The Glenrothes: Vintage 1995 (Bottled 2016)

The Glenrothes Vintage 1995The Vintage 1995 was the first ever Vintage specifically laid in cask with the intention of, when mature, bottling as The Glenrothes.

With about 30% from first fill American Sherry oak delivering butterscotch: Spice and dried fruits from 1st fill Spanish Sherry oak and the rest from refill casks giving the characteristic Glenrothes balance and complexity of flavour.

Nose: Floral, citrus and butterscotch notes with a hint of spicy white pepper and cedar-wood syrup

Palate: Rich, sweet, soft fruit flavour, leading to a rich spiciness.

Finish: Sugared citrus peel soft fruits, medium dry with abundant spices.

Tasting Notes Courtesy of the Distillery.

The Vintage Single Malt

The Glenrothes is bottled at its peak of maturity and flavour. rather than at a pre-determined age.

Distillation is unusually slow and takes place in tall stills, which delivers a sweet clear fruity spirit. Maturation is in American oak and Spanish oak casks which produce our award-winning Speyside single malt.

All of our malt is Vintage whisky, representing a single year or collection of years.

Our single Vintages, limited and rare, each capture a unique essence and flavour, never to be repeated.

Our Reserves give you the opportunity of enjoying a number of selected Vintages from different years – married together in perfect harmony.

Berry Bros & Rudd

Founded in 1698 at No.3 St Jame’s Street in London, Berry Bros & Rudd is probably the world’s oldest wine and spirit merchant.

As proprietors of The Glenrothes, it is Berry Bros & Rudd’s values of quality and integrity which determine the philosophy behind this well-bred Speyside single malt: Vintage whisky, like vintage wine, matured at its own pace.

Our long history has provided us with the understanding and the patience to ensure that we only offer expressions of The Glenrothes to our discerning customers at the moment when our experts deem them to be perfectly mature and ready to be savoured.

Notes

Character: Red fruits, butterscotch, citrus and spice

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.theglenrothes.com/

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GlenDronach 12 year old

glendronach12yoJames Allardice (1780-1849) – inventor, entrepreneur, founder of the GlenDronach distillery.

Founded in 1826 by Jame Allardice, GlenDronach was one of the very first licensed distilleries. Allardice was a colourful character and stories about as to how he promoted his whisky with entrepreneurial flair. He was also a pioneer of wood finishing and would have celebrated today’s superb GlenDronach. Matured in a combination of the finest Pedro Ximinez and Oloroso sherry casks – the GlenDronach is a perfectly balanced, smooth, creamy, full-bodied single malt Scotch whisky.

The GlenDronach distillery in the Forgue valley in Aberdeenshire is named after the source of its water, the Dronac burn.

It has a history of enterprising owners from the flamboyant James Allardice to the ambitious Walter Scott. Although times have moved on, the processes used to create the GlenDronach have remained largely unchanged. Today’s malt is created using great Oregon pine washbacks and the same shaped stills used in 1826.

Tasting Notes:

Appearance: Deep amber-red gold

Nose: Sweet, creamy vanilla, with hints of ginger, Autumn fruits

Palate: Rich, creamy, silky-smooth, warm, rich oak and sherry sweetness, full mouth feel, raisins, soft fruits. Spicy with medium length and a dry finish.

Finish: Long, full and firm, slightly nutty.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.glendronachdistillery.co.uk

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Cardhu Gold Reserve

Cardhu Gold ReserveRich and mellow with warm notes of baked apple and toffee.

Cardhu Gold Reserve is a luxurious single malt that captivates from the first pour to the last slip, a golden liquid with a mellow and round flavour.

Hand-picked toasted oak casks subtly enrich the smooth Speyside character of Cardhu with warmer notes of toffee, dark chocolate and ripe orchard fruit to yield a beautiful balance and depth.

A superb whisky to share on special occasions, Cardhu Gold Reserve is a tribute to the kind and generous nature of our distillery founder Helen Cumming.

Cardhu Gold Reserve is a rich and beautifully tasting single malt scotch whisky from the famous speyside Cardhu Family. Cardhu Gold Reserve is rich and mellow, with warm notes of baked apple and toffee. Our Master Blender has carefully selected casks to create a mouth-wateringly sweet malt whisky with a quietly spicy finish. Beautifully presented in gold luxurious packaging which makes the perfect gift for any whisky lover.

