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THE 12 – ANDREW MACKENZIE’S MASTERPIECE

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The Dalmore 12 year old, with its intricate aromas and flavours, is recognised as a whisky with character far beyond its age. This was Andrew Mackenzie’s original masterpiece and stood apart from the norm of the day. At a time when it was standard practise to mature whisky for no more than 6 years, Andrew Mackenzie demonstrated his pioneering character by doubling the maturation period. His boldness truly paid off, The Dalmore 12 year old still stands apart as an exceptional whisky today, as it did then.

Matured for an initial nine years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, the spirit is then divided for its final flourish. One half remains in the bourbon barrels, while the other is transferred to exclusive 30 year old Gonzalez Byass Matusalem oloroso sherry butts before they are reunited to create this phenomenal whisky.

AROMA – Citrus fruits, chocolate and aromatic spices.

PALATE –  Citrus, oloroso sherry, vanilla pod.

FINISH  – Roasted coffee and chocolate.

WOOD FINISH – American white oak ex-bourbon, Matusalem oloroso.

THE 15

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The Dalmore 15 year old is smooth, rich and well rounded; the epitome of The Dalmore house style.

This delicate and approachable vintage is initially matured for 12 years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks. The character of The Dalmore 15 is achieved by then splitting the whisky equally between three different sherry woods; Amoroso, Apostoles and Matusalem oloroso for a further three years. The spirit is finally married together in an upstanding sherry butt, allowing the flavours to infuse.

AROMA –  Orange marmalade, cinnamon and nutmeg.

PALATE – Mandarin, vanilla, ginger.

FINISH  – Christmas spice and oak.

WOOD FINISH – American white oak ex-bourbon, Amoroso sherry, Apostoles sherry, Matusalem oloroso

THE 18 – ABOVE AND BEYOND

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An evolution of The Dalmore house style, this 18 year old expression harnesses bolder notes. A robust and formidable whisky, The Dalmore 18 year old showcases the result of extended maturation and the influence of the wood.

Matured initially for 14 years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, the spirit is then transferred to 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry butts for a further four years. These sherry butts from the world-renowned sherry house Gonzalez Byass are selected exclusively for The Dalmore.

AROMA –  Vanilla, dark chocolate, orange.

PALATE – Dark chocolate, candied citrus fruits, rich coffee.

FINISH – Citrus fruit, oak.

WOOD FINISH – American white oak ex-bourbon, Matusalem oloroso

THE 25 – AS EXCEPTIONAL AS IT IS UNIQUE

The-25The Dalmore uses a completely unique cask finish to create their revered 25 year old. Matured initially in American white oak, the whisky is carefully divided into rare hand-sourced 25 year old sweet Palomino Fino sherry butts and 1980 first fill bourbon casks.

These exceptional whiskies are then expertly married together in bourbon barrels before being transferred, for the final time into Tawny Port pipes from Portugal, for a totally unrivalled finish.

The 25 showcases the dedication and creativity of Richard Paterson in his pursuit to find incredible casks for The Dalmore.

AROMA – Exotic fruits, marzipan, treacle toffee.

PALATE – Orange peel, chocolate truffles, liquorice.

FINISH  -Demerara sugar, bitter chocolate.

WOOD FINISH – First fill bourbon cask,American white oak ex-bourbon, 25 year old sweet Palomino Fino sherry, Tawny Port pipes

CIGAR MALT RESERVE – ONE OF A KIND WHISKY FOR CIGAR LOVERS

Cigar-malt-reserveThis specially crafted whisky has been expertly made to be the perfect accompaniment to the finest of cigars.

Matured initially in American white oak ex-bourbon casks and 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry butts, it is then finessed in premier cru Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques.

AROMA – Cinnamon, vanilla and red fruits.

PALATE – Tropical fruits, banana toffee and vanilla ice cream.

FINISH  – Orange zest, bergamot.

