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Created by Doug McIvor, the Spirits curator for Berry Bros. & Rudd, this release is created exclusively from single malts that matured in ex-sherry casks. The nose is inviting and has a classic dark sherry and prune-like aroma, with a touch of freshly struck matches. The taste gives a sweet, well-balanced fruit and a chewy, satisfying finish with nuts and toffee.
This expression, distilled at Glenrothes in 2004, has been aged for eighteen years and bottled from a single ex Sherry Butt. it has been bottled at an approachable 48.4% and without chill-filtration. The sherry background is immediatley noticable on the nose, with intense spice, far more than the distillery expression and hints of mocha notes as well. The palate is thick and chewy, it covers the mouth entirely and has a lovely thick mouthfeel. There are notes of sweet toffee, creamy milk chocolate on the initial palate, followed by sweet spicy notes of allspice, nutmeg and cloves. The palate is lovely and long, mirroring the palate and nose, with elements of stewed fruits making an appearance to wonderfully round off this dram.
The new 2022 expression of Glenturret's Triple Wood has arrived on our shelves. This years bottling was mantured in a combination of sherry seasoned casks from both American and European oak and ex-bourbon barrels, all marry together to bring wonderful balance. The aromas are of fresh ginger and toffee apples, with vanilla custard and black pepper. Oak spice jumps onto the palate, juicy peaches, creamy vanilla and sticky ginger cake dusted with cinnamon sugar. A true Highland classic.
Kilchoman's much-anticipated annual release of Loch Gorm has arrived, bringing their famously sherry-cask matured smoky treat back to our shelves. Bottled from just 22 ex-Oloroso sherry casks, we are greeted with the aroma of cacao and smoky, leathery notes that surround tangy black cherries. The palate, moving between sweet roasted dark fruits, chocolate and hazelnuts, carries an ashy peat smoke flavour. The lasting impression is of peaty embers on a salty, Islay sea-breeze.
The Lochlea distillery was founded in 2018, south west of Glasgow in South Ayrshire, an area famous for its farming. Lochlea was at one time home to Scotland's national poet, Robbie Burns, who tended the same fields that now produce this new Lowland single malt. This whisky combines ex-bourbon, ex-sherry and ex-STR barriques to create a fruity character - pear syrup, fruit bon bons and tangy marmalade notes combine with cereal and golden syrup tones. A nutty, creamy note is carried on beeswax and orange flavours. Made at the distillery from 100% farm-grown barley.
Nc'Nean distillery, pronounced nook-nee-an, is situated in one of the most isolated locations on the rugged west coast of Scotland. Founded in 2017 by Annabel Thomas, this is one of the only certified organic whiskies made in the world. Matured in a combination of ex-American oak, ex-STR wine casks and a touch of ex-Oloroso sherry butts, there is an abundance of fruity tones like apricot, peach and a delicate citrus quality. A creamy, toasted brioche flavour joins in, giving way to a warming, spiced finish. Whisky Galore are thrilled to bring to New Zealand this beautiful new dram.
Do not close the door on this Tormore of lore indeed, ask for more - which you or I can easily pour. Verily I vouch vocally for its vaunted and valued viscous vivacity: viz vanilla - based on its baked, butter balm of a bulwark, brim full of brio bequeathed by its beloved bourbon barrel, obliging me to opine obliquely, yet overjoyed by its outre if, obfuscating, oasis of orange.
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