Whisky Review: Laphroaig 18 Years Old (circa 2009)

Style: Fruity and Smoky Nose: A healthy dose of bonfire smoke, iodine drops. Vanilla and charred oak working around some lay-low mocha. Tropical fruits shining through with a subtle hint of green moss. Rich and structurally sound. Nice. Palate: Radiant Tropical fruits beaming with astounding sweetness on the palate. A soft perfume touch, while condensed…

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Whisky Review: Signatory Vintage Laphroaig 1998 Aged 16 Years Cask Hand Picked By The Whisky Exchange

Style: Sweet and Smoky Nose: Fairly powerful aroma on the nose, a bit hot. Maritime peat flowing in, hay stack sits at the deep then we are graced with delicate lemon tea notes and acid pop. Followed by subtle touches of fried onions and bacon. A whiff of gunpowder, while brine mixes with emerging earthy…

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Dram Review: Kingsbury Islay 1988 Distilled at the Laphroaig Distillery

[59.1%・NAS・Distilled in 1988・Bottled Circa Early 2010s・Kingsbury Bottling・Limited Release of 238 Bottles] This Laphroaig is from Kingsbury’s quite well known Celtic Series. Nose: Iodine! The dram very much embodies the maritime landscape with freshly shucked oysters drizzled with fish sauce. Some light honey note to add to the undertone whilst some citrus and pepper add to…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 93.80 Glen Scotia ‘Rough around the edges’

Style: Fruity, Peaty and Ashy Nose: A whiff of sea breeze at fish market, barbeque smoke, followed by kelp, and acidic mineral notes. Lively maritime influence in the air. Tight with spirit hotness, Acrylic glue transition in the middle. Uplift the smokescreen and we have fragrant, overripe peaches which has been waiting at the back.…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 76.130 Mortlach ‘Forever Young!’

Style: Vibrant, Fruity and Complex Nose: Refreshing on the nose, hmmm, a lighter and greener Mortlach than usual, especially for a 28 years old. Forest breeze, pine cone, a hint of saffron, leather gently wrapping around baked fruits – more on peaches and tropical fruits. Jell-O floating on top, while coffee beans sitting underneath with…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 7.197 Longmorn “Mature way beyond its years” 35th Anniversary Bottling

Style: Young, Spicy and Sherry Nose: Sharp, herbal spearhead thrusts through on the nose. Muscovado sugar taking a hint of rice vinegar, within the heat there’s pickled cucumber, more peppermint, lavender flowers and even some rice crackers. Hot, dark sherry sweet with slight drier notes on the side. Palate: A more refined entrance than what…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Caol Ila 12 Years Old Distilled 1969

[40%・12 Years Old・Distilled in 1969・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Hint of ash, with a decent layer of stone fruits.  Certainly has that old time-y charm, chalk and seaweed with some light wild flowers. Smoked mussels, croissant and this delightful charred rice fragrance in the background complimented by the confectionary notes seeping out on the…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Balblair 18 Years Old Distilled 1964

[40%・18 Years Old・Distilled in 1964・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: There is the old school funk, meaty, leathery and note reminiscent of gourmet dark soy sauce.  Dark chocolate coated liquor soaked cherries oozing out in time, and as time continues to pass on, buttery toffee seeps out alongside the wood creaminess and a grassy note…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Ardbeg Distilled 1978

[40%・22 Years Old・Distilled in 1978・Bottled in 2000・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Chocolate mousse with a hint of cream powder, faint splashes of cherry preserve and apple juice with this curious hint of burnt toast.  Some freshly plucked oyster and herbs with more fragrant fruity aromas. Palate & Finish: Light fruits with a brush of…

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Whisky Review: Gordon & Macphail Connoisseur Choice Glenlossie 1968 Aged 12 Years

Style: Chocolate, Perfumed and Vintage Nose: A touch of stewed tropical fruits followed by soft grassy notes combined with nice waxy tone. Delicate fruits at a comfortable pace. White pepper, fragrant walnut oak polish. Faint capsicum and earthy spices reeling at the back. Palate: More fragrant stewed fruits and walnuts converges at the tip, papaya,…

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