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Pour & Sip November 2021 Box

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£29.95

We've pulled out all the stops this month – we're taking you from smoky Scotch to fruity English whisky, and even an extra special, Pour & Sip-exclusive Australian single malt! 

Starward Red Wine Barrel - Pour & Sip Exclusive: Our very own Pour & Sip-exclusive single malt from our friends at Starward in Australia! It was distilled in 2017, and matured in a single American oak ex-red wine barrel (number #10361, if you were interested) until it was bottled in June 2021. Just 396 precious bottles of this were drawn from the cask and it’s presented at a generous 55.4%, amplifying all that juicy red fruit from the wine, and toasty vanilla from the American oak itself. 

anCnoc Peat: Peaty anCnoc (pronounced ‘a-nock’) single malt, released to mark the 125th anniversary of Knockdhu Distillery. Weighing in at 40 PPM (parts per million, a measurement of peatiness), it’s matured in American oak ex-bourbon casks and finished in Spanish oak butts, resulting in a sweet and smoky whisky.

Highland Park Cask Strength - Release No.2: For the second release in Highland Park’s Cask Strength series, master whisky maker Gordon Motion selected a large proportion of sherry-seasoned European and American oak casks, along with a much smaller amount of ex-bourbon casks to use. The distinctive Highland Park flavours and fragrant smoke are bolstered by the classic fruitcake and spices from the sherry casks.

Old Perth Cask Strength Blended Malt: A historical blended whisky, Old Perth is made entirely from malt whiskies from various Scotch distilleries, relaunched in 2014 matured entirely from ex-sherry casks. This is the Cask Strength edition, so all of those spicy, earthy, red fruit-forward flavours are presented at 58.6% with a viscous, oily mouthfeel.

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky: The first single malt whisky ever distilled in the Cotswold region, this is produced from barley grown in the Cotswolds and is fermented over a very lengthy 90 hours. It’s then aged in a combination of 30% ex-bourbon and 70% STR (shaved, toasted and re-charred) ex-red wine casks, so the bright fruit notes from the fermentation are joined by a flurry of chocolate and dark fruit richness.

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Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky

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£34.95Regular price

Established in 2014, this isn’t just the first single malt whisky from the Cotswolds Distillery, but also the first single malt whisky ever distilled in the Cotswold region! It’s produced from barley grown in the Cotswolds, and is fermented using two yeast varieties over a very lengthy 90 hours, giving a load of fresh, floral, and fruity flavours.

It’s then aged in a combination of 30% ex-bourbon and 70% STR (shaved, toasted and re-charred) ex-red wine casks – the latter the influence of the late whisky expert, Dr Jim Swan. Those bright fruit notes are joined by a flurry of chocolate and dark fruit richness.

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Old Perth Cask Strength Blended Malt

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£37.95Regular price

Old Perth has its roots in Peter Thomson’s drinks and grocery business, which he established back in 1908 and started producing his own whisky blends – one of which was Old Perth. Because of its high proportion of malt whisky, Old Perth proved very popular over the years.

Nowadays, it’s made entirely from malt whiskies from various Scotch distilleries, relaunched in 2014 matured entirely from ex-sherry casks. This is the Cask Strength edition, so all of those spicy, earthy, red fruit-forward flavours are presented at 58.6% with a viscous, oily mouthfeel.

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Highland Park Cask Strength - Release No.2

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£54.95Regular price

The second release in Highland Park’s Cask Strength series! Master whisky maker Gordon Motion selected a large proportion of sherry-seasoned European and American oak casks, along with a much smaller amount of ex-bourbon casks to use.

The distinctive Highland Park flavours and fragrant smoke are bolstered by the classic fruitcake and spices from the sherry casks – especially the European oak ones, a greater proportion of which are used here than in the first release. It’s bottled at a hefty 63.9%, so don’t be afraid to add a little splash of water!

