First Impression: Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old

Here in Australia, we are not privileged to receive official allocation of age-statement-Macallans; and there exists entire generations of drinkers who are not privy to its greatness. I held a Macallan tasting with some of my friends a few months back and came away feeling in awe of Macallans of old; in comparison, the contemporary Macallans simply cannot live up to the…

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Whisky Review: Tomintoul Five Decades

Tasting Notes: Tomintoul Five Decades Style: Floral and Delicate Nose: Fragrant white flower and coconut cream on the nose. Vanilla with a sour-sweet scent of green mangoes. Sugar barley, citrus oil and vanilla sit on top of black peppercorns. Delicate fruitiness with a buttery texture. Palate: Floral perfume treads on the palate gently, subtle but…

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First Impression: Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Decades

The brand new offering from the Wild Turkey Master’s Keep series has landed in Australia, just in time for the holiday season and I was generously given one to taste. Wild Turkey Master Distiller Mr. Eddie Russell debuted the Master’s Keep series after joining the helm alongside his father, the legendary Mr. Jimmy Russell. I had the pleasure…

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Whisky Review: Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Red Rye Finish

The Story Johnnie Walker is introducing a new range of limited edition, experimental whiskies: Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch.   The Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch range lifts the lid on the skill and never-ending pursuit of flavour that drives the blending team, led by master blender Dr Jim Beveridge. The ongoing flavour experiments that Beveridge and his team study are a…

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First Impression: AnCnoc 18 Years Old

Whisky shows seem to be a good litmus test these days to test out whether new products could cement their places in the market ( i.e. the BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 1). At Whisky Live Singapore, I got to taste the AnCnoc 18 Years Old, the recently unveiled expression that would replace the dearly departed…

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Whisky Review: Glenfiddich ‘Project XX’

Tasting Notes: Glenfiddich Experimental Series 02 ‘Project XX’ Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: Almost a winey texture on the nose, clean thread of autumn apples feeding through the scent. Generous caramel-cereal crust shatters to reveal orange candy, fruity liquorice lurking within. A quick of honey and black pepper spice dusting over. Palate: Deeper, initial touch…

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First Impression: Speyside Single Malt 1977 Bottled for the Auld Alliance

Although this whisky is labelled as an undisclosed malt, one does not need to read the Auld Alliance menu to have a pretty good idea of when it came from.. it’s not a Macallan.. The dram is quite mute to start off, but it is on the right track with that polished wood note from…

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First Impression: SMWS 96.1 Glendronach

[54.9%・20 Years Old・Distilled in 1971・Bottled in 1991・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release] When I saw Mr. Yeo having this 20 year old Society GlenDronach the other night, I told myself this would have to be one of the drams I must sample during my stay in Singapore; and to my fellow sherry heads, here’s my one line…

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Whisky Review: The Glenrothes 1991 (Bottled in 2012)

Tasting Notes: The Glenrothes 1991 (Bottled in 2012) Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: Stewed fruits simmering with a nice blend of vanilla malt. Ginger spice rolls in slowly, rising from the glass at a relaxed pace. Fresh, clear cut and grassy balm running on the nose. A soft mutter of caramel paste contributes a bit…

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First Impression: Overeem Cask Strength Port Cask Matured OHD-092

The nose is intoxicating with a wave of musky fragrance. Chocolate with a faint toasted peanut butter note. The dark port influence interacts well with the oak to give the dram some weight. Not an overly complex nose at first but things are as they should be. The aromas grow even thicker in time, ginger…

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