Whisky Review: Lark Small Cask Aged Cask Strength

Tasting Notes: Lark Small Cask Aged Cask Strength Style: Malty and Spicy Nose: Beneath the cask strength spice lies lemon, honeycomb and egg custard notes. Then it opens up to an ocean deep of malt aroma, so abundant and dense… More creamy honey sweetness, hints of (peat?) smoke and vanilla candle scent burning slowly at…

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First Impression: A Few Drams from the Oak Barrel Whisky Fair 2016

Let’s face it, live-blogging at a whisky show is a bad idea… it’s never going to be quite spotted on, but here’s a few of my picks from the first hour of this year’s Oak Barrel Whisky Fair..   This Dailuaine 22 years old is one of the four bottlings exclusive at the fair, bottled at…

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First Impression: A Duet from The Oak Barrel Australian Whisky Distillers Dinner

A wise man once said that “you are the total sum of  the people you have ever met”.. and Thursday night was certainly a big plus of my whisky journey. The Oak Barrel has again proven to be a place for whisky lovers to gather. Kudos to Nighthawk Diner for putting together four well curated…

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Whisky Review: Glenfiddich Aged 30 Years

Tasting Notes: Glenfiddich Aged 30 Years ☆ Style: Dignified and Complex Nose:  Elegant aroma diffuses in softly, a beautifully knitted medley of red apples, resins, black tea leaves and caramel notes generate a light, bright but dignified vibe. Dry smoke and white pepper wraps around sweet creamy malt. A nice and complex nose. Palate: A…

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Whisky Review: Johnnie Walker Green Label Aged 15 Years

  Style: Delicate and Complex Nose: Vanilla cream with brushes of Jasmine flower on the nose. A quick punch of spice lights up the tempo, followed by light-hearted cedar wood and grassy notes unveiling a solid malt at the heart. Drying smoke and white pepper lurking at the bottom of the aroma. A very busy…

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Whisky Review: The Macallan 18 Years Old (Youngest Whisky Distilled In 1986)

You could say I was born to a different era.  Gone were the days where Macallan exclusively aged their stocks in Jerez sherry casks, casks that were filled with new make made from golden promise barley.  In a country where a Macallan with an age statement is seen as a product of rarity, for a…

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Whisky Review: Glenfarclas 9 Years Old “Whisky & Wisdom” Single Cask

Tasting Notes: Glenfarclas 9 Years Old Single Cask- Exclusively Bottled for “Whisky & Wisdom” ☆ Style: Young and Complex Nose: Distinct ginger shreds tapping at the front with a big bite of chocolate mud cake. A few minutes the dram blossoms with tasty raisins and dried apricots aroma. Tea fruit cake undertone buoyed up by a…

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First Impression: Black Gate Cask #016 Exclusively Bottled for The Oak Barrel

As a Black Gate fan, it gives me great pleasure to have the opportunity to officially announce that Mr. Brian Hollingworth and Mrs. Genise Hollingworth are releasing the single cask #016, exclusively for The Oak Barrel Sydney Whisky Fair 2016. Hailed from the pedigree of the iconic 520 release, the #016 is the sixth 20 litre first-filled…

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“Malternative” Review: Gelas Single Cask Double Matured Bas-Armagnac

I don’t exactly know who coined the term “malternative”, I presume it’s Mr. Serge Valentin of WhiskyFun. It appears to be a term that most people associate with rum; quite possibly “the next up and coming spirit” seeing how well the recent Caroni releases were received. However, as whiskies continue to surge in prices, it’s really…

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Interview with Mr. Cameron Syme of Limeburners

It is no secret that I have a lot of love for Limeburners – musky, powerful and unique Australian whisky which makes the best night cap for me. I was delighted to chat with Mr. Cameron Syme briefly at a Limeburners masterclass ahead of the Whisky Fair 2016 which will be held on 27th August…

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