The 10th release in Glenmorangie’s highly acclaimed Private Edition series, Allta, has just arrived. Each release through the series has presented different twists and turns but always delivered well rounded and richly layered whiskies. Allta is no different but strayed from the usual cask finishing path, instead relying on an unsung hero of whisky production, yeast. The Whisky Wizards of Glenmorangie have fermented Allta with a newly discovered strain of wild yeast found on the barley itself in the distillery’s adjacent farm fields. Saccharomyces diaemath is a distant cousin to the standard distiller’s yeast and turned out to be perfect for fermenting and creating whisky. The classic floral and fruity elements of Glenmorangie are still present, while the wild yeast strain seems to have added a layer of brioche and citrus preserves. To allow the unique yeast influence to shine the whisky was aged primarily in barrels that had previously held Glenmorangie malt so the oak flavors wouldn’t overpower the delicate breadiness, mint and citrus.
On the nose, spiced pear on brioche with a touch of orange preserves, butter and delicate mint. On the palate the fruit continues with a pleasant addition of black pepper, red berries, vanilla wafer, brioche, wildflower honey and oak spice. The finish is quite lengthy, undoubtedly aided by the generous 51.2% abv strength, with a flash of black pepper after a round of tropical fruit that fades slowly with baking spices. The first of the Private Edition series to be bottled above 46% abv and one of the best Glenmo releases in recent years.
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the oldest bottling ever by a 160 year old distilling icon.
For the inaugural release of its “Chronicles” collection, intended to showcase the history of the storied Windsor, Ontario distillery, Canadian Club chose a batch of whisky distilled in 1977 and aged 41 years. The best of Canada’s whiskies let the art of blending shine, and this CC is no exception. There are many layers to uncover here and the breadth of flavors and aromas continues to grow as the spirit sits in a glass. This whisky stands shoulder to shoulder with the best of the best and was recognized as such in the 2019 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. Murray gave it a stellar 97 point rating and named it Canadian Whisky of the Year.
On the nose honey, rye bread, toasted oak, ginger, cooked corn, plum, raisin and toffee with a dash of pepper. The flavors continue to develop with time in the glass. On the palate caramelized cherry, vanilla syrup, crème brulee, oak char, allspice, clove and black pepper dance in a delicate balance that leans more towards the pepper and spice in the back. The finish is lengthy and pleasant with baking spice and pepper fading after a wonderful burst of stewed plum, baked apple, and pear. Some things are worth the wait.
No, this isn't Headbangers Ball, but our favorite new whiskey spent time rocking to Metallica, literally. Metallica picked the playlists, turned it up to 11 and blasted the barrels, causing the liquid inside to thrash around. Blackened Whiskey is here to satisfy all your metal needs, ensuring that you won’t feel trapped under ice this winter. This delicious blend of whiskies was finished in brandy barrels that jumped in the fire. No lightning will be demanding a ride, teeth will not be pulled, and a sanitarium will not be your new home. Instead, you may find yourself joining the Metal Militia, tolling the bell, and fighting fire with fire just to call Ktulu. This flavorful whiskey might give your taste buds whiplash but you’ll feel no remorse.
On the nose, apricot and pear with a menagerie of allspice, vanilla oak, caramel and cinnamon. The taste brings ripe grape, baked pear, dried apricot, cinnamon, black pepper, mint, vanilla candy, and toffee. The finish is quite lengthy with apricot, pear, mint, and vanilla building towards a spicier ending of cinnamon and allspice.
The Notorious One has delivered a prize-winning knockout of a whiskey. Proper Twelve goes toe to toe with any whiskey in its weight class and submits to no one. Full flavored, triple distilled for smoothness, and properly aged for a winning finish. Proper Twelve is destined to hoist the belt again and again.
Floral and fruity on the nose with a solid underbelly of caramel, toffee and oak char. On the taste, nougat, caramel, and toffee take the lead with a balance of floral notes and peppery spice. The finish is strong and pleasant with sweet and spice fading to a slightly drying oak.
Introducing the newest member of our Clark & Sheffield family, Small Batch Bourbon. Clark & Sheffield Small Batch bourbon hails from Sazerac’s Bardstown, KY distillery and is 5 years old and 90 proof. A versatile whiskey equally at home on the rocks or in your favorite cocktail and is maybe the best deal in our ever-expanding bourbon aisle. A gentle and flavorful sipper, and a full flavored but budget priced mixer, this bourbon does it all. At only $24.99 for a 1.75 liter this is our new home bar staple.
Cherries, brown sugar, pepper and vanilla are all layered throughout the robust nose. The soft and round palate brings a touch more sweetness with strong vanilla, caramelized sugars and sweet corn. Cinnamon and clove build gradually giving balance to the sweeter flavors throughout the long finish.
Way back in 1948, at the corner of Clark and Sheffield, Harold Binstein opened his first store, selling produce and pints of liquor. To celebrate our 70th year in business, we partnered with our friends at Compass Box to create a whisky befitting Harold’s legacy. After several cold and damp trips to the Compass Box offices in London, and much trial and error, we are proud to present Compass Box Gold Standard, a unique blended Scotch whisky for this special Binny’s anniversary.
A blend of this quality is of course made from equally stunning parts. The base third of the blend is 1994 vintage Clynelish. Another 30%, this one a French oak vatting of 9 to 14 year old Clynelish malts, adds some more spice and ripe fruits. Heavily sherried Teaninich from 2003 brings dried fruit complexity. The sole grain whisky component, 15% of the total, is a 28 year old Port Dundas. About 6% of the total is teenage Ardbeg and Caol Ila that gives a core of gentle smoke throughout.
The nose opens with dried fruits like raisins, plums, and figs, a bit of old tobacco and a light touch of smoke. Ripe and tropical aromas emerge after several minutes in the glass tempered by some earthy peat notes. Just a gorgeous and deep nose. The palate unwinds in similar fashion as waves of fruits, baking spices, oak, vanilla, toffee and gentle peat wash over the tongue. These complex layers of rich fruit and oak spice complement and balance each other throughout an enduring finish. A whisky very much worth drinking that you will find only at Binny’s.