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Chivas Regal Ultis Blended Scotch Whisky (750 mL) - [#19 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
Chivas Regal Ultis Blended Scotch Whisky (750 mL) - [#19 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
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90 Points & #19 Top 20 Whiskies of 2017:
"The first blended malt to carry the Chivas Regal name was created as a tribute to the legacy of the five master blenders, from Charles Howard in 1895 to Colin Scott. Malts from five of Pernod Ricard’s Speyside distilleries (Strathisla, Longmorn, Tormore, Allt-a-Bhainne, and Braeval) were used to create intricate and elaborate flavors. Even more enchanting than the story are the aromas of fresh red apple, cherry, peach, and mango, mingled with cinnamon and dry heather. This luxurious whisky delivers dark vanilla, soft fruits, chocolate-dipped Brazil nuts, and is cloaked in sumptuous layers of caramel, wood spices, and gingersnaps. Outstanding." - Jonny McCormick

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Kentucky Peerless Straight Rye Whiskey (Kentucky) - [#15 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
Peerless "Barrel Proof" Straight Rye Whiskey (Kentucky) - [#15 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
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91 Points & #15 Top 20 Whiskies of 2017 - Whisky Advocate:
"Delivering a buttery mouthfeel with toasted rye and baking spice notes, Peerless is the only craft producer on our list. It’s hard to pinpoint why this young rye succeeds where others fail, but one point of difference is the use of sweet mash fermentation, rather than the much more common sour mash technique, where spent mash is added to the new fermentation. Furthermore, the Peerless warehouse achieves temperatures upward of 110 degrees. Whatever the technical reasons, Peerless is paving the way and we expect more craft distillers to join them." - Fred Minnick

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Nikka From The Barrel Japanese Whisky [750ml] (Japan)
Nikka From The Barrel Japanese Whisky [750ml] (Japan) - [#1, Top 20 Whiskies of 2018]
Retail Price: $400.00
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#1 Whisky of the World - Whisky Advocate Top 20 2018
This is a blend of multiple types of malt and grain that Nikka reserves. Nikka From the Barrel was created to deliver full flavors and richness of whisky "from barrels" which only blenders can sniff and taste. As the whisky contains so many characteristic components at a higher alcohol of 51.4%, it is essential to let the liquid "marriage" in used casks for 3-6 months for it to stabilize and harmonize. The concept of the unique short squared bottle is "a small lump of whisky", which perfectly visualizes the rich and strong taste of the whisky inside.

[Gold Medal - NY World Whisky Competition 2018
Gold Medal Intl Spirits Challenge 2015 ]

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Belle Meade Cask Strength Reserve Bourbon Whiskey (Indiana) - [#10 Top 20 Whiskies of 2018]
Belle Meade Cask Strength Reserve Bourbon Whiskey (Indiana) - [#10 Top 20 Whiskies of 2018]
Retail Price: $150.00
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92 Points & #10 Top Whiskies of 2018 - Whisky Advocate
"Swirls with the smells of a county fair-candy apples, peanuts, caramel, spiced cookies, and old barn boards, redolent with maturity and complexity. More childhood favorites appear on the palate: cinnamon Red Hots, grape soda, blackberry candy, chocolate-covered caramels, candy apple, and roasted corn, with lush oak rounding out into a peppery finish of cherry cola and roasted pecans. Given the barrel proof, this takes water well. Nelson's Green Brier Distillery bottles the Belle Meade line of bourbons, sourced from MGP Distillery. Each batch of Cask Strength Reserve averages around 1,000 bottles; ABV varies between 55% and 60%." -Susannah Skiver Barton, Whisky Advocate

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Rampur Double Cask Single Malt Whisky (India)
Rampur Double Cask Single Malt Whisky (India)
Retail Price: $120.00
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Notes:
This beautiful expression is crafted by maturation in handpicked American Bourbon barrels & European Oak sherry casks.
Delicate balsamic vanilla notes from the American white oak compliment the full-bodied aroma; Rich caramel, dried dark fruits and spicy tonality from European oak add to the depth.

Tasting Notes
Nose: Full-bodied aroma of tropical fruits, smooth malty tones and oaky notes from double oak-wood barrels create an aurora of flavors.
Palate: Lustful elegance of sweet fruits; riding on rich sherry for a blissful nirvana.
Finish: Tantalisingly long, lingering and generous.
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Rampur "PX"  Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish Single Malt Whisky (India)
Rampur "PX" Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish Single Malt Whisky (India)
Retail Price: $200.00
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Notes:
A few exceptional casks of Rampur Single Malt Whisky post maturation in American Oak were handpicked by our Malt Master and transferred to PX Sherry Butts from Jerez, Spain for further maturation. The result is a rich and fruity whisky with layers of complex spice and dried fruit.
A limited 48 Casks release.

Tasting Notes
Nose: A flare of sweet spiced aroma evoking the nostalgic notes of toffee, dried fruits and cinnamon; a dash of creamy vanilla and rain forest honey follows.
Palate: Rich sweet caramel twirled with layers of spices entices the taste buds to detect winey texture & mouth feel.
Finish: Long finish with dried fruits; complementing the vanilla & honey after taste.

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Rampur Vintage Select Casks Indian Single Malt Whisky (750 mL) - [#5 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
Rampur Vintage Select Casks Indian Single Malt Whisky (750 mL) - [#5 Whisky Advocate Top 20 of 2017]
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93 Points & #5 Top 20 Whiskies of 2017 - Whisky Advocate:
"Indian single malt distillers like Amrut and Paul John turn out first-rate whiskies that measure up to the most venerable names in scotch. Rampur, a single malt from Radico Khaitan Distillery in the foothills of the Himalayas, is the newest ambassador for this blossoming whisky nation. Indian-grown six-row barley provides biscuity malt aromas that undergird a cornucopia of tropical melon, papaya, and soft yellow jackfruit. The oily palate coats the mouth with cocoa, grilled pineapples, hibiscus blossoms, and tingling spices. With its exceptional, long finish, Rampur may set America on a path to truly appreciating Indian whisky’s style and terroir." - Susannah Skiver Barton
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