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“Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right!”
- 121.54:Â Donâ€™t worry about a thing… – 58.9% – 9 Year – Highland – Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel – Outturn: 192 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “A fabulously fruity, perfumed nose â€“ passion-fruit, pineapple,sherbet, mango, cherry, citrus, kiwi â€“ and much more â€“ honey,vanilla pod, freesias and leather â€“ it promised a life of hedonism and beach while Bob Marley sang â€˜Donâ€™t worry about a thing…â€™ The unreduced palate was much the same â€“ a fruity cocktail with ripe mango, coconut milk, lime and gewÃ¼rtztraminer wine â€“ with considerable heat. Water reduced the heat but not the flavour intensity â€“ â€˜Fantasticâ€™, said one panellist; â€˜My kind of dram!â€™said another. The distillery is regularly visited by golden eagles.” Drinking Tip: “Just try it.” - $102.99
- 73.54:Â Decadent & delicious - 57.2% – 20 Year – Speyside – Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel -Â Outturn: 214 bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “The nose, delicate and sophisticated, evoked an elegant lady(perfume, leather handbag, silk purse) in a tea-shop with jasmine tea, Battenberg cake, pear tarte tatin, sweet Muscat wine, flowers and pine cones on her table. The palate was rich, decadent and delicious â€“ buttery fruit cake, jellied fruits, lots of orange(mandarin flan, Fryâ€™s Orange Cream, orange blossom) and cinnamon spice in the finish. The reduced nose found Oreos, carrot cake, chocolate limes and glorious dark chocolate Â raspberry brownie. The palate now rewarded us with soft vanilla fudge, perfumed nectarines, teasing ginger and Old English Spangles. The distillery name means â€˜big streamâ€™.” Drinking Tip: “One for the dimmed lights and soft music,you wicked schemer.” - $164.99
- 76.92:Â Ticks all the boxes - 60.1% – 26 Year – Speyside – Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead – Outturn: 196 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “TheÂ mesmerizingÂ and entrancing nose magicked a seventeenth century New England harvest festival â€“ hay-cart, horse-drawn carriages, deep fruits, flowers, fruit chutney, pumpkin, nuts â€“ it oozed fertile countryside and ripe contentment . With water, we found tobacco, dark chocolate, honey nougat, coconut and toasted marshmallows. The palate was â€˜magnificentâ€™ and â€˜amazingâ€™ â€“ red fruits, nuts, leather, spice, pumpkin pie and dark chocolate with sea salt and caramel; lots of lip-smacking round the table. In reduction, we tasted coconut, whole cherries dipped in chocolate,party rings and iced caramels. â€˜Ticks all the boxesâ€™ the Vaultsmaster said, speaking for us all. From Dufftownâ€™s oldest distillery.” Drinking Tip: “A celebration dram, or the perfect end to a perfect day, or just for sharing with special friends.” - $198.49
- 39.82:Â Suede shoes walking through clover – 60% – 13 Year – Speyside – Refill Sherry Butt – Outturn: 603 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “The nose conveyed clementines, cherries, sweet and salty popcorn,peppery jamon Serrano, clove-studded ham, a basket of mushrooms and suede shoes walking through clover towards a farm-yard. The palate had peppery, earthy, salty, savoury elements(pork scratchings) yet was surprisingly sweet too, with caramel and toffee popcorn. The reduced nose was floral and carbolic, a child was blowing bubbles and eating candy cigarettes in a sun-dappled pine forest. The reduced palate continued the sweet and salty fascination â€“ Turkish Delight, rock salt, clove rock, lucky tatties(cinnamon) and a lick of limestone. The distillery was once a safe haven for spiders.” Drinking Tip: “WithÂ food – and maybe a beer.” - $120.49
