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Prohibition-Era Recipe; Single Malt, Single Barrel Rye Whiskey
"Notes: This is the 5-year-old Rye which is about the right age for a rye to start to come onto its own. This whiskey is produced at small start-up distillery in Templeton Iowa home of a much revered Rye during Prohibition and reputed to be Al Capone's favorite whiskey. Good enough to be named after its town of origin (Templeton Rye) or also known as 'The Good Stuff'.This whiskey is a direct descendent using the same recipe (and no doubt higher production standards). This is a single barrel rye, which makes it unusual (if not unique) in rye production these days.
"Appearance: Deep amber, old copper/bronze in the bottle, northern wheat in the glass. Nice edge line on the glass when you swirl it, smooth layer of whiskey. On swirling, with scattered droplets rather than legs developing. Color looks more like a 15-year-old Scotch than a 5-year-old American whiskey.
"First Impression: Rye spiciness, leather, toffee, allspice, malt, dried dark fruits. Clean spicy finish.
"Taste: Thick rye malt body, almost chewy in texture and mouth feel. There is a spicy sourness with an underlying sweetness that make for a outstandingly mellow rye of breadth and complexity. The rye is well tempered with other grains to make a excellent stand-up rye that combines the fire and strength of grain balanced with sweetness and careful aging." - Spirits Review
Johnnie Walker Green
Blended Scotch Whisky
"Johnnie Walker Green Label is uniquely different. Its fresh and distinctive flavor is created by blending only the finest single malt whiskies, rather than grains. Each of these mature malts has been specially selected for the intensity of its flavors and aromas.
"Four signature malts, each bringing its own character, provide the key taste influences. Talisker introduces power and depth, with pepper and oak exploding on the palate. Linkwood brings a whole garden of fruit and woody aromas, touching it with finesse. At the heart is Cragganmore, with its exceptional malty sweetness and delicate aromas. And the sweetly floral, gently smoked and very maritime Caol Ila gives Green Label its intensity and complexity. Combined, they create a vibrant, fresh, smooth flavor that evokes the freshness of the outdoors." - Johnnie Walker
Johnnie Walker Gold
Blended Scotch Whisky
"Few whiskies offer as indulgent an experience as Johnnie Walker Gold Label. Exceptionally smooth, creamy and delicate, Gold Label is the ultimate whisky pleasure. A skillful fusion of rare aged whiskies inspired by the notes originally kept by Sir Alexander Walker, and crafted from only a small number of Scotland's most renowned distilleries each matured for a minimum of 18 years.
"The true hedonists of the world freeze their Gold Label for 24 hours to release its light fruity flavours and true honey sweetness, as the whisky warms in the mouth. Other whiskies either lack these distinctive light characters or have flavors that can be overpowering when suddenly released, for example strong woody or smoky characters. Gold Label is perfect when served frozen, in a frozen glass and perhaps even served with a bitter chocolate dessert for a truly indulgent experience." - Johnnie Walker
Lagavulin 16 Year Old
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
A much sought-after single malt with the massive peat-smoke that's typical of southern Islay - but also offering a dryness that turns it into a truly interesting dram.
"Nose: Lapsang Souchong and fruity sherry.
Palate: The dryness is at first offset by the sweetness of the sherry character. As the palate develops, oily, grassy, and, in particular, salty notes emerge in a long, sustained, aggressive, attack.
Finish: A huge, powerful, bear-hug of peat.
Comment: The driest of Islay malts, and an established classic." - Michael Jackson in Whisky Magazine
"Nose: Massive peat. Ultra-intense iodine carries a shade more spice than of old. The fruity-sherry notes are clean, vanilla is much deeper. Beautifully layered.
Palate: Peat so thick you could stand a spoon in it. Chewy iodine bolstered by sherry and big oak.
Finish: A little spice lightens the grip of the peat and vanilla. Dries off with malt, dried dates...and iodine.
