Whisky Review: SMWS 127.44 Port Charlotte “Cantina Mexicana”

Style: Sweet, Smoky and Spicy Nose: Wow, very powerful stuff, ample caramel drizzle generously on barbeque ham, aroma cruising on a ferocious spice. A signature blend of red wine, minerals, seaweed, iodine and heavily smoked barley. Nutmeg and ginger powder sprinkling down on dark cacao. Finish with some toffee apple. Palate: Red currants dusted with…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 105.13 Tormore “Pouring treacle on cut grass”

Style: Sherry and Grassy Nose: Cranberry-infused malt syrup singing in the embrace of a fresh, grassy landscape. Light herbal touch, rose water, vanilla sponge cake… Assorted red fruits, cherry and treacle dipping lower while an energetic grassy tone surges up at the end. Palate: Toffee apples, strawberries and blackcurrants dressed prettily around honeycomb. Fresh grass…

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Whisky Review: Adelphi Archive Ben Nevis 1996 11 Years Old

Style: Caramel sweet and Robust Nose: Caramel, butterscotch barley ultra-charged by herbal, spirit spice. Peanut butte cupcake, popcorns and steamed yam garnished with liquorice roots with just a touch of white vinegar. Ginger powder and nutmeg sprinkling onto carrot cake to give a slight earthy flavour. A rather powerful aroma. Palate: Abundant flow of caramel…

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Whisky Review: Ben Nevis Single Cask 12 Years Old 2014 White Port Matured

Style: Sweet and Complex Nose: Sharp at the front then filled up with aroma of white grapes and dunnage earthiness. Quite a punchy nose. Chilli flakes flowing along the sweet, grape-y backbone, soft smoke, subtle assorted dry herbs and hints of meatiness at the back. Complex and fun. Palate: Now ruby grapes amalgamate perfectly with…

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Whisky Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu On the Way 2013

Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: Begins with orange drops, vanilla touches, and fresh peppermint brimming with beautiful wood fragrance. Light herbal overtone highlighting the sweet confectionary core. Oily, malt sponge, cake taking a hint of new make notes. Palate: Assorted green herbs, all bright and medicinal bringing in more orange confectionaries onto the palate. Malt…

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Whisky Review: Bowmore Aged 26 Years The Vintner’s Trilogy French Oak Barrique

Style: Sweet and Delicate Nose: Ruby grapes dipped into chocolate, raisins and almonds building up some beautiful sweetness. Cinnamon stick, cloves, orange drops sitting at the deep. Black pepper and ginger slices stacking up to a higher order. Distant sea spray, a touch of grilled sea shells. Sweet and elegant. Palate: More ruby grapes and…

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Whisky Review: Signatory Vintage Bowmore 2000 Aged 14 Years Cask Hand Picked by The Whisky Exchange

Style: Fruity and Floral Nose: Smoked ham, squid ink and dry barley mixing with some iodine blots. Followed by a layer of chilli and Sichuan pepper spice which buries a subtle honey mead-tropical fruits sweetness at a lower level. White fruits, nectarines coated with lemon balm gradually emerge, albeit at a lesser form. Mossy and…

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Whisky Review: Springbank Calvados Wood 2000 12 Years Old

Style: Crisp, Sweet and Spicy Nose: Kicks off with a fresh and spirited tone, fragrant green apples, kiwi, fruit tarts while coal fire churning gently underneath. A few acidic touches and the spirit/herbal spice is quite fired up and locked up part of the aroma. Shy malt sponge cake gradually opens up with stewed fruits…

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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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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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