Whisky Review: Ardbeg Supernova 2015 Committee Release

Style: Smoky and Peaty Nose: Citrusy spices aroma buzzing on the nose. Slightly tight and quite dry. Seaside minerals twinkling alongside with mossy peat. Light peppermint hue, lemon peels transfigure into subtle orange drops, the sweetness is rather soft and buried underneath with the malt. Palate: A rather herbal and sooty entrance on the palate.…

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First Impression: Limeburners Cask Strength Directors Cut M230

[59.5%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 202 Bottles] Nose: Slow-cooked prunes conveying that acidity across as the peat remains almost perfectly concealed.  Thick strawberry jam and lemon preserve as a lace of earthy smoke faintly wraps around.  Brandy flaming away as the Christmas cake is set ablaze, and a pot of black tea brewing…

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First Impression: Lark RR 010

[68.6%・2 Years 11 Months Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: How marvellous, marshmallow, crisp apples, honey and lemon.  The bourbon cask influence is sublime.  Sanded wood desk at a carpenter’s workshop. Palate & Finish: Vanilla leads the way and brings along generous dose of tropical fruits, syrup poached apples and milk chocolate.  Sandalwood with…

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First Impression: Limeburners Cask Strength Heavy Peat Barrel M225

[61.0%・NAS・Cask No. M225・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 183 Bottles] Nose: Dark chocolate, vanilla essence from charred oak staves laced with icing sugar.  Coarse rock salt, quite an oomph of peat smoke providing a perhaps fiery foreshadowing, heavily peated indeed by Australian standards.  Ground flannel seeds as notes of freshly plucked fruits slowly come on. Palate…

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First Impression: Limeburners Peated

[48.0%・NAS・Official Bottling] Nose: Spirit driven and rather piercing on the nose.  Wet grass and mud, yet just a faint presence of smoke.  Wood chips and limestone with a curious red brick note slabbed on top of a base of floral tones. Palate & Finish: Sugar melting into butter as the oily spirit takes centre stage;…

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First Impression: No Age Declared Cuvée 2016 43%

[43.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Silvano Samaroli Bottling Bottling] Nose: Subtle Sherry influence conveying a certain cleanness.  Lovely orchard fruits providing the wholesome jammy note, lemons and wild flowers wrapped in tender coal smoke. Palate & Finish: Softness illustrated with the plump fruits, delightful indeed with just a fine brush of waxiness as some tannins join in. Well…

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Whisky Review: Springbank Local Barley Aged 16 Years

Style: Honey and Creamy Nose: Starts with a mix of dry herbal, mint and chilli spices on the nose. Followed by gentle hay smoke stacked on lemon tart and vinegar for a touch of acidity. I have to let it breathe for a while here… Slowly Manuka honey treading in, vanilla malt. Cool and dry…

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First Impression: Douglas of Drumlanrig Ben Nevis Aged 18 Years

[54.7%・18 Years Old・Douglas of Drumlanrig Bottling・Cask No. 11385・Single Cask Release of 571 Bottles] Nose: Quite peppery, a sold presence of oak. Bright fruits, apple crumble and in time it mellows up into a gentle creaminess. Palate & Finish: A juicy drop with plenty of might coming from the dried oranges and figs, the overloading of…

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First Impression: GlenDronach Single Cask Cask Number 276

[54.1%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1994・Original Bottling Specifically Selected and Bottled for Silver Seal and Lion’s Whisky・Single Cask Release of 431 Bottles] Nose: Ahhh, comfort.  Astoundingly balanced for a Pedro Ximenez single cask; the oak has been kept at bay and the sherry cloaks itself behind a thin veil, leaving much to imagination.  The likes of…

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First Impression: Bakery Hill Classic Malt

[46.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release・Cask No. 4116] Nose: A welcoming aroma from the whisky crumble, grassy in nature, a sound delivery of aromatic molecules leading with orange peels.  Very clean with some lemongrass and ginger cubes coming through in time. Palate & Finish: The nose carries through onto the palate, green apples, honey and…

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