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Making life hard, the add-in is a Westward Whiskey Pinot Noir Single Barrel Cask Strength.
Looks great, and I did enjoy the Westward last year. But at $190 its beyond my budget even for a wonderful whisky. I expect the price is pushed up by the excise on the 62.5% ABV. The Dalmore at $135 (plus delivery) is about my maximum budget. But if anyone wants to get me the Westward for my birthday, I will happily provide the shipping address details :cool:.
 

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Looks great, and I did enjoy the Westward last year. But at $190 its beyond my budget even for a wonderful whisky.
I must be blind because I didn't see the price listed?

We'll have to talk about a whisky day in the new year, after I move ;)
 

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I love a good whisky, but since I retired my budget doesn't allow me past a 15yo DalwhinnIe at $117. Love this thread, and please keep up entering the cost of the various whiskeys if even just to dream.
 

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Is anyone doubling up on the Dalmore? I've never tasted this one, what's it like?
 

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I've just joined based on next month's Glenmorangie 12 YO Malaga Cask, and stumbled across this thread after a quick search for referral codes (hopefully you get a little pressie NM).
I think this is my favourite discovery of 2021 thus far.
 

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February​

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Glenmorangie 12 YO Malaga Cask​

The area surrounding Spain’s ancient city of Malaga produces amazingly sweet fortified wines with Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel grapes. The winemaking history of the area is one of the oldest in Europe, but sadly the popularity of dessert wines fell considerably through the latter part of the 20th century, and Malaga’s sweet wine industry nearly disappeared altogether. It’s now one of the world’s rarest fortified wines, and as such Malaga casks are almost never used in Scotch whisky. Thankfully though, a new generation discovered its delights, and the winemakers get to live another day.

Glenmorangie’s Director of Whisky Creation, Dr Bill Lumsden, got his hands on a small number of incredibly hard to come by first-fill Malaga ‘dulce’ casks – the dulce being from the sweeter end of the Malaga spectrum - and imagining the multitude of sweet and syrupy tastes the casks would provide, filled them with his finest eight-year-old Bourbon matured whisky, distilled 18th February 2008.

After four years the very best Malaga casks were hand-selected for bottling in August 2020 at 47.3% ABV. Dr Bill was blown away by the whisky’s extraordinarily rich flavours. It was everything he’d hoped for… a dram that brings the sun-kissed flavours of the south of Spain to whisky lovers old and new. It's brimming with syrup pudding, milk chocolate, honeycomb and citrus fruits, along with gentle spices like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

$135

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Dalmore Dominium​

The Dalmore in rare Matusalem Sherry casks. Form an orderly queue for a top-shelf sherry-bomb, The Dalmore Dominium.

Normally only available through duty free stores, The Dalmore’s Fortuna Meritas Collection includes four whiskies matured in very special casks from the Gonzalez Byass bodega in Spain. At the very top of the range is Dominium, and because every cloud has a silver lining, thanks to COVID-19 we’ve been able to get our hands on some of the last remaining bottles of Dalmore Dominium in the world.

A spectacularly flavourful Sherried whisky that’s rich and sweet, but balanced and elegant at the same time, Dominium was matured in American oak ex-Bourbon barrels before going into casks that’ve held Matusalem Sherry for at least 30 years. If you’re wondering, Matusalem is an Oloroso Sherry cask that’s been sweetened with 25% Pedro Ximénez casks. The casks gift the whisky with a spectacular flavour experience.

It’s big and velvety, with lashings of raisins, toffee, marmalade, treacle and spices. Exquisitely bottled at 43%, if you love GlenDronach, Glenfarclas and Macallan, Dominium’s got your name on it.

$195
 

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I've just joined based on next month's Glenmorangie 12 YO Malaga Cask, and stumbled across this thread after a quick search for referral codes (hopefully you get a little pressie NM).
I think this is my favourite discovery of 2021 thus far.
Thank you very much! And welcome to the club - you won't regret joining.
 

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I note a third bottle was added to the February release.

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BenRiach. Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks. Highland peat. 21 Years Old. Now there’s some boxes ticked!

The BenRiach 21 Year Old Temporis (with Temporis meaning ‘time’ in Latin), sets about to emulate the style of Speyside malts of old. While it was the norm back in the day, the distilleries of Speyside eventually all but turned their back on the use of peat as a fuel source resulting in that classic, fruity Speyside flavour profile we know and love today. Not so however BenRiach, who since the 1970s has been distilling with both unpeated and peated malt.

