Whisky Review: Scoma 40th Anniversary Springbank 1993 Aged 24 Years

Style: Sherry and Smoky Nose:Begins with a sweet and forthcoming aroma. Strawberries, fig jam, raisins and other sherry notes putting up a dazzling array of red fruits. Five spices and cinnamon stick lightly torched, a faint hint of flint stone, black pepper, lavender and tropical fruits jelly all meld together to form an inner layer,…

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Whisky Review: Springbank 25 Years Old 1993 celebrating 10 Years TWA

Style: Fruity, oaky and slightly smoky Nose: Round, stewed apricots and stone fruits leading the way, which is then carefully sealed with a beautiful layer of honey aloe vera. Sandalwood oil, paperboard in a timber shed. Ambers radiating softly from distance, green herbs spice taking a slight alcohol edge. Fruits continue to shine brilliantly from…

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Dram Review: Springbank Single Malt Aged 15 Years (Circa Late 1970s – Early 1980s)

[46.0%・15 Years Old・Bottled Circa Late 1970s – Early 1980s・ Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: The vintage Springbank vibe has been well preserved and is very appealing as a result. Lovely presence of white fruits, and later on joined by notes of malt and cereal. A lingering but restrained lace of white floral note arriving late as…

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Whisky Review: Springbank Local Barley 2009 Aged 9 Years

Style: Fruity, Spicy and Smoky Nose:Beautiful sweetness marching with intensity – Barley sugar, honeysuckle, butterscotch and melon taking a hint of green, raw malt. Smoke lacing tightly around the spirit, fizzing spice carrying hay and a good amount of yeast bread. Soft maritime echoes, mineral notes brimming nicely around the aroma. Palate:Similar to what the…

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Whisky Review: Springbank Aged 12 Years Cask Strength

Style: Fruity and Smoky Nose:Splendid mix of pear drops and rhubarb, apricot Danish, dried fruits with just a wee bit of hay smoke. A rather sweet entrance. Just as the sweetness is starting to overload, chili spice steps in and supports the structure. Vanilla pods, five spices and more peat gradually unravel. Stewed fruits and…

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Dram Review: The Macallan Edition No. 5

[48.5%・NAS・Bottled in 2019・ Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Aromas of raw walnuts, oily toffee fudge and milky vanilla custard churned together whilst there being a growing sense of a dusty leather briefcase. With time the toasted oak dominates with just a hint of varnish. Palate & Finish: Just a wee hint of savoury soy note to…

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Dram Review: Wemyss Malts Bowmore Nostalgic 70’s Flavour

[57.4%・22 Years Old・Distilled in 1995・Bottled in 2018・ Wemyss Malts Bottling for KUO, F.A.T, Aqua Vitae & Spirits Salon・Single Cask Release of 210 Bottles] Nose: A bacon smokiness cuts through the sweet soapy aromas, hint of burnt plastic to go with the barbecue smoke. Palate & Finish: Vibrantly juicy with the tropical white fruits with just…

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Dram Review: Dun Eideann Bladnoch Aged 23 Years

[50.8%・23 Years Old・Distilled in 1966・Bottled in 1989・Dun Eideann Bottling・Cask No. 1636・Single Cask Release] Nose: Pleasingly robust aromas of thick old school Sherry sweetness, brown sugar syrup generously poured over creamed Sherry and Vienna almonds, pair with sugar preserved orange slices. Palate & Finish: A sauce like texture that coats the tongue, conveying that thick syrupy…

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Whisky Review: The Whisky Agency 10 Years Anniversary Springbank (Peated Type) 1996

Style: Smoky, Fruity and Vibrant Nose: Bright start with fresh green kiwis and smoky guava, an unusual combination but it is fantastic. Under the green fruits lie an alluring layer of malt syrup and stewed tropical fruits, earthy spice raising the ceiling while fruit punch adding a beautiful depth to the aroma. Subtle meaty notes…

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Whisky Review: Ballechin Aged 12 Years Cask hand picked by The Whisky Exchange

Style: Fruity and Smoky Nose:Sumptuous hay smoke, malt syrup with a good dose of shell fish on the nose. Sea salt rubbing on kombu, fish sauce and minerals, the peat element is surprisingly maritime-driven, I don’t think the distillery is anywhere near the sea, no? Down a layer reveal sugary tropical fruits. Melons and dried…

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