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Singleton Of Dufftown 18 Year Old (1 x 70cl)

The Singleton of Dufftown was built during the reign of Queen Victoria. And though the traditional methods, centuries of craft and ancient water source remain, Dufftown – the smoothest of the family of three – is on a mission to create new, great tasting Single Malt Scotch Whiskies that burst with flavour. The 1890s saw a boom in the Scotch whisky trade, and the establishment of this – Dufftown’s sixth distillery at the time – by Peter MacKenzie and Richard Stackpole. The two converted an old saw mill and, despite a few wranglings over the distillery’s water supply, set about producing a whisky so popular that it survived the whisky crash of 1898, the US Prohibition Act of 1920, and thanks to Arthur Bell and Sons, the great depression of the 1930s to become a global brand, known for its accessible, balanced taste. The Singleton of Dufftown is often described as possessing an exceptional smoothness, although the new-make spirit from its three pairs of stills runs spicy in character. Using a combination of American and European Oak casks at roughly a 50/50 split, the finishing rounds off that edge – evoking in some expressions nuttier, cereal notes of this Speysider.

The aromas are soft, inviting, dry and autumnal.  There are nuances of sweet, stewed fruits (apricot preserve), ripe autumn apples and rich berry fruits. Soon, roasted nuts; hazelnut, walnut appear as well as wood scent, dry tea-leaves and fresh-cut pine resin. The fruits soften, revealing rich vanilla and toffee over chocolate and caramel. This smoothness is finely balanced by subtle cereal; neither overpowering, nor cloying. A little water restores the appetising fruit: blackberries, pears in syrup. Vanilla and polished wood too. The palate feels firm but full. Again it is dry and sweet, gently dominated by nuts, dark toffee and gentle mint, before the fruits return as rhubarb and apple juice. Becomes deep and mouth-coating; a hint of almond biscuit, then woody, light spiciness. Late dryness with a rich, silky cocoa bitterness, growing spicy. The fruits darken and run sweetly below. Water cools things; softer and less rich now, dominated by the sweet fruit. Very subtle mint and liquorice toffee notes.

As this is a richer whisky in the Singleton of Dufftown family, it goes well with copious amounts of dark chocolate. This is a Speyside that’s deep but not inaccessible.

£64.00

Springbank 21Year Old - Hunter Laing First Editions (1x 70cl)

The First Editions range of single barrel expressions by Hunter Laing are always released at natural cask strength, and of course without colouring or chill filtration. As the name may suggest, each cask is carefully selected to evoke the qualities of a rare literary volume – those of character and collectability. Colour-coding on the labels denotes the particular regions the whiskies themselves are from and each bottle is individually numbered and presented in a gift tube. A “First Editions” bottling without doubt makes a valuable addition to anyone’s whisky library.

This was distilled in 1995 and just 160 bottles were filled 21 years later in 2016 by Hunter Laing for The First Editions range.

This Springbank has peppery aromas alongside those of gentle peat smoke and apricot / peach. There is also a hint of the sea. The palate is dry and sweet with oranges, smoke, spicy vanilla and a hint of coconut. The finish is long and dry with oak, smoke, ginger and a maritime spiciness.

£273.60

Tamdhu Single Malt 10 Year Old (1x 70cl)

In 1897, a group of like-minded entrepreneurs came together with a shared ambition to create the best whisky in the world. No mean feat. They raised today’s equivalent of £20 million and began to make their vision a reality. The best distillery architect and engineer of the day, Charles C Doig, was enlisted. The best location by the banks of the River Spey was acquired. The most advanced techniques were chosen. In 1898 the founders secured their first precious shipment of sherry casks from the finest bodegas in Spain. Now over 100 years later, Tamdhu matures its whisky exclusively in the finest Oloroso sherry casks. Although the casks are exceptionally rare and expensive, they wouldn't change their methods, as they believe it's the only way to create the very best single malt whisky. Although the distillery closed in 2010, in January 2012, the determination of Ian Macleod Distillers saw the Tamdhu Distillery doors open once more. Ian Macleod Distillers have returned the distillery to its former glory, using the same processes and passion for sherry maturation as the founders had before them.

Tamdhu 10 Year Old is matured exclusively in sherry oak casks, the finest in the whisky industry. They take great care to ensure every drop is as magnificent now as the founders envisioned over a century ago. Finally, 10 long years are required to allow these fine casks to do their work, giving Tamdhu its wondrous natural colour and award-winning quality.

