Whisky Review: Taketsuru 21 Years Old Port Wood Finish

Style: Sweet and Silky Palate: Light first touch, feathery texture, citrus lemon and quickly pursued by soft raisin sweetness. A peck of smoke and sourness, then we have tropical fruits and bright coconuts notes. Milk chocolate pudding in the mid-palate as the oak influence begins to play a part. Lovely malt breaks through towards the…

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Whisky Review: The BenRiach Aged 12 Years

  Style: Sherry and Lively Nose: Rich red fruits whistling in a lively spirit. Plums, strawberry cake threaded with a thin string of wood spice, cinnamon dust and slightest ginger. Sherry notes meld beautifully with orange malt and massive vanilla custard (this is Spanish Oak, right?). Fresh, sweet, multi-layered aroma. Palate: Gentle, juicy flow of…

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First Impression: Hakushu Owner’s Cask 2B 40276

[57%・Distilled in 1992・Bottled in 2011・Original Bottling・Single Cask Release of 253 Bottles] Nose: Wood shaves and glue initially for a moment, but henceforth it rewards with a wood fired toasted marshmallow note that transpires basic happiness.  The sweetness from the fruits has been muted but the freshness has been harnessed, with a brush of woodiness laid…

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Whisky Review: Glenmorangie Companta Private Edition

Style: Sweet and Round Nose: Rich and round red currants decorated with a small pinch of peppermint. Sugar plum and red fruits tart. Sweet aroma with a slight touch of cinnamon sticks. Navel oranges gently shine through from the back. Beautiful sweet nose. Palate: Another rich tide of red fruit sweetness landing nicely on the…

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Whisky Review: Komagatake Aged 22 Years

Style: Bright and smooth Nose: Delicate run of dark raisin syrup. Coffee beans, leather and tobacco leaves submerges. Confident layering of malt, orange and vanilla. A rather atypical touch of light corn syrup dipping on top, dark fruits stewing with gentle smoke at the back. Palate: Sweet, ripe cherry fruits flow onto the palate, chocolate…

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First Impression: Nikka “Kitagenshu” 15 Years Old

[43%・15 Years Old・Original Bottling] Nose: Very clean and vibrant, rockmelon, watermelon and stone fruits fused together with just a slight edge of earthiness; elegantly rounded. Palate & Finish: Clever and charming, the dram first introduces sweet nashi pears to the picture, not in an overly extravagant manner but in a rather refreshing way.  A hazy…

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Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh Rare Cask Release 1978 Cask #1810 Port Hogshead

Tasting Notes: Glenglassaugh Rare Cask Release 1978 Cask #1810 Port Hogshead Style: Complex and Dignified Nose: Elusive aroma making the softest sweet whispers in your ears. When it opens up in comes dusky ruby grapes flowing with minimal smoke. A dash of coastal saline, minerals and almond bun undertone, green vine tartness and oak. White…

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First Impression: Glenmorangie Bacalta

[46%・2017・NAS・Original Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The dram opens with a breath of aged balsamic vinegar, the oak has been elegantly laid down.   Hint of salt spray akin to a quiet pier perhaps, once that initial layers peel away, there is the crème caramel note, no doubt from the caramelisation of the wood.  Dried Seville oranges served on…

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