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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Dram Review: Amrut Spectrum

[50.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2015・Official Bottling・Limited Release] 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…

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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

[43.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa. 2015-2016・Limited Release] 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…

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Dram 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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Dram Review: Highland Park Thor

[52.1%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2012・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 23,000 Bottles] Nose: 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…

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Dram Review: Compass Box Great King St Glasgow Blend

[43.0% • Bottled in 2014 • No Age Statement • Compass Box Bottling • Limited Edition] It occurs to me that perhaps I have been quite spoilt lately as I seem to have been taking the more assessable whiskies for granted. I suppose I only have one liver and I need to make choices in…

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Dram Review: SMWS 1.183 Glenfarclas “A Vibrant Enigma!”

[48.0%・48 Years Old・Distilled in 1965・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: Rich honey with a beautiful and transcending polished wood note indicative of its age, undoubtedly a result of a deep imprint of the oak over the years, certainly in a class of its own. It has this armagnac like earthiness with the richness of syrup cured fruits…

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