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Best of 2023

The best of the best as tasted by our panel of spirits judges is here! Yes it’s that time of year when we roll up our sleeves and get ready to serve the masses for Christmas parties and jolly drams, but also a wonderful time to reflect – and polish of those exquisite bottles that may have been forgotten!

Taking out the top gong is a single cask of Ben Nevis selected by Alembic Classic in Germany. Jump online and you might find a few bottles still remain in German based outlets at a fair price of EUR550. This year’s list highlights again the continuing quality from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Sulllivans Cove began releasing some serious age statements this year, and delivered on quality too, with two of their whiskies making the list, the newest release, a 22 year old is due to make its debut on the bar this week and odd tell us its sure to be top quality.  To round out the year, we’ve pulled together a king pin flight of six top scorers in 2023.  Merry Christmas groovy whisky lovers!

  1. Ben Nevis 22 year old 1997 Refill Fino Butt by Alembic Classique German exclusive 95 points
  2. Bowmore 15 year old Hand Filled Distilery Exclusive Bourbon cask 1873 94 points 
  3. SMWS 127.44 Cantina Mexicana 12 year old 94 points
  4. Sullivans Cove Cask Strength American Oak TD0444 94 points
  5. Chichibu 10 year old 94 points
  6. Sullivans Cove 21 year old HH0229 American Oak ex Bourbon 93.5 points
  7. SMWS 93.165 Campbeltown Calypso refill ex Guyanese rum 17 year old 93 points
  8. SMWS 41.149 Merry cherry cherry 11 year old 1st fill ex bodega Oloroso sherry butt finish
  9. Glenfarclas Family cask 1988 – 2022 refill sherry butt
  10. Ben Nevis 25 year old 1996 refill hogshead by The Whisky Jury
  11. Clynelish 25 year old #3 refill sherry butts Whisky Sponge
  12. SMWS RR3 “The Finesse of a Fragrant Furnace” 18 year old
  13. Tomintoul 11 year old by Hidden Spirits
  14. Bowmore 20 year old Bourbon cask by Hidden Spirits
  15. Bruichladdich 9 year old FOB Pauillac cask Bere Barley
  16. Arran 8 year old La Maison Du Whisky Private Cask peated 1st fill Bourbon Cask
  17. Redbreast 27 year old Single Pot Still Port to Port edition Dream Cask
  18. Secret Islay (Laphroaig) 31 year old matured in a hogshead TWA
  19. Secret Islay (Ardbeg) 13 year old matured in a hogshead TWA
  20. SMWS A5.5 Pitch-dark fruit 1992 Colmbard gascon black oak
  21. Wilderness Trail 4 year 10 month old rye UK bottling
  22. Bruichladdich 10 year old Bere Barley 1st fill bourbon NZ exclusive 93 points

Taste the best of 2023 at the bar

  1. Bruichladdich Bere Barley NZ exc.
  2. Glenfarclas 1988 Family Cask
  3. Redbreast 27yo Dream Cask
  4. SMWS A5.5 (Armagnac)
  5. Wilderness Trail rye whiskey
  6. Secret Islay 31yo TWA

6 x 15ml whiskies for $273
Also available by the individual glass