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From Scotland to Australia and everywhere in-between, you will find our extensive drinks menu here - including prices and tasting notes.  Now you'll just need to decide where to start!

SCOTLAND - Speysides

Speyside single malts are single malt Scotch whiskies, distilled in Strathspey, the area around the River Spey in Moray and Badenoch and Strathspey, in northeastern Scotland. The two best-selling single malt whiskies in the world, The Glenlivet and Glenfiddich, come from Speyside.  More information can be found via Wikipedia

Aberlour 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 48%

This scarce 12 year old expression is non chill-filtered, retaining all the fatty acids, proteins and esters from the cask. In other words, flavour!

Price per dram: $10

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Aberlour 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Matured in a combination of sherry and bourbon oak casks for a minimum of 10 years.

Price per dram: $8

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Aberlour Abunadh

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 60.8%

Aberlour's A'Bunadh releases are always welcome here at MoM Towers - we do love a heavily-Sherried single malt, and that's exactly what you're getting here.
This is Aberlour's 61st batch of A'Bunadh, and as usual, it's drawn exclusively from Spanish Oloroso Sherry butts and bottled at cask strength without chill-filtration or additional colours.

Price per dram: $12

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Allt-A-Bhainne

Speysides, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

The first official whisky from Allt-á-Bhainne distillery, which has previously produced liquid to be used in Chivas Regal blends or the occasional independent bottling. The inspiration behind this single malt Scotch whisky was to blend peat and smoky notes with classic Speyside elements.

The bottle design attempts to honour the '70s style of the distillery with its distinctive geometric shape.

Price per dram: $8

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Ancnoc 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

AnCnoc is produced at the Knockdhu Distillery which was founded in 1894 following the discovery of several springs of particularly pure water on the southern slopes of Knock Hill. When production first started, the Distillery was a showpiece. Two pot stills could turn out 2500 gallons of spirit per week, motive power being supplied by a 16 horsepower steam engine. Cottages were built for the workers and their families, creating a new community around the Distillery. Much has been done to modernise the buildings and machinery since, but very little has changed in the distillation process. The two originally designed pot stills remain, giving Knockdhu the same traditional, distinctive flavour as was first tasted almost 100 years ago.

Price per dram: $8

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Ancnoc Cutter (peated)

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

Not just another drop in the ocean this - they've been busy brewing (and then distilling) alternatives in the form of peated spirit at Knockdhu for a number of years now, with the latest release being the Cutter - their most heavily peated expression to date (until another hurdle approaches). The phenol content is 20.5 PPM in the bottle and maturation took place in ex-bourbon casks. As with their other peaty releases, it is named after a peat harvesting tool (some of them six foot tall... probably), in this case the Cutter, which is used to cut peat from shallower, drier bogs. The drier peat is easily burnt, producing a whisky with plenty of smoke.

Price per dram: $11

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Auchroisk Flora & Fauna 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

Auchroisk distillery was built in 1974 to provide malt whisky for the famous blend, J&B. Single malt bottlings are rare, and were originally known as Singleton of Auchroisk. This bottling is under Diageo's obscure Flora & Fauna label, which has yielded terrific whiskies in the past, though notes and information about this particular bottling are virtually non-existent.

Price per dram: $12

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Aultmore 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

Aultmore is located in Keith, Banffshire. Its name is a derived from the phrase 'An t-Allt Mòr'', Gaelic for big burn, referring to its water source, the Auchinderran burn. It was founded in 1895 by Alexander Edward, then owner of the Benrinnes distillery. In 1998, after a patchy history, the distillery was sold to Bacardi subsidiary, Dewars, which had previously owned Aultmore between 1923 and 1925. Aultmore produced their first official bottling, a 12 year old, in 2004. The house style is typically light and fruity with most of the wood employed being American oak.

Price per dram: $11

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In early 1892 work began to convert an 18th century mansion - Balvenie New House - into a distillery. The Balvenie New House had been purchased by William Grant in March of the same year. Uninhabitable and austere, it was a building of some grandeur with the coat of arms of the Duffs carved into the pediment of its second story.William Grant was a clever businessman and saw this as another venture. He had the land, the rights to use the water and a strong business compulsion to extend his options. The basement was to become a bonded store for maturing whisky, the first storey a malt floor, whilst the upper two floors were to be used as grain lofts. The building took fifteen months to complete and on 1st May 1893, the first distillation took place at The Balvenie Distillery.

The Balvenie distillery has now been owned and managed by an independent family for over five generations. Nowhere else will you find a distillery that still grows its own barley, still malts in its own traditional floor maltings and still employs coopers to tend the casks and a coppersmith to maintain the stills. Successive generations of skill on the malting floor, in the tun room and the still house, in the cooperage and the warehouses have preserved the consistency and remarkably high quality of The Balvenie down the years.

The house style emerges as one of the lightest and most delicate to be found from Speyside with almost no peat evident. The Doublewood gains its character from maturation in two woods, transferred from a traditional American oak cask to an original Sherry oak cask for its final maturation.

 

Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

 Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

 Price per dram: $9

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Balvenie Doublewood 17 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

This whisky spent 17 years maturing in ex-Bourbon casks before a final few months of European Sherry cask maturation, and the outcome is a quintessential Balvenie, slightly silkier and more profound.

Price per dram: $16

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Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Produced from Balvenie matured in three different types of cask: first-fill American oak barrels, traditional refill casks and first-fill Oloroso Sherry butts. The producers say to expect subtle spice and honeycomb flavours.

Price per dram: $8

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Balvenie Caribbean Rum Cask 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

A new Balvenie, matured for 14 years in traditional oak casks before being transferred to Caribbean rum casks. A match made in heaven for some!

Price per dram: $11

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Balvenie 15 Year Old Sherry Cask Single Barrel

Speysides, SCOTLAND

• ABV 47.8%

Unveiled in 2014, the 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask is a wonderful sight from Balvenie - single malt Scotch whisky fully matured in Sherry casks. These are released in batches of no larger than 650 bottles from a single cask, each one being hand numbered. Although no two casks are the same, and therefore won't produce an identical single malt, the casks are carefully selected by Balvenie's Malt Master and feature a consistent, rich, spiced character, complimented by hints of elegant oak.

Price per dram: $20

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Benriach Curiositas Peated 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

Only a handful of Scottish distilleries still make their own malt. One of them is Benriach. The maltings stand beside the distillery and twice a week the prize barley is delivered to be steeped, spread and raked until it begins to sprout. Gentle heat then works its magic and the raw grain becomes the essential ingredient of a Scotch Malt Whisky. The distillery manager oversees the slow and deliberate crafting process of BenRiach whisky – managing the transformation from malted barley to wash, to distilled spirit and into high quality oak casks, some sourced from the great sherry bodegas of Spain. Re opening in 1965 after a 65 year absence from the market, the Benriach distillery was virtually rebuilt by The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd. in 1985 and enlarged to four stills. Its product is highly regarded by blenders and has been available as an 'official' single malt bottling only since 1994.

Benriach “Curiositas” uses a heavily peated malted barley as the cereal varietal to produce a unique, fresh, peated expression. This rare peated single malt, from the Heartland of Speyside, has wonderful overtones of peat reek, combined cleverly with a background of fruity, floral, heathery notes and an appealing presence of oak wood in the finish. Traditionalists believe that peated malts achieve optimum balance of peat-bittersweet and oak infusion, after 10 years of maturation. In fact peated BenRiach is a return to the original Speyside character and flavour of malts typical of the nineteenth century - a distinctive and welcome addition to the Speyside scene.

Price per dram: $10

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Benriach Birnie Moss Heavily Peated

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 48%

A heavily peated whisky from the BenRiach distillery. This is at higher than average strength and was distilled from peated malt at 35ppm. The result is at once smoky and very fruity.

Price per dram: $10

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Benriach 10 Year Old

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

The flagship expression from the BenRiach distillery. This 10 year old Speyside single malt is drawn from ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks after at least a decade of slumber, resulting in a malt that shows off the distillery's style wonderfully. Expect hearty barley backed up by orchard fruit and toasted almond, alongside just a hint of herbaceous oak.

Price per dram: $8

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Benriach 3 Way Sherry Maturation

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

Bottled at 46% abv, the 12-year-old contains no caramel colouring and is non-chill-filtered. Master blender Rachel Barrie said: “BenRiach Sherry Wood Aged 12 Years uses three-way Sherry wood maturation, a creative approach where each facet is combined in harmony to deliver a rich and balanced taste

Price per dram: $9

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Benrinnes 15 Year Old Flora & Fauna Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

Between 1974 and 2007 Benrinnes utilised a unique partial triple distillation process, whereby the feints from the wash still, the weaker parts of feints of the spirit still, and the feints from the low wine still are distilled in a low wines still. The spirit still is fed by the foreshots and the heart of the wash along with the low wine still with its own foreshots and strong feints. Essentially, some of the spirit is distilled three times instead of twice. It might be expected to result in a lighter spirit, but the opposite seems true.

This official Flora and Fauna bottling by Diageo epitomises the house style as a heavier malt, matured primarily in European oak for a 15 year period.

Price per dram: $12

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Benromach 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

Sometimes described as one of Speyside's "Best kept Secrets", and no wonder given the sheer class vs scale of the operation: Benromach is managed by just two workers and runs at a maximum capacity of a mere half million litres annually. Prior to this, in 1983 it was mothballed and it wasn't until a decade later that the distillery was acquired from United Distillers by Gordon and MacPhail. Production recommenced in 1998 with whiskies peated slightly higher than other Speysiders at around 8-12ppm. Since that time there have been myriad releases and an output that consistently receives high praise. According to whisky writer, Dave Broom, G&M’s aim has been to make a classic pre-1960s Speyside style: across the range, the integration of the smoke and malt is seamless and judicious, allowing the fruity spirit to shine through.  Always some of our most liked Speyside whiskies at tastings, the entry level 10 year old is where the fun starts, recently awarded Best Speyside Single Malt 12 Years and Under at the World Whisky Awards 2017. Move up from there to sophisticated wood finishes, a world-first organic malt and a cracking cask strength expression. Whatever your preference you’re guaranteed to find something to love here, else stop drinking whisky!

This is 80% ex-Bourbon / 20% ex-Sherry matured for 9 years, followed by 12 months in an Oloroso Sherry cask for the tenth year.

Price per dram: $8

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Benromach Peat Smoke Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

For a long time a lack of alternative fuel forced 'Highlanders' to burn peat. Coal was simply too expensive for most and there were few trees. The situation began to change around the turn of the 1960's, with the help of technological progress in large industrial scale maltings. It then became possible to produce vast quantities of malted barley without peat. Speyside and Lowland distilleries were amongst the first to change to coke (a high carbon form of coal) as a combustible, as new railway networks to transport the fuel encouraged the transition. Remote regions like Islay persisted with peat. Today, there's no question that peat-smoke derived flavours in whiskies are increasingly desirable.  Consequently, peat is now used not only on Islay by the likes of Ardbeg, but also on Orkney, in Campbeltown, as well as in Speyside. Peat is usually extracted close to the distillers or maltsters.  Distilleries prefer the top part of the bog, because the upper crust of peat found there tends to be 'richer', more rooty and generate more smoke and impart more flavour.

Matured in First fill Bourbon barrels, the phenol levels in this bottling reach 62 PPM (parts per million) - not dissimilar to many of Islay's malts (it's a similar intensity of peating as Laphroaig, for example).

Price per dram: $10

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Benromach Organic Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

A world-first when it was launched in 2006, this unpeated Benromach is certified Organic from start to finish, meeting rigorous UK Soil Association standards for growing the ingredients, distillation, maturation and bottling. Previous releases were enthused over by Jim Murray who described the first edition as "An absolute treat!" 91 points, followed by an even more glowing review for the 2008 - "The most astonishing explosion of intense barley and oak. More orgasmic than organic!" 93 points  This expression is a 5 year old that's been exclusively matured in virgin oak casks.

Price per dram: $9

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Benromach Sassicaia

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 45%

A 2011 vinage Benromach, released as part of the Wood Finish bottling series. The single malt was aged initially in first-fill bourbon barrels, and was then finished for just under two years in Sassicaia wine casks from Bolgheri in Tuscany, Italy. It was bottled in 2019 at 45% ABV and this expression never fails to impress, full of summer fruit and just a wisp of smoke.

Price per dram: $12

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Benromach Cask Strength

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 57.9%

It's the first batch of a new cask strength expression from Benromach. Distilled in 2008, this single malt spent the following years maturing in both first-fill bourbon and sherry casks. It was then bottled in 2019, with an outturn of 5,500 bottles at 57.9% ABV. Powerfully flavoursome stuff from the Speyside-based distillery.

Price per dram: $16

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Cardhu 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Founded in 1824, Cardhu was built on a site where illicit distilling had been in progress since about 1813.  The distillery is located in the town of Knockando, which, incidentally, has a distillery by the same name.  The famous Tamdhu distillery also lies in close proximity. All three operations rest in the region informally delineated as the 'lower Spey'. Whereas the upper, more mountainous regions which the River Spey twists through are but sparsely dotted with stills, the lower region is home to more Malt Whisky labels than anywhere else in Scotland. Famous as the malty middle used in the Johnnie Walker Blends, Cardhu is considered an excellent introduction for beginners to single malt whisky.

Price per dram: $8

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Cardhu 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Price per dram: $14

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Cardhu Special Cask Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Famous as the malty middle used in the Johnnie Walker Blends, Cardhu is considered an excellent introduction for beginners to single malt whisky. This 'grown up' version should excite some interest from more seasoned malt lovers too. Reputedly a richer and sweeter whisky, this is specially composed from hundreds of casks maturing in the warehouses at Cardhu. According to the distillery, some extremely old material makes its way into these bottlings.

Price per dram: $11

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Cragganmore 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

John Smith, the founder of Cragganmore Distillery, is said to have been the most experienced distiller of his day. He had been manager of Macallan, Glenlivet and Wishaw distilleries, and was lease holder of Glenfarclas distillery when he persuaded his landlord, Sir George Macpherson-Grant, to lease him the land to build a new distillery at Ballindalloch beside the Strathspey railway line, in 1869. The distillery lies at the 'gateway' to Speyside, near to where the River Avon flows into the Spey. Further downstream, the distilleries are around almost every corner.

Today Cragganmore is a benchmark for Speyside. Highly regarded by blenders, Cragganmore has traditionally been a large component of the McCallum blend which, in Australia, sells for around one third of Cragganmore’s price.

Price per dram: $10

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Cragganmore Double Matured Port Cask

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

All six of Diageo's 'Classic Malts' have released limited edition 'Distiller's editions', which are finished in special casks selected by the master distiller.
The Distiller’s Edition Cragganmore returns to the past and brings a new dimension to this benchmark malt, via the finishing of the whisky in Port-wine cask wood. Doing so, Cragganmore’s Master Distiller has found a wonderful partner, adding succulent plummy fruit notes to the malt.

Price per dram: $13

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Craigellachie 13 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

One of the three official Craigellachie bottlings released in 2014, their 13 year old single malt Scotch whisky handsomely shows off the bold, robust character of the distillery's output. Oodles of dynamic fruit notes with a distinctive current of smoke running through the middle. Single malt Craigellachie hasn't been seen much outside of indie bottlings recently, so this is an ace return to our glasses from the distillery!

Price per dram: $9

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Glenallachie 10 Year Old

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 57.1%

The first batch of GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength, released following Billy Walker taking the helm of the distillery in 2017. It was matured in American oak, Pedro Ximénez, Oloroso and virgin oak casks, and bottled at 57.1% ABV.

Price per dram: $14

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Glenallachie 12 Year Old

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from GlenAllachie, released in mid-2018 following Billy Walker taking the reins of the distillery in 2017. This expression features whisky matured in Pedro Ximénez, Oloroso and virgin oak casks, resulting in a huge flavour profile of fruit, oak and vanilla.

Price per dram: $10

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Glendronach Original 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

As of 1996, Glendronach was mothballed for a number of years by its then owners, Allied Distillers. It returned to full production in 2002. Allied Distillers was taken over by Pernod Ricard in 2005 and the distillery was passed to Chivas Brothers. In the same year the distillery converted to steam heating (it was one of the last to heat the stills by coal fire). This bottling of the 12 year old is the first 'new' release since the distillery recommenced production following its six year layoff. Its 'upgraded' to 43% ABV, unchill filtered and matured in a combination of Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso Sherry casks.

Price per dram: $8

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Glendronach Peated

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

GlenDronach have introduced their first ever peated expression to their range! This expression was initially matured in bourbon casks before being transferred over to Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks, so it maintains some of the classic GlenDronach sherried "oomph", but with rich, smoky elements at its core. Very exciting...

Price per dram: $10

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Glenfarclas 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Price per dram: $8

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Glenfarclas 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

If you like the integration of flavour and pillowy texture that only comes with extended barrel age, this will be difficult to resist.... The buxom vivaciousness of the 15 year old has dissipated - what you get instead is a fresh, cereal-forward dram with all the rough edges rounded out (indeed this may be 'too smooth' for some). Older expressions from this distillery have a reputation for building in the bottle after opening, so breathing this whisky is encouraged.

Price per dram: $20

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Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 60%

Cask strength whiskies have not always been available to the general public. In fact, the very idea was incidental, and only materialised in 1968 when a fourth generation member of the Grant family bottled a single cask straight from the warehouse, and sent the bottles to family and friends as Christmas gifts.  George S. Grant created a simple, hand written label for the bottles noting only the name of the distillery and the strength of the whisky (which happened to be 105 British Proof.) By the end of January the recipients requested further bottles. George obliged, and since then, Glenfarclas 105 has gone onto become one of the most highly sought after expressions in the Glenfarclas range.

The increasing popularity of cask strength single malts comes as no surprise. They provide an opportunity to taste whisky in its purest and most natural form without visiting a distillery, and conversely, to dilute to your preferred strength rather than the bottler's.

Price per dram: $10

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Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Glenfiddich was reputedly founded with almost no capital and only second hand equipment bought from the Cardhu distillery. Distillation began on Christmas day in 1887. It now boasts twenty-eight stills and is the largest selling single malt in the world and remains the only Highland Malt whisky to be matured and bottled at its own distillery in Dufftown, Banffshire, Scotland.

William Grant, the founder of Glenfiddich was the man behind the success of the brand. However, it was only in 1963 when Glenfiddich was accepted into the blend-dominated English market in 1963, that Glenfiddich re-introduced Single Malts to the world. Glenfidich was marketed as a 'traditional' Scotch whose taste expressed its origins, much like a great wine expresses its 'terroir'.

Over the last decade, Glenfiddich was somewhat commercialised, probably to keep up with world demand.  As a result, its quality suffered. It was no longer labelled with an age statement, instead being a blend of single malts from the one distillery but of differing ages. The product has recently been overhauled however, and has reclaimed its identity as a 12 year old Single Malt.

Price per dram: $8

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Glenfiddich Cask Collection Select Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

The travel exclusive Cask Collection celebrates Glenfiddich's unique Solera process which marries whiskies matured in specially selected oak casks to ensure continuity of flavour. The vats allow the individual flavours found in each cask to mellow and intermingle in a large handmade tun that's always kept at least half full to create ultimate consistency.

This edition was matured in Bourbon, European Oak and red wine casks before marrying in the Solera vat.

Price per dram: $10

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Glenfiddich Distillery Edition 15 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 51%

The Distillery Edition breaks the mold (or at least cracks it). Maturation is standard in American and European oak. The departure here is zero chill filtration and an ABV close enough to call cask strength.  Familiar characteristics remain, only they're amplified, so if you’re used to 'Fiddich's sedate, easy-drinking house style, this may bruise your tongue a little. But by the third or fourth taste, you’ll be begging for more (a few drops of water is transformative).

Price per dram: $12

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Glenfiddich 18 Year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

• ABV 40%

Older Glenfiddich bottlings are now gaining high praise including one award as the world's best single malt Scotch whisky. However, as a representation of the house style, the 18 year old pretty much nails it.

The Glenfiddich distillery lies on the river whose name it bears. 'Fiddich' refers to the fact that the river runs through a valley inhabited by deers – hence the company's logo which features a stag. A proportion of the whisky in this version of Glenfiddich is supposedly even older than the label suggests.

Price per dram: $14

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Glenfiddich Solera Reserve 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

At the heart of this unique whisky is a calibrated oak Solera system which the malt masters use to marry selected casks of Glenfiddich that have been matured for 15 years or more. By carefully balancing whiskies which have acquired different characteristics during this extended maturation, including some which have aged in sherry casks, the blender is able to create a malt of great depth of flavour.

Price per dram: $10

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Glenfiddich XX project

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 47%

The second release in Glenfiddich's Experimental Series is their Project XX expression, which was made not simply by one Malt Master, but 20! 20 Malt Masters were invited to the Glenfiddich distillery and invited them to pick any expression from the thousands of casks maturing in the warehouse. The 20 chosen whiskies were then married by Malt Master Brian Kinsman to create this single malt you see before your eyes. Hooray for teamwork!

Price per dram: $13

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Glenglassaugh Revival Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

Glenglassaugh has been described as a 'coastal' distillery, being located on the north coast of Speyside near Glen Deveron and Banff. Founded in 1875, between 1960 and 1986 it produced malt whiskies for the blending market, in particular the Cutty Sark and Famous Grouse blends. However, it suffered from the recession riddled decline that plagued the Scotch whisky industry in the early 1980's and was mothballed in 1986. It restarted production in November 2008 after being acquired by independent investors, the Edrington Group, following a complete refurbishment by the new owners.

Glenglassaugh 'Revival' is the first widely-available single malt from the 'new' distillery and was matured in both first and refill casks and finished in first-fill oloroso sherry butts for a period of six months. Non chill filtered.

