Whisky Review: The Macallan 18 Years Old (Youngest distilled in 1986)

Tasting Notes: The Macallan 18 Years Old (Youngest distilled in 1986) ☆☆ Style: Sherry and Serene Nose: Absolutely beautiful raisins aroma rising from the glass. Sweet red fruits scrupulously knitted with subtle vanilla, honey and chocolate oak. Mild spice illuminates and highlight the sherry tenor charmingly. Soothing, elegant nose. Palate: Perfect delivery on the palate.…

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First Impression: Bunnahabhain Aged 30 Years 1980 Vintage

The nose is gentle, aromas driven by ruby grapes, plump barley and ripe pears from Itayanagi. A pinch of coarse sea salt and eucalyptus in the background. First couple of notes noticeable on the palate are the honeyed wood spices and the creamy sherry influence. The apple crumble note conveys that refreshing zing of fruitiness, but…

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Whisky Review: The Balvenie Triple Cask Aged 12 Years

Tasting Notes: The Balvenie Triple Cask Aged 12 Years Style: Honey and Malty Nose: Nice honeycomb and banana notes bolstered by creamy vanilla and butterscotch on the nose. Light, non-provoking, slightly floral fragrance. Fresh oak shavings with velvety spice. Fruity notes open up slowly and we have sweet pomelo and dried mangoes towards the end.…

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Whisky Review: Ichiro’s Malt Aged 23 Years Cask Strength

Tasting Notes: Ichiro’s Malt Aged 23 Years Cask Strength ☆ Style: Sweet and Composed Nose: Sweet honey cornflakes aroma, red fruits and flower meadow in touch with an unexpected dash of white vinegar. Fresh peppermint spice fizzes, then we come to see some lively, light-hearted malt. Palate: Beautiful sherry and floral notes entwining and unfolding…

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Whisky Review: Yoichi 20 Years Old

Tasting Notes: Yoichi 余市 20 Years Old ☆☆ Style: Bold and Elegant Nose: Magnificent Aroma – heart-warming vanilla drizzled with delicious honey. Leathery, tobacco leaves with drops of raisin syrup slightly teasing your nose. Peat and ashy smoke glowing in the most charming way from the back, beautiful malt slowly pushing through… Incredibly complex and…

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Whisky Review: The Glendronach Aged 18 Years “Allardice”

Tasting Notes: The Glendronach Aged 18 Years Allardice Style: Deep Sherry and Delicate Nose: Stewed fruits in caramel dip on the nose. Then we have heavy raisins – beautiful Oloroso signature. Vanilla and smoke huffing softly on the side, adding a nice dimension to the aroma. Hints of dark fruits with malty nuttiness. Palate: Delicate…

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Whisky Review: The Arran Smugglers’ Series Volume I

Tasting Notes: The Arran Smugglers’ Series Volume I Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: Begins with fragrance of ripe mangosteen, sourness of passion fruit, pears and other tropical fruits. Followed by nose-drying ginger spice. Cutting through it, we have some coconut vanilla ice cream. A hint of dryness, probably some smoke? But definitely a faint hiss…

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Side by Side: Ardbeg Twenty One and Ardbeg 1977

The Ardbeg Twenty One certainly took the Australia by storm a couple of weeks ago, the 90 units allocated to the country were sold out in a matter of minutes, “gone in 90 seconds” as one friend commented.. Of course, there are a few factors behind the phenomenon.. for one, the exclusivity-orientated marketing strategy proved to be…

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Whisky Review: Artist #5 Ledaig Aged 10 Years by La Maison du Whisky 

Style: Sherry bomb and Peaty Nose: Staggering sherry sludge flooding in – thick red fruits, jammy and immensely sweet. Minerals, match box and sand paper notes buried within giving a balancing dry tone. A rather briny core hides in the deep, sea breeze and mossy, hmmm, a hint of salted fish. A sherry curve ball…

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