From The Cage
This is where we keep all our ‘special’ whiskies. These are not necessarily the most
expensive - they might be discontinued, rare, or we might have had to purchase them
from overseas because they are not readily available in Australia.
ABV% | $
Ardbeg Renaissance Islay 55.9% | 130
Between 1989 and 1996 Ardbeg distillery only operated for a few weeks a year in
order to create whisky for blends. In 1997 Glenmorangie plc bought the distillery and
brought it up to full production in 1998. This bottle contains the very first 10 year old
whisky that the re-opened distillery made. It had three predecessors: ‘Very Young’, ‘Still
Young’, and ‘Almost There’, and then this one is known as ‘We’ve Arrived!’
Ardbeg 21 year old Islay 46% | 125
The whisky for this expression was distilled between 1993 and 1994 (see above) and
was owned by Chivas Regal who very kindly agreed to sell them back to Moet Hennessy
(Ardbeg’s current owners).
Bunnahabhain 25 year old Islay 46.3% | 70
The two most prestigious annual announcements in the world of whisky are Jim Murray’s
World Whisky of the Year and the World Whisky Awards winners. This expression
has topped categories in 2008, ‘10, ‘13, ‘14, and ‘15.
Bunnahabhain 21 year old - Adelphi Islay 43% | 50
Adelphi are one of the world’s most acclaimed independent bottlers. What we like
about them is that, whatever they bottle, they do it straight from the cask without
colouration or chill-filtration. This particular expression was drawn from European
ex-sherry casks and only 1391 bottles were released.
Hibiki 17 year old Japan 43% | 45
For relaxing times, make it Suntory time. This is the whisky that Bill Murray doesn’t have
a relaxing time with in Lost in Translation. Suntory just suspended all shipments and
sales of this particular age statement so we’re not sure how long this relaxing time will
Highland Park 15 year old Isle 47% | 25
This much loved whisky was discontinued in 2012. When it’s gone, it’s gone. Forever.
Kininvie 23 year old Speyside 42.6% | 50
One of the youngest distilleries in Scotland with its first distillation occuring in 1990
this is the only single malt release as all the rest of the whisky is used in William Grant &
Sons blends like Monkey Shoulder.
Nikka Yoichi 15 year old Japan 45% | 75
Discontinued, never to see its like again.
Old Pulteney 21 year old Highland 46% | 75
2012’s World’s Best Whisky according to Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.
Pappy Van Winkle 20 year old Kentucky, USA 45% | 120
Made by the Buffalo Trace distillery in conjunction with the Van Winkle family, a maximum
of 7,000 bottles (of all age expressions) are released per year. This is a cult whisky
that we will probably never see again behind this bar.
Sullivan’s Cove American Oak Tasmania 47.5% | 55
Aged entirely in barrels that formerly contained Jack Daniel’s whiskies, this is the little
sister of the whisky below.
Sullivan’s Cove French Oak Tasmania 47% | 110
The only Australian whisky to ever win World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt at the World
Whisky Awards. Now they’ve won it twice...
That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Aberlour 23 year old Speyside 51% | 65
We hosted a TBWC masterclass with their Global Brand Ambassador a couple of months
ago and this was one of our favourites that we tried. Last time we checked it was also
unavailable in Australia.
Yamazaki 18 year old Mizunara Japan 48% | 275
Aged entirely in Japanese oak (known as Mizunara) only 5,000 bottles of this were
made. We’re pretty lucky to have this.