Dram Review: Corowa First Drop

[63.1%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 320 Bottles] Nose: Hot and spicy with some caramel and Christmas spices, youthful spirit wrapping some marshmallow. Palate & Finish: Sweet and big prune juices, your typical Aussie Port cask matures whisky packing ample of spices with some blueberry and blackcurrant coulis to go with the prunes. A swift…

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Dram Review: Corowa Bosque Verde

[56.6%・2 Years Old・Distilled in 2016・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Very grassy and still very young, new make-y with pinewood flavoured wax polish. The Port barrels left a faint touch on the nose, with a mixture of meat broth, wet carpet and some toasted seeds seeping through. Palate & Finish: Quite acidic on the palate,…

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Dram Review: Spring Bay The Rheban Cask Strength (Cask No. 14)

[58.0%・Distilled in 2016・Bottled in 2018・2 Years Old・Official Bottling・Cask No. 14・Single Cask Release] Nose: There is some fattiness to the nose, but otherwise it’s surprisingly quite flat, some wood influence in mix with some chalk and cream cheese with the dram getting lemony in time. Palate & Finish: Quite sweet on the palate, too sweet perhaps…

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Whisky Review: Black Gate Single Cask #BG055

Style: Smoky and Spicy Nose: Begins with an acidic overtone, followed by some smoky liquorice roots, bacon drizzled with barbeque sauce. Hot spice cutting in from time to time. Raspberries, a touch of Quandong liquer (?) and orange drops meet at the bottom. Sharp, sweet and smoky. Palate: A rather hot palate, but when the…

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Whisky Review: Launceston Distillery Tawny Cask Matured

Style: Sweet and Herbal Nose: Brown sugar granules mixing with oat biscuits. Cereal bringing out a hint of herbal tone. Lemongrass and sweet longan gradually dominated by liquorice roots. Artificial sweetness like cherry drops masking a wobbly malt. Palate: Heavy herbal tone washing through the expression on the palate. Cherry liquorice turbo-charged by brown sugar…

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Whisky Review: Starward Projects Bourbon Cask Whisky

Style: Sweet and Refreshing Nose: Sweet banana pie dusted with icing sugar. Freshly opened canned pineapple, tropical punch with a heavy layer of vanilla frosting covering on it. Ripe melon notes balanced by crisp cucumber notes. Lemon poppy seed, peppermint and thyme forming a thin thread of herbal tone and shoots all the way to…

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Whisky Review: Thornbury Spirits Co. 1st Release The Forgotten Casks 17 Years Old (Sullivans Cove)

Style: Sweet and Herbal Nose: Herbal liquorice fuses with elder flower on the nose. A layer of vanilla oatmeal slipping underneath while overripe tropical fruits and sticky orange drops forming a solid core in the middle. Peppermint, sages and rosemary converge to hit spicy high note. Sweet and spicy aroma. Palate: Orange drops underlined by…

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Whisky Review: Sullivans Cove American Oak Single Cask HH027

Nose: Elegant perfumed nose. Soft, intoxicating floral honey notes closely followed by the steaming fragrance of glutinous rice wrapped with oily reed leaves. Delicious! Creamy sweet and also very refreshing aroma. Back there we have vanilla cream puffs and a drier touch of cornflakes, rice cracker and coconut shreds. Very beautiful. Palate: Much softer on…

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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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