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anCnoc Peat

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£69.95Regular price

Peaty anCnoc (pronounced ‘a-nock’) single malt! Though it’s distilled at Knockdhu in the Highlands, you won’t find any single malts released under the distillery name. Why? The current owners felt that the distillery name was too similar to that of Speyside distillery Knockando, so to avoid confusion chose the name anCnoc (which means ‘black hill’) for its single malt in 1993.

The first peated anCnoc, however, was only released in 2014. This particular Peat expression was released to mark the 125th anniversary of Knockdhu Distillery. Weighing in at 40 PPM (parts per million, a measurement of peatiness), it’s matured in American oak ex-bourbon casks and finished in Spanish oak butts, resulting in a sweet and smoky whisky.

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Starward Red Wine Barrel - Pour & Sip Exclusive

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£74.95Regular price

Well, this is very exciting – this is our very own Pour & Sip-exclusive single malt from our friends at Starward in Australia! It was distilled in 2017, and matured in a single American oak ex-red wine barrel (number #10361, if you were interested) until it was bottled in June 2021.

You might think it sounds like a brief maturation, but the Melbourne 'four seasons in a day' weather means that the interaction between the wood and spirit is accelerated, thanks to some crazy temperature fluctuations. Just 396 precious bottles of this were drawn from the cask, so it’s pretty special indeed. Plus, it’s presented at a generous 55.4%, amplifying all that juicy red fruit from the wine, and toasty vanilla from the American oak itself.

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Pour & Sip October 2021 Box

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£29.95

October’s whiskies span well-aged Scotch, redwood-inspired bourbon, and sherry-matured single malt from Denmark. Let’s take a look!

Craigellachie 17 Year Old: Thanks to worm tub condensers, Craigellachie whisky is often described as ‘meaty’. Matured in equal proportions of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, this 17 Year Old balances tropical fruit, smoke, and waxy richness.

Mosgaard Single Malt Whisky - Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Batch 8): From Danish micro-distillery Mosgaard, this is initially aged in new French oak casks, before being transferred to sweet ex-Pedro Ximénez sherry casks for between one to one and a half years before bottling. 

Black Bottle Island Smoke - Alchemy Series: One of Scotland’s oldest whisky brands, Black Bottle was originally created back in 1879. The Alchemy Series was unveiled in early 2021, with this Island Smoke edition a blend of peated malt and unpeated grain whiskies, 20 components, with a blended malt from 1984 said to be at its core.

Tomatin 12 Year Old: A classic combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks brings out all sorts of tropical fruits and rich spices in this Speyside single malt.

Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon: Named after Pipe Dream, the 14th tallest tree in the world, Pipe Dream is made using a mash bill of 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley, so expect a helping of peppery spice peeking out from the layers of vanilla and honey.


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Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon

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£44.95Regular price

Graton Distilling Company burst on the Sonoma County distilling scene in 2016 with D. George Benham's Gin, shortly followed by Redwood Empire Whiskey. Inspired by a stretch of redwood trees along the northwest coast of California, each expression from the range is named after a particular redwood tree – the bourbon you've got here was named after Pipe Dream, the 14th tallest tree in the world!

The tree connections don't stop there, because Redwood Empire has partnered with Trees for the Future, so that for every bottle of Redwood Empire sold, a tree is planted. Pipe Dream is made using a mash bill of 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley, so expect a helping of peppery spice peeking out from the layers of vanilla and honey.

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Black Bottle Island Smoke - Alchemy Series

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£23.40Regular price

One of Scotland’s oldest whisky brands, Black Bottle was originally created back in 1879. Its flavour profile has changed a few times over the years, and it was originally made from Speyside whiskies, with a small proportion of lightly-peated liquid in there, too. It then changed to an Islay-forward blend, with strong smoky flavours becoming associated with the name.

In 2013, it was decided that the blend should resemble something closer to the original, lighter flavour profile – which caused quite a stir with peat fans. The Alchemy Series was unveiled in early 2021, with this Island Smoke edition harking back to the days of the strong, peaty flavours. A blend of peated malt and unpeated grain whiskies, 20 components make up Island Smoke, with a blended malt from 1984 said to be at its core.

