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February 18, 2019

Whisky Advocate Whisky of the Year

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 4:15 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

Recently named Whisky Advocate’s Whisky of the Year, the Nikka from the Barrel from Japan is a well awarded Whisky star, having won top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards in 2007 and 2010. This is big-boned and bursting with character. Not averse to a drop of water, either.

A blended whisky that has been brewed for more than 30 years. The squat shaped bottle (500mL) delivers full flavors and richness of whisky “from barrels” which only blenders can sniff and taste. Extremely complex, bottled at 51.4% ABV. In order to deliver its richness and full flavors, the blended liquid goes into used barrels for another few months for “marriage” before it is bottled.

The nose offers notes of cut flowers butterscotch, orange peel, pears and fresh fruits, spice and a little oak, while the palate is full-bodied and punchy. On the palate, there is plenty of spice and toffee, some earthiness, dried autumn leaves, coffee, old oak, and tobacco. Some even state there is chili pepper, allspice and long sustained fruits. The finish is long, warming and fruity with a little ginger and oaken spice and finally wisps of smoke and sea salt, all this from its blend of Miyagikyo and Yoichi single malts with a unique grain whisky as well.

One of the greatest value for money whiskies in the world – this is intense and generous, powerful yet controlled with its ambitious high-proof blend that has long been recognized for its originality. It dares. It captures the senses. It imposes its own style. A consummate Japanese blend for anyone to enjoy.

Availability is very limited, it won’t last the year.

Pictured above :

Nikka From the Barrel (Japan) – 500mL $66.99

Other available Nikka whiskies for your consideration:

Nikka Super Nikka (Japan) – 700mL – $76.99

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 10 Year Old (Japan) – 700mL – $99.99

Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky (Japan) – 700mL – $99.99

Nikka 12 Year Old (Japan) – 700mL – $169.99

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February 9, 2019

2015 Red Bordeaux

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:27 pm

Author: Dirk Chan

2015 Bordeaux is a legendary vintage for one of the world’s great wine producing regions. For those of you who purchased on futures, you made a wise decision. In-bottle scores are on the high end of the En Primeur scoring range and prices for the ‘wines of the vintage’ have already escalated.

We have in stock the good valued Petit Chateaux (small houses) that are a bargain in great years like 2015 and you get some very fine wine for quite reasonable prices. Then there are the next level up, the so-called Cru-Bourgeois wines that will keep and improve short-term (5-8 years) and then the very top tier, the Grand Cru Classes which are highly sought after for cellaring longterm (10+ years) and for those where the year 2015 has significance (birthyear, marriage year etc) and where you want something special later on down the road. For those that missed out on futures, don’t miss this spectacular year now in bottle. Also, keep in mind our 2015 Bordeaux tasting on Saturday, March 16th.

First, those pictured above from left to right (these we have good stock on):

2015 Château d’Aiguilhe (Bordeaux – Cotes de Castillon, France) – $61.99

2015 Château Franc Mayne (Bordeaux – St. Emilion, France) – $84.99

2015 Château Marquis d’Alesme Becker (Bordeaux – Margaux, France) – $104.99

2015 Château Latour-Martillac (Bordeaux – Pessac-Leognan, France) – $91.99

2015 Château Rauzan-Segla (Bordeaux – Margaux, France) – $209.99

2015 Château Smith Haut Lafitte (Bordeaux – Pessac-Leognan, France) – $254.99

Check out our Petit Chateau and Cru Bourgeois here…

Check out our Grand Cru Classes here…

Also, don’t forget to register for our of tasting of 2015 Bordeaux on Saturday, March 16th, 2019. Spots are already filling up fast. You can sign up here…

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