Dram Review: Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Old Kempton Distillery Redlands Release 5 (Cask No. TIB RD 0014)

[48.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Bottling・Cask No. TIB RD 0014・Single Cask Release] Nose: Quite an intriguing sense of milk chocolate, thick caramel and vanilla swirl, a nice richness of crème brûlée and milk tea covering the easy grassy spirit semi-hidden. Palate & Finish: Instant richness of deep toffee and walnut pralines conveyed, the dried Muscat…

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Dram Review: Spirit Thief First Release American Oak Shiraz Cask “Arthur Jennings”

[48.3%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Spirit Thief Bottling・Limited Release of 110 Bottles] Nose: Prunes and caramel, the initial gooey sweetness is followed by a diluted jammy presence with some sandalwood and roasted barley. Palate & Finish: Sweet, inoffensive delivery of diluted prune preserve, green seedless grapes brushed with light toffee. Hint of menthol in the finish as the…

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Dram Review: Spirit Thief First Release French Oak Tempranillo Cask “Hector Musselwhite”

[48.3%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Spirit Thief Bottling・Limited Release of 110 Bottles] Nose: Caramelised popcorn, slightly lemony with some lime zest. Pinch of chilli with the malty spirit moving past.. Palate & Finish: Quite syrupy sweet, flowing with some raisin sweetness followed by a plateau of honey. Soft finish.. Thoughts: A first release (NAS) from one of the…

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Dram Review: Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Old Kempton Distillery Redlands Release 4 (Cask No. TIB RD 0013)

[47.7%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Bottling・Cask No. TIB RD 0013・Single Cask Release] Nose: Remarkably malty as some rather young spirit at play. Creamed honey sprinkled with nibs of pepper, ginger and wild flowers. Palate & Finish: Mild sweetness as the spirit begins to reveal itself, pear sweets and citrus easing in. A light finish that…

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Dram Review: Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Redlands Distillery Redlands Release 1 (Cask No. TIB RD 001)

[48.4%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Bottling・Cask No. 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…

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Dram Review: Redlands Small Cask Matured RD018

[46.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: The nose is tight initially, vaguely floral with traces of ink used in Chinese calligraphy.  It’s a touch yeasty and earthy.  The Port influence only arrives much later on. Palate & Finish: The palate is typically Port influenced.  Dark fruits with a pleasant grassy spirit note coming through before becoming a jammy…

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