Dram Review: Dobson’s Belle Epoque

[60.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2016-2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Strange showings of mothball and wasabi.. some Manuka honey in the mix with the peat being present but weak. Vanilla nougat joins in as the dram becomes more grassy. Palate & Finish: Grassy and muddy, the palate is just too earthy, it feels dirty and not in the typical…

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Dram Review: Dobson’s Empire 8 (Cask No. 87)

[60.0%・6 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2016-2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 87・Single Cask Release] Nose: At 60% this doesn’t feel too sharp or expressive and instead actually rather muted. Vanilla custard and butter-sugar crepes, some caramelised almonds amongst the spirit-y presence. Palate & Finish: A muddled splatter of syrup and cane sugar somewhat incoherently with candied orange and vanilla…

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Dram Review: Sullivans Cove Double Cask Bottled for Whisky + Alement (DC-WA1)

[50.3%・10 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling for Whisky + Alement・Cask No. HH0042, TD0225・Limited Release of 218 Bottles] Nose: Rather a grand presence of thick, gooey honey, buttero leather, lemon zest and French vanilla, slightly burnt butter off the crust of pastries fresh out of the oven with some hay and coconut flakes at the back.…

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Dram Review: Fleurieu River’s End

[53.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 200 Bottles] Nose: Starts off with a robust oomph of raisins and dark chocolate, maraschino cherries leading a spike of sugary acidity with the roasted barley brushed with some fennel seed oil taking a backseat. After some time, the fruits begin to soften and unfold, more buttery toffee sauce…

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Whisky Review: Belgrove “Wholly Shit” Rye Whisky

Style: Earthy, Grassy and Oaty Nose: Begins with an earthy agave tone, is this a tequila?! Damp clay, mineral notes, wet grass, icy cucumber gradually opening up to a sweet honey oat which shines through the middle. Dry spices, especially cloves, mixing in between, a cozy oatmeal underlayer to finish. Palate: Another tequila run, what’s…

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Dram Review: Liquor Library and La Maison du Whisky Sullivans Cove 12 Years Old

[58.0%・12 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・Liquor Library and La Maison du Whisky Bottling・Cask No. TD0114・Single Cask Release of 268 Bottles] Nose: Concentrated grape juice and crystallised raisin sugar, the exotic musk marries the buttery and syrupy goodness. Palate & Finish: Incredible burst of pleasurable wine-y sweetness gelling with rich toffee and sticky honey, as a buttery…

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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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