WOOD FINISH – American white oak ex-bourbon, Matusalem oloroso, Premier cru Cabernet Sauvignon

KING ALEXANDER III – THE EMBODIMENT OF BRAVERY

King-Alexander-IIIIn 1263, Colin of Kintail, Chief of the Clan Mackenzie, took a bold decision to stand up and be counted, and felled a charging stag which attacked King Alexander III of Scotland. In return for saving his life, the grateful King gifted the 12-pointed Royal Stag emblem to the Mackenzie Clan as a reward.

When descendants of the Mackenzie Clan took over the ownership of The Dalmore distillery in 1867, they continued to honour this brave act and proudly put the 12-pointed Royal Stag on the bottle. To this day, the Stag still adorns each and every bottle of The Dalmore.

To celebrate the pioneering and innovative values of the Mackenzie Clan, our Master Distiller has painstakingly created the only single malt in the world to unite a unique six cask finish for one outstanding achievement. Spirits matured in ex-bourbon casks, Matusalem oloroso sherry butts, Madeira barrels, Marsala casks, Port pipes and Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques are combined in perfect harmony to create a uniquely complex, yet smooth single malt. This is the embodiment of brave creativity and a lifetime’s experience.

AROMA – Red berry fruits, fresh flowers, passion fruit.

PALATE – Citrus zest, vanilla pod, creme caramel.

FINISH  – Sweet cinnamon, nutmeg.

WOOD FINISH – Matusalem oloroso,Port pipes, Marsala, Madeira, Cabernet Sauvignon barriques, American white oak ex-bourbon.

Ardmore

The Distillery: The Ardmore distillery sits at the highest point of the Northern railway line, 600 feet above sea level. Close to the small village of Kennethmont, this railway line was used to transport materials from Glasgow to the remote corner of Aberdeenshire, helping the distillery flourish.

The water is still drawn from the naturally rising springs that sit on the 1,500 foot tall Knockandy Hill.

Those who live on the rugged fringes of the Highlands embrace the freedom of the great outdoors and The Ardmore brings together the power of nature in every drop that travels from our distillery.

TASTING NOTES AND DETAILS ON VARIANTS:

Ardmore Legacy

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The Ardmore Legacy celebrates the distillery’s unique location on the fringes of the Highlands, offering a lightly peated liquid that is sweet and uplifting. The gentle flavour fully captures the essence of this spirit’s stunning Highland home. The Ardmore® Legacy will appeal to experienced peated malt drinkers and newcomers, alike.

Colour – Light golden.

Nose – Heather Honey with hints of cinnamon and toffee bonbon. Very subtle hints of peat smoke.

Palate – Creamy vanilla spice gives way to more overt smoky charcoal notes, especially with the addition of water. Smoke doesn’t dominate and is balanced by the sweet honey and spice flavours.

Finish – Full bodied, silky mouth feel with a dry, tangy and lingering aftertaste, coupled with delicious spice notes.

ABV – 40%

Ardmore Tradition

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A Travel Retail exclusive, The Ardmore Tradition is a taste of history itself, journeying back to a time when most Highland distilleries dried their barley with the sweet smoke of local Highland peat. Double matured in oak barrels then smaller Quarter Casks, The Ardmore® Tradition is a full and rich liquid, with unique Highland peat smoke flavours.

Colour – Burnished Gold

Nose – At bottle strength (46%), the influence of both maturations compliment each other producing a full bodied smooth aroma. The maturity comes from the American barrels and the spicy, creamy nose from the old style smaller casks.

Palate – The full rich flavours burst and fill the mouth with a creamy peat tang and a touch of vanilla’s soft gentleness.

If a touch of water is added, then the flavours increase with the addition of a sweet ripe fruit start followed by a tang of peat.

Finish – Full, succulent and quite long.

ABV – 46%

Ardmore Port Wood Finish

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A unique and premium expression of The Ardmore. Double cask matured in American white oak bourbon barrels and European half port pipes, resulting in a liquid that is light and sweet with a balance of fruity, smoky notes.