Nose: Shy and soft at first, and beautifully smooth: fresh, yet also mellow. Tinned fruit salad, with waxy red apple skins

Palate: Bigger flavours and drier than the nose suggests, with its initial sweetness cut by crisp orange zest followed by a subtle mineral dryness

Finish: Tangy hints of menthol with velvety cocoa tannins and a grassy herbal note. Faint hints of almonds and apples follows a light saltiness

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Bowmore 9 year old

Bowmore 9 years oldBowmore 9 years old – Sherry cask matured (Limited Release)

A perfect balance of peat smoke, sweet treacle toffee and zesty orange.

The First Islay Malt

Bowmore celebrated Single Malt has been distilled on the magic island of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland, ever since 1779. This makes it the first of Islay’s eight distilleries by chronology certainly(and by taste too, many would say).

Produced the same way today as it has always been, even down to the use of floor malted barely. Bowmore Single Malt is widely acknowledged to be among the finest and most perfectly balanced in the world.

Bowmore 9 Years Old

Matured in a combination of the finest Oloroso sherry and bourbon casks, Bowmore 9 Years Old reflects the natural elements that surround the No.1 Vaults and the generations of tradition within.

On the eye: treacle amber

Breathe in: rich cocoa, pepper and raisins balanced with citrus tang and wisps of Islay smoke

Sip: complex sherry with peat smoke followed by dark fruits and sweet creme caramel

Savour: the perfect balance of sea salt and peat smoke.

Sherry Cask Matured

Islay malts are famed for their peaty smokiness and Bowmore 9 Years Old is no exception. As well as taking our water from the peat-laden Laggan River, we carefully smoke our malt in a pear-fired kiln, just as our ancestors did over 200 years ago.

This release has been nurtured for nine years by the craftsmen of Bowmore distillery, home of the oldest maturation warehouse in Scotland.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.bowmore.com

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Glen Grant 10 year old

Glen Grant 10 year oldGlen Grant is the testament of Major James Grant’s brilliant mind. He created tall slender stills and unique purifiers to capture only the finest vapours from the raw elements of the heartland.

With an ingenious mind and a charismatic personality, James Grant “The Major”, was only twenty five when he inherited the Glen Grant Distillery in Rothes, Speyside. A forward thinking and unconventional man, he personally designed innovative tall slender pot stills with unique purifiers to achieve his vision of a seductively smooth, fruity, rich, superior single malt.

Glen Grant 10 year old displays a bright golden colour with a sweet pear and vanilla bouquet. This elegant single malt dances on the palate with gentle notes of orchard fruits and butterscotch. The finish is satisfyingly long and complex.

“The Major” was one of the first distillers in Scotland to introduce purifiers into the distillation process. The purifiers further refine our whisky by ensuring only the very finest vapours condense into spirit. The result is an elegant and delivate style of whisky for which Glen Grant is renowed.

Matured in bourbon casks.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Rich golden barley
Bouquet: Medium/Dry, with a good balance of ripe orchard fruits
Palate: Creamy, fruity
Finish: Intense, fruity

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.glengrant.com/gb/en/whiskies/10-years/

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Togouchi Premium Japanese Whisky

Togouchi Premium Japanese WhiskyTogouchi is a Blended Japanese Whisky conscientiously produced by Chugoku Jozo’s master blenders.

A grain whisky with different features (an unblended whisky with a soft sweetness and an unblended whisky with rich minerals and grains) blends a well balanced peat aroma and a malt whisky that has a soft sweetness like vanilla and chocolate. Utilize the youthfulness, the whisky has been finished with a light flavour but comes with a kick.

The whiskys are aged in a tunnel as oppose to a warehouse, and the alcohol content is then reduced by using pure spring water from Sandankyo mountains.

This premium blend is their no-age-statement expression. The whisky shows elegant aromas of hazelnuts and freshly cut grass on the nose with sweet and gentle notes of honey and nutmeg on the palate. The finish is smooth and spiced.

Japanese whisky came from scotch whisky.

The unique aroma of peat from scotch whisky is not often liked by Japanese people, so Togochi whisky is blended with a mild finish and some peat aroma to suit Japanese people’s taste.

Colour: A light golden colour
Aroma: It has a youthful aroma, but a slight peaty aroma can be noticed followed by sweet honey, nuts and corn flakes.
Taste: It’s has a light and mild taste. A sweet aroma that reminds you of grains and honey gives you a mellow feeling.
The slightly peaty aroma dominates the aftertaste.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.chugoku-jozo.co.jp/en/togouchi_en/

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Glenfiddich Experimental Series #02 – Project XX

Glenfiddich Experimental Series #02 – Project XXBrian Kinsman, our Malt Master, conducted one of the most exciting malt experiments in Glenfiddich’s 130-year history. Shrouded in secrecy (its codename was xx, pronounced twenty), he invited 20 whisky experts from 16 countries to the Glenfiddich distillery. Brian gave each of these experts complete freedom to explore the warehouse and choose any single cask of Glenfiddich whisky that intrigued then the most.

