Aberfeldy 12 is a fruity, clean and polished malt with a touch of honey and spice. An excellent introduction to this Highland distillery. Aberfeldy's main claim to fame is as the heart of the excellent Dewar's blend but whiskies like this are putting it firmly in the spotlight. ABV: 40%
Impressively aged Aberfeldy single malt Scotch whisky.
Nose: Honeyed and fruity nose with grist/barley malt, digestive biscuits coated in milk chocolate, a little orange zest and spice.
Palate: Creamy palate with custard, gingerbread, cooked apples, toffee and chocolate-covered raisins.
Finish: A long, soft finish with nectarine and Manuka honey on the tail. ABV: 40%
Aberlour 16 Double Cask Single Malt 700ml
Notes: Matured in two types of casks, the traditional oak and sherry oak casks and bottled at a slightly lower abv of 40% than previous editions, this 16 year old Aberlour is bursting with lush plum, raisin and even floral notes. A cracking Speyside malt.
Gold: Distillers' Single Malts between 13 and 20 years old - 2014
International Spirits Challenge Gold
Nose: Creamy, like melted vanilla ice-cream. Fruity and honeyed.
Palate: Fresh juicy apples and oranges before sherry kicks in with supple sultanas and vanilla.
Finish: Intricate with chocolate raisins and oily caramel notes.
Gold Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2014 International Wine & Spirit Competition Gold.
Gold: Distillers' Single Malts between 13 and 20 years old - 2014 International Spirits Challenge.
The first release in Aberlour's Casg Annamh series! This expression (named after the Gaelic for "rare cask") is matured in a trio of cask types, including European oak sherry casks and two sorts of American oak cask. Presented in similar livery to their very popular A'Bunadh expression, and with a sherry-dominated flavour profile too. ABV: 48%
Old gold colour. This rich Cognac is supple and indulgent and is characterised by its aromatic complexity where the aromas of cedar wood, candied fruits and honey mix. In the mouth, the complexity is expressed with candied fruits and spices, including cinnamon. The wood aromas bring great length and incomparable richness. It is followed by a very supple honeyed finish sustained by citrus, honey, cigar box and candied orange notes.
Celebrate like the Greeks do with Akropolis Ouzo, the perfect approachable Ouzo. An intense combination of delicious spices like anise, mastic and badiane are combined for a truly unique flavour which can be enjoyed neat or mixed with water. ABV: 37.3%
With the acclaimed Arran Single Malt at its heart, this blend is refreshingly dry in character with a smooth finish and the subtlest hints of peat-smoke in the background. An outstanding example of a great quality blended whisky, this is the perfect dram to be enjoyed on any occasion and a fitting tribute to Scotland’s greatest poet. ABV: 40%
Robert Burns 700ml Bottling Note
A single malt from the Isle of Arran distillery, celebrating the famed Scottish poet, Robert Burns. This bottling is officially endorsed by the World Burns Federation, it is said that Burns held whisky in great regard.
All the way from Spain comes Berry Pickers Gin, made with fresh strawberries grown in Huelva (it's in the south-west of Spain, for those of you that aren't quite up to scratch with your Spanish geography). Alongside these tasty berries, you'll find juniper, orange, lime and cardamom within this tipple. It seems obvious, but this will most definitely suit being sipped in a Gin Tonica. ABV: 38%
Produced in the Netherlands, Black Tomato Gin is made using black tomatoes as well as a few drops of sea water! Shows off a fascinating balance between sweet and savoury flavours - and ought to be excellent in a Red Snapper. ABV: 42.3%
A 10-year-old Bowmore for travel retail called 'Dark & Intense', fully matured in Spanish oak hogsheads to give intensely fruity, spicy notes. The nose is full of raisins, Seville oranges, spices and maple syrup, while the palate has notes of dark fruits, raisins and a hint of sea salt. ABV: 40%
Bowmore, the 18 year old was launched in January of 2007 to replace the 17 year old. A perfumed, fruity offering from the Islay distillery.
Nose: Pungent, citrus. Stewing fruit, hints of damp wood and a very soft smoke.
Palate: Spirity at first, then give ways to perfume, fruit, plum jam. A good sweetness, peat smoke, grapey.
Finish: Seville marmalade, blossom, dark peat.
Bowmore Darkest 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been matured in ex-Bourbon casks and then three years in Oloroso Sherry casks, making this Single Malt truly magical. Breathe in delicious dark chocolate, sun-dried fruits and a tell-tale wisp of Islay smoke. On the palate sip wonderful cedar wood and a rich treacle toffee and savour the robust and complex finish with a hint of Sherry tannin.
The folks behind Citadelle Gin have once again donned their experimentation hats and created a marvellous variation on their classic recipe. This time, they've spruced up the fantastic French gin with the inclusion of wild cherry blossom petals - and as if that wasn't enough, they went on to age the gin in cherrywood casks for five months! ABV: 42.6%
Crespo London Dry Gin is made with sugarcane from tropical plantations and is triple distilled. It combines 11 botanicals from four continents, marrying juniper, lemon, cinnamon, and liquorice, to name a few. ABV: 45%
Belgian distillers Filliers' do love releasing variations on its fabulous Dry Gin 28. This time raspberry and goji berries were added to create this Pink edition.
You may know of goji berries from their a reputation as a 'superfood', originating from ancient Chinese medicine. This has never been scientifically proved, but they do make a delicious botanical - which is just as important. ABV: 37.5%
Aromatics of classic juniper and a hint of cinnamon, backed up with a rich, luscious palate with a hint of sweetness from the Muscat and richness from the extended barrel ageing.
More than ever, it smells like gin and tastes like Christmas. Sip it neat or try it in cocktails.
After experimenting with some exclusive batches of a high-proof gin for the Gin Palace we decided to add fresh 'Judy's Everbearing’ native finger limes (alongside our beautiful organic oranges) for its first release in 2014. This fresh citrus goes into the botanical basket, with some fresh ginger, giving our Navy Strength Gin its signature power and intensity.
The finger limes highlight the Asian spices like coriander and star anise, and are complemented by the fresh ginger. Then turmeric adds weight to the palate and a fresh but earthy quality, not unlike dill.
The resulting gin has lifted aromatics of lime curd, pine needles, and fragrant spices with a vanilla character which pulls it all together. The palate is intense - sweet and juicy - but it is still very clean.
Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin is a highly aromatic, rich and (yes) spicy gin with great power and intensity. First, we took our base botanicals and upped the amount of Tasmanian pepperberry leaf and cinnamon. Then we added an exotic West African spice called Grains of Paradise. This is one of the most unusual spices in the world, with clove and sichuan characters. But although very powerful, the spice tends to glow rather than become hot.
Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin is crafted to deliver the best of all worlds: a perfect, classic gin and also something that would fascinate and delight even the most hardened gin fanatic. It’s spicy but with great citrus, a truly modern Australian gin.
Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin captures the essence of contemporary Australia’s heritage in Europe and Asia. We’re using whole oranges which is unusual but Australian citrus is highly aromatic and supports the spicier botanicals like cardamom.
The cinnamon and star anise add rich fruitcake tones, the Tasmanian pepperberry leaf provides warmth rather than heat, and the lemon myrtle is a beautiful alternative to lemon peel.
The nose: Bright lemon, grapefruit and blood orange, soft juniper, deeply aromatic notes of fresh rose. The taste: Distinct rose petal, bright berries, Turkish Delight, with a nectar sweetness. The finish: Long, lingering floral notes with pink peppercorn and a touch of earthy spices. ABV: 37.5%
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