Whisky Review: Signatory Vintage Clynelish 1995 Aged 21 Years (Cask Hand Picked by the Whisky Exchange) #8676

Style: Honey and Spicy Nose: Brown sugar cold-dripping into ice lemon tea, Earl Grey, maybe? Peppermint circling around the delicate honeycomb and candle wax core. White flower looms, while the waxiness overstaying its welcome and imparts some perfume overtone and bitter touches in the middle. Transitioning to assorted dry spices – ginger, nutmeg, chilli flakes,…

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Whisky Review: Mackillop’s Choice Dalmore 1986 Single Cask

Style: Sherry and Punchy Nose: Bright, strong Dalmore-esque aroma on the nose. Strawberry jam spreading on top of a massive malty sponge cake. Assorted dry spices, a lot of earthy nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon bark scattered around… Dried prunes dropping slightly deeper, rendezvous with raisins and liquid chocolate. Fiery strength, but the aroma is able…

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Whisky Review: 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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Whisky Review: 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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Whisky Review: 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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Whisky Review: 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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Whisky Review: 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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Whisky Review: 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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