|Lost Spirits Abomination – Chapter 2|
This abomination came from the the darkest, dankest depths of the Lost Spirits’ lab in California. Now this is not an abomination to be scared of – depending how peated you like your drink. A heavily-peated spirit aged in Bourbon casks for 12 – 18 months. After that? It’s taken deeper into the Lost Spirits underground lab. What happens down there? We’re not sure – but we do know this. Chapter 2 is finished in charred American Oak which was seasoned with late harvest Riesling. It also comes with a hefty 54%. Interested? We are.
|Aberlour A’bunadh – Batch 59|
Here it is, the year fixture of A’Bunadh. Who doesn’t loved a heavily sherried and full bodied single malt? As per usual, the A’Bunadh is drawn from Oloroso Sherry butts which give it that wonderfully Christmas-y flavour. Couple those lovely Christmas flavours with a 60.9% ABV and Batch 59 is the perfect winter night dram.
3. The Wolf
We have a German entry on the wish list! The Wolf is an interesting concoction – if a little pricey. The base of this spirit is a hand picked Pfälzer wine – Palatinate/Rhineland region – which is a peach and raspberry wine. This peaked our interest. The spirit is then allowed to age in stainless steel barrels – which allows time to rest but result in no interference from that pesky wooden maturation. The Wolf has been designed to prove that wine-based spirits are versatile and can be more than just cognac and brandy. Instead we are presented with a minimalist approach – which should prove an interesting base to cocktails and mixertures alike!
|Douglas Laing – The Gauldrons|
At last, Douglas Laing have completed the Remarkable Regional Malts. We always felt that the Campbeltown region had been unfairly left out but this wrong has finally been rectified. Fred Laing – Douglas Laing’s MD – has commented that the Gauldrons is a blend “of our best, and indeed rarest, casks of Campbeltown Single Malt”. We trust the man, and we can’t wait to get our hands on a bottle. Each batch is being numbered as well, so we can all watch/taste how this whisky develops over the years.
|James Eadie’s – Trade Mark X|
A revival of a historic blend – and being a bit of a history buff that always peaks my interest. The Jame Eadie brand began producing blended Scotch whisky in 1854 until it ceased to exist in the late 1940s. However, 70-something years later and Eadie’s great-great-grandson decided it was time to revive the blend. This blended scotch uses the same 12 whiskies used by its predecessor – including 2 closed distilleries. That’s dedication.
|Gotik – London Dry Gin|
We were fortunate enough to try this little gem at our recent visit to the GinFestival.com event (read about it here!) Gotik is a Portuguese gin – the first produced in the Ribatejo region – and is inspired by local flavours. Whilst following the traditions of London Dry Gin, 2 of Gotik’s 21 botanicals result in a unique flavour. What are they you ask? Tomatoes and butternut squash. Yeah, I was surprised too. Couple that with the 7 distillations, and you have a fantastic gin for a good price.
|Faraday’s Proof White Rum|
As Mancunians, we would like to give some local rum a try. The distillery started as a homebrew between a professor, a doctor and a PhD student, and they use “state-of-the-art” technology to test and monitor every aspect, to make a smooth, pure and high-quality spirit. They’ve recently released a 70cl size bottling, so we feel its time we get some more rum for the drinks cabinet!