BenRiach’s Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie has taken 21-year-old peated whiskies, matured in Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry, American Oak ex-Bourbon and virgin oak casks, and carefully brought them together to re-create the original character of Speyside malts from the 19th century.

This four-cask-matured and peated combination produces a superbly balanced malt, while still brimming with BenRiach’s signature sweet, fruit-laden style. Smooth and creamy with a honeyed sweetness to that classic campfire smokiness, you’ll find richly roasted orchard fruits, caramelised pear, toasted oak spice, smoked cinnamon and a deliciously lingering sweet and smoky finish. Bottled at 46%, it packs a peaty punch despite its 21 years.

Now discontinued, these are some of the last remaining bottles in the world, so don’t miss your chance to Add In the BenRiach 21 Year Old Temporis. Stocks are extremely limited so be quick.

$205
 

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I note a third bottle was added to the February release.

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BenRiach. Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks. Highland peat. 21 Years Old. Now there’s some boxes ticked!

The BenRiach 21 Year Old Temporis (with Temporis meaning ‘time’ in Latin), sets about to emulate the style of Speyside malts of old. While it was the norm back in the day, the distilleries of Speyside eventually all but turned their back on the use of peat as a fuel source resulting in that classic, fruity Speyside flavour profile we know and love today. Not so however BenRiach, who since the 1970s has been distilling with both unpeated and peated malt.

BenRiach’s Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie has taken 21-year-old peated whiskies, matured in Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry, American Oak ex-Bourbon and virgin oak casks, and carefully brought them together to re-create the original character of Speyside malts from the 19th century.

This four-cask-matured and peated combination produces a superbly balanced malt, while still brimming with BenRiach’s signature sweet, fruit-laden style. Smooth and creamy with a honeyed sweetness to that classic campfire smokiness, you’ll find richly roasted orchard fruits, caramelised pear, toasted oak spice, smoked cinnamon and a deliciously lingering sweet and smoky finish. Bottled at 46%, it packs a peaty punch despite its 21 years.

Now discontinued, these are some of the last remaining bottles in the world, so don’t miss your chance to Add In the BenRiach 21 Year Old Temporis. Stocks are extremely limited so be quick.

$205
I have opted-in for this one! Normally I would not spend that much on a bottle of whisky, but this does tick all the boxes for me. And really looking forward to the Glenmorangie. If not for the Ben Riach I probably would have doubled-up on the Glenmorangie.
 

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I have opted-in for this one! Normally I would not spend that much on a bottle of whisky, but this does tick all the boxes for me. And really looking forward to the Glenmorangie. If not for the Ben Riach I probably would have doubled-up on the Glenmorangie.
I had that moment of weakness too.

All I can say is that when I'm moved-in to my new place mid-March with its wine racks and fridges, I should really be offering AFF whisky and wine tastings! :p
 
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March 2021​

Hellyers Road Aged 16 Years Pinot Noir Cask Finish​

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We’re ABSOLUTELY THRILLED to present the Grand Finale in our hugely popular series of historic single malts from Australia’s biggest selling whisky distillery to Australia’s biggest community of whisky lovers:

Hellyers Road Aged 16 Years Pinot Noir Cask Finish.

Created Exclusively for The Whisky Club by Master Distiller and long-time fellow Club Member Mark Littler, as his very last whisky project before leaving Hellyers Road after 20 years at the helm, this historically significant malt bears witness to the story of Tasmanian whisky.

Distilled at a time when there were only four other whisky distilleries in Australia and made using Gairdner barley, a variety used in the early 2000s to make some of Tasmania’s best whiskies including Lark and Sullivans famed older single casks, this is a whisky that’s matured for over half the time the Tassie whisky industry has even existed.

Selected from whisky laid down in 2003 and 2004 it was finished last year in the freshest Tasmanian Pinot Noir casks from Tasmania’s famous Tamar and Coal River valleys, the terroirs of the two wine regions imparting an added layer of complexity to compliment Hellyers’ unique marrying process.

As soon as the finishing casks reached an optimum maturation point and a flavour profile that Littler was happy with, they were married using an old Scottish technique that’s unique to Hellyers in Australia and assists with integration of the whisky and helps it mellow out before being broken down to its final ABV for bottling.

