We're getting swarmed right now with excited Thanksgiving shoppers, overflowing into our store and snatching up all the good booze. In the midst of the madness, I've managed to get our two newest cask purchases into the store and on the shelf as well as a whole slew of other new stuff. Here's what came in today:
1982 Mannochmore Chieftain's 28 Year Old K&L Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky $149.99 - The last time we did a 20+ year old single barrel of whisky, we sold every bottle on pre-order and the bottles never hit the shelf - the value was simply too good to pass up, even without tasting it! This time around we've teamed up with Chieftain's and secured a barrel of Diageo-owned Mannochmore 28 year single malt whisky, bottled at cask strength and unchillfiltered. Mannochmore is Highland distillery rarely ever bottled as a single malt, rather it goes into high-end Diageo blends like the Johnnie Walker Blue. This ancient single-barrel expression is simply fantastic - a nose of fresh peaches and flower petals, a palate that oozes with sweet grains and natural oils, and a long, sweet finish that goes on forever. The last time Diageo bottled Mannochmore as a single malt in their Manager's Choice series it wasn't nearly as old or expressive and it went for over $250 a bottle. Our bottling will come in at far less and offer so much more maturity. But don't wait too long, this old barrel only yielded 135 bottles, there for it is limited to two bottles per customer.
1999 Talisker Distiller's Edition $74.99 - Brand new release
1994 Lagavulin Distiller's Edition $99.99 - Brand new release
Lagavulin 12 Year Old Cask Strength - $105.99 - Brand new release
Amrut "Intermediate Sherry" Indian Single Malt Whiskey $124.99 - Aged in bourbon, then first fill sherry barrels, finally back into bourbon for one year. Crazy! The sherry barrels are cured with Amrut Single Malt before transit to Bangalore to mitigate sulfur. Ultra smooth precious young whiskey. A hit at Whisky Fest 2010.
We just opened the Mannochmore in the tasting bar and it is EVERY bit as good as I remember. Sooooooo happy we bought this barrel.