The Lost Distillery Stratheden Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Stratheden is the second release from The Lost Distillery Company. Closed due to the impact of prohibition in 1926, the distillery buildings still exist (in part) today with some original markings on the walls and doors hinting at its glorious past. Indeed, the colour we've selected for the label of The Lost Distillery Stratheden matches the colour of the warehouse doors that can still be seen to this day. Stratheden was also known as Auchtermuchty towards the end of its distilling life. It was owned by the Bonthrone family, who had been significant local brewers and maltsters in the area, dating as far back as 1600. The founder of the distillery was Alexander Bonthrone who reputedly distilled until his death in 1890. At 92 years old he became the oldest distiller in Scotland. His whisky was reputed to be 'one of the best.' One of the key attributes of this whisky was its unparalleled water source, known locally as the 'Lovers Pool'. It took three years to carve an aqueduct in solid granite to channel crystal clear water from the Lovers Pool to Stratheden Distillery's three water wheels. The water powered the entire site as well as contributing to the whisky's unique character. The great whisky explorer, Alfred Barnard, described it thus: 'It is splendid water, and as pure and sparkling as crystal.' Who are we to disagree?
Gordon & MacPhail Miltonduff 10 year oldNose without Water: Soft esters with fruity aromas - red apples - followed by sweet fudge notes. Palate without Water: Cereal flavours with spicy and treacle notes. Nose with Water: Fruity aromas - raisins - with fragrant heather and cereal notes. Palate with Water: Sweet, fruity cereal flavours with a spicy edge accompanied by floral/freshly cut grass notes. Body: Light and delicate. Finish: Balanced; sweet and round.
2 Gingers Irish WhiskeyThis award-winning spirit is smooth, malty and slightly sweet to start, with a tingle of honey and citrus. A blended Irish whiskey, distilled twice and aged four years in the mild climate, the woody essence suggests caramel and vanilla to the finish.
Plantation Rum Three Stars White RumA large majority of rum producers offer a white rum variety. Maison Ferrand wanted to produce a white rum that would stand out from the others using rums aged and unaged and taking advantage of the exceptional talent of the House for blending cognacs. Plantation 3 Stars is a blend of rums from three islands: Trinidad (rum aged two or three years), Barbados (young rum), and Jamaica (old rum). This final blend was carefully thought out by our cellar master and each island brings its own aromatic characteristics.
Bower Hill Reserve Rye
Starward Nova Single Malt Whisky
Bevan Bench Vineyard Cabernet SauvignonWe got the opportunity to work with new vineyard in 2014. The Bench Vineyard, in Stags Leap, is half a mile from the Wildfoote Vineyard, but it shows more of the traditional Stags Leap flavors and textures. It has a great density to it. The weight gives it a serious quality and the fruit flavors back that up. There is a power to this wine that makes it different, almost as if we let the wine sit on the skins after fermentation had completed. This wine will improve for a decade, so you can age it while you drink its siblings.
Tussock Jumper Moscato Rose
Winzer Krems Gruner VeltlinerBright yellow with delicate green parts ; unobtrusive spicy nose. The "Pfefferl" is also noticeable in the background and remains beautifully in the finish; classic Lössboden-Veltliner. Universally applicable, goes well with many fish and meat dishes as well as with numerous Heuriger dishes.