Dram Review: Talisker The Bodega Series Aged 40 Years

[50.0%・Bottled In 2018・40 Years Old・Original Bottling・Limited Release of 2,000 Bottles] Nose: Fairly diligently woody that’s perhaps slightly on the damp side. Dark fruits faintly lingering in the background with the cherries giving a brightness that gels well with the wood. There are hints of plastic and pepper as the ripe fruits and berries continue to…

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Dram Review: Murray McDavid Mission Highland Park 1979 Aged 27 Years

[46.2%・27 Years Old・Distilled in 1979・Bottled in 2006・Murray McDavid Bottling・Limited Release of 500 Bottles] Nose: Aged tea leaves and coffee cream, there is a certain vinegar inspired acidity with red wine tannins per the Syrah casks.  Towards the back end there is a hint of cream cheese. Palate & Finish: Fascinatingly sweet with Japanese strawberries drizzled…

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Whisky Review: Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Scapa 1974

Style: Sherry and Oaky Nose: Sweet strawberry rhubarb jam showing a decent depth. Nutmeg and ginger spices converge and spread towards the top, followed by subdued gunpowder residue. Vanilla barley-malt, bountiful crushed cranberries, soft oranges notes humming at the back. Finish with dunnage oaky notes to give a slight bitter edge. Palate: More red berries…

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Whisky Review: Talisker Aged 25 Years 2007 Edition

Style: Dignified Fruits, Smoky and Vibrant Nose: A silky sherry veil wrapping around deliciously baked tropical fruits gently. Grains of sea salt and black pepper sprinkled into the mix, lemon myrtle and spearmint streamlined and embedded at the core. Raspberry sorbet, coconut milk and subdued tarry smoke flickering at the back. Harmonious aroma but at…

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Whisky Review: Highland Park 18 Years Old “Viking Pride”

Style: Sweet and Delicate Nose: Balmy sweetness entwined with light charcoal smoke. Limoncello, citrus edges over heather honey. Black peppercorns come in with barbecue peat. Peppermint, apricots and peaches. Finishes with a touch of dryness at the back. Palate: Soft sherry entrance, honey sitting on the white floral side, slightly perfumed. Rather rich heather roaming…

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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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