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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First Impression: Douglas of Drumlanrig Ben Nevis Aged 18 Years

[54.7%・18 Years Old・Douglas of Drumlanrig Bottling・Cask No. 11385・Single Cask Release of 571 Bottles] Nose: Quite peppery, a sold presence of oak. Bright fruits, apple crumble and in time it mellows up into a gentle creaminess. Palate & Finish: A juicy drop with plenty of might coming from the dried oranges and figs, the overloading of…

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First Impression: GlenDronach Single Cask Cask Number 276

[54.1%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1994・Original Bottling Specifically Selected and Bottled for Silver Seal and Lion’s Whisky・Single Cask Release of 431 Bottles] Nose: Ahhh, comfort.  Astoundingly balanced for a Pedro Ximenez single cask; the oak has been kept at bay and the sherry cloaks itself behind a thin veil, leaving much to imagination.  The likes of…

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Ben Nevis 25 Years Old Single Cask 98/35/5 

Style: Sweet and Composed Nose: Wow… Intoxicatingly aroma, rich plums, brown sugar sweetness laced so elegantly by a touch of smoke, mineral and dry spices. If you have a nostalgia for Yoichi Sherry casks, this is going to be your thing. A light dab of acidity opens up to a handful of roasted almonds, black…

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Whisky Review: Tomatin Cù Bòcan Vintage 2005

  Style: Fruity and Lightly Peated Nose: Interlude of white vinegar descends into undertone as ripe autumn apples take over on the nose. Faint but consistent peat smoke runs on the edges of spices and combines with the acidity to give a sharp, stimulating touch. Vanilla ice cream and a hint of rice pudding sitting…

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