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Mosgaard Single Malt Whisky - Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Batch 8)

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£52.95Regular price

Over on the South Funen Archipelago you’ll find Mosgaard, a Danish micro-distillery. Founded in 2015 with a focus on organic ingredients, the team took inspiration from traditional Scottish distilling methods, while still producing a distinctly Danish whisky.

Its first whisky was only bottled in 2019, and here we have the eighth batch of its Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish single malt! Initially aged in new French oak casks, the whisky was transferred to these ex-sherry casks for between one to one and a half years before bottling. Pedro Ximénez is one of the most intensely sweet sherries around, though the spices from the French oak maturation stop anything from getting too out of hand.

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Tomatin 12 Year Old

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£32.90Regular price

Founded in 1897, the ebbs and flows of Tomatin Distillery have often mirrored that of the Scotch whisky industry itself. It became Scotland’s largest distillery in 1974 with 23 stills, but never ran at full capacity and went into liquidation in 1985 – it lost that title when 11 of the stills were removed in 2000.

Up until this point, Tomatin malt was used solely for blends, but after it changed ownership in 1986 it began to be marketed as a single malt in its own right – as it should be! It also became the first Scotch whisky distillery under Japanese control, too. A classic combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks is generally favoured by the distillery, a duo which you’ll find in this 12 Year Old. It’s no wonder, as the two cask types bring out all sorts of tropical fruits and rich spices from the spirit.

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Craigellachie 17 Year Old

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£79.99Regular price

Craigellachie was built in 1891 in the village of the same name in Speyside. You’ll often hear the words ‘sulphur’ and 'oily' when describing the flavour of Craigellachie whisky – that’s thanks to something called worm tubs.

Simply put, a long, coiled copper pipe (aka, the worm) sits in a large vat of cold water. As the vapour travels down the ‘worm’, it condenses back into liquid form rather quickly. Because of the speed of the condensing process, the spirit has a short contact time with the copper (which often removes impurities), which leaves in those slightly sulphurous, oily flavours.

However, thanks to long fermentations, the spirit itself is full of bright fresh fruit notes, which balance deliciously with the more savoury touches. This 17 Year Old balances tropical fruit, smoke, and waxy richness.

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Pour & Sip Whisky Advent Calendar *MEMBERS' PRICE*

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Packed with some of our favourite drams from the last year of Pour & Sipping!

Whether you're new around here, or have been part of the club for a while, inside this Advent calendar you’ll find 24 wax-sealed drams, filled with whiskies that our members have enjoyed over the last year of flavour exploration. Whether you're revisiting them, or enjoying ones you missed, they’re delicious, tried, and tested. Just solid gold hits for the festive run-in.

Happy Sipsmas!

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Although the contents are revealed below, we've mixed up the order to keep you guessing throughout December. 😉

Bladnoch Vinaya
Cù Bòcan Signature
Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2020)
Milk & Honey Classic Single Malt
Darkness 8 Year Old
Glenfarclas 15 Year Old
Lagavulin 2005 (bottled 2020) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old
Jura 21 Year Old Tide
Balblair 15 Year Old
Compass Box Juveniles
FEW Rye
Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012
Deanston 18 Year Old
Aerolite Lyndsay 10 Year Old - The Character of Islay Whisky Company
Waterford Arcadian - Gaia 1.1
Scallywag
J.J. Corry The Hanson - Batch 2
Stauning El Clásico
Laphroaig 10 Year Old Sherry Oak Finish
Kyrö Malt Rye Whisky
Whisky Works Glaswegian 29 Year Old
Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair
Roe & Co Irish Whiskey


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Pour & Sip Whisky Advent Calendar *NON-MEMBERS' PRICE*

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Already a Member? Head over to the Members' Price listing!