The secret is to dilute the whisky in the marrying vat to a unique ‘marrying’ strength before putting it into special ‘marrying casks’ and leaving them to settle for a further six months. Letting the whisky settle at a different ABV in these casks, and changing its solubility with the added water, affects its interaction with the sugars in the oak and this helps the whisky with its amalgamation even further.

Once this process was completed, the whisky was decanted for a third time and broken down to 46.2% ABV and bottled non-chill filtered and natural in colour, exclusively for The Whisky Club.

What the French Oak Tasmanian Pinot Noir casks add to the already elegant and complex whisky is astonishing with the fruity orchard and berry notes of the wine casks really taking it to another level. This fruit forward whisky is complimented by some lovely buttery and integrated oak notes, leading to a fuller palate and a well-rounded finish as the flavour explodes in your mouth just like a chocolate liqueur. The flavours take you on a tour of Tasmania starting off with the apples and cherries of the Huon Valley, then along comes the malt and barley fields of Northern Tasmania before leaving you at one of Tasmania’s many wineries, with the rich wine influence remaining from the cask.

Crafted from Tasmanian barley and pure Tasmanian water, drawn from the best first fill American Oak casks in the distillery and then finished in the freshest Tasmanian wine casks, this is Hellyers Road at its finest.

At a time when limited edition local whiskies can set you back upwards of $250 and Tasmanian whiskies of a similar age fetch $1000s, don’t miss out on some of Hellyers’, but also Tasmania's oldest whisky for only $130 a bottle.

Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23 Year Old Cuvée Cask Finish​

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We’ve got our hands on something very special from the biggest selling, most awarded Single Malt in the world, and you’re set for a very good time! Elegant and sophisticated, Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23 Year Old Cuvée Cask Finish will have you sparkling in more ways than one.

This rare and exciting whisky is just the third time these casks have been used for a release in Scotch History. The casks used to finish Glenfiddich Grand Cru are French Cuvée Casks, casks that have been used by producers for the first fermentation of wine that will traditionally go on to become France’s most famous sparkling wine after a second fermentation in bottles.

But the process behind the creation of this whisky was more than just finishing 23 year old whisky in Cuvée casks. Both Glenfiddich aged malt and French wine have elevated intricacies and are delicate liquids, so when working with both you need to pay an extra level of attention to detail.

This task was left in the ever-capable hands of Glenfiddich’s legendary Master Blender Brian Kinsman, who went through their aged stock in search of a certain style of whisky from both American and French casks, that when married together and put into the Cuvée casks would not only highlight the wine notes, but also accentuate and elevate the single malt to a whole new level. Once the whisky was ready after up to 6 months finishing, it was then decanted into the only wooden marrying vats in a Scottish distillery for at least 3 months. This marrying technique, unique to Glenfiddich, helps the flavours integrate and fuse together while mellowing out any unwanted sharp notes that may occur.

Two versions of the Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23 Year Old were released back in 2019 - a standard 40% version and a limited release at 43%. We’ve managed to get hold of a small amount of the limited release, which at the higher 43% ABV has a richer, creamier mouthfeel, letting those orchard fruits that Glenfiddich’s known for really pop on the tongue.

Combining subtlety and elegance with a touch of pizazz, this is Glenfiddich - or even whisky - as you’ve never seen it before. With the 40% release selling online for up to $599.00, this super rare old aged Glenfiddich at $395.00 is a must have for drinking or the collection!



I'm tapping out for this month. I do like Hellyers Road, but have myself a bottle of the August 2020 '16 Year Old Single Cask' to get through first. As for the Glenfiddich... while it sounds amazing... the price point does not. I'm starting to believe shipping should be free, especially if you buy the add-ins.
 

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Is the Hellyers Road a 700ml or 500ml bottle? They produce whiskys in both bottle sizes and the photo is not clear. At this stage I am going to assume 700ml since their web site pictures suggests the 500ml bottles are all wax sealed. The photo on The Whisky Club site suggests this bottle has cork stopper under a foil cap. But most of the 700ml bottles on the Hellyers Road site appear to be screw cap. I am not concerned about the cap/stopper type, but just wanting to confirm the bottle volume. We will know all the details when we receive the email description on Friday. It is certainly on the agenda for March delivery.

The Glenfiddich sounds interesting but is outside my price range 😞.
 

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Is the Hellyers Road a 700ml or 500ml bottle?
I'm not at the home with the whisky right now, so shall have to get back to you on the other bottle I have, as I imagine they'd be the same volume.
 

