Dram Review: Laphroaig Original Cask Strength Straight From the Wood 10 Years Old

[57.3%・10 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2000・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Full bodied goodness of smoked haddock and rubber-y particles from a car drifting by.  Truly attention grabbing with a stupendous dose of iodine, pepper and Chinese watermelon flavored throat spray followed by an affirming wave of sea salt.  Traces of ginger, lemon and honey follow suit, very…

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Whisky Review: Laphroaig PX Cask Triple Matured

Style: Sweet and Smoky Nose: Fragrant, smoked-infused baked apples and pineapples served with fresh cherry pie. Cinnamon and ginger shreds dressed on top of it, a very dessert-like (with some smoke though) aroma on the nose. A pinch of black pepper sprinkled on smoked bacon at the back, soy beans undertone. All enveloped comfortably by…

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Whisky Review: Laphroaig 18 Years Old (circa 2009)

Style: Fruity and Smoky Nose: A healthy dose of bonfire smoke, iodine drops. Vanilla and charred oak working around some lay-low mocha. Tropical fruits shining through with a subtle hint of green moss. Rich and structurally sound. Nice. Palate: Radiant Tropical fruits beaming with astounding sweetness on the palate. A soft perfume touch, while condensed…

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Whisky Review: Signatory Vintage Laphroaig 1998 Aged 16 Years Cask Hand Picked By The Whisky Exchange

Style: Sweet and Smoky Nose: Fairly powerful aroma on the nose, a bit hot. Maritime peat flowing in, hay stack sits at the deep then we are graced with delicate lemon tea notes and acid pop. Followed by subtle touches of fried onions and bacon. A whiff of gunpowder, while brine mixes with emerging earthy…

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Dram Review: Kingsbury Islay 1988 Distilled at the Laphroaig Distillery

[59.1%・NAS・Distilled in 1988・Bottled Circa Early 2010s・Kingsbury Bottling・Limited Release of 238 Bottles] This Laphroaig is from Kingsbury’s quite well known Celtic Series. Nose: Iodine! The dram very much embodies the maritime landscape with freshly shucked oysters drizzled with fish sauce. Some light honey note to add to the undertone whilst some citrus and pepper add to…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 93.80 Glen Scotia ‘Rough around the edges’

Style: Fruity, Peaty and Ashy Nose: A whiff of sea breeze at fish market, barbeque smoke, followed by kelp, and acidic mineral notes. Lively maritime influence in the air. Tight with spirit hotness, Acrylic glue transition in the middle. Uplift the smokescreen and we have fragrant, overripe peaches which has been waiting at the back.…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 76.130 Mortlach ‘Forever Young!’

Style: Vibrant, Fruity and Complex Nose: Refreshing on the nose, hmmm, a lighter and greener Mortlach than usual, especially for a 28 years old. Forest breeze, pine cone, a hint of saffron, leather gently wrapping around baked fruits – more on peaches and tropical fruits. Jell-O floating on top, while coffee beans sitting underneath with…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 7.197 Longmorn “Mature way beyond its years” 35th Anniversary Bottling

Style: Young, Spicy and Sherry Nose: Sharp, herbal spearhead thrusts through on the nose. Muscovado sugar taking a hint of rice vinegar, within the heat there’s pickled cucumber, more peppermint, lavender flowers and even some rice crackers. Hot, dark sherry sweet with slight drier notes on the side. Palate: A more refined entrance than what…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 134.1 Paul John “Exotic Rainforest Fruits”

Style: Hot, Fruity and Complex Nose: Immediate whiff of herbal overtone, a layer of peanut brittle followed by deep, round tropical fruits and confectionaries. Packing a fragrant but powerful punch. Peppermint and lavender notes sneaking under the hot wave, vanilla malt carpet rolled out carefully at the back. Fiery heat but it carries the aroma…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 124.4 Miyagikyo “Full of secret pleasures”

Style: Musky Sherry bomb Nose: Hot Ribena boiling with peppermint leaves, quite stringent with all the spirit heat. Dunnage muskiness starting to surface. Woah, woah, what’s this? I haven’t tried a lot of Miyagikyo but this is something very different… Plenty of umami, a dash of chicken stock and soy sauce all simmering in a…

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