100 Points - Robert Parker "My notes essentially read the same every year, even though the bottlings are non-vintage and I taste the most recent releases. Consistency and greatness are the norm at this Rutherglen winery. The average age is 7-10 years for the regular cuvees, about 70 years for the grand cuvees, and the ancient rare cuvees date back to soleras from 1890. The Muscadelle (Tokay) reveals caramel, toffee, fig, prune, raisiny notes, an incredible, unctuous texture, and amazing zesty acidity which keeps it from being cloying. It is redundant to keep repeating the same tasting notes, so readers will have to take my word for it ... this is one of the world’s most remarkable dessert wines, and is worth every effort to latch on to a half bottle or so."
Immerse yourself in the world of Compass Box with this concise introduction to the delicious range of Scotch whiskies by Whisky maker John Glaser. This delicious overview features a 5cl serving of each of their signature expressions (Hedonism, Asyla, Oak Cross, The Spice Tree & The Peat Monster). A great gift idea for both Whisky connoisseurs and novices alike.
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition: Gold Medal 2016
D1 Potato Vodka is a superbly balanced spirit of outstanding character with creamy smoothness. It has aromas of buttery potatoes and sourdough bread with an earthy background.
99 Points - Stuart McCloskey
(Disgorged July 2015, Lees: 72 months)
In short, this is simply the greatest Blanc de Noir (100% Pinot Noir) which money can buy. Produced from an ancient vineyard planted in 1946 and spends an incredible 72 months on its lees, which adds considerable complexity to what is already something quite extraordinary. This is truly a treat and stirs the depths of your soul (if you are one of the lucky few).
98+ Points - Stuart McCloskey
(Disgorged July 2015, Lees: 72 months)
Egly’s extended aged Grand Cru is simply sensational and is a beautifully crafted blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, coming from the 1998 vintage. 72 months on the lees has produced a wine of immense complexity and power however, this is an extraordinarily elegant Champagne. Egly’s tell-tale Pinot notes soar from the glass after a little aeration with mineral notes framing the endless finish. Magnificent!
VP stands for 'vieillissement prolongée' (extended ageing).
Decanter World Wine Awards: Gold 2017
International Wine And Spirit Competition: Gold 2013
95 Points - Decanter
Fantastic nose of dried leather, walnut, burnt orange peel and star anise. Concentrated, complex, lovely nutty complexity. An impressive Amontillado - a real pleasure to taste.
There is a purity, a seductiveness and a certain enticing femininity to Scottish grain whiskies which can make them special among spirits. At their best, aged in good quality American oak casks, brimming with vanilla and echoing rich pastry cream on the finish, they are amongst the most delicious whiskies in the world. At their best, grain whiskies are the perfect whiskies to name... Hedonism.
The inspiration behind Hedonism is just that – pleasure, enjoyment, a celebration of that ideal marriage between distilled spirit and high quality oak maturation. The aromas and flavours hint of vanilla, caramel, a delicate fruitiness, accented by flashes of coconut in the finish. This is a whisky that will appeal to both the ardent whisky enthusiast and newcomers to whisky alike.
**Available for delivery End February 2020**
93 Points - James Halliday
97% shiraz, 3% viognier, the primary ferment in tank, the second in bottle. Sparkling red wines are often too sweet to cover up phenolics extracted in the first ferment, but contrary to expectations, this wine (disgorged Dec '18) is luscious and well balanced.
93+ Points - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
In a word: it’s rich. But then: it finishes dry, almost sinewy. It’s an unusual sparkling red. Full of blackberry and saturated plum and then liberally dosed with coffeed, (dark) chocolatey oak. It really pours it on. There’s a dusty, earthen, leathery quality to the finish; and an unusual degree of tannin. Alcohol warmth plays a role too. Hedonistic, without question. Clean. Determined. And generous. It’s good to go now but (especially given the crown seal) there’s no reason why this won’t perform well in the cellar too. It’s one of the best examples of the style on the market right now.