Dram Review: Nikka Single Cask Malt Whisky Yoichi Nicol’s Dram

[57.8%・14 Years Old・Distilled in 1986・Bottled in 2000・Official Bottling・Cask No. 126941・Single Cask Release] Nose: A heavy belter with a heavy-handed serving of intensely creamy vanilla splashed generously with cinnamon spices.  The oak begins to char in the background as the coal smoke draws some cured meat notes to go with the ripe fruits from the spirit.…

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Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt Hanyu The Game

[61.2%・Distilled in 2000・Bottled in 2009・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 476 Bottles] Nose: A rich, fulfilling oomph of gooey custard oozing pastries.  Oak and pepper piercing through as a layer of vanilla paste gets brushed onto charred toast. Palate & Finish: Vanilla and lemon butter churned with pear puree.  The thick creaminess sips out more and more…

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Dram Review: Dalmore L’Anima

[41.5%・49 Years Old・Bottled in 2019・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 1 Bottle] So a little background information, this is a polygamous marrying of Dalmore whiskies from a bourbon barrel, a cask seasoned with 40+ year old Pedro Ximenez and a Tawny Port pipe, filled in a Baccarat crystal decanter and stored safely in a bespoke handcrafted wooden…

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Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu And The Clouds Parted (Specially Selected by La Maison du Whisky)

[61.9%・4 Years Old・Distilled in 2011・Bottled in 2015・La Maison du Whisky Bottling・Cask No. 1371・Single Cask Release of 308 Bottles] Nose: Oh wow, such richness even for a Chichibu, there’s the impressive Madeira cask influence! Full bodied raisins with this certain aged lemon zing.  Milk chocolate coated apricots with brown sugar rub against some wood chips as…

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Dram Review: Liquid Gold Hong Kong Owners Cask Macallan Special Vintage 1995

[51.8%・22 Years Old・Distilled in 1995・Bottled in 2018・Liquid Gold Bottling・Cask No. 10115・Single Cask Release of Bottles] Nose: Slightly on the feisty side, the malt fares quite heavy in this dram with some rich burnt toffee sips out. The earthy undertone carries with it notes of raisins and blackcurrant as it elongates notes of orange liquor soaked…

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Dram Review: The Macallan Classic Cut 2018 Limited Edition

[51.2%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 90,000 Bottles] Nose: An engineered mix of oak and sweetness you would expect from a new Macallan release. Charred brown sugar with a thin dose of roast meat, cereal laid out comfortably with some slight perfume-y notes. Palate & Finish: Raisins with some bite, quite spicy with cinnamon and…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich Black Arts 1992 Edition 05.1 24 Aged Years

[48.4%・24 Years Old・Distilled in 1992・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 12,000 Bottles] Nose: Somewhat of a damp setting, thick cream and salted caramel sauce with a slight suggestion of matchsticks.  Suspected wine cask influenced mushed berries seasoned with some salt and pepper as it later on grows maltier. Palate & Finish: Figs, blackberries and aged…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich Rare Cask Series Bourbon: All In 1984/32

[43.7%・32 Years Old・Distilled in 1984・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 3,000 Bottles] Nose: Genuinely clean with thin layers of honey and minerals. Fresh strawberries and white peaches with some ginger flowers. Palate & Finish: A pleasing dose of stone fruits, red apples and pineapples; age revealing with the oak subtly lending a drying edge. Smooth…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich Rare Cask Series Sherry: The Magnificent Seven 1986/30

[44.6%・30 Years Old・Distilled in 1986・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 4,200 Bottles] Nose: Some subtle farmy characters in play, brown sugar blanketing wee minerals and a tinge of herbal notes.  Crystallised honey and vanilla sugar brushed over pinewood as a intriguing woody incense burns in the background, slowly emitting aromas of molasses rubbed on oily…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich Rare Cask Series Bourbon: Hidden Glory 1985/32

[48.7%・32 Years Old・Distilled in 1985・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 4,200 Bottles] Nose: Somewhat char driven in a mix of honey and vanilla, pinch of sea salt to go with minerals, salted caramel, breakfast cereal and some cute bouquet fruits. Palate & Finish: Vanilla and custard apples, followed by a gush of honey, oak and…

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