Within moments of entering Laville Wines and Spirits Bar, located in the vibrant Forest Mall Bugolobi, you realize that you are in the lap of the decadence only spirits lovers dream about. The floor to ceiling shelves are stocked with some of the most elegant drinks you are ever likely to be served. The intimately lit and elegantly decorated does world class like no other.
Laville Wines & Spirits is truly Kampala’s greatest spirits bar and boasts a selection of scotches, whiskies, gins and worth a few moments of gazing and probably weeping over. If you only have one to night to spend in Kampala, beat a path to their door and get ready for service with a broad, beaming smile from the waiters but most especially drinks worth your time and money.
The Highland style of Whisky is generally considered to be one of the most approachable styles. Deep gold in colour with a nose of heather and wood smoke Highland Park has a deceptively complex palate that ranges from sweet maltiness to smokey peat and savoury spices. The first proprietary bottling of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky was as a 12 year old in 1979. It remains the core expression of the Highland Park range and is smooth, balanced single malt, with a rich full flavour and a gentle smokey finish. Take your time to appreciate the nose of Highland Park 12 and you’ll discover the characteristic honey sweetness followed by fruit – maybe pineapple, apple or pear.
Lagavulin 16 Year Old Scotch Whisky
This peaty Single Malt dates back to 1816, when John Johnston and Archibald Campbell each constructed a distillery on what today is the Lagavulin site. Today it continues to uphold the traditions of its past, using meticulous preparation to create powerful whisky. Their signature 16 year old malt has a strong peat, smoke and seaweed nose that is followed by a nutty complexity and light fruitiness. In the mouth characters of Charcoal, dry woodiness and iodine followed by chilli chocolate and a hint of toffee.
Remmy Martin VSOP
A very popular Fine Champagne bottled in the instantly recognisable frosted bottle. Remy Martin VSOP (average age 4- 6 years) displays the signature balance between fruit, floral and oak character offering an abundant amount of character on the nose and palate. The texture is silky and the finish is long, reflective of the maturity of this exceptional blend and exemplary VSOP. This blend contains 55% Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie, the rest being made up from the Petite Champagne.
Johnnie Walker Platinum
Johnnie Walker Platinum Label is a rich and contemporary blended Scotch whisky inspired by the Walker family’s tradition of crafting ‘private blends’ for directors of its company and for special occasions. The Master Blender has crafted a contemporary 18 year old Scotch whisky for today’s sophisticated consumer and is rich and refined – a symbol of style that rewards those who take the time to savor it. The trademark Johnnie Walker smokiness is entrenched in this whisky that strongly embodies the sweet and elegant Speyside style. Crafted from single malt and grain whiskies, Platinum is a complex blend with deep layers of balanced flavours of both whisky and wood in which it has rested for a minimum of 18 years.
Martell V.S.O.P Cognac
Martell V.S.O.P is a cognac which is a specific type of brandy produced in the town of Cognac, France. Production of cognac is strictly regulated by the BNIC, a French government institute. Brandy bearing the name “Cognac” must be produced in Cognac, France and adhere to the following BNIC production rules: White wine used in crafting the spirit is fermented, and then double distilled. The aging must occur in Limousin oak barrels for at least 2 years, where the spirit picks up tannins, color, and complexity.
Produced by the Glenlivet distillery in Scotland, this single malt Scotch whisky is pure bright amber and polished brass. Lifted and pure orchard fruit opening sniff; a few minutes in the glass draws out dry-styled citrus marmalade, vanilla malt and light sweet spices. It comes across as a relaxed style, middle-weighted and easy going with its attractive fruity malt delivery, up until the finish which adds pepper, wood and ups the intensity. It concludes crisp and fresh with buzzing gingery warmth amid the lingering fruitiness.
The benchmark Irish single malt has a far greater depth of flavour than standard Irish blends. A former winner of Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey in the World at the World Whiskies Awards. It is a blend of triple-distilled malt whiskey and a lighter Irish grain whiskey, aged for a minimum of four years in bourbon barrels.
Nose: Light fruity and spicy aroma. Vanilla note, developing into vanilla ice-cream and creme brulee. Palate: Gently warming, mouth-coating texture. A touch of honey sweetness.
Finish: Crisp, fresh finish, with a touch of spice.
A sherried 12 year old single malt from Diageo’s Classic Malts range, this bottling from the Cragganmore distillery represents Speyside and proffers a rich, slightly floral whisky with barley notes. Cragganmore is also the principal malt used in Diageo’s wildly popular blend Johnnie Walker Black Label, providing the gentle malt base. The distillery-released 12 year-old comes exclusively from 2nd-fill bourbon casks, to reduce the woodiness imparted by long aging in first-fill barrels. It is mild and inoffensive. No smoke, no fruit, just a soft cereal character and light accents of florals and nuts.
The Springbank is a mixture of both bourbon and sherry matured whisky. The nose is big-bodied with oaked aridity. The peat is present and quite pungent with an earthen rootiness. Notes of exotic fruits and a hint of salinity. The palate is full-bodied with a good helping of cereal sweetness. There is a richness to the peat, with a dark nuttiness and whirling smoke. The finish is long and crisp with a coastal tang and a trailing peat with oaked dryness
The entry level Bunnahabhain bottling comes in a redesigned bottle. This 12 year old is lightly peated for an Islay single malt and consequently is a light, fresh dram. Now at the higher strength of 46.3% – for more complexity and flavour.
This 12 year old is the new entry level bottling from Glenkinchie, released in 2007 to replace the 10 year old. The nose is quite light, yet fragrant. Notes of fresh cereal and grist, some barley sweetness and a nutty note. Acacia honey creeps in with gentle warmth. The palate is very fruity with notes of Madeira and sweet stewed fruits. A hint of calvados and tannic oak lining the mouth. There is a freshness and roundness to this dram. The finish is of medium length with notes of cereal and a fresh greenness.
The Four Roses
A worldwide favorite, especially when creating mixed drinks with a sophisticated, contemporary flair. It has hints of pear and apple compliment floral aromas and mix with a taste of honey and spice. Smooth and mellow with a unique, long and soft finish. Small Batch is understated, with a very subtle aroma. The alcohol is intense on the palate, but it can be enjoyed neat, especially with the notes of sweet oak and caramel that linger before a long, clean, vanilla finish.
Smokey Joe is a blended malt whisky with a dark and gentle side. With the first sip, smoke and peat hits the palate leaving seaweed and medicinal notes. The crispy smoke stays very well in the taste. It has a very simple but perfect balance.
For over 100 years Speyburn have trusted in their instincts and challenged whisky norms to create a single malt Scotch worthy of the vibrancy of the Speyside region. Medium bodied with hints of toffee & butterscotch and a long, sweet finish. A global favourite, Speyburn 10 year old is ever the crowd-pleaser.