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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Whisky Review: Johnnie Walker “Double Black”

Style: Creamy and Peaty Nose: Restrained tropical fruits followed by a rather big dose of iodine, sea salt and smoked bacon. Slightly damp, mossy earthiness hidden at deeper levels. Salt-rubbed pineapple emerges again after a while, diluted maple syrup painting on raw papaya. Smoke radiates from the background all the way till the end. A…

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First Impression: 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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First Impression: 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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First Impression: 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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First Impression: Royal Salute “62 Gun Salute”

[43.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Pernod Ricard Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The nose is ambitious.  Polished mahogany sitting at the workshop, trimmed vegetable tanned leather.  The incense disperses in the background as the edible notes enter.  Caramel is dressed with an even mix of ground black pepper and candied ginger as the oak injects itself into the conversation. Palate…

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Whisky Review: Compass Box Spice Tree Extravaganza Limited Edition

Style: Fruity and Honey Nose: Fragrant stone fruits, peaches and apricots diffusing gently across the nose. Light vanilla malt and coconut milk nicely augmented by chilli spices. Calm oak incense, a light, creamy honey tone pouring over more apricots and plums. Going drier towards the end, plain barley and straws with a subtle dab of…

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First Impression: Adelphi’s Glenborrodale Batch Release No. 3

[46%・Bottled Circa 2017・8 Years Old・Adelphi’s Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Rather expressive with the strawberry reduce and the toffee fudge, the red berries gift a refreshing acidity. Palate & Finish: Red berry coulis with a creamy sherry presence on the palate.  Just a pinch of spices and oak coming through as well. A slight spike in acidity…

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First Impression: Adelphi’s Glenborrodale Batch Release No. 1

[46%・Bottled Circa 2016・8 Years Old・Adelphi’s Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: An appealing nose, pleasant aromas of chocolate powder, gingery spices with a lace of smoke with vintage vibe. The sherry influence is subtle in the background with the main theme being the reinvigorating grain spices along with toffee fudge. Palate & Finish: A gorgeous delivery on the…

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