Nose: Malty and fruity – highly expressive in fact. Barley malt extract, milky coffee and toasted cereals conjoin with highly pronounced fruitiness – part stone fruit (apricot and peach), part tropical – mango, overripe banana and pineapples. There’s still some expected Dalwhinnie crisp grassiness here – it comes across akin to dried hay, pine needles and holly leaves. In the background a slightly metallic note – coppery, almost brass polish. Reduced, this is more delicate and sweeter – cut flowers and honey.
Taste: An oily arrival with quite a reasonable mouthfeel for 43%. Bold malts, coffee, milk drenched breakfast cereal – apples, peaches, pineapples and lots of honeyed sweetness. Polish is quite pronounced now – sharp and warming in the mid-palate, but growing increasingly sour and bitter towards the back – it’s on the edge of acceptable. Steeped black tea reinforces this sense of bitterness – it’s quite the juxtaposition to the saccharine arrival – in one sense a good development, in another - somewhat jarring. The addition of water softens everything up – juicy tinned fruits, barley water and a gentle pang of vanilla. Whilst this makes for a more balanced experience, it’s at the loss of some of the overall flavour definition. You can’t have it all it seems.
Finish: Quite long, starting with tropical fruits and toffee sweetness, but becoming increasing bitter and with plenty of wood.
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A wine list from Flask published in the early 1970s
Driving down Ventura Blvd in Studio City in the 1960’s has something in common with today, Flask Fine Wine & Whisky- Flask first opened its doors to the public in 1962. Decades later and it still remains a respected fixture in the Los Angeles community.
We work directly with the wineries, distilleries and breweries to maintain a personal relationship with the creators of some of our favorite products.
We want to know their stories and how they produce bottles that fit into our unique collection. We make a point to keep our selection stocked with a wide variety, offering your classic Napa icons to your natural & organic wines.
We like to think of our whiskey and spirit section as more of a library where the rarest of bottles can be found.
We look forward to helping you find your next favorite bottle!