Whisky Review: Starward Wine Cask Single Malt

Style: Sweet and Smooth Nose: Musky red cherries come with a pleasant dose of vanilla cream. Aroma is bit shy. Warming up the dram then we have strawberry yogurt, throwing in a pinch of dry cereal. Black currants, red liquorice on a deeper level. Finish with ginger peels and shreds. Palate: Fizzing cherry soda striding…

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Dram Review: Heartwood @#$%^&*

[62.5%・10 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Tasmania Distillery・Heartwood Bottling・Cask No. TD 124・Single Cask Release of 337 Bottles] Nose: A lower than usual ABV doesn’t mean this feels tamer than your normal Heartwood.  Still quite big with that familiar “Sherry” heaviness coming through; forceful to the point it feels like being pressed by Tim into a thoroughly drenched…

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Dram Review: Fleurieu First Release

[52.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 600 Bottles] Nose: An aged soy sauce note, rather umami.  Though there are shades of new make through out there is also the aged sherry influence giving off some dark vibes, meaty and rich with toffee.  It’s very indulgent for a young Australian whisky with a fascinating hint of…

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Dram Review: Nantou Omar Cask Strength (Lychee Liqueur Barrel Finished)

[56.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: A faint grassiness draws out notes of green lychees and heat rub.  Beyond that it’s rather new make-y with quite a bare showing of barley husk. Palate & Finish: Neutral spirit sweetened by sparse hints of lychee and ginger flower.  Juniper berries, green mangos and green papaya salad with…

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Dram Review: Nantou Omar Cask Strength (Plum Liqueur Barrel Finished)

[54.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Definitely quite young with the new make characters still apparent, carrying an oily spirit style.  The plum liqueur influence has a rather low tone, which is unexpected and a bit lacklustre.  A faint ester-y fragrance of over-ripen fruits and rose petals.  Interestingly enough the lower tone does promote the…

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Whisky Review: Kavalan Distillery Reserve Peaty Cask R091211002A

Style: Fruity and Spicy Nose: Charming, cheerful fruits dipped into malt syrup. Green pears hitting the high notes, white pepper dusting down. Copper, a dash of apple vinegar, finish with dry spices. Palate: Spice arrow carries the juicy fruity core and shoots across the palate. Starting with clean orchard fruits, lightly stewed as we progress.…

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Dram Review: Kavalan Sherry Cask Selected by and Bottled for The Nectar S100203018A

[57.8%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 518 Bottles] Nose: An overt sense of heavy and relentless darkness.  Chocolate mud cake and marzipan dusted with a generous brush of almond sugar.  Poached fruits absolutely drenched in toffee treacle that is slightly burnt, the syrupy nature engulfing hints of black tea, ginger, leather and black shoe…

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Whisky Review: Kavalan Solist Bourbon Cask B100723021A

Style: Sweet and Spritely Nose: Delicate orange flower infused with a rich thread of mint candy. A rather tight and raw aroma which needs a bit of time to unlock. Once it opens up, malty, syrupy core, batter cupcake. A touch of acid pop, some coconut shreds. Sweet with an oily texture. Palate: On the…

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Dram Review: Club Qing Speyside Region Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 40 Years

[52.8%・40 Years Old・Bottled in 2016・Club Qing Bottling・Single Cask Release of 96 Bottles] Nose: The nose is oozing of naturally sweet white fruits gently supported by the tender and creamy notes from a majestic Fino cask.  Sandalwood perfumes and ground pepper in the background sweetened by a subtle blend of pineapples and ginger flowers.  Hint of…

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Whisky Review: Tomintoul 1968 Thosop BVBA Belgium Exclusive for Malaysia

Style: Complex and Dignified Nose: Very shy to start with, tight peppermint grip loosens up inch by inch and develops into sumptuous, beautiful aroma – Slow cooked tropical fruits, cinnamon sugar, walnuts, chocolate almonds mixed with soft floral perfume. Still a bit hot, but after 30-40 minutes it all smooths out and shows incredible depth.…

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