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Glenmorangie Astar 2017

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First released in 2008, Astar (Gaelic for ‘Journey’) is matured entirely in bespoke oak casks hewn from hand-selected, slow-grown, oak trees in the Ozark mountains of Missouri. Re-released as a limited edition in 2017, this Highland single malt has a newfound rich and creamy complexity.

There’s rich butterscotch and honey with floral top notes and fresh mint on the nose, alongside lemon and coconut. The palate is smooth and creamy with crème brûlée, tropical fruits, vanilla custard and hazelnut, before fudge, cloves, toasted oak and a touch of menthol. The finish is smooth and lasting with honey, almond, and a hint of aniseed.

£74 Buy Now

The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 4

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This limited edition is the fourth release in the Tun 1509 series. Malt Master David Stewart has hand-selected 23 single casks, 13 traditional and 10 sherry butts, each one aged for at least 21 years before being married for 5 months in the eponymous Tun 1509. This latest batch is bottled at 51.7% abv without chill-filtration.

The nose is rich and malty, with vanilla fudge and toffee atop honeycomb and citrus. Syrupy on the palate with honeyed malt and a sweetness that gradually reveals rich oak and dried fruits, with a touch of cinnamon and ginger. The finish reveals more honey and oak spices.

£220 Buy Now

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