Price per dram: $8

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Glenglassaugh Evolution Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 50%

Glenglassaugh has been described as a 'coastal' distillery, being located on the north coast of Speyside near Glen Deveron and Banff. Founded in 1875, between 1960 and 1986 it produced malt whiskies for the blending market, in particular the Cutty Sark and Famous Grouse blends. However, it suffered from the recession riddled decline that plagued the Scotch whisky industry in the early 1980's and was mothballed in 1986. It restarted production in November 2008 after being acquired by independent investors, the Edrington Group, following a complete refurbishment by the new owners.

Price per dram: $10

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Glenglassaugh PX Sherry Wood Finish

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

Price per dram: $10

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Glenglassaugh Port Wood Finish

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

A brilliant addition to the Glenglassaugh range unveiled in late 2017 as part of the Wood Finishes series, this Port cask-finished Highland single malt boasts oodles of jammy fruit and chocolate notes. Fun note: this series is the first time that Glenglassaugh have released cask-finished whisky!

Price per dram: $11

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Glenglassaugh Peated Virgin Oak Finish

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

In late 2017, Glenglassaugh kicked off their Wood Finishes series with a quartet of cask-finished expressions - the first cask-finished whiskies ever released by the distillery! This expression pairs their tasty peated whisky with a finishing period in virgin American oak casks, helping to bolster the spicy notes from the smoke.

Price per dram: $10

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Glenglassaugh Torfa (peated)

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

2014 marks another benchmark with "Torfa" - the first peated whisky from this revived distillery, fully matured in ex-bourbon barrels and peated to 20ppm. It takes its name from the Old Norse language with which the Scots dialect spoken in North East Scotland has an affinity and translates to “turf” or “peat”. Non-chill filtered. Natural colour.

Price per dram: $10

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Glenglassaugh Peated Port Wood Finish

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 50%

This is one of four new additions for the coastal distillery being the first ever wood finish expressions from Glenglassaugh - the others include a Port Wood Finish, a Pedro Ximinez Sherry Wood Finish and a Peated Virgin Oak Wood Finish.
Of the new range, Glenglassaugh Whisky Maker, Rachel Barrie comments, "As surf crashes on Sandend Bay and invigorating North Sea air passes through our warehouses, Glenglassaugh matures first in American ex bourbon casks, before changing course in either Virgin Oak, Pedro Ximenez or Port wood, on a voyage shaped by the sea.”

Price per dram: $12

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Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 48%

If you've enjoyed Nadurra in its previous incarnations, this promises to be one of the best yet. Matured entirely in first-fill American white oak casks.

Price per dram: $10

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Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso Matured Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 60.7%

Cask-strength and solely matured in first-fill oloroso sherry casks, this is non-chill filtered and only produced in small batches.

Price per dram: $12

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Glenlivet Founders Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve, skilful selection of casks enhances the signature fruity flavours of The Glenlivet with traditional oak casks being complemented by selective use of American first-fill casks to give a hint of creamy sweetness, creating an exceptionally well-balanced and smooth malt.  Named in honour of the distillery's founder, George Smith.

Price per dram: $8

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Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 61.5%

Finished in heavily peated whisky casks

Price per dram: $12

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Glenlivet Solera Vatted

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Three different casks brought together in a solera vat

Price per dram: $8

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Glenlivet 12 Year Old

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

The entry level bottling from the illustrious Glenlivet distillery at Speyside's heart, aged for 12 years. The archetypal Speyside dram, honey and orchard fruit driven.

This bottling has been replaced by Glenlivet Founder's Reserve.

Price per dram: $8

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Glenlivet 15 Year Old

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

This 15 year old expression from The Glenlivet, was matured in French Limousin Oak casks. Limousin Oak is a popular choice for maturation of Cognac.

Price per dram: $10

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Glen Elgin 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

Glen Elgin was built and designed by the notable distillery architect Charles Doig. The distillery was founded at the end of the whisky-boom in 1898 when Leith whisky blender, Pattisons, famously drove a buoyant market for malt whisky into recession. (Local legend has it that many of the workers went unpaid and that the steeplejacks only got their money when they threatened to demolish the chimney-stack).  Despite the crisis, the owners William Simpson (former manager of Glenfarclas) and James Carle decided to continue their activities on a smaller scale. Unfortunately, they were forced to end the production and to sell their distillery as soon as November 1900, just six months after their first distillation.

Speyside’s newest distillery changed hands once more in 1902 and again in 1906, when it at last began a stable period of almost 25 years in the hands of Glasgow blender, John J. Blanche. In the 1930s, it became part of Scottish Malt Distillers, for whom it was an important component of the well-known White Horse blend. As most distilleries had to, Glen Elgin again closed during World War II. Amidst all the uncertainties, innovations were understandably rare during Glen Elgin’s first half century, though one is of interest. The site had partly been chosen for its ability to make use of abundant water supplies from the Glen Burn to drive a turbine that provided most of the power needed to run the machinery. As a result, electricity from the national supply was not needed until 1950. The distillery was finally refurbished in 1964 and the number of stills tripled. But the distillery closed yet again in 1992 and 1995. Today, the major part of the production continues to be used in the White Horse blends, however Glen Elgin again recently became available as a single malt, with exports of the 12 year old, mainly to Italy and Japan beginning in 1977.

As a Speyside malt Glen Elgin's 'house style' remains mellow and sweetly honeyed. Soft spring water comes from the area of Millbuies Loch to the southeast of the distillery.

“The intensity of the malt is breathtaking.”

Price per dram: $9

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Glen Grant 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

The Glen Grant distillery is named after its two founders, James and John Grant who built the distillery in Rothes in 1840. After their death, the son of James, Major James Grant took over the business, and built another distillery across the road naming it “Glen Grant II” (today known as Caperdonich). The Major always aimed at producing a first rate malt, and so designed the distilleries especially tall, slender stills and purifiers himself. He reputedly enjoyed leading guests through his exotic gardens to a nearby falls where, taken from his secret whisky safe, he’d offer drams of Glen Grant accompanied by spring water drawn from the same Speyside burn that still feeds the distillery today. When the Major died, his grandson, Major Douglas Mackessack took over the distillery, continuing its success.

Like most distilleries, Glen Grant closed its doors during the two World Wars due to a lack of barley and has since changed ownership several times. Most recently, the distillery was sold in 2006 to the Italian group Campari as a result of the acquisition of Allied Domecq by Pernod Ricard. Glen Grant remains one of the world's best-selling single malts (being especially popular in Italy), and is also available in various independent and vintage bottlings.

Price per dram: $6

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Glen Moray Peated

Speysides, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

A peaty expression joins Glen Moray's Classic range! Quite laid-back for a peated expression, but by no means lazy, this Speyside single malt Scotch whisky balances medicinal peaty whiffs with plenty of vanilla, orchard fruits and some floral, fragrant elements shining through along the way.

Price per dram: $8

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Glen Moray Sherry Cask

Speysides, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Moray distillery in Speyside, which has been treated to a finishing period in Sherry casks, giving it a generous helping of Speyside Sherried yumminess. Dig in.

Price per dram: $6

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Glen Moray Port Cask

Speysides, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Glen Moray's Classic range of bottlings always represent great value. This expression has been finished in port casks, adding sweetness and extra richness.

Price per dram: $6

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Glen Moray Chardonnay Cask

Speysides, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

An interesting spicy dram from Glen Moray - a 10 year old whisky entirely matured in Chardonnay casks. The start of what we hope is a continuing line of new whiskies from this often overlooked distillery.

Price per dram: $6

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Glen Moray 15 Year Old

Speysides, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

15 year old single malt from the Glen Moray distillery, released as part of the Elgin Heritage range - which is all about showing off the accessible deliciousness of its Speyside whisky. This was drawn from a selection of American oak and Sherry casks.

Price per dram: $9

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Inchgower Flora & Fauna 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

A whisky from a very quiet distillery, this Diageo release has been pretty much the only generally available bottling from Inchgower, which is otherwise marketed by independents. The majority goes to blends, being a key part of Bell's and also employed by Johnnie Walker and White Horse. Built in a coastal Speyside locale in1871 to replace Tochineal Distillery but liquidated in 1903, the Buckie Council purchased the concern in 1936 and ownership was transferred to Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd in 1938. Bells modernised the distillery and expanded the number of stills. Now owned by the corporate giant, Diageo, it's reported that less than one percent of the total production is bottled as a single malt.

Price per dram: $12

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Knockando Richly Matured 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

Diageo owned Knockando forms one of the major components of the renowned J&B blend. This 15 year old vintage dated single malt was matured in a combination of Sherry and refill bourbon casks.  Expect a generous and fruity style.

Price per dram: $10

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Knockando 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 

• ABV 43%

In Gaelic, Knockando (Cnoc-an-dhu) means "little black hillock". The distillery sits on a tree-covered hill that overlooks a sweeping panorama of the Spey River. The Knockando distillery was founded in 1898 by John Thomson and in the early 1900's, was the first Speyside distillery to use electricity. Closed two years after its creation, it was then acquired by W&A Gilbey Ltd, the famous gin producers from London in 1904. The distillery was rebuilt in 1969, when it doubled its production capacity. Knockando became part of IDV/Gran Metropolitan in 1975. Its single malt is always bottled as a vintage, however only 8% of the production is marketed as single malt, the remaining part being used for the blends J&B and Spey Royal.  The somewhat unusual ages at which Knockando can be found is due to the long-standing practice/philosophy of bottling the casks only when they are deemed to be at their peak maturation, as opposed to bottling them automatically at certain ages. This same philosophy dictates that the use of sherry casks is deliberately kept to a minimum in order to preserve the distilleries natural delicate flavour.

Price per dram: $9

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Knockando 18 Year Old

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

Rich, woody and fruity. Distilled in 1998.

Price per dram: $15

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Longmorn 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 48%

Chivas’ new expression of Longmorn replaces the 15-year-old. Neil Macdonald, Brand Director for Malts at Chivas Brothers, says “Longmorn has been considered the ‘hidden jewel’ of Speyside for many years by distillers and connoisseurs alike and the new Longmorn is the perfect expression of luxury malt.' This release is bottled at the unusual strength of 48% and is non-chill-filtered.

Price per dram: $12

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Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Matured Single Malt Scotch Whisky 

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

Universally recognised as one of the world's greatest single malt scotch whiskies, The Macallan is consistently awarded top ratings by the world's leading spirit journalists. Described by Paul Pacult, the renowned international whisky writer, in his book Kindred Spirits as: 'simply the best 12 Year Old single malt around', its creation lies in defiant adherence to traditional methods and ingredients. The insistence on Oloroso Sherry casks from Spain remains one of the key factors in its desirability.

Price per dram: $14

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Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

An exciting new age statement expression from Macallan that's matured in a combination of American and European Sherry oak for a minimum of 12 years. Here, the proportion of American oak ex-Sherry casks is higher than in the 12 Year Old Sherry Oak, but no ex-bourbon casks are used as they are in the 12 Year Old Fine Oak release.

Price per dram: $12

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Macallan 12 Year Old Triple Cask

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Macallan's Triple Cask range was launched in 2018, taking the place of the Fine Oak range. This is the entry level expression from the series, matured for 12 years and drawn from a combination of European sherry seasoned casks, American sherry seasoned casks and American ex-bourbon casks.

Price per dram: $12

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Old Ballantruan The Peated Malt 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 50%

Built in 1964, Tomintoul Distillery is located inside the picturesque Glenlivet estate. The distillery is named after the nearby village of Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland. The venture has recently revamped its portfolio with a swathe of new expressions. Here's one. Peat freaks should consider this new smokey Speysider, bottled at 50% abv and non-chill filtered.

Price per dram: $10

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Singleton Of Glendullan 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Glendullan distillery is located in one of the busiest whisky areas in the world: Dufftown. The town has no less than six currently active distilleries, and three currently closed ones. William Willams & Sons, blenders from Aberdeen, founded Glendullan in 1898. The new distillery made a smash immediately, becoming a favorite of King Edward VII, to whom it was supplied by Royal Request from 1902. In 1919, the company changed their name to Macdonald, Greenlees & Williams Ltd, and then in 1926 was taken over by Distillers Company Limited. DCL decided to transfer Glendullan to the management of another distillery, and so in 1939, SMD assumed control of the site.

In 1962, SMD undertook a large-scale renovation at the site, in which two brand new stills were installed.  A decade later, in 1972, the site underwent a major reconstruction, which involved the construction of completely new distillery next to the original distillery. The new distillery housed six stills, which are the three spirits and wash stills that drive production today. For a few years the original distillery and the new build operated simultaneously, until the former was mothballed during the big British recession in 1985.  That same year, Diageo, who added Glendullan to their ever-growing portfolio, bought SMD. In 1995, Glendullan was released as a single malt as part of the Diageo Rare Malts range in an effort to increase the visibility of the distillery. Although most of the production is still used for blending, Glendullan is becoming increasingly well known as a single malt.

Price per dram: $8

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Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

A straightforward, nutty and malty single malt from Speyside, the Singleton of Dufftown was released to replace the Singleton of Auchroisk. It’s aged in a high proportion of European oak casks.

If you're looking to use this little stunner in a cocktail, then you could do a lot worse than making a classic Highball. You can find a recipe for one right here.

Price per dram: $8

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Singleton of Dufftown Malt Masters Selection

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

A bottling that's a perfect introduction for those who are new to single malts, the Singlton of Dufftown Malt Master's Selection was created by The Singleton master of malts Craig Wilson. He hand-selected and blended the whisky before it was maturated in European and American oak casks with three variants; ex-wine, ex-sherry and ex-bourbon. Check out our blog post on this whisky to find out more...

Price per dram: $7

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Tamnavulin Double Cask

Speysides, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Tamanvulin has been out of the Australian market for decades. New for 2018 is 'Double Cask', named for having spent time in both x Bourbon and sherry casks.

Price per dram: $8

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Strathisla 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

The world-famous Strathisla Single Malt Scotch whisky is the foundation of the CHIVAS REGAL blend.  In order to secure supply of this exceptional malt whisky, Chivas Brothers, in 1950 purchased Strathisla.  Today, guests can take a unique, self-guided tour through Strathisla, the oldest distillery in Scotland's north (Est. 1786), where they can see the workings of a traditional malt whisky distillery and ask the distillery staff about the skills and traditions of malt whisky production. Meticulous restoration has returned this wonderful distillery to its original character, and within the courtyard buildings, Scotland's leading architects and craftsmen have recreated Strathisla's elegance. Strathisla twelve year old is a medium weight, dry and very well balanced whisky with sherry like undertones.

Price per dram: $8

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Tamdhu 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

As of 2012, Tamdhu has reinvented itself under new custodians. Ian Macleod have invigorated the operation after several years of closure. Happily, the revamped packaging reflects heightened form in the whisky. This is properly Sherried, text-book Speyside offering terrific value.

Price per dram: $10

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Tomintoul 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Tomintoul (pronounced "Tom-in-to'owl") has been owned and operated by Angus Dundee Distillers since 2000. Originally built in the 1940s, by comparison to some of its counterparts in Speyside, this is a very quiet operation with modest exports and low key marketing. These facts combined with some gushing reviews from Jim Murray would suggest that local demand for the product is reasonably strong. In spite of this, up until a few years ago less than 2-3% of Tomintoul's output was bottled as single malt, the rest making its way into blends like Whyte & McKay. Clearly the distillery is capable of some serious whiskies - the 33 year old was chosen as best Speyside whisky of 2010 in the Whiskymag World Whiskies Awards. On another note, the year before, Tomintoul entered the Guinness Book of Records by producing the largest bottle of whisky in the world at 105.3 litres! They also remain one of the few Speyside producers to delve into heavily peated styles.

Price per dram: $8

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Tomintoul 12 Year Old Limited Edition Oloroso Sherry Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Price per dram: $10

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Tomintoul 16 Year Old

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

This is the 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Tomintoul distillery, matured in selected bourbon casks. It was crafted by fourth generation distiller, Robert Fleming. Rather elegant and flavoursome, this one.

Price per dram: $12

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Tomintoul Peaty Tang

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Released in late 2007, a peaty single malt from the Tomintoul distillery.

Price per dram: $8

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Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are a mountainous region encompassing northwest Scotland. Loch Ness is at the centre, overlooked by the ruins of medieval Urquhart Castle and known for mythical monster “Nessie”. Northeast, near the city of Inverness, dolphins swim in the Moray Firth. Southwest, in the Western Highlands, trails wind up Ben Nevis, the U.K.’s highest peak, and red deer roam Glencoe valley with its waterfalls. More information can be found via Wikipedia

Aberfeldy 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Reserved for decades as the heart of the Dewars family of blended whiskies, Aberfeldy is now being released in limited quantities in 12 and 21 year old expressions.

Price per dram: $8

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Ardmore Legacy Lightly Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Legacy was introduced in 2014 as a replacement for Ardmore Traditional. The combination of 80% peated and 20% unpeated malt promises a medium bodied Speysider with smoky, spicy edge.

Price per dram: $8

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Ardmore Port Wood Finish

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

A 2015 addition to the Ardmore range - this 12 year old single malt was initially matured in American white oak bourbon casks before being transferred over to Port pipes for a finishing period. Its time in the Port pipes has imparted wine-like sweetness to the whisky, with further hints of juicy grape and flamed orange peel along the way.

Price per dram: $12

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Balblair 1989 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

From the beginning Balblair Distillery was established in 1790 by local man, John Ross, although the first known records date from 1749. In 1824 John Ross was joined by his son, Andrew, and thereafter the sons and grandsons of John Ross operated the Balblair farm and distillery until the last years of the 19th century.

Each Balblair Vintage captures the essence of its year in a bottle. They’re only ever selected at the absolute peak of perfection. Handpicked, to represent the very best our Distillery has to offer.  1989 'vintage' from the Balblair distillery is another superb example, exhibiting that beautiful vanilla spice, cereal sweetness we have come to expect from the Edderton-based distillery.

Price per dram: $15

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Ben Nevis 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

Ben Nevis distillery was established in 1825 by 'Long John' McDonald, a 6ft 4in descendant of a ruler of the western Scottish kingdom of Argyll. In 1878 a second distilling unit was built nearby as an extension to Ben Nevis itself. It was called Nevis and operated as a separate entity for 30 years before being absorbed into the Ben Nevis operation in 1908. A housing development occupies the site of Nevis distillery. In 1989 the distillery was sold by Whitbread to Mitsui, partner of the Japanese whisky-makers Nikka. The new owners restored production of malt but not grain whisky in 1990 under the name Ben Nevis Distillery Co Ltd. 

Ben Nevis 10 Year Old was introduced to the market in 1996 using whisky produced in 1986, the last year that Long John International produced whisky at the distillery. After initially slow sales, the whisky was repackaged in a presentation tube and increasing awareness of its quality soon saw it become the distilleries largest selling brand. It has since been awarded a grand gold medal by Monde Selection in 1999 and again in 2000 as well as winning a gold medal in 2001 and a trophy for three consecutive years of being awarded gold and grand gold medals.

Price per dram: $12

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Ben Nevis Cask strength 10 Year Old 

• ABV 62.4%

Batch 1 Distilled in 2008 and triple matured in 1st fill bourbon, sherry and wine casks.

Price per dram: $20

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Ben Nevis McDonalds

• ABV 46%

To commemorate 185 years of existence.

A recreation of the Ben Nevis whisky style of 130 years ago.

Light to medium peat levels

Price per dram: $11

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Ben Nevis Signatory Vintage

• ABV 57.4%

Ben Nevis 1991 aged 26 years, matured in a sherry butt.

Price per dram: $28

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Clynelish 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

At Clynelish, barley is malted with a medium peat and mashed with water from the Clynemilton burn to produce the wort, which is then distilled twice in pot stills. Clynelish’s style is coastal, with some ‘island’ character - namely, a classic sea weedy, salty tang. The fourteen year old is generally less peaty than some older expressions. Over the years, Clynelish has continued to be held in high regard by whisky enthusiasts.

“A disarming malt that exudes sheer class.”

Price per dram: $10

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Dalmore 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

The Dalmore story began in 1839 with Alexander Matheson who lived in the Highlands of Northern Scotland. Matheson found the rich peat and pure water sources of the Highlands to be the makings of a perfect whisky. He built a distillery in the area and produced small batches until 1886, when the Mackenzie family acquired his operation. When a member of the Mackenzie family risked his own life to save Scotland’s ruler, King Alexander III, from a charging stag, the grateful king offered a token of his appreciation by bequeathing the stag to the Mackenzie family as a symbol of valor and courage. And more than 130 years later, the stag head still appears on every bottle of The Dalmore.

Today, Dalmore distillery has ten stone warehouses and eight pot-stills, several which date back to the late 1800s. Much of the distillery burned down during World War I while occupied by the U.S. Navy, but production resumed in 1922. The production process is meticulous and includes double distillations in copper pot-stills and aging in white oak and sherry wood casks.

Price per dram: $8

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Dalmore Vintage 2006 (10 Year Old)

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

Originally bottled for the French market, this vintage release of The Dalmore aged for 10 years, initially in first fill bourbon barrels before being moved to specially selected Beam barrels for the final 2 years. The result is more gentle and floral than you may imagine.

Price per dram: $12

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Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 44%

Dalmore Cigar Malt was discontinued in mid-2009, causing uproar among all right-thinking, cigar-smoking whisky fans. This dram used to sit above the 12, and below the 15 in terms of both the price-point, and the age-profiles of the whisky that went into the blend, but the new version is a little different.
The whiskies that make up the reworked cigar malt are slightly older, which has pushed up the price somewhat.
But it's a great whisky, whether you drink with its intended purpose in mind or not. And if you do enjoy cigars, you'll want to know that the stick that provided the flavour benchmark for pairing is the hefty Partagas Serie D No. 4.

