First Impression: Lark RR 024

[64.5%・2 Years and 9 Months Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Quite mellow on the nose for a cask strength Lark.  The bourbon cask is at work here despite being quite a young whisky, syrupy and mahogany driven with Vienna almonds scattered atop the citrus but creamy back bone.  There is some smoke to it…

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First Impression: SMWS Hanyu 131.2 “Magic Carpet in a Sweetie Shop”

[55.1%・Distilled in 2000・Bottled in 2014・13 Years Old・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 646 Bottles] Nose: Incredibly syrupy with the toffee treacle.  Plenty of aged leather with a hint of candied ginger but the overall tone leans towards the heaviness as gifted by a thick syrupy cask.  There is a rich waxiness amidst the prominent spices as…

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First Impression: Sullivans Cove Special Cask Edition TD0202

[47.5%・Distilled in 2007・Bottled in 2017・9 Years Old・Official Bottling・Cask TD0202・Single Cask Release of 174 Bottles] Nose: What a pleasant surprise, clean pasture and freshly plucked apples, refreshing as a clean floral note gently comes through with a green kiwi note.  A subtle hint of oak in the background giving the dram another dimension. Palate & Finish:…

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First Impression: Berry Bros & Rudd Clynelish 1997 Cask 6867

[55.3%・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2013・16 Years Old・Berry Bros & Rudd Bottling・Cask 6867・Single Cask Release] Nose: This one needs some breathing initially but once it sits for a while the old school sherry note surfaces.  Pu’erh tea with an underlying waxiness.  Caramel tart dressed freely with chocolate sauce and caramelized banana mush.  Hint of old dunnage…

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You’re Invited: Coming to Australia

Once again, we will be hosting the upcoming sharing session at the Oak Barrel on Friday, 8 September 2017 with the help of Mr. Fitzsimons and the rest of the team. I can think of no better place to share these Australian whiskies I have been meaning to try with all my fellow Australian whisky…

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First Impression: Samaroli 1977 Ardmore

[45%・Distilled in 1977・Bottled in 2003・Samaroli Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Gentle minerals with a light dose of that clean Highland peat smoke.  Freshness from the stone fruits and guava compliment a smooth execution of vanilla.  Classy and chic, the Maestro had once again reinterpreted a distillery brilliantly. Palate & Finish: Caramel fudge with a slice of candied…

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First Impression: Gordon & MacPhail Old Pulteney Distilled 1969

[43%・Distilled in 1969・Bottled in 2006・37 Years Old・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: A crisp pear sweetness mingles with the salty and brine-y note.  Lime zest infused within the salted caramel swirl.  Classic Old Pulteney but with the age it fares even more balanced and tender, with an even mix of maltiness and vague seaweed note…

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First Impression: Adelphi’s Liddesdale Batch Release No. 10 Distilled at Bunnahabhain

[46%・Bottled Circa 2017・21 Years Old・Adelphi’s Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Raisins with the barley imparting a slightly smoky vibe.  There is a meaty note, but it’s swiftly blanketed by a sense of green grapes bursting through, foreboding a juicy palate to come. Palate & Finish: The delivery doesn’t disappoint at all, classic Bunnahabhain vibes with the juicy-turns-lager-y…

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First Impression: Adelphi’s Glenborrodale Batch Release No. 3

[46%・Bottled Circa 2017・8 Years Old・Adelphi’s Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Rather expressive with the strawberry reduce and the toffee fudge, the red berries gift a refreshing acidity. Palate & Finish: Red berry coulis with a creamy sherry presence on the palate.  Just a pinch of spices and oak coming through as well. A slight spike in acidity…

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First Impression: Adelphi’s Glenborrodale Batch Release No. 1

[46%・Bottled Circa 2016・8 Years Old・Adelphi’s Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: An appealing nose, pleasant aromas of chocolate powder, gingery spices with a lace of smoke with vintage vibe. The sherry influence is subtle in the background with the main theme being the reinvigorating grain spices along with toffee fudge. Palate & Finish: A gorgeous delivery on the…

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