Non-chill filtered and aged for 12 years, this ruby gold single malt has been made using the same traditional distilling methods for 100 years.

Colour – Ruby gold.

Nose – Initial nose of strawberries and summer fruits with a hint of pepper. Notes of burnt orange and cinnamon spice underlie. With water, the rich fruit aromas of red apple and cranberry intensify, accompanied by sweet honey and subtle spiced wood notes.

Palate – Sweet red apple and honey with the subtlest hint of charcoal smoke.

Finish – Initially smooth with a long, lingering finish culminating in the trademark Ardmore dryness.

ABV – 46%

Ardmore Triple Wood

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The Ardmore Triple Wood is a complex and rewarding travel retail exclusive Highland malt. Triple matured in American Oak barrels, quarter casks and puncheons, this non-chill filtered expression is rich in traditional Highland peat smoke notes.

Colour – Golden straw, natural honey.

Nose – Biscuity cereal notes and the scent of banana underlie the initial nose of ginger, burnt sugar, cherries and honey. A drop of water intensifies the ginger snap biscuit notes with a hint of cinnamon, and soft highland peat smoke.

Palate – Light caramelised sugar, toasted barley, and warming, light peat smoke are followed by sweet vanilla custard. Water releases notes of pink peppercorn, and dried fruit flavours (raisin and candid orange peel).

Finish – Light with soft peat smoke, lingering pepper and toasted almonds with a well-balanced dry mouth feel.

ABV – 46%

Paul John

Paul John Brilliance – All the brilliance of Goa is bottled up in this Single Malt. Its sparkling hues are reminiscent of sun-kissed beaches. The six-row barley for this whisky comes from the foothills of the Himalayas. Brilliance is matured in bourbon casks, to give you absolute sensory delight.

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Colour – Sparkling copper.

Nose – The Demerara sugars give off a whiff of sweet fragrances, with a hint of cinnamon, dash of honey and faint spices.

Palate – Sweet and spice and all things nice, make this Single Malt. The honey-like smoothness is offset by the crunchy-bar-like crispness. Somewhere, there is also a tinge of cocoa.

Finish – Brilliance has a smooth and beautifully relaxed finish, with a hint of mild spices and deep intense vanilla.

Pairing – With its rich accents of vanilla and subtle hints of spice, this Single Malt is the ideal accompaniment to luscious fruit pies and Indian grilled meat dishes.

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Paul John Edited – Edited is for the extraordinary. We poured forth all our mastery into crafting this Single Malt. The hint of peat has been skilfully created from discreetly chosen cask profiles. All to delight the true whisky connoisseur.

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Colour – Amber gold.

Nose – Honey and cocoa are laced with a hint of smokiness and a shot of espresso. A deeper whiff reveals fruity fragrances.

Palate – The grassy flavours of barley show up first, but gently make way for subtle peat notes. They slowly dissolve and pave the way for a rush of mint and mocha.

Finish – The finish is long and drawn out. You can sense a hint of spice and chocolate mint as it ends on gentle peat notes.

Pairing – The hints of peat and chocolate mint in this Single Malt are perfect with a mildly spiced lamb stew, or even dark chocolate.

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Paul John Classic Select Cask – Explore tropical Goa in every sip of the Select Cask Classic. The lush freshness of this Single Malt envelops you from the very beginning. To give you this experience, we’ve matured it in selectively chosen cask profiles and bottled it without chill filtration, at cask strength.

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Colour – Rich amber.

Nose – Fruity, malty aromas are intertwined with honey. A hint of bourbon teases your senses.

Palate – With the very first sip, flavours of malted barley greet you. A heady mix of bourbon and manuka honey-liquorice makes for an attractive spine. And while you relish this experience, the unexpected flavour of toasted honeycomb takes you by surprise.

Finish – This Single Malt has an absolutely elegant finish, with juicy Demerara tones ensuring a soft, friendly finish.

