville oranges and aromatic smoky peat.  Why not try this with haunch of venison, chocolate ginger biscuits, soft cheeses such as French Brie and even Japanese sushi and wasabi (yes, really!).

£38.50

Inchgower Flora & Fauna 14 Year Old (1x 70cl)

Moved and renamed, rescued and preserved, Inchgower became more than just a distillery for its founders and his loyal workers. It was an idea – a reaction to increasing land prices, and a commitment to Single Malt Scotch Whisky – and one of the only distilleries to inspire a poem. Originally known as Tochieneal, the distillery was built near Cullen, by local factor, Alexander Wilson. His nephew - confusingly called Uncle Sandy - built a thriving business, but was forced to suspend operations in 1870, when a doubling of the rent made the small premises uneconomic to operate. A move to the coast where the rent was lower, and Inchgower was born 1871. Men who spent their working lives there recorded the move in the poem “Tochieneal”. Inchgower remained in the Wilson family until 1929, but had to be saved from receivership by the local council during the troubled 1930s. Happily, acquisition by Arthur Bell & Sons in 1938 secured its future, and – aside from an expansion to accommodate two more stills in 1966 – the buildings are largely unchanged to this day.

Inchgower 14 Year Old has a deep amber colour. The aromas you will find are rich, deep and faintly toffied. After a while offers some short-crust pastry and fruit, like greengage tart or damson pie. Then it settles and becomes lighter and vaguely 'gun-metal' - a mix of metal, gun oil and cordite, but all very faint. With water it freshens up, but gives little away. For a time there is an unmistakable scent of horse chestnuts - green and nutty - but after a while it becomes much sweeter and more floral, like acacia honey. The palate is medium bodied and mouth filling with flavours that are sweet overall, but also curiously mouth-drying, with some salt and traces of oil. The finish leads you to an aftertaste of bitter almonds.

This whisky presents you with a conundrum, in which the aromatics, and even the flavour, change continually. It seems to be more coastal than Speyside. Dry, crisp and even salty – Inchgower lends itself to sweet foods, and pairs particularly well with chocolate truffles or even a cheeseboard. 

£55.00

Jura Prophecy (1x 70cl)

Jura is a remote island off the West Coast of Scotland. Only 60 miles from the mainland yet it feels like an entire world away; an ancient landscape of wild mountains, peaceful lochs and stormy seas.With just one road, one pub, one distillery and a very distinct micro-climate, it’s not an easy place to make whisky. Founded in 1810, the distillery collapsed at the end of the 19th century and fell into ruin. Despite this and the two World Wars which followed, their Diurach's spirit remained. In 1963, the distillery was rebuilt to help revive the small island community. With it, true community spirit was born.

Heavily peated with a sweet and spicy finish. It's said that centuries ago, an old seer prophesied that the last Campbell to leave the island would be penniless. In 1938, this came to be. To mark the legend, the seer's symbol watches over every bottle.

Jura Prophecy has a fiery golden amber colour. The aromas give you an exquisite burst of bonfire smoke slowly which then move on to salty and spicy sea spray. The flavours are powerful with peat smoke and spicy sea spray opening up the palate, followed by flavours of soft liquorice, spicy cinnamon and nutmeg. This whisky is non-chill filtered for a huge peaty punch. This complex and structured whisky is aged in Bourbon, sherry and Limousin oak casks.

£62.20

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 Release (1 x 70cl)

The picturesque Kilchoman Distillery sits nestled amongst the traditional buildings of Rockside Farm on the north-west coast of Islay. As famous as Islay’s Farm Distillery, their barley fields stretch west, sheltered beneath the Cnoc Dubh cliffs, to the shores of Machir Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Named after the most spectacular beach on Islay, Machir Bay is the flagship of the Kilchoman range. It has a vatting of approximately 80% bourbon barrels and 20% oloroso sherry casks.

The aromas are of lemon zest, vanilla and a distinct coastal influence give way to floral intensity, juicy peaches, pears, and wafts of rich spices. On the palate there are bursts of tropical fruit and dried sultanas, warming smoke and waves of honey, malt, butterscotch and rich sweetness. The finish is of sherry-soaked fruit, cracked black pepper and sea salt. Long-lasting with layers of citrus sweetness and maritime peat smoke.

£51.00

Lagavulin 16 Year Old (1x 20cl)

The definitive Islay malt—intensely flavoured, smoky and rich. The windswept Isle of Islay instils a strength of character into everything it produces and its here, nestled in a small bay that our beloved whisky has been made for over 200 years. Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch whisky has the longest distillation and maturation of any in the Classic Malts Collection. It simply will not be rushed. Crafted by the people of Islay, it carries within it their intensity and their attitude that if something’s worth doing, it’s worth making time for and doing right. And, in 2016, we celebrate 200 years of making time at Lagavulin. The date of the first official distillation is 1816, though there’s no doubt that locals would have been producing their own whisky there for generations. Since that first batch, many have fallen in love with its rich textures, intense flavours and remarkable nose of smoke, brine and sweetness.

Lagavulin 16 Year Old has a deep amber gold colour. The nose is full of intense aromas, peat smoke with iodine and seaweed and a rich, deep sweetness. This is a full, rich bodied whisky. Flavours of dry peat smoke fill the palate with a gentle but strong sweetness, followed by sea and salt with touches of wood. There is a long, elegant peat-filled finish with lots of salt and seaweed.

Describing Lagavulin 16 Year Old as a roaring bonfire from the coast of Islay, describes the sensations you feel when enjoying a dram of this comforting yet challenging whisky. Lagavulin's mighty flavours are delicious when combined with Gorgonzola, Roquefort or Stilton – or any other aged blue cheese.

