Dram Review: Dobson’s Belle Epoque

[60.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2016-2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Strange showings of mothball and wasabi.. some Manuka honey in the mix with the peat being present but weak. Vanilla nougat joins in as the dram becomes more grassy. Palate & Finish: Grassy and muddy, the palate is just too earthy, it feels dirty and not in the typical…

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Dram Review: Dobson’s Empire 8 (Cask No. 87)

[60.0%・6 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2016-2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 87・Single Cask Release] Nose: At 60% this doesn’t feel too sharp or expressive and instead actually rather muted. Vanilla custard and butter-sugar crepes, some caramelised almonds amongst the spirit-y presence. Palate & Finish: A muddled splatter of syrup and cane sugar somewhat incoherently with candied orange and vanilla…

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Dram Review: Dobson’s Old Reliable

[47.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2015-2017・ Official Bottling・Batch Release] Nose: The nose is really shy, faintly floral with mild violet and a thin brush of hazelnut cream.  Dig deeper and there is that vaguely noticeable smoke.  A wee dose of red berries in the background. Palate & Finish: Slight sugary strawberries, the spirit doesn’t possess too much oomph…

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Dram Review: Dobson’s Empire 8 (Cask No. 81)

[60.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2016・Official Bottling・Cask No. 81・Single Cask Release] Nose: After Eight chocolate with the inner filling of crème de menthe overflowing, swirled with a somewhat artificial injection of toffee.  In time there is a slight peppery presence, hint of rosemary along with some sultana. Palate & Finish: Highly acidic, the sheer sourness from the sour…

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