Dram Review: Lagavulin Aged 16 Years (White Horse Distillers Bottling Bottled Circa Early 1990s)

[43.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled Circa 1990s・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Quite a spirited nose, the peat is fiery but not at all invasive, medicinal with green fruits and coal smoke combining really well together.  Iodine and campfire as it progresses, quite thrilling in a manageable manner. Palate & Finish: The soft fruits provide this pleasing sweetness and when…

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Dram Review: Lagavulin Aged 18 Years Feis Ile 2018

[53.9%・18 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 6,000 Bottles] Nose: Surprisingly quite dirtily peated, the oak also comes on quite strong.  Powdery sugar sprinkled atop of dried fruits. Palate & Finish: Jammy fruits and oily toffee, the fiery and tarry peat punches through, a heap of black pepper atop of a slightly waxy underlay…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 127.44 Port Charlotte “Cantina Mexicana”

Style: Sweet, Smoky and Spicy Nose: Wow, very powerful stuff, ample caramel drizzle generously on barbeque ham, aroma cruising on a ferocious spice. A signature blend of red wine, minerals, seaweed, iodine and heavily smoked barley. Nutmeg and ginger powder sprinkling down on dark cacao. Finish with some toffee apple. Palate: Red currants dusted with…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 105.13 Tormore “Pouring treacle on cut grass”

Style: Sherry and Grassy Nose: Cranberry-infused malt syrup singing in the embrace of a fresh, grassy landscape. Light herbal touch, rose water, vanilla sponge cake… Assorted red fruits, cherry and treacle dipping lower while an energetic grassy tone surges up at the end. Palate: Toffee apples, strawberries and blackcurrants dressed prettily around honeycomb. Fresh grass…

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Dram Review: SMWS 35.188 Glen Moray “A Complex Delight”

[55.2%・25 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 222 Bottles] Nose: Bourbon char and creamy vanilla wrapped in a tropical perfume.  Spirit-y but still rather poised as a deeper floral note develops. Palate & Finish: Honeydew nicely transitions to more of a floral presence, a chewy mouthfeel of milk chocolate and liquor soaked cherries.…

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Dram Review: SMWS 85.48 Glen Elgin “Prickly Pear Punch”

[60.8%・9 Years Old・Distilled in 2007・Bottled in 2017・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 238 Bottles] Nose: Kinda on the sharp and prickly side, but there’s a fruity edge, overripe pears, violets and a white floral tone somewhat mellowing out the spirit hotness, a blueberry tart note in time alongside aloe vera jelly. Palate & Finish: Bursting with…

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Dram Review: SMWS 73.90 Aultmore “Pear Flans in a Patisserie”

[54.6%・16 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2017-2018・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 240 Bottles] Nose: Playful oomph of creamy custard and pear crumble stirred with a hint of rose water. Some minerals as it grows a tad milky and farmy. Palate & Finish: Lightheartedly sweet at first as the nashi pears and aloe vera really pop but then…

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Whisky Review: Adelphi Archive Ben Nevis 1996 11 Years Old

Style: Caramel sweet and Robust Nose: Caramel, butterscotch barley ultra-charged by herbal, spirit spice. Peanut butte cupcake, popcorns and steamed yam garnished with liquorice roots with just a touch of white vinegar. Ginger powder and nutmeg sprinkling onto carrot cake to give a slight earthy flavour. A rather powerful aroma. Palate: Abundant flow of caramel…

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Whisky Review: Ben Nevis Single Cask 12 Years Old 2014 White Port Matured

Style: Sweet and Complex Nose: Sharp at the front then filled up with aroma of white grapes and dunnage earthiness. Quite a punchy nose. Chilli flakes flowing along the sweet, grape-y backbone, soft smoke, subtle assorted dry herbs and hints of meatiness at the back. Complex and fun. Palate: Now ruby grapes amalgamate perfectly with…

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Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu White Wine Cask Exclusively Bottled for Chichibu Whisk(e)y Matsuri 2019

[63.1%・9 Years Old・Distilled in 2009・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 2352・Single Cask Release of 245 Bottles] Nose: The cask gives a densely sweet presence on the nose, some sultana and apple vinegar note faring a tad sharp. Hint of smoked bacon along with oak in time. Palate & Finish: Bursting with energy with the floral honey…

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