Whisky Review: The GlenDronach Single Cask 1996 Aged 18 Years #1487

Style: Dark Fruits and Nutty Malt Nose: Dark plums and prunes waking up from slumber, while perfumed malt latches on a dominant and dry peppermint spice. Cranberries dragged downwards by weighty dark chocolate, toffee and espresso sediments. Coal ambers, maybe a faint layer of peat as well? A rich and surprisingly dry aroma, and the…

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Dram Review: The GlenDronach Single Cask Aged 21 Years (Cask No. 475)

[56.4%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1993・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling Specially Selected for The Nectar and La Maison du Whisky・Cask No. 475・Single Cask Release of 627 Bottles] Nose: Prunes and blackcurrants, coal smoke, tobacco and tar with dark chocolate running along, drawing out some earthy and woody notes as a wee nutty note also enters the background.…

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Whisky Review: The GlenDronach Single Cask 2005 Aged 12 Years #1451

Style: Fruity and Vibrant Nose: Christmas cake and figs lying neatly alongside with malt biscuits. Banana gummies, black currants ride on an elevation of floral notes. Peppermint and black pepper forming a nice edge. The Pedro Ximenez influence is not strong, it is not a full-on sherry bomb like most GDs, and we get to…

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Dram Review: The GlenDronach Single Cask Aged 21 Years (Cask No. 5405)

[49.9%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1991・Bottled in 2013・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 702 Bottles] Nose: There is a dusty feeling, earthy with a condense reduction of simmering strawberries and prunes conveying that stickiness.  A certain smoky note amidst things with a brush of mint accompanying the syrupy aromas. Palate & Finish: Strawberry cubes but quite peppery…

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Whisky Review: The GlenDronach Single Cask Batch 16 1993 Aged 24 Years #55

Style: Sherry Sweet and Spicy Nose: A relatively tight nose to begin with, but when it cuts through the spice we have beautiful assorted red fruits, red currants, a touch of resin and grassy notes. Flicking to the drier side from time to time, dusty and earthy notes laid on top of a deeper layer…

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Whisky Review: Bellwether Single Malt Whisky R6

Style: Citrus Sweet and Herbal Nose: Musky, stewed tropical fruits stepped up to the front. Melon candies, then it edges towards to the vegetal side – Cucumber gradually transfigured into Chinese medicinal herbs. Distant smoke, Sharp ginger shreds sheathed by a touch of sweet orange citrus at the back. Palate: A string of flavours slowly…

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Whisky Review: Bellwether French Oak CS (Bottled for Whisky Freedom)

Style: Sweet and Very Spicy Nose: Good dab of soy sauce, followed by a surge of spirit spice. Christmas cake, walnut and dried blood orange forming all the necessary sweetness at the core. The heat takes a herbal, dry grassy turn and we have some minty eucalyptus free flowing up high. Peeling off a layer…

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Dram Review: Hellyers Road Peated

[46.2%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2014-2018・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Iodine, and a singular sooty peat smoke. Squid ink and burnt plastic. Hints of zingy green kiwis and rice paper still lurk in the background. Palate & Finish: Light vanilla sweetness with a bit of kiwi citrus and fresh garden herbs followed by a solid pasting of peat providing…

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Dram Review: Hellyers Road Pinot Noir Finish

[46.2%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2014-2018・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: A dose of that wrapping rice paper for Chinese milk lolly, zingy with some kiwis along with a powdery delivery of blackberries and artificial cherries. Palate & Finish: Starts off light and a tad dry, cherries and some tangy citrus but also some wee metallic notes, thin layer of…

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Dram Review: Hellyers Road Port Cask Matured Single Cask Release Aged 11 Years (Cask No. 4295/03)

[62.2%・11 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 4295/03・Single Cask Release] Nose: A fat Port cask driven note from the get go.  Still quite spirit heavy with a buttery toffee base with a slight clay note.  Overall, the Port wood fragrance is quite pleasant. Palate & Finish: Sweet prunes on the palate but incredibly spicy, the…

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