Pairing -The spices from the oak and the mellowness of this elegant Indian classic are a perfect match for smoked salmon, ham or a sinful chocolate soufflé.

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Paul John Peated Select Cask – One never tires of Goa. From exploring its various personalities, its past, its present, its sheer decadence or perky cheer. For the true explorer, Goa always has a surprise tucked up its sleeve. Much like the Paul John Select Cask Peated. This Single Malt astonishes even a seasoned whisky aficionado. Unexpected flavours balance each other, offering the perfect tipple.

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Colour – Golden mahogany.

Nose – The smoky, sweet and earthy fragrances have mellow resonances of spice.

Palate – As the crisp Muscovado and Demerara sugars create layered nuances, the smokiness of the Single Malt sets in, creating a perfect balance. A hint of spice radiates from the hickory and Dominican-style cocoa.

Finish – The delicate finish of this Single Malt has notes of Dominican cocoa laced with the tart edge of marmalade.

Pairing – This extremely complex whisky needs food that can complement it well. Tender, juicy steaks and blue cheese can help you unravel every nuance of this magnificent malt from Goa.

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Paul John Single Cask Unpeated – Intensely passionate – like Goa, its people, its beaches, and its very essence – the Single Cask Unpeated sweeps you up in a swirl of emotions. The interplay of fragrances and flavours paints a vivid picture of the bustling spirit of Goa.

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Colour – Rich Vibrant amber

Nose – This Single Malt takes you to that comfortable, favourite corner in an oaky den.

Palate – The wholesome taste of malt takes centre stage, while oaky flavours mixed with tart butterscotch sweetness drift in. A succession of delicate sugary tones, stirred with lovely spices, flutter in next. The underplay of malt resonates with a crisp, biscuity bite, while the intense barley never lets go of the oakiness, radiating richness far and wide.

Finish – The intense notes of barley and soft oaky spices radiate far and wide, giving it a rich finish.

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Paul John Single Cask Peated –  The starlit skies, the crackling bonfires and barbecues sizzling on the sandy beaches go hand-in-hand with the warm and relaxed spirit of Goa. To toast the mellow mood of the place, we crafted this Indian Single Malt. Its distinctly young flavours are highly nuanced, making it a perfect drink for an evening by the beach.

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Colour – A gleaming, rich mahogany.

Nose – The tantalising aromas of rich smoky bacon mingle with intense peaty aromas. A surprising hint of eucalypts gives it a distinct and reverential signature. As the scents and hints of assorted spices tingle your senses, the rich Demerara undercurrent draws out a fine balance.

Palate – A subtle sweetness embraces your taste buds, inviting you to explore the rare peaty, malty, smoky depths, rounded by the slightest hint of fresh barley. And just when you sink into the flavours, an oaky taste of vanilla and toasted fudge tickles your palate.

Finish – The finish is surprisingly complex for a whisky this young.

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Paul John Bold – Bold is a journey that leads you down the unexplored, unchartered terrains of Goa. It offers you a slice of its best-kept secrets, unravelling the mysteries, bit by little bit. This expression of ours invites you to leave the trail, tread the path less taken and plunge headlong into the delicious depths of Goa.

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Colour – Liquid gold

Nose – After the slightest whiff of smoke, a dizzying array of Manuka honey, prickly spice and red liquorice takes over.

Palate – This melt-in-the-mouth malt has the most profound flavours crashing in like waves. At first, the delivery feels sublimely silky and studded with oak-like honey. And just when you think you’ve savoured it all, you are surprised by a hefty second wave of spice. This is followed by a cloudy, smoky feel that coats the roof of the mouth and leaves a tidal wave of dry molasses, peaty soot and a degree of copper in its wake.

Finish – Bold has a light finish with a tinge of copper slowly making its presence known. You can also sense a gorgeous smoked mocha shaped by delicate and intricate spices.

