Whisky Review: Cadenhead Small Batch Blair Athol 1988 Aged 28 Years

Style: Fruity and Spicy Nose: Sweet purple grape bubblegum, blue berries and dried apricots mix comfortably with stewed tropical fruits. Razor-hot peppermint edge carves in, while a touch of vanilla cream hides behind it. Plenty of barley sugar clusters around the core, distinct black peppercorns formed at the back. Dry spices finish. Palate: Bountiful blueberries…

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Whisky Review: Cadenhead Single Cask Royal Brackla 1976 Aged 38 Years

Style: Sweet, Herbal and Dignified Nose: Ahhh… Everything you would expect from a well-matured whisky, dignified aroma – toasted oak, coffee grounds, old cabinet, honey oat with a touch of vanilla custard to bring them together. Sweetness comes in an intriguing form of watermelon and kumquat sorbet, green mangoes, then a little heat brings us…

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Whisky Review: Cadenhead Small Batch Glentauchers-Glenlivet 1990 Aged 26 Years

Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: Begins with a powerful whiff of spirit spice, which is quite surprising as it is a mere 52.6%. When I get used to the hotness we have sweet grapefruit candies, vanilla custard and apple pies. In comes another wave of fresh orchard fruits, within hides an unusually (but in a…

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Whisky Review: Cadenhead Single Cask Glen Grant – Glenlivet 1984 Aged 31 Years

Style: Sherry and Malty Nose: Brown sugar casually sprinkled down on coffee jelly. A rather “deep” vibe here. Plenty of black currants floating to the top, while peppermint haze shrouds around a hearty malt. Pencil shavings, caramel sauce with a teasing acidic note. Black peppercorns and dry spices at the back. A rather delicate aroma.…

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Whisky Review: Kilchoman Fresh Bourbon Cask Sample #175/06

Style: Bright and Smoky Nose: Bright aroma as the curtain of heavy smoke lifted beautifully by bourbon fruits. Dryness and spices combines with fresh ginger while the peat slowly comes through. Beautiful nose. Palate: Pear drop, honey and caramel springs off from ginger, very fresh, almost grassy at times. Magnificent touch. Smoke looms in the…

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Whisky Review: Islay Mist 8 Years Old (1986 Bottled)

Style: Light and Fruity Nose: Refreshing fruity breeze on the nose… Very nice. Delightful pineapple daiquiri, green pears silkily wrapped by iodine laces and decorated with smoked barley. Citrus icing, an oily peppermint lick. Simple but stunningly impressive. Palate: Soft fruits laying out with a nice brush of golden malt. Pears hitting high notes all…

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Whisky Review: Laphroaig Aged 27 Years Limited Edition

Style: Sweet and Complex Nose: Smoky stewed fruits, signature sweetness of well-aged Laphroaig. All the elements give way to the perfumed grapefruits, bubble gum, linseed, rosemary and smoked peppermint. Soft aroma of grape vine with a touch of Eau De Vie. Complex, perfumed and very refined. Palate: Smoky honey, hint of tar, more tropical fruits…

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Whisky Review: Glen Garioch 1980 Aged 22 Years Single Cask #5688

Style: Soapy and Complex Nose: An intriguing mix of haystacks and fresh cut grass. Peaty wood smoke brimming on top of subtle tropical fruits. Smoked eel, salted pineapple and caramel. I can mistake this as an Islay bottling. Floral notes diffusing in, slightly soapy. Interesting… Feels like an old-school nose. Palate: Curiously soapy. Reminds me…

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Whisky Review: Balvenie Tun Deconstruction 1982 Cask Sample European Oak

Style: Stewed fruits, Waxy and Dignified Nose: White flower flies high while an elegant and waxy touch applied on cereal notes. Pear drops and barley singing softly and expanding throughout the whole aroma. Spice lunges from the back, nutmeg with slight earthiness. Palate: Another big waxy brush on stewed fruits cooking up nicely on the…

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Whisky Review: The GlenDronach Single Cask 1996 Aged 18 Years #1487

Style: Dark Fruits and Nutty Malt Nose: Dark plums and prunes waking up from slumber, while perfumed malt latches on a dominant and dry peppermint spice. Cranberries dragged downwards by weighty dark chocolate, toffee and espresso sediments. Coal ambers, maybe a faint layer of peat as well? A rich and surprisingly dry aroma, and the…

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