Dram Review: White Oak Akashi Aged 15 Years

[58.0%•15 Years Old•Bottled in 2013•Official Bottling•Cask No. 40100•Single Cask Release of 795 Bottles] I would like to put this on record, the White Oak Akashi I have tasted prior to this expression have been, to put it mildly, rather average. Granted, the stuff I had were the recent releases; mostly NAS, others aged between 3-5…

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Whisky Review: Octomore 10 Years

Tasting Notes: Bruichladdich Octomore 10 Years Style: Farmhouse-esque and Complex Nose: Dry hints of haystack and creamy milk for the sweetness. Old timber shed tweaking and  some”organic” peat. Who grew up in a farm? Tones are heavy, low, like a solo cello, solemn but calm… Mr. Jim Murray nailed it, cow shed is the best descriptor…

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Whisky Review: Yoichi 15 Years Old

Tasting Notes: Yoichi 15 Years Old ☆ Style: Fruity and Smoky Nose: Raw green mango-like sour fruitiness and a hint of sweet liquorice building upon a nice foundation of tender vanilla, honey and malt, such a special set of aromas at the nose! Charred oak and smoked salmon notes can be felt lurking at the rear.…

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Whisky Review: Lagavulin Aged 8 Years 

Tasting Notes: Lagavulin Aged 8 Years Style: Smoky and Vibrant Nose: The majestic smoke wraps around the vanilla licked honey core, timber log lightly crackling in the fireplace. Dim, smooth and satisfying… Followed by peaty notes with a touch of balsamic vinegar, lightly rubbed with sea breeze. Fruity notes slowly unfold, start with soft lemon…

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A sit down with Mr. Brian Hollingworth of Black Gate Distillery

A decade ago, it might have seemed strange to celebrate world whisky day with a nip of Australian whisky. I wouldn’t know, I was in middle school back then. Times are a bit different now, with website getting crashed from eager fans trying to get their hands on the latest release, to award winning casks skyrocketing through…

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Dram Review: The Black Bowmore

[40.5%・42 Years Old・Distilled in 1964・Bottled in 2007・Original Bottling・Limited Release] The  Black Bowmore, so often trotted out as the whisky that symbolises the “illuminati” aspect in whisky appreciation, is somewhat of an enigma. The fact is that there has been a decent outturn over the years and you are bound to come across an opened bottle at…

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Whisky Review: Bowmore “Tempest” Aged 10 Years Batch VI

Tasting Notes: Bowmore “Tempest” Aged 10 Years Batch VI Style: Bright and Feisty Nose: Delicious coconut cream and aromatic tropical fruits big on the nose. Beaming sweetness from freshly sliced pineapples and passionfruit pulp. Maverick spices blitz with white oak notes, opens up a soft layer of sea salt thinly cloaked with a whip of…

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Whisky Review: Lagavulin Aged 16 Years 

Tasting Notes: Lagavulin Aged 16 Years ☆☆ Style: Smoky and Serene Nose: Sweet, smoky aroma emits a calming aura. All edges have been well polished… Within lemon fruits there is the slightest hint of raisins and flowing nectar, sweet and nicely layered. A drier side is unfolded when you plunge deeper, orange peels, pine nuts…

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Dram Review: Glenfarclas 2015 Christmas Malt Whisky Edition

[51.5%・24 Years Old・Distilled in 1990・Bottled in 2015・Cask No. 7089・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 284 Bottles] Glenfarclas has been one of the few distilleries that was able to keep up with the soaring demands during the early stages of this whisky boom; but even then, it has become somewhat of a rare sight to spot a…

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Whisky Review: Benromach 10 Years Old 100° Proof

Tasting Notes: Benromach 10 Years Old 100° Proof ☆☆   Style: Fruity and Spicy Nose: Robust aromatic and spiced nose of vanilla flower, apple pie, cinnamon sticks and pear. A hint of lime zest running through the sharp edge of red hot spice. A side glimpse of dry haystack, honeycomb and milk that makes the nose…

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