Dram Review: The Nectar of the Daily Drams Port Ellen 27 Years Old

[53.0%・27 Years Old・Distilled in 1982・Bottled in 2010・The Nectar of the Daily Drams Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The faintest hint of cowshed farm-y note on the nose which is subsequently taken over by a bouquet of stone fruits, white peaches and Chinese style preserved fruit peels.  A fatty peaty foundation with hints of seaweed and cream cheese…

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Dram Review: Corowa First Drop

[63.1%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 320 Bottles] Nose: Hot and spicy with some caramel and Christmas spices, youthful spirit wrapping some marshmallow. Palate & Finish: Sweet and big prune juices, your typical Aussie Port cask matures whisky packing ample of spices with some blueberry and blackcurrant coulis to go with the prunes. A swift…

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Dram Review: Corowa Bosque Verde

[56.6%・2 Years Old・Distilled in 2016・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Very grassy and still very young, new make-y with pinewood flavoured wax polish. The Port barrels left a faint touch on the nose, with a mixture of meat broth, wet carpet and some toasted seeds seeping through. Palate & Finish: Quite acidic on the palate,…

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Dram Review: Springbank 15 Years Old (Bottled by J. & A. Mitchell & Co. Ltd for Samaroli Import)

[45.7%・15 Years Old・Distilled in 1964・Bottled in 1979・Bottled by J. & A. Mitchell & Co. Ltd for Samaroli Import・Limited Release] Nose: A nose that puts the mind in peace, well placed elements of wild flowers, poached pears, pickled pears, sultana and orange peels lightly tossed with nice dressings of elder flower syrup and soft honey; it’s…

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Dram Review: Springbank 100% Pure Malt 15 Years Old (Pear Shape)

[43.0%・Distilled Circa 1960s・Bottled Circa Late 1970s・15 Years Old・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: The dram gives off this naturally sweet vibe, some dried white fruits with haystacks. It’s delicate and grassy with the subtle white peaches and white tea melting into some fine olive oil and followed nicely by some orange zest. Palate and Finish: A polite…

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Dram Review: Silver Seal Sestante Collection Glen Scotia Guaranteed 19 Years Old

[59.2%・19 Years Old・Distilled in 1992・Bottled in 2012・Silver Seal Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Really chocolate-y. Dark, heavy oak and toasted cumin seeds, some sulphur in there, plenty of minerals with some grassiness from the spirit, rose petals and cooked fruits later on. Palate & Finish: Sticky and spicy, toffee crisp and condensed prune syrup with a fizzling…

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Dram Review: Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection Springbank Aged 34 Years Cask Strength

[52.2%・Distilled in 1964・Bottled in 1998・34 Years Old・Cadenhead’s Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: Probably one of the most beautifully Sherried Springbank I have come across, evoking delightful thoughts of warm toffee syrup being poured on chocolate mud cake that’s made with sweet almond nibs and dried muscat grapes. The elongated sweetness is not overloaded though as it…

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Dram Review: Spring Bay The Rheban Cask Strength (Cask No. 14)

[58.0%・Distilled in 2016・Bottled in 2018・2 Years Old・Official Bottling・Cask No. 14・Single Cask Release] Nose: There is some fattiness to the nose, but otherwise it’s surprisingly quite flat, some wood influence in mix with some chalk and cream cheese with the dram getting lemony in time. Palate & Finish: Quite sweet on the palate, too sweet perhaps…

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Whisky Review: Black Gate Single Cask #BG055

Style: Smoky and Spicy Nose: Begins with an acidic overtone, followed by some smoky liquorice roots, bacon drizzled with barbeque sauce. Hot spice cutting in from time to time. Raspberries, a touch of Quandong liquer (?) and orange drops meet at the bottom. Sharp, sweet and smoky. Palate: A rather hot palate, but when the…

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Whisky Review: Launceston Distillery Tawny Cask Matured

Style: Sweet and Herbal Nose: Brown sugar granules mixing with oat biscuits. Cereal bringing out a hint of herbal tone. Lemongrass and sweet longan gradually dominated by liquorice roots. Artificial sweetness like cherry drops masking a wobbly malt. Palate: Heavy herbal tone washing through the expression on the palate. Cherry liquorice turbo-charged by brown sugar…

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