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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Dram Review: Fleurieu A Heart of Gold

[54.1%・4 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 140 Bottles] Nose: The richness is quite reassuring, honey, toffee, vanilla nougat with a splash of anise.  Lemon marmalade and buttery salted caramel folded together.  More vanilla coming through, marshmallow with some wild flowers from the background. Palate & Finish: A virtually seamless transition from nose…

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Dram Review: Timboon Christie’s Cut (Bottled on 1 March 2018)

[60.0%・3 Years Old・Distilled in 2014・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling] Nose: The spectrum of nose is a bit narrow at first but the thickness of marshmallow and boiling brown sugar is well established along side a faint floral musk.  In time, it grows more expressive with some black tea, dried figs and burnt toffee and it shows…

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Interview: Catching Up With The Hollingworths of Black Gate Distillery

You can read our last interview with Brian and Genise here. Nicholas:  So tell me, what has changed at Black Gate since our last chat over three years ago? Brian:  Well, we built a cool room so we can ferment during the hotter weather, and we were able to increase production from when we first…

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Dram Review: Iniquity Batch No. 008

[46.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Batch Release] Nose: A firm sense of toffee and chocolate on the nose but it’s also slightly herbal.  Even with the leather and mahogany it is inherently sweet and as gentle as it gets for an Australian whisky.  It’s not particularly layered but certainly charming. Palate & Finish: Dark blackberries getting crushed…

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Dram Review: Limeburners Infinity Solera Cask

[43.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2017・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Moist Banana bread and sultana in fairly soft dosage, chocolate sundae sauce with a sound introduction of malt before getting a tad gingery in time. Palate & Finish: Quite an appealing sultana note to begin albeit on the thin side, lightly brushed with chocolate sauce. Some lemony note to…

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Dram Review: Timboon Port Expression (Bottled on 31 July 2017)

[41.0%・3 Years Old・Distilled in 2014・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: The unique ester-y profile is present, but this batch has more honey and malt to it. Smooth caramel lightly applying its sweetness as some pepper and ginger flower notes come about whilst the grassiness develops. Palate & Finish: Light, thin honey with barley infusion, simplistic…

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Dram Review: Timboon Port Expression (Bottled on 30 August 2016)

[40.0%・3 Years Old・Distilled in 2013・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: A cute dose of ginger flowers at first, followed by the bubble gum and green apples aromas that the distillery has gained a reputation for. There is an interesting ramune note with some playful artificial fruitiness, and some pepper on the back end. Palate &…

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Dram Review: Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Redlands Distillery Cask TIB RD 001

[48.4%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Bottling・Cask TIB RD 001・Single Cask Release] Nose: Quite young and vibrant; green grapes, wet grass, fresh lime intermix with roasted barley and almond butter. Palate & Finish: Condensed dry muscat grape sweetness, nothing too outrageous and actually quite gentle. Thin brushes of red wine tannins and red grape skin bitterness…

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