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Alchemist Closeouts Coming - Advanced Warning

Get ready for some AWESOME whiskies at low low low prices.  Sometime late next week (if all goes well) we should get a large batch of the absolute LAST Alchemist bottles that were imported into the U.S.  There were dropped by the former importer and closed out at ridiculous prices. I did my homework on this deal, made sure I got over to the importer's warehouse once they arrived, tasted through these, and jumped all over every bottle of the best expressions.  The Alchemist single malts are independent whiskies from Gordon Wright, a member of the Springbank family with close associations to Bruichladdich as well.  That explains how he got all the good stuff.  There are other expressions besides the four that I cornered, and while they are also less expensive, they don't represent the slam bang deal that the others do.  There are other spirits as well such as a 15 year old Calvados, an older Armagnac, and some aged Guadalupe Agricole rhum.  Those will also be brought in most likely, but I'm sticking with these four as the highlights and I bought over 100 bottles of each.  We will be shooting out an email to the big list when these arrive but you will have plenty of time to nab as many as you want.

Macallan 18 Year Old Alchemist (elsewhere $150) $79.99 - I've seen this as high as $150 in other countries and over $100 in the UK, but it is not available in the U.S.!!  While not as heavily sherried as the standard distillery offering, the Alchemist version still brings the elegance. Vanilla, hints of stone fruit, soft textures, a smooth and lasting finish, and hints of sweet baking spices - everything one would expect from well-aged Macallan. Do not wait to secure your order. These could very well sell through in minutes.

Macallan 15 Year Old Alchemist (elsewhere $80) $65.99 - While everyone else is out there eyeing the fantastic price on the Macallan 18 Alchemist, trust me folks, the 15 year is the jewel of the bunch. This whisky simply explodes with flavor in the traditional Speyside style. Big, chewy, intensely rich flavors of toffee, raisined fruit, candied orange peel, and thick, malty goodness. This is personally the best Macallan I've had in....well, I can't actually remember tasting another Macallan I liked this much! Simply wonderful whisky and I can't recommend it highly enough. This whisky delivers the goods in everyway possible, both for beginners and for single malt experts. Stock up for holiday gifts, or save for yourself because once this is gone, that's it forever. At this price it's hard to decide how many I want!!

Bruichladdich 15 Year Old Alchemist (previously $75) $52.99 - Gordon Wright, the man behind the Alchemist bottlings, used his great relationship with Bruichladdich to secure this super batch of whisky from their library of casks. It's everything you want from the classic style of the distillery - grassy, herbal aromas that lead into a saline, and fruity palate. The finish is rich and warming, brimming with toasted vanilla and barrel spice. When you think that that standard distillery bottlings of Bruichladdich 15 retail for over $70, you realize what a crazy, ridiculous price this is for a whisky this good. Classic in every way and one of the best deals we've stumbled across in some time. This won't last long - especially once our old whisky buyer and Bruichladdich super fan, Susan Purnell, realizes it's here. This is unavailable anywhere else in the U.S. right now, so grab it and grab it quickly.

Highland Park 16 Year Old Calvados Finished Alchemist (unavailable in the U.S.) $72.99 - Currently unavailable anywhere else in the U.S.! A rarely seen gem has suddenly re-emerged and fallen right into our lap at a ridiculously low price! This Calvados-finished Highland Park is astoundingly good, supremely delicious, and likely to sell out as fast as it came in! Imagine all the grace and balance of Highland Park, with the campfire smoke and sweet grains, maturing inside of an apple brandy cask! I couldn't believe my mouth when I tasted this! The apple highlights linger softly on the entry and brood slowly on the palate before they give way to the bit of peat smoke and subtle richness that coat the finish all the way down. I've never seen a Calvados-aged HP and I don't think I'll ever see one again. After tasting this, I can't imagine why that would be the case - this stuff rules.

-David Driscoll

Reader Comments (12)

David, How does the Highland Park Calvados compare with the Camut Calvados you have spoken so highly of in the past?

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

Hey Daniel,
The Highland Park 16 mentioned above is a whisky (fermented from malted barley, not apple cider as with Calvados) that spent final maturation time in an ex-Calvados cask before bottling. It would be rather unlike Calvados apple brandy. Make sense?

DavidD, beg your pardon for jumping-in and answering Daniel's question.

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRN

A-ha! I missed that - I see now that it is Calvados-finished, and not actual Calvados. Thank you for the clarification.

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

No problem. Hope I didn't come-off condescending. Wasn't sure if you just missed the "finished" part or really didn't know. And as my default mode is 'nerd'... well, you were there:)

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRN

Hey David, how would you compare the calvados-finished HP to last year's (amazing) St George K&L single barrel?

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermb

It's similar to the St. George in the sense that it tastes like apples, but it's not cask strength and the whisky itself is much older. If anything it's a more polished version. Maybe even better.

RN- happy someone is here to help!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid D

can we pre order them now or do we need to wait till the full list is published?

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Have to wait until I actually get the stuff

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid D

Question: In the mailing list update you said Macallan 18 OB was sold out. Do they make more than one run of it a year or is that really it at least until maybe around the winter holidays?

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEugene

I don't know. I don't think it follows any formula. They're out I believe because more people are drinking it than ever

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid D

And now those people get to try something else I guess!

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEugene

They are constantly churning out Macallan 18 year from the distillery! The issue is with the distributors and importers not the Macallan Distillery. Just pour planning on their part. Conversely, the increase in demand on the Asian continent could be pulling some of our inventory out there leaving very little for our market. However, I'm certain that no issue exists in terms of supply from the distillery. Macallan, despite it's excellent reputation, has one of the largest production capacities of any distillery in Scotland, second only to Glenfiddich and arguably Glenlivet. I'm certain that in Scotland there is plenty of Macallan 18, it's just a matter of getting it here. Hope that helps!

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid OG

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