Dram Review: Glenfarclas Team

[46.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 6000 Bottles] Nose: The nose is young with a settled oiliness to it.  Apricots and Cadbury’s Chocolate with a hint of lime peels and a layer of fragrant barley.  The toasted barley note gradually thickens in time, it’s as if one is standing in front of a working mill.…

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Whisky Review: Lark Cask Strength Port Cask 2014 #512

Style: Musky Fruits and Spicy Nose: Fat, musky, fruity aroma rising from the glass, take some grape bubblegum and a good crunch of chocolate waffle. Spice not forgiving at this strength, but through the wave awaits some clean malt with a teasing acidic touch to it. Palate: Full strength unleashed on the palate. More grape bubblegum…

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Dram Review: Redlands Small Cask Matured RD018

[46.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: The nose is tight initially, vaguely floral with traces of ink used in Chinese calligraphy.  It’s a touch yeasty and earthy.  The Port influence only arrives much later on. Palate & Finish: The palate is typically Port influenced.  Dark fruits with a pleasant grassy spirit note coming through before becoming a jammy…

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Dram Review: Mt Uncle The Big Black Cock

[43.0%・5 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2016・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: The nose is brandy-esque.  Lemony with a touch of lemon grass and hint of Sauternes.  The spirit influence is subservient and a bit grassy. Palate & Finish: Apricots and sultana leading the delivery.  The spirit is too thin to give a notable presence, providing a splash…

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You’re Invited: Scotch via Asia

We would love for you to join us at our last dram session of the year at the famed backroom of the Oak Barrel on Friday, 24 November 2017. We will be going on hiatus with a blast by sharing whiskies we have acquired during recent trips from Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. Here’s…

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Dram Review: Lark RR 06

[59.1%・3 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: Brown sugar and ripe strawberry boiling away and dressed with red rose petals.  Slightly soapy for some reasons with a touch of minerals.  The musky oak casts a heaviness on the nose.. Palate & Finish: The palate is driven by the stickiness and sauciness of the…

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Opinion: The Earnestness of Humble Beginnings

We are just over three years removed from Sullivans Cove’s historic win at WWA in 2014.  The next 12 months will see a great influx of casks ready to be bottled as traditional houses in Tasmania will gradually have recouped their depleted supplies and the first crop of new distilleries post-French Oak will be unveiling…

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Whisky Review: Cadenhead Single Cask Highland Park 1996 Aged 20 Years

Style: Sweet and Oaky Nose: Intriguing and busy opening – Fresh peppermint infused with Eau De Vie flowing onto a layer of apple honey. Cold pressed Aloe Vera juice, coastal breeze growing stronger, dash of salt and peculiar touch of mineral peat you won’t expect from Highland Park. The sweetness consolidates to form a sweet, floral…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Highland Park 2001

[57.1%・10 Years Old・Distilled in 2001・Bottled in 2012・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Casks 3006, 3007, 3008] Nose: Bourbon char, the spirit is quite oily and pungent still.  A decent layer of Orkney peat with white chocolate, creme caramel, heather, lavender,  golden honey and toasted barley. Palate & Finish: Lemony with waxed apples in the mix, a generous pinch…

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Whisky Review: Rest & Be Thankful Highland Park 1989 Aged 26 Years #3257

Style: Sweet and Rich Nose: A wonderful opening of fig and raspberry jam on the nose, I thought this is a Bourbon cask, no?! Dates, walnuts and plenty of waxiness going on. Purple flower, cooked tropical fruit stacking on top of thick honeycomb while a pinch of sea salt is tipped on top of subtle…

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