Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt & Grain Chichibu Whisk(e)y Matsuri 2020 Single Cask World Blended Whisky

[58.6%・NAS・Bottled in 2019・Official Bottling・Cask No. 7256・Single Cask of 293 Bottles] Nose: A really filling serving of creamy grain with a proper showing of char coming from the wood, fruits displaying some greenness, green plums along with some white pine sticks. Palate & Finish: A bit sharp as expected, with some decent notes of ume and…

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Whisky Review: Longrow Red Pinot Noir Cask Matured Aged 11 Years

Style: Sweet and Smoky Nose:Begins with oatmeal taking a good amount of smoke. Barley sugar, raisinets and fresh apricots enveloped in sharp, green spice, a bit tight here. Cornflakes, together with minimal tar sink and form the foundation. Whereas shisha, grape skins and sweet bubblegum building up the top aroma. Subtle “dirty” notes gradually unfurl…

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Dram Review: Samaroli Longrow Natural Strength Sherry Wood 1974

[56.0%・Distilled in 1974・Bottled in 1987・Samaroli Bottling・Limited Release of 408 Bottles] Nose: A charming combination of a lucid sugary delivery infused delicately with fresh cropped grass orientated peat. The Sherry influence is restrained, presenting itself in the form of stewed apples with a fascinating edge of soft cheese, served upon a fine layer of buttero leather.…

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Whisky Review: Talisker Aged 15 Years Diageo Special Release 2019

Style: Sweet, Woody and Spicy Nose:Wood shavings and fat toffee melding with iodine and oysters, got to say it is a curious combination, but it works out pretty well, not sure if it is everybody’s cup of tea though. Chilli spike, then in comes assorted dried fruits, mostly tropical, decorated with wood varnish, acrylic, paprika…

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Dram Review: Sullivans Cove American Oak Single Cask HH0339 Aged 17 Years

[47.5%・ 17 Years Old・Distilled in 2000・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Cask No. HH0339・Single Cask Release of 195 Bottles] Nose: A bit shy at first only showing rich vanilla and a poised oak note, in time notes of Anzac cookies and cooked oats surface along a subtle hint of floral fragrance, as the wood develops. Palate & Finish:…

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Dram Review: Corowa “Mad Dog” Morgan (Distilled on 19 March 2017)

[46.0%・ NAS・Distilled in 2017・Bottled Circa. 2019・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Weetbix churned with almond butter, a simple, sweet, malty nose; brown sugar caramelising with some sichimi spices and freshly unboxed A4 paper. Palate & Finish: Dried muscat grapes giving away an early sweetness, the distillate still rather noticeable, haystacks and spices with some sultana coming through.…

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Dram Review: Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Redlands Distillery Redlands Release 2 (Cask No. TIB RD 009)

[49.6%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Bottling・Cask No. TIB RD 009・Single Cask Release] Nose: Toffee brittle and dried raisins swirled in a creamy affair, dried walnuts with a familiar musk much like a junior version of early Heartwood Port casks. Palate & Finish: Smooth flow of succulent late harvest grapes and caramel tablets, dried raisins and…

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Dram Review: Timboon Governor’s Reserve (Bottled on 31 August 2017)

[56.3%・3 Years Old・Distilled in 2014・ Bottled in 2017・ Official Bottling・Limited Release of 95 Bottles] Nose: Limestone and chalk, aromas of lime flavoured hand sanitiser as well as bubble gum, quite strange to be honest. Palate & Finish: A delivery driven by limes, really zesty actually, some fresh oranges and kiwis in there as well pulling…

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Dram Review: Corra Linn Barrel 61

[53.0%・NAS・Official Bottling・Barrel No. 61・ Single Cask Release of 97 Bottles] Nose: Curiously flour-y, there is a hit of spirit sharpness but otherwise it’s muted and deprived of noteworthy flavours; very, very faint hint of apple fragrance perhaps and slightly buttery. Palate & Finish: Quite a spicy hit and otherwise, just a particularly new make driven…

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Dram Review: Highland Park 14 Years Old Hand Selected for Mjølner

[56.5%・14 Years Old・Bottled in 2019・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 1,731 Bottles] Nose: A bit brute and heavy, ain’t it? Gunpowder and simmering caramelisation of dates and figs, red apple infused honey being hammered by wood spices as a proper peat smoke presence continues to build. Palate & Finish: Warming delivery of red apples and burnt honey…

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