First Impression: Kirin Fuji Sanroku 18 Years Old

A.K.A. “The Thirty Seventh View of Mount Fuji” 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…

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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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In case you weren’t there: An evening with Kilchoman 1/2

Prior to the tasting at the Wild Rover, I have only had the Machir Bay, a SMWS bottling and the Port Cask Matured on a handful of occasions. I knew that Kilchoman is a young distillery doing some good stuff. But there are quite a few distilleries on Islay consistently doing some great stuff, and…

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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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In case you weren’t there: The Oak Barrel Whisky Fair 2015

I think the feature photo sums up the Whisky Fair really well. It was mighty fun with just a healthy dose of craziness. I probably sampled about 20 whiskies and armagnac all-together and mid-way through the second dram I knew it would be futile to keep notes. Still I want to share a few personal…

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First Impression: Glenlivet 21 Year Old Archive

A Ruby Rose Gold Appearance. On the nose you get lots of sweetness from honey and vanilla, then you get some pear drop freshness, a bit of floral notes and wonderful light sherry undertone of strawberry jam and bitter-ish Orange peels. Palate wise, the most prominent initial is of woody oak with a slight char,…

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First Impression: BenRiach 12 YO Horizons

A delicious deep gold with oxidized hues. The nose is fresh and complex, with a big hit of floral and creamy honey notes. The freshness is livened with notes of green apple slices, lemon juice and juniper berries! Then the rich oils from Brazil nuts and creamy milk chocolate. A beautiful undertone of sweet barley…

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First Impression: Bruichladdich Octomore Edition 7.2

Tip over the darkness and let the sweet nectar of light straw with ghosting’s of emerald splash out. The nose is intense and serious, a mixture of sweet and savouriness. Mmm delicious fresh and oily smoked eels, then some grinded macha (green tea) and then a complex dashi broth (stock made with Bonito and dried…

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First Impression: Koval Millet

In the glass it shows its Luscious Amber Gold. The initial wiff is a little rough with notes of alcohol swabs. Give it 5mins and it opens up to a beautiful perfumed nose with a lovely bourbon infused caramel note which gently eases into honeyed toasted almonds. Then you get floral honeysuckle and herby cloves.…

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First Impression: Bunnahabhain 6 YO Signatory Vintage

A young and fresh scotch indeed! With a appearance of Light Pale Straw! It may only be 6years old, but the freshness on nosing may fool you to think its a new make spirit! Undertones of fine Iodine. You first pick up the fresh salty oceanic air reminisce of waves hitting a rocky coastline! Then…

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