Thomson Two Tone (New Zealand)
The two tone refers to the two types of cask used for the maturation of this whisky; european oak which formerly held New Zealand red wine and American oak exclusively used for Whisky.
Aroma of sea air and caramelised fruits, followed by red berries, apricot and spice on the palate.
Starwood Wine Cask Australian Whiskey (Australia)
Made from Australian barley, aged in Australian barrels which subtly reflects their terroir. Aromas of raisins, bananas and a touch of balsamic lead to clove, toffee and nougat. The palate has red berries, hints of cinnamon and a variety of savoury and spice driven secondary notes with a long dry tannic finish.
The Nikka 12 year old (Japan)
A good example of a Japanese whisky made in the traditional Scottish way.
Aromas of fruit, malted barley, beeswax and spices, dark chocolate provides the backbone of the initial palate where malted barley gives earthier notes while fresh fruit, honeyed and floral notes also make an appearance.
Amrut Indian Single Malt (India)
The word Amrut means “Nectar of the gods” it is the best-known whisky to come out of India and used to supply spirits to the Indian Army.
Aromas of liquorice-bourbon note with burnt honeycomb and toffee. Outstanding richness and sheen on the palate with barley-oak sweetness, liquorice and molasse sugar with barley to add an extra dimension. Long wonderfully layered oak with a silky, cream toffee finish.
Bains Single Grain Whisky (South Africa)
Bain’s is South Africa’s first whisky produced from single grain only released in 2009. The whisky is matured in first fill bourbon casks for three years before spending a further two years in fresh first fill bourbon casks.
Aromas of grapefruit peel, custard cream followed by nutmeg and vanilla with a soft well-rounded palate with continued vanilla, fresh pear, banana and hints of cardamom and oak. To finish the citrus returns with a touch of meadowsweet.
Spicebox Spiced Canadian Whisky (Canada)
This whisky starts off as a blend of whiskies aged for 3 to 6 years in bourbon barrels. The master has used 3 different types of vanilla beans but the exact beans and remaining spices are kept a secret.
Aromas are strong and intense, creamy and rich with vanilla caramel. The taste is warming, dried fruit, nutmeg and cinnamon with a note of solid plum then comes a thick vanilla caramel finish.