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Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 7 2018 (1x 75cl)

The GlenDronach Distillery nestled in the valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland hills near Aberdeenshire, is named after the source of its water: the Dronac burn. Founded in 1826, The GlenDronach was one of the very first licensed distilleries and has a history of enterprising owners, from the flamboyant James Allardice to the ambitious Walter Scott. Allardice was a colourful character and stories abound as to how he promoted his whisky with entrepreneurial flair. He was a pioneer of sherry cask maturation and would have celebrated today’s GlenDronach, as the still mature their whisky in the finest Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks.

Like all previous Cask Strength batches from The GlenDronach, this expression continues their tradition of marrying the finest Spanish sherry casks from Andalucía; Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez . The Oloroso contributes to the fruity and elegant nature of The GlenDronach, with notes of dark bramble fruitsand gentle spices. Pedro Ximenez contributes the robust and full-bodied richness of The GlenDronach, often characterised by notes of dark chocolate and stewed fruits. With each Cask Strength release, our Master Blender selects the ideal marriage of these two casks before bottling without chill filtration, at high strength and naturally deep in colour, as was the custom before the turn of the 20th century. Add a drop or two of water to reveal a cornucopia of flavour – from wild figs and brambles to baked apple and damson plum.

The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 7 has a beautiful deep bronze colour. The aromas are of cherry brandy and chocolate with blackberry vines, wild figs and Highland Toffee. The flavours include a burst of brambles and ripe sultanas which give way to Seville orange and roasted chestnut. The finish is of baked apple and damson plum that linger in combination with chocolate walnut and whipped cream.

£60.00

Glenfarclas £511.19s.0d Family Reserve (1x70cl)

Glenfarclas, from the Gaelic ‘Glen of the Green Grassland’, nestles at the foot of Ben Rinnes. Since 1865 Glenfarclas has been owned and managed by just one family, the Grants of Glenfarclas. On the 8th of June 1865 John Grant acquired the tenancy for the Rechlerich Farm and as part of the transaction purchased the Glenfarclas Distillery for £511.19s.0d. To this day Glenfarclas is one of only a few distilleries in Scotland to remain family owned and managed. Now in the hands of the fifth and sixth generation of the family, the Grants remain committed to the vision of creating the best quality Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, in the traditional Speyside style. A rival distiller wrote to the Grant family in May, 1912: “of all the whiskies, malt is king, of all the kings, Glenfarclas reigns supreme”, a compliment the family still hold dear and close to their hearts. 

Glenfarclas is famous for its heavily sherried whisky, and this whisky starts off in a similar fashion as it is made using predominantly first-fill sherry butts. However, it does offer more complexity than you might first expect.

Honey and raisins aromas mingle with gentle charred-cask bitterness. Stewed apples and pears develop in the glass, along with golden sugar, custard tarts, buttered fruit cake, nutmeg and clove. Despite being seemingly heavy it’s still has some fresh characteristics, with fresh apple and hints of candied lemon. The flavours on the palate are soft and rounded, with delicate sherry-cask spice and fruit notes. The flavours get richer as it develops in the glass, from raisins and dark fruit cake to gentle notes of black tea and mixed spice. At the end you get a blast of fresh apple, accompanied by damp autumn leaves and forest floor earthiness. The finish is of sweet spices, stewed apple and liquorice.

£80.00

Glenfarclas 1976 40 Year Old VI Family Collectors Series (1x 70cl)

Glenfarclas, from the Gaelic ‘Glen of the Green Grassland’, nestles at the foot of Ben Rinnes. Since 1865 Glenfarclas has been owned and managed by just one family, the Grants of Glenfarclas. On the 8th of June 1865 John Grant acquired the tenancy for the Rechlerich Farm and as part of the transaction purchased the Glenfarclas Distillery for £511.19S.0d. To this day Glenfarclas is one of only a few distilleries in Scotland to remain family owned and managed. Now in the hands of the fifth and sixth generation of the family, the Grants remain committed to the vision of creating the best quality Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, in the traditional Speyside style. A rival distiller wrote to the Grant family in May, 1912: “of all the whiskies, malt is king, of all the kings, Glenfarclas reigns supreme”, a compliment the family still hold dear and close to their hearts.

This is the final limited edition of the Family Collector Series, the Glenfarclas 1976 40 Year Old. It was distilled in 1976 and bottled on 19 May 2016 meaning that this sherried Speysider has been matured in the Campbell family's finest casks for 40 years. With only 1,500 bottles released this is an extremely sought-after whisky.

