The Glenturret Maiden Range

I am always excited to see when longstanding distilleries that I have enjoyed for so long embrace the future! Not only embrace the future, but do it with some grace and elegance! The Glenturret has done that with style, merging their long history with a refined contemporary style.

Glenturret has the honour to call themselves the longest running whisky distillery in Scotland and so they are bringing along a lot of whisky making wisdom and traditional craftsmanship. So, in 2019 when the Lalique group bought the distillery, they added an elegance that has meshed well with their history. The new Maiden Releases were crafted by a very highly respected whisky maker, Bob Dalgarno, to create an amazing new core range. Not only do you get some delicious whisky crafted by a legend, but you get some absolutely beautiful bottles made by Lalique.

Right now, we have three of the new core range so you can experience Glenturret for yourself. After you finish the liquid, refill those bottles with something else!

The Glenturret 10-Year-Old Peat Smoke 2020 Maiden Release – 50% 70cl

“We are in the rare position of producing peated and non-peated spirit at different times of the year from the same small stills. This has allowed us to craft this mellow, sweet, smoky 10 years old single malt that shows its character off to the full at a strength of 50%.”

Maker’s Tasting Notes: Smoke from the peat fire envelopes. Fresh citrus fruit, vanilla, and light spice drift from the embers with hints of sea salt and smoldering heather.

The Glenturret 12-Year-Old 2020 Maiden Release – 46% 70cl

“A whisky driven by European Oak casks which have patiently cradled the spirit from its inception 12 years ago after passing through the small batch, manual production processes which defines Glenturret… Never overpowering, but enhancing and developing to give a rich, layered complexity of flavour and a deep russet colour.”

Maker’s Tasting Notes: Rich fruit cake dressed with walnuts. Sweet apple and ginger in balance enjoyed with lemon tea. The European oak politely drives the chosen strength.

The Glenturret Triple Wood 2020 Maiden Release – 43% 70cl

“Triple Wood is a continuation of our history, part of the old range and reborn in the new. A thoughtful combination of European and American Sherry Oak casks alongside Bourbon barrels gives a light and subtle whisky showcasing the sweet, fruity style of our new make spirit – the starting point of the journey for all our single malts.”

Maker’s Tasting Notes: Aged in American and European Sherry casks and bourbon barrels. Sweet fruit and caramel flirt with sticky ginger cake and vanilla, maturing oak and light spices look on with interest from the sidelines.

When things start opening back up for us, make sure to take a trip up to the distillery for a tour and bite to eat at their cafe!



FEW Spirits

I have been a fan of FEW Spirits for a while, and I am always happy to revisit them after some time apart! I usually go for their Rye whiskey because it makes for a fantastic old fashioned! I am a huge fan of such smaller craft distilleries where their passion for the product shines through in all they do. You can usually tell the difference between just pushing a product and where there is actual passion. At FEW spirits, there is the passion, which will always be reason for me to try something.

FEW is located in  the Northern Chicago Suburb Of Evanston, Illinois. An interesting aspect of Evanston’s history is that the town played a part in the introducttion of prohibition across America, and was a stronghold of the temperance movement. Even after prohibition was all said and done, Evanston remained a dry community that held on to that concept for decades, until 1972.

Such history was the inspiration that fueled the FEW brand! The founders thought, why not create this bold new whiskey brand in a back alley, in the area that was a seat of prohibition! They set off to craft a whiskey that not only honoured Kentucky counterparts, but also had an exciting Chicago flare! They pride themselves on creating true grain-to-glass spirits that push those innovative boundaries!

We currently have their bourbon and rye, but hope to bring in some more FEW bottlings. I want to try every single one they produce! Hopefully when the world starts getting back to a less chaotic place, a trip to Chicago will be in the books!

The straight rye whiskey is what I’ll be enjoying tonight in one of their own FEW Bold Fashioned whiskey cocktail.







Join me and enjoy a FEW yourself.



New Johnnie Walker Blue Label Releases

We have received a limited number of three new releases from the top of the line Johnnie Walker range. We don’t keep the limited edition JWs in stock very long, they are usually snatched up quite quickly. There’s no doubt that Johnnie Walker is one of the most popular whisky brands in the world, it’s no surprise that their limited-edition bottlings generate a loyal following!

Johnnie Walker Blue Label is inspired by Alexander Walker’s 1867 Old Highland Whisky. The range is created to showcase what quality cask selection can really do. Blue is crafted using some of the rarest and exceptional casks from Speyside and the Highlands.

