Dram Review: Belgrove Rye Smoke’n Barrel

[58.4%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: Overtly ashy, much like the aftermath of a small bush fire; burnt plastic and burning manuka, extremely herbal and eucalyptus driven. Palate & Finish: Intensely sweet followed by an engulfing wave of ashes, Chinese herbs, eucalyptus and menthol. Earthy Muscovado with burnt plastic and dry spices. An earthy…

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Dram Review: Fleurieu Atlantic Crossing

[52.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 800 Bottles] Nose: A lavish display of raisins and toffee with hints of sooty and ashy notes but also quite spirit driven, stupendously malty and nutty, slightly metallic with notes of ginger flower and lemongrass followed by a buttery wave. Palate & Finish: Toffee and raisins boosting an instantaneous…

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Dram Review: Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Old Kempton Distillery Redlands Release 5 (Cask No. TIB RD 0014)

[48.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Bottling・Cask No. TIB RD 0014・Single Cask Release] Nose: Quite an intriguing sense of milk chocolate, thick caramel and vanilla swirl, a nice richness of crème brûlée and milk tea covering the easy grassy spirit semi-hidden. Palate & Finish: Instant richness of deep toffee and walnut pralines conveyed, the dried Muscat…

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Dram Review: Starward Two-Fold

[40.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Easy on the nose, strawberry flavoured condensed milk, can pineapples and golden syrup followed by a drier grain-y influence and some wood chips in the mix. Palate & Finish: Accommodatingly sweet, thinned out caramel and some diluted layerings of caramelised banana and pineapple, and raspberry coulis followed by a…

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Dram Review: Devil’s Distillery Hobart Whisky (Batch No. 18-001)

[48.8%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Edition of 423 Bottles] Nose: Quite grassy and rather new make-y, some pencil shaving with the oily toffee fudge channeling some sweetness, pear drops, charred toast and diesel are also present. Palate & Finish: An oily delivery of guava and sultana with the raw greenness of new make attaching to it. …

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Dram Review: Spirit Thief First Release American Oak Shiraz Cask “Arthur Jennings”

[48.3%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Spirit Thief Bottling・Limited Release of 110 Bottles] Nose: Prunes and caramel, the initial gooey sweetness is followed by a diluted jammy presence with some sandalwood and roasted barley. Palate & Finish: Sweet, inoffensive delivery of diluted prune preserve, green seedless grapes brushed with light toffee. Hint of menthol in the finish as the…

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Whisky Review: Glenfarclas 2008 1st Fill Sherry Hogshead selected and bottled for Whisky & Wisdom Edition 2

Style: Sherry and Spicy Nose: Sweet cherries, dark chocolate, Christmas cake, cranberries… Ahhh all the sherry goodness… Flipping to the spicy side, ginger shreds, nutmeg, cinnamon bark and plenty of black peppercorn supporting the sweetness. Around the core we have some comfortable floral side notes, blueberries, lifting up the minty lid, a dense malt is…

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Dram Review: Laird Club Longmorn 33 Years Old

[43.7%・33 Years Old・Distilled in 1974・Bottled in 2007・Laird Club Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: Ahh, this is a proper Sherried Longmorn.  Mineral, with gorgeous cyrstalised raisins; French vanilla brushed over black cherries and orange marmalade, well oaked with dark chocolate ginger and this fixation provoking lace of dirty diesel smoke. Palate & Finish: Delicious rush of syrup…

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Whisky Review: Hand in Hand Ardmore 2008 Selected by Sansibar Whisky for Liquor Library, Helvetica Bar, Whisky and Alement and The Oak Barrel

Style: Sweet and Smoky Nose:Flinty, mineral-laden tropcial fruits and apricots charged up by vibrant spice. Kamquat, lime peels injecting some lightness into the aroma. Malt loaded with meatiness, ginger shreds, faint brine infused with peat smoke. Finish with sublte liquorice roots. Palate:Crytallized kamquat and jarred apricots leading a smoking hot malt. Ice cool menthol hitting…

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Whisky Review: Hand in Hand Laphroaig 2011 Selected by Sansibar Whisky for Liquor Library, Helvetica Bar, Whisky and Alement and The Oak Barrel

Style: Delicate Sweetness, Young and Smoky Nose: Begins with classic Laphroaig signatures – lemon candies, liquorice, barbecued oysters, sooty smoke with some earthiness to it. Citrus fruits building up a cool, amiable sweetness, the underlayer swift towards more dry spice – cumin, nutmeg, chilli shreds with a touchof curry powder. An acidic overtone bridging the…

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