Whisky Review: Ardbeg Dark Cove 

Musings: So, the much anticipated Ardbeg Day release arrives. Thanks to Nicholas who helped me to pick up the bottle and we did an intense tasting session before we make our way to Ardbeg Night. There was a lot of enthusiasm and expectation as the Dark Cove Committee Release was considered a success with some…

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Side by Side: Comparing the Dark Cove General Release and the Dark Cove Committee Release

I think this is the question everyone is asking ever since the Dark Cove Committee Release came out, can the General Release be any better? You can read about my thoughts on the Dark Cove Committee Release here and Esmond’s notes of the Dark Cove General Release (“GR”) here and the Committee Release (“CR”) here. I must plainly…

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Whisky Review: Amrut Spectrum

Amrut has certainly captured our attention in the past couple of years with releases such as Intermediate Sherry and Portonova. However, to me they tend to feel a tad too excessive, much like some of the stupendously massive releases we get from Tasmania. With the Spectrum though, I think you see a self-conscious distillery that…

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Whisky Review: Starward Pedro Ximinez Sherry Cask

Musings: My first Australian PX , available in Vintage Cellars but it is already on batch 2 now. Let’s see how this baby spins… Tasting Notes:  Starward Limited Release for Vintage Cellars (Pedro Ximenez Sherry Cask) ✔ [Recommended if you like the style/distillery] Style: Raisins and Dry Fruits Nose: A deep breath of Black Forest cake.…

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In case you weren’t there: Our Picks from the WOW Whisky Show 2016

We had a lot of whiskies over the past two days at the Sydney World of Whisky Whisky Show. We didn’t get to taste everything of course but we did manage to put together a short list of our favourite whiskies. Berry’s Clynelish 17 Yo Cask Ref 4050    Just simply a textbook Clynelish, right away there is the signature…

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Bang for your buck: Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master’s Select

Seemingly half our conversations these days with our malt friends revolve around how whiskies are just getting so expensive these days and so this is something we are giving a trial here (Cheers to Hodinkee for the inspiration); giving our picks of what we think are “bargains”, if there is one such things these days…   Once again,…

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Whisky Review: Glenfarclas 9 Years Old Single Cask selected by Whisky & Wisdom

I suppose whisky writers, and whisky enthusiasts for that matter, have all dreamt about bottling their own whiskies at some point. So firstly, congratulations are in order, AD you have continued to inspire, this time not with your writing but with a spectacular offering. This particular whisky here was distilled in 1997, matured in a first filled sherry…

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Whisky Review: Lagavulin Aged 8 Years

Happy Birthday Lagavulin, I couldn’t wait for the official Australian release in July/August so here’s my thoughts… A lush dose of milky peat on the nose. Underlying blackcurrants with a generous splash Mediterranean spices providing that provocative vibe, smoked flannel seeds with vanilla dust. A sultry incense note burning in the background with a refreshing citrus…

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Whisky Review: Highland Park Thor

The wood influence is what shines the brightest on the nose, clean white oak shave with raw almond nibs with a criminally smooth sherry note. Candied ginger surfaces eventually with a citrus note from Chinese style aged lemon peels and a sandalwood note providing a lighter tone. Syrup drenched raisins and lemon marmalade delivered sleekly…

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