First Impression: 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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First Impression: 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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First Impression: 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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First Impression: 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…

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First Impression: Fannys Bay Barrel 10

[60.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 39 Bottles] Nose: A heavy “Australian Sherry cask” here, dark chocolate and raisins with the tone setting quite low.  Though at 60% and quite young the new make notes have been masked rather well by the alluring fragrance from the wood.  The dram captures the sweetness and acidity…

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First Impression: Fleurieu Whisky Kisses

[55.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 600 Bottles] Nose: The nose is heavily influenced by the musky Sherry casks, muscat grapes with a rather big Chinese herbal tone that leaves quite an impression.  The earthiness and coal smoke form the structure, though that does go well with the molasses and toffee treacle; together with the…

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Whisky Review: Overeem Sherry Cask Matured Cask Strength OHD-003

Style: Fruity and Spicy Nose: Hazelnut lightly dipped into chocolate with dried raisins. Lemon meringue pie, melted butter and there is some gentle honey waxiness going on. Great freshness from the spice, clean peppermint notes and a few drops of eucalyptus oil which makes it very bright and refreshing. Palate: Light but delightfully round delivery…

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First Impression: Mackey Cask 004

[49.0%・6 Years Old・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 128 bottles] Nose: An immense but singular Port influence, candied ginger, molasses and brown sugar.  The cask is giving its all here but still it allows a robust dose of barley to come through. Palate & Finish: Gentle syrupy delivery and buttery mouthfeel, one could almost…

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First Impression: Lark RR 13

[67.1%・2 Years and 9 Months Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: The top note is quite piercing.  A playful dose of bubblegum with a slight squeeze of lemon wedges.  The peat smoke makes a cameo as the vanillin is released. Palate & Finish: Quite a juicy mouthful, a generous injection of maple syrup as…

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