Dram Review: Dobson’s Empire 8 (Cask No. 81)

[60.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2016・Official Bottling・Cask No. 81・Single Cask Release] Nose: After Eight chocolate with the inner filling of crème de menthe overflowing, swirled with a somewhat artificial injection of toffee.  In time there is a slight peppery presence, hint of rosemary along with some sultana. Palate & Finish: Highly acidic, the sheer sourness from the sour…

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Whisky Review: Highland Park Aged 25 Years (Bottled in 2004)

Style: Delicate and Complex Nose: Fragrant and silky aroma on the nose. Begins with intoxicating sweetness and winey cherry rum cake and milk chocolate. Plums followed by slight bitterness and tartness of plum skins. A delicate layer of leather and pine oil glossing over heather honey, which is misted over by spirit peppermint. Gentle peat…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 33.133 Ardbeg “Whipped with happiness”

Style: Honey and Smoky Nose:  Begins with salty breeze, seaweed and soft mineral notes. Then unveiled the thick pancake stack steaming with honey maple syrup! Powerful spice, going slightly vegetative, aroma of sizzling pan fried onions and crisp bacon. A lick of strawberry jam at the bottom. A Scottish breakfast indeed! Palate: Heading happily to…

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Dram Review: Limeburners Cask Strength Directors Cut M326

[61.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 199 Bottles] Nose: Squid ink & coal smoke up front but beneath the earthy veil lies rose petals and cured hibiscus.  It’s dirty and refined at the same time, with a curious heat rub note gradually surfacing from the background. Palate & Finish: A healthy dose of strawberry…

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Whisky Review: Bowmore Hand-Filled Single Cask #???? 2016 Oloroso Sherry Cask

Style: Sweet and Sherry Nose: Starts with plenty of smoke floating around. An alluring sweet and sour element on the nose… Red fruits, raspberries, sour plums, hawthorns with a touch of sea salt. Slightly floral, blue berries and stew fruits emerge from the spirit as the tone slowly descends. Almond and walnuts undertone. Clean, fresh…

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Dram Review: Canadian Club Aged 8 Years

[40.0%・8 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Lime zest, faint charred oak note in the background; corn syrup lurking with a hint of dry rye. Palate & Finish: Glucose syrup with a wee dose of vanilla essence, soft marshmallow with a very subtle, almost unintended hint of lime twist, apricots and sugared mochi. A…

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Whisky Review: Silver Seal Whisky is Classical Collection Clynelish “Elisir d’amore” 1993 22 Years Old

Style: Waxy and Spicy Nose: Very fresh and sweet on the first encounter, like a blend of mead and sauternes sweet wine. Pears, green apples and honey slightly masked by chilli shreds and chilli seeds. The core is rather elusive and does not feel like a usual Clynelish. Waxy tone ushered forward with another touch…

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Whisky Review: The Auld Alliance x Three Rivers Tokyo x The Whisky Agency Ben Nevis Aged 19 Years

Style: Rich and Deep Sherry Nose: A thread of peppermint feeds through on the nose, followed by a dense, meaty toffee aroma, caramel red liquorice and icy tropical fruits. Smooth but a rather rich texture. Distinct peat smoke campfire from distance with a touch of walnut. All the beautiful signatures of a sherry Ben Nevis…

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Dram Review: Starward 10th Anniversary Bottling

[52.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The initial musk is rather captivating, chalk dust with vintage leather-bound books and forest berries painting an enticing landscape of darkness whilst the a mellow tone ensues from the oak.  Burnt figs and toasted almonds circling as the oak slowly engulfs the scene; fortunately the sticky strawberries intervene to…

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Dram Review: Aberlour 12 Years Old Double Cask Matured

[40.0%・12 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2017・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Freshly plucked apples and grainy malt; light traces of chocolate, raisins and candle wax.  Simple but clean and pleasant. Palate & Finish: Mouthfeel is a bit thin but there is a creaminess to it, a clean delivery of  apple crumble and cinnamon dust with a splash of…

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