Whiskey Menu

Whiskey Menu

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Whisky production in Scotland dates to 1495 & is subject to strict legal restrictions that maintain its quality & excellent reputation worldwide. The name derives from the Gaelic “usquebaugh”, meaning “Water of Life”. This was phonetically transformed first into “usky”, then “whisky bar” & eventually Whisky. Single malts of Scotland are grouped into regions & display varying characteristics. Here at Buster Crabb you can enjoy a dram or three from all the traditional regions & also try some new world whisky’s.

 

The regions of scotch whisky

Highlands

 

The largest whiskey region by land area & has a diverse range of styles. Sparsely populated & with mountain ranges including Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain. Fruit, floral & aromatic. A generally dry finish.

 

Glenmorangie 10yo                                       40%                                                     $12.5

Produced in the tallest stills in Scotland & aged in ex-bourbon casks. Floral nose with citrusy honey & light caramel. Medium bodied & gently warming, with pleasant spicy notes.

 

Dalmore 12yo                                                 40%                                                     $13.5

Matured in American white oak & olorosso sherry casks. Citrus fruits & crushed almonds on the nose. Medium body with rich sherried flavours with ginger & vanilla.

 

Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Finish                 43%                                                     $13.5

Finished in dessert wine casks from Bordeaux, the nose majors in citrus, vanilla & pepper. Spicy palate with jaffa orange with malt & a hint of milk chocolate on the end.

 

Tullibardine 228 Burgundy Finish                 43%                                                     $13.5

Finished in red Burgundy casks the nose features charred oak, vanilla & Turkish delight. Sweet & spicy with a nutty palate, apples, cranberries & a silky texture. Allspice & plum round up a lengthy finish.

 

 

Lowlands

Lowland drams are known for being delicate. Lighter bodied then the other regions also very subtle & dry. The region has only four producing distilleries.

 

Glenkinchie 12yo                                           43%                                                       $14

The nose is quite light, yet fragrant. Notes of fresh cereal, some barley sweetness & a nutty note.  Honey creeps in with gentle warmth. The palate is very fruity with notes of Madeira & sweet stewed fruits. A hint of calvados & tannic oak lining the mouth. There is a freshness & roundness to this dram. The finish is of medium length with notes of cereal & a fresh greenness.

“Always  carry a flagon of whisky in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always  carry a small snake.”

W.C FIELDS

 

Speyside

Has the largest number of distilleries in this region. Speyside malts are the sweetest with elegance, finesse & typically complex. Herbal, floral & rich fruit. They vary from light to robust and rich.

BenRiach 12yo Sherry Matured                    46%                                                     $13

Matured for 12 years in the finest sherry casks, this BenRiach is a smooth, rich and rounded single malt whisky. The combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximinez Sherry casks gives a wonderful nose of mocha and dark chocolate interwoven with figs and sultanas. Vanilla, fruits and rich spices on the finish.

 

Glenfiddich 12yo                                            40%                                                     $12

Carefully matured in American oak and European oak sherry casks. Slightly floral, mineralic with orchard fruit and honey on the nose. Sweet and subtle oak with fruity, oily finish. Stereotypical Speyside.

 

Glenfarclas 15yo                                            46%                                                     $15

At 15 years old, this bottling is starting to show the more complex, heavier style the Glenfarclas distillery is renowned for – light butterscotch, dried fruit & a big oak & sherry character are mingled with hints of malted barley & a touch of dry peat smoke. The finish is quite pronounced & long lasting.

 

 

Islands

 

The Islands, (technically included in highlands) are an unrecognized sub-region includes all of the whisky producing islands around the perimeter of the mainland (except Islay) the whisky’s produced are extremely varied with most distilleries having a unique taste of their own. Smoky, peaty, spicy, bold & intense.

 

Jura Origin 10yo                                             40%                                                     $12.5

The aroma is light, rich and aromatic. Positive & firm, with silky almond wood. Slumbering for a full decade in quiet contentment, this beguiling spirit has a lingering taste of warming gentle oak, notes of honey & caramel, soft liquorice & roasted coffee beans.  A fruity oiliness with just a hint of smoke gently enriches the palate.

 

“There are two things a highlander likes naked, and whisky is one of them”

Scottish Proverb


Islands

 

Jura Superstition                                           43%                                                     $13.5

Lighty peated with hints of smoke. The balance of peated & unpeated spirits is matured to perfection in ex-Bourbon casks. The finest young & aged (up to 21 years) whiskies go into this bottle. The bouquet has a strong resin aroma then rich, sensual nuances of honey & marzipan. On the palate spice, honey, pine & peat aromas make a dramatic impact. The long years in oak casks have tempered & tamed this mystic spirit creating a long, lingering &tantalising aftertaste.

