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October 20th 3 to 6 pm @ The Shop

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Deanston 2008 Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Finish 117.4 proof Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750mL
Deanston 2008 Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Finish 117.4 proof Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750mL

Very Limited Release

Color: Rich gold Nose: Honey, caramel, sweet malt & red wine with hints of citrus & spice

Palate: Toffee, honey, malt & rich sweet grapes, with notes of chili- infused dark chocolate

Finish: Lingering fruity sweetness & subtle spice ABV: 58.7%

$67.49
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Ledaig 18 Year Old Sherry Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky Isle of Mull 750 mL
Ledaig 18 Year Old Sherry Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky Isle of Mull 750 mL

A wonderfully smoky island single malt Scotch whisky which balances sweet and floral aromas with the richness and warmth of sea salt and smoke. This 18 Year Old Ledaig represents the rebirth of the style of malt whisky that would have originally been produced at the distillery. This sought after peated Hebridean style Single Malt Scotch Whisky balances rich and fruity, sherried smokiness with seaweed and light creosote that allows for a long and quite pungent finish with more smoke and a hint of liquorice and sea spray. Unchill-filtered @ 46.3% ABV. COLOUR Copper Gold. NOSE Rich, fruity sherried smokiness ,lovely balance of phenols, seaweed and light creosote, dried chilli flakes, spicy black pepper with hints of sweet oakiness. PALATE Powerful rich, sherried, herbal smoky flavours, orange peel, coffee, a touch of sea salt, tobacco and white pepper. FINISH Long and quite pungent with more smoke, a hint of liquorice and sea spray.

$116.99
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Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

Islay Single Malt Scotch "A nose and a taste of this tells more than a book ever could. The beautiful golden spirit's aroma releasing honeyed nuts and a slightly sea-induced salty tang. Rich toffee and leathery oak notes can be sensed upon further reading, while the palate tells of mellow sherried nuts and shavings of the finest natural oak wood. Its story ends very happily, with dry notes interspersed with mixed spices fading magnificently into a light salt and sherry finale." -The Distillery

Our 18 year old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky has also been re-introduced as an un-chillfiltered spirit, a move which has excited whisky lovers and experts from across the world. With the move to un-chillfiltered at a higher strength of 46.3%, the packaging has been slightly revised to complement the new expression. The label highlights the move to natural colour and un-chillfiltered. The bottle is now presented in a quality gift carton containing a booklet with information on the brand.

$113.39
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Deanston 20 Year Old Oloroso Proof Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750mL
Deanston 20 Year Old Oloroso Proof Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750mL

Tasting notes Deanston 20 Year Old (110.6 Proof, NCF, NC)

Appearance: Bronze, very slow and thin legs run off a sturdy necklace.

Nose: True sherry bomb territory here, with a strong hit of sultanas, a light note of sourness, a latte coffee, milk chocolate, dried fruit platter, cinnamon and nutmeg, with a hint of malt in the background.

Palate: Uniquely bitter, with some sherry sourness, dried berries, wood spices and hints of orange peel. It’s creamy and full bodied, with a drying effect.

Linger: Dry and bitter, with some rich pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon on the palate and on the top of the gullet. Hints of a sour note pop up on occasion, with some serious dryness all around.

Conclusion: This is a beautiful expression. Truly. A great dram to slowly savor. If you have a proclivity to bitterness, as this writer has, you’ll absolutely love this dram. I will say, though, that not all of the share participants who have already tasted this expression, share my raving enthusiasm for it….

$130.49
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Bunnahabhain Ceobanach Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750 mL
Bunnahabhain Ceobanach Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750 mL

From the Distillery:

"Ceòbanach is a copper gold liquid with an unusually rich, complex character marrying ex bourbon cask sweetness with intense Islay malt peatiness and subtle hints of the sea. As with all Bunnahabhain expressions, Ceòbanach is unchill-filtered meaning that nothing is added or taken away, leaving the whisky exactly as nature intended."

Tasting Notes from the distillery:

"The nose is intense and pungent, with hints of fragrant smoke and light tar, and creamy notes of sweet oak and seaweed. The initial taste is one of sweet maltiness, then a lovely balance of a tangy smokiness and vanilla notes, blending mellow and smooth. There are also hints of white pepper, bitter orange, liquorice and sea salt. The finish lingers, with flavours of oatcake and sea salt once more - with a peppery sweet smoke undertone."

$80.99
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Deanston 18 Year Old Bourbon Cask Finish Un-Chill Filtered Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750mL
Deanston 18 Year Old Bourbon Cask Finish Un-Chill Filtered Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750mL
About the Distillery:
 
"Our wonderful distillery, on the banks of the River Teith, has always been at the very heart of Deanston. It first opened its doors in 1785, not as a distillery, but as a cotton mill. As the mill flourished, the village began to take shape. Workers’ houses were built, local shops were opened and a community was born. Changing times resulted in the closure of the mill in 1965 but was it possible that the perfect place to make cotton was also the perfect place to make whisky? It most certainly was. And so the renovation began. Three floors were removed to accommodate four copper stills and a mash tun and the even temperature in the former weaving shed made the ideal resting place for whisky to delicately mature. Perhaps being a distillery had been the building’s true calling all along? We like to think of it as a natural progression. Without the mill there would be no Deanston, let alone a distillery and we are immensely proud to be making our whisky in the very place our community began. Being true to our heritage we value tradition over trend. No modern technology is used in the making of our Single Malts. Each bottle is crafted by hand to give you the authentic, creamy, sweet, honey blossom taste that is unmistakably Deanston. Everything we do connects the traditions of the past with the enjoyment of the present and the single malts we craft here are best savoured with like-minded souls. Perhaps, one day, you might savour one with us."
$94.49
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Deanston 12 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750mL
Deanston 12 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750mL
From the Distillery:
12 Year Old
Indulge your traditional side with this seductive single malt. Matured for 12 years in ex-bourbon barrels, its delicate taste of sweet, honeyed fruit and gentle warmth will bewitch you. Not even a hint of smoke. Smooth, easy and an absolute delight.
 
Tasting Notes:
Nose: Fresh hays of summer, malty cereal, rich creamy toffee and honeyed heather balanced with sweet oak and barley sugar.
Palate: Smooth creamy sweetness with sumptuous hints of fruit, malty honeyed spiciness and soft vanilla.
Finish: Crisp and satisfying with a tingle of cloves which linger, then gently fade.
$47.69
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Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750mL
Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750mL

Islay Single Malt Scotch 89 Points - Whisky Advocate, January 2011 "The new version, at a higher proof and not chill-filtered. That helped -- especially on the palate -- with greater texture and more well-defined flavors. But the flavors are essentially the same: nutty, toffee, light molasses, vanilla fudge, with delicate fruit (citrus, dark berries) and a hint of brine. Very comforting. Extra points for versatility -- this whisky will accommodate many moods and situations." -John Hansell

Tasting Notes from the Distillery:

"This whisky is the stuff tales are made of and inside the new bottle, the whisky speaks for itself. The nose offering a fresh and aromatic experience with a subtle whiff of smoke floating through the air. The taste starts with a light fruit and nut appeal that leads to a spectacular malty sweetness, finishing into a beautifully rich full-bodied, lingering experience."

$49.49
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