Whisky Review: Cadenhead Small Batch Blair Athol 1988 Aged 28 Years

Style: Fruity and Spicy Nose: Sweet purple grape bubblegum, blue berries and dried apricots mix comfortably with stewed tropical fruits. Razor-hot peppermint edge carves in, while a touch of vanilla cream hides behind it. Plenty of barley sugar clusters around the core, distinct black peppercorns formed at the back. Dry spices finish. Palate: Bountiful blueberries…

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Whisky Review: Cadenhead Single Cask Royal Brackla 1976 Aged 38 Years

Style: Sweet, Herbal and Dignified Nose: Ahhh… Everything you would expect from a well-matured whisky, dignified aroma – toasted oak, coffee grounds, old cabinet, honey oat with a touch of vanilla custard to bring them together. Sweetness comes in an intriguing form of watermelon and kumquat sorbet, green mangoes, then a little heat brings us…

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Whisky Review: Cadenhead Small Batch Glentauchers-Glenlivet 1990 Aged 26 Years

Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: Begins with a powerful whiff of spirit spice, which is quite surprising as it is a mere 52.6%. When I get used to the hotness we have sweet grapefruit candies, vanilla custard and apple pies. In comes another wave of fresh orchard fruits, within hides an unusually (but in a…

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Whisky Review: Cadenhead Single Cask Glen Grant – Glenlivet 1984 Aged 31 Years

Style: Sherry and Malty Nose: Brown sugar casually sprinkled down on coffee jelly. A rather “deep” vibe here. Plenty of black currants floating to the top, while peppermint haze shrouds around a hearty malt. Pencil shavings, caramel sauce with a teasing acidic note. Black peppercorns and dry spices at the back. A rather delicate aroma.…

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Dram Review: Talisker The Bodega Series Aged 40 Years

[50.0%・Bottled In 2018・40 Years Old・Original Bottling・Limited Release of 2,000 Bottles] Nose: Fairly diligently woody that’s perhaps slightly on the damp side. Dark fruits faintly lingering in the background with the cherries giving a brightness that gels well with the wood. There are hints of plastic and pepper as the ripe fruits and berries continue to…

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Whisky Review: Kilchoman Fresh Bourbon Cask Sample #175/06

Style: Bright and Smoky Nose: Bright aroma as the curtain of heavy smoke lifted beautifully by bourbon fruits. Dryness and spices combines with fresh ginger while the peat slowly comes through. Beautiful nose. Palate: Pear drop, honey and caramel springs off from ginger, very fresh, almost grassy at times. Magnificent touch. Smoke looms in the…

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Dram Review: Bowmore Vault Edit1°.n First Release Atlantic Sea Salt

[51.5%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2016・Original Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Some mild actions of tropical fruits on the nose, lime squeeze with a seaweed-y peat gently sweeping across. Creamy coconut milk, dried apricots and banana jam laid over wee hints of oyster shells seasoned with sea salt and pepper. Palate & Finish: Sea salt and honey with some sound…

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Whisky Review: Laphroaig Aged 27 Years Limited Edition

Style: Sweet and Complex Nose: Smoky stewed fruits, signature sweetness of well-aged Laphroaig. All the elements give way to the perfumed grapefruits, bubble gum, linseed, rosemary and smoked peppermint. Soft aroma of grape vine with a touch of Eau De Vie. Complex, perfumed and very refined. Palate: Smoky honey, hint of tar, more tropical fruits…

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Whisky Review: Glen Garioch 1980 Aged 22 Years Single Cask #5688

Style: Soapy and Complex Nose: An intriguing mix of haystacks and fresh cut grass. Peaty wood smoke brimming on top of subtle tropical fruits. Smoked eel, salted pineapple and caramel. I can mistake this as an Islay bottling. Floral notes diffusing in, slightly soapy. Interesting… Feels like an old-school nose. Palate: Curiously soapy. Reminds me…

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Whisky Review: Balvenie Tun Deconstruction 1982 Cask Sample European Oak

Style: Stewed fruits, Waxy and Dignified Nose: White flower flies high while an elegant and waxy touch applied on cereal notes. Pear drops and barley singing softly and expanding throughout the whole aroma. Spice lunges from the back, nutmeg with slight earthiness. Palate: Another big waxy brush on stewed fruits cooking up nicely on the…

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