Comment: A true classic in every sense that offers breathtaking depth." - Jim Murray in Whisky Magazine
Highland Park 18 Year Old
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
"Highland Park 18 Year Old is an exceptionally fine whisky that builds on the world-class reputation already enjoyed by the 12 Year Old, added to which the rich, mature oak makes a truly smooth and satisfying malt. The nose of Highland Park 18 Year Old displays characteristic toffee sweetness and an almond nuttiness reminiscent of marzipan. The finish is a prolonged, full, smokey aftertaste." - Distillery
Crown Royal Cask No. 16
Blended Canadian Whisky
"Pour a glass of Cask No. 16 and the first thing you notice is its deep goldenrod color. Pass it under your nose and breathe in its initial nutty aroma followed by hints of dried fruit and spice. The flavor of Cask No. 16 starts out sweet. There are tastes of creamy butterscotch, vanilla, almond and dried fruit. A pleasant richness comes through in the mid-palate and a spiciness appears to enrich the flavors. The finish is what separates Cask No. 16 from any other whisky. This is where the Cognac Oak finish shines. The finish is long and rich. There is an oak smokiness along with all the flavor notes. The flavors are engaging and balanced all the way through to the end." - Distillery
Midleton Very Rare
Blended Irish Whiskey
"A masterpiece of the distiller's art, presided over during distillation and maturation by the Master Distiller, Barry Crockett, Midleton Very Rare is as smooth an Irish Whiskey as can be crafted. Colour: Rich, deep amber; Nose: Fine scented, spicy bouquet with floral and herbal touches; Taste: Unique. Almonds, dried herbs, lush fruits, honey & floral nuances; Finish: Long, satisfying finish with a touch of toasted oak wood." -Jameson Irish Whiskey
Macallan 18 Year Old
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
"The Macallan Sherry Oak is exclusively matured in selected Sherry oak casks from Jerez, Spain. This satisfyingly complex Single Malt, matured at The Macallan distillery for a minimum of 12 years is characterised by its rich color, aroma and flavor with hints of dried fruits, spice and chocolate orange.
"Tasting notes: Light mahogany in color. Nose of dried fruits and ginger, with a hint of citrus, vanilla and cinnamon. Palate offers rich dried fruits with spice, clove, orange and wood smoke. Finish is full and lingering, with dried fruits and sweet toffee, ginger and a hint of wood smoke." - Distillery
Chivas Regal Royal Salute 21 Year
Blended Scotch Whisky
Chivas Regal Royal Salute is one of the finest blended Scotch Whiskys in the world. On the nose, this Scotch presents a fruity and smoky aroma, as well as a very distinctive floral aroma. On the palate, you'll get nutty, buttery, and sweet flavors. The finish is long and satisfying. Very few whiskys in the world can come close to the experience you'll get with Royal Salute.
Crown Royal XR
Blended Canadian Whisky
"Crown Royal XR's rare whiskies were saved from the venerable Waterloo Distillery before it closed in 1991. Shortly after closing, a devastating fire destroyed everything at this legendary site except for some of the exceptional whiskies that were saved. Crown Royal XR's distinguished character is attributed to a process whereby select grains were perfectly blended together to create a sublime liquid that is impeccably crafted and remarkably smooth." - Importer
Johnnie Walker Blue
Blended Scotch Whisky
"Johnnie Walker Blue Label is our rarest blend. This isn't a whisky for beginners. It's challenging and an acquired taste, but like the finest rewards in life is worth it. Created from the rarest and most expensive whiskies in the world, Blue Label has the authentic character and flavor of a traditional nineteenth century blend, just like those that John Walker and his son Alexander developed for their most valued customers.
"Blue Label is made from a few exceptional whiskies with powerful flavors. Each bottle is precious to us and is individually numbered. Each contains a rare taste and gives an intense experience. Blue Label is the ultimate luxury Scotch Whisky and supplies of Blue Label are limited by the rarity and expense of the whiskies used in the blend.
"At the heart of Blue Label is Royal Lochnagar a rare malt distilled near Balmoral, the Queen's holiday home. Around 15 other mature and precious whiskies are added to balance Blue Label perfectly - 'a blend that cannot be beat' (Alexander Walker, 1888)." - Johnnie Walker
The Balvenie Thirty
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
"Silky smooth and honeyed on the nose with mellow oaky tones and hints of candied orange peel. The Balvenie Thirty has great depth with rich dark chocolate, hints of plum, marzipan and caramelised pear. An exceptionally smooth and warming finish with gentle spice and lingering sweetness." - The Balvenie