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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Dram Review: Silver Seal GlenDronach Special Bottling 22 Years Old

[52.1%・22 Years Old・Distilled in 1990・Silver Seal Bottling・Cask No. 6921・Single Cask Release of 628 bottles] Nose: A heavy dose of leather and tobacco.  There is an alluring perfume note that lies underneath the vanilla. Subsequently followed by an addictive dose of European oak with some sticky orange preserve surfacing.  Ripe plums with dark chocolate nibs sprinkled…

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Dram Review: R. W. Duthie & Co. Glen Garioch Anniversary (Selected by Silvano Samaroli for Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone)

[50.0%・12 Years Old・Distilled in 1975・Bottled in 1987・R. W. Duthie & Co. Bottling Selected by Silvano Samaroli・Limited Release of 240 Bottles] Nose: There is some initial greenness, lemon sorbet with some delicate peat melting into the mango pudding; all the while the natural malt fragrance floats about. Palate & Finish: Soft honey brushing over the mangos,…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Teaninich Distilled 2008

[46.0%・8 Years Old・Distilled in 2008・Bottled in 2016・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The spirit is grassy and floral with a wet forest vibe but also carries a meaty edge along with the toffee and walnuts. Vaguely perfume-y, but also present are minerals and match sticks. The wee smoke gives off a slightly dirty note. Palate…

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Dram Review: Jack & Jack Auld Distillers Collection

[56.1%・10 Years Old・Distilled in 1996・Bottled Circa 2006・Jack & Jack Bottling・Single Cask Release of 150 Bottles] Nose: Pungent notes of toffee, vanilla sauce and dark honey, some minerals and sea breeze linger with the floral scent drifting on. Palate & Finish: Quite intensely sweet, fresh Sherry with some fortified led dried orange notes. Plenty of crumbly…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Brora Distilled 1982 Bottled 2006

[43.0%・24 Years Old・Distilled in 1982・Bottled in 2006・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: White fruits, nougat and soft smoke, slightly vegetal and grassy with some mild citrus to round things out. In time though the nose carries this scent of crepes with lemon and sugar. Palate & Finish: Light body carrying citrus and grassy notes, a…

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Dram Review: Three Rivers Clynelish Aged 17 Years

[54.4%・17 Years Old・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2014・Three Rivers Bottling・Cask No. 4046・Single Cask Release of  300 Bottles] Nose: A rush of oily caramel onto a bouquet of green fruits. Fresh Nashi pears, oranges and banana peels, but beneath the surface it’s surprisingly raw with a hint of soapiness. Palate & Finish: Thick, oily mouthfeel, a whole…

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Dram Review: The Perfect Dram Clynelish Aged 23 Years

[49.7%・23 Years Old・Distilled in 1989・Bottled in 2012・The Perfect Dram Bottling・Limited Release of 229 Bottles] Nose: Waxy and fruity, crisp apple brushed with golden syrup.  There is a buttery goodness that leads to a French patisserie note, the slight saltiness is particularly inviting. Palate & Finish: Succulent orchard fruits with the satisfyingly fine layer of wax followed…

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Dram Review: Clynelish 5 Years Old (Ainslie & Heilbronn Bottling for M. Di Chiano Milano)

[43.0%・5 Years Old・Bottled Circa 1969・Ainslie & Heilbronn Bottling for M. Di Chiano Milano・Limited Release] Nose: Words don’t do the nose justice, ripe green fruits melt into the richness of French vanilla, beeswax and honeycomb; all the while there is this fascinating hint of ashiness.  As the nose unfolds, there comes more rhubarb, creamed honey and…

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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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