First Impression: A Trio Of Glenlossie

Glenlossie is a Diageo-owned distillery located in Speyside, a workhorse for the corporation’s blended products. I must say I have not had a lot of their offerings prior to this weekend, other than through the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, in part because of how little of their new make was destined to be bottled as…

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First Impression: White Oak Akashi Aged 15 Years

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 years. I never got the chance to sample their older offerings. So when…

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Port Charlotte PC12 Oileanach Furachail

ABV – 58.3% ☆ Colour: Aged Golden Straw Nose: Big, Oily and Smoky. It starts out with an oceanic peat smoke, salty Islay air and a mouthful of salt cured pork. There’s some soft sweetness from the sherry influence of fig preserve and blackberries which help to balance out the immense peat. Quite oily too,…

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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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Lighting Round: A Quartet of Limeburners

  This past Monday night was a hectic one, we at WhiskNick somehow managed to hop through two masterclasses with two exceptional gentlemen, Mr. Cameron Syme of Great Southern Distillery and Mr. David Stewart MBE, master blender of Balvenie. Whilst Esmond was conducting his interview with Mr. Syme (it will be up on WhiskNick in…

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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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First Impression: The Black Bowmore

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 a reputable whisky bar if you search for it…

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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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