On the nose, enjoy the softness of vanilla and sugared almonds, balanced by fresh oak and cinnamon. The palate bursts with fruit and spice – gently revealing toffee and the richness of sherry oak. The taste finishes with a touch of fresh fruit, becoming pleasantly drying – slowly unveiling the wisp of peat smoke.

£37.00

The Deveron 18 Year Old - Highland (1x 70cl)

Located where the river meets the sea, Macduff distillery sits near the mouth of the River Deveron, shortly before its cool waters join the restless surge of the North Sea. Sheltered from the worst of the seaboard storms and winter winds, this tranquil spot has seen the creation of The Deveron malt whisky for many a decade. A comparatively modern distillery – its spirit first began to flow in 1960 – Macduff was brought into being mainly for the purpose of supplying malt whisky to the blending industry. It was commissioned by a consortium of four businessmen, who called themselves Glen Deveron Distillers Ltd. Emanating from five small copper pot stills, and unusual horizontal condensers that gently coax extra character from the spirit, The Deveron is an approachable dram which has a tang of coastal air about it. The distillery is set up for a light, fruity spirit that’s replete with apple tones and nutty notes.

Stephen Marshall, Bacardi’s Global Marketing Manager – Single Malts remarks: “People underestimate the quality of whisky that can be made at a comparatively modern distillery, this is really top notch stuff. Get yourself up to Macduff, or if you can’t then stick Local Hero on the telly and pour yourself a dram”.

The aromas are smooth with honey, toffee, dried sherried fruits, nuts and just a hint of oak. The Deveron 18 Year Old is medium bodied and smooth with a honeyed sweetness leading the way, vanilla, a touch of burnt raisins, some ripe plum, nutty, tobacco, some tangy orange and toffee apple, pear, a touch of late black treacle sugar. The finish has honey sugar coated oak notes and a touch of tangy orange which quickly fade leaving a little drying nuttiness.

£72.00

The Epicurean Lowland Malt, Douglas Laing (1 x 70cl)

Douglas Laing’s The Epicurean Lowland Malt Scotch Whisky tells the story of a 1930s Glasgow man, a real cheeky chappy who was ever the life and soul of the party, and a real connoisseur of fine food and drink. A dram they describe as “city born and bred”, The Epicurean is a blend of some of the finest Lowland Malts; a marriage of the best that the East and the West of Scotland have to offer. This small batch bottling is proudly without colouring or chill-filtration and bottled at 46.2% ABV.

The Epicurean has aromas that are barley-rich, citric, floral and herbal. The mouth-coatingly sweet palate displays crunched sugar, burnt citrus, mixed spices, thyme, peaches and hard candy. This is charmingly underpinned and enriched in the finish with more of that earlier herbal character, in a gristy style with almonds, cut grass and burnt sugar.

£34.00

The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky (1x 5cl)

This iconic whisky was created in 1896 by Matthew Gloag. Matthew was born to the trade – his grandfather, also called Matthew, founded the family wine and spirit business in Perth in 1835, and his uncle William started blending whisky in 1860.

Over the years, generations of the Gloag family have worked with expert blenders, stillmen, coopers, merchants and retailers to make this whisky Famous.

Three kinds of cask add character to The Famous Grouse whisky as it is maturing. It’s the magic of the cask that lends The Famous Grouse its unique flavour. The European oak they use in the sherry casks and the American oak in the bourbon ones make sure each dram is full of flavour. Each has its own qualities, and each adds its own subtle shades of character to the whiskies that go into The Famous Grouse. By choosing one over another, they can add a little sweetness, a rich, toasty undertone, or a bright fruity note. Their cask policy is key and one of the ways that they achieve consistent quality with every drop.

These miniatures make fantastic gifts, stocking fillers or wedding favours. For the collectors amongst you these are not the current label, but one from a few years ago. Although our pricing reflects the price of a single miniature, these delightful little bottles come in packs of 12.

£1.80

Tomatin Cask Strength (1 x 70cl)

Whisky production has been central to the way of life in this area most probably since the 15th when drovers would stop to fill their ram’s horns at the still of the old laird’s house.  This house was part of the Tomatin estate and located where the modern day Distillery stands.  1897. The first formal distillery on the site was established in 1897. The settlement of Tomatin was formed as result of the wealth created by the distillery. Around 80% of their employees still live on site in the distillery houses, so working at Tomatin is more than just a job for their employees; it is a way of life. This in turn is reflected in the quality of whisky produced; every bottle of whisky they make is distilled with pride.