The three we have received in stock are limited edition versions of the Blue Label. They include:

Blue Label Legendary 8 Edition – “a smooth, mellow Scotch made using some of our rarest whiskies from across the untamed fields of Scotland, including exceptionally rare whiskies from ‘ghost’ distilleries. Each whisky is hand selected from eight legendary distilleries – featured on the bottle and pack – that existed when John Walker made his first steps embarking on our journey that began 200 years ago.”

Blue Label Year of the Ox – The liquid inside is your beloved blue label whisky, but it is the limited-edition design that makes this special. Created to celebrate this Chinese New Year, to usher in prosperity and growth. Intricately designed by award winning artist Shirley Gong. Caramel and hazelnuts course through dark chocolate.

Blue Label 200th Anniversary – As the name suggests, this limited-edition bottle design is to celebrate Johnnie Walker’s 200 year journey “from Scotland to the four corners of the world”! Same beloved liquid.

Grab one of these limited edition bottlings before they are sold out!



Starward Tawny

Whisky from all the way down in the wonderful island of Australia. I love trying spirits that make their distinct path in the drinks industry. It is quite refreshing when something unique occupies the new world whisky space, and Starward is one of those whiskies.

Born in the wonderful city of Melbourne, which is deemed the foodie capital of Australia, Starward focuses on flavour over everything else! Crafted to be that perfect companion to those friend or family filled dinner tables where enjoyment is the main focus. Another way that the distillery focuses on flavour, is instead of just finishing their whiskies in wine barrels, the full duration of maturation is done in different wine barrels. They did this to take on the old-world whisky ways and flip it. They wanted more of that in your face wine flavour burst! This mixed with the highly reactive climate in Melbourne, which they call elemental maturation, gives way to some wonderfully fruity flavours. The extreme weather differences in Australia gives way to some incredible reactions with the barrels.

The one we have here at the moment is their Tawny release. This is a limited edition project that is sure to disappear. Fully matured in fortified wine barrels that brings out a tasty rich and full flavour that is sure to please. It will not overpower new drinkers though; it still offers a pleasant smoothness. Wonderful fruity sweetness, with notes of dried citrus fruits, baking spices, and has a lovely dry finish.

Once the world starts calming down and travel opens back up, a visit to Australia is on the top of my list. For sure I’ll be heading to Melbourne for a distillery visit!



Forager’s New releases

Yellow Label and Black Label Forager’s have easily become some of our favourite gins by a long shot! The Yellow being that wonderfully crisp and refreshing gin to take any G&T to the next level. The Black being the quiet sophistication that every gin martini should be made with! So, when we received our stock of the new releases from Forager’s, I was beyond excited!

From seeing that they were trailblazing with the use of sugar beets in crafting their vodka or teaming up with a Famous jeweler to produce an incredible gin liqueur! You can tell that every bit of effort that they put into their bottlings are full of passion! There are plenty of great spirits out there, but not as many that are continuously striving to make better offerings for their customer base, like the folks at Forager’s.

If you have yet to try anything from the Forager’s lineup, please do yourself a favour and grab a bottle or two!

From the distillery itself, let me present the three new releases from the heart of Wales!

“Y Bēt (The Beet) – Welsh Vodka

Vodka distilled in the foothills of Snowdonia. Smooth and slightly sweet, this spirit is handcrafted and slowly distilled through a copper still. With hints of peppermint, cream, and citrus. It’s the perfect vodka for any cocktail. We are pioneering the use of Sugar Beets in crafting this vodka! Handcrafted to be a little off-beat, this rhythmic spirit was composed to showcase the harmony of the Welsh elements!

Forager’s Soulful Sloe Gin

Forager’s is proud to release the Soulful Sloe Gin. Created the way nature intended, slowly macerated with the freshest, late harvest sloe berries, orange and cloves. Sweet, bitter and rounded; perfect for a cold winter evening.

Foragers Clogau 2020 Release

The rarest of the worlds gold, meets the gracious Forager’s Gin. Combining the richness of sea buckthorn and the clean cut taste of Foragers Black Label, for this once in a lifetime Gin Liqueur, which tastes just like Christmas. Made in collaboration with our wonderful Welsh neighbour, famous jeweler Clogau! Crafted using the fresh water from the Clogau St David’s gold mine, deep in the mountains of Snowdonia.”