First Impression: Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990

[43%・ Distilled in 1990・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The nose is courteously restrained, mildly floral and showing its greenness.  Some faint suggestions of Oloroso amidst the more obvious caramelisation of the Bourbon barrels.  Green mango, Lotus Biscoff, golden honey and caramelised banana with a sprinkle of white pepper and cut basil. Thoughts & Finish:…

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First Impression: Glenmorangie 10 Years Old (Bottled Circa 1980s)

[70° Proof・10 Years Old・Bottled Circa 1980s・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Chocolate coated caramel and red tea on the nose, the raisin influence is seemingly bigger than the current release. Vanilla and pear nectar with a delightful strawberry cream note that lightly sips out after a while. Palate & Finish: Plenty of strawberry fructose on the palate,…

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Whisky Review: Douglas Laing Old Particular Clynelish 18 Years Old DL10999

Style: Sweet and Delicate Nose: A lovely mix of white flower honey and jammy apricots on the nose. The delicate floral side has a slight upper hand. Waxy undertone slowly ascends, peppermint spice tightens up the aroma, need time to breath. Lemon tart and sponge cake opens up overtime. Soft and sweet aroma. Palate: Delicate…

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First Impression: Ben Nevis 1997 Single Cask Bottled for the Sydney Whisky Fair

[48.6%・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2017・ Oak Barrel Bottling・Limited Release of 60 Bottles] Nose: A splendid synergy of gooey toffee which carries the familiar heaviness of the distillery and the plump orchard fruits which stemmed from the ex-Bourbon cask.  The two seemingly polar notes are brought together beautifully by the buttery and grassy undertones.  A clean…

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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: Silver Seal Whisky is Classical Collection Clynelish “Elisir d’amore” 1993 22 Years Old

Style: Waxy and Spicy Nose: Very fresh and sweet on the first encounter, like a blend of mead and sauternes sweet wine. Pears, green apples and honey slightly masked by chilli shreds and chilli seeds. The core is rather elusive and does not feel like a usual Clynelish. Waxy tone ushered forward with another touch…

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Whisky Review: The Auld Alliance x Three Rivers Tokyo x The Whisky Agency Ben Nevis Aged 19 Years

Style: Rich and Deep Sherry Nose: A thread of peppermint feeds through on the nose, followed by a dense, meaty toffee aroma, caramel red liquorice and icy tropical fruits. Smooth but a rather rich texture. Distinct peat smoke campfire from distance with a touch of walnut. All the beautiful signatures of a sherry Ben Nevis…

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