First Impression: SMWS G1.14 North British “Banana Walnut Cornbread”

In Australia, grain whiskies are ordinarily overlooked at this age of single malts, the avid grain whisky fans normally have to rely on independent bottlers bringing in limited expressions and they often differ in quality; though now and again you do come across gems from the grain whisky producers, and more often than not they come from…

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Whisky Review: Paul John Indian Single Malt “Bold” 

Tasting Notes: Paul John Indian Single Malt Bold ☆ [Recommended] Style: Fresh and Peaty Nose:  Take off with a sublime aroma of green mango and coconut jam. Vanilla pods, oak with a trace of smoke and ash. The acidity brings out the sweetness and creamy notes. Barley sugar undertone. Palate: Green fruits overture quickly disrupted…

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First Impression: Westland American Oak American Single Malt Whiskey

 The gentlemen at Alba Whisky were kind to send over a trio of samples from the popular Westland Distillery, based in Seattle, U.S.A. Westland is perhaps the poster boy with respect to the new narrative in whisky production, known for utilizing various barley and yeast strains, it’s certainly an innovative distillery that intrigues a lot of whisky fans. The…

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Whisky Review: Cadenhead Imperial-Glenlivet Single Cask Aged 37 Years 

  Style: Dignified and Energetic Nose: A sweet and herbal introduction on the nose, a beautiful creamy balancing brush sparks the dram to life. Barley sugar beaming lightly, aged timber, bitter oranges. You can feel the spirit has come a long way, delicate with a lot of refined depth, but it is also unbelievably lively.…

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Whisky Review: The Glenrothes 1988 (Bottled in 2014)

Tasting Notes: The Glenrothes 1988 (Bottled in 2014) ☆ Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: Candied orange with a generous slice of ginger. Lemon citrus brimming tenderly, peppermint, assorted traditional dried fruits with loads of apricots. The aroma is rather delicate but the core looks very solid. Palate: Similar construct to the nose but the sherry…

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Whisky Review: The Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 Edition

  Tasting Notes: The Yamazaki 山崎 Sherry Cask 2016 Edition ☆ Style: Sherry and Composed Nose: Heavy sherry presence with an alluring balsamic vinegar touch. Light smoke, red fruit notes. Mature oak with a strong hint of tobacco leaves on the lower tone. Burnt caramel, bright cherry and roasted popcorn constitutes the rest of the…

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Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh 30 Years Old

Tasting Notes: Glenglassaugh 30 Years Old Style: Oaky and Dignified Nose: Thick overripe peach fragrance hovering on thirsty malt. Spice, hints of smoke perhaps? Big toffee on this one! Then we have orange peels and cinnamon breathing in some fruitiness. The flavours are slowly rolled into mango-infused, chewy, bitter tea leaves and tobacco leaves. Texture…

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First Impression: A Duet of Balvenie Single Casks

Over the past couple of years, I have had the fortune to taste a few non-commercially available whiskies, and some of the best ones have been Balvenie single cask samples, including this cask 8720 and this cask 100. Thank you again Ms. Laura Hay and Mr. James Buntin again for sharing those delightful drams with me. I…

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