Whisky Review: Acorn New Harmony Wardhead 1997 Aged 19 Years 

Style: Icy and Spicy Nose: Delicate orchard fruits strolling across a barley field. A nice yield of floral nectar and buttering aroma on the nose. Enticingly sweet while icy peppermint spice pushes in at a moderate strength. A nice balance of apples, fruitiness and cereal notes. Looking sharp but smooth. Palate: Feisty peppermint laying path…

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Whisky Review: Silver Seal Whisky is Classical Series Glen Elgin 20 Years Old “Madama Butterfly”

Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: Icy spearmint swooping down onto lightly stewed tropical fruits on the nose. Quite peppery and sharp, but the ester fruits are holding up very nicely in the middle. White flower coming through, banana, dried mangoes and malt cake on the subtle side. Bit shy but also sweet and alluring. Palate:…

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Dram Review: Yamazaki Mizunara Japanese Oak Cask Aged 18 Years 2017 Edition

[48.0%・18 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The nose is fairly understated and reserved here, which in a way highlights the spectrum of flavours and how evenly they are arranged.  Coconut chips, pear puree and subtle cherry preserves stacking neatly against each other like kissing buttons on the cuffs of a well measured suit.…

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Dram Review: Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish

[53.9%・Bottled in 2016・NAS・Original Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The maritime influence arrives in strides alongside notes of chargrilled vegetables, the subdued smoke pairs well with the translucent woodiness.  The ashy note has been kept at bay. Palate & Finish: The dram conveys a mellow honey sweetness with a sprinkle of lemony note that lays down a path…

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Dram Review: Yamazaki Mizunara Japanese Oak Cask Bottled in 2013

[48.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2013・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: A certain je nais sais quoi with how lovely the mizunara is laid out, absolutely mesmerising.  The top notes are refreshing with delicate jammy notes and subtle hints of coconut chips and marzipan.  The unfolding of the oak is alluring, layers peeling off to reveal hints of tobacco and…

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Dram Review: Tokyo International Bar Show Whisky Live Tokyo 2013 Yamazaki Mizunara

[50.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2013・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 547 Bottles] Nose: The nose is filled with that old-timey, diligently polished wood note common in Japanese shrines and mizunara matured whiskies; within the wood exists hints of muscovado sugar and pepper.  Pine wood and a slight incense smoke give a calming touch, with maple syrup and a wee…

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Dram Review: Timboon Christie’s Cut

[60.0%・5 Years Old・Distilled in 2012・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling] Nose: Lemony and grassy with a clear lager note.  On the spirit-y side naturally due to the high ABV and relatively young age.  Brushed with a fine vanilla paste, the orchid fruits start to appear with the waxy fruit peels. Palate & Finish: An explosion of bubble-gum-led…

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Dram Review: Samaroli Ferry to Islay First Edition

[55.1%・NAS・Bottled in 2014・Coilltean Bottling・Limited Release of 300 Bottles] Nose: A generous wave of salty oceanic aromas, oysters and seaweed with that creme brûlée note from fresh bourbon casks.  The peat is understated but serves to accentuate the maritime influence.  Light top notes of baby powder stringing out the natural characters of the spirits elegantly, with…

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Whisky Review: Compass Box “This is not a luxury whisky”

Style: Summer Berries and Cream Chocolate Nose: Alluring blue berries dipped in silky milk chocolate on the nose. Honey drizzled on green pears, stewed fruits and more summer berries followed by teasing spice. All sweet and comfy. Then there is a shy, drier facet – acidic limestone and five spices following through, underneath sits a…

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Dram Review: Heartwood The Beagle 5

[62.4%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Limited Release of 175 Bottles] Nose: The casks give off an earthy and oaky vibe, the brute strength is obviously there.  It’s syrupy, presumably a product of involvement from the thicker textured casks with a prominent fortified wine led acidity; but otherwise it’s held quite tightly and requires some time for the richness…

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