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92 Points Whisky Advocate

The Feathery is a blended malt which has been entirely matured in first class sherry wood which makes it slightly sweeter, fuller and more rounded than standard malts. Aged 8-10 years and blended from 3 single malts: Tamdhu, Glengoyne and Glendronach. The Feathery is the first expression of a range we are developing celebrating original Scottish craftsmanship. The Feathery is the original golf ball painstakingly hand crafted with feathers, tar and bird skin to make a perfectly rounded ball which was more streamlined and effective. The only downside is that it was also very expensive given the number of hours that went into one ball, when playing a game with a feathery the golfers would position two "spotters" who would ensure that the ball was never lost on the course. Additional Information Warm, rich oak, and deliciously sweet sherry flavored sultanas, orange segments, full mouth feel, raisins and soft fruits with a long and satisfying finish with spiced orange and chocolate with a hint of butterscotch.
WE 90

Islay’s Laphroaig is famed for its intensely peaty profile, and this single-malt Scotch delivers on that reputation. The amber spirit opens with a smoky aroma that’s underpinned by vanilla and light floral notes. There’s plenty of peat on the palate too, backed by olive brine, espresso and chocolate characteristics. Beware: Cask strength means that an overproof alcohol level delivers strong flavor but also a hefty burn.

- Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2015)
Full, slightly sweet; toffee, ginger and dried fruits accompanied by sherry and cloves. Rich in both dried fruit and sherry, with a subtle toffee sweetness and pleasant touch of spice flavor with a touch of sherry sweetness and wood.
WE 90-95

First nosing exposes dry scents of walnuts, grass and dark toffee. Entry is malty and vanilla-extract bittersweet; mid-palate is silky, creamy, Sherry sweet, pruny and black raisin-like. Ends on a dark chocolate note that's chewy, medium-sweet and satisfying.
BTI 94

The aromatics leap from the glass filling the room with the sweet scents of malt, ripe orchard fruits, creme caramel, wild flower honey, banana bread with hints of oak and smoke. Perfectly balanced with a creamy texture that gives way to a complex spice.

- Beverage Testing Institute (March, 2012)
Appearance: Brilliant gold.

Nose: Powerful peat-smoke with sea-water saltiness, the liquor of fresh oysters, and a citrus sweetness. Body: Full.

Palate: A rich dried-fruit sweetness with clouds of smoke and strong barley-malt flavors, warming and intense. Peppery at the back of the mouth.

Finish: Huge, long, warming and peppery in the finish with an appetizing sweetness.
WE 90-95

The low-key bouquet offers intense breakfast cereal smells with meek scents of spice and dried flowers. Palate entry is assertive, spirity, malty-sweet and slightly candied; the midpalate tastes include harmonious flavors of honey wheat toast, light fudge, caramel, marshmallow, candied almond, candied orange peel and oaky vanilla. Concludes elegant yet attractively potent.

- Wine Enthusiast
Soy sauce, olive brine, peat, honey, oloroso Sherry, brewer's yeast, bread dough, barley malt and cigar smoke in the bouquet. The flavor that magically includes the innate intense peatiness of Islay malts and the masterly employment of oak barrels phase defines "classy Islay." Concludes sweetly, without sacrificing the tangy, astringent peatiness that is inherent. Gorgeous.
An initial bouquet of unsweetened coconut, honey, and light toffee beautifully complement the dried fruit aroma. The palate entry is chewy and honeyed; at mid-palate the dried fruit, clover, and honey flavors meld delightfully with the oily, creamy texture. Concludes sensuously and regally.
The second release in a new annual limited released from the esteemed distillery, The Macallan Edition No. 2 is a collaboration between the Macallan Master Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno, and twice-named best restaurant in the world, El Celler de Can Roca. Macallan's Master Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno, and the Roca Brothers, Joseph, Joan and Jordi Roca, each selected a cask that was used to create this blend. Bob Dalgarno picked the Tevasa cask, which imparts dried fruit and sherry notes. Joseph Roca, the sommelier, selected Jose Miguel martin casks with spicy ginger notes. Joan Roca, head chef, picked the rich green wood and toffee flavors of the Diego Martin casks. And pastry chef Jordi Roca went with the light vanilla and citrus notes of the Vasyma American Oak casks. By bringing together the art of whisky making with the creative culinary genius of the Roca brothers, this single malt surpasses convention and invigorates the senses.