From new releases to old favourites, Pour & Sip showcases five different whiskies each month – and here are 24 of them! Whether you're new around here, or have been part of the club for a while, inside this Advent calendar you’ll find some of our favourite wax-sealed drams, filled with whiskies that our members have enjoyed over the last year (and a bit!) of whisky exploration. They’re delicious, tried, and tested – all you need to do is Pour & Sip.

Happy Sipsmas!

View contents *SPOILER ALERT* >


Although the contents are revealed below, we've mixed up the order to keep you guessing throughout December. 😉

Bladnoch Vinaya
Cù Bòcan Signature
Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2020)
Milk & Honey Classic Single Malt
Darkness 8 Year Old
Glenfarclas 15 Year Old
Lagavulin 2005 (bottled 2020) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old
Jura 21 Year Old Tide
Balblair 15 Year Old
Compass Box Juveniles
FEW Rye
Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012
Deanston 18 Year Old
Aerolite Lyndsay 10 Year Old - The Character of Islay Whisky Company
Waterford Arcadian - Gaia 1.1
Scallywag
J.J. Corry The Hanson - Batch 2
Stauning El Clásico
Laphroaig 10 Year Old Sherry Oak Finish
Kyrö Malt Rye Whisky
Whisky Works Glaswegian 29 Year Old
Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair
Roe & Co Irish Whiskey


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Pour & Sip Whisky Tumbler

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A crystal whisky tumbler glass crafted by those whisky glass specialists at Glencairn. Perfect for leisurely sipping, enjoying a whisky with ice (yes, it's absolutely allowed – it may not be how you'd best assess a whisky – but how you enjoy is it up to you!) or even with a simple mixer for that matter. It's also perfect for cocktails such as the classic Old Fashioned, from which this style of glass sometimes takes its name.

 

Please note: while the glass itself is dishwasher safe, the Pour & Sip logo is not, so if you want to keep it looking spick and span we'd recommend sticking to hand-washing your tumbler!

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Aber Falls 2nd Release (2021 Autumn Release)

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£23.50Regular price

Aber Falls has been busy making waves in the Welsh whisky category over the last few years, taking the title as North Wales’ first whisky distillery in over 100 years – and this is its second whisky release! The very first expression, released in May 2021, sold out like hot cakes, and this shiny new release is matured in ex-Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, as well as ex-bourbon and virgin oak casks.

Rather unusually, it’s distilled entirely from Welsh malted barley in a combination of copper pot and stainless steel stills, and is brought down to bottling strength with rock-filtered water from the beautiful Aber Falls waterfall from which the distillery takes its name. What’s more, the distillery isn’t just placing a great emphasis on Welsh provenance in its delicious whisky, but on sustainability, too – spent grain is recycled as cattle feed, and waste pot ale is used by local farms as fertiliser.

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Wilderness Trail Cask Strength Rye

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£67.95Regular price

Wilderness Trail is making rye whiskey with a difference! Based in Kentucky, the distillery uses a mash bill of 56% rye, 33% corn, and 11% malted barley. Where lots of American distillers favour sour mash, Wilderness Trail makes its whiskey with a sweet mash. Sweet mash is fermented at a higher pH, and the reason it’s much less common is because it’s a little harder to control than its sour counterpart, where the acidity kills off any unwanted bacteria.

This particular rye whiskey is then matured in air-dried, #4 char (the highest level, also known as alligator char) barrels, before it’s bottled at cask strength – a generous 56%! There’s that hallmark rye spice, though thanks to the mash and fermentation, there’s a wonderful creaminess and lots of sweet citrus flavours, too.

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Irish Single Malt #2 15 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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£64.95Regular price

That Boutique-y Whisky Company is an independent bottler which sources all sorts of delicious whiskies from all over the shop – just like this Irish single malt! This is a mysterious whiskey, as the Boutique-y bunch aren’t giving any clues as to which distillery it came from. That doesn’t matter to us, though – while all we know is that it was aged for at least 15 years and bottled at a healthy 50.2%, that doesn’t stop us from enjoying the decadent symphony of creamy malt and honeyed orchard fruits you’ll find in its flavour profile...

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