Whisky Review: Bellwether Single Malt Whisky R6

Style: Citrus Sweet and Herbal Nose: Musky, stewed tropical fruits stepped up to the front. Melon candies, then it edges towards to the vegetal side – Cucumber gradually transfigured into Chinese medicinal herbs. Distant smoke, Sharp ginger shreds sheathed by a touch of sweet orange citrus at the back. Palate: A string of flavours slowly…

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Whisky Review: Bellwether French Oak CS (Bottled for Whisky Freedom)

Style: Sweet and Very Spicy Nose: Good dab of soy sauce, followed by a surge of spirit spice. Christmas cake, walnut and dried blood orange forming all the necessary sweetness at the core. The heat takes a herbal, dry grassy turn and we have some minty eucalyptus free flowing up high. Peeling off a layer…

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Dram Review: Hellyers Road Peated

[46.2%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2014-2018・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Iodine, and a singular sooty peat smoke. Squid ink and burnt plastic. Hints of zingy green kiwis and rice paper still lurk in the background. Palate & Finish: Light vanilla sweetness with a bit of kiwi citrus and fresh garden herbs followed by a solid pasting of peat providing…

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Dram Review: Hellyers Road Pinot Noir Finish

[46.2%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2014-2018・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: A dose of that wrapping rice paper for Chinese milk lolly, zingy with some kiwis along with a powdery delivery of blackberries and artificial cherries. Palate & Finish: Starts off light and a tad dry, cherries and some tangy citrus but also some wee metallic notes, thin layer of…

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Dram Review: Hellyers Road Port Cask Matured Single Cask Release Aged 11 Years (Cask No. 4295/03)

[62.2%・11 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 4295/03・Single Cask Release] Nose: A fat Port cask driven note from the get go.  Still quite spirit heavy with a buttery toffee base with a slight clay note.  Overall, the Port wood fragrance is quite pleasant. Palate & Finish: Sweet prunes on the palate but incredibly spicy, the…

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Dram Review: Hellyers Road Original Single Cask Release Aged 14 Years (Cask No. 2087/08)

[67.4%・14 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 2087/08・Single Cask Release] Nose: Honey and cereal and of course rather alcoholic, metallic with barley husk, quite unrefined and raw. Palate & Finish: Sweet oily honey with a very naked showing of the barley infused with wood.  Faring quite green with some olive oil and more spirit-y spices…

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Dram Review: Hellyers Road Peated Single Cask Release Aged 13 Years (Cask No. 4032.14)

[65.5%・13 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 4032.14・Single Cask Release] Nose: The dram is very peated indeed, smoked bacon, smoked haddock and Dettol, super robust with sea salt hitting the malt and iodine bursting out, a fishy note develops in time. Palate & Finish: A deceivingly smooth dose of mild sweetness at first before the…

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Spirit Review: Archie Rose Six Malt Spirit matured in 100L Apera Sherry Cask for 18 months

Nose: Powerful spice, but the core aroma is surprisingly gentle on the nose. Soft but determined dark/red fruits notes, raisinets uplifted by an herbal overtone. Orange drops and black currants. There are still glimpses of raw new make malt syrup notes here, but some rough edges have been polished off. Palate: Red fruits with an…

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Spirit Review: Archie Rose Six Malt New Make

Nose: Youthful malt syrup with grassy edges. Marshmallows, caramel and chocolate cookie dough developing on top of subtle fruitiness. Distinct carrot cake and earthy nutmeg notes coming forward towards the end. Palate: Vibrant confectionaries fruits sweeping across and transmute to drier chocolate barley husk on the palate. Abundant ester fruits – mostly oranges, nicely placed…

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Dram Review: Black Gate BG022

[50.0%・ Distilled in 2014・Bottled in 2017・3 Years Old・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 199 Bottles] Nose: On the nose, the whisky attains quite the Port cask influence on the surface, lemony with a generous dose of blackcurrants.  Musky and floral but at the same time there are these familiar notes of gritty dust and dirty diesel…

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