Whisky Review: Johnnie Walker Blue Label “The Casks Edition”

Style: Rich and Spicy Nose: A simultaneous display of both sweetness and dryness here. Dried fruits and red liquorice wrapped around by robust peppermint. Plenty of dry spices laying around, complex overtone of white pepper, brass and meat stock. Honey drops bouncing off green tea leaves. Sweet, bit icy and meaty at the back. Palate:…

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Dram Review: Johnnie Walker Blender’s Batch Espresso Roast Exp#9

[43.2%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Johnnie Walker Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Muscovado syrup with a hue of Speysider grassy top note. The oomph of toasted coffee bean is understated with a vague seaweed-y peat note sipping out. The wee grain grittiness wears thin and it draws a soft gingery kick. Palate & Finish: Can pineapples with the charred oak…

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Whisky Review: Johnnie Walker Blender’s Batch Rum Cask Finish Exp#8

Style: Delicate and Fruity Nose: Sweet pineapple unwinding over a thin line of pulled pork. Caramel sugar cascading with dry spices. A fragrant touch on bright tropical fruits, very nice squeeze of green lime which lunges from the back. Pretty well constructed aroma. Palate: A much fuzzier delivery on the palate. Vanilla milk clouding over…

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Dram Review: Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years

[40.0%・18 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Johnnie Walker Bottling・General Release] Nose: The nose is on the approachable side, ripe fruits, marmalade with pear sweets and a light splash of grain spirit spices.  Just underneath lays a hint apple cider vinegar with the light creaminess and sandalwood interwinding together.  In the background, there’re traces of mineral water laced with…

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Dram Review: Samaroli Ferry to Islay First Edition

[55.1%・NAS・Bottled in 2014・Coilltean Bottling・Limited Release of 300 Bottles] Nose: A generous wave of salty oceanic aromas, oysters and seaweed with that creme brûlée note from fresh bourbon casks.  The peat is understated but serves to accentuate the maritime influence.  Light top notes of baby powder stringing out the natural characters of the spirits elegantly, with…

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Whisky Review: Compass Box “This is not a luxury whisky”

Style: Summer Berries and Cream Chocolate Nose: Alluring blue berries dipped in silky milk chocolate on the nose. Honey drizzled on green pears, stewed fruits and more summer berries followed by teasing spice. All sweet and comfy. Then there is a shy, drier facet – acidic limestone and five spices following through, underneath sits a…

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Dram Review: Heartwood The Beagle 5

[62.4%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Limited Release of 175 Bottles] Nose: The casks give off an earthy and oaky vibe, the brute strength is obviously there.  It’s syrupy, presumably a product of involvement from the thicker textured casks with a prominent fortified wine led acidity; but otherwise it’s held quite tightly and requires some time for the richness…

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Dram Review: Pure Scot

[40.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2017・General Release] Nose: There is a dose of juniper berries that can be picked up rather effortlessly.  Some unedited characters of the distillates are still on display with hints of olive oil and cardboard paper in the mix as well.  The caramel influence doesn’t feel entirely like it’s a product of bourbon cask maturation…

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Whisky Review: SMWS “Exotic Cargo” 10 Years Old 

Style: Sherry and Fruity Nose: Begins with red licorice followed by peppermint, green paprika carefully dusted with white pepper giving some hotness to the aroma. Sherry fruits notes gently weaving into a layer of fragrant stewed fruits. Sweet and perfumed, very nice… Going deeper you find more red grapes and almonds which slowly evolves to…

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Whisky Review: Ballantine’s 17 Years Old (Bottled Circa 1970s)

[86 Proof・ 17 Years Old・Bottled Circa 1970s・Ballantine’s Bottling・General Release] Nose: Quite rounded and gentle on the nose, a classy build-up of rose petals, sticky dates and malt. Palate & Finish: Sugary dates, a gentle delivery infused with subtle citrus, blood oranges perhaps.  The wee grain content has been smoothened out on this occasion. The finishing…

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