Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu And The Clouds Parted (Specially Selected by La Maison du Whisky)

[61.9%・4 Years Old・Distilled in 2011・Bottled in 2015・La Maison du Whisky Bottling・Cask No. 1371・Single Cask Release of 308 Bottles] Nose: Oh wow, such richness even for a Chichibu, there’s the impressive Madeira cask influence! Full bodied raisins with this certain aged lemon zing.  Milk chocolate coated apricots with brown sugar rub against some wood chips as…

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Dram Review: Liquid Gold Hong Kong Owners Cask Macallan Special Vintage 1995

[51.8%・22 Years Old・Distilled in 1995・Bottled in 2018・Liquid Gold Bottling・Cask No. 10115・Single Cask Release of Bottles] Nose: Slightly on the feisty side, the malt fares quite heavy in this dram with some rich burnt toffee sips out. The earthy undertone carries with it notes of raisins and blackcurrant as it elongates notes of orange liquor soaked…

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Dram Review: The Macallan Classic Cut 2018 Limited Edition

[51.2%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 90,000 Bottles] Nose: An engineered mix of oak and sweetness you would expect from a new Macallan release. Charred brown sugar with a thin dose of roast meat, cereal laid out comfortably with some slight perfume-y notes. Palate & Finish: Raisins with some bite, quite spicy with cinnamon and…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich Black Arts 1992 Edition 05.1 24 Aged Years

[48.4%・24 Years Old・Distilled in 1992・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 12,000 Bottles] Nose: Somewhat of a damp setting, thick cream and salted caramel sauce with a slight suggestion of matchsticks.  Suspected wine cask influenced mushed berries seasoned with some salt and pepper as it later on grows maltier. Palate & Finish: Figs, blackberries and aged…

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Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Black Art 1989 Edition 03.1 22 Aged Years

Style: Sherry and Grassy Nose: Round, rich sherry signatures sided with baked tropical fruits. Black peppercorns, a whiff of gunpowder (not sulphur!), flint and minerals crushed and sprinkled on top of malt syrup. A touch of acetone, raspberries, cherry pie, pomegranate, heather honey swaying beautifully in the aroma. Subtle vanilla echoing at the bottom, sweet…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich Rare Cask Series Bourbon: All In 1984/32

[43.7%・32 Years Old・Distilled in 1984・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 3,000 Bottles] Nose: Genuinely clean with thin layers of honey and minerals. Fresh strawberries and white peaches with some ginger flowers. Palate & Finish: A pleasing dose of stone fruits, red apples and pineapples; age revealing with the oak subtly lending a drying edge. Smooth…

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Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Distillery Micro-Provenance Series Single Cask 1992 Aged 25 Years Exclusively Bottled for Hong Kong International Airport Duty Zero by CDF

Style: Sweet and Creamy Nose: Vanilla ice cream cake sided with cranberry and rhubarb sorbet. More summer berries, coconut milk and digestive biscuits insulating a layer of refreshing peppermint. Somehow this reminds me of the Redder Still, interesting… A touch of white chocolate, just the right amount of ginger shreds, sweet pineapple, while custard taking…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich Rare Cask Series Sherry: The Magnificent Seven 1986/30

[44.6%・30 Years Old・Distilled in 1986・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 4,200 Bottles] Nose: Some subtle farmy characters in play, brown sugar blanketing wee minerals and a tinge of herbal notes.  Crystallised honey and vanilla sugar brushed over pinewood as a intriguing woody incense burns in the background, slowly emitting aromas of molasses rubbed on oily…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich Rare Cask Series Bourbon: Hidden Glory 1985/32

[48.7%・32 Years Old・Distilled in 1985・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 4,200 Bottles] Nose: Somewhat char driven in a mix of honey and vanilla, pinch of sea salt to go with minerals, salted caramel, breakfast cereal and some cute bouquet fruits. Palate & Finish: Vanilla and custard apples, followed by a gush of honey, oak and…

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Whisky Review: Silver Seal Bunnahabhain 1980 “Whisky is Art” 34 Years Old

Style: Sweet and Malty Nose: Vanillic malt gleaming beautifully at the front, followed by overripe white and yellow fruits, calm, sweet and round aroma. Wood shavings laying at the bottom, while spearmint echoing gently. Very faint hint of shellfish and tar at the background. Palate: High concentration of malt converges at the front, sweet and…

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