Whisky Review: Bunnahabhain 2006 Signatory Vintage 9 Years Old

A beautiful young sherried Bunna with a light Amber hue. The nose is a concentration of sweet citrus oils, toffee and salted caramel. A dash of water releases the dam of exotic flavours, dried herbs and florals, cardamom and other sweet spices. Creamy milk chocolate and a light sweet smokiness like roasted chestnuts over a…

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Whisky Review: Gordon & MacPhail Secret Stills Distillery 1 Release 2 (Talisker)

On the nose it’s black forest sponge cake made with fine vanilla grain and a couple of mint leaves to dress, so soft it feels like falling on a bed of cotton. Despite the sherry influence though the maritime note still retains its prowess character. Salty with burning incense and bonfire wood crackling in the…

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First Impression: Port Ellen 15th Release 32 Yo

The 15th rendition of the Port Ellen annual release has been aged for 32 years old, a staggeringly long period when you think of your usual Islay suspects. There exists a common consensus that a true Islay dram needn’t be aged for that long. There is a reason why Laphroaig and Ardbeg both do a 10…

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Whisky Review: Overeem Sherry Cask OHD-003

In anticipation of the port cask release tomorrow I thought I might revisit the OHD-003. Bright lemon peels well balanced by a heavier note of salted toffee. The nose is full of yins and yangs… beeswax and apple jam with toasted hazelnuts; almond butter applied on soft tan leather; French vanilla grain along with sandalwood;…

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First Impression: Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8

Sweet mahogany on the nose, the fragrant note is so smooth it simply skids through, followed closely by a gentle honeyed woodiness. Toasted spices adding to the depth with just a touch of cinnamon sprinkled upon a brush of vintage sherry inspired acidity. The sweetness is oh so intense the moment it touches the lips,…

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First Impression: GlenDronach Allardice Aged 18 Years

I have often voiced that the Allardice is one of my absolute favourite standard releases and a staple in my drinks cabinet, but it was only after reading Jonathan’s post on the Parliament that I realised I never really publicly disclose my appreciation towards this class, and so here is a very belated entry.. Breathe…

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Whisky Review: Kavalan Solist Amontillado

Congratulations to Kavalan for yet another successful year at the World Whiskies Awards. I had the fortune to taste a sample of this along with the Moscatel and the Manzanilla casks, and whilst all are delicious, I have to say this one was by far the most complex though I couldn’t really decide if I…

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