Whisky Review: Highland Park Ice Edition Aged 17 Years

Style: Fruity and Vanilla Nose: Peppermint and heather layering on top, candy floss with fluffy vanilla cream one level down. Light touches of violets and chilli flakes. Soft icy vibe. Peat smoke sits in the middle and curiously it is a bit mossy and earthy. White flowers blossoming over solid tropical fruits while white timber…

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First Impression: SMWS 53.239 Caol Ila “Ham Hock and Blackcurrant Jam”

[59.7%・ 19 Years Old・Bottled in 2016・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: The peat smoke politely arrives on scene, smoked trout and iodine fill the room with a touch of anise.  A fireplace getting started by burning scrunched up newspapers. Palate & Finish: Forest berries and sweet peat make for a friendly entry.  A chilli zing brings…

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Whisky Review: Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 15 Years Old

Style: Sweet and Complex Nose: Big trademark meaty aroma up front, red grapes filled the body quickly and then we have some dense cereal notes with a hint of salted caramel troops in, delicious scent of oven-baked potatoes at the back. Palate: Sherry glistering gracefully on the first touch, honey, aloe vera, chocolate malt and smoke.…

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First Impression: Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990

[43%・ Distilled in 1990・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The nose is courteously restrained, mildly floral and showing its greenness.  Some faint suggestions of Oloroso amidst the more obvious caramelisation of the Bourbon barrels.  Green mango, Lotus Biscoff, golden honey and caramelised banana with a sprinkle of white pepper and cut basil. Thoughts & Finish:…

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Whisky Review: Three Rivers Tokyo x The Whisky Agency Auchentoshan Aged 21 Years

Style: Delicate Fruits and Floral Nose: Spearmint and white flower bouquet powdered up by icing sugar. Caramel snaps, more green herbs. A light touch of hibiscus flowers, orange liquor, throwing in some dry chocolate nuts and chilli spice. Palate: Delicate with positive floral notes, delicious orange chocolate and while white flower nectar flowing onto the…

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First Impression: SMWS G8.7 Cambus “Caribbean Banana Fritters”

[59.7%・27 Years Old・Distilled in 1989・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 240 Bottles] Nose: Wood vanish up front, beneath the top layer of grain spirit lies the banana toffee.  The grain is aggressive with a curious dose of tiger balm.  In time, the buttery note and orange peels reveal themselves. Palate & Finish: A masculine delivery of…

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First Impression: SMWS 2.98 Glenlivet “Frothy Cappuccino”

[58.2%・13 Years Old・Distilled in 2003・Bottled in 2017・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 166 Bottles] Nose: Syrup drenched walnuts with a lemony undertone.  Thick caramel intercepted by a sharpness from the spirit and the wood. Palate & Finish: Cask-led vanilla with a thick creaminess which as the name of the dram has suggested, feels frothy.  Orchid fruits…

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Whisky Review: Glenfiddich 15 Years Old Distillery Edition

Style: Sweet and Delicate Nose: Elegant autumn apple on the nose. Baked pastry, lemon tart underlined by subtle barley husk and honey brushes. Going deeper we have almonds and cinnamon dust comes with considerable chilli spices at the back. Icy and crisp. Palate: Warmer as we have a bigger malt presence on the palate. Vanilla…

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First Impression: Springbank Society Springbank 8 Years Old

[56.0%・8 Years Old・Distilled in 1995・Bottled in 2004・Springbank Society Bottling・Single Cask Release of 306 Bottles] Nose: A beautiful floral aroma, rich and indulgent with sweet caramel and poached fruits.  A spicy excitement as chili and ginger get delivered in a powdery manner, coated by the satisfying note of brown sugar crumbling in the background. Palate & Finish:…

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First Impression: Glenmorangie 10 Years Old (Bottled Circa 1980s)

[70° Proof・10 Years Old・Bottled Circa 1980s・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Chocolate coated caramel and red tea on the nose, the raisin influence is seemingly bigger than the current release. Vanilla and pear nectar with a delightful strawberry cream note that lightly sips out after a while. Palate & Finish: Plenty of strawberry fructose on the palate,…

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