First Impression: Lark RR 024

[64.5%・2 Years and 9 Months Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Quite mellow on the nose for a cask strength Lark.  The bourbon cask is at work here despite being quite a young whisky, syrupy and mahogany driven with Vienna almonds scattered atop the citrus but creamy back bone.  There is some smoke to it…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 121.61 Arran “Pulled pork with chocolate mousse”

Style: Sherry and Spicy Nose: Juicy dried figs with sublime chocolate mousse (as the name has suggested) filling. Dark prunes with slight tartness. Ginger shreds and meaty notes swept under, blueberry jam beaming beautifully. Palate: Scintillating sherry notes with robust spice. Chocolate strawberry jam, honey figs, red fruits cake dominates the palate. The sweetness goes…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 55.37 Royal Brackla “Choc a l’orange”

Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: A sweet, powerful whiff of apricots, vinegar over tone, slightly grassy with a sturdier earthiness. Orange chocolate, chilli flakes dusting over. A mix of dry spices, nutmeg, five spices and cinnamon at the back. Palate: More sweet orange chocolate rolling onto palate. Herbal overtone, delicious honey hovering over ripe apricots…

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First Impression: SMWS Hanyu 131.2 “Magic Carpet in a Sweetie Shop”

[55.1%・Distilled in 2000・Bottled in 2014・13 Years Old・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 646 Bottles] Nose: Incredibly syrupy with the toffee treacle.  Plenty of aged leather with a hint of candied ginger but the overall tone leans towards the heaviness as gifted by a thick syrupy cask.  There is a rich waxiness amidst the prominent spices as…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 132.3 Karuizawa “Dark, mysterious and Seductive”

Style: Complex Sherry and Spicy Nose: Vanilla stick coated with a the layer of Demerara sugar, joined by fresh honey comb notes. A hint of capsicum and spice undertone. Light, melted caramel rounding off the aroma nicely. Palate: Even more vibrant and sharper first touch on the palate. A burst of red liquorice and hot chili…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 29.202 Laphroaig “Smoke Cherry Bomb”

Style: Smoky and Punchy Nose: Classic big smoky Laphroaig on the nose. Sharp, a touch of citrus lemon and orange leading to round apricots and cherry sweetness. Flanking chilli spices, a faint kiss of coastal waves and saltiness, TCP with medicinal undertone. Tight but oily, subtle coffee ground too finish. Palate: Salted caramel popcorn on…

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First Impression: Sullivans Cove Special Cask Edition TD0202

[47.5%・Distilled in 2007・Bottled in 2017・9 Years Old・Official Bottling・Cask TD0202・Single Cask Release of 174 Bottles] Nose: What a pleasant surprise, clean pasture and freshly plucked apples, refreshing as a clean floral note gently comes through with a green kiwi note.  A subtle hint of oak in the background giving the dram another dimension. Palate & Finish:…

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Whisky Review: Bowmore Hand-Filled Single Cask #32161 2015 Aged 17 Years

Style: Fragrant and Maritime Peat Nose: Dynamic fragrance, beautiful ripe garden berries in the form of balmy candle, deep tobacco leaves impressions, followed by a dash of iodine and sea salt. Maritime influence taking over at deep. Distinct seaweed, mineral touches as blurry vanilla and malt lying underneath. Palate: Massive sweetness with a twinge of…

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Whisky Review: Clynelish Distillery’s Edition 2012

Style: Honey and Light Sherry Nose: Sherry notes on the drier side, plums and black licorice, followed by a refreshing pour of grape juice. Air-dried barley glimmering with malt syrup, then we have a thicker, pleasant aroma of roasted cornflakes with a hint of saltiness. Palate: Rose petals canon, reinforced sherry influence first touch on the…

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Whisky Review: Miyagikyo Single Cask 2000 Aged 13 Years

Style: Fruity and Spicy Nose: Fragrant apple and pear drops burst into scene with dazzling sweetness. A very pure and clean aroma… Strolling on spring glass and along meadow bank. Delicious lychee martini, with a touch of enthusiastic ginger and peppermint spice. Slightly drying towards the end. Palate: More frisky fruity notes, a clean interchange…

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