Dram Review: Bruichladdich The Bordeaux First Growth Series Cuvée F Pomerol Aged 16 Years

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2008・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The oak is evident through out, but it’s in the comforting form of mellow vanilla with a sprinkle of pepper and match sticks.  There is a vague muskiness in the background with the wine fruits faintly popping out, seductive but sedated. Palate & Finish: Figs and prunes…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich The Bordeaux First Growth Series Cuvée E Sauternes Aged 16 Years

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2008・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Wild violet with a calming oak veil, well decorated with a lemony presence, and just underneath the peels lies an apple cider note that conveys a natural sweetness.  Some mangos and apricots in the background reintroducing the bright sugary fruitiness and is complimented by a gentle creaminess.…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich The Bordeaux First Growth Series Cuvée D Pessac-Léognan Aged 16 Years

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2008・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The nose is restrained with the wine influence uncharacteristically held back and thus setting the tone a bit low.  There are some dry and vegetative notes initially, but in time notes of ginger, gun powder and cotton candy surface even though the dark fruits still fell suppressed.…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich The Bordeaux First Growth Series Cuvée C Margaux Aged 16 Years

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2008・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Floral with a buttery undertone, some early French oak notes as the mellow citrus wraps around a wine cask inspired strawberry creaminess.  Slight smoke in the background with an inviting brie cheese note. Palate & Finish: Red apples with black cherries and packing some spices.  Dark chocolate…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich The Bordeaux First Growth Series Cuvée B Pauillac Aged 16 Years Pauillac Aged 16 Years

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2008・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 12,000 Bottles] Nose: The nose starts off creamy with the buttery toffee note, though much softer than the usual upfront fragrances of wine casks.  There is a hint of slightly burnt toast from the base, and as the nose unfolds it becomes apparent that the dram is…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich The Bordeaux First Growth Series Cuvée A Pauillac Aged 16 Years

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2008・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The tone is set a bit low with the musk, some apple fragrances and pitted cherries.   There is a vague incense note in the background, almost like smoke from paper burning.  As time passes, the charred cask notes surface. Palate & Finish: Apple vinegar with an…

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Dram Review: Johnnie Walker Blender’s Batch Espresso Roast Exp#9

[43.2%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Johnnie Walker Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Muscovado syrup with a hue of Speysider grassy top note. The oomph of toasted coffee bean is understated with a vague seaweed-y peat note sipping out. The wee grain grittiness wears thin and it draws a soft gingery kick. Palate & Finish: Can pineapples with the charred oak…

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Dram Review: Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years

[40.0%・18 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Johnnie Walker Bottling・General Release] Nose: The nose is on the approachable side, ripe fruits, marmalade with pear sweets and a light splash of grain spirit spices.  Just underneath lays a hint apple cider vinegar with the light creaminess and sandalwood interwinding together.  In the background, there’re traces of mineral water laced with…

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Dram Review: Louis XIII de Rémy Martin

[40.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The nose is elegant and composed.  Complex fragrances from a broad spectrum but certainly not overwhelming; balanced acidity complimented by an understated sweetness and a fine brush of clay earthiness.  The aromas of white fruits and white flowers are effortlessly pleasing, with jasmine and orange blossom leading way.  The…

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Dram Review: Glenfarclas Passion

[46.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 6000 Bottles] Nose: Candied ginger, almond butter and fine vanilla grain.  Give the dram some time to breathe and the bright fruity notes are released along with the toffee treacle.  The malt then returns for a seamless visit. Palate & Finish: Golden honey sweetened further by the natural sweetness…

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