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Limited edition Paul John Oloroso – A limited edition of the Indian single malt from the sunny Goan coasts, Oloroso presents an aromatic tapestry of complex yet gorgeously weighted fragrances, from toasted honeycomb to figs and a touch of dry raisin. Matured for 3 years in American bourbon barrels and finished in sherry casks for 4 years, its creamy flavours offer a delectable blend of barley with grape. The intense sherry richness towards the end, gives this rare whisky its name. The finish is long and luxuriously spiced, with a cocoa tinged vanilla.

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ColourDark Amber.

NoseComplex and gorgeously weighted, toasted honeycomb, dry resin, Dates, figs and apricot, its almost an aromatic tapestry.

PalateMagnificent mix of barley and grape, sweet and creamy, intense richness of sherry in the end.

FinishLong and luxurious, with pulsing vanilla-cocoa mix and a build-up of spices.

PairingThis extremely complex whisky needs food that can complement it well. Tender, juicy steaks and blue cheese can help you unravel every nuance of this magnificent malt from Goa.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Drinking Wine – Asian Age

Do’s and Don’ts of Drinking Wine

The first do when drinking wine is that you don’t need to worry about saying the right thing or perceiving the aromas and flavours as anyone else does.  Wine is wonderfully subjective and your appreciation of it depends on the time of day, how much wine you drink, what you usually eat or drink, your mood and of course most importantly your own preferences. Do trust your own instincts and form your own opinions.

The wine world comes across intimidating at times but it really isn’t and once you get into it you will find that it is not that complicated either.

A couple of things you should do. Ensure your wine is at the right temperature. Too cold and you will not be able to taste or smell all the aromas and flavours, if too warm the wine will come across flabby and flat. Ideally wine should be drunk at 11 degrees Celsius for whites, 6 degrees Celsius for sparkling and sweet wines and 16 to 18 Degrees Celsius for reds.

Do drink your wines in the right glassware. The shape, size and thickness of the glass all matter and also of course the cleanliness of the glass. If you’re going to pursue discovering wine, I would recommend spending a little money on good glassware. Incorrect glassware can destroy even the best of wines. If in your trip on discovery road you intend building a collection at home it would be wise to buy a wine fridge to store your wines at the right temperature. Do not keep your wines at the back of your cupboard where they can be subjected to 40-degree heat.

Do allow some reds wines to breathe. Open the bottle and keep it open for some time depending on the wine you are about to have or pour the bottle into a decanter to speedup the process. You could also simply rotate the wine in your glass to enhance its offerings to you. Wine opens up as it comes into contact with air and releases otherwise hidden aromas.

Please do experiment with our local cuisines and cuisines from all over the world with wine. We have some of the greatest culinary traditions on the planet and not drinking wine with our food is a shame.

Do experiment, get a bunch of people together and constantly try new wines. The world of wine is very large with many countries, regions and grape varieties producing a plethora of styles for you to discover.

We even have a wine-growing region in our very own backyard  – Nasik/Akluj/Nandi Hills to name a few and you will find that there is great quality being produced here itself.

Do not put ice in your wine, do not fill it all the way to the top and please do hold the wine by the stem of the glass and of course don’t be disappointed if the wine you have bought is not to your liking. Move on and do try the next.

Written by -Nikhil Agarwal

Sommelier & CEO, All Things Nice

Johnnie Walker

JOHNNIE WALKER RED LABEL – In 1909, ‘Special Old Highland Whisky’ was renamed Johnnie Walker Red Label and a legend was born. Imbued with pioneering spirit from the outset, Johnnie Walker Red Label travelled “wherever ship could sail”. With its bold flavour and versatile character, it mixed well socially and made friends all around the globe. Today, it is the world’s best-selling Scotch Whisky, available in more than 180 countries.` Johnnie Walker Red Label has won more than thirty major awards, including two Le Monde Selection Grand Golds and three golds at the International Wine and Spirit Competition

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Flavours – Johnnie Walker Red Label is crackling with spice and bursting with vibrant, smoky flavours. It’s a blend that combines light whiskies from Scotland’s East Coast and more peaty whiskies from the West, creating an extraordinary depth of flavour. Johnnie Walker Red Label tumbles onto your palate with the freshness of spray from a breaking wave, bringing the unmistakable zing of aromatic spices – cinnamon and pepper – fizzing over the centre of your tongue. There’s a suggestion of fruity sweetness, like fresh apple or pear and a mellow bed of vanilla, before the Johnnie Walker signature of a long, lingering, smoky finish.

