Whisky Review: SMWS 66.66 Ardmore “Ginger Makes Fred Smile”

Tasting Notes SMWS 66.66 Ardmore “Ginger Makes Fred Smile” ☆ [Recommended] Style: Ginger and Spicy Nose: Huge, dry notes at the front – Autumn leaves in early winter breeze, followed by a robust scent of vanilla yogurt, full cream milk with a swirl of honey and figs. Ginger spice kicks in with a hint of ashy peat…

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First Impression: Old Pulteney 1990 Vintage

A.K.A “Fine and Dry” I will be writing about the distillery soon, but first, a dram of this rather limited release at a bar. It may be surprising to most people, but Pulteney Distillery only uses 100% unpleated barley across its current range. So long story short, people who might expect a good old OP…

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Whisky Review: Ardbeg Supernova 2014 Committee Release 

Meek aroma of an intriguing mix of ripe cherry, paw paw, mango and kamquat. Followed by fresh lemon zest, smoked beacon peat garnished with a touch of milky vanilla cream. Spices was slightly held back to give a softer punch on the nose. Lovely fruit punchbowl! Mashed fruits of Valencia oranges, lemon, cherries mixed with…

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Whisky Review: Heartwood Convict Resurrection

Tasting Notes: Style: Sweet and Very Spicy Nose: Spicy punch followed by robust cherry and dried plum notes, a nice fruity breeze at every breath. Moments of dryness reminds me the delicious scent of popcorns and parched rice! Palate: Cherry liquorice with fiery chilli, in unbelievable strength!! The spice erupts and ignite like burning flames!…

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First Impression: Nikka Coffey Malt

This one a colour of Deep Gold, mildly cloudy compared to the grain. On the nose, Err Coffee actually…or dried coffee granules to be exact with a sharpness of dried lemon peels that bring some acidity to the nose! Leave it for a while and it becomes softer with notes of steamed Japanese coffee cakes,…

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Whisky Review: Rosebank Aged 21 Years 

Tasting Notes: Rosebank Aged 21 Years ☆ [Recommended] Nose: Sweet apple frangipane tart surrounded by cloves and ginger at the nose. Strong bite of orange peel with pencil shavings brings out an extra floral touch of the dram. Very very powerful aroma, complex and enjoyable once you take a moment and cut through the strength. Palate:…

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First Impression: Yoichi 12 Years Old Woody & Vanillic

This is a bottle supplied to Nikka bars in Japan exclusively. Bottled at 55% ABV. In many ways, keynote bottles such as this that aim to showcase the wide spectrum of the flavour profile that goes into the standard Yoichi range are more sought after by cask strength heads such as myself. An intense sandalwood…

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First Impression: Hibiki 21 Years Old

I’ve tasted a Hibiki 21 YO previously but unfortunatly it was quite oxidised. Luckily enough I have come across this pretty fresh bottle. A full but tender sandalwood and incense nose. Coconut and vanilla making a wonderful entry with an underlying plum sweetness. Grain spices appearing, the smoke is delicate with a lingering soft cocoa…

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First Impression: Nikka Coffey Grain

In the glass it reveals its beautifully bright golden nature. Take a sniff and WOW! Big hits of Sweet Sweet corn, followed by a rush of very Bourbon-ey vanilla and honey notes. Soft oak influences which accentuate the sweetness. Then a little floral and herbal chamomile tea and some minty specks, peppermint perhaps? The sweet…

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Whisky Review: Teeling 21 Years Old

Tasting Notes: Teeling 21 Years Old Silver Bottling ☆ [Recommended] Nose: A mix of fruity and floral notes at the nose, freshly picked peaches, sweet but not too thick… The fruity sweetness is supplemented by some drier touches, aroma of sandalwood and barley to offer a bit of natural rawness. Palate: Wondrously sweet and sappy flow…

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