20 Minds, One Unexpected Whisky

The final 20 chosen casks represent some of the most astonishing whiskies under our care. In Brian’s words “I wanted to create an unexpected whisky. Traditionally every malt whisky is chosen and vatted by one Malt Master to their taste, but I wanted to experiment an marry 20 totally unusual Glenfiddich malts together”. This unique whisky is a recreation of that extraordinary initial small vatting.

With its deep golden hue, Project XX embodies the warm, fruity character of a classic Glenfiddich with hints of apple blossom, summer fruits and ripe pear. But its multiple personalities are revealed with hints of sweet candyfloss, cinnamon spice, almonds and rich port tannins with the odd whisper of liquorice. Deep and mellow, the finish is long lasting with a lingering sweet oakiness.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.glenfiddich.com

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Ben Bracken 27 Year Old Speyside Single Malt

Ben Bracken 27 Year Old Speyside Single MaltThis Ben Bracken Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky is distilled in copper pots stills in a centuries-old manner and matured in undisturbed oak casks for 27 years, creating a sophisticated and highly refined blend with delicate noted of grape, coriander and pineapple.

Colour: A magnificent lustre of honey gold and sandy highlights

Nose: Elegance personified as freshly baked banana bread, succulent grape pulp, Victoria plums and Crepes Suzette drift in profusion. A spectrum of unashamed enchantment opens up before you as another wave of fresh apple, succulent apricots, lemon grass and vanilla rolls out like a summer breeze. One final burst of honeycomb, rose hip syrup, jasmine and sandalwood completes this sensual sensation.

Taste: Sophisticated and intrinsically refined. The long years in the finest American White oak ‘Quercus Alba’ seasoned with freshly filled Bourbon has nurtured this aged Speyside Single malt to an outstanding panacea of perfection. Warn delicate flavours of soft fleshy Doyenne du Comice pear, moist Victoria cake coupled with coriander and a kiss of sweet pineapple linger lovingly in the background. The hand of time has truly tamed this rare beauty.

The class in a glass!

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Glenfiddich Experimental Series #01 – IPA

aug16-glenfiddichipa1When Brian Kinsman, our Malt Master, met an entrepreneurial Speyside craft brewer, they hit it off immediately and it didn’t take long for a genius idea to form. Experimental and untraditional, Brian suggested creating a Glenfiddich whisky finished in IPA draft beer casks, something never done in the industry before.

What started as a quirky idea had turned into an intensive experiment.

Not only did they create a pioneering new whisky with unique zesty citrus notes and the subtle hint of fresh hops, but they also created a pioneering new craft beer in the process too.

This malt is proof that great things happen when great minds meet.

Vibrant with a zesty citrus note followed by soft, sweet vanilla and hint of fresh hops.

Experiment over ice with a twist of blood orange.

Tasting notes.

Nose – A beautifully delicate balance of ripe green apple, William’s pear and spring blossom. Aromatic hops and fresh herbs complement the characteristic Glenfiddich fruitiness and sweet, vanilla oakiness.
Taste – Vibrant with a zesty citrus note followed by soft, sweet vanilla and a hint of fresh hops.
Finish – Long lasting sweetness with subtle green hops.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.glenfiddich.com

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Tamnavulin Double Cask

Tamnavulin Double CaskOn the southern edge of Speyside, in the foothills of the Cairngorm Mountains, lie Tamnavulin Distillery. The distillery was opened in 1966. Tucked away on the banks of the River Livet the small group of skilled, time-served craftsmen at Tamnavulin create a classic Speyside whisky.

Set on the banks of the Corrie Stream and the River Livet, we draw our water from underground springs in the Easterton Hills. Formed by snowmelt from the surrounding mountains, this water is naturally filtered through ancient limestone rock.

Tasting Notes

Matured in American Oak Barrels for a sweet mellow taste with a rich, smooth sherry finish.

Colour: Amber gold

Nose: Rich, warm aromas of apple, toffee and honey with sweet marzipan and subtle tangy marmalade notes.

Palate:  Fresh, mellow notes of pear, creamy peaches, pineapple and a hint of Demerara sugar.

Finish: Rich, smooth and refreshing. A signature Speyside malt.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.tamnavulinwhisky.com

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