Dram Review: Gordon & Macphail Strathisla Finest Highland Malt Whisky 15 Years Old 70° Proof

[70° Proof・15 Years Old・Distilled Circa Late 1950s-Early 1960s・Bottled Circa 1970s・Gordon & Macphail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The coconuts and hazelnuts add a creamy touch, mellowing out with the honey and Sherry wood with just a hint of citrus. A slight saltiness comes out of the oak and merges with cherry blossoms and raisins. In time notes…

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Whisky Review: Gordon & Macphail Book of Kells Glen Grant 50 Years Old Exclusively Bottled for The Whisky Exchange

Style: Sherry, Complex and Venerable Nose: Delicate red dates, dark cherries and cranberries deeply engrained into waxy, walnut oak. Leather followed by apeppermint surge, black peppercorns gently sprinkled on golden malt. Whiteflower gently latched on thoroughly stewed tropical fruits. The aroma isslightly on the spicy side, but overall it is wonderfully integrated. Palate: Baked assorted…

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Whisky Review: Gordon & Macphail Linkwood Cask Strength 1991

Style: Sherry-Fruity, Spicy and Complex Nose: Fresh cranberries and cherry blossom leading the sherry mist, hitting a stiff malty core which is further plated with graphite and chilli spice. Valencia orange squeezing in between, dry honeycomb with a touch of floral note and tails with Belgium chocolate. Palate: Ah, the summer berries and orange citrus…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Longmorn-Glenlivet Distilled 1963

[40.0%・39-40 Years Old・Distilled in 1963・Bottled in 2003・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Dried strawberries and leather, old time-y Sherry in such an elegant, creamy manner with the oak just lightly adding to the depth and balance. Palate & Finish: Light mouthfeel of dark fruits and dried ginger, sugared cream with a late burst of blackcurrant…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Teaninich Distilled 2008

[46.0%・8 Years Old・Distilled in 2008・Bottled in 2016・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The spirit is grassy and floral with a wet forest vibe but also carries a meaty edge along with the toffee and walnuts. Vaguely perfume-y, but also present are minerals and match sticks. The wee smoke gives off a slightly dirty note. Palate…

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Dram Review: Iniquity Gold Batch No. 003

[60.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2017-2018・Official Bottling・ Single Cask Release] Nose: An elaborated nose of meaty notes and chilli spices, yet it carries some floral aromas with a strong vanilla and cereal presence. An almost Manuka smoke like influence from the background along with some matchsticks. Palate & Finish: Lemon cola gummies with a rich honey syrup note…

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Dram Review: Spirit Thief First Release French Oak Tempranillo Cask “Hector Musselwhite”

[48.3%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Spirit Thief Bottling・Limited Release of 110 Bottles] Nose: Caramelised popcorn, slightly lemony with some lime zest. Pinch of chilli with the malty spirit moving past.. Palate & Finish: Quite syrupy sweet, flowing with some raisin sweetness followed by a plateau of honey. Soft finish.. Thoughts: A first release (NAS) from one of the…

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Dram Review: Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Old Kempton Distillery Redlands Release 4 (Cask No. TIB RD 0013)

[47.7%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Bottling・Cask No. TIB RD 0013・Single Cask Release] Nose: Remarkably malty as some rather young spirit at play. Creamed honey sprinkled with nibs of pepper, ginger and wild flowers. Palate & Finish: Mild sweetness as the spirit begins to reveal itself, pear sweets and citrus easing in. A light finish that…

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Dram Review: Tasmanian Independent Bottlers A Renowned NSW Distillery Renowned Release 2 (Cask No. TIB ?? 005)

[49.1%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Bottling・Cask No. TIB ?? 005・Single Cask Release] Nose: On the raw side but the dilution has kept things civilised, a polite Sherry imprint left on the new make.  There is a certain spirit oiliness that coats notes of raw sugar, citrus fragrance and charred toast. Palate & Finish: Fine delivery…

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Dram Review: Tasmanian Independent Bottlers A Renowned NSW Distillery Renowned Release 1 (Cask No. TIB ?? 004)

[49.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Bottling・Cask No. TIB ?? 004・Single Cask Release] Nose: A fair toasted barley note forms the theme with some light inferences of raisins, moist banana bread, walnuts, and ginger flower; slightly on the diluted side. Palate & Finish: A polite showing of raisins and lemon marmalade; lime jelly, milk chocolate, cinnamon…

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