Whisky Review: The Macallan Cask Strength

Tasting Notes: The Macallan Cask Strength ☆☆ [Highly Recommended] Style: Sherry Bomb and Spicy Nose: Sumptuous dark ruby fruits infused seamlessly with syrupy nectar. A hint of black tea. Staggering and rich sherry aroma flooding over but firmly grounded by steel-boned spice, incredible horsepower to lift up such a bulky texture. Haze of malt and…

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Whisky Review: Cadenhead Small Batch Mortlach Aged 20 Years

  Nose: The journey begins with delightful waxy honeycomb and caramel notes. Juicy oranges meshes with light vanilla cream, tropical fruits and violets humming softly from behind. Summer Piña Colada. Not exactly heavy on the nose but the sweet fragrance is pleasantly robust. Palate: The palate starts from liquid floral honey and proceeds to the…

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Bang for your buck: Kilchoman Sanaig

If you visit your local Australia bottle shop as often as I do, chances are you would have noticed that there has been a dramatic price drop on the Kilchoman range, in particular the Sanaig which only came to Australia earlier this year.  Still, priced between $110- $140 at the moment, the Sanaig is exactly…

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First Impression: The Nectar of The Daily Drams Distilled in Ireland Aged 27 Years

I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Mr. Mario Groteklaes of The Nectar during Whisky Live Singapore a few months back. What a legend with a wealth of whisky knowledge! Mario brought three of his current releases to the show, all bottled to celebrate The Nectar’s 10th anniversary; this particular bottling is a 26 year old…

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Whisky Review: Paul John ‘Edited’ 

Tasting Notes: Paul John Indian Single Malt Edited☆ [Recommended] Style: Fruity and Peated Nose: A velvety layer of fresh, raw bananas and reeling smokiness unlids an aromatic, ripe tropical fruits core which sits underneath. Lemon honey drops, fat toffee and a quick slick peanut butter brush around it. Dazzling nutty touch, very nice. Palate: Clean ripe…

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Whisky Review: The Balvenie Madeira Cask Aged 21 Years

Tasting Notes: The Balvenie Madeira Cask Aged 21 Years ✓ [Recommended if you like the style/distillery] Style: Sweet and Elegant Nose: Orange marmalade infused with tender vanilla cream. Timber dust floating in the air. Floral honey unfolds a crisp, sweet Autumn harvest Semillon. Dash of citrus oil on the surface and white pepper sprinkled over it. Palate:…

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First Impression: Brora Aged 30 Years Bottled in 2006

To me, a distillery is like a puzzle, with its various expressions like smaller pieces joint together forming a broader picture… and unfortunately due to my age I have never really quite made out what Brora looks like. Luckily, bars like Auld Alliance are like archives of random puzzle pieces where whisky nerds like myself get to have our wildest…

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First Impression: Bunnahabhain Aged 27 Years bottled by the Auld Alliance

The Auld Alliance doesn’t need an introduction, it’s already one of the landmarks in the whisky world. However, some of you might not know that they have also got an extensive range of in-house expressions on offer for patrons to sample, and they are simply pleasant surprises that await to delight one’s palate. Out of the few exclusive…

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Whisky Review: Kilchoman Original Cask Strength

Tasting Notes: Kilchoman Original Cask Strength 2014 ☆ [Recommended] Style: Lively and Smoky Nose:  A big puff of charcoal smoke with a briny bite on the nose. Chilli flakes, towering spices with a touch of grassy notes. The core sits quite deep and unravels at a sluggish pace – quiet floral sweetness, and opens up…

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Whisky Review: Ardbeg Twenty One

Tasting Notes: Ardbeg Twenty One ☆☆ [Highly Recommended] Style: Sweet and Delicate Nose:  Milky coat of vanilla icing, dustiness sediments in the aroma. Toasted almonds, lemon aloe vera wrapped around by peat smoke. Briny, a handful of salted pecans, almost meaty with a deeper whiff at the back. Palate:  Balmy sweetness on the palate. Fragrant…

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