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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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Caol Ila 12 Years Old Distilled 1969

[40%・12 Years Old・Distilled in 1969・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Hint of ash, with a decent layer of stone fruits.  Certainly has that old time-y charm, chalk and seaweed with some light wild flowers. Smoked mussels, croissant and this delightful charred rice fragrance in the background complimented by the confectionary notes seeping out on the…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Balblair 18 Years Old Distilled 1964

[40%・18 Years Old・Distilled in 1964・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: There is the old school funk, meaty, leathery and note reminiscent of gourmet dark soy sauce.  Dark chocolate coated liquor soaked cherries oozing out in time, and as time continues to pass on, buttery toffee seeps out alongside the wood creaminess and a grassy note…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Ardbeg Distilled 1978

[40%・22 Years Old・Distilled in 1978・Bottled in 2000・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Chocolate mousse with a hint of cream powder, faint splashes of cherry preserve and apple juice with this curious hint of burnt toast.  Some freshly plucked oyster and herbs with more fragrant fruity aromas. Palate & Finish: Light fruits with a brush of…

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Whisky Review: Gordon & Macphail Connoisseur Choice Glenlossie 1968 Aged 12 Years

Style: Chocolate, Perfumed and Vintage Nose: A touch of stewed tropical fruits followed by soft grassy notes combined with nice waxy tone. Delicate fruits at a comfortable pace. White pepper, fragrant walnut oak polish. Faint capsicum and earthy spices reeling at the back. Palate: More fragrant stewed fruits and walnuts converges at the tip, papaya,…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Port Ellen 16 Years Old Distilled 1970

[40%・16 Years Old・Distilled in 1970・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: What a stately experience, the iodine is non-invasive, instead it subtly tugs the wood in.  The medicinal note has become quite mellow now with traces of green fruits being politely held back.  The peat fares a bit powdery but is complimented by a delicate floral…

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Dram Review: Yoichi Genshu Aged 10 Years Cask No. 120913

[61.0%・10 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2000s・Official Bottling・Cask No. 120913・Single Cask Release] Nose: The nose is filled with creamy vanilla aromas, much satisfying and full of caramel fudge, toasted coconut chips, corn syrup, and comes with a generous char.  In time, it’s surprisingly woody with a bit of dirty coal soot that grows more prominent. Palate &…

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