Whisky Review: Compass Box “This is not a luxury whisky”

Style: Summer Berries and Cream Chocolate Nose: Alluring blue berries dipped in silky milk chocolate on the nose. Honey drizzled on green pears, stewed fruits and more summer berries followed by teasing spice. All sweet and comfy. Then there is a shy, drier facet – acidic limestone and five spices following through, underneath sits a…

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Whisky Review: Johnnie Walker “Double Black”

Style: Creamy and Peaty Nose: Restrained tropical fruits followed by a rather big dose of iodine, sea salt and smoked bacon. Slightly damp, mossy earthiness hidden at deeper levels. Salt-rubbed pineapple emerges again after a while, diluted maple syrup painting on raw papaya. Smoke radiates from the background all the way till the end. A…

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Whisky Review: Hibiki 響 21 Years Old 花鳥風月 Special Edition

Style: Delicate and Complex Nose: Delicate red plums, sweet with a dab of sourness, maple syrup bacon, nicely accompanied by semi-dry vanilla painted cereal notes. Light breeze of green sappy pine, sugar cane then we have round apricots and peaches at the core. Almond flakes fade, brown sugar emerges towards to the end. All the…

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Whisky Review: Highland Park Ice Edition Aged 17 Years

Style: Fruity and Vanilla Nose: Peppermint and heather layering on top, candy floss with fluffy vanilla cream one level down. Light touches of violets and chilli flakes. Soft icy vibe. Peat smoke sits in the middle and curiously it is a bit mossy and earthy. White flowers blossoming over solid tropical fruits while white timber…

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Whisky Review: Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 15 Years Old

Style: Sweet and Complex Nose: Big trademark meaty aroma up front, red grapes filled the body quickly and then we have some dense cereal notes with a hint of salted caramel troops in, delicious scent of oven-baked potatoes at the back. Palate: Sherry glistering gracefully on the first touch, honey, aloe vera, chocolate malt and smoke.…

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Whisky Review: SMWS “Exotic Cargo” 10 Years Old 

Style: Sherry and Fruity Nose: Begins with red licorice followed by peppermint, green paprika carefully dusted with white pepper giving some hotness to the aroma. Sherry fruits notes gently weaving into a layer of fragrant stewed fruits. Sweet and perfumed, very nice… Going deeper you find more red grapes and almonds which slowly evolves to…

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Whisky Review: Starward Distillery Only Single Cask 170525A

Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: Starts with subtly sweet aroma, soft dark cherries, prunes, tropical fruits, mellow honey and ester fruits all brushed with a layer of dry husk barley. Follows with a speck of peppermint, ginger and nutmeg. Touches of floral nectar and malty rims glittering gently. Aroma drying up at the back, finishes…

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Whisky Review: Three Rivers Tokyo x The Whisky Agency Auchentoshan Aged 21 Years

Style: Delicate Fruits and Floral Nose: Spearmint and white flower bouquet powdered up by icing sugar. Caramel snaps, more green herbs. A light touch of hibiscus flowers, orange liquor, throwing in some dry chocolate nuts and chilli spice. Palate: Delicate with positive floral notes, delicious orange chocolate and while white flower nectar flowing onto the…

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Whisky Review: Silver Seal Whisky is Classical Collection “Il Barbiere Di Siviglia” Pluscarden Valley 1977 38 Years Old

Style: Rich and Sweet Nose: Rather dense, musky red fruits with great oiliness. Toffee apples, fried banana sided with crème brûlée, a pinch of peppermint and caramel sauce. Dates, cinnamon dust and Christmas cake flowing onto vanilla malt. Palate: Caramelized apples on the palate with plenty of sweetness. Apple pie, stew fruits with immense oiliness…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 120.8 Hakushu 白州 “A surge of sweet peat”

Style: Complex and Spicy Nose: Roasted macadamia nuts closely trailed by clean forest fruits. Pine nuts lightly grilled by peat smoke. Sweetness gradually opens up as shy glazed pineapples and passionfruit lollies step in with light green herbs and clove oil. A touch of smoked mackerel from the back, all the layers nicely overlap and…

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