Dram Review: Seven Stills Chocasmoke

[47.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2016-2017・ Official Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

Meaty barbecue smoke with some eucalyptus, burnt rubber and sandalwood on the nose.  Stewed green apples coated with cinnamon served with some Vienna almonds and some limestone dust.

Palate & Finish:

Full of mint chocolate, very sweet with a burst of menthol cream, almost a carbon copy of After Eight slices.  Gingery with green apples and short bread biscuits.

More menthol in the finish, with hints of caramelised peanuts, vanilla sugar and toffee crisp.  Dried orange peels with traces of bitter chocolate.

Thoughts:

The dram is full of fun/funk, on point with the experiment of using chocolate oatmeal stout and peat.

I must admit I didn’t have much expectation going into it, but this was certainly a pleasant surprise.

[Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

-Nicholas

Dram Review: Seven Stills Fluxuate

[47.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2016-2017・ Official Bottling・General Release]

Nose:

The nose is a blast of quirky aromas, syrup, dates, cinnamon dust, cashew milk, almonds and hazelnuts all shuffled together.  Raw sugar and white peaches with a slight hint of earthiness that after a while reveals itself as deep roasted barley that fares like Chinese twenty four herbs, smoky and macho.

Palate & Finish:

Dried dates with plenty other esters coming through, spirit-y with notes of vanilla grain, milk chocolate and red cherries before a good cinnamon burn.  In time, the hint of espresso ground grows very, very herbal and almost overwhelmingly so.

A bit of a drop off in the finish after as the cinnamon burn subsides, a bit of burnt pastry.

Thoughts:

Funky stuff, a youngling that does get some coffee cues from the use of coffee porter brewed with cold brewed.

It has a fun profile but the dram doesn’t hold up after sitting for a while. Alas, the Fluxuate is a core release so later batches should fare better..

-Nicholas