Whisky Review: Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice Linkwood 1984 Aged 34 Years

Style: Sherry, Spicy and Complex Nose: Cranberries, red fruits, faint meatiness, waxy honeycomb, vanilla cream, strong peppermint all pressed tightly together to form a solid column. Herbal overtone flies high, while forest berries showing some refreshing fragrance. A sweet and fresh aroma. Palate: Autumn fruits, honey-baked ham, cherries and red liquorice blossoming nicely on the…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Mortlach 1988 (Batch No. 18/068)

[48.8%・30 Years Old・Distilled in 1988・Bottled in 2018・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release of 129 Bottles] Nose: Quite fascinatingly tropical, dried mangos, dehydrated bananas, passionfruit sauce and can pineapples held together by a rice paper dryness.  The dram slowly opens up to aromas of natural barley sweetness.  Golden honey drizzled atop of granola and caramelised almonds with…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Craigellachie 12 Years Old Distilled 1971

[40%・12 Years Old・Distilled in 1971・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: For a 40% the nose is exceptionally beautiful, there is this certain voluminous creaminess that is silkily mesmerising. The sweetness is right on point, gliding through gracefully without daring too heavy. The oak merges so well with the crisp fruits as hint of ginger flower…

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Whisky Review: Gordon and Macphail Connoisseurs Choice North British 1990 Aged 28 Years

Style: Sherry sweet and Spicy Nose: Strong entrance, distinctive meaty nose with grain signatures embedded within. Cured meat, raspberry jam and carrot cake cake filling up the body. Earthy nutmeg powdering on ginger shreds. Strong spirit spice, chilli, black peppercorn with a more subtle banana and tropical fruits hidden at a lower level. Palate: Dense…

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Dram Review: Dobson’s Belle Epoque

[60.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2016-2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Strange showings of mothball and wasabi.. some Manuka honey in the mix with the peat being present but weak. Vanilla nougat joins in as the dram becomes more grassy. Palate & Finish: Grassy and muddy, the palate is just too earthy, it feels dirty and not in the typical…

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Dram Review: Dobson’s Empire 8 (Cask No. 87)

[60.0%・6 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2016-2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 87・Single Cask Release] Nose: At 60% this doesn’t feel too sharp or expressive and instead actually rather muted. Vanilla custard and butter-sugar crepes, some caramelised almonds amongst the spirit-y presence. Palate & Finish: A muddled splatter of syrup and cane sugar somewhat incoherently with candied orange and vanilla…

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Whisky Review: Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1989 #13005 Summer 2018

Style: Sherry and Herbal Nose: Powerful peppermint spice followed a deep, luscious sherry aroma. Raisins, plums, umeboshi stacking on top of malt sponge cake. Light brown sugar coating, camphor and eucalyptus forming a sweet herbal front. A bit tight though. Overripe kumquat beaming at the back. An oaky brush underlining it. Palate: Sherry malt manifest…

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Whisky Review: Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1989 #13004 Winter 2015

Style: Sherry and Spicy Nose: Begins with a good dose of Glenfarclas Sherry goodness – Black currants, Christmas cake, figs, meat loaf supplemented by peppermint and a pinch of dry, black pepper, all sweet and spicy. Digging deeper we have tiny stone fruit chunks embedded in a hefty malt cake, followed by some dark fruits,…

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Dram Review: Laphroaig 1991 Vintage 23 Years Old

[52.6%・23 Years Old・Distilled in 1991・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 5,000 Bottles] Nose: Yup, Christmas fruitcake and chimney ash, a bruteness from the peat, iodine spilling and tar burning, dark berries laced with cigarette smoke and rosemary seasoned lamb roasting in the background. Palate & Finish: Gooey mix of toffee, molasses and ripe figs, the…

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Dram Review: Kilchoman Single Cask Release (For the Japanese market)

[59.9%・5 Years Old・Distilled in 2009・Bottled in 2015・Official Bottling・Cask No. 407/2009・Single Cask Release of 678 Bottles] Nose: Pungently brine-y, oily toffee with a hearty dosage of raisins and raspberries. The nose fares a tad earthy and dusty, with seaweed and ashes eased by fig syrup. Palate & Finish: More raisins coming through, maple syrup getting drizzled…

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