Dram Review: Berry Bros & Rudd Bunnahabhain Exceptional Casks 1987 (Cask Ref 2484)

[49.7%・28 Years Old・Distilled in 1987・Berry Bros & Rudd Bottling・Cask No. 2484・Single Cask Release of 185 Bottles] Nose: A juicy number with soft pears and lemon twists, the malt lays a gentle foundation and complimented by the vanilla and sandalwood notes.  Fragrant barley aromas with hints of raspberry coulis and icing sugar.   Natural and attractive. Palate…

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Dram Review: The Balvenie Single Barrel Aged 25 Years Cask Number 7004

[47.8%・25 Years Old・Distilled in 1989・Bottled Circa 2015・Official Bottling・Cask No. 7004・Single Cask Release] Nose: The nose exerts rich honey, and gooey caramel, luxurious but very refined.  Very much Balvenie-esque with a hearty dose of malt.  The wood is well and truly mellow, with hints of pure poached pears and some marzipan as more sweet custard note…

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Dram Review: Iniquity Batch No. 008

[46.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Batch Release] Nose: A firm sense of toffee and chocolate on the nose but it’s also slightly herbal.  Even with the leather and mahogany it is inherently sweet and as gentle as it gets for an Australian whisky.  It’s not particularly layered but certainly charming. Palate & Finish: Dark blackberries getting crushed…

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Whisky Review: Springbank Aged 10 Years

Style: Fruity and Smoky Nose: Starting with a spark of flint stone then we have cloudy hay smoke shrouding on delicate pear drops and lemon pop tart. Vanilla sugar absorbed by the malt. Deep waxiness, a persistent dried grass undertone. Aroma oscillating between sweet and dry planes along the way. The acidity lingers to give…

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Whisky Review: Glengoyne Aged 12 Years

Style: Sweet, Subtle sherry and Smooth Nose: Coconut shreds showing down onto caramelized apples, a subtle showing of cherry bars. Wee dry with peppermint and copper tone gripping on the aroma. Slowly it opens up nicely and we have golden syrup. Vanilla strawberry yoghurt sitting at the base. Palate: Rich and smooth delivery of red…

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Whisky Review: Hakushu 白州 Aged 12 Years

Style: Forest fruits, Lightly peated and Complex Nose: Black pepper sprinkling on green spearmint forming an intriguing, dry spearhead. Distant coastal waves, faint grilled mackerel. Fragrant tropical fruits combine with plenty of fresh pine notes. White vanilla cream, mineral kiss, floral nectar slowly rises up. Finishes with fresh oak and barley on the drier side.…

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Whisky Review: Talisker Aged 10 Years

Style: Fruity, Smoky and Complex Nose: Caramel sauce drizzling onto tropical fruits. A small piece of waxy honeycomb, peat smoke and a subtle note of sea spray. Plenty of white pepper floating around, wood chips, red liquorice at the back giving a decent depth. Complex and integrated aroma, very nice. Palate: Tropical fruits, coconut shreds…

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Dram Review: Limeburners Infinity Solera Cask

[43.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2017・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Moist Banana bread and sultana in fairly soft dosage, chocolate sundae sauce with a sound introduction of malt before getting a tad gingery in time. Palate & Finish: Quite an appealing sultana note to begin albeit on the thin side, lightly brushed with chocolate sauce. Some lemony note to…

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Dram Review: Ailsa Bay (Bottled in 2016)

[48.9%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Gooey confectionary aromas and poached ripe fruits, with a passive smoke that is dirty but sweet in the background.  Splashes of minerals with a curious scent of tiger balm all patched together. Palate & Finish: The palate is somewhat overwhelming with this stickily sweet toffee note along some peanut…

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Whisky Review: The Balvenie Caribbean Cask Aged 14 Years

Style: Toffee fruits and Spicy Nose: Round and composed aroma we have here – cereal, creamy oatmeal stirring with fresh green and apples. Toffee base, a mix of peppermint, peppercorns and copper notes floating atop. Apricots jam to finish. Palate: Toffee apples hitting the ground and tangerines hopping into the fruit wagon. More fruits dipping…

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