The smooth, rounded hills sheltering the Tomatin Distillery reflect the softer side of nature in this quiet corner of the Highlands. Here, bubbling pure spring water, tender barley and gentle patience all go into creating an incredibly soft Highland whisky. A whisky which is as easy to enjoy as it is hard to forget.

Tomatin describe their whisky perfectly: "Since 1897 there has been a quiet revolution unfolding in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. In this idyllic spot, the naturally soft water of the Allt na Frith burn is introduced to tender Scottish barley. Later, from the tall, slim copper stills of the Tomatin Distillery a mellow, fruity spirit is born. You have heard the myths of this often wild and beautiful place. Now hear the truth: there is a softer side to the Highlands. There is Tomatin."  

The Cask Strength Edition is their most vivacious expression, yet still retains Tomatin’s characteristically rich and sweet undertones. Matured in a classic combination of first fill ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks, aromas of golden syrup and ginger biscuits prevail while flavours of malt loaf and marzipan lead to a dry, lingering spicy finish. 

£48.50

Tomintoul 10 Year Old

Tomintoul Distillery is located inside the picturesque Glenlivet estate, within the whisky producing region of Speyside. The distillery is named after the nearby village of Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland. Distillery Manager, Robert Fleming is a fourth generation distiller, born and bred on the Glenlivet estate. Tomintoul Distillery was built in 1964. The distillery uses traditional techniques that stretch back hundreds of years, to make their award-winning single malt, “the gentle dram”. The natural environment, fresh air and pure water all add to this uniquely smooth and mellow spirit.

Tomintoul 10 Year Old is matured in ex-bourbon casks made from American white oak. There is a beautiful gold colour to this whisky. The aromas include hints of citrus with honey tones and a whiff of mountain heather. The flavours are well rounded with creamy sweetness that is balanced by gently spicy oak. At the finish there is a surge of sweetness that is swiftly pursued by tingling spice.

£33.60

Tullibardine 21 Year Old - Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask (1x 70cl)

Old Malt Cask is unashamedly for connoisseurs of the finest expressions of Single Malt Scotch Whisky. As one of the most established brands in the single cask market, Old Malt Cask is trusted and enjoyed by thousands of Malt Whisky consumers all around the world. Each month, the Hunter Laing tasting panel reviews their company stocks and, after careful consideration, selects only the casks which are of the highest quality. Whether the whisky was distilled in Speyside or Islay, the Lowlands or the Islands, they all have one thing in common – they have been bottled at exactly the right time to capture the unique characteristics of the cask. Invariably bottled at 50% strength to maintain drinkability, each new expression is non-chillfiltered to ensure that the personality of each cask remains. Their expert blender also writes notes to guide the consumer through the tasting experience.

This is a bottling of Tullibardine 21 Year Old. It was matured in a single Sherry butt from April 1994 to November 2015. These bottles are part of a very limited release of just 302 bottles.

This whisky is rich and malty with sweet notes of summer fruits as well as herbal notes and honey.

£82.60

Tullibardine 228 Burgundy Finish (1x 70cl)

The history of Tullibardine as a location for brewing and distilling dates back to the 15th Century.  The story begins in 1488 when the young King James IV stopped at Tullibardine before his coronation to purchase beer from the local brewery. The brewery which was known for producing fine beer as a result of the local water source was granted a royal charter in 1503. In 1947 William Delmé-Evans began converting the brewery into the Tullibardine Distillery that we know today. He made his decision after testing the water from the nearby springs and discovering it was perfect for distilling whisky.  The water comes from the Ochil Hills and is Drawn from the Danny Burn. (This is the same water source used by Highland Spring for their bottled water.) 

The auburn hue of this whisky comes directly from the time it has spent in 228 litre barriques that held Pinot Noir from Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet. The aromas of the 228 feature red cherries and vanilla with hints of chocolate and Turkish Delight. On the palate there is a good hint of red summer fruit, more chocolate and a sweet spice note on the finish.

£41.59

Aberfeldy 12 Year Old (1x 70cl)

First planned in 1896 by the sons of John Dewar, Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery is the only Scotch whisky distillery built by the Dewar family. Dewar’s was already a highly successful brand of blended whisky, renowned for its quality, and the company needed more single malt whisky to use in its blend. Aberfeldy Distillery's pursuit of Scotch whisky perfection began in 1898, when their stills first produced the beautifully balanced single malt whisky which is at the heart of the Dewar’s blend.

