Whisky Review: Scoma 40th Anniversary Springbank 1993 Aged 24 Years

Style: Sherry and Smoky Nose:Begins with a sweet and forthcoming aroma. Strawberries, fig jam, raisins and other sherry notes putting up a dazzling array of red fruits. Five spices and cinnamon stick lightly torched, a faint hint of flint stone, black pepper, lavender and tropical fruits jelly all meld together to form an inner layer,…

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Whisky Review: Springbank 25 Years Old 1993 celebrating 10 Years TWA

Style: Fruity, oaky and slightly smoky Nose: Round, stewed apricots and stone fruits leading the way, which is then carefully sealed with a beautiful layer of honey aloe vera. Sandalwood oil, paperboard in a timber shed. Ambers radiating softly from distance, green herbs spice taking a slight alcohol edge. Fruits continue to shine brilliantly from…

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Whisky Review: Springbank Local Barley 2009 Aged 9 Years

Style: Fruity, Spicy and Smoky Nose:Beautiful sweetness marching with intensity – Barley sugar, honeysuckle, butterscotch and melon taking a hint of green, raw malt. Smoke lacing tightly around the spirit, fizzing spice carrying hay and a good amount of yeast bread. Soft maritime echoes, mineral notes brimming nicely around the aroma. Palate:Similar to what the…

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Whisky Review: Springbank Aged 12 Years Cask Strength

Style: Fruity and Smoky Nose:Splendid mix of pear drops and rhubarb, apricot Danish, dried fruits with just a wee bit of hay smoke. A rather sweet entrance. Just as the sweetness is starting to overload, chili spice steps in and supports the structure. Vanilla pods, five spices and more peat gradually unravel. Stewed fruits and…

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Whisky Review: The Whisky Agency 10 Years Anniversary Springbank (Peated Type) 1996

Style: Smoky, Fruity and Vibrant Nose: Bright start with fresh green kiwis and smoky guava, an unusual combination but it is fantastic. Under the green fruits lie an alluring layer of malt syrup and stewed tropical fruits, earthy spice raising the ceiling while fruit punch adding a beautiful depth to the aroma. Subtle meaty notes…

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Whisky Review: Ballechin Aged 12 Years Cask hand picked by The Whisky Exchange

Style: Fruity and Smoky Nose:Sumptuous hay smoke, malt syrup with a good dose of shell fish on the nose. Sea salt rubbing on kombu, fish sauce and minerals, the peat element is surprisingly maritime-driven, I don’t think the distillery is anywhere near the sea, no? Down a layer reveal sugary tropical fruits. Melons and dried…

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Whisky Review:The Arran 1996 Single Cask bottled for The Whisky Exchange celebrating 20 years online

Style: Delicate and Fruity Nose:Pear and peach aroma intertwining gracefully at the front, delicate and pleasantly sweet. Followed by a subtle mash of assorted fruits – tropical, orchard, throwing in a bit of citrus and even forest berries. Caramel lightly drizzling on honeycomb, while peppermint and juniper berries forming a high overtone. Barley echoes softly…

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Whisky Review: Kavalan Single Cask Vinho selected by The Whisky Exchange W120614028

Style: Red fruits and Oaky Nose:Sweet, round ruby grapes march in majestically with figs, strawberries, hawthorns, bay berries and plums lining neatly on the side. Light dedemara syrup and butterscotch rounding up the sweetness nicely. Varnish and freshly shaved timber sweep in, while a deeper umami tone lurking quietly in the shadow. Youthful chili spice…

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Whisky Review: Clynelish Select Reserve Special Release 2015

Style: Citus-y and Complex Nose:Lemon peel, Sprite lightly mixed with peppermint schnapps to give a satisfying warmth. Mineralic and coastal peat echoing a gentle whisper. Orange confectionaries sprinkled with citrus salt. Barley scattered around carelessly while a thin layer of wax coated around the core. Light pencil shavings and floral fragrance sitting at the bottom.…

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Whisky Review: Hidden Spirits Clynelish 1992 Aged 26 Years “Highproof”

Style: Fruity, Complex and Elegant Nose:Gentle entrance of lemon citrus, while herbal notes beaming positively at the front. Orange drops, baked fruits, coriander (?), yellow flowers, a touch of tar and tropical fruits all carefully weaving together to give a subtle, beautiful and complex secondary layer, which is quite the reverse of what the “modern”…

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