Dram Review: Westland Peat Week 2016 Commemorative Bottling

[50.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Banana essence and lemon crisp strung together by a buttery shortbread note; just a wee bit of iodine in the background which becomes more prominent as time passes.  Some slight traces of ashes and vaporised rubber tyres, but mostly there is a curious presence of bubble gum. Palate &…

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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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Dram Review: Westland American Oak American Single Malt Whiskey

[46.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・General Release] The gentlemen at Alba Whisky were kind to send over a trio of samples from the popular Westland Distillery, based in Seattle, U.S.A. Westland is perhaps the poster boy with respect to the new narrative in whisky production, known for utilizing various barley and yeast strains, it’s certainly an innovative distillery that intrigues a…

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Dram Review: Stagg Jr. Batch 1

[67.2% • NAS • Bottled in 2013 • Limited Edition] Nose: 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. Palate & Finish: Brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins. Woove, a masculine hit of spices to the…

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