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Bold Bottles

Spirits inspired by Gaelic gods and gay-rights pioneers – our guide to the latest exceptional tipples

Tom of Finland Organic Vodka
Littlemill 2017 Private Cellar Edition
The Dalmore Port X Whisky
Hennessy V.S Limited Edition by JonOne
Bunnahabhain 46 Year Old Eich Bhana Lìr
The Dalmore Aged 40 Years
Cointreau Blood Orange
Longmorn 23YO
Johnnie Walker Blenders' Batch Bourbon Cask & Rye Finish
Havana Club Tributo 2017
Marylebone Gin
Royal Salute 30 Year Old The Flask Edition
Scapa Glansa
The Dalmore 50 Year Old
Ballantine’s 21 Year Old American Oak
Black Bowmore
Chase Eureka Marmalade Vodka
Chivas Regal Ultis
Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend
Tincup American Whisky

Bunnahabhain 46 Year Old Eich Bhana Lìr Named after the ruler of the sea in Gaelic mythology, this deep-gold Bunnahabhain – at 41.8% ABV – has an aromatic, elegant and complex nose of old leather twinned with a malt/citrus/roasted nuts palate. The latest single malt from the Scottish distiller is sold in a handcrafted bottle depicting Islay’s sea waves crashing onto the shore.

The Dalmore Port X Whisky This three-bottle, limited edition range comprises the 1996 Port Vintage (indulgent and smooth), the 1998 Port Vintage (fruity) and the 2001 Port Vintage (with a coffee finish). The trio are matured in vintage casks, while the range is finished off with Tawny Port pipes from Graham’s vineyard in Portugal – enabling the spirits to be matured for longer.


Tom of Finland Organic Vodka This drink – from a brewer that has championed gay rights, One Eyed Spirits – is comprised of organically grown wheat, rye and arctic water, and is presented in a masculine bottle complete with Touko Laaksonen’s artwork – the 1920s Finnish pioneer gives the vodka its name.

The Dalmore 40 Year Old Matured in American ex-bourbon casks, Gonzalez Byass Matusalem oloroso sherry butts then first-fill bourbon barrels, Dalmore’s latest gleams with amber and fire gold. Expect aromas of Colombian coffee and marmalade, plus a palate of gingerbread and honey, together with Sanguinello blood oranges over ripe Bramley apples and liquorice sticks for the aftertaste.

Hennessy V.S Limited Edition by JonOne The urban artist JonOne (John Andrew Perello) provides the eye-catching, splashed-paint design for this line. The cognac is made from eau de vie matured in French oak casks, leaving an intense drink complete with oaky notes alongside a hint of grilled almonds and grapes.

Littlemill 2017 Private Cellar Edition Bringing to life the residual drops of liquor from the now-destroyed Littlemill distillery in Scotland, the single malt whisky is sold in 500 individually numbered, limited edition bottles. The drink provides floral overtones and subtle wood notes.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Bourbon Cask & Rye Finish. Featuring whiskies from just five distilleries, aged firstly in bourbon casks then in former rye casks, this limited-edition title is under the brand’s experimental Blenders’ Batch umbrella. It mixes the deep taste of traditional Scotch with sweet, honeyed notes and is available in a small number of selected markets.


Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend. Limited to just 1,200 bottles, this 25-year-old coppery gold rum has been crafted to recognise master blender Joy Spence’s 20 years at Appleton. With a very smooth palate, this blend opens with orange-peel tangs and finishes with warm vanilla and coffee layers.


Cointreau Blood Orange. A new twist on the Cointreau original liqueur, Blood Orange is comprised of the distilled peels of intensely aromatic Corsican blood-red oranges. It is both tangy and rich, and presented in the iconic square bottle.


Longmorn 23YO. A velvety smooth taste is the result of a painstaking process of leaving the single malt whisky to rest for more than 20 years in oak casks. The rich, rare variant mixes the tang of red apples with honey and vanilla fudge.


Havana Club Tributo 2017. Limited to 2,500 bottles worldwide, the second edition of the Tributo series, at ABV 40%, conveys the rich tapestry of Cuban rums. Its flavour is enhanced by ‘aguardiente’ spirit-base rums to leave coffee and tobacco traces within a dry note. Bottles are individually numbered.


Marylebone Gin. Distilled in a tiny pot in the London area from which it takes its name, and with echoes of the Georgian buildings there, this new dry gin contains 13 botanicals. The title, from HJ Neill Ltd, blends profiles of liquorice, lime flower and grapefruit.


Royal Salute 30 Year Old The Flask Edition. The latest instalment in the Royal Salute series, which mixes together constituent whiskies, offers a refined flavour featuring crème brulee, vanilla and soft ginger undertones – all packaged in a handsome bespoke flask.


Tincup American Whiskey. This bold mountain whiskey aims to celebrate the taxing lifestyle in the Colorado peaks. Concocted from Midwestern rye, corn and malt, its resulting flavours evoke black pepper and citrus on the nose, and rye spice and cinnamon on the palate. And the lid is a traditional tin cup from which the whiskey can be downed.


Updated 08.08.2017 (added Bunnahabhain 46 Year Old Eich Bhana Lìr, The Dalmore Port X Whisky, Tom of Finland Organic Vodka, The Dalmore 40 Year Old, Hennessy V.S Limited Edition by JonOne and Littlemill 2017 Private Cellar Edition). Originally published 26.11.2015.

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