JOHNNIE WALKER BLACK LABEL –In 1909, ‘Extra Special Old Highland Whisky’ was renamed Johnnie Walker Black Label. Johnnie Walker Black Label was created to represent the very best from all four corners of Scotland and was quickly recognised as a new benchmark in blending excellence. Embraced by the great and the good, it has been immortalised in a painting by none other than Winston Churchill and on film in the cult classic Blade Runner. Today, it is one of the world’s best-selling Deluxe Scotch Whiskies.

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Flavours – Johnnie Walker Black Label is rich, complex and incredibly well-balanced, full of dark fruits, sweet vanilla and signature smokiness. Blended exclusively from whiskies matured for at least 12 years, it brings together flavours from the four corners of Scotland to create an experience that is complex, deep and rewarding. Johnnie Walker Black Label rolls decadently over the tongue, releasing intense sweet vanillas that give way to orange zest and aromas of spice and raisins. The finish is unbelievably smooth and layered with rich smoke, peat and malt.

JOHNNIE WALKER DOUBLE BLACK – Johnnie Walker Double Black was created by Master Blender Jim Beveridge as a darker, smokier interpretation of the world famous Johnnie Walker Black Label. The blend is matured in heavily charred casks and uses a greater proportion of characterful West Coast and Island whiskies to elevate iconic flavours to a new level of intensity. A relatively recent addition to the Johnnie Walker range it may be, but Johnnie Walker Double Black is already a classic. Johnnie Walker Double Black has won several major awards, including gold at the International Spirits Challenge and Double Gold Medal at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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Flavours – Johnnie Walker Double Black is the Intense Blend – powerful, full-bodied and smoky.The heavier influence of the ‘big’ flavours of Scotland’s West Coast and Islands is immediately apparent, with swirls of peat smoke over rich raisins and fruits – apples, pears and citrus. These soften into sweet vanillas and spice, before developing into a warming finish of oak tannins and lingering smokiness.

JOHNNIE WALKER GOLD LABEL RESERVE – Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve is the Celebration Blend, a personal creation of Master Blender Jim Beveridge for very special nights out with very special friends. Included in the blend is the Clynelish Single Malt, whose distillery was fed with water from hills where gold was once discovered. Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve is every bit as luxurious and indulgent as its name suggests. Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve has won several major awards, including four Le Monde Selection Grand Golds and four Double Golds at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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Flavours  – Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve is known for its creamy smoothness. It opens with a luxurious burst of delicate nectar and gentle smokiness that develops into sweet fruits and deeper, velvety, honeyed tones before giving way to sublime, lingering whispers of smoke and oakiness in the finish.

JOHNNIE WALKER PLATINUM LABEL 18 YEAR OLD – In times gone by, whiskies were set aside by Johnnie Walker master blenders for the purpose of making ‘private blends’. These were extra special blends given as personal gifts in acknowledgement of an exceptional relationship. Whether for customer, employee, business partner or friend, they were highly prized by those who received them. The spirit of them lives on in Johnnie Walker Platinum Label 18 Year Old, an exquisitely-crafted blend for the 21st Century that draws inspiration from the richness of the past.

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Flavours – Johnnie Walker Platinum Label 18 Year Old blends big, classic Johnnie Walker flavours with intriguing contemporary notes of citrus and fragrant almonds. Initially sweet with a warm vanilla undercurrent and a suggestion of tangerines, it moves smoothly over the palate into a nutty, malty dryness before a long finish brings elegant suggestions of soft charcoal smokiness and a beautifully fading citrus zest.

JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL – In 1867, John Walker’s son, Alexander, created his remarkable ‘Old Highland Whisky’ blend. It was a masterpiece of the blender’s art that drew together the finest flavours from the four corners of Scotland to create something rare and exceptional. Johnnie Walker Blue Label commemorates Walker’s Old Highland Whisky, a statement of whisky excellence that stays true to the genius of the Walker name. Johnnie Walker Blue Label has won many major awards, including six Le Monde Selection Grand Golds and three Double Golds at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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Flavours – Johnnie Walker Blue Label is incomparably rich and smoky, with velvety smooth breaking waves of powerful flavour. Created from hand-selected casks of some of the rarest and most exceptional whiskies, there is no sensory experience quite like Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Hazelnuts, honey, sherry and oranges tumble in first, before releasing hidden secrets like ginger, kumquats, sandalwood and dark chocolate. A rich honey sweetness emerges, accompanied by hints of pepper and dried fruits, before an impossibly long, lingering, smooth finish of perfectly balanced, soft smoke.

JOHN WALKER & SON  X 21 – John Walker & Sons XR 21 was created to honour this very special occasion. Inspired by Sir Alexander’s own hand-written notes, it is blended from the exclusive Johnnie Walker reserve of rare whiskies, all of which have been matured for a full 21 years.

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Flavours – Assured, balanced and elegant, it has intriguing layers of intensity that are both surprising and delightful. Sweet honey and tempered spices come cloaked in warming smoke. Citrus zest, ripened tropical fruits and caramel swirl within hints of tobacco and raisins. The long, smooth, soothing finish is complex and fascinating – a myriad of influences played out over a subtle tapestry of peatiness .

JOHN WALKER & SON KING GEORGE V – In 1820, John Walker started out in business with a single small shop, but he always had big ambitions. Just over a century later, John Walker & Sons was awarded a Royal Warrant by King George V. By then, Johnnie Walker was already well on its way to becoming the world’s most popular Scotch whisky. Becoming a supplier to the Royal Household was an important step on that journey. John Walker & Sons King George V commemorates the granting of the Royal Warrant on 1 January 1934. It is created using only the finest whiskies from distilleries that were operating during George’s twenty-five-year reign (1910 – 1936), some of which, like the famed Port Ellen, no longer exist. They are blended together to reflect the distinctive Johnnie Walker style of the era.

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Flavours – It is an opulent and regal blend. Sensuous, layered and intense, the John Walker & Sons King George V is a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas. Hints of roasted nuts, dark chocolate and an imposing sweet smokiness combine elegantly with suggestions of honey, citrus orange and rose petals. This is an extremely complex luxury whisky.

JOHN WALKER & SONS ODYSSEY – John Walker & Sons Odyssey is a celebration of the epic journeys our whiskies undertook in the early years of the 20th Century, as they travelled over the oceans to every corner of the world. This rare Triple Malt was created by Master Blender Jim Beveridge to evoke the aromas and sensations of this defining era. He took as his inspiration the legendary Johnnie Walker ‘Swing’, created in 1932 by the founder’s grandson, Sir Alexander Walker. He was a blender of extraordinary skill who handed down his detailed notes for future generations.

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Flavours – John Walker & Sons Odyssey is made from just three extraordinary Single Malts, carefully blended and married together in oak casks to enhance the intricate layering of flavours and impart an exquisite smoothness. This elegant whisky has a deep and distinctive russet-red hue that hints at the rich tannins to come. With the first sip, toffee and honey emerge followed by cooked berries, roast walnuts and top notes of delicate citrus. The finish is sublime – an impeccable, rich smokiness that seems to linger forever.