£20.00

Ledaig 10 Year Old - Tobermory Distillery (1x 70cl)

"To us, this is much more than a distillery. This is where we capture the spirit of our beautiful island."

Established in 1798, Tobermory is the only distillery on Mull and one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland. It is unique, not just because of its idyllic location, but because it produces two different, but equally alluring, single malts: the fruity, unpeated Tobermory and the more robust and smoky Ledaig. Centuries have passed, but their uncompromising tradition, dedication and devotion remain.

This extraordinary and distinguished hand-crafted single malt is Tobermory Distillery’s signature smoky expression. For ten full years, oak wood casks lie in rest in ancient vaults. Within them, the aromatic Lochan waters marry with the peated malted barley to create a deep golden treasure that is both floral and smoky. Ledaig is  an integral part of the Tobermory family.

Ledaig 10 year old has a bright lemony gold colour. The aromas give off a sweet briny smokiness with distinct island character and playful notes that hint at mild antiseptic, creosote, wax polish, mint chocolate and floral seaside aromas. Soft peat, gentle smoke. The flavours are tantalisingly sweet, medicinal flavours infused with enticing sparks of spicy pepper and dried fruit with rich peaty smoke and a velvety vanilla and malty creaminess. The finish to this whisky is a wondrous union of sublimely spicy white pepper, the vibrant sweetness of liquorice and a kick of cloves with a exquisite lingering saltiness.

£47.00

Loch Lomond Original 12 Year Old Whisky (1x70cl)

The first site of the former Loch Lomond Distillery dates back to 1814, sited at the north end of Loch Lomond near Tarbet (known as Tarbat). Sadly in the old days relatively few paper records were kept and the closing date of this Distillery remains unclear. The current Loch Lomond Distillery was founded in 1964 by the former owners of the Littlemill Distillery, in Bowling, a few miles up the road towards Glasgow.

This exquisite 12 Year Old single malt has a deep fruity character of peach and pear layered with a vanilla sweetness and the characteristic hints of peat and smoke found in Loch Lomond whiskies. Aged in three types of cask - Bourbon, refill and re-charged - these whiskies are brought together delivering a perfectly balanced single malt under the watchful eye od Michael Henry, Loch Lomond distillery's master distiller.

The aromas are of crisp green apple, ripe pear and refreshing citrus lemon with background notes of golden cereal. There are flavours of both orchard fruits and lemon meringue. The deep fruity character of pear lead into citrus lemon, vanilla meringue and light biscuit sweetness. The finish has a medium length with gentle wood smoke and a lingering peaty tang.

£40.00

Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask (1x 70cl)

An obsession with quality has been the hallmark of The Macallan since its founding by Alexander Reid on a plateau above the river Spey in north-east Scotland. The distillery is surrounded by a 150 hectare estate with Easter Elchies House at its heart. The Macallan was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. Since then they have built a reputation as one of the world’s leading single malt whiskies. The creation of The Macallan draws on the vital contributing influences of Spain, North America and Scotland - and of their respective natural raw materials, combined with traditional methods and craftsmanship.

For every Macallan expression, the quality of the whisky is largely dependent on the quality of the oak casks it is matured in, as well as the quality of the 'new make' spirit distilled from water, yeast and barely. With up to 80% of The Macallan’s final character and flavour being determined by cask quality, the oak cask is the most prominent factor in ensuring and delivering the quality and style of this single malt. All of their whiskies take 100% of their colour from the wood in which they are matured. As wood is a natural product, each tree is different and in turn, imparts different flavours and colours to the whisky during maturation.

The Macallan Double Cask 12 Year Old forms part of the Double Cask range which marries the classic Macallan style and the unmistakable sweetness of American oak. This is a fully rounded single malt in perfect balance, with flavours of honey, citrus and ginger.

£60.00

Michters US*1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon (1x 70cl)

Michter’s is proud to honour a historical legacy going back to the founding of America’s first whiskey company in 1753. Originally known as Shenk's and later as Bomberger's, the whiskey company which ultimately became known as Michter's was founded by John Shenk, a Swiss Mennonite farmer, in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania. In its earliest days, Shenk's produced whiskey from rye grain, a favorite local crop in the Pennsylvania Blue Mountain Valley where the distillery was located. According to Pennsylvania historical lore, this particular rye whiskey was so valued that when the Revolutionary War broke out, General George Washington visited the distillery and purchased whiskey to fortify his men as they hunkered down in their camp through the long, brutal winter at Valley Forge. Over 200 years later the Michter's Pennsylvania management would say Michter's was "the whiskey that warmed the American Revolution."

The US*1 expressions, so named to honour Michter’s heritage harkening back to America’s first whiskey company, consist of some of the finest single barrel and truly small batch whiskeys available. Distilled to Master Distiller Pam Heilmann’s exacting specifications, no US*1 whiskey is ever released until Pam and the Michter’s tasting panel deems it ready.

Michter’s US*1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon is made from a carefully selected mashbill that features the highest quality American corn. It is then matured to the peak of perfection. Truly “small batch” each batch of the US*1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon is batched in a holding tank sized to fit a maximum of twenty full barrels, leaving no margin for “blending out” imperfection and thus necessitating excellence from every barrel. Reflecting the spirit of the Bluegrass State, Michter’s US*1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon is nuanced, mellow and earthy.

This whisky has aromas and flavours of rich caramel with balanced vanilla and stone fruit notes. It goes on in the palate with a smoky depth and oaky finish.

£53.00
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