Whisky Review: Old Forester Statesman

[47.5%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Quite an oomph of citrus, orange peels and on the dry side of things with a noticeable lean on the wood.  The char asserts itself confidently, cloves and tobacco at first and chocolate milkshake, honey and corn syrup sweetness to follow. Palate & Finish: The spirit lays bare as…

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First Impression: Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Decades

The brand new offering from the Wild Turkey Master’s Keep series has landed in Australia, just in time for the holiday season and I was generously given one to taste. Wild Turkey Master Distiller Mr. Eddie Russell debuted the Master’s Keep series after joining the helm alongside his father, the legendary Mr. Jimmy Russell. I had the pleasure…

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First Impression: Stagg Jr. Batch 1

A.K.A “Son of a Gun” Cinnamon and hot spices. Dark chocolate, charred oak on a barbecue giving that but of oiliness. Raisins, brown sugar and vanilla. The nose has been maxed out with flavours. Brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins. Woove, a masculine hit of spices to the face. A charred oak finish that is very much…

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First Impression: Pappy Van Winkle 20 Years Old

A.K.A. “Southern Hospitality” I was lucky enough to taste the Pappy Van Winkle 20 YO (I believe they were both the 2014 release) on two occasions and here are my takeaways from them. 1st visit:- A complex nose, cinnamon spices, leather, smoked sandalwood, a pinch of salt and then some vanilla, cocoa and raisins after…

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