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Well I decided to opt in for the double-up this month. I loved the previous Hellyers Road product and this one looks like its going to be special. Got in early with the Opt-In request as I missed out once when I took too long in my considerations, and I think this one could be very popular with club members.
 

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I love a good whisky, but since I retired my budget doesn't allow me past a 15yo DalwhinnIe at $117. Love this thread, and please keep up entering the cost of the various whiskeys if even just to dream.
Further to my earlier post, Liquorland has Dalwhinne 15yo on special for $90
 

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This month's whiskies are out; I don't know Linkwood myself, does anyone have any insight or thoughts?
I'd be leaning more towards the add-in GlenDronach Cask Strength I reckon?

Linkwood 12 Year Old Flora & Fauna


APRIL 2021

Linkwood 12 Year Old Flora & Fauna​


Viscous and exquisite, from the depths of one of Scotland’s biggest workhorse distilleries comes the delightful Linkwood 12 Year Old from Diageo’s Flora & Fauna range. This is your chance to experience Linkwood’s spirit in all its single malt glory.

Overview​

You may think that Linkwood is the quintessential Speyside malt, and in terms of region and being unpeated, it is. But most of the similarities stop there. Where you would expect to find light floral notes with a touch of vanilla on the nose, you can instead expect a big waft of rich lemon curd, fresh apricots and sausage rolls. The mouthfeel is luscious and thick as it rolls slowly over the tongue bringing with it buttered crumpets and salted pistachio nuts before finishing up with some honey glazed BBQ brisket and butterscotch. Character? It’s got it in spades.
The extra-long fermentation process, and large stills running slow create a weighty, complex dram that takes you completely by surprise, but in such a good way that you’ll be pouring another dram in no time.
Matured in American oak refill casks and bottled at 43%, this is the only official Linkwood bottling under 22 years of age, so you can see the Linkwood spirit in all its glory. At $115 a bottle for a distillery that never gets properly recognised as one of the heavyweights of the Scotch industry, this is a steal.
Fortunately thanks to our amazing members we’ve got the buying power to acquire the only allocation of Linkwood Flora & Fauna 12 Year Old to be coming into Australia. Sign Up Free now to get your hands on a bottle when they become available this April.

WHISKY SPECS​

PRICE: $115.00
AGE: 12 Years Old
ABV: 43%
MATURATION: American oak refill casks

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The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9


APRIL 2021 - add-in

The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9​

Matured slowly in the finest Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso Sherry casks, GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9 is a genuine Sherry Bomb. Full bodied and intense, with notes of fruit mince pies, toffee and dark chocolate it’s bottled at 59.4% ABV.


Overview​

As one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries, the GlenDronach distillery is steeped in tradition, which is carried on today with the casks they use. Founder James Allardice was a big supporter of maturing whisky in Spanish Sherry casks. It’s these casks, maturing slowly while hidden away deep in the Forge Valley in the East Highlands that are responsible for the style of whisky we know GlenDronach for today.
The late cuts of the stills at GlenDronach give a big, oily and heavy spirit that really plays into the hands of the rich fruity characteristics the Sherry casks will impart. There are two different cask types that make up the GlenDronach Cask Strength batch releases: Pedro Ximénez, which helps impart the full-bodied fruit flavours and that treacly sweetness, while Oloroso brings a dry and nuttiness to the fold.
Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie individually picks out the casks that will make up each Cask Strength release and says “The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9 is incredibly rich and full-bodied; the result of years of slow maturation in Pedro Ximénez puncheons and Oloroso Sherry butts.”
Bottled at the natural cask strength of 59.4% ABV and owing all its natural colour to the slow maturation in those Spanish Oak casks, it’s a rich explosion of dried fruits and dark chocolate with pastry delights, nuts and coffee leaving you in a blissful state.
If Mum’s boozy Christmas cake could come in liquid form, then this would be it.
The mammoth, mouth-watering deliciousness of GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 9 is available to Add In this April. Be quick: Sign Up Free now to get your hands on a bottle while stocks last.


WHISKY SPECS​

PRICE: $150.00
AGE: No Age Statement
ABV: 59.4%
MATURATION: Matured in Pedro Ximénez puncheons and Oloroso Sherry butts
 

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I loved the GlenDornach Traditionally Peated from September last year. So I am definitely tempted for the ad-in this month.

I am not familiar with Linkwood, but the write-up reads well.
 

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Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 9 has mixed reviews. Most would agree batch 8 was a lot better and you can still get batch 8 at RRP, I would pass on batch 9 imo.
 

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