Price per dram: $12

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Dalmore Luceo

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, the Dalmore Luceo is part of a selection of releases finished in different types of Sherry casks. This one was finished in first fill Apostoles Sherry casks, resulting in decadent waves of sweetness.

Price per dram: $12

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Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

From the highest distillery in Scotland (at 326 metres above sea level), set in the windswept Grampian Mountains of the Highlands, comes this delicate malt to be savoured. Originally called 'Strathspey', the Dalwhinnie distillery was founded by James Buchanan in 1897. Buchanan became well known for his 'Buchanan' and 'Black & White' blends which used Dalwhinnie as a core component. Later renamed 'Dalwhinnie', (Gaelic for “meeting place”) the distilleries site is where cattle drovers and smugglers met on their way to markets in the south.

The whisky itself is often referred to as 'The Gentle Spirit', in contrast to the rugged environment it is produced in. (Staff at the distillery have been known to climb out first-floor windows in order to get to work when snow piles up in the hard winters.) This is testified to by its subtle, smooth, lightly smoked character and heathery, honey finish. Barely classifiable as a Speyside distillery, Dalwhinnie's location is at least forty kilometres south of the dense collection of stills in the 'lower Spey'. The distilleries endless water supply comes from the Allt an t'Sluic spring, bedded in granite. Current management boast their use of traditional wooden wash backs and distinctive lye pipes leading from the tops of the stills.

Price per dram: $10

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Deanston 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46.3%

Located just outside the town of Doune in Perthshire, the Deanston Distillery is located on the banks of the River Teith. Originally a cotton mill, it was converted to a distillery in the 1960s and like many others prospered in the whisky boom of the 1970s when it was purchased by Invergordon Distillers. The 'Great whisky lake' of the 1980s saw many distilleries mothballed as supply exceeded demand, this included Deanston which closed in 1982. In early 1990 the distillery was purchased by Burn Stewart Distillers, with the intention of primarily utilizing its produce into blends such as the 'Scottish Leader' (not seen in Australia). Today, somewhere in the region of 15% of whisky produced at Deanston is destined to be bottled as a standalone single malt.

The stills at Deanston have narrow necks with ball-shaped bulges, the arms slope slightly upwards which encourages reflux, which in turn produces a lighter spirit. A reliable supply of water from the River Teith, combined with cool, humid conditions make the location ideal for the maturation of whisky. Interestingly, the distillery is also self-sustaining (the only one of its kind in Scotland) having implemented water turbines for power.

Bottled un-chill filtered, Deanston has been aged in ex-bourbon barrels for an average of 12 years

Price per dram: $8

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Deveron  12 Year Old

Highlands, SCOTLAND 

• ABV 40%

Distilled at the MacDuff distillery in the royal burgh of Banff

Price per dram: $8

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Edradour Ballechin 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

“Ballechin” is the heavily peated version of Edradour and comes matured in a wide variety of wood types.  The name originates from a fellow Perthshire farm distillery, which sadly closed its doors in 1927. Alfred Barnard, who catalogued all the distilleries in the UK in the 1880’s, made reference to having tasted a peated dram there. This new-age Ballechin is a whisky born out of experimentation. Launched in 2003, and with a whopping phenol content (a minimum 50 ppm), this is predominantly drawn from ex-Bourbon casks with a generous top dressing of ex-Oloroso Sherry to create added depth and greater complexity. It's finished at 46%, without chill filtration, to retain the true cask character.

Price per dram: $10

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Edradour 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

This Scotch whisky is handmade from a combination of Sherry wood and small Stills at the old farm distillery. Despite being such a small distillery, Edradour produces more whiskies than most other distilleries. Owner since 2002, Master of the Quaich Andrew Symington has expertly used the spirit from small stills, matured in the highest quality oak wood, to create a stunning and diverse range of single malts.

Price per dram: $8

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Edradour Straight From The Cask Sherry Butt 10 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 59.3%

Over the last few years, a consistent performer in the Edradour line up matured in sherry casks.  Bottled straight from the cask and non chill-filtered.

Price per dram: $20

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Edradour Bourbon Cask 10 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 59.8%

From Speyside to the Lowlands the road finds Pitlochry and whisky! Picture-book settings end in a fairy tale-like town, home to Edradour, a tiny farm-to-bottle operation that maintains its place as Scotland’s smallest distillery (disputed by Strathearn). No computers make decisions here, just two men who turn levers and run the stills using smell and sight alone. The nineteenth century charm extends to open mash tuns, Oregon pine washbacks and a second distillation that takes place in the smallest traditional still in Scotland (the area of copper exposed to the wash is high, so the quality of new make is too.)

This 100% first-fill Bourbon cask matured edition is a First Release. The whisky, which is soft gold in colour, shows all the classic attributes of Edradour, enriched by the soft vanilla, tangerine and coconut notes one typically associates with Bourbon maturation. Presented in a handsome decanter style bottle, this is an all-natural malt - cask strength and un-chill filtered. Distilled 2006 and bottled in 2017.

Price per dram: $14

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Edradour Caledonia 12 Year Old

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

Price per dram: $10

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Edradour Bellechin (peated) Double Cask

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

Unveiled as part of La Maison du Whisky's 60th Anniversary celebrations, this expression from Edradour combines their single malt aged in Sherry casks and their peated single malt (which goes by the name of Ballechin).

Price per dram: $12

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Fettercairn Fior Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 42%

Founded in 1824, Fettercairn is presently owned by Whyte & Mackay and represents one of their key blending resources, two others being Dalmore and Tamnavulin. We remember the brand being traditionally packaged and marketed as "Old Fettercairn", however since 2002, the bottle, name and packaging have changed. In 2010, the 12 Year Old which had been the core expression was scrapped in favour of the new "Fettercairn Fior" which is composed of 15% highly peated whisky.

Price per dram: $11

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Glen Garioch Single Malt Highland Whisky

Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND

• ABV 48%

Pronounced “Glen Geary” in the local Doric dialect.

Bourbon and sherry casks. Notes of fresh heather, poached pears and a hint of oak.

Price per dram: $10

Glencadam 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

A 21yo has been added to Glencadam's rapidly-growing range. Attractively packaged and bottled at

a good drinking strength of 46%, this is a distillery of great potential and definitely one to watch.

Price per dram: $20

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Glencadam 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highland, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

Glencadam Distillery opened in 1825 and since then little has changed.

Multi-award winning Glencadam Highland Single Scotch Malt Whisky Aged 10 Years is a fine example of centuries of craftsmanship and tradition. “The rather delicate” malt with a beautifully balanced, pure flavour.

Price per dram: $10

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Glencadam the Reawakening Limited Edition 13 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

The story of Glencadam starts in 1825, when the distillery was opened in the Scottish Highlands. The stills went silent in 2000 and in 2003 it was purchased by a local company, Angus Dundee Distillers. While Glencadam bottlings drawn from older stock have never really gone away, at long last, in 2017, the first product from the relaunched distillery hit the market. Only 6,000 bottles were produced.

Price per dram: $12

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Glengoyne 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

A new release from the southernmost of the Highland distilleries. Glengoyne uses only unpeated malted barley i.e. barley which is air dried rather than dried under a peat fire. Reportedly, there's a high proportion of Sherry casks involved in the maturation. Natural colour.

Price per dram: $8

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Glengoyne Cask Strength

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 58.8%

Hand selected oak casks

Price per dram: $12

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Glengoyne Balbaina 

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

European oak Oloroso sherry cask

Price per dram: $9

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Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND 

• ABV 40%

Glenmorangie master distiller, Bill Lumsden, delivers one of the most consistently high quality portfolios in Scotland. But it’s the quality of his ‘entry level’ product, the Glenmorangie 10 Year Old that sets the standard.  Quite simply, there’s an alluring delicacy and complexity to the whisky that seems almost impossible at this price point. Not surprisingly, this whisky has re-instated Glenmorangie’s reputation as one of the world’s most innovative and quality orientated distillers.

Elegant swan necked stills (said to be the tallest in Scotland) produce Glenmorangie whisky, which are claimed to contribute to the delicacy and lightness of the spirit. Maturation takes place in ex-bourbon casks, which are made from American oak which sourced from Glenmorangie's own section of forest in the Ozark Mountains in Missouri, before being matured in traditional stone warehouses.

Price per dram: $8

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Glenmorangie the Quinta Ruban 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 

Highlands, SCOTLAND

 • ABV 46%

Replacing the Wood Finish Range, the Glenmorangie Extra Matured Range is a selection of three single malt whiskies that, following an initial maturation of at least ten years in ex-bourbon casks, have been matured for an extra period (bringing the total time in cask to at least twelve years) in specially selected, extremely high quality, casks that previously held Port, Sherry or Sauternes wine. All are bottled at 46% ABV and non-chill filtered to enhance taste, mouthfeel and/or texture.

Glenmorangie's pioneering research into the wood selection on whisky maturation is exemplified by the Quinta Ruban (ruban is Gaelic for ruby), where mature Glenmorangie is transferred from the original bourbon cask and then extra matured or 'finished' in the finest Ruby Port Casks from the 'Quintas' or wine estates of Portugal.

Price per dram: $10

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Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

A classic Glenmorangie with enough appeal for almost any Scotch whisky drinker. Matured for 15 years in ex-bourbon casks, and transferred into Spanish Oloroso casks for a final three years of maturation.

Price per dram: $12

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Glenmorangie The Nectar Dór 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

With a tremendous ‘gourmand’ appeal, The Nectar D’Òr is Glenmorangie’s delicious, complex base spirit that, after a minimum of 10 years in ex-bourbon casks, is then extra matured in specially hand selected Sauternes wine barriques. This makes it rich and sumptuous with a heady, luscious, beguiling spectrum of aromatic patisserie desserts that helps create a memorable occasion whenever it is enjoyed.

Price per dram: $9

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Glenmorangie The Lastana 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

Glenmorangie The Lasanta is finished in a combination of Oloroso and PX sherry casks.

Price per dram: $8

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Glenmorangie Signet

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

This superb Glenmorangie was created with a marriage of whiskies produced from two unique types of malted barley: a single estate Cadboll variety and malted chocolate barley, which is better known as a basis for craft beers.
The Signet was distilled twice through Glenmorangie's copper-pot stills, by a team of 16 distillers known as the 'Sixteen Men of Tain'. It was subsequently matured in bespoke American virgin oak casks before it was bottled at 46%, and received no chill-filtration.

Price per dram: $20

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Glenmorangie The Tayne Amontillado Sherry Cask

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

Released at the start of 2016 for the Travel Retail market, The Tayne from Glenmorangie has been finished in selected Amontillado Sherry casks!

Price per dram: $10

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Loch Lomond Original

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Loch Lomond Original is the entry-level bottling from this Highlander. Elegant yet full bodied with a hint of peat

Price per dram: $6

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Loch Lomond 12 Year Old

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Loch Lomond, whom are well known for being able to produce a wide variety of styles of whisky in their distillery in the Highland region. This particular expression was drawn from a selection of three cask types - bourbon casks, refill casks and recharged casks.

Price per dram: $8

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Loch Lomond 18 Year Old

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

This is an 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Loch Lomond distillery in the Highlands region. Loch Lomond are renowned for being able to produce a variety of styles at their distillery, including malts, grains and blends.

Price per dram: $14

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Loch Lomond Inchmurrin Madeira Wood Finish

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

Inchmurrin as the name of a style of single malt distilled at Loch Lomond distillery, alongside the single malt that carries the distillery's own name. Rebranded under new ownership in 2015, the new packaging makes this link much clearer. The rebranding also saw this new release join the range, finished in ex-Madeira wine casks.

Price per dram: $12

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Oban 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

'Those who prefer malts with a sheen, sweet and with enormous fruit depth won't be disappointed ' says Jim Murray (Whisky Bible Author). Oban (meaning 'little bay of caves), the gateway to the Isles, is a sheltered and sparsely populated West Highland harbour town steeped in Gaelic history. The town’s distillery was reputedly built in 1794 and remains one of Scotlands smallest operations. It includes its malt in a number of blends such as Glen Garry & Glen Royal. The town’s waterfront (where the distillery is situated) is indeed a mish-mash of architecture from varying periods and styles, only surpassed in peculiarity by a replica Roman Colosseum that sits perched above the township. Commisioned by a local banker called McCaig, the monument serves as a signpost to the Western Highlands - a region which enjoys its reputation as a producer of malts that offer the 'best of both worlds.' Indeed, a sip of Oban evokes a cliff-side coastal village where a hint of sea mingles with the slightly smoky flavour of peat, and simultaneously embodies something of the sweetness and elegance of the Classic Highland malts.

Price per dram: $10

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Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Established in 1826 in Wick, Pulteney Distillery is the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland.  In its early days, the distillery was only accessible by sea. The barley was brought in by boat, the whisky shipped out and many of the distillery workers were also employed as fishermen. Sadly the herring fishing industry is no longer part of daily life in Wick but Pulteney Distillery continues to operate. The heritage of Wick is strongly portrayed in the presentation of Old Pulteney in its distinctive still shaped bottle, screen printed with a traditional Wick herring drifter (such boats were used to catch herring at the beginning of the 19th century).

Price per dram: $8

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Royal Brackla 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Royal Brackla Distillery stands on the fertile farmland of the Cawdor Estate. It was established in 1812 by the fiery Captain William Fraser. Within 25 years his distillery''s reputation for spirit of sterling taste received its crowning moment when King William IV bestowed ''Royal'' status to Brackla, in 1835. It thus became the first ever Scotch to garner a royal warrant, a revelation that led to its nickname: ‘The King’s Own Whisky’.

Traditional production techniques help to protect a distilling heritage that spans more than two centuries and preserves the unparalleled quality of a rather special spirit. To allow for the development of intriguing complexity and fruitiness, extra time is taken at the fermentation stage, which acts for up to 80 hours; far longer than most Scottish distilleries.

Price per dram: $10

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Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Completely renewed in 1967, Royal Lochnagar today preserves its traditional, iconic character with an approach to whisky manufacture that is thoroughly hands-on and artisanal. Fermentation times are long, ensuring that every last morsel of character is extracted from the mash, and the distillery's short, stubby stills maximise the broad flavour spectrum. The distillery uses a mix of third-fill Sherry butts and third-fill American Oak hogsheads. The result is one of the fruitiest, richest Single Malts on the market.  Traditionally nearly all the malt production from Lochnager was used in the famous VAT 69 blend. Today the majority is bottled as single malt.

“Complex, beautifully rounded and soothing.”

Price per dram: $9

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Tomatin Legacy

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

Tomatin distillery's new no-age-statement release uses virgin oak as well as bourbon casks. It provides a new entry level to the Tomatin range but the use of different casks make this a unique expression.

Price per dram: $8

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Tomatin 14 Year Old 

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

The Tomatin 14 Year Old was introduced to the core range in 2014. It features Highland single malt matured in bourbon barrels as well as specially selected Port casks, imparting wine-like sweetness to the whisky.

Price per dram: $11

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Tomatin Cu Bocan

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

A 1990 vintage single malt from the Tomatin distillery, released as part of its Cù Bòcan series - named for a ghostly hound in the highlands. These releases are smoky expressions, making a change from Tomatin's usual unpeated whiskies. However, the distillery has only been doing short bursts of peated whisky distilling since 2005 - how have they got subtly smoky whisky distilled back in 1990?! Well, this expression is drawn from casks that previously held heavily peated Islay whisky, imparting wafts of smoke to the spirit. Fascinating stuff for sure. 1,400 bottles were produced.

Price per dram: $10

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Tullibardine Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Sovereign

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

The Tullibardine Distillery was founded in 1949 and is located in Blackford (Perthshire) on the site of a former Brewery. In 1995, Tullibardine was mothballed by Whyte & Mackay, the owners at that time. Production was resumed in 2003 when the distillery was sold to Tullibardine Distillery Ltd. In 2011, the French Maison Michel Picard from Chassagne Montrachet became the new owner.

Price per dram: $10

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Wolfburn Northland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

Released in mid 2016, the distillery's first whisky, the standard expression (previously simply called Wolfburn) is aged a minimum of three and a half years in used Islay quarter cask barrels. It's this dram that has received considerable praise from a number of the whisky trade's heavyweights.

Price per dram: $9

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Wolfburn Aurora Sherry Cask

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

A late 2016 release from the Wolfburn distillery, matured in a combination of casks - 40% of this whisky was aged in second-fill quarter casks, 40% in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels and 20% in first-fill Oloroso Sherry hogsheads. An exciting release from the distillery.

Price per dram: $12

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Wolfburn Morgen Lightly Peated

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

Added to the range in late 2017 is this lightly peated expression from Scotland's northernmost mainland distillery. The whisky is named after the highest peak in Caithness which is surrounded by open moors and wetlands. It's from here that the peat has been harvested.

Price per dram: $10

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Lowlands

The Lowlands are a cultural and historic region of Scotland. The Lowlands is not an official geographical or administrative area of the country. There are two main topographic regions: the Lowlands and the Southern Uplands. The term "Lowlands" mainly refers to the Central Lowlands.  More information can be found via Wikipedia

Aerstone 10 Year Old "Sea Cask"

Lowlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Carefully matured for over 10 years in warehouses, perched on the intense environs of the Ayrshire coast, of Scotland.
Sea Cask is so-called because some of our warehouses are situated right by the sea. This impacts the maturation process and delivers a smooth whisky with a hint of sea salt.

Price per dram: $7

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Ailsa bay

Girvan, Ayrshire

Ailsa Bay's whisky has had a bit of a redesign from its first release - in both the bottle and the whisky itself! For release 1.2, the smoky single malt made on the same site as Girvan is now smokier than before, as well as sweeter than its previous iteration. It's a well balanced and intriguing expression from the Lowlands.

• ABV 48.9%

Price per dram: $10

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Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Lowlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

Auchentoshan distillery is located in Clydebank, in the heart of the Lowlands whisky region.  Auchentoshan employ a triple distillation method, an unusual process which sees the spirit enter the cask at a staggering 82% Alcohol by volume. After maturation and bottling, the whiskies are typically light, fruity and pristinely balanced. In simple terms, they're dangerously drinkable and offer the devoted whisky drinker a 'go to' malt for warmer weather and the gift buyer an ideal choice when unsure about someone's whisky preferences.

Auchentoshan Three Wood is matured initially in bourbon casks before being finished in Oloroso or Pedro Ximenez casks for an extra layer of rich, sweet fruitiness.

Price per dram: $10

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Auchentoshan Triple Distilled 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Lowlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

This 12 year old expression earned 91.5 points from Jim Murray in his 2013 Whisky Bible.

Price per dram: $8

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Auchentoshan American Oak Scotch Whisky

Lowlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Triple distilled and matured solely in American bourbon casks, Auchentoshan American Oak is a whisky that demands your attention.

Price per dram: $8

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Auchentoshan Triple Distilled 18 Year Old 

Lowlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

Bourbon oak casks. Citrus, green tea and almonds.

Price per dram: $15

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Bladnoch Samsara Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Lowlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46.7%

“Samsara”, meaning ‘rebirth’ represents Bladnoch's 'inaugural' release since new ownership. Aged for a minimum of 8 years, this was matured in first fill ex Bourbon casks and first fill ex Californian Red Wine casks – both American Oak.

Price per dram: $12

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Bladnoch 10 Year Old

Lowlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46.7%

A 10 year old single malt from Bladnoch, joining the series of releases the distillery has made since being bought in 2015 and restarting production in 2017. It was matured in bourbon casks, helping to bolster the sweetness and bring balance to the flavour profile's spicy malt base.

Price per dram: $10

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Glenkinchie 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Lowlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

The lowlands whiskies of Scotland in many respects reflect the landscape they are produced in. The countryside is certainly not without natural beauty, however it lacks the dramatic and rugged contrasts of the Highland and Island regions. Lowland whiskies consequently are generally used as background material for blends and have historically been unappreciated (or at least largely neglected) by malt enthusiasts. Nevertheless, it would be a mistake to belittle the Lowlands. Their whiskies offer a refreshing contrast to the heavier, peatier malts of the north with Rosebank and Glenkinchie being two outstanding examples.

Price per dram: $12

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Campbelltown

Campbeltown is a town and former royal burgh in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It lies by Campbeltown Loch on the Kintyre peninsula. Originally known as Kinlochkilkerran, it was renamed in the 17th century as Campbell's Town after Archibald Campbell was granted the site in 1667. More information can be found via Wikipedia

Glen Scotia Double Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Campbeltown, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

A NAS release, "Double Cask" is initially matured in first-fill bourbon barrels before being finished in Pedro-Ximenez-sherry casks.

Price per dram: $9

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Glen Scotia Victoriana Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Campbeltown, SCOTLAND

• ABV 51.5%

Significant praise for Glen Scotia with this cask strength limited release capturing the judge's attention at the 2017 World Whisky Awards, describing it as "An incredible whisky, packed with complexity." Finished in 'deep charred oak'.

Price per dram: $12

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Glen Scotia 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Campbeltown, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

While Glen Scotia has been in the shadow of its famous neighbour, 'Springbank' for almost two centuries, a 2014 takeover may soon change that. Loch Lomond Group's new management has also introduced a new Master Distiller: John Peterson. Boasting over 40 years of industry accomplishments, results are already in the bag with the award winning "Victoriana" (voted best Campbeltown Malt for 2017) and several other highly praised releases. Decades of suppyling material for blends has also placed the distillery in an enviable position: Their huge diversity of barrel stocks is evidenced in the taste, which is quite simply, different from almost anything else in the world of Scotch single malt.