Aberfeldy 12 Year Old is a beautifully smooth and honeyed dram with notes of spices, vanilla, and a hint of smoke.

£40.00

Aberfeldy 21 Year Old (1x 70cl)

First planned in 1896 by the sons of John Dewar, Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery is the only Scotch whisky distillery built by the Dewar family. Dewar’s was already a highly successful brand of blended whisky, renowned for its quality, and the company needed more single malt whisky to use in its blend. Aberfeldy Distillery's pursuit of Scotch whisky perfection began in 1898, when their stills first produced the beautifully balanced single malt whisky which is at the heart of the Dewar’s blend.

Aberfeldy 21 Year Old has a richly textured, honeyed nose with sweet creamy intensity. The flavours are of dried fruits, with floral heather notes, and hints of toasted coconut.

£132.00

Aberlour 10 Year Old (1x 70cl)

Steeped in centuries of legend and surrounded by the dramatic Highland scenery of Ben Rinnes, the village of Aberlour lies at the very heart of Speyside, where the Lour burn joins the River Spey. All Aberlour single malts are made with the best local ingredients of barley and exceptionally pure, soft spring water from the nearby natural springs at Ben Rinnes. The expertly crafted new spirit is matured in both the finest hand-picked Oloroso Sherry butts and American Oak barrels. It’s this double cask maturation which subtly brings together the characteristics of each cask to create a truly rich and rewardingly complex range of single malts.

Aberlour's uniquely rewarding depth of character derives from how it's made as well as the quality of ingredients, such as specially sourced local barley and crystalline spring water used to produce it. At Aberlour they have always believed in substance over style. Their whisky is born out of craft, passion and knowledge that’s been handed down through generations. Their story is of community, locally sourced ingredients and families of craftsmen who have shaped Aberlour into the distillery it is today. They believe that their whisky, with its depth of flavour and character, speaks for itself. 

The Aberlour 10 year old is a most approachable whisky with charming sweet flavours of fudge liquorice and honey with a dry finish. Rated at 94 points by Jim Murray, this is unbeatable value!

£34.00

Aberlour Abunadh (1x 70cl)

Steeped in centuries of legend and surrounded by the dramatic Highland scenery of Ben Rinnes, the village of Aberlour lies at the very heart of Speyside, where the Lour burn joins the River Spey. All Aberlour single malts are made with the best local ingredients of barley and exceptionally pure, soft spring water from the nearby natural springs at Ben Rinnes. Aberlour's uniquely rewarding depth of character derives from how it's made as well as the quality of ingredients, such as specially sourced local barley and crystalline spring water used to produce it. At Aberlour they have always believed in substance over style. Their whisky is born out of craft, passion and knowledge that’s been handed down through generations. Their story is of community, locally sourced ingredients and families of craftsmen who have shaped Aberlour into the distillery it is today. They believe that their whisky, with its depth of flavour and character, speaks for itself. 

Meaning 'the original' in Gaelic, A'bunadh is made in homage to Aberlour's founder, James Fleming. A’bunadh is a whisky hand-made from start to finish with each batch being created to ensure a rich and complex flavour of moist raisin, and homemade fruit cake. It is bottled at cask strength resulting in a robust and deeply intense, Sherried whisky.

Aberlour A'bunadh is auburn gold in colour with aromas of mixed spices, praline and spiced orange harmonising with rich, deep notes of Oloroso Sherry. The flavours are of oranges, black cherries, dried fruit and ginger spiked with dark bitter chocolate and enriched with Sherry and Oak. It is full bodied and creamy. This whisky is robust and intense on the finish with bitter-sweet notes of exotic spices, dark chocolate and oak.

A beast of a Speyside whisky in the heavily-sherried cask-strength Speyside.

£85.50

anCnoc 12 Year Old (1x 70cl)

The anCnoc is a rather curious whisky. This fine single malt is created using traditional production methods. It's just that they use them to make a refreshingly modern whisky (something that's reflected in the contemporary bottle design and packaging). The end result is a lighter-tasting single malt that doesn't compromise on quality.

The anCnoc 12 year old is renowned the world over. Known as a must-have in any whisky drinker’s collection, it’s light and yet complex. Smooth yet challenging. And each twist and turn delivers a surprise. 

This whisky has a gentle amber colour with a slight yellow hue. The aromas are soft and very aromatic with a hint of honey and lemon in the foreground. The flavours are sweet to start, with an appetising fruitiness and a long smooth finish. It is both light yet complex, smooth yet challenging. This is a dram that has something for everyone.

£39.55
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