 

Jura Diurachs Own 16yo                                40%                                                     $16

Biding its time for 14 years in American white oak before spending a final two years in ex-Amoroso Oloroso sherry casks for an unbelievably full-bodied finish. Jura chose to bottle it in a traditional style without chill filtration to preserve the true character & deliver an

authentic taste of 1938. Honey with a hint of ginger spice encompass this floral bouquet. Christmas comes early on the palate with all sorts of treats – dark chocolate, orange & honey.

 

Jura Prophecy                                                46%                                                     $17

Heavily peated. Matured without chill filtration for a huge peaty punch, this complex whisky is aged in Limousine oak casks. The tarry bonfire notes slowly give way to hints of soft liquorice & nutmeg. Powerful flavours of peat smoke, fresh cinnamon & spicy sea spray lead the first assault. Finally the tarry bonfire notes slowly give way to hints of soft liquorice and nutmeg.

 

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whisky is barely enough”

Mark Twain

 

islay

 

(Pronounced EYE-LAH) The greatest of the whisky islands. Famous for its robust powerful peated malts. Lashed by rain, wind, sea & deep in peat. Characteristics are peatiest, smoky, marine and salt.

 

Ardbeg Corryvreckan                                    57.1%                                                  $19

Intense & powerful aromas, initially of tarry ropes, creosote & linseed oil-then to a waxy dark chocolate, warm blackcurrants, cherries & earthy pine needles. Tastes of peppery steak, crispy seaweed & black tarry espresso coffee. Dark fruit tastes & bitter almonds emerge. A long deep powerful finish with chocolate coated cherries & hot pepper sauce. A legendary Islay malt. Astonishing.

 

Bowmore Old Malt Cask 2001  12yo             50%                                                     $15.5

One of only 204 bottles charged from a refill hogshead cask, this 12 year old Bowmore is full of island smoke, gentle to begin with on the nose followed by peat & hints of liquorice on the palate. There is a long rich finish to this single cask bottling, a must try from the oldest distillery on Islay.

 

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Barley             50%                                                     $14

Heavily peated. Notes of iodine, salty canvas, crushed sea shells, charred oak staves, black pepper, paprika & leather tobacco pouches. The second wave brings vanilla, figs & soft plump dates, marinated pear, freshly milled malt, dark sweet toffee & cracked walnuts. It is potent, focused & the flavours explode onto the palate. Full of depth and complexity, the smoky sweetness of the barley contrasts with the richness of toffee & vanilla.

 

Lagavulin 16yo                                               43%                                                     $20

An absolute classic. One of the most famous whiskies in the world & one of the smokiest noses on Islay. Its big, very concentrated with iodine, sweet spices, mature sherry & creamy vanilla. Stunning. Full bodied on palate with a rich, dried fruit sweetness with clouds of smoke & strong, barley malt flavours. A huge long, warming & peppery finish with a distinct appetising sweetness. The benchmark Islay dram.

 

Laphroaig 10yo                                              40%                                                     $15

The famous Laphroaig 10 year old, one of the most iconic whiskies in all of Scotland. It is an evocative dram that with just one sip transports you to its home on the inner Hebridean island of Islay. Full bodied and renowned for its bold, earthy & richly peaty smoky flavour, followed by a hint of seaweed and sweetness. Long lingering finish.

 

“ Aye, But todays rain is tomorrows whisky”

Scottish proverb

 

Islay    

 

Bruichladdich Octomore 06:1                       57%                                                     $22

 

The world’s most heavily peated whisky, this is the sixth edition of the uber experimental

Cult hit- Octomore. The first waves bring a combination of sea spray, spindrift, wet sea weed & hints of oily iodine. Then peat smoke with cracked black peppercorn & as the spirit reveals itself, stunning notes of  lemon balm and water mint. Rising steadily, comes the crisp, malted barley then the sweet oak, giving notes of vanilla, toasted rye bread & walnuts. Then add a burst of fresh lime, poached apple & pear. The finish is wave after wave of peat. The undisputed heavyweight of peated whisky.

 

“There is no such thing as a bad whisky. Some whiskies just happen to be better than others” William Faulkner

 

Campbeltown

 

Lying on the Kintyre peninsula on the east of the mainland & known for fishing, producing whisky & shipbuilding. Once was the capital of the whisky producing world with 30 distilleries but most collapsed during the depression & prohibition. Now only three working distilleries based in the region. Smoky, peaty, oily & heavy.

 

Kilkerran Work in Progress Sherry Cask       46%                                                     $12

This all-new 6th release from the Glengyle distillery has been matured in European oak Sherry casks which have imparted a distinctive & soft dark-fruit aroma & flavour to compliment the classic wisps of smoke & old-fashioned spice. A medium long finish with oily oak, caramel & cinnamon. An excellent balance of cask & spirit character from this very special Campbeltown distillery.

