Whisky Review: SMWS 105.13 Tormore “Pouring treacle on cut grass”

Style: Sherry and Grassy Nose: Cranberry-infused malt syrup singing in the embrace of a fresh, grassy landscape. Light herbal touch, rose water, vanilla sponge cake… Assorted red fruits, cherry and treacle dipping lower while an energetic grassy tone surges up at the end. Palate: Toffee apples, strawberries and blackcurrants dressed prettily around honeycomb. Fresh grass…

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Dram Review: SMWS 35.188 Glen Moray “A Complex Delight”

[55.2%・25 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 222 Bottles] Nose: Bourbon char and creamy vanilla wrapped in a tropical perfume.  Spirit-y but still rather poised as a deeper floral note develops. Palate & Finish: Honeydew nicely transitions to more of a floral presence, a chewy mouthfeel of milk chocolate and liquor soaked cherries.…

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Dram Review: SMWS 85.48 Glen Elgin “Prickly Pear Punch”

[60.8%・9 Years Old・Distilled in 2007・Bottled in 2017・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 238 Bottles] Nose: Kinda on the sharp and prickly side, but there’s a fruity edge, overripe pears, violets and a white floral tone somewhat mellowing out the spirit hotness, a blueberry tart note in time alongside aloe vera jelly. Palate & Finish: Bursting with…

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Dram Review: SMWS 73.90 Aultmore “Pear Flans in a Patisserie”

[54.6%・16 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2017-2018・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 240 Bottles] Nose: Playful oomph of creamy custard and pear crumble stirred with a hint of rose water. Some minerals as it grows a tad milky and farmy. Palate & Finish: Lightheartedly sweet at first as the nashi pears and aloe vera really pop but then…

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Whisky Review: Adelphi Archive Ben Nevis 1996 11 Years Old

Style: Caramel sweet and Robust Nose: Caramel, butterscotch barley ultra-charged by herbal, spirit spice. Peanut butte cupcake, popcorns and steamed yam garnished with liquorice roots with just a touch of white vinegar. Ginger powder and nutmeg sprinkling onto carrot cake to give a slight earthy flavour. A rather powerful aroma. Palate: Abundant flow of caramel…

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Whisky Review: Ben Nevis Single Cask 12 Years Old 2014 White Port Matured

Style: Sweet and Complex Nose: Sharp at the front then filled up with aroma of white grapes and dunnage earthiness. Quite a punchy nose. Chilli flakes flowing along the sweet, grape-y backbone, soft smoke, subtle assorted dry herbs and hints of meatiness at the back. Complex and fun. Palate: Now ruby grapes amalgamate perfectly with…

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Whisky Review: Bowmore Aged 26 Years The Vintner’s Trilogy French Oak Barrique

Style: Sweet and Delicate Nose: Ruby grapes dipped into chocolate, raisins and almonds building up some beautiful sweetness. Cinnamon stick, cloves, orange drops sitting at the deep. Black pepper and ginger slices stacking up to a higher order. Distant sea spray, a touch of grilled sea shells. Sweet and elegant. Palate: More ruby grapes and…

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Dram Review: Bowmore The Fèis Ìle Collect1°.n 2018 Aged 15 Years

[52.5%・15 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 3,000 Bottles] Nose: Quite salty and herbal from the cask, dense with chocolate dust, vanilla fudge, smoked peanuts and roasted almonds, in time it develops a certain musk from mushrooms and herbs. Palate & Finish: Dried figs and salted nuts, herbal with smoked black tea as the…

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Whisky Review: Signatory Vintage Bowmore 2000 Aged 14 Years Cask Hand Picked by The Whisky Exchange

Style: Fruity and Floral Nose: Smoked ham, squid ink and dry barley mixing with some iodine blots. Followed by a layer of chilli and Sichuan pepper spice which buries a subtle honey mead-tropical fruits sweetness at a lower level. White fruits, nectarines coated with lemon balm gradually emerge, albeit at a lesser form. Mossy and…

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Dram Review: Scotch Malt Sales Bowmore Aged 12 Years

[57.0%・12 Years Old・Distilled Circa 1970s・Bottled Circa 1989・Scotch Malt Sales Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Happy to say this is not even close to being hot and overwhelming, in fact it is pretty poised and relaxed, sweet peat drawing from the syrupy base as molten salted caramel gracefully flows out. Palate & Finish: Substantial, luscious mouthfeel of sexy…

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