THE JOHN WALKER – The John Walker is the ultimate celebration of progress – an enduring tribute to the life, vision and legacy of the man who started it all. Known as the Founder’s Blend, it uses only whiskies that would have been familiar to John Walker in his lifetime, some of which come from distilleries that are now silent. Just nine distilleries in total contribute exquisitely-made whiskies, which are blended by hand using traditional methods and in extremely limited quantities, before being married together in a 100-year-old cask.

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Flavours – The blend itself is refined, sophisticated, supremely complex, yet harmonious. The magnificent presentation only hints at the experience to follow. The nose is rich and redolent of mature fruits with youthful aromas of fresh citrus hovering above. With the first sip, a vanilla oak burst soars across the palate. The blend’s enormous body and elegant structure are immediately apparent as big, opulent flavours cascade down onto a bed of soft sweetness. They evolve and transform constantly to deliver an echo of signature smoke in the finish. This is a whisky of unique discernment.

 

MARCHESI ANTINORI TIGNANELLO 2013, TOSCANA IGT, ITALY

MARCHESI ANTINORI TIGNANELLO 2013, TOSCANA IGT, ITALY

REGION: Toscana

GRAPE VARIETY: 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon & 5% Cabernet Franc

TASTING NOTES: An intense ruby red in color with purple highlights, the 2013 Tignanello shows a nose of great red fruit intensity along with highly pleasurable notes of vanilla, chocolate, and leather from the well balanced contribution and fusion of the aromas of the oak. The spicy and balsamic sensations which give additional complexity are also quite important. The wine is ample and enveloping on the palate with supple tannins and a savory freshness which fully respects the character and personality of the Sangiovese grape. The balance between acidity and tannins is excellent, and the finish and aftertaste are of a lovely length and persistence.

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MOUTON CADET RÉSERVE SAUTERNES 2012, BORDEAUX, FRANCE

MOUTON CADET RÉSERVE SAUTERNES 2012, BORDEAUX, FRANCE

REGION: Bordeaux

GRAPE VARIETY: 75% Sémillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc & 2% Muscadelle

TASTING NOTES: Bright gold in color. The nose opens on yellow fruit (peach, mirabelle), then goes on with airing to develop an attractive aromatic complexity on notes of bergamot, gentle spice and quince.

From a powerful, refined attack, the wine expresses crystallised quince and mirabelle jam flavours enhanced with a fresh touch of bergamot. On the finish, the wine’s sweetness and power bring a balance typical of Sauternes.

Bottle - Mouton Cadet Sauternes

QUERCIABELLA CAMARTINA 2010, TOSCANA IGT, ITALY

QUERCIABELLA CAMARTINA 2010, TOSCANA IGT, ITALY

REGION: Toscana

GRAPE VARIETY: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon & 30% Sangiovese

TASTING NOTES: This elegantly structured wine opens with aromas of ripe black fruit, cedar, leather and a whiff of exotic spice. The firm palate delivers ripe black cherry, plum, coffee, grilled herb and ground clove alongside firm but polished tannins.

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PIGHIN PINOT GRIGIO D.O.C. 2015, FRIULI GRAVE, ITALY

PIGHIN PINOT GRIGIO D.O.C. 2015, FRIULI GRAVE, ITALY

 REGION: Fruili

 GRAPES: Pinot Grigio

TASTING NOTES: Straw yellow with lightly amber-coloured tinges. The wine displays fruity and floral aromas of banana, pineapple and wisteria flowers. Persistent, excellent body and balance.

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MARCHESI DI BAROLO GAVI DI GAVI D.O.C.G. 2014, PIEDMONTE, ITALY

MARCHESI DI BAROLO GAVI DI GAVI D.O.C.G. 2014, PIEDMONTE, ITALY

REGION: Piedmonte

GRAPE VARIETY: Cortese 100%

TASTING NOTES: Tenuous straw-yellow color with greenish reflections. An intense and fine odor with persistent fruity and flowery scents similar to those of golden apples and green almonds as well as a clean aroma of chamomile flowers. The flavor is full-bodied and remarkably sapid, balanced, harmonious and persistent.

Bottle - Gavi di Gavi