2007 Signatory Strathisla 9 year old Hogshead # 800038 bottled for Vintage Winebow
Distilled on September 13, 2007 and bottled on March 3, 2017 at 58.5%abv from a hogshead. On the nose, perfumed red berries and spice backed by vanilla and clove. On the taste, fruit and spice marry nicely with a round mouthfeel. The finish is robust with red berry and clove lingering. A lovely cask from a sleeper of a distillery.
1997 Signatory Linkwood 19 year old Hogshead # 7539 Bottled for Vintage Winebow
Hoarding alert!! $99.99 for a 19 year old single malt!!?? On top of that, this is a real show stopper and one of our favorite Linkwoods in recent memory…though we never met a Linkwood that we didn’t like. Distilled on June 30, 1997 and bottled on March 23, 2017 at 56.6% abv from a hogshead. Lots of layers to unwrap on the nose. Vanilla and honey on top with a body of orchard fruit and malt backed by a savory dose of clove. A boubon-esque flavor seems to be tucked in as well with some tropical notes….guava and mango. Noses much more like an older bourbon matured malt. Much older than 19 anyway. Could really nose this all day, but what fun would that be? The taste brings big, round, lush dark red fruit sugars, tropical fruits, vanilla, and floral clove. The lengthy finish turns tropical fruity at the end with a lingering toffee clove undertone. The belle of the ball.
By the Dutch Old Genever
Genever is a wonderful addition to any summer-loving whiskey drinker’s repertoire. Since receiving an AOC designation in 2007 Genever can only be produced in Holland, Belgium, and very specific areas of France and Germany. This Old Genever is nicely layered on the nose. Soft juniper with lovely malt, citrus, clove and spice. On the taste, malt and juniper intertwine nicely while citrus peel and clove balance the spirit. The finish is pleasant with clove and citrus peel lingering. A wonderful sipper, or an obvious choice for classic cocktails.
Gustoso Aguardiente Aged Artisinal Rum
Nicely layered with classic oak flavors of vanilla, toffee, and brown sugar. Orchard fruit, and baked topical fruits meld nicely. Finishes pleasantly dry with sugars lingering.
Gustoso Aguardiente Blanco Artisinal Rum
Distilled from 100% cane sugar from fields in the eastern hills of Uruapan, Michoacan. Unlike cloyingly sweet rums, this one focuses a bit more on the pure cane sugar flavors. Herbal and fruity with nice balance in this blanco form.
Hazelburn 13 year old Oloroso Cask Aged Triple Distilled Campbeltown Malt
This is the lovely triple distilled malt from Springbank. At 13 years and aged in an Oloroso cask, this expression has a wonderful depth of flavor while still allowing the soft nuance of Hazelburn to shine through.
Resilient Straight Bourbon Single Barrel #003 & #006
The latest two single barrels selected by bourbon baron Brian Ciske have arrived in limited quantities with both selections showing nice depth and balance. Distilled from 72% corn, 21% rye, and 4% barley, aged for 10 years and bottled at 107 proof. Full flavored bourbon and a great value. Well worth a try.
Kilkerrin 8 year old Cask Strength Campbeltown Malt
The works in progress were well worth the wait. This 8 year old cask strength bottling hits all the right flavors. Grab these while you can, they won’t last long.
Longrow Red 13 year old Malbec Cask Aged Heavily Peated Campbeltown Malt
Longrow is the heavily peated malt from Springbank. At the whiskey hotline, we have a sweet spot for wine finished peat bombs and this bottling hits the spot. As the red series continues to mature, the flavors only deepen, and the glass seems to empty entirely too quickly. Earthy peat and bright red fruits in balance together with a touch of smoke on the finish.
Springbank 13 year old Single Fresh Sherry Cask #1003 Campbeltown Malt
Fresh sherry barrels and Springbank were made for each other. This Campbeltown icon shines brightly with lush, dark stewed fruits mingled along for the ride. Lucky 13 indeed!
Springbank 17 year old Single Fresh Rum Cask #302 Campbeltown Malt
Rich and balanced. Rum finishing is evident but not overpowering in this cracker of a dram.
Springbank 20 year old Single Refill Bourbon Barrel #70 Campbeltown Malt
Admittedly, we’re suckers for mature malts in bourbon casks. Tropical fruits emanate from the barrel to give this bottling depth and weight. One of those malts that you can sip on for hours and experience different flavors throughout. A real treat.
Springbank 20 year old Single Fresh Sherry Cask #327 Campbeltown Malt
This bottling checks all the boxes. Mature malt. Whiffs of smoke. Fresh Sherry. Yup…this is good.