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BALVENIE 2002 PEAT WEEK 14YO 59.99

SELECTED BY ARCHIE

A wonderful bottling by G&M

48.3

SELECTED BY ARCHIE

of this cult distillery. Matured

Since 2001 Balvenie have dedicated

in first fill sherry casks for 30

a full week each year to drying with

years, it represents extraordinary

100 per cent Highland peat, which is

value whether you are drinking or

more floral and less medicinal than

investing.

its Islay counterpart.

NOSE: Lots of rich Christmas cake, a

NOSE: Tropical fruit in syrup.

touch of waxy red apples and a hint of

Butterscotch leading into a softer

methyl.

smoke than you would expect.

PALATE: The classic flavours of Dundee –

PALATE: It’s peat Jim, but not as we

fruitcake and marmalade in spades. With a touch

know it! Peach ice cream with a vanilla

of water you get more cinnamon and mulling

wafer with a gentle, floral smokiness.

spices alongside some milk chocolate.

FINISH: The smoke might be gentle,

FINISH: As lengthy as you’d expect with a nicely drying tannic edge.

but it fair hangs around, mixing with that cream sweetness to produce a super smooth, delicately smoked lingering close.

BENROMACH TRIPLE DISTILLED 44.99

50

SELECTED BY ARCHIE

Triple, rather than the traditionally double distilled, back in 2009. Matured exclusively in first fill bourbon casks and limited to just 15,000 bottles. NOSE: Very fresh – almost a lemon meringue pie note up front, giving way to elderflower cordial and sweet floralness. PALATE: Way more dark chocolate than you would expect with a lovely vanilla

LOCH FYNE WHISKIES GLENTAUCHERS 8YO 55

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SELECTED BY DARREN

Bottled by Loch Fyne Whiskies, only 1,100 50cl bottles are available. NOSE: Rich sherry aromas of fruitcake, walnuts, dried dates, sultanas and

sweetness stopping the

treacle toffee. Layer

cracked black pepper spiciness overwhelming proceedings. FINISH: A nice long finish with the lemon citrus notes returning as the chocolate softens and fades.

upon layer, you could nose all day. PALATE: Rich and full-bodied with a silky mouth coating offering dark chocolate and coffee bean flavours, then cinnamon and clove. FINISH: A long lasting finish. Sherry notes perfectly balanced with oak and eastern spice, dark chocolate and spiced fruits as it drys.

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