In the wine industry Robert Parker, the world's most influential wine critic, arguably made choosing wine easier by rating wines out of 100. In whisky, its much the same. Jim Murray's whisky bible, which we often quote uses a 100 point system with 25 points given each to nose, taste, finish and balance. Serge Valentin's Whiskyfun website also uses a 100 point system but without any further breakdown. The Whiskyfun website is, as Serge has said, like a subsidiary of Malt Masters, so here is a more detailed breakdown of their points system, excerpted from MaltMadness.
Here are Serge's thoughts on scoring:
In light of the tragic events in Nepal, WhiskyHongKong would like to raise money to donate to aid efforts there. Anyone using this discount code on the check-out page will get a discount of 7% and WhiskyHongKong will donate a further 8%.
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It was bottled by Lady of Glen, a new independent bottler. It sells in the UK for GBP 95. So with the 100% duty here in HK, it will be at something like double that, around HKD 2400, but we'll keep the costs down as much as possible. The cost of transport from the UK will depend on how many bottles we order. Once we know how many bottles we're going to get, then the prices will be finalised. At this stage, we just want you to register your interest. Later we will confirm the price.
Any prepaid orders will get the best price possible, estimated to be 20-30% cheaper than the regular sales price on the store. This means that if you order and pay for the whisky before its imported, you will be rewarded by paying the lowest possible price. I'll post about this later.
There will not be much Littlemill whisky left in the world, certainly not at 21 years old and Cask Strength! The bottler could get many more bottles by diluting to 40%. Praise be to Gregor Hannah of Lady of the Glen!
So let me know if you are interested in the Littlemill, but be quick. There aren't many bottles left!
Just found a new review of one of our whiskies. Its a Dailauine, a Speysider owned by Diageo and a key component of the Johnny Walker blends.
Here it is in all it Cask Strength majesty, with no chill filtration and no added colour. Its got an 85 point review from Serve Valentin. Yours from www.whiskyhongkong.com.hk for HKD 1551 - not bad for a highly rated whisky bottled at 61.3%
From Serge Valentin's Whiskyfun:
Dailuaine 13 yo 2000/2013 (61.3%, James MacArthur, Old Masters, bourbon, cask #82) Four stars
Colour: very pale white wine.
Nose: James MacArthur like fully spirit-driven whiskies, and this baby’s a good example. No traces of oak, no vanilla either, only a combination of all things mineral (gravel, sand, flints) with tons of cut grass and a little sulphur. We’re not talking burnt sulphur or H2S, this is ‘good’ sulphur. With water: perfect barley and farmyard. After a heavy shower!
Mouth (neat): a massive creaminess and litres of barley syrup, maple syrup and acacia honey, with touches of lemon in the background that keep it zesty. It’s simple, but it’s great. Even the high strength doesn’t make it any less drinkable. With water: it’s liquid honey. Or barley liqueur.
Finish: plain barley liqueur indeed.
Comments: I enjoy it when the barley kept control, especially when the whisky’s not beery at all. Pure barley liqueur indeed. SGP:531 - 85 points.
Its been a while since you've heard from us. We really should write more...
We've started selling some extremely rare whiskies and collections of whiskies on our website. Most recently we've added a collection painstakingly built up over several years. It is comprised of Macallan 18 year olds every year starting from 1945. My mind boggles at the thought that this was distilled in the same year the second world war ended. How different the world was then! And the collection continues every year until 1986. How different was the world, and I, in 1986?
Of course, such a majestic sweep of history doesn't come cheap, but this is truly a unique collection and will surely appreciate in value. I came across a single bottle of 15 year old Macallan, bottled in 1947 for sale in the UK at the equivalent of HKD 379,600 (duty paid). This price makes this whole collection of 42 bottles seem a positive bargain!
Snap it up, why don't you? It's priced for a quick sale, at less than HKD1.5 million!
To celebrate the new year, we're kicking off our new store with a special offer of 15% off all products for the month of February. To claim the discount, enter 'WhiskyHongKong' into the dicount code box on the checkout page.
On this first day of the New Year, the Year of the Horse, we have quietly launched our website for selling some of the most excellent whiskies we can find. These are more rare whiskies that you can't find in the shops.
So, Kung Hei Fat Choi! Buy some whisky! You'll be hearing from us soon.