This 100% American oak matured release comes in the distillery's revamped packaging. If you've never experienced 'saltiness' in a whisky before, you should be able to pick it up in this.

Price per dram: $12

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Glengyle Kilkerran 12 Year Old

Campbelltown, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

After 12 years and a bundle of Work In Progress bottlings, the first core release of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glengyle Distillery after reopening in 2004 is ready! The Kilkerran 12 Year Old is lightly peated and non-chill filtered, and has been matured in a combination of 70% bourbon casks and 30% Sherry casks.

Price per dram: $10

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Hazelburn 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Campbeltown, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

The latest addition to the range of whiskies produced at Springbank, Hazelburn gains its light, delicate character from unpeated barley and being distilled three times instead of twice as is the standard for Scotch Single Malt.

Price per dram: $11

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Longrow Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Campbeltown, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

This is a new, no age statement release of Campeltown's peatiest dram, made by the boys at Springbank.  Originally an old Campbeltown distillery, Longrow was first distilled and re-launched at Springbank in 1973. Each year the distilling equipment at Springbank is cleaned and Longrow is made for a short time, double distilled in the traditional Scottish manner from malt dried entirely over a peat fire. For lovers of the Islay styles, Longrow is amongst the peatiest whiskies available, having one of the highest phenol contents (although bottlings have been reported to vary dramatically in this respect). Its limited availability has inspired an obsessive cult following, also making it highly collectable. The Longrow malts are typically matured in both sherry and bourbon casks.

Price per dram: $12

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Springbank 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Campbeltown, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

Springbank is small - in fact, one of Scotland's smallest distilleries. They’re also family owned. Both factors making Springbank inherently flexible. Small batches and experimental runs are their stock and trade. More importantly, they maintain complete control of the production process - from their own water source, to the floor maltings, through to a seventy hour fermentation which is one of the slowest in the industry.

At the heart of Springbank’s mostly superlative output is an artisanal distilling technique. They operate a form of ‘partial triple distillation’, that is, everything is distilled two and a half times instead of twice - the latter being standard for Scotch whisky. The wash still is fired from the bottom by live flame (also very rare). It takes attention and skill to manage charges like this.

For the history buffs, Springbank’s location is also worth mention. Campbeltown was home to a big fishing fleet, and no less than 37 distilleries during the 19th century. Following the Excise Act of 1823 taxes were reduced to such an extent that legal distilling at last became competitive against smuggling.  This really was the beginning of the golden years for Campbeltown distillers, who hastily began applying for licences. Subsequently Campbeltown became an epicentre for malt whisky, earning it the nickname  'Whisky Capital of the World.'

Whilst bourbon casks are mainly used for maturation of Springbank malts, allowing the distillery character to shine through, a number of sherry casks are also used for added body.

Price per dram: $10

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Islay

Islay is the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides islands, off the west coast of Scotland. Along with the neighbouring island of Jura, it’s known for its whisky. Numerous distilleries produce the island’s characteristically peaty single malts. In the northeast, 2 islands on Loch Finlaggan are dotted with the remains of an ancient settlement, including a prehistoric fort and medieval tombstones.  More information can be found via Wikipedia

Ardbeg 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

Perched on a wave washed, rocky headland, the Ardbeg distillery was founded in 1815 by the MacDougalls of Ardbeg. The distilleries scattered white washed buildings are reminiscent of a Dutch settlement and add to the dramatic coastal landscape. Ardbeg has had a chequered history and in recent times had been closed down for many years. Glenmorangie acquired Ardbeg in 1997 and has set about restoring the distillery to its former glory. Despite the turbulence of its past, none of Ardbeg’s qualities have been diminished. All of the time worn traditions have been carefully preserved and passed on to today’s craftsmen. The Ardbeg 10 Year Old is clear testimony to this. In his 'Complete Book of Whisky' Jim Murray said of it: 'If perfection on the palate exists, this is it.'

Price per dram: $8

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Ardbeg An Oa Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46.6%

Named after a peninsula on the coast of Islay, Bill Lumsden has mixed it up with this release employing a combination of casks: Pedro Ximénez, charred virgin oak and ex-bourbon. An Oa (pronounced “an oh”) will become a part of the core range joining the 10 year old, Uigeadail, and Corryvreckan. Lumsden describes the whisky as "...smoky, sweet and rounded, with unusually, grilled artichokes in the finish."

Price per dram: $11

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Ardbeg Uigeadail Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Uigeadail. Treacle, bacon and bonfires!

• ABV 54.2%

Price per dram: $14

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Ardbeg Corryvreckan Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Corryvreckan.The untamed spirit of Islay

• ABV 57.1%

 Price per dram: $15

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Bowmore Sherry Cask Finish 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

A new Bowmore age statement, matured in Bourbon barrels followed by a further period in Oloroso Sherry casks. Expect flavours of dark chocolate, sun dried fruits and a wisp of Islay peat smoke, cedar wood and treacle toffee.

Price per dram: $12

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Bowmore Dark & Intense 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Spanish oak and sherry casks combine with hogsheads and peat!

Price per dram: $10

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Bowmore Small Batch Bourbon Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Bowmore's Small Batch is matured in first and second fill ex-bourbon casks, resulting in a sweet, spicy and smoky whisky. This is a lighter example of Bowmore and an excellent starting point for Islay whiskies.

Price per dram: $9

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Bowmore Black Rock Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Taking its name from the Black Rock of Islay that rises out of Loch Indaal. Sherry and smoke can be a difficult combination to pull off, and although light, this works nicely and is easy to like.

Price per dram: $8

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Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Scottish Barley Heavily Peated

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 50%

Peated to Ardbeg levels at 40ppm and described as "...a union of classic floral elegance and heavy peat", this latest 'Laddie guarantees a generous dose of Islay smokiness.

Price per dram: $10

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Bruichladdich Octomore Edition 7.1 Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 59.5%

Each new Octomore generates a degree of anticipation and excitement from malt devotees and collectors who have an appreciation for whisky at the extremes. The seventh edition of this cult whisky continues its precedent as one of world's most heavily peated drams. It is also something of a landmark release as it represents the last Octomore created under the influence of Master Distiller, Jim McKewan. Having carried on the role since 2001, McKewan announced his retirement from the company in June. This Octomore release was actually held back in order to coincide with his departure. He will continue acting as a consultant for the Islay distillery.

Once again the Bruichladdich maltsters faced a challenge with the barley harvest destined for Octomore - to try and coax as many phenols into the grain as they can. This is a delicate, inexact art rather than science, the results varying according to a complex suite of factors. It’s part of what makes each edition unique, limited, finite.

7.1 employs barley exclusively sourced from the Scottish mainland, peated to 208ppm. After five years in American oak it was bottled all natural at cask strength.

Price per dram: $20

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Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Unpeated Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 50%

Possibly one of the last Laddie Classics created under the supervision of Master Distiller, Jim McEwan.

This edition was produced from 100% Scottish barley and sees the ABV upped to 50%, but like previous expressions, it's matured in American oak casks and chosen to represent the classic, unpeated distillery style.

Price per dram: $10

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Bruichladdich Bere Barley Unpeated Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 50%

Bere is the oldest strain of cultivated cereal and its origins in the distant mists of time are still unclear, but possibly from the Vikings.

Growing Bere on Islay has been an incredible challenge. In all the trying Bruichladdich has only managed five harvests making Bruichladdich Bere Barley a very rare dram indeed.

Price per dram: $12

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Bruichladdich 2010 Islay Barley Unpeated Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 50%

At Bruichladdich, they’re convinced that the origin of barley effects flavour, and that a whisky’s taste profile is affected by the varieties of barley used, where it’s grown, and by annual climatic variation.  Hence, the "Islay Barley" series of unpeated.malts offering a provenance that varies ”much like vintages of fine wine.”

For the 2010 edition, Optic and Oxbridge varieties were planted across the breadth of the island in 2009; gathering the harvests together has resulted in this first 'regional Islay release' - the fifth in the Islay Barley series since it commenced in 2004. This all natural whisky (non chill filtered and colouring free) was matured in ex-Bourbon and French wine casks. 

Price per dram: $10

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Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46.3%

The great malt whiskies of Scotland have historically been grouped by geographical region. Although single malt scotch whiskies are renowned for their diversity, the malts from each region do also share certain characteristics. Campbeltown malts possess a distinctive salty tang. Lowland whiskies are lighter, with a fruity quality; Highland malts are smoky and sophisticated often with a trace of sweetness ; the Orkney Island Whiskies are classic, full bodied with a heather honey accent; while those from Islay have a distinct peaty, seaweedy flavour. Indeed, among the many Western islands of Scotland, Islay is regarded as being a separate, classic whisky producing region whose intense malts play an integral role in many blends.

The Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay is probably the most isolated, yet also one the most grand and attractive buildings of its kind on the island. The distillery's water is piped down from streams on the Margdale Hills and is considered less peaty than most water used for distilling on Islay. Owned by Highland Distilleries, the operation remains firmly set in tradition although the company now imports its own raw materials. The brands labeling is reminiscent of Bunnahabhain's coastal setting, and utilizes words and imagery from the ballad 'Westering Home' (to Islay.) The poetry is more romantic than the reality - there have been 250 recorded wrecks around the coast of Islay including that of a large trawler which has lain nearby the Bunnahabhain distillery for over twenty years! Nevertheless, the charm of the label remains undiminished.

Price per dram: $10

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Bunnahabhain Toiteach

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

If the movie industry has proven anything (apart from Tom Hanks being a treasure), it's that people love a good sequel. Well, that idea is coming over to the whisky world - this right here is Bunnahabhain's Toiteach a Dhà, which means "Smoky Two" in Gaelic. It's the sequel to their popular peaty treat Bunnahabhain Toiteach, featuring a much more up-front core of sherried spice shining out between the smoky plumes.

Price per dram: $14

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Bunnahabhain Eirgh Na Greine

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46.3%

Bunnahabhain's Eirigh Na Greine was originally released for the Travel Retail market, with its name meaning 'Morning Sky' in Gaelic. A portion of this single malt was matured in red wine casks, resulting in juicy berry notes throughout, blending well with the wafts of sea salt and orchard fruit.

Price per dram: $10

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Caol Ila 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

Caol Ila (Gaelic for 'the Sound of Islay') is hidden in a quiet cove near Port Askaig on the island of Islay.  Many consider this locality to be the wildest and most picturesque of the island. Situated on Loch Nam Ban, the site is ideal thanks to the abundant supply of good water. The distillery was built in 1846 by Hector Henderson - a Glasgow businessman with a keen interest in distilling. Like Bunnahabhain and Bruichladdich, the development of Caol Ila created along with it, a community of its own. Without these distilleries, it is likely that there would have been little sustained human interference in these areas at all. In 1857 Henderson went out of business and the distillery was purchased by Bulloch Lade & Co. The Distillers Company Limited took over management in 1927. From this date production continued until 1972, when the entire structure of the distillery was demolished. A larger distillery was built in the same original architectural style, and production resumed in 1974. The Whisky Caol Ila is considered to be one of the lighter of the Islays. Nevertheless, for lovers of Ardbeg, Laphroaig, and Lagavulin, this whisky will impress.

Price per dram: $10

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Kilchoman Machir Bay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

'Machir Bay' is the first general release from Kilchoman and is a vatting of 3, 4 and 5 year old whiskies, matured in fresh bourbon barrels and finished in oloroso sherry butts for eight weeks.  Anthony Wills, Managing Director of Kilchoman adds “Machir Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches on Islay, close to the distillery. This expression will give continuity of supply to our customers around the world. Each year we will add more mature malt to the vatting.”

The house style tends towards a sweet, fruity and smoky malt.

Price per dram: $10

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Kilchoman Sanaig Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

Originally exclusive to France, Sanaig was given a wider release in 2016. A typically peaty Kilchoman which has been matured in both bourbon and Oloroso Sherry casks, it adds another first class expression to the range.

Price per dram: $11

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Kilchoman Loch Gorm

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

It's the 2019 edition of Kilchoman's annual Loch Gorm single malt, which sees the Islay distillery's whisky matured in oloroso sherry casks. This year, Kilchoman has drawn spirit from 20 oloroso sherry butts, resulting in big helpings of dark chocolate and fruit, blending well with the peat smoke at its core.

Price per dram: $14

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Kilchoman Rum Finish Single Cask

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 56.2%

This delicious single cask of Kilchoman Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, cask No.163, has been hand selected for Australia,

Distilled on 7th April 2011, Cask No.163 has been finished for 10 months in a Jamaican Rum cask and bottled at Kilchoman Distillery on Islay in Scotland on 20th February 2019.

Price per dram: $20

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Lagavulin 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

Lagavulin, pronounced 'Lagga-voolin' (meaning 'the hollow where the mill is') is distinctive and powerful. Once described as 'liquid bandaid' for its strong medicinal character, it is perhaps the most assertive, complex and intensely dry of all the Islay malts.The palate overwhelms like an ocean wave with powerful peaty, salty overtones that re-emerge on the finish. The taste sensation lingers long in the mouth. On a cold wet winter’s night, there is perhaps no finer tonic than a dram of Lagavulin.

About the Distillery... Lagavulin legitimately claims to be one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland.  Situated in a small bay near the south coast of Islay,Lagavulin stands near the ruins of Dunyveg Castle.  From here 1,000 Islaymen set sail to fight alongside Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn in 1314, and in this bay the Macdonalds maintained their power base as Lords of the Isles until finally driven out by the Campbells three centuries later. Distilling on the site is thought to date from as early as 1742. In the late 1700s it is believed that there were up to ten illicit stills operating in the district. The Lagavulin distillery officially became legal in 1816 and by the 1830s only two distilleries remained in the bay. In 1837 these distilleries unified under the Lagavulin title, coming under the ownership of the Graham brothers and James Logan Mackie. By 1875 the distillery was producing 75,000 gallons of whisky annually.

The distillery's water is sourced from a nearby stream. The maturation warehouses are by the sea and when the seas are high, Lagavulin's outerwalls are knee-high in salt water. Lagavulin uses Larch wood washbacks and individual onion-shaped stills with unique steep swan-necked lye pipes which the distillers claim profoundly affect the taste and refuse to change in any way.

Price per dram: $10

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Laphroaig 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

The full history of Laphroaig seems to be lost in the mists of time. It's clear that the Irish had been distilling on Islay for many years and that the locals picked up the skills when they left, but because it was illegal the small stills on the farms were rarely discussed - just a nod and a wink in the right direction!  What is known, is that the family called the Johnstons started farming there around 1800, and that soon after Messers Charles and Willie Doig were asked to do some 'work on a distillery' at Laphroaig. By 1815 Laphroaig's reputation had spread and the tax man was getting suspicious so they 'officially' established 'Johnston & Johnston' - the legend of Laphroaig had begun.

Laphroaig is a malt to either love or hate. Full of the smoke and iodine, seaweed character Islay has become famous for, it has spurred some commentators to describe it as 'mouthwash', 'hospital gauze' or at best, 'medicinal'. Suffice to say, this is not a whisky for the faint hearted. Take Laphroaig neat like a stalwart, or with a splash of soft water. Roll it around on your tongue, release the pungent earthy aroma of blue peat smoke, the sweet nuttiness of the barley, the delicate, heathery perfume of Islay's stream and either swallow or spit. The final judgment on Laphroaig must always be left to the individual

Price per dram: $8

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Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 48%

Released in 2004, this bottling was aged for around five years before being finished in a quarter cask for several months, the size of the cask is quite small, thus does not require such a long maturation. This remains a truly great achievement from Laphroaig.

Price per dram: $10

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Laphroaig PX Cask

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 48%

The Laphroaig PX Cask is made with whisky matured in three types of cask - American oak casks, Quarter casks and the titular Pedro Ximénez casks. This leads to a flavour profile which ties together classic, powerful Laphroaig smoke and wine-like sweetness. It was originally released for Travel Retail.

Price per dram: $10

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Laphroaig Four Oak

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

First released for the Travel Retail market, Laphroaig Four Oak features a marriage of whisky matured in a quartet of casks, namely ex-bourbon barrels, quarter casks, virgin American oak barrels and European oak hogsheads. Somewhat following on the theme from their popular Triple Wood expression...

Price per dram: $10

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Laphroaig QA Cask

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

A litre bottling of Laphroaig's QA Cask single malt Scotch whisky, which is initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels before ensuring a finishing period in charred American white oak casks. With this finishing period paired with Laphroaig's classically intense flavour profile, you might be expecting a massively in-your-face dram, but the result is very well-balanced between coastal smoke and sweet, chewy vanilla notes.
The name comes from the Latin phrase 'Quercus Alba', meaning white oak. It was originally released for Travel Retail.

Price per dram: $10

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Isles / Islands

Scotland has over 790 offshore islands, most of which are to be found in four main groups: Shetland, Orkney, and the Hebrides, sub-divided into the Inner Hebrides and Outer Hebrides.  More information can be found via Wikipedia 

Arran Cask Finishes Amarone Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Isle of Arran, SCOTLAND

• ABV 50%

After initial maturation in traditional oak casks this unusual Arran was finished in a selection of Amarone wine casks sourced from artisan Italian wine producers. Bottled non chill filtered and with no colouring added.

Price per dram: $12

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Arran 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Isle of Arran, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

Isle of Arran Distillers is one of the few remaining independent distilleries in Scotland, based at Lochranza on the Isle of Arran which lies off the West Coast between Ayrshire and Kintyre. The company was set up by Harold Currie, who was previously Managing Director of Chivas (Seagrams) and House of Campbell (Pernod Ricard). Only traditional methods are employed with wooden wash backs and copper stills designed to exacting specification. Non chill-filtered..

Price per dram: $8

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Arran 12 Year old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Isle of Arran, SCOTLAND

• ABV 52.9%

We were enamored with Arran's early efforts which were defined by pristinely clean, sweet, unpeated malt. Like many others, Arran has diversified its portfolio since its inception, now offering a range of wood finishes, cask strength bottlings and even a peated whisky (it seems every distillery has to have at least one nowadays!) Their latest collection to land in Australia places Arran alongside the likes of Springbank and Bruichladdich for sheer innovation and breadth.expressions.

Price per dram: $12

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Arran 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Isle of Arran, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

We were enamored with Arran's early efforts which were defined by pristinely clean, sweet, unpeated malt. Like many others, Arran has diversified its portfolio since its inception, now offering a range ofwood finishes, cask strength bottlings and even a peated whisky (it seems every distillery has to have at least one nowadays!) Their latest collection to land in Australia places Arran alongside the likes of Springbank and Bruichladdich for sheer innovation and breadth.

Price per dram: $13

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Arran Quarter Cask the Bothy Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky 

Isle of Arran, SCOTLAND

• ABV 55.7%

Small casks would have been a common feature of the Arran whisky trade in the eighteenth & nineteenth centuries as they were easier to handle and transport. With the Bothy, Arran bring this tradition back to life.

Initially matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels before being transferred for secondary maturation into smaller American oak quarter casks for a minimum of 18 months. This process produces far greater contact between the whisky & oak and a faster, more intense maturation. The end result combines power and finesse at natural strength without chill-filtration or artificial colouring. . 12,000 bottles worldwide.

Price per dram: $14

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Arran Sauternes Cask

Isle of Arran, SCOTLAND

• ABV 50%

The Arran Malt finished in Sauternes casks. These casks that previously held Bordeaux sweet wine give a honeyed sweetness to the isle of Arran’s only single malt distillery.

Price per dram: $11

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Arran Port Cask

Isle of Arran, SCOTLAND

• ABV 50%

Rich and full bodied, Arran seems to suit red wine, and this Port Cask finish is testament to that. Great maturity and at 50% for additional complexity. This expression was released in 2010.

Price per dram: $11

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Arran 18 Year Old

Isle of Arran, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

Following on from the previous limited edition 18 year old, Arran 18 year old has now become part of the core range! It's bottled without chill-filtration or artificial colouring

Price per dram: $18

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Arran Lochranza Reserve

Isle of Arran, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

A citrus-y, light and elegant no-age-statement single malt Scotch whisky from the distillery on the Isle of Arran. The Lochranza Reserve replaced the Arran Original in mid-2014. The name comes from the village on the Isle of Arran where the distillery is located.

Price per dram: $8

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Arran "Machrie Moor"

Isle of Arran, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

"Machrie Moor" is a reference to an area of Arran island strewn with Bronze Age stone circles and standing stones, once used by a giant to tether its favourite dog to (hence the label). This is moderately peated at 20ppm, and started out as a regular 'limited release' of around 18,000 bottles but was so popular, the distillery decided to make it a part of the core range.

Price per dram: $10

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Highland Park 12 Year Old Viking Honour Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Orkney Islands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

The extreme northern archipelago of mostly uninhabited islands around Orkney is in every sense isolated.  It is not known when the first distillery was established in Orkney, but there were almost certainly local producers by the middle of the eighteenth century. Above Orkney's capital, Kirkwall, is a rise with fine views out to the northern isles traditionally known as the ‘High Park’. It is here that Highland Park distillery was said to have been founded in 1795. Highland Park has had several different owners, before coming into the hands of James Grant and family in the late 1800s. By 1826 when the distillery became legal the site had already become known as 'Highland Park'.

Highland Park is nearly always ranked alongside the classic malts, revered as a spectacular after dinner drink, and without doubt considered, '...a malt to challenge any Cognac or Armagnac.'

