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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

NOVEMBER 2017

26 VINTAGES

CRAGGANMORE SPECIAL RELEASE

SINGLE MALT

TASTING NOTE: ... Colour: gold. Nose: so

very close! This is the 1999 at a higher

strength, more or less. Same fat orchardy

style, same herbal hints... I’m really all for

this. With water: indeed, we’re extremely

close. This one may have a wee tad more

earthy earth. Perhaps cedar wood? Mouth

(neat): totally excellent, and rather differ-

ent this time. The fatness is there again,

and so is the honey, but it’s also got rooty

notes, between some kind of beetroot

and sweet liquorice. Extremely creamy

mouth feel. With water: maple syrup all

over the place, plus a slice of pineapple

and more honey. The earthy/rooty side is

never far away. Finish: quite long, with

a little more oranges, and plenty of fruit

syrups. Perfect oaky balance. Comments:

something extra. Really high-class, I’m

starting to wonder if that’s not a cunning

plan, bottling some perfect 25yo malt

whisky, wiping away the age statement,

and using these as proof of the excel-

lence of NAS whisky in general. Come on,

I’m joking! Score:

HHHHH

(Serge Valentin,

whiskyfun.com

, Oct. 28, 2016)

524777

750 mL $1,099.00

LINKWOOD 37-YEAR-OLD

SPEYSIDE SINGLE MALT

TASTING NOTE: Appearance: Clear,

golden amber with shades of rose

gold. Aroma: Acorns, orchard fruit,

honeysuckle and spice. Water amplifies

orchard fruitiness revealing waxiness.

Taste: Peppery spice and pear fruit with

waxiness, ginger and clove. A dash of

water brings this malt elements into

kilter, revealing black tea, blackcurrant

and menthol cough sweets. Aftertaste:

Waxy, leathery soft malty finish with

orchard fruit and mild spice. Overall:

Waxy leather, orchard fruit and mild

spice, this malt is incredibly quaffable –

the sample provided was all too small.

Incredibly fruity and sprightly for

a 37 year old. Score:

HHHHJ

+

(

diffordsguide.com

, Oct. 10, 2016)

524728

750 mL $1,199.00

THE BALVENIE PORTWOOD

21-YEAR-OLD SINGLE MALT

(David C. Stewart)

TASTING NOTE: Medium gold amber

colour. Very attractive, fairly intense,

caramel-tinged, gently smoky, plummy,

orange citrus nose with some floral

notes. Dry, medium to medium-full

bodied, well structured, harmonious,

slightly spicy, somewhat honeyed,

plummy, vanila-caramel-tinged flavours

with a lingering, dryish, buttered toast

finish. Score:

95

(Michael Vaughan,

vintageassessments.com

, Dec. 12, 2015)

500090

750 mL $479.00

EAU-DE-VIE

MASSENEZ GOLDEN EIGHT

WILLIAMS PEAR LIQUOR

Alsace, France

TASTING NOTE: Appearance: Clear,

golden amber. Aroma: Overripe pear,

pear drops and icing sugar. Taste: Sweet

honeyed pear, pear drops candy and

rich vanilla. Citric acidity and faint hint

of aniseed. Aftertaste: Pear drops, ripe

pear and vanilla. Overall: A rich liqueur

with intense pear drop candy and vanilla

flavours. Score:

HHHHK

(

diffordsguide.com

,

April 19, 2016)

513549

700 mL $75.00

OPPOSITE: Vineyards along Spain’s

Camino Frances in the Castilla y León region.