Whisky Review: Lark Cask Strength Port Cask 2014 #512

Style: Musky Fruits and Spicy Nose: Fat, musky, fruity aroma rising from the glass, take some grape bubblegum and a good crunch of chocolate waffle. Spice not forgiving at this strength, but through the wave awaits some clean malt with a teasing acidic touch to it. Palate: Full strength unleashed on the palate. More grape bubblegum…

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Dram Review: Redlands Small Cask Matured RD018

[46.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: The nose is tight initially, vaguely floral with traces of ink used in Chinese calligraphy.  It’s a touch yeasty and earthy.  The Port influence only arrives much later on. Palate & Finish: The palate is typically Port influenced.  Dark fruits with a pleasant grassy spirit note coming through before becoming a jammy…

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Dram Review: Mt Uncle The Big Black Cock

[43.0%・5 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2016・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: The nose is brandy-esque.  Lemony with a touch of lemon grass and hint of Sauternes.  The spirit influence is subservient and a bit grassy. Palate & Finish: Apricots and sultana leading the delivery.  The spirit is too thin to give a notable presence, providing a splash…

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Dram Review: Lark RR 06

[59.1%・3 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: Brown sugar and ripe strawberry boiling away and dressed with red rose petals.  Slightly soapy for some reasons with a touch of minerals.  The musky oak casts a heaviness on the nose.. Palate & Finish: The palate is driven by the stickiness and sauciness of the…

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Dram Review: Timboon Christie’s Cut

[60.0%・5 Years Old・Distilled in 2012・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling] Nose: Lemony and grassy with a clear lager note.  On the spirit-y side naturally due to the high ABV and relatively young age.  Brushed with a fine vanilla paste, the orchid fruits start to appear with the waxy fruit peels. Palate & Finish: An explosion of bubble-gum-led…

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Dram Review: Black Gate BG021

[49.3%・ Distilled in 2014・Bottled in 2017・3 Years Old・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 213 Bottles] Nose: The thickness of old Black Gate has been replaced in favour of a more balanced delivery.  The aged lemon from the “Port” cask is in play here with subtle notes of basil, oregano, minerals and copper.  With time the familiar…

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Whisky Review: Starward Distillery Only Single Cask 170525A

Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: Starts with subtly sweet aroma, soft dark cherries, prunes, tropical fruits, mellow honey and ester fruits all brushed with a layer of dry husk barley. Follows with a speck of peppermint, ginger and nutmeg. Touches of floral nectar and malty rims glittering gently. Aroma drying up at the back, finishes…

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Whisky Review: Sullivans Cove Double Cask DC090

[40.0%・ 9 Years Old・Distilled in 2007・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Barrels HH0245, TD0224, HH0355, & HH0497・Limited Release of 1235 Bottles] Nose: Faintly aromatic, clean grass and mango hand cream.  Laid back vibes signifying how approachable this is. Palate & Finish: Mango sorbet and honeyed granola dressed with toasted almonds.  The delivery is on the thin side with…

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Whisky Review: Black Gate 520s

[67.0%・2 Years Old・Distilled in 2013・Bottled in 2015・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 159 Bottles] Nose: Big musky aromas from the “Australian Sherry casks”, a dusty note that is a key signature note of early Black Gate releases.  Dried flowers and poached fruits with toffee treacle and the quintessentially Australian diesel note. Palate & Finish: A full on…

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Whisky Review: Fannys Bay Barrel 13

[65.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 39 Bottles] Nose: The nose is on the spirit-y side but it has attained quite extensive cask characters with chocolate sauce and an abundance of grapes and blackcurrants whilst being herbal and dusty. Palate & Finish: An explosion of sticky sweetness from the raisins and cola.  The delivery…

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