Dram Review: No Age Declared Cuvée 2016 43%

[43.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Silvano Samaroli Bottling Bottling] Nose: Subtle Sherry influence conveying a certain cleanness.  Lovely orchard fruits providing the wholesome jammy note, lemons and wild flowers wrapped in tender coal smoke. Palate & Finish: Softness illustrated with the plump fruits, delightful indeed with just a fine brush of waxiness as some tannins join in. Well…

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Whisky Review: Springbank Local Barley Aged 16 Years

Style: Honey and Creamy Nose: Starts with a mix of dry herbal, mint and chilli spices on the nose. Followed by gentle hay smoke stacked on lemon tart and vinegar for a touch of acidity. I have to let it breathe for a while here… Slowly Manuka honey treading in, vanilla malt. Cool and dry…

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Dram Review: Douglas of Drumlanrig Ben Nevis Aged 18 Years

[54.7%・18 Years Old・Douglas of Drumlanrig Bottling・Cask No. 11385・Single Cask Release of 571 Bottles] Nose: Quite peppery, a sold presence of oak. Bright fruits, apple crumble and in time it mellows up into a gentle creaminess. Palate & Finish: A juicy drop with plenty of might coming from the dried oranges and figs, the overloading of…

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Dram Review: The GlenDronach Single Cask Cask Number 276

[54.1%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1994・Original Bottling Specifically Selected and Bottled for Silver Seal and Lion’s Whisky・Single Cask Release of 431 Bottles] Nose: Ahhh, comfort.  Astoundingly balanced for a Pedro Ximenez single cask; the oak has been kept at bay and the sherry cloaks itself behind a thin veil, leaving much to imagination.  The likes of…

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Dram Review: Bakery Hill Classic Malt

[46.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release・Cask No. 4116] Nose: A welcoming aroma from the whisky crumble, grassy in nature, a sound delivery of aromatic molecules leading with orange peels.  Very clean with some lemongrass and ginger cubes coming through in time. Palate & Finish: The nose carries through onto the palate, green apples, honey and…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail The Macallan Distilled 1936 70°

[70°・NAS・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling] Nose: Mmm.. aged soy sauce, rather umami indeed.  The creaminess is transcending with the underlying raisin note tiptoeing in, the warming bone broth note gradually surfaces. Palate & Finish: Soft cotton like mouthfeel, the presence of the raisins fares more like an armagnac, strawberry jam and seville oranges intertwine to release…

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Dram Review: Lark The Revolution Release RR 05

[62.6%・3 Years 3 Months Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: Cigar burning and oak staves getting charred, sugar crystals turning brown and bubbling.  Hint of cloves, the more lively notes of citrus fruits have been suppressed, quite green still with note of corn syrup. Palate & Finish: Vanilla and green apples setting quite a…

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Whisky Review: Glenkinchie 12 Year Old

  Style: Light and Crisp Fruits Nose:  A layer of crisp citrus lemon, apples and juniper berries on the first whiff. Vanilla and malt follows closely. Sharpened spice with a nice focus. Slightly fatter oils hide down at the deep. Hints of cucumbers on the tail. Palate: Light barley delivery on the palate. Fresh lemon…

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Whisky Review: Octomore OBA Concept Edition C_0.1

Style: Fruity and Peaty Nose: Powerful flow of chilli spices, nutmeg and a packet of spearmint cutting across a deeper layer of dried apricots. Orange for apricots… Really? Light lemon myrtle, colossal peat rising silently from an earthy tone. Going slightly milky, honey apricot yoghurt. Anise, embers, dry spices filling up the spaces. Palate: Fruity…

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Dram Review: DYC Single Malt Aged 10 Years

[40.0%・10 Years Old・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Quite green and quite spirity, industrial with the barley grist and artificial with the butterscotch overloading.  Caramel and shoe box, pre-loved shoes. Palate & Finish: Sugary water, toffee diluted with water with quite a new make-esque presence. A bitter-ish after taste that unfortunately sticks on though it’s weak enough…

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