Price per dram: $8

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Highland Park Einar Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Orkney Islands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Following on from previous releases, such as Thor and the travel retail exclusives of "Leif Eriksson" and "Drakkar", comes a new range of single malts from Highland Park - the Warrior Series. Gerry Tosh, Highland Park's Global Marketing Manager, explains the collection:

“The Warrior Series is a natural progression for Highland Park, both in brand terms and in global travel retail. By continuing the celebration of our rich and distinctive Norse heritage we are able to tell stories which bring the brand and its products to life. To further this evolution, the whisky maker has crafted six individual whiskies which collectively offer drinkers a new style of taste journey, still classically Highland Park from start to finish, but giving them a different and holistic experience.”

Described in the Orkneyinga Saga as ‘a hard and successful fighting man’, Einar became the overall ruler of Orkney, deeply upsetting his younger brother Thorfinn. This bottling exudes many of Einar’s character traits: Driven by a heady mixture of peat smoke and American oak casks, the result is a whisky of bold complexity brought together with the addition of some broody spiciness.

Price per dram: $8

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Highland Park 18 Year Old "Viking Pride"

Orkney Islands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

Highland Park's 18 Year Old enjoyed a redesign in 2017, receiving livery inspired by the wood carvings from Urnes Stave Church and a new sub-name, "Viking Pride". The Orkney single malt remains the same as before - rich, complex and supremely delicious.

Price per dram: $22

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Isle of Jura 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Isle of Jura, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Lying just to the East of Islay, off Scotland's west coast, Jura is one of Scotland's most spectacular but least known islands. The Isle covers 36,692 hectares and rises to a height of 785m. The name Jura has several meanings: “two brothers Dih and Rah”, “island of yew trees”, and “island of Red Deer”. However, with a human population of under 200 and about 5000 red deer, (the deer outnumber the people by around twenty five to one), expert opinion tends towards the latter.

The Jura whisky is produced from water from Loch A'Bhaile Mhargaidh (Market Loch) and ground malted barley. The water is not peaty as the loch is high in the hills. The wash is distilled twice in pot stills. High necks on the stills give a light spirit. The whisky gains a little weight and richness by being matured in a mixture of American oak and Sherry casks.

The 10 year old Isle of Jura is a medium-bodied malt with the character and texture of a west Highland whisky - accessible with a hint of spice and fruitiness. Unlike some of its heavier Islay cousins, Isle of Jura is only lightly peated.

Price per dram: $8

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Isle of Jura Turas-Mara Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Isle of Jura, SCOTLAND

• ABV 42%

Turas Mara is Scots Gaelic for “long journey” and honours the islanders who immigrated to North America during the 18th and 19th centuries. Matured in a mixture of bourbon barrels, sherry butts, French oak casks and port pipes, this is a fruity and complex whisky that's just a bit too moreish.

Price per dram: $10

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Isle of Jura "Prophecy"

Isle of Jura, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46%

A limited release of around 10,000 bottles with new batches expected every year.
The legend of the Jura prophecy dates from the early 1700's when it was said that the illustrious Campbell family had evicted a wise old seer blessed with the sight of a third eye - the ability to see the future, she prophesised that when the last member of the family left Jura they would be one eyed and his belongings would be carried in a cart drawn by a white horse. In 1938 Charles Campbell left the island. Blind in one eye from the Great war and having fallen on bad times, his goods were carried in a cart drawn by a single white horse. He was the last Campbell to leave the Island and the last laird of Jura. The prophecy was fulfilled and over time the story became legend.
This 'profoundly peated' dram was made to replicate the style at the time of Charles Campbell and was matured in a mixture of cask types before being finished in oloroso sherry casks. The whisky is non-chill filtered however purists will be disappointed to learn that caramel colour has been added.

Price per dram: $10

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Isle of Jura "Destiny"

Isle of Jura, SCOTLAND

• ABV 44%

A new peated Jura, matured in first fill ex-Bourbon casks then married in Sherry casks for the final months to up the spices on the finish. Some tasters have compared the combination of flavours to Ardmore's house style.

Price per dram: $9

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Isle of Jura "Superstition"

Isle of Jura, SCOTLAND

• ABV 43%

A single malt made up of different ages, 13 percent of which is said to be heavily peated... It turns out Stevie was wrong, Superstition is the way!

Price per dram: $8

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Ledaig 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Isle of Mull, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46.3%

Ledaig is produced by Burn Stewart Distillers, a company conceived in 1988 with a vision to create a fully integrated Scotch whisky company and to build a portfolio of international brands. In 1991 Burn Stewart achieved a listing on the London Stock Exchange and soon after acquired the Tobermory Distillery - the only distillery on the picturesque Hebridean Isle of Mull. It is here that Ledaig is produced. (The name is pronounced "Led-chig" and translates to 'safe-haven' from the Gaelic tongue, aptly named after the area in which the distillery sits.) Unlike the Tobermory whisky however, Ledaig is distilled from heavily peated malted barley.

Price per dram: $10

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Scapa Skiren Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Orkney Islands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Founded in 1885 and presently owned by Chivas Brothers, Scapa's unique flavour profile has been attributed to their still and water source. It's the only distillery in Scotland that has a Lomond wash still, a type containing perforated plates to give greater control on the reflux action of spirit. The operation also employs a comprehensive pipe system from source to distillery which reduces exposure to contaminants on the water's journey from the source. Some apparent peat influence can be found in the whisky, though not in a smoky form, rather it comes across as added depth, richness or sweetness, and sometimes with an almost oily mouth feel. The whisky is matured in warehouses that are very close to the sea, which in some minds gives Scapa an unusual salty tang.

"Skiren" comes from the Old Norse word for "glittering bright skies". New as of 2015 is this NAS Scapa matured in First Fill American Oak casks, “to impose a smooth creamy sweetness with a hint of tropical, citrus fruit and coastal heather”. Expect a lighter, fresher Scapa compared to the 16 year old

Price per dram: $14

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Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Isle of Skye, SCOTLAND

• ABV 45.8%

'The lava of the Cuillins' - that is how Talisker, the Golden Spirit of Skye was described by one poetic taster. This is indeed a turbulent Gaelic malt; the only single malt from a spectacularly beautiful island of wild moorlands and dramatic mountain peaks known as the Cuillins. Built in Carbost in 1831 near 'Talisker House', the distillery has entertained such personalities as Boswell & Johnson. Another celebrity who enjoyed his Talisker was author, Robert Louis Stevenson, describing it in 1880 as 'king 'o' drinks'.  Stevenson rightly recognised it as bearing similarities to both the Glenlivet and Islay malts. However, by taking 'the best of both worlds' so to speak, Talisker had achieved a new, unique style of whisky.

In 1892 Roderick Kemp, a part owner sold his share to establish the now immortal Macallan distillery, however, the distillery has continued strong since.

Price per dram: $8

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Talisker Skye

Isle of Skye, SCOTLAND

• ABV 45.8%

Smokey sweetness with a spicy edge.

Price per dram: $8

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Talisker Port Ruighe

Isle of Skye, SCOTLAND

• ABV 45.8%

Finished in port casks A maritime malt with the succulence of port.

Price per dram: $12

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Tobermory 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Isle of Mull, SCOTLAND

• ABV 46.3%

Produced at the Tobermory distillery, the only distillery on the picturesque Hebridean Isle of Mull.  Tobermory, the capital of Mull, lies towards the northern end of the island. The distillery's name is derived from the Gaelic 'tobar mhoire', which means 'Well of Mary', and relates to the well and chapel of St. Mary.  The bay in which the distillery is situated is one of the safest anchorages in the Hebrides, indeed the original name for the distillery, 'Ledaig' (pronounced lea-chaig) is Gaelic, and means 'safe haven'. This made it the ideal place for a fishing town which was built in 1788. The distillery is situated at the southern end of the harbour.

Of all the whisky distilling regions of Scotland (Speyside, Highland, Islay, the various islands, Lowland, Campbeltown), only Tobermory and Ledaig represent an opportunity to experience malt whisky from this particular region. Many island malts tend to be heavily peated. Tobermory, however, is distilled from unpeated malted barley and allowed to mature in oak casks for a minimum of 10 years.

Price per dram: $10

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ENGLAND

There are currently at least six distilleries producing English whisky, although there are currently 14 whisky distilleries spread across England in various stages of development. Though England is not very well known for making whisky, there were distillers previously operating in London, Liverpool and Bristol until the late 19th century, after which production of English single malt whisky ceased until 2003.  More information can be found via Wikipedia

Cotswolds English Single Malt Whisky

UNITED KINGDOM

• ABV 46%

Finally out of the cask and into the bottle - the first whisky ever distilled in the Cotswolds, England.  Taking inspiration from Bruichladdich, this 'terroir focused' venture employs 100% locally grown, floor-malted barley and in an effort to improve transparency, the barley variety and farm it was grown on are listed on each bottle.

Commencing production in 2014, Cotswold's new-make is matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and 225-litre American oak red wine casks that have been shaved, toasted and re-charred. Aka 'STR' casks, these vessels were designed by the late whisky consultant, Dr. Jim Swan. Readers might be familiar with his involvement with other ‘new world’ ventures, bringing quick recognition to brands such as Kavalan and Amrut.

This release has been aged for just over three years and comes bottled non-chill filtered, with no added colouring.

Price per dram: $12

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Cotswolds Odyssey Barley

UNITED KINGDOM

• ABV 46%

The first single malt distilled in England's picturesque Cotswolds, released as a limited edition. This is no novice whisky, however, it's a highly enjoyable dram with notes of orange peel, spice, oaky malt and dark sugar.

Price per dram: $12

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The English Norfolk

UNITED KINGDOM

• ABV 43%

Price per dram: $9

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WALES

Whisky has been distilled in Wales since the Middle Ages, but production died out in the late nineteenth century. In the 1990s attempts were made to revive the practice, resulting in the establishment of Wales's first distillery in over one hundred years  More information can be found via Wikipedia

Penderyn Myth Malt Welsh Whisky

WALES

• ABV 41%

Price per dram: $8

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Penderyn Legend Malt Welsh Whisky

WALES

• ABV 41%

This Penderyn has been matured in bourbon wood before finishing in ex-Madeira casks.

Price per dram: $8

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IRELAND

The word "whiskey" is an Anglicisation of the first word in the Gaelic phrase, uisce beatha, meaning "water of life". The phrase was a translation of the Latin term aqua vitae, which was commonly used to describe distilled spirits during the Middle Ages  More information can be found via Wikipedia

Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey

County Antrim, IRELAND

• ABV 40%

Bushmills is a truly unique Single Malt from the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world, first licensed in 1608. The pure water used in Old Bushmills flows over the basalt rock which is visible in the spectacular formations of the world famous “Giants Causeway.” The malt is entirely unpeated and thus the smokiness associated with Scotch malt is entirely absent from Bushmills. In addition to this, every drop is carefully distilled three times for purity and smoothness (most malts are distilled only twice). Bushmills is then left to mature for a minimum of ten years in select bourbon oak casks and Oloroso sherry casks. The result is a smooth, rich Single Malt with overtones of vanilla, honey and sherry.

Price per dram: $8

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Bushmills Black Bush

County Antrim, IRELAND

• ABV 40%

If you've been in a bar (any bar, really), you've more than likely seen a bottle of this on the shelf. One of the most well-known Irish blends, Bushmills Black Bush features a lot of sherried malt in its recipe, alongside classically caramel-y grain whiskey. Suitable for enjoying neat, but it can also be used in whiskey cocktails that call for dark fruit sweetness...

Price per dram: $6

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Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey

County Louth, IRELAND

• ABV 40%

Connemara is a wild, mountainous region on the west coast of Ireland, lying between the Atlantic Ocean and Loughs Corrib and Mask. The peat bogs of Connemara are major fuel sources to the region and have played an important role throughout Irish history as an energy source and in the production of whiskey. However, as many of the distilleries in Ireland were located alongside a canal, the transport and use of coal in distilleries became more efficient than peat. This temporarily killed the tradition of drying malted barley over peat fires in the production of whiskey. Managing Director of Cooley Distillery, David Hynes and chairman John Teeling have resurrected this traditional Irish custom, creating Ireland's only peated malt. Noted whisky writer, Michael Jackson commented of Connemara “The revival of rustic peatiness adds a whole new element to today’s palette of Irish whiskey flavours…Lots happening. Chimney pots of smoke. I love this whiskey.” (Whisky Magazine Issue 15) Connemara Peated Single Malt was placed fourth in the Irish Whiskey category at Best of the Best 2003 and received a double gold and Best of Irish at the San Fransisco World Spirits Competition 2004.

“Beautifully gilded in peat reek, this rare and highly original spirit is more than a must for lovers of peated whiskey.”

Price per dram: $8

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Dubliner Irish Whiskey Ireland

• ABV 40%

The Dubliner is a blended Irish whiskey which has been aged in bourbon casks and crafted by Master Blender John Drennan.

Price per dram: $7

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Glendalough 7 Year Old

IRELAND

• ABV 46%

A 7 year old Irish single malt whiskey bottled by Glendalough, which has been matured in bourbon barrels

Price per dram: $9

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Glendalough 13 Year Old

IRELAND

• ABV 46%

13 year old single malt Irish whiskey, released by Glendalough. It's allowed to age in bourbon casks for its maturation, which results in waves and waves of caramel and vanilla notes...

Price per dram: $14

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Jack Ryan “Beggars Bush” 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey

IRELAND

• ABV 46%

The Ryan family have long associations with Irish Whiskey going back to a time when they bottled their own Ryan’s Malt which they produced in association with The Dublin Whiskey Distillery until the famous distillery closed its doors in 1946. To celebrate the Ryan’s Beggars Bush 100th Year Anniversary in 2013, the family identified an opportunity to revive their Jack Ryan’s Malt. Jack Ryan ‘Beggars Bush’ Single Malt Irish Whiskey 46% has been aged for 12 years, with no chill filtration, allowing the true flavours of the whiskey to be retained.  The whiskey was made by the Teeling Distillery and has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels handpicked by the family themselves, to deliver a unique taste. No chill-filtration and limited to 1450 bottles worldwide.

Price per dram: $8

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Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey

IRELAND

• ABV 40%

A new release from Jameson, Black barrel is matured in double charred Bourbon barrels for extra vanilla sweetness and nutty notes.

Price per dram: $8

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Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition Irish Whiskey

IRELAND

• ABV 40%

Born from a conversation between Jameson''s head distiller and the head brewer of Cork''s Franciscan Well Brewery, Jameson Caskmates is a head-turning, modern Irish whiskey. The whiskey has been finished in stout-seasoned casks, producing notes of cocoa, coffee and butterscotch while still retaining Jameson''s famous triple-distilled smoothness.

Price per dram: $8

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Jameson Caskmates Ipa Edition Irish Whiskey

IRELAND

• ABV 40%

After successful experiment with stout beer barrels, Jameson settled on maturing its signature whiskey in IPA beer barrels. The result is Jameson's smoothness rubbing shoulders with IPA introducing light hints of hops, fresh citrus and floral notes.

Price per dram: $8

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Jameson Original

IRELAND

• ABV 40%

Produced at the Midleton Distillery, Jameson is Ireland's quintessential Irish blend, a classic.

Price per dram: $6

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Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey

County Cavan, IRELAND

• ABV 40%

In the early 1900's, the finest whiskey in Ireland was often sold in casks rather than in bottles. Spirits merchants bought the filled barrels, aged them and bottled the whiskey under their own brand names.  In the 1960's, Mark Edwin Andrews, an American with strong ties to Ireland, began buying casks of fine pot still whiskey from the top distilleries in Ireland. He aged them and bottled them under the 'Knappogue Castle' label, named after the castle in Ireland that he owned. The Andrews family has carried on the Knappogue Castle legacy with both vintage dated and, more recently, age statement releases like this 12 Year Old. Their brand is typically distilled at Cooleys or Bushmills.

Price per dram: $10

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Powers Gold

IRELAND

• ABV 43.2%

James Power was originally a coaching innkeeper of Thomas Street in Dublin,  when in 1791 he founded a small distillery by converting the hostelry into a distillery. By the turn of the century James was joined in the business by his son John. By 1809 the business had become a limited company under the name of John Power and Son with the father remaining in charge. In 1871 the distillery was rebuilt in classic Victorian style occupying almost 7 acres. It was one of Dublin's most impressive sights employing approximately 300 people. The last member of the Board with the Power name was Sir Thomas Talbot Power who died in 1936, although ownership remained in the family through his sisters. Powers remained a leading player in the industry until 1966 when they merged with the only two remaining distillers in the Irish republic, Cork Distillers Company and their long time rivals John Jameson & Son. Together these three distilleries formed the Irish Distillers Group. In 1989 the Pernod Ricard empire successfully bid against Gilbey's and Guinness-Cantrell-Cochran to become the new owners of the Irish Distillers Group which also includes Bushmills Distillery in the North of Ireland bought by the group in the 1970's. On Pernod Ricard's success the last four members of the old distilling families of Dublin and Cork resigned

Price per dram: $8

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Powers Signature Release

IRELAND

• ABV 46%

This is a Sherried version from Powers, matured in x Bourbon barrels before a finishing period in Oloroso casks for added richness.

Price per dram: $12

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Proper Twelve

IRELAND

• ABV 40%

MMA fighter and boxer Conor McGregor has stepped in to the ring of whiskey making with Proper No. Twelve, a blended Irish whiskey produced with the help of former Bushmills distillery manager David Elder. Featuring malt and grain whiskeys drawn from bourbon barrels, the team created nearly 100 blends before deciding upon the one in the bottle. Proper No. Twelve takes its name from Dublin 12, the area where McGregor grew up.

Price per dram: $6

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Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

County Cork, IRELAND

• ABV 40%

For decades, serious whiskey drinkers drank Irish "blended" whiskey, mixing it with cola or adding a dash to coffee. But, John Hansell, editor and publisher of Malt Advocate magazine, says that's changing. "The line between Irish whiskey and Scotch whisky has become blurred," says Hansell, since Irish whiskey companies like Bushmills and Jameson have expanded their range to include deluxe whiskies from aged blends to pure pot stills and their own brand of single malts. "The top Irish whiskeys are just as good as many single-malt scotches. It's too bad more people aren't aware of how complex some of these whiskeys have become."

Here's a case in point. From Irish Distillers Ltd, Redbreast is a 'Single' unblended, pure pot still Irish whiskey made with malted and unmalted barley which has been triple distilled.

Price per dram: $10

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Teeling Small Batch Rum Cask Irish Whiskey

IRELAND

• ABV 46%

Teeling''s Small Batch consists of hand selected casks which are given further maturation in ex-Flor de Cana Rum barrels imparting an extra sweet, smooth and slightly woody flavour unique to Irish Whiskey. Renowned for their vision in doing things differently, Teeling bottles this small batch at 46% with no chill filtration, creating an Irish Whiskey of true character.

Price per dram: $8

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The Irishman Founders Reserve Irish Whiskey

IRELAND

• ABV 40%

A 70% single malt whiskey and 30% single pot still whiskey which is triple distilled, followed by ageing in bourbon casks.

Price per dram: $8

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Tullamore DEW 12 Year Old

IRELAND

• ABV 40%

Originally launched for the travel retail market, this 12 year old Irish blend is full of sweetness and sublimely smooth.

Price per dram: $8

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Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Riverstown, Dundalk, IRELAND

• ABV 40%

The Watts distillery dates back to 1762 and had a proud tradition of producing good whiskies.  Tyrconnell (named after a successful racehorse owned by the Watt family) was their flagship product and a best seller in the United States before Prohibition. Today, this historic brand has been kept alive by The Cooley Distillery who have received reassuring acclaim for their efforts. The reputation of Tyrconnell continues to grow and amongst other accolades, the malt was the proud winner of a Gold Medal in the Single Malt Category at the 2004 International Wine & Spirits Awards in London.

Price per dram: $10

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West Cork 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey

IRELAND

• ABV 40%

West Cork Distillery is the most southerly located distillery on the Atlantic Archipelago which provides a unique meso-thermal microclimate for which West Cork is famous and which is ideal for the maturation of Irish whiskey.

The 10 year old single malt is a splendid example of Irish single malts. It is prepared from Irish malted barley and pot distilled.

Price per dram: $10

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Writers Tears Pot Still Irish Whiskey

IRELAND

• ABV 40%

Writers Tears is a vatting of Pure Pot Still and Single Malt (proportions are a closely guarded secret). It's the creation of Writers Tears proprietor, Bernard Walsh, who enjoys privileged access to the warehouses of certain Irish distillers from where he selects the casks for his own labels. Some years ago he came up with this entirely ‘new’ type of whiskey: a blend of malt and pure pot still (PPS) whiskeys (all other Irish blends contain some proportion of Coffey still grain whiskey). The Pure Pot Still is a style that was once known as the "Champagne of Irish Whiskey" and was traditionally a favorite of Irish writers suffering from writer’s block. Rather poetically, they drank so much of it, some were reputed to have cried tears of whiskey when inspiration finally hit. Although the Pure Pot Still style was once widespread in Ireland, a number of historical factors including the The Irish War of Independence, the Irish Civil War, and prohibition in the United States led to a drastic reduction in the number of Irish distilleries. With this reduction in Irish whiskeys available came the loss in recognition abroad of the pure pot still style itself.  The majority of the surviving distilleries began to produce blends and single malts to the detriment of the Pure Pot Still.

Price per dram: $8

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Writers Tears Red Head Single Malt Irish Whiskey

IRELAND

• ABV 46%

Matured in x-Oloroso Sherry casks (hence, Red Head), this sourced whiskey is a NAS single malt that's also non-chill filtered. Ruby red in colour, it's intended to showcase a richer style Irish whiskey.

