Happy new year to you all!
How about we kick off 2021 with a cheeky wee limited retail release? We have a few tasty treats to announce that includes a couple of store exclusives.
Read on for more details:
Teaninich 11yo, 1st fill Bourbon Hogshead
This cask bottling, distilled in September 2009, spent 11 years maturing in a 1st fill Bourbon Hogshead. It was bottled at cask strength in October 2020 at 61% ABV. Cask #716153 yielded 265 bottles.
Color: Sauvignon Blanc
Nose: Heavy and damp barley notes to the fore like a malting floor on an oddly hot Scottish day. Fresh water chestnuts, red wax lips, three bean salad, cracked peppercorns, Bit-O-Honey™ chews, and Frosted Mini Wheats™. An unusual mix of scents but everything in its right place.
Palate: A celebration of grain with pear drops and lemon pinwheels but add to this notes of graham crackers and spiced chai tea. Sour candies, spiced gum drops, Lapsang Souchong tea without the smoke (if that were such a thing). The mouthfeel is generous with its oily texture.
Finish: Long lasting while putting a focus back on grain and gentle spice
On the label: This whisky puts the barley up on a pedestal. Citrus fruits dominate the flavors but are balanced out by a gentle peppery quality and oodles of honey-based and sweet treats. This is a whisky for sharing with good friends and family.
Strathclyde 27yo, 1st fill Bourbon Barrel
This cask bottling, distilled in August 1993, spent 27 years maturing in a 1st fill Bourbon Barrel. It was bottled at cask strength in August 2020 at 46.7% ABV. Cask #243375 yielded 109 bottles.
Color: Pale gold
Nose: Lemon pepper up front, unripe blueberries, and whit beer. Upon further investigation we discover cloves and orange oil, scented candles focused on your favorite autumnal aromas, and a hint of window putty and cream soda.
Palate: Incredibly viscous mouthfeel. Upon first blush notes of wild flowers and diluted honey. This is a more delicate and contemplative grain whisky, offering up soft flavors of grass clippings, lemon meringue, Hibiscus flowers, and Turkish Delight.
Finish: Medium length with additional wild flowers and an obvious nod back to the spices we found on the nose.
On the label: A contemplative whisky that begins with notes of citrus fruit, baking spices, and berries on the nose which then challenges you on taste with grassy and floral notes. The finish is satisfying and delightfully peppery.
Ardmore 10yo, 1st fill Bourbon Hogshead (Roma Wine & Liquors Exclusive, NYC)
This cask bottling, distilled in December 2009, spent 10 years maturing in a 1st fill Bourbon Hogshead. It was bottled at cask strength in August 2020 at 58.8% ABV. Cask #707927 yielded 200 bottles.
Color: White gold
Nose: Opens on delicate wood smoke with hints of smoked salt around the edges, charcoal briquettes, peated malted barley, and barbecue roasted marshmallows
Palate: Yes, there’s peat (of course!) but there’s also a subtle cinnamon presence that warms up the mouth and a burst of sweetness akin to weaponized confectioner’s sugar! Don’t sleep on the chipotle baked pears or the return of the barbecue roasted marshmallows.
Finish: Good length with lingering smoked salt, subtle cinnamon, and, not surprisingly, those barbecue roasted marshmallows
On the label: If we could sum up this whisky in three words they would be "BBQ roasted marshmallows." We also get smoke salt, weaponized confectioner's sugar, and chipotle baked pears. A wonderfully balanced peated Highland with a supple mouthfeel that shows you a slightly softer side of peat.
Tennessee Bourbon 12yo, New Charred Oak Barrel (Ninety9Bottles Exclusive, CT)
This cask bottling, distilled in July 2008, spent 12 years maturing in a new charred oak barrel. It was bottled at cask strength in October 2020 at 57.1% ABV. Cask #36639 yielded 140 bottles.