Dram Review: Bunnahabhain Aged 28 Years Cask No. 7713

[43.5%・28 Years Old・Distilled in 1989・Bottled in 2017・Bottled for Kevin & Steve・Cask No. 7713・Single Cask Release of 100 Bottles] Nose: Ultra fruity and stupendously expressive, tropical fruits, Nashi pears, candy floss and some rosemary as well.  Subtly waxy and oily with traces of menthol infused tobacco and traces of orange peels.  In time the nose grows…

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Dram Review: SMWS 3.307 Bowmore “A Journey Into Joy”

[55.9%・ 20 Years Old・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2018・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 564 Bottles] Nose: The nose is surprisingly and rather incredibly meaty with some burnt and deeply roasted barley notes lurking, perhaps living on the edge of sulfur street..  The obligatory deep, dark Sherry inspired dried fruits are there and are gorgeous.  Running parallel…

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Dram Review: Bowmore 15 Years Old (Hong Kong Whisky Bars Special Joint Bottling 2018)

[52.0%・15 Years Old・Distilled in 2002・Bottled in 2018・Butler, Club Qing, Ginger, Nocturne, Tiffany’s New York Bar Joint Bottling ・Cask No. 135・Single Cask Release of 100 Bottles] Nose: Very clean and towards the light side, wood staves torched carefully to give a delicate smoke that moves really well with mild floral note and some ocean breeze.  There…

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Dram Review: Caol Ila 2006 Exclusive for Hong Kong

[46.1%・11 Years Old・Distilled in 2006・Bottled in 2018・如果我們的語言是威士忌, Drink More, 香港威士忌(烈酒)分享站, 香港威士忌同好協會 Joint Bottling・Single Cask Release of 238 Bottles] Nose: Noses like a standard young Caol Ila that is quite well curated and much richer, grassy with ample caramel and vanilla.  As it sits in the glass the peat grows more prominent  with this wholesome charred…

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Dram Review: SMWS 29.241 Laphroaig “A Perfect Moment”

[49.3%・20 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 222 Bottles] Nose: Lime twist and tiger balm, the nose is on the tight side and a bit sharp initially.  The peat level despite the dram being quite coastal is actually rather restrained with the malt gently laid down, the tar slowly emitting from the background…

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Dram Review: Fleurieu A Heart of Gold

[54.1%・4 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 140 Bottles] Nose: The richness is quite reassuring, honey, toffee, vanilla nougat with a splash of anise.  Lemon marmalade and buttery salted caramel folded together.  More vanilla coming through, marshmallow with some wild flowers from the background. Palate & Finish: A virtually seamless transition from nose…

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Whisky Review: Port Charlotte 2007 CC:01

Style: Sweet, Barbeque smoke and Spicy Nose: Sticky Riesling injected with a dose of barbeque smoke and iodine. A string of sweet white grapes, powerful chilli spice peeling off a layer of earthiness. Spearmint overtone, sugared green mangoes, dried apricots and meat stock shining at the core. Sweet and feisty. Palate: Sweet, smoky apricots served…

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Whisky News: Port Charlotte Relaunches

Port Charlotte relaunches Bruichladdich Distillery have announced the relaunch of Port Charlotte, their heavily-peated Islay single malt Scotch whisky. It will unveil a new range in distinctive new packaging this summer. The style of the spirit will remain unchanged, peated at 40ppm, the distillery will release four new products in 2018. The new Port Charlotte…

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Whisky Review: Port Charlotte 10 Aged Years

Style: Herbal, Citrus fruits and Ashy Nose: Starts with a pleasing blend of citrus drops, barbecue smoke, maritime notes and earthy peat. Vanilla milk emerges, a touch of herbal overtone, which then morphed into some generous seaweed signatures. Smoked ham, more citrus lollies and some apricots perhaps hiding up at the attic. Optimal chilli and…

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Dram Review: Ralfy.com Meteorite Port Charlotte Aged 12 Years

[56.2%・12 Years Old・Ralfy.com Bottling・Cask No. 0941・Single Cask Release of 233 Bottles] Nose: From the get go there is this mouth-salivating smoked thick cut bacon note that is just fantastic.  It’s quite salty, squid ink linguine and a meatiness that is propped up by the Sherry. In the meantime a touch of maple syrup elevates the…

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