Dram Review: Talisker The Bodega Series Aged 40 Years

[50.0%・Bottled In 2018・40 Years Old・Original Bottling・Limited Release of 2,000 Bottles] Nose: Fairly diligently woody that’s perhaps slightly on the damp side. Dark fruits faintly lingering in the background with the cherries giving a brightness that gels well with the wood. There are hints of plastic and pepper as the ripe fruits and berries continue to…

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Dram Review: Compass Box No Name

[48.9%・Bottled In 2017・NAS・Compass Box Bottling・Limited Release of 15,000 Bottles] Nose: Sensationally peaty on the nose, loads of smoked bacon, with the dram genuinely faring quite seaweed-y with a clean, thrilling dose of milky peat gliding through. Smoked almonds and sea salt adding to the mix. Palate & Finish: Approachable and fluid. Vanilla cream effortlessly developing…

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Dram Review: Bowmore Vault Edit1°.n First Release Atlantic Sea Salt

[51.5%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2016・Original Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Some mild actions of tropical fruits on the nose, lime squeeze with a seaweed-y peat gently sweeping across. Creamy coconut milk, dried apricots and banana jam laid over wee hints of oyster shells seasoned with sea salt and pepper. Palate & Finish: Sea salt and honey with some sound…

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Dram Review: Miyagikyo Single Cask 1996 (Cask No. 42439)

[62.0%・18 Years Old・Distilled in 1996・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Cask No. 42439・Single Cask Release] Nose: The nose starts off with pinewood and a thin brush of peat, unfamiliar but incredibly full bodied, fresh paper and cigar humidor as the ashy note begins to surface.  The fresh fruits and vanilla custard fare subservient. Palate & Finish: Citrus lemon…

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Dram Review: Cadenhead’s Caol Ila 35 Years Old For The Auld Alliance

[58.4%・35 Years Old・Distilled in 1982・Bottled in 2017・Bottled by William Cadenhead Ltd. for The Auld Alliance ・Limited Release] Nose: Soft fruits merging into salted caramel that has been folded into multiple layers, the creamy and waxy base is particularly alluring.  Ripe fruits all around as the smoke ever so delicately applies to the scent, in a…

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Dram Review: Murray McDavid Mission Highland Park 1979 Aged 27 Years

[46.2%・27 Years Old・Distilled in 1979・Bottled in 2006・Murray McDavid Bottling・Limited Release of 500 Bottles] Nose: Aged tea leaves and coffee cream, there is a certain vinegar inspired acidity with red wine tannins per the Syrah casks.  Towards the back end there is a hint of cream cheese. Palate & Finish: Fascinatingly sweet with Japanese strawberries drizzled…

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Dram Review: Bowmore Feis Ile 2006 Aged 6 Years

[57.4%・6 Years Old・Distilled in 1999・Bottled in 2006・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 600 Bottles] Nose: A bit sharp on the nose, some citrus marmalade but really just quite youthful. Good doses of lemongrass and char with a brush of paint stripper. Honeyed cereal follows with some fish sauce and smoked almonds Palate & Finish: Lemon and citrus,…

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Dram Review: The Whisky Fair Speyside Region Aged 42 Years

[53.4%・42 Years Old・Distilled in 1969・Bottled in 2011・The Whisky Fair Bottling・Single Cask Release of 156 Bottles] Nose: A powerful dose of toasted cereal and muesli with generous amount of barley and spices that’s rather striking.  Dried mango slices as more vanilla and toasted marshmallow get released in time. Palate & Finish: Dark chocolate and dried fruits,…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail The Book of Kells Benrinnes 21 Years Old

[40.0%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1968・Bottled Circa 1989・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Strawberries and raspberries swirled with light cream. Fresh grassiness carrying white pepper and minerals. Clean citrus, stone fruits, lime twists and oranges with mild strokes of toffee, creme brûlée and vanilla sugar and perhaps hint of cigarettes. Palate & Finish: Just like the…

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Dram Review: The GlenDronach Single Cask Aged 21 Years (Cask No. 475)

[56.4%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1993・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling Specially Selected for The Nectar and La Maison du Whisky・Cask No. 475・Single Cask Release of 627 Bottles] Nose: Prunes and blackcurrants, coal smoke, tobacco and tar with dark chocolate running along, drawing out some earthy and woody notes as a wee nutty note also enters the background.…

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