Dekanta Kyōyū World Blended Whisky, £273
Kyōyū is the Japanese word for sharing and it is a philosophy of sharing resources and experience that has led to dekanta’s inaugural World Blended Whisky. The liquid is a blend of six different whiskies, three 26-year-old ones from Scotland and three young ones from Japan. While Japan has a rich history in whisky, Dekanta want to celebrate up and coming brewers and distillers, they are themselves celebrating their six year anniversary.
Limited to 260 bottles, available at Dekanta.
Macallan Double Cask 30 Year Old Whisky, £3,000
The Double Cask 30 Year Old is the latest single malt whisky to join Macallan’s lauded double cask collection. To celebrate its release, they have collaborated with the American artist Erik Madigan Heck on a trio of images, symbolising the balance, richness and complexity of the liquid. On the nose, it has an aroma of sweet honeycomb, toffee and red apple, which transitions into the flavours of cinnamon, Madagascan vanilla and dried fruits.
Available at The Macallan.
The Last Drop 100 Year Old Pineau des Charentes, £600
Pineau is typically a young wine, which is what makes this Pineau des Charentes from The Last Drop Distillers so extraordinary because it has been aged for 100 years. The story of how it was discovered is like a fairy-tale, as the cask was found hidden behind a rubble wall during house renovations in 2017. Miraculously, instead of spoiling in any capacity it has matured into a unique drink that retains its freshness. Only 382 bottles will be available.
Available at Last Drop Distillers.
Comte De Grasse 44°N Gin, €75
Located in the perfume capital of the world, Grasse, Comte de Grasse have access to a wide array of high-quality aromatic ingredients for their botanical flavoured 44°N Gin. Rose centifolia, mimosa, jasmine and lavender all play their part in a unique distillation process that involves methods inspired by the perfume trade, including ultrasonic maceration and CO2 extraction. The result is a liquid that instantly evokes a sense of the sun drenched Mediterranean.
Available at 44gin.
Justerini & Brooks The Art of Collecting Rare Whisky Masterclass, £500
Earlier this year the trend for online lessons and experiences boomed due to the global lockdown and that trend is set to continue with amazing experiences on offer such as the Justerini & Brooks video course on The Art of Collecting Rare Whisky. Not only will you have access to a three-part video master class but also you’ll receive four sample whiskies from Mortlach, Talisker, Johnnie Walker and The Cally.
More details at Justerinis.