£1,150.00

Glenfarclas 21 Year Old (1x 70cl)

Glenfarclas, from the Gaelic ‘Glen of the Green Grassland’, nestles at the foot of Ben Rinnes. Since 1865 Glenfarclas has been owned and managed by just one family, the Grants of Glenfarclas. On the 8th of June 1865 John Grant acquired the tenancy for the Rechlerich Farm and as part of the transaction purchased the Glenfarclas Distillery for £511.19S.0d. To this day Glenfarclas is one of only a few distilleries in Scotland to remain family owned and managed. Now in the hands of the fifth and sixth generation of the family, the Grants remain committed to the vision of creating the best quality Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, in the traditional Speyside style. A rival distiller wrote to the Grant family in May, 1912: “of all the whiskies, malt is king, of all the kings, Glenfarclas reigns supreme”, a compliment the family still hold dear and close to their hearts.

This is an incredibly well rounded whisky that leaves you refreshed and contented. It is a whisky that always deserves a second glass!

The Glenfarclas 21 Year Old has an intense, dark amber gold colour. This whisky is full of aromas - sherried fruit, tropical fruit, nutmeg and almonds abound with slight citrus notes at the end. The palate has a full bodied, rich and rounded flavour that develops slowly to reveal fruity and spicy nuances. This is a long lasting, smooth whisky that feels like melting chocolate at the back of your throat. 

£94.85

Glenfarclas Miniature Triple Pack (10,12,105) (3 x 5cl)

Since 1865 Glenfarclas has been owned and managed by just one family, the Grants of Glenfarclas. It is now in the hands of the fifth and sixth generation and the Grant family remain committed to the vision of creating the best Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, in the traditional Speyside style. This is a trio of miniatures showing some of the best examples of whisky from Glenfarclas and contains:1 x 5cl Glenfarclas 10 year old, 1 x 5cl Glenfarclas 12 year old, 1 x 5 cl Glenfarclas 105 cask strength.

Glenfarclas 10 Year Old

This 100% Oloroso sherry cask matured whisky has a vibrant, straw gold colour. The aromas are tempting with sherry sweet malty tones combining with delicate aromas releasing subtle spices. Warming the glass reveals honey vanilla and pear drops. The flavours are delicate and light with a mouthwatering combination of maltiness and sherry sweetness. There are hints of dried fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves. The finish is long, smooth and spicy.

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old

This 100% Oloroso sherry cask matured whisky is a bright amber-gold colour. Its aromas are fresh and beautifully bright with sherried fruit combining with a tempting spicy sweetness and a hint of oak. This is a full bodied whisky which has flavours of sherried fruit, oak and delicious sweet sensations. The finish is long and flavoursome with a lingering spiciness.

Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength

The smoothness of the 105 makes it drinkable at cask strength but we recommend adding a splash of water to fully explore its great depth and flavours. The 105 is a deep peaty gold in colour. It has a complex aroma profile which is oaky and fruity with apples and pears as well as showing a tempting dark toffee sweetness. The flavours are dry and assertive, developing quickly to reveal a rich spiciness that is combioned with a hint of oak and sherried fruit. The 105 is amazingly smooth given its strength and is wonderfully warming with a lingering spiciness that is also very rounded.

£20.00

Glengoyne 12 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 Glengoyne 12 Year Old is a perfect balance of oak and sweetness. The aromas are reminiscent of lemon zest, toffee apples and a hint of coconut. Their signature sherry wood brings intensity and richness, while first fill bourbon casks add fresh notes of citrus and vanilla. 

£40.50

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.

£49.00

Glenkinchie 12 Year Old (1x 20cl Quarter)

Glenkinchie is just fifteen miles from the capital, earning it the title “The Edinburgh Malt”. But it’s strange to think of that dark and distinguished city when you see fields of barley or the green Lammermuir Hills rolling north towards the Firth of Forth. Founded in 1825 by the farmers John and George Rate, Glenkinchie operated under the name Milton Distillery until it was licenced and renamed in 1837. The new name came from the Kinchie Burn which runs through the glen, which itself derives its name from “de Quincey” who originally owned the land and burn. It was later rebuilt into the redbrick Victorian masterpiece you’ll see today, complete with houses for the workers, bowling green, those two fat old copper pot stills and the largest wash still in the industry. A traditional single cast-iron worm tub cools the spirit, in preference to a more modern condenser, giving a whisky of greater character and depth.

Glenkinchie 12 Year Old is very aromatic and flowery overall, like breathing in a country garden. Noticeable vanilla, cut flowers (daffodil, blossom and hints of lily) and beneath these, a clean, toasty note. Becomes increasingly sweet and creamy, with a lightly aromatic edge and fresh citrus, which all brings to mind lemon cheesecake. Water makes it still more creamy and scented. The palate has a sweet soft start, like crême anglaise, soon becoming flowery again. A really smooth delivery, especially after adding a drop of water. The mid-palate is crisp and then the flavour settles into a tightly focused bundle of butter icing, lemon cheesecake and freesias.

Glenkinchie 12 Year Old makes a delightful aperitif. Serve it in a martini glass with a few drops of water for a little flare. Fragrant, light and even creamy, Glenkinchie works magic when paired with cheese cake or even Cullen Skink. In summary this is a smooth, gently appetising Lowlander; flowery, ‘perfect for a picnic.’

£15.00

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

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
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