Whisky Review: Talisker Aged 10 Years

Style: Fruity, Smoky and Complex Nose: Caramel sauce drizzling onto tropical fruits. A small piece of waxy honeycomb, peat smoke and a subtle note of sea spray. Plenty of white pepper floating around, wood chips, red liquorice at the back giving a decent depth. Complex and integrated aroma, very nice. Palate: Tropical fruits, coconut shreds…

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Whisky Review: Ledaig Aged 10 Years

Style: Funky and Tropical fruits Nose: Diesel oil, fisherman’s friend, sea salt, flints, banana flower, red chilli spice and even a touch of cumin all tossed in together with explicit vanilla barley. A peculiar set of aroma, even more so for a distillery bottling these days. Almond milk, oily kelp, green mangoes converges at the…

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Whisky Review: Adelphi Limited Highland Park 1989 26 Years Old

Style: Fruity and Elegant Nose: Incredibly pleasant floral mead flowing on the nose. Fresh grapefruits giving a great citrus zing, while a slab of honeycomb slipping underneath to add a bit of depth and round sweetness. Green spearmint heat, ethereal peat smoke knitted in between core layers, throwing in a tiny dash of salt from…

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Whisky Review: Talisker 1977 Aged 35 Years Special Release 2012

Style: Bright and complex Nose: Delicate stewed tropical fruits sprinkled with supple white pepper spices. Briny peat, a delicate, continuous copper undertone which is nicely protected by an emphatic layer of honey wax. Zippy lemon and orange drop shaping up beautifully, a touch of sour blackberry, sparkling vanilla sugar granules at the back.  Palate: Delicious…

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Whisky Review: Silver Seal “Whisky is Nature” Series Highland Park 1985 30 Years Old

Style: Sweet and Dignified Nose: Chilli seeds stepping in, followed by elegant pear drops and lemon orange citrus laminated with a sheet of cool spearmint. Parma violet, hints of French Lavender overriding dry minerals and soft coastal signatures. A thin slice of caramel fudge, delicate barley tail to finish. Nice. Palate: Pear and citrus candies…

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Whisky Review: Silver Seal “Whisky is Nature” Series Tobermory 1994 20 Years Old

Style: Light and Complex Nose: Begins with a brilliant mix of fragrant fruits and refreshing forest pine. Down a level, wow, interesting… A few dimensions of subtleties on display here, a dash of brine, white pepper, gunpowder, timber and faint meaty all framed within the spices. Unique, complex undertones weaving together. Maybe not everyone will…

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Whisky Review: Silver Seal “Whisky is Nature” Series Highland Park 1991 23 Years Old

Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: A denser than usual opening of stewed fruits, pineapple tart and plenty of cask waxiness in the aroma. Robust spices forming a powerful pillar, spearmint, a dab of vinegar and minerals building around it. Nice, creamy vanilla following a floral peat trail. Palate: Delicate and beautiful baked tropical fruits converging…

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Whisky Review: Cadenhead Single Cask Highland Park 1996 Aged 20 Years

Style: Sweet and Oaky Nose: Intriguing and busy opening – Fresh peppermint infused with Eau De Vie flowing onto a layer of apple honey. Cold pressed Aloe Vera juice, coastal breeze growing stronger, dash of salt and peculiar touch of mineral peat you won’t expect from Highland Park. The sweetness consolidates to form a sweet, floral…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Highland Park 2001

[57.1%・10 Years Old・Distilled in 2001・Bottled in 2012・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Casks 3006, 3007, 3008] Nose: Bourbon char, the spirit is quite oily and pungent still.  A decent layer of Orkney peat with white chocolate, creme caramel, heather, lavender,  golden honey and toasted barley. Palate & Finish: Lemony with waxed apples in the mix, a generous pinch…

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Whisky Review: Rest & Be Thankful Highland Park 1989 Aged 26 Years #3257

Style: Sweet and Rich Nose: A wonderful opening of fig and raspberry jam on the nose, I thought this is a Bourbon cask, no?! Dates, walnuts and plenty of waxiness going on. Purple flower, cooked tropical fruit stacking on top of thick honeycomb while a pinch of sea salt is tipped on top of subtle…

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