Price per dram: $10

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AUSTRALIA (Tasmania)

As at the end of 2017, there are more than 120 listed distilleries in Australia with 31 of these in Tasmania. Australia's largest concentration of whisky distilleries is found on the island state of Tasmania  More information can be found via Wikipedia

23rd Street Distillery Hybrid Whisky

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 42.5%

An experiment in blending that references a practise common to the Japanese industry. 'Hybrid' is apt: Head distiller, Graham Buller imported prime barrels of Scotch whisky (average 5 years old) and American Bourbon (2 years old) with the intent of creating his perfect whisky. Following a blending period, the final result was finished in x Bourbon barrels.

Price per dram: $8

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Adams Distillery First Release Sherry Peat Finish

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 52.5%

Price per dram: $35

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Adams Distillery First Release Port Cask

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 46.9%

Adams distillery was established in 2015 and is now based at the Glen Ireh Estate, 35 Drummond Street Perth in Tasmania. Their whisky is aimed to be a major player on the world stage as their distillery has the capacity to produce 1,000,000 litres of whisky a year.

Price per dram: $35

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Adams Distillery Sherry French Oak

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 46.9%

The barrel of this Sherry cask expression spent the summer sitting by the window of the Adams Distillery visitors centre, basking in the afternoon sun. The distillery says that “….this special attention and increased warmth has shone through for a truly unique Sherry Cask Whisky”

Price per dram: $15

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Adams Distillery Port French Oak

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 47%

Price per dram: $15

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Adams Distillery Pinot Noir French Oak

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 46.8%

This expression was aged in 3 x 20L French Oak Casks (Pinot Noir) and then batched together for balance. The result is a beautiful twist on what is becoming the quintessential Tasmanian Red Wine Whisky.

Price per dram: $18

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Adams Cask Strength Port Wood American Oak

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 55.5%

This rare Port cask expression is both from a single cask as well as being cask strength. Cask 16 could only be bottled at this higher ABV after the good folks at Adams Distillery sampled drams at multiple strengths and settled on the cask strength of 55.5% for the intense character and flavour profile.

Price per dram: $18

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Belgrove Distillery 100% Rye Whisky

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 42% (may vary between batches)

Peter Bignell is a true renaissance man – farmer, sculptor, engineer, coppersmith, environmentalist and bio-fuel chemist, and now the distiller of Australia’s first 100% Rye spirit. Peter applied his sculpting and engineering nous (the same abilities employed to restore the historic Nant Water Mill) to build his own 500 litre copper pot still, which he direct fires with his homemade bio-diesel (also used to run his tractors and heat his house).

Keeping things on a self-sufficient and sustainable course, the rye grain he uses is also from the family’s Bothwell property. Originally planted by Peter at the tender age of fifteen to feed the property’s livestock, the same field now feeds his still, while the remaining dried mash goes to a swine of pigs where the cycle comes full circle as manure.

Peter's rye whisky has now spent several years in barrels ranging in size from 50 litres to 200 litres.  This is his inaugural release, along with a cask strength version. The whiskies have not been chill filtered.

Price per dram: $12

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Corra Linn Distillery

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 52.5%

Price per dram: $18

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Dobson’s Old Reliable Triple Distilled Single Malt Australian Whisky

New South Wales, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 40%

Price per dram: $9

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Fannys Bay Distillery Port Barrel Cask Strength

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 65.4%

Fannys Bay Artisan Distillery is situated on the windswept Northern Coast of Tasmania at the home of Mathew & Julie Cooper. The Coopers have brought whisky making to the northern region of Tasmania. In 2014 distilling commenced and the first barrel was put down in November of that year.  Today the distillery’s production is well under way with a selection of Bourbon, Port, Sherry and Pinot barrels lying in bond.

Price per dram: $35

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Fannys Bay Distillery Port Barrel

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 43%

Price per dram: $28

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Fannys Bay Distillery Sherry Barrel

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 43%

Price per dram: $28

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Fannys Bay Distillery Bourbon Barrel

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 43%

Price per dram: $28

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Fannys Bay Sherry Cask - Cask Strength

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 63.7% (variable)

This Fannys Bay Sherry Barrel “Cask Strength” Tasmanian whisky is a very limited expression from Mathew and Julie Cooper who run a bespoke, family owned distillery on the Northern coastal waters of Tasmania. The whisky has been aged in sherry barrel number 26 which only yielded 35 bottles at a cask strength of 61% alc.

Price per dram: $35

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Hellyers Road Distillery Original Pinot Noir Finish Single Malt Australian Whisky

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 46.2%

Hellyer's Road Distillery, named after a local landmark and explorer of note, is located in Burnie, Tasmania. A cursory tour of Hellyer's Road leaves no question that this is a serious business, employing state of the art equipment and capable of large scale production. The flagship whiskies are distilled from Tasmanian grown malted barley using local rainwater, then matured in American white oak barrels.

This expression was "finished" in French oak, previously filled with Pinot Noir. We're told that the turnaround time between emptying the cask of its original contents and refilling with whisky is crucial to the success of this expression. The process takes place well under twenty four hours thanks to the presence of a thriving Tasmanian Wine Industry.

Price per dram: $10

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Hellyers Road Distillery Original 10 Year Old Single Malt Australian Whisky

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 46.3%

The Australian whisky trail continues to twist and turn. Those who, like ourselves, have been following its path over the last decade will have noticed that the ascent seems to increase with every release. Hellyer's Road is a serious business, employing state of the art equipment and capable of large scale production.  Whiskies are distilled from Tasmanian grown malted barley using local rainwater, then matured in American white oak barrels. This is their first age statement release to hit the market.

Price per dram: $10

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Hellyers Road Distillery Slightly Peated Single Malt Australian Whisky

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

ABV 46.2%

In 1996 the Australian Dairy Industry was deregulated. Betta Milk Co-operative then identified a niche in the domestic market for the production of whisky and vodka products, Hellyer's Road Distillery, named after a local landmark and explorer of note, was established and an all new purpose built operation was established on the Betta Milk site in Burnie, Tasmania. A cursory tour of Hellyer's Road leaves no question that this is a serious business, employing state of the art equipment and capable of large scale production. The flagship whiskies are distilled from Tasmanian grown malted barley using local rainwater, then matured in American white oak barrels.

Price per dram: $10

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Hellyers Road Peated

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 46.2%

Aged in American Oak (ex-bourbon) and distilled using peated grain sourced from Inverness – Scotland, this single malt was recognised as the nation’s best at the Malt Whisky Society of Australia Awards for Excellence in 2010. True Scotch lovers will be in awe of this delightful Tasmanian crafted drop

Price per dram: $12

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Hellyers Road 15 Year Old

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 46.2%

With all vatting and marrying done in timber casks and non-chill filtered, this magnificent 15-year-old whisky delivers enhanced flavour attributes highlighted by vanilla and citrus tones entwined by a calming softness, a reflection of time spent in premium American Oak. No colouring is added to the natural golden tones derived during maturation.

At 15 years old, this is the oldest age-statement whisky Hellyers Road have ever released.

Price per dram: $15

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Hellyers Road Single Cask, Cask Strength 14 Year Old Slightly Peated

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 62.2%

Price per dram: $26

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Hobart Whisky Bourbon Cask

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 48.8%

Craft distilled, oak rested and hand bottled at their distillery based in the heart of Hobart, each small batch holds its own distinctive characteristics and signature flavour. Hobart whisky was founded by Rocky Caccavo and head distiller, Brian Hinson and this 1st release is simply stunning for an inaugural bottling. It’s everything a bourbon cask should be: Fresh and fruity with crème brulee, vanilla dots, and sweet toffee.

Price per dram: $28

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Hobart Whisky Port Cask

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 53.9%

The second batch to come out of the Hobart Distillery was matured in American oak Port casks and weighs in at a higher strength

Price per dram: $28

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Tasman Whisky Sherry Cask

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
• ABV 47%

Price per dram: $17

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Tasman Whisky Port Cask

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 47%

Price per dram: $17

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Tasman Whisky Bourbon Cask

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 47%

Price per dram: $17

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Lark Limited Edition 9 Year Old Bourbon Cask Single Malt Australian Whisky

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 43%

Only 328 bottles were produced of this limited edition bourbon cask single malt release from the Lark Distillery. Matured for nine years in an ex-bourbon cask from the Heaven Hill distillery, it is one of the oldest Larks ever released. This is one of the best tasting single malts ever to be released at Lark Distillery.

Price per dram: $45

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Lark Classic Cask Single Malt Australian Whisky

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 43%

Approachable but complex, the Classic Cask 43% is a whisky made for sharing, celebrating, and enjoying. Handcrafted in the Coal River Valley, it’s a true labour of love from the second it leaves the distillery to the moment the cork is popped and the whisky is enjoyed. Double-distilled in locally crafted copper-pot stills and aged in carefully selected small casks.

Price per dram: $18

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Launceston Distillery Apera Sherry Cask Single Malt Australian Whisky

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 46%

First whisky for Launceston Distillery, Hanger 17 released July 2018.

Price per dram: $18

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Launceston Distillery Tawny Port Cask Single Malt Australian Whisky

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 46%

First whisky for Launceston Distillery, Hanger 17 released July 2018.

Price per dram: $18

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Launceston Distillery Bourbon Cask Single Malt Australian Whisky

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 46%

Matured in small American oak bourbon casks. The newest to their range.

Price per dram: $18

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Launceston Distillery Cask Strength Bourbon Cask

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 62%

Matured in small American oak bourbon casks.

Price per dram: $23

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Launceston Distillery Cask Strength Tawny Cask

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 63%

This rich, robust whisky was matured for 2 ½ years in small French oak tawny casks.

Seven  casks have been vatted and allowed to “marry” together before bottling.

A winter warmer, this full flavoured whisky was double distilled and is non-chill filtered to retain depth of character.

Price per dram: $23

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Limeburners Sherry Cask Single Malt Australian Whisky

Western Australia, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 43%

Limeburners is matured in second fill bourbon barrels and finished in very old, small sherry cask.

Price per dram: $14

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Limeburners Port Cask Single Malt Australian Whisky

Western Australia, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 43%

A new Limeburners, this time matured in a 200 litre American Bourbon Cask and finished in an Australian Port cask.

Price per dram: $14

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McHenrys Makers Mark American Oak Port Finish

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 44%

Now here’s an absolute unicorn of the Australian whisky landscape. The very first bottling from one of Australia’s finest southern-most distilleries, McHenry’s. This inaugural release was distilled on the 2nd of February 2011 and spent most of its life ageing in Barrel Number 1 which was a 100L Maker’s Mark, American oak cask before being finished in a 20-litre port French oak cask. It was bottle just over 5 years later on the 24th of April 2016

Price per dram: $30

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Nant Sherry Wood Single Cask Single Malt

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 43%

An intriguing balance of sweet and spice that takes plenty of influence from its ex-sherry cask. As smooth as it is balanced.

Price per dram: $20

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Nant Port Wood Single Cask Single Malt

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 43%

A strong, spicy and complex flavour profile that doesn’t overpower. Allow plenty of time for the taste and finish to develop.

Price per dram: $20

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Nant Bourbon Wood Single Cask Single Malt

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 43%

A soft sweetness can be enjoyed from the aroma to the palate and on to the finish. A highly accomplished and regarded Nant expression.

Price per dram: $20

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Old Kempton Distillery Rd017 Pinot Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

ABV 64.9%

This is the very first cask-strength, single malt whisky release from Old Kempton Distillery since changing names from Redlands Distillery. Released in very small quantities to commemorate William Henry Ellis who was the founder of Dysart House where the distillery is currently located in Kempton, Tasmania. Mr Ellis was a convict who was transported from England to Tasmania in 1827 for the crime of embezzlement and was granted a special release soon after his arrival, and by 1838 was licensed to sell spirits in the Tasmanian Midlands.

So as an ode to the past, this inaugural cask strength expression showcases the purest Tasmanian barley and water, handcrafted at the distillery and matured in specially-selected ex-pinot oak casks.

Price per dram: $35

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Old Hobart Distillery Overeem Port Cask Matured Single Malt Whisky

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 43%

Price per dram: $20

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Overeem Distillery Sherry Cask

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 43%

Price per dram: $22

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Redlands Estate Paddock To Bottle Single Malt

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 46%

Redlands Distillery paddock to bottle single malt, single cask whisky. Matured in specially selected small 20L casks to give a rich, smooth flavour. Made using barley grown on Redlands Distillery’s paddocks, then malted in an original heritage style on our malt floor. Kiln dried onsite, the barley is then brewed, fermented and distilled in our 900L copper pot still. The spirit is then rested for two and a half years in our bond store and non-chilled filtered to retain its delicate flavour. A unique spirit, steeped in history

Price per dram: $35

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Spring Bay Distillery Single Malt Whisky

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 46%

Spring Bay Distillery’s approach to making single malt whisky ensures every part of the process has the highest quality application that can be achieved. The use of premium Tasmanian barley, the quality of the wash, the distilling, the careful selection of casks and importantly using arguably the best water in the world – East Coast Tasmanian rainwater.

Price per dram: $20

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Sherry Cask

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 46%

Established in 2015 on Tassie's East coast by Cam and Suzy Brett, the Spring Bay whiskies are distilled in a 1200 litre locally made copper pot still and employ coastal rainwater which is both soft and sweet.

Price per dram: $18

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Bourbon Cask

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 46%

This is Spring Bay’s second ‘Bourbon Cask’ release that was matured in 50 litre American Oak, Wild Turkey barrels and then bottled at 46% alc with a yield of 74 bottles. It’s whisky made right, using local ingredients, hand-crafted by the sea on the East coast of Tasmania!

Price per dram: $18

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Rheban Port Cask, Cask Strength

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 58%

Price per dram: $22

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Starward Single Malt Australian Whisky

Victoria, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 43%

The ‘New World Whisky Distillery’ is one of the latest to join the rafters of Australian distillers.  Alongside Bakery Hill, it stands as Melbourne’s second whisky distillery, in a location more metropolitan than you might think.

The depth of oak character and mellowness of Starward comes from the combination of the barrel sizes used to mature the whisky. Rather than focus on one size, 50lt, 100lt and 200lt casks are used to provide a diversity of character and complexity. Varying surface area to volume ratios combined with a highly variable climate mellows the whisky faster.

Price per dram: $10

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Starward Wine Cask Edition Single Malt Australian Whisky

Victoria, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 41%

A new ongoing concept for the distillery, this time under the Starward label. Matured exclusively in recoopered 100Lt and 200Lt Australian wine barrels.

Price per dram: $10

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Starward “twofold” Double Grain

Victoria, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 40%

This is a whisky for any occasion and we mean that; neat by the fire, on ice to celebrate, mixed up in a perfect Manhattan. Two-Fold is made for the sharing cabinet.

Price per dram: $8

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Sullivans Cove Double Cask Single Malt Whisky

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 40%

The latest releases from this distillery (established in 1994) mark a welcome departure from many previous expressions that were frequently sabotaged by hessian bag, burnt rubber and/or Sulphur-like notes. All three bottlings (Double Wood, American Oak Single Cask and French Oak Single Cask) are clean, complex and come highly recommended. The Double Wood is two parts - one matured in a combination of French Oak (11 years), the other matured for 11 years in American Oak. It offers a wonderfully fruity whisky experience, particularly on the nose which finds comparison with Nant's Unpeated or Aberfeldy's 12 year old.

Price per dram: $30

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Tasmanian Moonshine Company Barrel Aged New Make Malt Whisky

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 43%

Located in Moonah, Hobart, the Tasmanian Moonshine Company (aka 'The Devil's Distillery') commenced operation in 2016 and already has a range of products available. Founder, Brian Hinson, also oversees production using an 1800 litre wash still.

Price per dram: $10

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Timboon Distillery Port Expression Single Malt Australian Whisky

Victoria, AUSTRALIA

• ABV Alc./Vol will vary between 40-44% from batch to batch.

Price per dram: $20

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Upshot Australian Whiskey

Western Australia, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 43%

Handcrafted from 100% West Australian grains, Upshot whiskey is modern Aussie expression of a well rounded bourbon. Uniquely smooth and inviting, artfully aged in virgin southern white oak in our urban Mediterranean climate.

Price per dram: $10

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NEW ZEALAND

Whisky distilling in New Zealand was born with the arrival of Scottish settlers in the 1830s. Many Scots settled in the Otago region and the industry flourished here until the 1870s, when onerous government regulations effectively shut it down.  More information can be found here

The New Zealand Dunedin Double Wood 16 Year Old Whisky

NEW ZEALAND

• ABV 40.0%

As Master Blend of 70% single malt 30% premium grain whisky, distilled in the Willowbank distillery in Dunedin. The Double Wood was aged in American Oak, Ex-bourbon barrels for 6 years, then finished in French Oak, Ex NZ red wine barrels for 10 years

Price per dram: $15

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USA & CANADA

American whiskey is a distilled beverage produced in the United States from a fermented mash of cereal grain. The primary types of spirit included under this designation are bourbon whiskey, rye whiskey, rye malt whiskey, malt whiskey, wheat whiskey, Tennessee whiskey, and corn whiskey. All of these are made from mashes with at least 51% of their named grains.  More information can be found via Wikipedia

Most Canadian whiskies are blended multi-grain liquors containing a large percentage of corn spirits, and are typically lighter and smoother than other whisky styles.  When Canadian distillers began adding small amounts of highly-flavourful rye grain to their mashes, people began demanding this new rye-flavoured whisky, referring to it simply as "rye". Today, as for the past two centuries, the terms "rye whisky" and "Canadian whisky" are used interchangeably in Canada and (as defined in Canadian law) refer to exactly the same product, which generally is made with only a small amount of rye grain.  More information can be found via Wikipedia

Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey

Kentucky, USA

• ABV 45%

Buffalo Trace is a really classy bourbon from the eponymous distillery that has been responsible for some truly outstanding products in recent years. A must-stock for any bar worthy of the name and probably the best all-rounder at the price

Price per dram: $8

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Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye

Minnesota, USA

• ABV 40%

A 100% Rye, aged in new Minnesota white oak casks for a period of approximately two years (depending on the weather of the season). This is the distillery's most popular product.

Price per dram: $6

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Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Organic

Minnesota, USA

• ABV 46%

Price per dram: $8

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Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey

Kentucky, UNITED STATES

• ABV 45%

Price per dram: $8

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Mclaine & Kyne Jefferson’s Reserve Very Old Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey

Kentucky, UNITED STATES

• ABV 45%

Located in the heart of the bourbon capital of the world, Bardstown, Kentucky, the McLain & Kyne Distillery is the smallest family-owned distillery in the region. The companies aim is to reawaken America to what it considers to be the finest distilled spirit in the world – Kentucky Bourbon. Mark Twain was apparently correct when he said: 'there is no such thing as too much good whisky.’ In an effort to further spur on the bourbon renaissance in the country, the company has named its bourbons after the ultimate Renaissance men, Thomas Jefferson and Sam Houston. These individuals reflect the distilling philosophy behind McLain & Kyne’s products - boldness, integrity and character. Pure Kentucky limestone water is sourced for Jefferson's with deep-charred, new white oak barrels employed for aging. Corn, rye and barley are the only ingredients.

Jefferson's Reserve is matured for fifteen years. As a result, by the time a barrel is opened, over 50% of the bourbon has evaporated (known as the ‘angel's share.’) Following maturation, barrels are hand selected and then mingled in very small batches of approximately one dozen barrels per batch. Final blending takes place and each bottle from each respective batch is individually numbered.

Price per dram: $10

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Old Virginia 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Kentucky, UNITED STATES

• ABV 43%

Old Virginia’s 12 Year Old showcases the rare quality of authentic Bourbon from Kentucky.

Price per dram: $8

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Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon Whiskey

Kentucky, UNITED STATES

• ABV 43.2%

A new Woodford that’s set to be part of the core range. This is finished in heavily toasted, lightly charred barrels.

Price per dram: $8

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Canadian Club Classic 12 Year Old Blended Canadian Whisky

Ontario, CANADA

• ABV 40%

The Canadian Club brand was first introduced in 1858 by Hiram Walker, a grain merchant turned distiller. Born in New England in 1816, Hiram Walker came west to Michigan in the 1830's to seek his fortune. After a few false starts, he launched a successful grocery business in Detroit and learned how to distil his own cider vinegar instead of selling someone else's for a minuscule profit. Walker then decided to branch into whisky. His first barrels were produced in 1854 and were a great success due to their fine quality and purity. Concerned about Michigan's strong puritanical temperance atmosphere and aware of the good farmland being opened up by the Great Western Railway on the Canadian side of the river, Walker decided it was time to make a move. The distillery he established from next to nothing later grew into 'Walkerville' (Ontario) a town revolving almost entirely around Hiram Walker’s many enterprises. The town was later recognised as a model of industrial selfsufficiency.

'From patience comes perfection' - this is the philosophy behind the production of Canadian Club Classic. Unlike any other whisky, being characteristically light, mild and delicate, Canadian Club Classic owes its clean taste and distinctive character to the fact that it is blended before maturation in white American oak barrels for a minimum of twelve years. The blend is founded on a triple distilled base spirit which is then married with two 'flavouring spirits' - one double distilled, the other single distilled.

Price per dram: $6

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Collingwood Blended Canadian Whisky

Ontario, CANADA

• ABV 40%

Collingwood is a unique, artisanal whisky. It is made at Canada’s longest continuously owned and operated distillery in the town of Collingwood, Ontario, on the shores of Georgian Bay. As a toasted Maplewood stave finished whisky, Collingwood is full-flavored and complex, with a long, clean finish.

Price per dram: $8

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Fireball Cinnamon Flavoured Canadian Whisky Liqueur

CANADA

• ABV 33%

Rumour has it that the original Fireball Whisky recipe was forged sometime in the mid-1980s during the coldest winter Canada had ever seen, when a mixologist turned mad scientist accidentally created a permanent solution to frostbite. The concoction slowly and quietly made its way around North America for a few years, a sort of secret handshake between veteran bartenders. "Word got out", say the producers, "and now we are just trying to make it fast enough to keep the fire burnin’."

