Dram Review: Belgrove Rye Smoke’n Barrel

[58.4%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: Overtly ashy, much like the aftermath of a small bush fire; burnt plastic and burning manuka, extremely herbal and eucalyptus driven. Palate & Finish: Intensely sweet followed by an engulfing wave of ashes, Chinese herbs, eucalyptus and menthol. Earthy Muscovado with burnt plastic and dry spices. An earthy…

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Dram Review: Fleurieu Atlantic Crossing

[52.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 800 Bottles] Nose: A lavish display of raisins and toffee with hints of sooty and ashy notes but also quite spirit driven, stupendously malty and nutty, slightly metallic with notes of ginger flower and lemongrass followed by a buttery wave. Palate & Finish: Toffee and raisins boosting an instantaneous…

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Dram Review: Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Old Kempton Distillery Redlands Release 5 (Cask No. TIB RD 0014)

[48.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Bottling・Cask No. TIB RD 0014・Single Cask Release] Nose: Quite an intriguing sense of milk chocolate, thick caramel and vanilla swirl, a nice richness of crème brûlée and milk tea covering the easy grassy spirit semi-hidden. Palate & Finish: Instant richness of deep toffee and walnut pralines conveyed, the dried Muscat…

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Dram Review: Starward Two-Fold

[40.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Easy on the nose, strawberry flavoured condensed milk, can pineapples and golden syrup followed by a drier grain-y influence and some wood chips in the mix. Palate & Finish: Accommodatingly sweet, thinned out caramel and some diluted layerings of caramelised banana and pineapple, and raspberry coulis followed by a…

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Dram Review: Devil’s Distillery Hobart Whisky (Batch No. 18-001)

[48.8%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Edition of 423 Bottles] Nose: Quite grassy and rather new make-y, some pencil shaving with the oily toffee fudge channeling some sweetness, pear drops, charred toast and diesel are also present. Palate & Finish: An oily delivery of guava and sultana with the raw greenness of new make attaching to it. …

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Dram Review: Spirit Thief First Release American Oak Shiraz Cask “Arthur Jennings”

[48.3%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Spirit Thief Bottling・Limited Release of 110 Bottles] Nose: Prunes and caramel, the initial gooey sweetness is followed by a diluted jammy presence with some sandalwood and roasted barley. Palate & Finish: Sweet, inoffensive delivery of diluted prune preserve, green seedless grapes brushed with light toffee. Hint of menthol in the finish as the…

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Dram Review: Laird Club Longmorn 33 Years Old

[43.7%・33 Years Old・Distilled in 1974・Bottled in 2007・Laird Club Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: Ahh, this is a proper Sherried Longmorn.  Mineral, with gorgeous cyrstalised raisins; French vanilla brushed over black cherries and orange marmalade, well oaked with dark chocolate ginger and this fixation provoking lace of dirty diesel smoke. Palate & Finish: Delicious rush of syrup…

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Dram Review: The Macallan Rare Cask Black

[48%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Edition] Nose: The semi-indulging cured black cherry note is there, a combination of the oiliness of the malt and the tannins from the wood.  A generous dose of chocolate sundae sauce, carrying only a slight tinge of meatiness; the peat is hardly noticeable, only traces of ashes and dirts. Palate & Finish:…

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Dram Review: Mackillop’s Choice Macallan Single Cask Distilled 1992

[50.8%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1992・Bottled in 2014・Mackillop’s Choice Bottling・Cask No. 10161・Single Cask Release of 280 Bottles] Nose: Clean and grassy on the nose, fresh pasture leading on some stone fruits with some almonds, hazelnuts and toasted fennel seeds in the background, rounding off with a faint floral note. Palate & Finish: Soft fruits with some…

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Dram Review: That Boutique-y Whisky Company Macallan Batch 4

[44.3%・NAS・Bottled in 2013・That Boutique-y Whisky Company Bottling・Limited Release of 203 Bottles] Nose: Charming nose with a velvet like setting, pear drops, toffee apples, soft honey, lemon butter and cereal conveying a pure joyous feeling. Palate & Finish: A lovely citrus driven malt, creamy with the oily caramel and juicy from the apricots and red apples…

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