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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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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Whisky Review: The Macallan Edition No. 4

Style: Fruity, Malty and Spicy Nose:Begins with an upper layer of resin-mint spice and ground black pepper. Followed by sultanas, stewed summer berries and salted caramel balanced by the herbal and malty component. Youthful spirit no doubt, but it is reasonably sweet and vibrant. Blue berries, a few ginger shreds then plenty of fresh-cut grass.…

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Whisky Review: Rare Malts St. Magdalene 1970 Aged 23 Years

Style: Sweet, Waxy and Spicy Nose:Woof, powerful spice carrying the signature Linlithgow lemon-waxy aroma. Abundant red chilli, mineral notes quickly strapped itself on a doughy malt. Syrupy, tropical fruits and white fruits starting to shine in the middle. An unexpected touch of gunpowder and whetstone which have been trying very hard to stay out of…

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Whisky Review: The Whisky Agency Speyside Region 1973 Tenth Anniversary

Style: Delicate sweetness and Sophisticated Nose:Immensely rich, bountiful tropical fruits served right up at the front, vanilla sponge cake, golden syrup and underlayer of dry barley interweaving charmingly. Ripe mango, paw paw oil, taro sago pudding steaming in bamboo leaves. Delicate, ripe yellow fruits overflowing to show an infinite depth, vanilla custard flanking on the…

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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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Whisky Review: Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1987 Bottled for Shinanoya to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Silence Bar

Style: Fruity, Sherry and Refined Nose: Rich plums and blackberries waltzing in gracefully, a light creamy and peppermint touch to lift the aroma. Rich, but gentle. Raw almonds and mango sorbet slipping under, a handful of dried raspberries and cranberries scattered around casually. A more steady malt biscuit notes emerge. Quite nice. Palate: Quite similar…

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Whisky Review: Yoichi 余市 2000’s

Style: Caramel-malt and Complex Nose: Smoky caramel butterscotch laminated with earthy menthol spice. Naked barley brimming emphatically, strolling down the lane we have orchard fruits contributing some nice sweetness and crispness. Very nice. Farmy peat with a slight touch of mineral and ink. Tobacco leaves, apricots and strawberry jam towards the end. Palate: Starts with…

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