Price per dram: $6

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FRANCE

The distilleries producing French whisky include Glann ar Mor and Warenghem in Brittany, Guillon in the Champagne region, and Grallet-Dupic in Lorraine. Buckwheat whisky is produced by Distillerie des Menhirs in Plomelin, Brittany. Vercors Distillery in Drome.  More information can be found via Wikipedia

G.Rozelieures Single Malt French Whisky

Lorraine, FRANCE

• ABV 40.0%

Founded in 1890 by Michel Grallet, the Rozelieures distillery is located in a small village in the Lorraine region in the North-East of France, well known for the quality of the ‘eaux de vie’ produced there.

This whisky is created through a traditional process of double distillation using lightly peated malts, resulting in distinctive toasty notes. It is matured in ex- Sherry casks that make the whisky soft, elegant and fruity, revealing delicate spicy undertones.

Price per dram: $5

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G.Rozelieures Tourbé Collection Single Malt French Whisky

Lorraine, FRANCE

• ABV 40.0%

Surrounded by malting barley fields, the distillery is located next to the Euron River. Rozelieures Tourbé Collection whisky is created through a traditional double distillation process using peated malts and matured in ex-Bourbon casks, resulting in a smooth balance of peated and vanilla aromas.

Price per dram: $10

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De Lorraine Sherry Cask

FRANCE

• ABV 40%

double-distilled in our pot stills in Rozelieures and aged in Sherry oak

Price per dram: $8

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JAPAN

Whisky production in Japan began around 1870, but the first commercial production was in 1924 upon the opening of the country's first distillery, Yamazaki More information can be found via Wikipedia

963 Malt and Grain Peated

JAPAN

• ABV 46%

An interesting blended whisky from Japanese producer, Sasanokawa Shuzo (whom are also the chaps behind the Yamazakura whiskies). As noted on the label, Sasanokawa Shuzo got into the whisky game back in 1946, but the company has been producing sake and shochu since the late 1700s!

Price per dram: $9

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Iwai Wine Cask

JAPAN

• ABV 40%

Hombo Shuzo, the company behind Mars Distillery, produces a variety of alcoholic beverages, including wine. So, perhaps not surprisingly, they've employed wine casks from the Chateau Mars winery in neighbouring Yamanashi to finish this blend, ‘Iwai Tradition’, which has spent over a year in x-red wine casks

Price per dram: $12

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Kirin Fuji Sanroku Tarujuku 50 Blended Japanese Whisky

JAPAN

• ABV 50%

A Japanese exclusive, this high ABV bottling from Kirin was launched in March 2016. The blend features medium and heavy-type grain whiskies combined with a minor peated malt component.

Almost unknown outside of Japan, Fuji Sanroku which means "at the foot of Mount Fuji", is produced in Fuji Gotemba distillery, opened in 1973 and owned by the Kirin Group. As iconic locations go, it's hard to beat this distillery's picturesque environ. The water source is rain and melted snow from the top of Mount Fuji. Maturation typically takes place in x-Bourbon barrels.

Price per dram: $15

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Nikka From The Barrel Blended Japanese Whisky

Hokkaido, JAPAN

• ABV 51.4%

Today, most of the malt whisky produced in Japan is for blending but Japanese distillers generally don't trade casks in the manner that Scottish distillers do. Consequently, it's up to each distillery to produce a diversity of styles that will form the base components of 'house blends' that offer unique and complex flavour profiles.

Nikka Straight from the barrel is no exception. Comprised of blended single malts from both the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries along with an element of grain whisky, it is finally matured in first-fill bourbon casks. Good reviews are not hard to come by, with web based whisky enthusiasts describing this as an excellent value Japanese blend and all round great introduction to the Nikka style.

Price per dram: $13

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Nikka All Malt ‘Pure And Rich’ Blended Malt Japanese Whisky

JAPAN

• ABV 40%

Breaking tradition, Nikka has embraced a unique process, combining the old with the new to in the all malt process. This particular vatting incorporates Yoichi and Miyagikyo single malts with whisky made with 100% malted barley, and distilled in coffey stills. A great insight into Japan's second largest whisky distillery.

Price per dram: $10

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Suntory The Chita Japanese Whisky

JAPAN

• ABV 43%

Chita is Suntory's grain distillery. The flagship release is aged in a combination of wine, sherry and bourbon casks. This is a light whisky with subtle notes of mint, honey and wood spice.

Price per dram: $10

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Suntory Kakubin Blended Japanese Whisky

JAPAN

• ABV 40%

Produced since 1937, Kakubin means 'square bottle'. It is still packaged in the original and distinctive turtle shell patterned decanter.

Price per dram: $5

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Suntory Kakubin The Premium Blended Japanese Whisky

JAPAN

• ABV 40%

Kakubin (meaning square bottle) has been produced since 1937 and is Japan''s No 1 whisky brand.  The Premium specially blends key malts from Yamazaki and Hakushu, which are then aged in wine and sherry barrels. The whisky offers a rich sweetness and long lasting finish with subtle, aromatic hints of custard cream.

Price per dram: $8

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Suntory Hakushu Distiller's Reserve Single Malt Japanese Whisky

JAPAN

• ABV 43%

Another intriguing new Japanese whisky from Suntory, this one from the Hakushu distillery.  Suntory's Hakushu Distillers Reserve combines young lightly peated and older, heavily peated malts rumoured to be minimum eighteen years in age and matured in American oak casks.

Price per dram: $10

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Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony Blended Japanese Whisky

JAPAN

• ABV 43%

Hibiki, meaning resonance in Japanese, speaks to the soul and emotions of the most discerning whisky lover. Hibiki Harmony has a rich aroma and has a harmonious flavour

Brand new as of March 2015, this is the fifth addition to Suntory's celebrated "Hibiki"collection. It follows on from Yamazaki and Hakushu Distiller's Reserve which are also younger.

Details of the composition of Japanese Harmony haven’t been revealed yet, but, like the Distiller’s Reserve, it's likely a blend of young and old material. Single malts entering in the blend come from Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries, while grain whisky comes from Chita distillery.

This resounds with calm complexity and “Wa,” oneness - at least that's how the producers like to describe it.

Price per dram: $12

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Suntory Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve Single Malt Japanese Whisky

Yamazaki, Kyoto, JAPAN

• ABV 43%

An intriguing Japanese release from Suntory, this one from the Yamazaki distillery stringing from the recent movement toward non-age statement whiskies from producers, this one with a noticeable difference.  Suntory's Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve is a polarizing mix of malts varying in age and cask type, originating from ex-red wine casks matured for approximately three years, older Sherry matured malts approximately twenty years in age and Mizunara casks, otherwise known as Japanese oak, for a twelve year period.

Price per dram: $12

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Suntory Special Reserve

JAPAN

• ABV 40%

First released in 1969 to celebrate the company’s 70th anniversary, this blend of single malts from Yamazaki and Hakushu is rarely found outside of Japan. It's rumoured to be replacing the 10 and 12 year old age statements, both of which received strong praise. The dropping of age statements doesn't always translate into a drop in quality. One can expect Suntory's blenders have risen to the challenge, creating a great assemblage from a restricted inventory.

Price per dram: $10

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Suntory TOKI

JAPAN

• ABV 43%

A blended whisky from Suntory's three distilleries: Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita. Toki has a different composition to another Suntory blend, Hibiki, as its main components are Hakashu single malt and Chita grain whisky. It should work really well in a highball.
Fun fact: 'Toki' means 'time' in Japanese.

Price per dram: $7

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The Kurayoshi

JAPAN

• ABV 43%

Kurayoshi Pure Malt Whisky is adored for its raisin, nutty, vanilla and mineral flavor notes. This Japanese Whisky is carefully distilled at Blended malt (Scotland & Japan) distillery, Japan

Price per dram: $9

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The Tottori Bourbon Cask

JAPAN

• ABV 43%

Price per dram: $9

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TAIWAN

Kavalan is the first and only distillery in Taiwan. In January 2010, one of the distillery's products caused a stir by beating three Scotch whiskies and one English whisky in a blind tasting organised in Leith, Scotland, to celebrate Burns Night.  The distillery was named by Whisky Magazine as the World Icons of Whisky "Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year" for 2011, and its products have won several other awards  More information can be found via Wikipedia

Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish Single Malt Taiwanese Whisky

TAIWAN

• ABV 40%

Completed in 2005, Kavalan is one hour train ride from Taipei and a 10-15 minute ride out of Yilan proper. It’s an expansive, highly automated complex with a conference and visitor centre, situated beside the ‘Snowy Mountain’ (which, incidentally has no snow, but there’s an abundant supply of pure spring water here). The first bottle of Kavalan was released to the public in 2008.

The casks, including ex-bourbon refill barrels, fresh sherry butts, and x Port casks as well as Kavalan's own dechar/rechar casks designed to a special recipe to complement the spirit's flavour, are stored in an unconventional five-story maturation warehouse. Like Glenmorangie and other industry greats, Chang has an obsessive wood policy. No doubt this attributes much to the stellar quality already on offer. Stylistically, Kavalan's whiskies cross a remarkable breadth. Their flavour profiles range from traditional Speyside through to more robust expressions reminiscent of many recent Australian efforts.

Price per dram: $11

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Kavalan Classic

TAIWAN

• ABV 40%

King Car distillery is located in Yilan County, Taiwan, and the single malt whisky produced there is named after the indigenous people who originally inhabited this northeastern corner of the island: the Kavalan. 

Although the distillery was only brought on stream in 2005, the warm sub-tropical climate means that the whisky effectively matures more quickly and an impressive range of whiskies are available (now finally in the UK too!). This Kavalan Single Malt Whisky, for example was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2011 International Wine & Spirits Competition.

Price per dram: $13

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INDIA

Most distilled spirits that are labelled as "whisky" in India are a form of Indian-made foreign liquor, commonly blends based on neutral spirits that are distilled from fermented molasses with only a small portion consisting of traditional malt whisky, usually about 10 to 12 percent. More information can be found via Wikipedia

Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky

Bangalore, INDIA

• ABV 46%

Amrut is situated in Bangalore, India, 3000 ft above sea level with the water and barley being sourced from Punjab and Pajasthan. Though the maturation takes place high up above the city, hot weather makes whisky mature faster in India than it does in Europe or the United States. The fraction lost to evaporation during ageing, known as the angels' share, is also higher in India, at 11–12%, as opposed to Scotland, where the annual evaporative loss is about 2%.

Most Amrut whiskies are reportedly less than 6 years old, yet a steady stream of awards have been left in their wake. This expression is comprised of whisky matured in ex-sherry (10%) and ex-bourbon barrels (90%).

Price per dram: $8

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Amrut Fusion Indian Single Malt Whisky

Bangalore, INDIA

• ABV 50%

Amrut Fusion is produced from 25% Scottish peated barley and 75% locally grown Indian barley.

This method of combining barley from different sources has been employed with outstanding results by Australian distilleries, Bakery Hill and Hellyer's Road.  A superb whisky.

Price per dram: $10

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Amrut Kadhamban Rum / Sherry / Brandy Casks

Bangalore, INDIA

• ABV 50%

Proof, if it were still needed, that Amrut intends to cement its position as the leading innovator in world whisky. Kadhambam is the sweetest of Amruts, as a result of a complex maturation process that has seen peated Amrut matured in local brandy and rum casks

Price per dram: $16

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Amrut Two Continents

Bangalore, INDIA

• ABV 46%

The second edition of Amrut Two Continents, this is aged in refill bourbon barrels, and there are just 1,260 bottles in the world. Very good indeed

Price per dram: $18

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Amrut Madeira Cask

Bangalore, INDIA

• ABV 50%

Amrut continues to experiment, this time with Portuguese Madeira Casks; in fact, this is India's first ever Madeira Cask Finish single malt

Price per dram: $18

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Amrut Cask Strength

Bangalore, INDIA

• ABV 61.8%

A natural cask strength release from the Amrut distillery, awarded 93.5 points by Jim Murray.

Price per dram: $12

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Amrut Naarangi

Bangalore, INDIA

• ABV 50%

Amrut ingeniously flavored an oloroso cask with wine and orange peel for 3 years before finishing this highly innovative whisky in it. A warmth and richness exudes, the citrus intensity of peel and orange oils develops the longer you resist temptation

A powerful, full, lush and well balanced whisky with aromas of dried fruits (apricots, figs, oranges, peach), orange marmalade, lush sherry, lemon zest, orange liqueur, white pepper, cinnamon, cereals, barley sugar, dark honey, fresh berries (mostly strawberries, raspberries and blackberries), sultanas, nutmeg, sweet clove, creamy oak, vanilla, subtle mocha, hint of eucalyptus, the is a faint hint of smoke, new leather, subtle varnish, earthy tones and antique oak.

Price per dram: $17

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Amrut Intermediate Sherry

Bangalore, INDIA

• ABV 57.1%

This Indian whisky was originally matured in either ex-bourbon casks or virgin oak casks. The whiskies then went through an intermediate maturing process in Sherry butts at Amrut’s Bangalore distillery. Amrut then transferred the whisky back into ex-bourbon casks for another round of aging.

Price per dram: $17

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Amrut Portonova

Bangalore, INDIA

• ABV 62.1%

A very interesting little whisky from Amrut, this is unpeated and aged in American oak bourbon barrels before a finish in port pipes, especially imported from Portugal. Lovely stuff!

Price per dram: $17

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Paul John Brilliance Single Malt Indian Whisky

INDIA

• ABV 46%

Located in the tourist region of Goa, John Distilleries have been producing huge volumes of blended whisky since 1992. Original Choice, one of their top brands, sells over one million cases a month. The Distillery entered the single malt scene in 2008 as a ‘pet project’ that like Amrut before it, has quickly gained worldwide attention. Distiller Michael John employs local ingredients, although, a peated release sources peated malt from Scotland. The maturation periods in India are reminiscent of those in many Australian distilleries. After only three years, a hogshead has 150 bottles left in it (compared to around 350 in a Scottish equivalent). Not surprising given that the average temperature in Goa is around 31 degrees celsius.

Paul John ‘Brilliance’ is the first in the range. An un-peated malt bottled at 46% ABV and matured in ex-bourbon American oak casks. Non chill-filtered.

Price per dram: $8

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Paul John Brilliance

INDIA

• ABV 46%

Produced by John Distilleries in Goa, India, the Paul John range of single malt whiskies (named after their Chairman) represents a move into premium spirits for a company who are already big players in the Indian molasses 'whisky' market. 

Made using Indian 6-row barley from the Himalayan foothills, Brilliance is matured in bourbon barrels for 3-5 years before bottling at cask strength.

Price per dram: $9

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INDEPENDENTLY BOTTLED WHISKY

It has been common practice in the whisky industry for more than a century for distilleries to sell barrels of whisky to blenders and independent bottlers as a means of making additional income.  In fact, some distilleries exist solely to serve independent bottlers, and do not market any brands themselves  More information can be found via Wikipedia

6 Isles Blended Malt

• ABV 43%

A superb vatted malt from Ian Macleod, Six Isles blends together six single malts, one from each of the whisky producing Scottish islands. Arran, Islay, Jura, Mull, Orkney and Skye are all represented here in this cracking blended Scotch whisky.

Price per dram: $8

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Balantines Single Malt - Milton Duff 15 Year Old

• ABV 40%

Ballantine's The Miltonduff 15 Year Old itself showcases The Miltonduff in all its glory, pure and unadulterated, the way we like it! Aged 15 years, this is a true Speyside; 

Price per dram: $10

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Balantines Single Malt - Glenburgie 15 Year Old

• ABV 40%

The Glenburgie Single Malt forms the heart of a Ballantine's blend, delivering concentrated fruitiness and honeyed sweetness. Perfectly balanced, with aromas of soft red apples and pears, this whisky has a full and velvety texture and a long, round finish.

Price per dram: $10

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Berry Brothers and Rudd Blended Malt - Peat Cask Matured

• ABV 44.2%

Historically, almost all Scotch whiskies possessed a distinctive smoky character, as peat was the most readily available fuel to dry barley. Berry's 'Peated Cask' blend has been matured in a cask that previously contained heavily peated malt, keeping the barrel input relatively subtle. 

Price per dram: $8

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Berry Brothers and Rudd Blended Malt - Speyside

• ABV 44.2%

Four new no-age-statement blended malts from London-based wine and spirits merchant, Berry Bros & Rudd have been released as part of their "Classic Range" of spirits. Each is hand-blended by their spirits buyer, Doug McIvor, in collaboration with brand heritage director, Ronnie Cox. The whiskies feature liquid sourced from Islay and Speyside. 

Price per dram: $8

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Cadenhead Small Batch, Linkwood - Glenlivet 22 Year Old

• ABV 48.8%

Linkwood is another of Diageo's quiet distilleries that produces malt whiskies for blending, predominantly for the Bell's & Haig labels and has only ever been bottled as a single malt by independent bottlers. We've tasted many independent expressions which are typically layered with chocolate and dried fruits. 

Price per dram: $20

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Cadenhead Small Batch, Glenrothers - Glenlivet 21 Year Old

• ABV 50.9%

Terrific 20 year old single malt from the Glenrothes distillery, independently bottled by W.M. Cadenhead. This was bottled at cask strength as part of the Small Batch range, with 1,314 bottles produced.

Price per dram: $20

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Cadenhead Small Batch, Aultmore - Glenlivet 20 year Old

• ABV 51.8%

Price per dram: $20

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Cadenhead Small Batch, Deanston 19 Year Old

• ABV 56.4%

Deanston has not garnered a great reputation, with many past bottlings considered less than inspiring. One commentator summed up the house style as" sulfured, hard and awkward". Reports have it that this independent release marks a departure, being clean and very appealing. Distilled in 1994 and bottled in 2014 at a natural strength of 56.4% Alc./Vol., only 846 bottles were produced.

Price per dram: $15

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Diageo's Flora and Fauna Range - Benrinnes 15 Year Old

• ABV 43%

A 'partially' triple-distilled Speysider, this single malt from the Benrinnes distillery was bottled at 15 years for the Flora and Fauna series.

Price per dram: $12

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Diageo's Flora and Fauna Range - Teaninich 10 Year Old

• ABV 43%

A rare 10 year old from the Eastern Highland distillery, Teaninich. The Flora and Fauna series are becoming increasingly rare.

Price per dram: $12

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Diageo's Flora and Fauna Range - Mannochmore 12 Year Old

• ABV 43%

A rare offering in the Flora and Fauna collection this whisky comes from the Mannochmore distillery. The distillery was founded in 1971, and while details are difficult to find it would seem that the malt from Mannochmore is destined for one of Diageo's blends. Another possibility is that the whispers of Mannochmore have been drowned out by it's more prominent neighbours Longmorn and Benriach.

Price per dram: $12

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Diageo's Flora and Fauna Range - Strathmill 12 Year Old

• ABV 43%

A distillery unknown to most, with the majority of its produce destined for blends. Strathmill eventuated in the whisky boom of the late 19th century, where almost thirty malt whisky distilleries were founded (some familiar names include, Balvenie, Dalwhinnie, Aberfeldy and Glen Moray). It commenced as a Flour and Corn mill factory in 1823 which was converted under the name Glenisla-Glenlivet. In 1895 the gin producers W. & A. Gilbey bought the distillery and changed the name to Strathmill ('the mill in the long valley'), which today falls under the Diageo umbrella. 

Price per dram: $12

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Diageo's Flora and Fauna Range - Glenlossie 10 Year Old

• ABV 43%

A rare and discontinued bottling from Diageo's Flora & Fauna series originally released in 1990. This is reportedly the only official bottling to have ever been offered, however, the distillery's generally high quality output has seen Glenlossie available under several independent labels. Built in 1876, Glenlossie sits adjacent to Mannochmore distillery, built in 1971. It's traditionally been highly regarded by blenders 

Price per dram: $12

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Diageo's Flora and Fauna Range - Glen Spey 12 Year Old

• ABV 43%

A 12 year old from Glen Spey, released as part of Diageo's Flora and Fauna series.

Price per dram: $12

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Diageo's Flora and Fauna Range - Inchgower 14 Year Old

• ABV 43%

The Flora and Fauna series is a sadly discontinued range of whiskies, each with an illustration of an animal on the bottle. This Inchgower is very rare

Price per dram: $12

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Diageo's Flora and Fauna Range - Auchroisk 10 Year Old

• ABV 43%

This single malt lies at the heart of the Auchroisk range, it being the only official bottling. Released in the Flora and Fauna series in 2001, having previously been marketed as The Singleton of Auchroisk.

Price per dram: $12

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Timorous Beastie Highland Blend

• ABV 46.8%

Joining the ranks of Big Peat and Scallywag is Douglas Laing's Timorous Beastie, a blended malt made entirely of Highland whiskies from distilleries such as Dalmore, Glen Garioch, Glengoyne and more. The name is a nod to the Robert Burns poem 'To a Mouse' and to Burns' wit, as though the mouse in the poem is a timid little thing, this whisky is nothing of the sort!

Price per dram: $10

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The Epicurean Lowland Blend 

• ABV 46.2%

A lowland blended malt from the excellent Douglas Laing that's "city born and bred" and is personified by the 1930s cheeky chappy and all-round connoisseur on the label!

Price per dram: $10

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Scallywag Speyside Blend

• ABV 46%

Big Peat's gone and got himself a trusty sidekick in the shape of a dapper Fox Terrier wearing a monocle! Scallywag from Douglas Laing is a vatted malt made from Speyside whiskies, including Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes. Many of the whiskies used in the small batch release come from Spanish sherry butts, giving Scallywag a fab sweetness that's balanced by some "mischievous" bourbon cask whisky also in the blend.