 

Springbank 12yo Cask Strength                    53.2%                                                  $13.5

Matured primarily in sherry casks, this is richer & heavier than previous releases, with notes of toffee treacle, dried fruits & touches of coconut & sherry with a prevailing lemony citrus note. A hint of the classic Springbank smoke & sea-spray drifts in on the palate too. Finish is long, bittersweet with ashes & a lemon/salt combo. This is one of the most exciting standard Springbank releases in a while!       

 

“Is the glass half full or half empty? It depends if your drinking or pouring.”

Allan Arnold


Japanese whisky

 

1926 was the year that Japan began producing whisky as we know it at the Yamazaki distillery when Masataka Taketsuru introduced the distilling techniques & skills he had acquired during his studies in Glasgow & time spent at several distilleries in Scotland. The Japanese style is varied from light & floral, through to heavily sherry influenced & varying levels of smokiness.

 

Nikka Coffey Grain                                           45%                                                     $13

Named after the inventor of the distillation method, Aneas Coffey (pronounced kofee), this whisky is the product solely from the continuous Coffey stills at the Miyagikyo distillery. The grains used here are primarily corn with a splash of barley. Usually used for blended whiskies, grain whiskies are rarely bottled as such. Exotic & fruity on the nose with an abundance of tropical fruit, there are touches of vanilla pod & honey on the rich and mouth coating palate. Concludes with mid-long lasting hints of mushroom & grain tannin.

A Japanese whisky with outstanding palate!

 

New Zealand Whisky

 

Whisky production has a long history in New Zealand. Sadly, the Willowbank distillery in Dunedin on the South Island – producing from 1969, closed in 1997 & its stills were sent to Fiji to produce rum instead. Casks are maturing in Oamaru & bottled under Thomson and NZ Whisky brands.

 

Thomson Two Tone                                       40%                                                     $12.5

‘Two Tone’ refers to the 2 kinds of cask used for the maturation of this Thomson whisky – European oak which formerly held New Zealand red wine & American white oak used exclusively for whisky. Find sea air & caramelised fruits on the nose, followed by red berries, apricot & spice on the palate. Medium bodied with a spicy finish.

 

Irish whiskey

 

Most Irish pot still whiskey is distilled thrice, while most Scotch whisky is distilled twice. Peat is rarely used in the malting process, so that Irish whiskey has a smoother finish as opposed to the smoky, earthy overtones common to some Scotches.

 

Jamesons                                                        40%                                                     $10

The world’s best-selling Irish whiskey, originally distilled in Dublin, where John Jameson, a Scottish Presbyterian, founded a distillery in 1780. The nose offers an interesting combination of floral, orange, toffee, sherry & spice notes. Initially citric in the mouth, along with classic Irish oiliness, more profound notes of Sherry develop, along with fudge, vanilla & spice. The finish is long, warming & spicy, remaining oily to the very end. Jameson is deservedly a world leader.

 


Irish whiskey

 

Jamesons 18yo                                               40%                                                     $22

The superlative Jameson 18yo has long been considered one of the brightest stars of the range. This blend of two potstill whiskies and a single grain is matured in Oloroso sherry casks & finished in bourbon wood for 6 months for a brilliantly complex potstill character. Nose has sherry notes, aromatic oils, touch of wood, spicy, toffee. Wonderfully mellow & smooth palate, complex flavours of fudge & toffee spice, hints of wood & leather, gentle sherry nuttiness & vanilla. Lingering finish, carrying notes of wood, spice & toffee to the very end. An exceptional whiskey.

 

Blended whisky

Blended scotches comprise 90% of the scotch category in sales around the word. A blended scotch is a mix of both malt whiskies and grain whiskies, sourced from several different distilleries.
Chivas Regal 12yo                                          40%                                                     $11

An aromatic infusion of wild herbs, heather, honey and orchard fruits. On the nose its rich & fruity, Chivas bursts with the smooth taste of ripe, honeyed apples with notes of vanilla, hazelnut & butterscotch. Enjoy the generous, lingering finish.

 

Jonnie Walker Black 12yo                                40%                                                       $10.5             

Long regarded as one of the best mainstream deluxe aged blends available. It comprises some 40 different malts & grains. Rich & full on the nose, sweet, with honey, malt, oranges, plus a hint of peat. Big & bold on the palate, the sweetness from the nose continues, with fruit, vanilla & well-mannered grains. Beautifully balanced. The finish is long & spicy, with sultanas, sherry & a suggestion of smoke.

 

“Yes, I’d love a shot of whiskey please!”

The Bartender

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