- 30.72:Â Take a break and have a… - 57.3% – 11 Year – Speyside – Refill Port Pipe – Outturn: 752 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “The initial nose is of scorched brown sugar, fresh coffee beans,rum and raisin ice cream and a burnt walnut loaf dipped into a balsamic vinegar bread dip. It is big, almost mouth numbing, on the palate neat. Sweet and bitter notes of chocolate with 80%cocoa content, cardamom biscuits and a slightly sulphury note like burnt tablet. With water, aromas of leather and wood polish appear as well as caramel sauce, coffee cake and a breeze of salty air! -from a distillery in the heart of Speyside next to a cemetery. The taste is of freshly brewed nut flavoured coffee and a chocolate coated wafer bar.”Â Drinking Tip: “During a coffee break.” - $110.99
- 4.166:Â Impressions of an Orkney landscape - 54.2% – 20 Year – Island – Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead – Outturn: 243Â Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “The nose delivered bread toasted on an open fire (brass toasting fork,maybe marmalade) well-fired morning rolls, burnt heather, smoke and embers â€“ we also got light Orcadian peat and maritime notes, rice crispy squares and marshmallows. The palate was BIG â€“ light smoke balanced by sweetness; toasted marshmallows, honey-roasted ham with wholegrain mustard, cinnamon spice and oatcakes. The reduced nose evoked the sea â€“ a tall sailing ship by a rocky coast beyond which breathed heathery perfume. The palate had developed positive tensions between sweetness, mustard and Victory V heat and a boat chandlery. A dram that conveys impressions of its landscape.” Drinking Tip: “By the sea-shore or on a boat.” - $164.99
- 29.121:Â Seafood party on the beach – 55.1% – 20 Year – Islay – Refill Sherry Butt – Outturn: 526 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “The initial nose gave coal sacks, beach barbecue wood smoke, ash,Germolene, raisins, toffee and toasted nuts â€“ before turning Oriental(curry plant leaves, lemongrass, coconut, cinnamon). The beach factor increased with water â€“ freshly painted boats, beach huts, rock-pools,shells, dunes, seared scallops and smoked bacon in mussel chowder.The palate was very sweet â€“ coconut, candy, sweet tobacco and langoustines, balanced nicely by cigars and smoke from a driftwood fire. The reduced palate was softer â€“ now a rich, creamy, texture with savoury flavours of lobster and brown bread with moules mariniÃ¨res. The distillery was established in 1815 by the Johnston brothers.” Drinking Tip: “A nice outdoors dram – especially on the beach – anytime – with or without food.” - $164.99
The following whiskies are on promotion for the month of March, beginning on the 27th of February. Some of them are limited, so act accordingly. The promotion is as follows:
- 10% off any of the March promotion bottles listed below.
- 12.5% off any two of the March promotion bottles listed below.
- 15% off of three or more of the March promotion bottles listed below.
- 3.189 â€“ 12
- 39.83 â€“ 3
- 106.18 â€“ 5
Past Releases Still Available for Order:
- A4: – $170.99
- 3.188: THE CAMPING TRIP – $130.49
- 3.189: ECHOES OF BONFIRES & FUNFAIRS – $127.49*March Promotion
- 3.193: BABY-FACED ARSONIST - $130.99
- 4.165: SOFT PEAT & SEASIDE PIERS – $174.99
- 4.168: GUNPOWDER, TREASON & PLOT – $139.99 Only 6 left!
- 5.35: LAUNDRY IN THE BAKERY – $116.99
- 7.77: ELEGANT LADIES TAKING TEA – $175.99
- 9.66: MELLOW-DRAM-ATICÂ - $126.99*March Promotion
- 30.70: VENUS IN FURS – $170.99*March Promotion
- 30.71: BURNT CRUMPET & HIGHLAND TOFFEE – $127.49
- 36.58: CHILLI PORRIDGE SPRINKLED WITH FLOWERS – $102.99
- 37.52: BOTTLED ESSENCE OF GARDENS & ORCHARDS – $102.99
- 39.83: YUMMY & MOUTH-WATERING – $208.99 Just 3 left!*March Promotion
- 41.52:Â BOILED SWEETS & PLAY-DOH – $100.99
- 44.53: LIP-SMACKING, CHEWY & CHUNKY – $170.99
- 53.165: PEAT FIRE TOASTED MARSHMALLOWS – $140.49 Only 7 left!
- 53.168: ELASTOPLAST ON A ROASTED TONGUE – $142.99
- 63.27: JAR JAR BINKS IN TROUBLE AGAINÂ - $88.49*March Promotion
- 73.50: MIDNIGHT ESPRESSO – $160.99 Just 3 left!
- 76.89: A WHISPER OF DECADENCE – $133.99
- 106.18: BOTTLED ESSENCE OF SUMMER: – $197.99 Only 5 left!*March Promotion
- 121.55: BITTER MARMALADE & BOOZY PRUNES – $122.99