Whisky Review: SMWS 55.37 Royal Brackla “Choc a l’orange”

Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: A sweet, powerful whiff of apricots, vinegar over tone, slightly grassy with a sturdier earthiness. Orange chocolate, chilli flakes dusting over. A mix of dry spices, nutmeg, five spices and cinnamon at the back. Palate: More sweet orange chocolate rolling onto palate. Herbal overtone, delicious honey hovering over ripe apricots…

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Whisky Review: SMWS Laphroaig 29.202 “Smoke Cherry Bomb”

Style: Smoky and Punchy Nose: Classic big smoky Laphroaig on the nose. Sharp, a touch of citrus lemon and orange leading to round apricots and cherry sweetness. Flanking chilli spices, a faint kiss of coastal waves and saltiness, TCP with medicinal undertone. Tight but oily, subtle coffee ground too finish. Palate: Salted caramel popcorn on…

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Whisky Review: Bowmore Hand-Filled Single Cask #32161 2015 Aged 17 Years

Style: Fragrant and Maritime Peat Nose: Dynamic fragrance, beautiful ripe garden berries in the form of balmy candle, deep tobacco leaves impressions, followed by a dash of iodine and sea salt. Maritime influence taking over at deep. Distinct seaweed, mineral touches as blurry vanilla and malt lying underneath. Palate: Massive sweetness with a twinge of…

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Whisky Review: Clynelish Distillery’s Edition 2012

Style: Honey and Light Sherry Nose: Sherry notes on the drier side, plums and black licorice, followed by a refreshing pour of grape juice. Air-dried barley glimmering with malt syrup, then we have a thicker, pleasant aroma of roasted cornflakes with a hint of saltiness. Palate: Rose petals canon, reinforced sherry influence first touch on the…

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First Impression: Berry Bros & Rudd Clynelish 1997 Cask 6867

[55.3%・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2013・16 Years Old・Berry Bros & Rudd Bottling・Cask 6867・Single Cask Release] Nose: This one needs some breathing initially but once it sits for a while the old school sherry note surfaces.  Pu’erh tea with an underlying waxiness.  Caramel tart dressed freely with chocolate sauce and caramelized banana mush.  Hint of old dunnage…

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First Impression: Samaroli 1977 Ardmore

[45%・Distilled in 1977・Bottled in 2003・Samaroli Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Gentle minerals with a light dose of that clean Highland peat smoke.  Freshness from the stone fruits and guava compliment a smooth execution of vanilla.  Classy and chic, the Maestro had once again reinterpreted a distillery brilliantly. Palate & Finish: Caramel fudge with a slice of candied…

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First Impression: Gordon & MacPhail Old Pulteney Distilled 1969

[43%・Distilled in 1969・Bottled in 2006・37 Years Old・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: A crisp pear sweetness mingles with the salty and brine-y note.  Lime zest infused within the salted caramel swirl.  Classic Old Pulteney but with the age it fares even more balanced and tender, with an even mix of maltiness and vague seaweed note…

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Whisky Review: Duncan Taylor “the Octave” Bunnahabhain 1991 Aged 22 years

Style: Oaky and Aromatic Nose: Deep refined sherry cream on the nose. Vanilla showering down with chilli flakes. Wood staves firing all sorts of spices – Oak driven, dry spices fragrance giving a nice oomph to the aroma. Palate: Explosive flavours hits the palate. A burst of raisin sweetness accompanied by crisp spices and strength.…

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Whisky Review: Signatory Vintage Caol Ila 1983 Aged 31 Years (Cask Hand Picked By The Whisky Exchange)

Style: Fruity and Dignified Nose: Refreshing and light-hearted fragrance on the nose. Black pepper and sea spray followed by balmy lemon tea. Stew fruits reduced to puree sweetness, almost winey at times. Subtle tropical fruits and apricots. Another whiff of distant sea breeze fluttering through touches of peat smoke. Sweet, balmy and peppery. Very nice.…

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First Impression: Adelphi’s Liddesdale Batch Release No. 10 Distilled at Bunnahabhain

[46%・Bottled Circa 2017・21 Years Old・Adelphi’s Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Raisins with the barley imparting a slightly smoky vibe.  There is a meaty note, but it’s swiftly blanketed by a sense of green grapes bursting through, foreboding a juicy palate to come. Palate & Finish: The delivery doesn’t disappoint at all, classic Bunnahabhain vibes with the juicy-turns-lager-y…

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