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: 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: The GlenDronach Single Cask 1996 Aged 18 Years #1487

Style: Dark Fruits and Nutty Malt Nose: Dark plums and prunes waking up from slumber, while perfumed malt latches on a dominant and dry peppermint spice. Cranberries dragged downwards by weighty dark chocolate, toffee and espresso sediments. Coal ambers, maybe a faint layer of peat as well? A rich and surprisingly dry aroma, and the…

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Dram Review: The GlenDronach Single Cask Aged 21 Years (Cask No. 475)

[56.4%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1993・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling Specially Selected for The Nectar and La Maison du Whisky・Cask No. 475・Single Cask Release of 627 Bottles] Nose: Prunes and blackcurrants, coal smoke, tobacco and tar with dark chocolate running along, drawing out some earthy and woody notes as a wee nutty note also enters the background.…

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Whisky Review: The GlenDronach Single Cask 2005 Aged 12 Years #1451

Style: Fruity and Vibrant Nose: Christmas cake and figs lying neatly alongside with malt biscuits. Banana gummies, black currants ride on an elevation of floral notes. Peppermint and black pepper forming a nice edge. The Pedro Ximenez influence is not strong, it is not a full-on sherry bomb like most GDs, and we get to…

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Dram Review: The GlenDronach Single Cask Aged 21 Years (Cask No. 5405)

[49.9%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1991・Bottled in 2013・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 702 Bottles] Nose: There is a dusty feeling, earthy with a condense reduction of simmering strawberries and prunes conveying that stickiness.  A certain smoky note amidst things with a brush of mint accompanying the syrupy aromas. Palate & Finish: Strawberry cubes but quite peppery…

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Whisky Review: The GlenDronach Single Cask Batch 16 1993 Aged 24 Years #55

Style: Sherry Sweet and Spicy Nose: A relatively tight nose to begin with, but when it cuts through the spice we have beautiful assorted red fruits, red currants, a touch of resin and grassy notes. Flicking to the drier side from time to time, dusty and earthy notes laid on top of a deeper layer…

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Whisky Review: Moon Import “Horae Solaris” Glen Garioch 1966

Style: Fruity, Perfumed and Peaty Nose: Starts with a brittle layer of malty, digestive biscuits. Purple flower perfume pushes up, clean stream of peppermint –tropical fruits laced by a modest dose of earthy peat. Slightly grassy and muddy, followed by subtle ginger drops forming another top note, whereas sweet fruits crystallizing in the middle as…

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Dram Review: Brora Aged 34 Years (Bottled in 2017)

[51.9%・34 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 3000 Bottles] Nose: The nose is held to a softened state, hint of floral to go with a milky vanilla note.  Moderate doses of waxed apples and tangerines and in time some minerals develop as does a light lace of smoke, gently floating atop traces of sea salt…

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Dram Review: Antique Lions of Spirits Blair Athol Aged 28 Years

[51.2%・28 Years Old・Distilled in 1988・Bottled in 2016・Joint Bottling of Jens Drewitz, Max Righi (Whisky Antique) and Diego Sandrin (Lion’s Whisky)・Single Cask Release of 262 Bottles] Nose: The fruits are not so expressive here but are still delightful, marzipan and lychees sitting above a buttery undertone. Traces of barley, sandalwood and a wee soapiness in the…

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