The result is a warm and spicy character that brings to the fore notes of apple, oranges, toffee, dried fruits and vanilla. A complex, yet approachable collectible whisky for the discerning whisky drinker.
Wow! Phenomenal nose with deep richness with smoke from burning heather yet still space for some strong floral notes. Equally full in the mouth with all the nose had plus raisins, dried apricot and rich, spicy oak. Very energetic for its age yet still beautifully balanced. Warming. Mellow and satisfying. Long, full finish.
WE 96

Luxe and easy-sipping. Look for enticing notes of butterscotch, baked pear, cinnamon and clove on the nose and palate, swathed in just the right amount of smokiness.

- Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2013)
WE 96-100

The complex, understated bouquet finds aromas of barley malt, seaweed, heather, oaky vanilla, honey, sherry cask, scrambled egg and minerals. The palate entry is oily, buttery and oaky sweet; by midpalate the flavors include assertive tastes of marzipan, marshmallow, baked pear/peach pastry and bacon fat. Finishes with a luscious fruit/grape thrust. A masterpiece.

- Wine Enthusiast
90 Points Whisky Advocate

Rich summer gold with a freshly harvested barley impression. NOSE: A robust mix of fresh peaty aromas, constructed around a central core of apples and toasted nuts which have been dowsed in wild mountain honey. PALATE: Sweet concentrated peat flavors dominate from the start. Bold and intense. The peaty heart is united with honey-infused raisins, roasted nuts and a luxurious leather impression. Full-bodied with fantastic length. A real heavyweight, which will impart a lasting impression on the palate.
Nose: Nougat, salty, ripe plums, demerara sugar, Christmas pudding. Very rich.

Palate: Huge sherry notes, sweet Oloroso, creamy coffee cappuccino, figs and caramelized sugar.

Finish: A long finish with the Oloroso sherry notes continuing on and on.
WE 93

Featured as a blend of Johnnie Walker’s rarest whiskies, this Scotch billows with sweet cigar smoke from the very first sip. Underneath that, look for vanilla, oak and dry cocoa, finishing dry and spicy with cigar wrapper, allspice and clove, plus a mouthwatering saline note.

- Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2014)
BTI 94

Bright amber color. Bright, attractive aromas of sautéed almonds, dried fruits, spicy custard, and leather with a supple, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long raisin compote, chocolate nuts, brown spices, and cedar and minerals finish. A flavorful and stylish, after dinner dram with a lot of attractive Sherry barrel character.

- Beverage Testing Institute (May, 2015)
As part of a rebranding of the entire Talisker range, Diageo has brought its Special Releases 25 and 30 year old cask strength expressions into the full-time fold, reduced in strength to 45.8%. A more mature, reserved Talisker which is also confident, consistent and clearly in its prime. An interesting and complex whisky, with aromas that change constantly and a lively taste; remains a Talisker through and through and is an excellent example.

The marriage of the spirit from truly magical caskshas created a sensational texture, both sleek and suggestive. Lose yourself in the sweet, fruity, mellow oakiness of this bewitching spirit.

NOSE: The aromas rise and mingle beautifully creating an olfactory symphony in your hand. Little notes of rich, plump, crystallised grapes flirt over heavier notes of honey. Go deeper and you will find the tang of lemon and lime - This is the DNA of our Bruichladdich spirit; the terroir of ancient peat lands and Islay’s exposed coastline, living, breathing proof that magic really does exist.

PALATE: Without water the first thought that enters my head is wow! This is strong and my cheeks flush, my eyes water but my heart is in heaven. Its so, so mellow and mature and yes, you can find all of the aromatics on the taste buds and more!!! I get chocolate and coconut, tangerine and papaya and a wonderful infusion of barley sugar with a pinch of cinnamon and aniseed. Completely mesmerising.

FINISH: Grilled peach and apricot sprinkled with demerera sugar, quite outstanding.
WE 93

Featured as a blend of Johnnie Walker’s rarest whiskies, this Scotch billows with sweet cigar smoke from the very first sip. Underneath that, look for vanilla, oak and dry cocoa, finishing dry and spicy with cigar wrapper, allspice and clove, plus a mouthwatering saline note.

- Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2014)
WE 96-100

The early bouquet is round, biscuity, and a touch spicy; further aeration reveals a deep aroma of butterscotch, cream, vanilla, marzipan, and candied almond. The palate entry is vividly spirity as the alcohol slightly pricks the tongue; the midpalate stage displays solid flavors of dried orange rind, white raisins, marmalade, and figs. Finishes elegantly and sweet.
91 Points Whiskey Advocate

This rich and sophisticated blend begins with subtle, sweet Highland smokiness, followed by island whiskies bringing fresh, sea-salty, maritime smoke, and then finishing with sensationally bold and dry peaty Islay malt flavors. It is best sipped neat or with a drop of Water to fully experience the deep and complex layers of smoke.
John Walker Private Collection 2015 Edition (46.8% ABV) is packaged in a deep red glass decanter, with an angled cut to reflect the slanted label on the distinctive Johnnie Walker square bottle. It comes in a cream box with the story of the ‘Rare Fruit Character’ of this blend. This 'Rare Fruit' character blend by Walker master blender Jim Beveridge is the second annual release in the series that flows the previous Directors’ Blends which were made for Diageo directors to hand out to key Johnnie Walker clients. These elite ranges are meant to showcase the expertise and craft of the blenders behind all Johnnie Walker’s blended scotch whiskies, the world’s leading scotch whisky brand.

The Private Collection launched with the 2014 Edition, which is described as “an exploration of the John & Walker & Sons signature smoky character from three Scottish regions. The 2015 Edition continues the exploration Walker house style with a small batch blend of 29 bespoke and experimental casks that reveals the fruit distillery character that unfolds in the top notes of its blended scotches”. Beveridge and his team are said to have had access to the greatest breadth and depth of fruit character in Diageo’s vast reserves. Within these stocks are special casks laid down to develop sophisticated, precise expressions of fruit styles from different regions. Beveridge said: “The 2015 Edition is a unique blend of mature expressions of fruit character from the heart of Scotland. The wonderful lightness of fresh and exotic Speyside fruits deepens into the warm, autumnal fruits of Highland malts, finishing with a lift from the spicy, West Highland fruit character.”
Laphroaig 32-Year-Old Islay Single Malt. Image courtesy Beam Suntory. This whisky is the fourth in a series of special bottlings marking Laphroaig’s 200th anniversary in 2015, and is a limited-edition release. It was matured in ex-Oloroso Sherry casks, and the nose is smoky and sweet with notes of barbecue sauce, grilled meat, and hints of figs and brine that don’t overpower the nose, but give hints of a gentle strength.

The taste is luscious and sweet at first, followed by intense peatiness and cinnamon spice with hints of heather, brine, and honey in the background. The finish is very smooth, but still forceful with good spices and peat smoke along with hints of honey, vanilla, and cocoa. It’s the whisky equivalent of an iron fist in a velvet glove.
Superlative Speysider from Macallan, this astonishing 25 year old is one of the most revered whiskies in the world. It received a perfect 100 out of 100 score from the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, 1999. It also received a Gold at the International Spirits Challenge.

Nose: Very fruity, with notes of orange and pear on the nose. Also has a good dollop of sweet spices which develop into an almost smoky character. The sherry on the nose is refined and well balanced, with hints of honey and caramel.

Palate: Textbook malt delivery which gives way to a mouthful of dried apricots, prunes and figs. Hints of nutmeg and cinnamon weave in and out of an epic whack of honey that only a Speyside distillery of this kind of nobility can produce.

Finish: A long, full finish that carries fig, spices, chewy oak and a touch of light smoke.
In 1966, former Master Distiller Robert Arthur laid down a run of particularly outstanding spirit. For five decades, our dedicated Master Distillers have monitored this exclusive whisky as it slowly aged at The Glenlivet distillery. This precious spirit became imbued with increasing depth and complexity, soaking up flavor and a sense of history in equal measure. Now, at the peak of its maturation, Master Distiller Alan Winchester has released just 100 bottles of this rare single malt. Crafted over generations, it’s a tribute to George Smith, who created the original single malt that set the standard in taste and quality. Vintage 1966 is the second edition in The Winchester Collection of 50-year-old single malts.

Released over a number of years, the collection is set to become one of the most sought-after and priceless. Matured in an exceptional ex-sherry cask, Vintage 1966 bursts with soft fruit and sweet treacle flavors, and is tantalizingly rich and dark in color. Upon opening the bottle, the nose exudes sweet, rich aromas of treacle, moist raisins, and homemade apricot jam. On the palate, Vintage 1966 bursts with an abundance of soft fruits, treacle, and juicy orange, with hints of cinnamon and liquorice. The finish is exceptionally luscious and long lasting.

The packaging for The Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 brings together the craftsmanship of Brodie Nairn, Richard Fox, and John Galvin. Every element has been designed and created to stay true to the product and pioneering spirit of The Glenlivet. All of the materials and finishes have been chosen to create a work of art that’s as timeless as the precious liquid inside. Housed in a hand-blown decanter that shines like moving water, encased in a handmade wooden box, and sealed with a precious stopper, each bottle of this remarkable Speyside single malt sets new standards for luxury and taste. Simply put, it’s a masterpiece of whisky-making tradition.