Caol Ila 12yr Single Malt Scotch (750ml)
From Port Askaig, Islay, Scotland

90-95WE 89WHA

A seductive brininess and waves of oily peat-reek greet the olfactory sense. The palate entry finds a surprisingly buttery-creamy leaning along with the peat-reek; at midpalate the flavor becomes concentrated, oily, malty sweet, and only moderately peaty. Ends on a sweet malty note. Builds from stage to stage, each phase being better than the last. Best Buy.

90-95 points, Wine Enthusiast (Aug 2005)

Funny to think how recently Caol Ila was an Islay giant that was kept pretty much under wraps by its owner. These days it has cemented its reputation as the island’s Mr. Consistent. This version shows its character the best, a nose that mixes seashore and grass with a distinct hint of smoked bacon. The peatiness isn’t dominant, but flows throughout the palate, scenting, lifting, and subtly changing the mix. A delicious oiliness makes it a great food whisky.

89 points, Whisky Advocate (Vol. 20, #2)


6 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
Laphroaig Quarter Cask Double Cask Matured Single Malt Scotch (750ml)
From Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland


The whisky begins sweet and creamy, with notes of vanilla, honey, and ripe malt (reminiscent of a malting floor). Then the Laphroaig signature peat smoke, seaweed, tar, and medicinal notes emerge. Bottling at 48% and without chill-filtering keeps the whisky from being dulled down. A whisky that is very dynamic. Nicely done.

91 points - Whisky Advocate (Vol. 15, #2)


3 bottles in stock and ready to ship.

17 bottles in stock for in-store purchase.
Available in-store only.
Aberfeldy 21yr Single Malt Scotch (750ml)
From Aberfeldy, Highlands, Scotland

89BTI 88WHA 85-89WE

Golden amber color. Honeycomb, spicy custard, and mossy bark aromas with a supple dryish medium body and a warming dried flower, brown spice, pepper and mineral accented finish. A soft, feminine, elegantly styled single malt.

89 points, Beverage Testing Institute (Apr 2012)

Similar in flavor to the Aberfeldy 12 reviewed below, but with more depth. There’s more orange rind in the marmalade notes, along with Clementine and coconut. The whisky finishes drier too, with a spicy flair. Still quite clean and nicely balanced throughout. A whisky for those of you who want a fun whisky that’s not heavy on the palate.

88 points, Whisky Advocate (Vol. 15, #4)

Initial sniffings detect tart, yeasty aromas of barley malt and bread dough. Palate entry is off-dry and a touch bittersweet in caramel; at midpalate, the taste profile tends to the toasted cereal and toasted bread side of the scale. Finishes gracefully, dry, tart, crisp and clean.

85-89 points, Wine Enthusiast (Aug 2008)


7 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
Aberfeldy 12yr Single Malt Scotch (750ml)
From Aberfeldy, Highlands, Scotland

85-89WE 88BTI

I pick up baked yellow fruits (banana, pear, quince) and round, lightly toasted scents of malt in the aroma. Palate entry offers clean, crisp tastes of dry breakfast cereal and lightly toasted barley malt; by midpalate, the dry to off-dry flavor profile includes oak-induced vanilla, light toffee, and nougat. Ends on a woody note.

85-89 points, Wine Enthusiast (Mar 2008)

Golden amber color. Mild aromas of honey-vanilla ice cream and dried fruits with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a gentle, well-balanced finish with notes of banana cake, cocoa, baking spices, and minerals. A pleasant sipper.

88 points, Beverage Testing Institute (Apr 2012)


19 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14yr Single Malt Scotch (750ml)
From Dufftown, Speyside, Scotland


Pale amber color. Aromas of pineapple-peach creme brulee, delicate anise, sugar cane and toasted almond nougat with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, spicy sesame candy, honeyed fig, and grassy earth accented finish. Tasty and deliciously different.

91 points, Beverage Testing Institute (May 2011)


53 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
Sheep Dip Scotch (750ml)
From Inverkeithing, Lowlands, Scotland

94WE Top 50

The silly name of this delicious, hard-to-put-down blended Scotch supposedly is derived from the days “when farmers hid their home-made whisky from the nosey excise officers in barrels marked ‘Sheep Dip.’” Made with a blend of 16 single malts from the four major whisky regions, this has an intense apple aroma and flavor, overlaid with a faint curl of smoke. The earthy smokiness grows on the finish, with intriguing dry and savory notes, like baker’s chocolate and brine. Pair this with crumbly aged cheeses.

94 points, Wine Enthusiast (Feb 2013)

Wine Enthusiast Top 50 Spirits of 2013


6 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
Pig's Nose Scotch (750ml)
From Inverkeithing, Lowlands, Scotland


Very smooth and mellow with toffee, sweet toasty oak and silky dried fruit; lovely and balanced with style, finesse and balance; charming and easy-going.

91 points, Tasting Panel (May 2012)


1 bottle in stock and ready to ship.
Chivas Regal 25yr Blended Scotch (750ml)
From Keith, Speyside, Scotland

96WE 87WHA

Complex and flavorful, with raisin and fresh apple aromas in a supersoft, silky texture. Add a splash of water to coax out intense clove, burnt orange, caramel and crème brûlée notes.The smoky finish is the long-lingering type that whisky aficionados exclaim over for 10 minutes as the flavors continue to kaleidoscope. For maximum enjoyment, sip without any whisky aficionados around.

96 points, Wine Enthusiast (Sep 2011)

Chivas's new entry into the premium blend category. A complex whisky (on the nose and palate) in the same vein as Chivas 18, only deeper, with more caramelized sweetness, darker fruit, and greater emphasis on dried spices and roasted nuts (and perhaps even tobacco). Everything moves along nicely -- and entertainingly -- until the whisky approaches the finish on the palate. Its age begins to show, as spicy oak dryness and suggestions of polished leather begin to dominate through to the finish. An enjoyable whisky, but I prefer the 18 year old to the 25 year old for its impeccable balance.

87 points, Whisky Advocate (Vol. 17, #1)


2 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
Glenfiddich 21yr Single Malt Scotch (750ml)
From Dufftown, Speyside, Scotland

93BTI 91WE 89WHA

Bright orange amber color. Aromas of toasty grain, sweet cream, honey and dried fruits have a delicate mossy, peat note and follow through on a soft supple entry to dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with refined depth and balance. Concludes with lush buttery praline, sweet brown spices, and damp earth accents on the long, gentle finish. A very elegant and nuanced single malt that is eminently drinkable.

93 points, Beverage Testing Institute (May 2010)

Celebrating a special birthday? Here’s your bottle: one of the few Scotches finished in Caribbean rum casks. Most of the flavor in this bright amber spirit is on the finish, with its lingering Sherried-fruit, caramel and nuts. A splash of water further amps up the flavor. Pairs well with savory game dishes as well as fruit desserts.

91 points, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2011)

Soothing and seamless on the nose and palate with chewy toffee, molasses, nougat, almond butter, vanilla fudge, cinnamon spice, and nutmeg, along with gentle tobacco notes emerging later on the palate. A pleasing dry finish offsets the sweeter notes. A delicious whisky from beginning to end.

89 points, Whisky Advocate (Vol. 16, #1)


7 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
Buchanan's Special Reserve 18yr Blended Scotch (750ml)
From Glasgow, Lowlands, Scotland


Rich orange amber color. Aromas of caramelized nuts, chocolate covered figs, grain, and delicate spice cake have a nice touch of iodine with a racy dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a banana custard, peppercorn, poached pear and moss accented finish. Superb balance, complexity and style.

96 points, Beverage Testing Institute (May 2011)