What brilliant news! This week, iDealwine has been able to get hold of some extremely rare spirits. Whisky, Cognac and Calvados – the gems that we have just added to our website sit at the top of their respective categories. Let’s meet our new stars!
Unique, that is how we’d describe this extraordinary nectar. Distilled in 1949 and aged for 72 years in a Sherry puncheon (which holds 500 litres), only 180 bottles of this Milton single malt exist. We had the chance to put one (and only one!) up for sale on the iDealwine website. Rich and complex, it offers sumptuous vanilla, orange and spiced aromas. The palate is dominated by the marvellous flavours of citrus fruits, nuts and cooked apples, while the never-ending finish leaves you with caramel and poached pear flavours as well as smoky hints.
Limited to 100 bottles, this single malt is breathtakingly noble and exceptionally crisp. Its flavours developed while it spent 67 years in the cellars of Gordon & MacPhail. Tasting it reveals a remarkable whisky, bursting with aromas: mango, apricot and blood orange mix with floral and spiced notes.
This 55 year old whisky, distilled in 1966, was aged in a first-fill Sherry Butt barrel before being bottled at cask strength for the Private Collection range. This range groups together a fantastic collection of single malts that are impressive for their age as well as their quality. This whisky offers delicious aromas of beeswax, cigar boxes, lavender, dark chocolate, and delicate woody notes.
Belonging to the Rare Reserve range, this hard-to-find single malt comes from the Lowlands of Scotland and you can find one bottle of it on iDealwine. Matured in a hogshead barrel, it was later bottled by Signatory Vintage. Tasting this whisky reveals magnificent aromas of malt and tobacco, followed by a flavourful palate of citrus fruits, toast and marmalade. A sensational experience.
The Banff 46 year old 1975 by Gordon & Macphail was distilled in 1975. The Banff distillery closed its doors a few years later in 1983 due to an over-saturated whisky market. We are therefore offering you an extremely rare bottle which will transport you abroad with its flavours: dried banana, lime zest, liquorice, vanilla and a citrus finish. A perfectly crafted sublime whisky.
Distilled in the 1980s, before the distillery was bought by Gordon & MacPhail, this single malt is one of the oldest bottlings in the Benromach range. Aged in the finest first-fill Oloroso sherry barrels, this 40-year-old whisky offers beautiful notes of ginger, jammy fruits, citrus fruit zests, apple and brown sugar.
At the top of the single malt world, Dalmore has long had a reputation of producing delicate whiskies which have a complex ageing process in hand-picked barrels. The historic producer has a number of collections to its name, including the unique Dalmore Constellation collection, created by master distiller Richard Paterson, which is extremely sought-after around the globe.
This gem spent the first 36 years of its life in American white oak barrels before being transferred to old Matusalem sherry and bourbon barrels for the final six years of its ageing process. The precision of this whisky is incredible, mixing fig, cinnamon and pecan notes. The finish is supported by the delicate flavours of grilled pistachios, peach and pineapple.
Distilled in 1973 and aged for 32 years in American white oak, this brilliant whisky was then transferred to an old French oak barrel that had once been used for Cabernet Sauvignon by Château Haut Marbuzet. It finished ageing in a Kentucky bourbon barrel where it stayed for three years. This specific mix of woods gives it magnificent aromas of vanilla, honey, black cherry and a multitude of tropical flavours.
First aged in American white oak barrels that once held bourbon, this whisky then spent five years in Graham’s Port Colheita pipes. It finished its ageing process in first-fill bourbon barrels, which results in a marvellous whisky that is both refined and complex. Caramel, almond and blood orange fill the palate and the incredibly long finish contains liquorice, red fruits and dark chocolate aromas. A true delight for the taste buds!
Only 186 bottles of this Cognac were ever produced, making it very difficult to find. Made using a small, old traditional copper still in 1947, it was then sealed by hand using wax. Tasting it is magical. Notes of roses and citrus fruits rise from the glass and the palate follows suit, presenting a magnificent complexity.
This Calvados was crafted in 1939 following a single distillation. Aged in red oak barrels, it was bottled in 1986. Its nose contains delicious aromas of nuts and apricots with a sprinkling of olives. Its palate offers discreet tannins and a beautiful complexity. A remarkable Calvados that is worth going out of your way to get!