Dram Review: Fuji Gotemba Kirin Fuji Sanroku 18 Years Old

[43.0%・18 Years Old・Official Bottling・General Release] Kudos to the Baxter Inn for securing a bottle directly from Japan. This is not a bottling from the ‘Big Four’ Japanese Distilleries but instead it’s produced in Fuji Gotemba distillery, owned by the beverage giant Kirin and it is just as highly sought after by the people in the…

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Whisky Review: The Glenlivet Nàdurra Aged 16 Years Batch 0313W

  Nose: Starts with a spicy hit on the nose, followed by elder flower scent and milky vanilla. A nice creamy floral fragrance we have here. At the back there are some dry timber planks and black pepper to give more complexity. Palate: A silent initial touch on the palate, superb oily texture. Gradually the…

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First Impression: Black Bull 12 Years Old

Made from 50% Corn Spirit and 50% Malt Spirit. A warming Amber Gold colour and a nose that’s Full and Rich! Loads of dried fruits and toasted oak that’s been well aged. An intense sweetness like wild raw honey with plenty of figs and dates. Quite nutty with hints of burnt banana toffee and citrus…

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Whisky Review: Glenfarclas Aged 15 Years (circa 2006)

Style: Sweet and Creamy Nose: Roasted pop corn dipped into creamed honey. A faint hint of tropical fruits, coconut and pepper spice. More gentle malty notes coming out at the back. Smooth and harmonious. Palate: At the first sip a quick rush of raisin sweetness combined with some fresh oaky noted to create a delicious roast…

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Whisky Review: Glenmorangie Private Edition Ealanta

Tasting Notes:  Glenmorangie Private Edition Ealanta ☆☆ Style: Perfume Oak and Elegant Nose: At the nose, there is a delicate touch of orange peels with icing sugar and floral nectar. Gradually it makes a creamy vanilla turn and introduces a unique incense of timber shavings which is so light and so alluring! The beautiful scent is…

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Whisky Review: New World Projects Oak Barrel Whisky Fair 2014 Bottling

A.K.A. “The Australian Dream” Musky nose, it has a powerful floral note with a hint of bubblegum. Light grapes and cloves. Creamy dark chocolate with bits of tobacco and Chinese hawthorn berries. Strong, intense palate of syrupy dark berries and blood orange notes. Rich cinnamon and hot spices. A hint of icing sugar. Tobacco leaves…

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Dram Review: Hakushu Heavily Peated Bottled in 2012

[48.0%・Bottled in 2012・Original Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: A delicate sweet smoke on the nose, cucumbers and forest pines. It doesn’t feel like it’s heavily peated, the peat is clean. The freshness of green fruits is truly lovely with just a hint of vanilla and a brush of honey. The woody peat and green papaya notes come…

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Whisky Review: Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask Cask No. S090122062

A.K.A. “An exhilarating ride to sherry town.” A whiff of orange peels and char smoke on the nose. Dried flowers, balsamic vinegar and a generous pinch of crushed pepper. Subdued raisins with a hint of tobacco. Nuts and cloves. The floral note amplifies with time, bringing some brown sugar sweetness in the mix along with…

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Dram Review: Laphroaig Aged 25 Years 2013 Cask Strength Edition

[45.1% • 25 Years Old • Bottled in 2013 • Official Bottling • Limited Edition] Nose: Fresh dill and tea smoked trout on the nose. Bacon and banana jam. Let it breathe and it develops a woody peat with a hint of sea salt and lard, and a pinch of cumin, pepper and tea leaves.…

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Dram Review: Talisker Aged 20 Years

[62.0%・20 Years Old・Distilled in 1981・Bottled in 2002・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 9000 Bottles] I tasted this vintage Talisker a while back at Baxter Inn, where noise-cancelling earphones really came in handy. Nose: Smoky and earthy on the nose, aged ham and subtle meat rub spices. Toffee, almonds with notes of poached dark fruits on the back end. Let…

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