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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Dram Review: Highlander Inn Single Cask Bottling 2017 Ben Nevis Aged 20 Years

[55.9%・20 Years Old・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2017・Highlander Inn Bottling・Cask No. 97・Single Cask Release of 595 Bottles] Nose: The nose is filled with thick leather and that signature confectionary meatiness. Absolutely rich but still retains a roundness and balance. The minerals in the background fare cleanly with sultana, ripe figs and shell cordovan leather in time.…

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Dram Review: The GlenDronach 12 Years Old (Bottled Circa 1980s)

[40.0%・12 Years Old・Bottled Circa Early 1980s・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: The nose is filled with these old-style, quality Sherry cask vibes and frankly speaking, it’s simply satisfying. Chocolate mud cake and intensively sweet dates in moderation. Aged pur’eh together with some fine tannins and vanilla grain. There’s a sweet smoke as well lurking underneath to add…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Balblair 18 Years Old Distilled 1964

[40%・18 Years Old・Distilled in 1964・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: There is the old school funk, meaty, leathery and note reminiscent of gourmet dark soy sauce.  Dark chocolate coated liquor soaked cherries oozing out in time, and as time continues to pass on, buttery toffee seeps out alongside the wood creaminess and a grassy note…

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Dram Review: The Deveron Aged 12 Years

[40.0%・12 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2015-2017・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Quite a fruity vibe initially, marmalade all around with crisp pears and shortbread.  But the nose becomes a bit bland after a while with young malted barley and some generic charred toast note, the fruitiness also becomes a tad over ripen. Palate & Finish: Juicy pears and…

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Whisky Review: Royal Brackla Aged 12 Years

Style: Fruity and Grassy Nose: Fresh peach and nectarine soaking in eau de vie. Subtle but spritely grassiness flashing on a lower level, fennel and perhaps some linseed. Vanilla pods and macadamias, honeyed fruits on the back. Palate: Oloroso-led malt infused with soft woodstove smoke at the front. Nectarine syrup drizzling on white bread. Baked…

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Whisky Review: Glenmorangie 19 Years Old

Style: Sweet and Bright Nose: Orange blossom powdered by icing sugar. A turmeric touch, ginger slices lifting the sweetness beautifully. Glazed pears and navel oranges tip-toeing on copper pipelines, peppermint drops falling on top of white timber. Fresh oakiness. Quite nice. Palate: Orange confectioneries with a zesty ring. Lemon quencher with a drop of rose…

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Dram Review: Antique Lions of Spirits Fettercairn Aged 28 Years

[50.6%・28 Years Old・Distilled in 1988・Bottled in 2016・Joint Bottling of Jens Drewitz, Max Right (Whisky Antique) and Diego Sandrin (Lion’s Whisky)・Single Cask Release of 292 Bottles] Nose: A floral setting with subtle notes blended into the background.  Lavender, green mangos, tree gum, vanilla grain and faint traces of smoke and metallic notes, channeled with a surprisingly…

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Whisky Review: Adelphi Limited Teaninich 1983 32 Years Old

Style: Dignified and Complex Nose: Intoxicating concoction of overripe fruits, jasmine fragrance, honey wax and sandalwood. Flipping to the drier side as we dig deeper, wood spice gently incensing, dried apricots, lavender mint, black peppercorns gradually convert into a faint hint of peat smoke. Magical. Palate: Honey oak juice flowing, malt water, more dried apricots,…

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Dram Review: Glenmorangie 25 Years Old

[43%・Bottled circa 2015・Official Bottling・Discontinued General Release] Nose: Starts out with quite a lovely musk that is heavily Sherried, albeit obviously without that cask strength oomph one is used to with single-cask-Sherry-bombs. The juicy raisins and ripe orchard fruits give a lovely tone with the base notes formed of chocolate and oak along with hints of…

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