Whisky Review: Hidden Spirits Balmenach 2004 Aged 13 Years

Style: Fruity and Creamy Nose:Powerful, lively while also incredibly dense sweetness bursting forward. Tinned pears, honey oatmeal, coconut shreds and vanilla cream shaking up a brilliant concoction. In comes a long queue of glazed fruits rained with lavender petals, peppermint leaves and barley husks. The fragrance is nicely counterbalanced by assorted dry spices and green…

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Whisky Review: Hidden Spirits Aberfeldy Aged 10 Years

Style: Fruity and Spirit-y Nose:Begins with a pleasant oiliness on the nose – big and round apricots and fragrant peaches thoroughly drenched in viscous almond oil. Digging deeper, we have assorted nuts, raw peanuts, macadamia and more almonds manifesting under the fruity notes. Then comes a wave of immense spirit spice smashes in and anchors…

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Whisky Review: Hidden Spirits Mortlach 2002 Aged 17 Years

Style: Fruity and Spicy Nose:Begins with fragrant apricots, pineapples and tangerines, followed by delicious oat biscuits, all sweet and bright. A secondary layer of stone fruits, fruit salad taking a splash of vinegar. Spearmint shooting from the back with power, emitting a young and vibrant vibe. Blue berries, pumpkin puree, cornflakes and crème burlee forming…

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Whisky Review: Lagavulin Aged 12 Years Diageo Special Release 2019

Style: Sweet and Smoky Nose:Ah, welcome back old friend, we meet again. Robust smoky sweetness – Cloudy lemonade, squid ink, brimstone, liquorice roots, kelp and ambers. Nothing unfamiliar, but really good. Dried chilli carrying tremendous energy, orange citrus oil injected into a tropical fruits shell. Burnt wood remaining in the bonfire pit beside the beach.…

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Whisky Review: Longrow Red Pinot Noir Cask Matured Aged 11 Years

Style: Sweet and Smoky Nose:Begins with oatmeal taking a good amount of smoke. Barley sugar, raisinets and fresh apricots enveloped in sharp, green spice, a bit tight here. Cornflakes, together with minimal tar sink and form the foundation. Whereas shisha, grape skins and sweet bubblegum building up the top aroma. Subtle “dirty” notes gradually unfurl…

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Whisky Review: Talisker Aged 15 Years Diageo Special Release 2019

Style: Sweet, Woody and Spicy Nose:Wood shavings and fat toffee melding with iodine and oysters, got to say it is a curious combination, but it works out pretty well, not sure if it is everybody’s cup of tea though. Chilli spike, then in comes assorted dried fruits, mostly tropical, decorated with wood varnish, acrylic, paprika…

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Whisky Review: Dalwhinnie Aged 30 Years Diageo Special Release 2019

Style: Sweet, Delicate and Dignified Nose:Elegant heather honey, waxy tropical fruits compote and sweet honeydew coming up at the front, showing all the signs of a well-matured whisky here, excellent. Spearmint forming a firm backbone, while white flower, floral nectar and barley attached comfortably on it. Lemon menringue and toffee undercurrent giving a fat, oily…

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Whisky Review: Cragganmore Aged 12 Years Diageo Special Release 2019

Style: Sweet, Spicy and Smoky Nose:Okay, I have been warned – barbeque smoke with iodine drops and kelp, feels like a lite version of Lagavulin, intriguing. Something floral at the core is trying to escape the from smoky shackles. Barley and white flower surfacing to the top, while the rest remain on the isle of…

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Whisky Review: Cardhu Aged 14 Years Diageo Special Release 2019

Style: Sherry and Fruity Nose:Fresh green pears soaked in a delicious spiced mulled wine, cinnamon stick, almonds, citrus peel, maybe some peaches and star fruits floating along. Green apples, caramel, malt syrup and bee wax building a rich, sweet and slightly acidic core. Small dash of vinegar, black pepper and dried chili giving a slightly…

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Whisky Review: Pittyvaich Aged 29 Years Diageo Special Release 2019

Style: Fruity, Bread-y and Waxy Nose:Started with light fig jam and jelly beans taking a hint of mineral notes. Black peppercorn overtone, a big bowl of tropical fruits punch bowl stewing softly while sprite gently fizzling. Mushrooms, white flour and chalks, feeling a bit quirky here, but not in a bad way. Honeycomb and malt…

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