Dram Review: Cask of Distinction Talisker Select Cask Aged 27 Years Exclusively Bottled for The Whisky Big Nose (Cask No. 2088)

[58.3%・27 Years Old・Distilled in 1991・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 2088・Single Cask Release of 240 Bottles] Nose: The dram comes across as being especially brine-y and smoky, wood smoke from smoking rock salt rubbed bacon, an explicit dose of barbecue rub along with the oak staves. Mushed dark fruits and figs hang in the background. Palate…

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Dram Review: Cask of Distinction Lagavulin Select Cask Aged 20 Years (Cask No. 0002)

[56.3%・20 Years Old・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Cask No. 0002・Single Cask Release of 240 Bottles] Nose: Mothballs and band-aid plasters, seaweed and diesel coming across as a tad muddy.  White fruits unfold in time with some smoked bacon getting baked in the background. Palate & Finish: Soft fruits poached in molasses, a nice dose of…

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Whisky Review: Glenfarclas 2008 1st Fill Sherry Hogshead selected and bottled for Whisky & Wisdom Edition 2

Style: Sherry and Spicy Nose: Sweet cherries, dark chocolate, Christmas cake, cranberries… Ahhh all the sherry goodness… Flipping to the spicy side, ginger shreds, nutmeg, cinnamon bark and plenty of black peppercorn supporting the sweetness. Around the core we have some comfortable floral side notes, blueberries, lifting up the minty lid, a dense malt is…

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Dram Review: Laird Club Longmorn 33 Years Old

[43.7%・33 Years Old・Distilled in 1974・Bottled in 2007・Laird Club Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: Ahh, this is a proper Sherried Longmorn.  Mineral, with gorgeous cyrstalised raisins; French vanilla brushed over black cherries and orange marmalade, well oaked with dark chocolate ginger and this fixation provoking lace of dirty diesel smoke. Palate & Finish: Delicious rush of syrup…

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Whisky Review: Hand in Hand Ardmore 2008 Selected by Sansibar Whisky for Liquor Library, Helvetica Bar, Whisky and Alement and The Oak Barrel

Style: Sweet and Smoky Nose:Flinty, mineral-laden tropcial fruits and apricots charged up by vibrant spice. Kamquat, lime peels injecting some lightness into the aroma. Malt loaded with meatiness, ginger shreds, faint brine infused with peat smoke. Finish with sublte liquorice roots. Palate:Crytallized kamquat and jarred apricots leading a smoking hot malt. Ice cool menthol hitting…

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Whisky Review: Hand in Hand Laphroaig 2011 Selected by Sansibar Whisky for Liquor Library, Helvetica Bar, Whisky and Alement and The Oak Barrel

Style: Delicate Sweetness, Young and Smoky Nose: Begins with classic Laphroaig signatures – lemon candies, liquorice, barbecued oysters, sooty smoke with some earthiness to it. Citrus fruits building up a cool, amiable sweetness, the underlayer swift towards more dry spice – cumin, nutmeg, chilli shreds with a touchof curry powder. An acidic overtone bridging the…

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Dram Review: The Macallan Rare Cask Black

[48%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Edition] Nose: The semi-indulging cured black cherry note is there, a combination of the oiliness of the malt and the tannins from the wood.  A generous dose of chocolate sundae sauce, carrying only a slight tinge of meatiness; the peat is hardly noticeable, only traces of ashes and dirts. Palate & Finish:…

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Dram Review: Mackillop’s Choice Macallan Single Cask Distilled 1992

[50.8%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1992・Bottled in 2014・Mackillop’s Choice Bottling・Cask No. 10161・Single Cask Release of 280 Bottles] Nose: Clean and grassy on the nose, fresh pasture leading on some stone fruits with some almonds, hazelnuts and toasted fennel seeds in the background, rounding off with a faint floral note. Palate & Finish: Soft fruits with some…

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Dram Review: That Boutique-y Whisky Company Macallan Batch 4

[44.3%・NAS・Bottled in 2013・That Boutique-y Whisky Company Bottling・Limited Release of 203 Bottles] Nose: Charming nose with a velvet like setting, pear drops, toffee apples, soft honey, lemon butter and cereal conveying a pure joyous feeling. Palate & Finish: A lovely citrus driven malt, creamy with the oily caramel and juicy from the apricots and red apples…

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Whisky Review: The Macallan Edition No. 4

Style: Fruity, Malty and Spicy Nose:Begins with an upper layer of resin-mint spice and ground black pepper. Followed by sultanas, stewed summer berries and salted caramel balanced by the herbal and malty component. Youthful spirit no doubt, but it is reasonably sweet and vibrant. Blue berries, a few ginger shreds then plenty of fresh-cut grass.…

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