Price per dram: $10

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Rock Oyster Island Blend

• ABV 46.8%

Joining Douglas Laing's range of blended malts in early 2015, Rock Oyster is a magnificent maritime marvel made with single malts distilled on Scottish islands including Orkney, Jura, Arran and Islay. As ever from Douglas Laing, this tasty, coastal dram is very handsomely presented from top to bottom

Price per dram: $10

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Inchgower

• ABV 46%

An 18 year old single malt from Inchgower, aged in a single sherry butt - you don't hear enough about the wonderful Inchgower distillery these days, we reckon. This one was distilled in October 1999 and bottled in February 2018 by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular range. A release of 591 bottles.

Price per dram: $10

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Fettercairn

• ABV 46%

A Douglas Laing bottling of 10 year old Fettercairn single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead cask. This was distilled in February 2007 and left to mature for a whole decade, until it was bottled for the Provenance range in May 2017. 379 bottles were produced.

Price per dram: $10

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Dailuaine

• ABV 46%

Sherried single malt from the Dailuaine distillery, independently bottled for the Old Particular range by Douglas Laing. This was distilled in July 2005 and set aside to age in a sherry butt for 12 years, until it was bottled in February 2018. A release of 674 bottles.

Price per dram: $12

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Elements of Islay BN7

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 55.7%

The seventh release of single malt from the "Bn" distillery on Islay from the Elements of Islay range. This one was matured in a pair of Oloroso sherry hogsheads and bottled at cask strength - if only we could figure out the science-themed riddle of which distillery it came from...

Price per dram: $20

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Elements of Islay CL10

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 58.2%

A classic example of coastal Islay whisky, Cl10 has been released at around eight years of age. A silky-smooth buttery texture is combined with notes of zesty orange, sea spray and an underlying smokiness.

Price per dram: $15

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Elements of Islay PL5

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 63.1%

A vatting of a refill hogshead and a first-fill barrel, this is a full-bodied, contradictory dram full of rough smoke, fresh, resinous wood flavours and airy vanilla – a bonfire burning in an orchard. Complex and aromatic, this headstrong dram will delight whisky fans who like to be challenged; there are layers here waiting to be discovered.

Price per dram: $30

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Elements of Islay CL11

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 55.4%

This whisky was distilled in 2008 and spent the last 18 months of maturation in two sherry butts taken from a solera. The old wood has imparted a dusty, spicy note that plays well against the salt and brine found in Caol Ila’s spirit. Only 1206 bottles were produced.

Price per dram: $16

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Elements of Islay Peat Blended Malts

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 59.3%

A new ongoing release from Speciality Drinks that blends malt whiskies from a handful of distilleries across Islay. Great straight up, Full Proof is also ideal for classic cocktails that demand a big flavourful whisky base.

Price per dram: $16

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Elements of Islay Peat Blended Malts

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 45%

"Peat 45" is the reduced strength release of Elements of Islay's smokey duo. Also a vatted malt, this has the same classic Islay character as the 'Full Proof' version with notes of fruit, spice and smoke, only less oomph

Price per dram: $14

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Tormore 13 Year Old

• ABV 43%

Completed in 1960, Tormore was the first new distillery to be built in Scotland in the 20th century. It has been controlled by Pernod-Ricard since they purchased Allied Domecq in 2005. According to the folks at www.whisky-pages.com, "...For many years, Tormore suffered by association with the once extremely indifferent Long John blend, but the make is clearly much improved of late."

Part of G&M's new 'Discovery' series, this middle aged Tormore was matured in a Bourbon cask. 

Price per dram: $12

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Miltonduff 10 Year Old

• ABV 43%

A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of Miltonduff aged for 10 years in sherry casks.

Price per dram: $12

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Strathmill 8 Year Old

• ABV 46%

Price per dram: $13

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Balmenach 8 Year Old

• ABV 46%

Another indie bottling from Murray McDavid's ace Benchmark range, this Balmenach 8 Year Old was aged in a first fill bourbon barrel and finished in a first-fill Koval Bourbon cask. Maturation began in 2008, before this single malt Scotch whisky was bottled 8 years later at 46% ABV with natural colour and no chill-filtration.

Price per dram: $10

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Scapa 13 Year Old 

• ABV 43%

Price per dram: $18

No tasting notes available

 

Blair Athol 9 Year Old

• ABV 46%

A Flora and Fauna release from the Blair Athol distillery, this 12 year old exudes sherry and Christmas pudding notes with spice. Blair Athol does not receive the acclaim it so thoroughly deserves.

Price per dram: $11

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Teaninich 8 Year Old

• ABV 46%

A single cask Teaninich single malt, distilled in 2010 and bottled in 2019 after a finishing period in a wine cask. Just 225 bottles were produced as part of Càrn Mòr's Strictly Limited range.

Price per dram: $10

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Tomatin 10 Year Old

• ABV 58.5%

Tomatin can be an immensely fruity spirit when it wants to be and these old 1980’s era bottlings of it are often stunningly fresh but with an added oily/waxy complexity beneath the surface. A great glimpse into old style malt whisky.

Price per dram: $16

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Glenburgie 10 Year Old

• ABV 40%

A 10 year old from Glenburgie, matured in refill sherry hogsheads and first fill sherry butts.

Price per dram: $10

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Mortlach 15 Year Old

• ABV 43%

The style is typically masculine, full bodied and plush with dried fruits. This release from independent bottlers, Gordon & Macphail offers outstanding value for money.

Price per dram: $13

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Linkwood 15 Year Old

• ABV 43%

Dark spice and strawberries abound this 15 year old from the Linkwood distillery.

Price per dram: $14

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Balblair 10 Year Old

• ABV 43%

A 10 year old Highlander from the Balblair distillery in Edderton and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. The Balblair distillery tends to produce whiskies that have character beyond their years and this is a shining example.

Price per dram: $11

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Glentauchers 12 Year Old

• ABV 43%

A rare example of an official bottling of Glentauchers. This was released at 12 years of age in, we estimate, the 1980s.

Price per dram: $13

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Pulteney 12 Year Old 

• ABV 43%

From the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland, an indie Pulteney distilled in 2005 and matured in first fill bourbon barrels before bottling in 2016.

Price per dram: $11

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Port Askaig 100 Proof Cask Strength

• ABV 57.1%

Launched in 2015, the Port Askaig 100° Proof is a big, smoky single malt Scotch whisky from an undisclosed Islay distillery. This is bottled at 57.1% ABV - which is 100° Proof in a traditional system of alcohol content measurement (different from 100 proof, which you're much more likely to see on American bottlings).

Price per dram: $14

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BLENDED WHISKY

A blended whiskey (or blended whisky) is the product of blending different types of whiskeys and sometimes also neutral grain spirits, colorings, and flavorings.  More information can be found via Wikipedia

Black Bottle

Lowlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Dating back as far as 1879, the Black Bottle blend, created by the Aberdeen family business, Gordon Graham & Co, has enjoyed incredible success (especially in Scotland). This is largely due to the talent of its creators in using the very best Islay malt in an otherwise already well-balanced blend of grain whiskies.

The Black Bottle label is derived from its original bottle design in black German glass with the bottle shape echoing the traditional pot whisky still. In 1914, following the outbreak of war, production was switched to green glass as it is to be found today. After many ups and downs over the course of the 20th century, Black Bottle is today owned by Burn Stewart.

Price per dram: $6

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Catto's Rare Old Scottish Blended Scotch Whisky

Highland, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

A whisky from Catto's that includes unpeated Highland and Speyside malts with Lowland grain whisky. This is the antithesis of sweeter, heavy-handed blends like Black Douglas, Vat 69 or Johnnie Red. Instead you get a light, drier style at a price that makes for quaffing excellence!

Price per dram: $6

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Flaming Heart

• ABV 48.9%

A wonderful limited edition expression from the chaps at Compass Box, this is their fifteenth anniversary bottling of Flaming Heart, a top notch blended malt which pairs the smoky richness of peated whisky with the complex elegance of Scotch whisky matured in French oak. It was released in the latter half of 2015, fifteen years after Compass Box was lunched in 2000, with John Glaser at the helm.

Price per dram: $20

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Headonism

• ABV 43%

A delightful blended grain whisky, Hedonism really is as enjoyable as the name suggests, a smooth and creamy offering from Compass Box.

Price per dram: $10

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The Spice Tree

• ABV 46%

Compass Box's delicious Spice Tree was briefly illegitimate, according to SWA regulations. After adjusting its creation, Spice Tree is back, and better than ever. It's a blended malt made from Highland malt whiskies, aged in specially made casks with new French oak heads. 

In April 2015, it was named Best Blended Malt Scotch at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Price per dram: $9

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Oak Cross

• ABV 43%

A great blended malt from Compass Box. This was specially crafted by John Glaser, the whisky zealot. It contains highland single malts like Teaninich and secret malts from the villages of Carron and Brora.

Price per dram: $8

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Dewars 18 Year Old

• ABV 40%

The famous Dewar's blend aged for 18 years then married in a vat for an extended period, hence the name 'Double Aged'. Winner of  gold medal at the 2012 International Wine and Spirits Competition. 

Price per dram: $10

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Famouse Grouse

• ABV 40%

One of the world's most popular blends, and the best-selling Scotch whisky in Scotland, Famous Grouse is a very nicely balanced, malty blend which was first made in 1896. In fact, it was created by Matthew Gloag's company after he was asked to supply wines for a royal banquet with Queen Victoria in attendance. His son, William, perfected a blend named The Grouse, renaming it The Famous Grouse in 1905. Around eighty years later, the company was awarded a Royal Warrant. The blend represents great value for money, and it also works beautiful in whisky-based cocktails. Delicious.

Price per dram: $5

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Johnnie Walker - White Walker

• ABV 41.7%

A limited edition whisky from Johnnie Walker, inspired by the absurdly popular television programme, Game of Thrones (in turn based off of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice book series). Created by whisky specialist George Harper and his team, this whisky features malts from Clynelish (aptly one of the most northern Scotch whisky distilleries) and Cardhu, among others. The bottle has a temperature-sensitive graphic that will spell out the words “Winter is here” when it's at the right temperature for serving.

Price per dram: $8

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Old Parr 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

Lowlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Old Parr is named after Tom Parr (pictured on the label), once reputed to be the oldest man in England. Launched in 1909, the brand later found success in export markets such as Japan, Mexico and South America where it was easily identified in its distinctive dimpled and rounded square bottle.  The basis of the blend today is Cragganmore, however Glendullan has also been a major component since World War II.

Price per dram: $8

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Pure Scot

• ABV 40%

Created by Bladnoch's master distiller Ian MacMillan, Pure Scot is a blended Scotch whisky which combines whisky from the aforementioned Bladnoch with whisky from Speyside, the Highlands and Islay (as well as grain whisky). It picked up a gold medal at the San Francisco Spirits Competition in 2018 and at the Scotch Whisky Masters in 2017 and 2016.

Price per dram: $7.50

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Robert Burns

• ABV 40%

From the Arran distillery, this was blended in honour of Scotland's favourite poet - Robert Burns and this is officially endorsed by the World Burns Federation no less.

Price per dram: $6

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White Horse Blended Scotch Whisky

Lowlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

A full bodied blend noted for its use of Lagavulin. In 2006, White Horse was awarded blended whisky of the year in Murray's 2007 Whisky Bible. Worth seeking out!

Price per dram: $6

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Whyte & Mackay Blended Scotch Whisky

Lowlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

A big-boned blend composed from 41 different whiskies, "Triple Matured" for extra character with a finish in Sherry casks.

Price per dram: $6

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BLENDED MALT WHISKY

A blended malt, formerly called a vatted malt, or pure malt, is a blend of different single malt whiskies from different distilleries.  These terms are most commonly used in reference to Scotch whisky, or whisky in that style, such as Japanese whisky.  More information can be found via Wikipedia

Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

“Monkey Shoulder” is named after an afflication sufferred by distillery workers engaged in the backbreaking work of turning the malting barley with a shiel (a kind of large wooden spade). Thankfully machines do this now, but this whisky has been named in honour of their passion. Produced by Malt Master David Stewart at William Grant & Sons, the whisky is a blended malt made up of 27 casks from Kininvie, Glenfiddich and Balvenie distilleries. (Kininvie has been in production for over a decade but without a bottling of any kind coming onto the market). The bottle features a triplet of monkeys, representing these three distilleries.

Price per dram: $7

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Naked Grouse

• ABV 40%

An interesting addition to the Famous Grouse range, this was aged in first fill sherry casks, and is based around malt whisky from Highland Park and Macallan. Packaged very simply, this is a superb value-for-money blend.

Price per dram: $7

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Shackleton

Highlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

Based on an antique blend of MacKinlays rare old highland malt whisky.

The spirit supplied to the 1907 British Antarctic Expedition

Price per dram: $10

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Sheep Dip

• ABV 40%

A great whisky made from 16 malt whiskies aged from 8 to 21 years. Jim Murray describes Sheep Dip as "young and sprightly". Great retro packaging too. The only thing is, the picture of the sheep on the bottle doesn't actually look like a sheep, it actually looks like an angry spaniel with horns.

Price per dram: $7

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SINGLE GRAIN WHISKY

Occasionally well-aged grain whiskies are released as single grain whisky if made at one distillery or blended grain whisky if combining spirits from multiple distilleries.  More information can be found via Wikipedia

Cameron Brig

• ABV 40%

This single grain whisky was distilled at the Cameronbridge distillery in fife. A very light, gentle whisky.

Price per dram: $8

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The 10 - North British 

• ABV 40.1%

A youthful single grain from the North British distillery, independently bottled by Signatory. After maturing for over a decade, this 10 year old whisky was bottled at 43% ABV as part of the Single Grain Collection.

Price per dram: $9

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LIQUERS

A liqueur is an alcoholic drink composed of distilled spirits and additional flavorings such as sugar, fruits, herbs, and spices. Often served with or after dessert, they are typically heavily sweetened and un-aged beyond a resting period during production, when necessary, for their flavors to mingle.  More information can be found via Wikipedia

Arran Gold Malt Whisky Cream Liqueur

Isle of Arran, SCOTLAND

• ABV 17%

A new whisky cream liqueur produced on Scotland's Isle of Arran from local ingredients. Single malt whisky from Arran's only distillery provides the base for this liqueur. Serve chilled over ice.

Price per nip: $5

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Atholl Brose Scotch Whisky Liqueur

Speyside, SCOTLAND

• ABV 35%

The legend behind Atholl Brose stems back to 1475, when the Earl of Atholl foiled a rebellion against the King by the Lord of the Isles, Iain MacDonald, by filling the well he drew water from with honey, oatmeal and whisky. The mixture was so enticing that MacDonald, rather than flee his pursuers, stayed to enjoy the concoction, giving the Earl time to catch him. To this day, the exact recipe that he found so beguiling remains unknown, but Gordon & MacPhail certainly bring its essence to life in this captivating liqueur.

Price per nip: $9

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Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur

Dublin, IRELAND

• ABV 17%

Baileys is a natural marriage of fresh Irish cream, Irish whiskey and other spirits. Appearing first in the 1970's it quickly became popular with 'experimental drinkers' due to its mild alcohol level.

Enjoy Baileys straight, on the rocks with ice-cream or in “Irish coffee”.

Price per nip: $5

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Baileys Chocolate Luxe Liqueur

Dublin, IRELAND

• ABV 17%

This is the personal project of Anthony Wilson who embarked on a hunt for the best chocolate, tasting some 200 varieties, exploring all the subtleties that chocolatiers and chocolate lover’s prize. After more than 800 recipe trials, Wilson and his team were finally satisfied with a Belgian chocolate composed of ingredients from 3 different continents including Madagascan vanilla, and a slightly less alcoholic Bailey’s recipe to enhance aromatics and balance the texture . With more than 30 grams of chocolate in a bottle, Bailey’s Chocolate Luxe provides a new level of enjoyment.

Price per nip: $5

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Bushmills Irish Honey

IRELAND

• ABV 35%

A blend of Bushmills whisky and Irish honey

Price per dram: $6

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Celtic Honey Liqueur

Cavan, IRELAND

• ABV 30%

Celtic honey commemorates the millions of Irish immigrants around the world, made from blending Irish whiskey, cognac and honey. Try with hot or iced tea, soda with a slice of lemon or mix with your favorite Irish cream liqueur.

Price per nip: $6

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Drambuie Scotch Whisky Liqueur

Isle of Skye, SCOTLAND

• ABV 40%

The Isle of Skye is rich in its own individual Scottish history, legends, myth and magic - none more so than the romantic tale of Bonnie Prince Charlie, the rebel with a cause, whose life was protected by the young Flora Macdonald, the young lady who rowed him to safety, immortalised in the Skye Boat song.  Members of the MacKinnon clan too were to be part of the story in helping the Prince escape government soldiers in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden. His gift in gratitude of their support was a precious recipe which has been passed down through several generations of the MacKinnon family and today this honey-sweet golden drink is still enjoyed by millions across the world.

Drambuie is Gaelic for the "drink that satisfies". Descendants of Mackinnon began commercial production in 1906 making twelve bottles a fortnight. It seems Prince Charles' gift paid off eventually - Drambuie is now being served at Buckingham Palace, Parliament, the QE2 and on the Concorde & Orient Express.

Like Glayva or Lochan Ora, Drambuie uses fine mature malt whiskies as its base blending them with heather honey, herbs & spices. It goes well as an after dinner drink but is also pleasant in coffee.

Price per nip: $6

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Dubliner Irish Whiskey Liqueur

IRELAND

• ABV 30%

The Dubliner Irish whiskey liqueur sees three great flavours combined into one gorgeous liqueur.

Price per nip: $6

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Fireball Cinnamon Flavoured Canadian Whisky Liqueur

CANADA

• ABV 33%

Rumour has it that the original Fireball Whisky recipe was forged sometime in the mid-1980s during the coldest winter Canada had ever seen, when a mixologist turned mad scientist accidentally created a permanent solution to frostbite. The concoction slowly and quietly made its way around North America for a few years, a sort of secret handshake between veteran bartenders. "Word got out", say the producers, "and now we are just trying to make it fast enough to keep the fire burnin’."

Price per nip: $6

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Glayva Liquer

Lowlands, SCOTLAND

• ABV 35%

The name of this unusual liqueur is a phonetic rendering of the Gaelic "Glemhath!" (Meaning "Very good.") First introduced in 1947, Glayva, like Lochan Ora, is a unique blend of Scotch Whiskies which are then carefully married with a rich variety of natural herbs, honeys and other flavourings. The result is a distinctive, original taste that you either love or hate.

Price per nip: $6

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Hellyers Road Whisky Cream Liqueur

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 17%

Hellyer's Road Distillery, owned & operated by Betta Milk have combined both aspects of the business to produce this wonderful liqueur. The distillery is located next door to Betta Milk's Burnie facility and couldn't possibly be better placed to receive the fresh cream which makes this liqueur so distinctive.

Produced from a base of Hellyer's Road Original Whisky and Southern Lights Vodka then blended with real, fresh cream and a dash of 'topping' not dissimilar to what you'd have on your ice cream.

Price per nip: $5

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Hellyers Road Coffee Cream

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 17%

A blend of fresh Tasmanian cream and single malt whisky, providing a tantalising alternative to the more traditional cream based liqueurs

Price per dram: $5

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Hellyers Road Hazelnut Cream

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 17%

A new release from Australia's largest single malt whisky distillery, Hellyers Road.
Produced using their own single malt whisky, fresh cream from the dairy next door and hazelnut

Price per dram: $5

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Irish Mist Liqueur

Tullamore, IRELAND

• ABV 35%

This unique recipe, over 1200 years old, is a classic blend of clover and heather honey, exotic herbs and mellow Irish Spirits. Those who appreciate Irish Whisky should enjoy Irish Mist for its exceptionally smooth and easy to drink character.

Price per nip: $6

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Kilchoman Bramble Liqueur

Islay, SCOTLAND

• ABV 19%

A very interesting tipple from the Kilchoman distillery, their Bramble Liqueur sees blackberries macerated with the Islay distillery's new spirit, as well as honey and malt whisky! This liqueur is up-front with its juicy fruit notes, soon joined by some intriguing peaty touches bringing depth and complexity.

Price per dram: $9

No tasting notes available

Larks Slainte Tasmanian Malt Whisky Liqueur

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 37%

A glorious liqueur produced by Mrs Lark (wife of Bill, mother of Kristy) in her 'why should you have all of the fun' 80 litre pot still. The recipe is a closely guarded secret. Its charms simply cannot be resisted.  This is a glorious, indulgent liqueur, which deserves a quiet moment of your time.

Price per nip: $12

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Salamanca Cream Whisky Liqueur

Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

• ABV 17%

Produced at the Sullivan’s Cove Distillery this is a luxurious, classic cream liqueur created from a blend of Sullivan’s cove single malt whisky and real country cream. Very smooth, very decadent!

Price per nip: $8

No tasting notes available

Sortilege Maple Cream

CANADA

• ABV 17%

A luscious blend of fresh dairy cream, pure Québec maple syrup, and just the right amount of Canadian Whisky. Try it over ice, added to coffee or in cream-based cocktails.

Price per dram: $7

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Starward Old Fashioned

AUSTRALIA

• ABV 32%

Made with whisky, bitters and syrup all produced at Starward, this modern twist on a classic cocktail showcases the distillery's wildly popular spirit in a beautifully balanced and luxuriously aromatic setting. An easy answer to cocktail serving, whatever the occasion.

Price per dram: $7

No tasting notes available

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