Whisky Review: Kilchoman Fresh Bourbon Cask Sample #175/06

Style: Bright and Smoky Nose: Bright aroma as the curtain of heavy smoke lifted beautifully by bourbon fruits. Dryness and spices combines with fresh ginger while the peat slowly comes through. Beautiful nose. Palate: Pear drop, honey and caramel springs off from ginger, very fresh, almost grassy at times. Magnificent touch. Smoke looms in the…

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Dram Review: Bowmore Vault Edit1°.n First Release Atlantic Sea Salt

[51.5%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2016・Original Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Some mild actions of tropical fruits on the nose, lime squeeze with a seaweed-y peat gently sweeping across. Creamy coconut milk, dried apricots and banana jam laid over wee hints of oyster shells seasoned with sea salt and pepper. Palate & Finish: Sea salt and honey with some sound…

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Whisky Review: Laphroaig Aged 27 Years Limited Edition

Style: Sweet and Complex Nose: Smoky stewed fruits, signature sweetness of well-aged Laphroaig. All the elements give way to the perfumed grapefruits, bubble gum, linseed, rosemary and smoked peppermint. Soft aroma of grape vine with a touch of Eau De Vie. Complex, perfumed and very refined. Palate: Smoky honey, hint of tar, more tropical fruits…

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Dram Review: Cadenhead’s Caol Ila 35 Years Old For The Auld Alliance

[58.4%・35 Years Old・Distilled in 1982・Bottled in 2017・Bottled by William Cadenhead Ltd. for The Auld Alliance ・Limited Release] Nose: Soft fruits merging into salted caramel that has been folded into multiple layers, the creamy and waxy base is particularly alluring.  Ripe fruits all around as the smoke ever so delicately applies to the scent, in a…

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Dram Review: Bowmore Feis Ile 2006 Aged 6 Years

[57.4%・6 Years Old・Distilled in 1999・Bottled in 2006・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 600 Bottles] Nose: A bit sharp on the nose, some citrus marmalade but really just quite youthful. Good doses of lemongrass and char with a brush of paint stripper. Honeyed cereal follows with some fish sauce and smoked almonds Palate & Finish: Lemon and citrus,…

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Dram Review: Lagavulin Aged 25 Years (200th Anniversary)

[51.7%・Bottled In 2016・25 Years Old・Original Bottling・Limited Release of 8000 Bottles] Nose: The nose paints a picture of a misty winter morning on Islay, cold water hitting the sand, bringing about some seaweed. There is this distant bonfire that is somewhat memory triggering, soothing and soft as traces of plastic, muscat grapes, ginger and menthol, chalk…

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Dram Review: Lagavulin Aged 12 Years Natural Cask Strength Bottled in 2017

[56.5%・12 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Tiger balm and spices, the sweet peat fares a touch dirtier this year, sooty and ashy. A hint of smoked oyster in there. Palate & Finish: Leads with vanilla first with lemon and pepper but it is then overcome by the powerful peat, a dirty oomph of masculinity…

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Dram Review: Bowmore Aged 25 Years Distilled in 1969

[43.0%・Distilled in 1969・Bottled Circa 1994・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Such immaculate fragrances on the nose, stately and graceful aromas with the velvet-esque waxiness well integrated into the oak.  The cask led sweetness is expressive, from a bouquet of soft ripe fruits to a floral status with the malt gradually developing.  Such balance with the dram releasing…

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Dram Review: Moon Import Samaroli “Dreams” Bowmore 1984

[45.0%・Distilled in 1984・Bottled in 1999・Moon Import and Samaroli Joint Bottling・Release of 798 Bottles] Nose: Some raspberry lollies to go with some sea salt, ginger flower teases as the malt mildly moving with sprinkles of limestone, soft caramel and roasted capsicum in time. Palate & Finish: The brush of dark berries I normally associate with Bowmore…

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Dram Review: Port Ellen Distilled in 1979 Aged 22 Years (1st Release)

[56.2%・22 Years Old・Distilled in 1979・Bottled in 2001・Original Bottling・Limited Release of 6000 Bottles] Nose: Lemon meringue and barley sugar channeling through light caramel, the peat comes in rather politely.  The spirit conveys the grassy and malty notes well with the iodine becoming more intensive in time. Palate & Finish: Salted caramel and apricots on an oily…

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