Wine Spectator 95 points - A graceful, minerally version, featuring rich notes of smoke, mandarin orange peel and chalk that lead to subtle accents of creme de cassis, toasted almond, espresso and star anise on the fine, creamy mousse. Seamlessly knit, with citrusy acidity leaving a mouthwatering impression on the finish. Drink now through 2031. From France.-A.N..December/2015
James Suckling 93 points - A fresh and lighter-framed Dom on the nose with a bready, lemon and fresh-melon-fruit nose. It’s chalky and gently spicy - kind of skimming the surface though in terms of the potential this Champagne has. It’s more primary and less toasty, though the latter will come in time. The palate’s bright, fleshy and softly spoken with a core of gentle yellow-plum and berry-fruit flavors. The pinot noir drives this, and there’s smooth, sorbet-like, mouth-filling flesh. It finishes easy and needs to grow in complexity. Some bright, spiced white strawberries to close. Best around 2020..October/2016
Made exclusively from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from Grand Cru vineyards and from the oldest vines at the Abbey of Hautvillers, champagne Dom Perignon is produced only in exceptional vintage years.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 94 points - Rich and spicy aromas of dried figs, cinnamon, and spice cake. The flavor is dry and spiced with a grainy texture and lots of woodsy flavor. Herbs and dried fruit flavors emerge toward the end and deep spice resonates throughout.
Like all of the Classic Malts Selections Distiller's Edition, this Talisker has been double-matured in a second cask after the original maturation period (in this case in an Amoroso Sherry cask). The experience is older, sweeter and richer than the regular bottlings. This Edition has a very special bitter-sweet harmony where the peat softens on the palate to a rich, sweet, juicy fruit finish.
Appearance: Chestnut brown Palate: Crisp peat at first then softens to enormous richness in the mouth. There’s sweet, roasty malt with a heathery dryness. The sherry notes keep back some of Talisker’s usual pepper. In its place is luscious, slightly oily sweetness - with ripe, juicy fruit and vanilla. Finish: Some very deep cocoa notes, vanilla and lingering quite earthy peat. An enormously chewable single malt, with sweetness having the edge on dryness.
Crafted by Johnnie Walker Master Distiller, Jim Beveridge, Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare is a rich, velvety smooth blend of eight treasured Scotch whiskies, including three "ghost" whiskies from the silent distilleries of Cambus, Pittyvaich and the Highland Single Malt, Brora, which lies at the heart of this special release bringing a light peatiness and sophisticated subtle sweetness.
This legendary whisky, created in 1939 to celebrate the visit of the King of England, has a blend of fifty distinct, full-bodied whiskies matured in white oak barrels. Crown Royal has a taste profile defined by smoothness, enhanced by a rich, lingering finish.
COLOR Deep amber color with hints of copper. AROMA The initial sensation is of distinct cognac notes, followed by the aromas of dried apricot, hazelnut and oak which finishes with a subtle fragrance of orange essence. TASTE Very powerful and complex cognac forward notes with significant hints of orange flavors. FINISH The finish is very aromatic, yet results in a balanced assembly of older cognacs, orange and dried fruit. ENJOY Neat or on the rocks.
The Original X.O Cognac, exclusively created for the Hennessy Family is aged up to 30 years creating a rich, refined yet powerful taste experience.
Originally created in 1870 by Maurice Hennessy using very old eaux de vie, X.O was reserved exclusively for his family and friends. X.O has always embodied the finest traditions of Hennessy cognac. X.O is blended from more than 100 eaux de vie specially selected from the four premier growing areas. Some of the eaux de vie used in the blend have been ageing in the Hennessy warehouses since the early part of this century.
The 21 Year Old is produced in small, bespoke batches. Each cask is nosed and approved, making every batch unique. A sizable inventory of whisky of this age is extremely rare and only the best are selected for this expression. The complex combination of cask types imparts richness, intensity and a long finish to the whisky.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 97 points - Dried cherries and apricots intermix with caramel on the slightly smoked nose. It is rich and spicy in the mouth with dark notes of coffee, chocolate and caramel flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth and coating. Rich and complex. April 2014.
Our Usquaebach “Old Rare” Blended Scotch Whisky porcelain flagon is a vestige of Scotch whisky’s history – kept alive as a reminder of a time preceding bottled whisky when travelling merchants and artisans would combine the spirits of the highest caliber single distilleries to create ethereal blends that embodied sophistication and delicacy. With 41 specially selected single malts up to 20 years of age from the Highlands and only 15% high-quality grain whisky in the blend, this classic Scotch whisky offers multi-layered opulence on the palate. Flavors of white pepper, coffee, brushed leather, and zesty lemon peel allow for a mystifying experience from start to finish. The sublime mid-palate and long, blissful finish create an experience that is not easily forgotten. Its quality and finesse has been recognized by connoisseurs and aficionados the world over – notably, Usquaebach “Old Rare” Blended Scotch was served at the 1969 and 1989 Presidential Inaugural Dinners.
As one of the few Extra-Anejo tequilas available on the market today, Don Julio Real has the distinction of being one of the first. With a taste that can only be described as exquisite, its rich aromas and incredibly smooth, sophisticated flavor, make this one-of-a-kind tequila the perfect choice when celebrating life’s most important moments.
Color: Majestic golden hue. Nose: A mature aroma balanced with gentle hints of citrus and sweet, cooked agave. Taste: Enticing vanilla flavors layered with caramel, chocolate and almond undertones. Finish: Sweetly seductive with lingering vanilla impressions and a hint of oak for a warm, sensuous finish.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 91 points - Intense smoky aromas lift out of the glass. A creamy texture glides in the mouth, with lush butter, tart limes and asparagus coming through on the palate, all ending in a spicy finish.
The wine has a deep, rich purple color. Intense red fruits are on the nose, with black pepper spice and a touch of cloves and dried herbs. The palate is full with ripe tannins, raspberry, cranberry and black fruit flavors, followed by white and black pepper spices. The wine finishes with a touch of warmth that lingers on and on.
Wine Spectator 92 points - This boasts a powerful minerally aroma, with a deep well of richly spiced Gala apple and Asian pear flavors. The lightly honeyed finish is complex and elegant, offering some savory notes. Drink now through 2022. 150 cases imported. -KM Country: Germany Region: Germany Issue Date: Web Only - 2016.July/2016
eRobertParker.com 92 points - From a warmer vineyard that was planted in 1953 with ungrafted vines that deliver small, healthy berries and low yields, the 2014 Hofberg Spatlese displays an intense and ripe apple bouquet mixed with flinty and spicy/mineral aromas. Picked with 92� Oechsle, this is an elegant, round and voluptuous Riesling with a smooth palate, but also a piquant and mineral acidity that takes this lush and sensual Spatlese to a long, charming finish with a lingering and mouthwatering salinity..Stephan Reinhardt, March/2016
Full yellow in colour; a delicate aromatic bouquet reminiscent of rose-petal with hints of honey and ginger and a whiff of tropical fruits; full-bodied, luscious but dry on the palate, the opulence cut by vibrant acidity