96-100 points Wine Enthusiast
*Best Buy* An initial bouquet of the dried yellow fruit found in muesli; later on, added scents of unsweetened coconut, honey, and light toffee beautifully complement the dried fruit aroma. The palate entry is chewy and honeyed; at midpalate the dried fruit, clover, and honey flavors meld delightfully with the oily, creamy texture. Concludes sensuously and regally. (12/ 2004)
Highland Single Malt Scotch
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Los Angeles Times proclaimed Macallan 18 Year the Chateaux Margaux of Single Malts.
95 Points – Whisky AdvocateNikka Whisky was established in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru, the first Japanese to ever study the art of whisky production. He built the company’s first distillery in Yoichi, Hokkaido, a location which he had always considered to be ideal for whisky production, similar in many ways to the Scottish town where he had studied. Miyagikyo, Nikka’s second distillery, was built in 1969 in Sendai, Honshu, another pristine location perfectly suited to whisky production.
Distilled and matured for at least fifteen years at the Yoichi Distillery, Nikka Whisky “Yoichi” 15 Year Old is a long-awaited single malt which has finally reached US shores. The distinctive characteristics of this whisky are attributed to a traditional distillation process, in which pot stills are heated with finely powdered natural coal. The resulting spirit offers a refined nose of orchard fruit, roasted nuts, creamy vanilla and oak, with an undercurrent of smoke. Complex, layered notes of ripe apple, walnut, salted caramel, clove, cinnamon and dark chocolate emerge on the full-bodied palate, with hints of black olive and sea salt lingering through the smokey finish.
Product of Japan
Alcohol by Volume: 45%
West Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
A sweet peat and fruity nose with a spicy mouth-filling sweetness and a long drying finish with smoke and some salt.
91 points Whisky Advocate
Drier, less toffee and fruit, more dried spice and oak when compared to the standard Oban 14 year old. A beautiful combination of rich, nutty toffee balanced by polished oak, salt, pepper, seaweed, distant smoke, and dried fruit. Somewhat oily in texture. Wonderful depth, too! An improvement on what is already the biggest-selling Diageo single malt scotch in the U.S. Very exciting and dynamic. (Vol. 17, #4, by John Hansell)
Matured wholly in air-dried, hand-selected ex-bourbon casks, the ‘unashamedly excellent’ Old Pulteney 12-years-old is the definitive expression in the Old Pulteney family. Traditionally crafted using techniques that other distillers have long abandoned, this winner of numerous gold medals at the most prestigious international competitions is a high water-mark of quality spirits.
This Port Charlotte is a heavily peated (44ppm) single malt whisky from the progressive Islay distillers at Bruichladdich. This bottling is a blend of multiple vintages of this smoky whisky and offers an insight into how Bruichladdich may have tasted in years gone by.
Port Ellen 14th Release 35 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky was the 14th of the official annual releases by the Port Ellen Distillery. One of the most rare and collectible whiskies in the world, Port Ellen 14th has a deep gold and amber appearance, with an understated nose defined by faint smoke, honey, cured meats and root vegetables, as well as sweeter mint and citrus notes. The palate is smooth and oily, with rich honey and sea salt giving way to ginger, toast, orange peel and a hint of dark chocolate. The finish is long and warming, with complex wood, smoke and citrus notes all intermingling.