Whisky Review: SMWS 29.234 Laphroaig “Smoked and salted toffee apples”

Style: Fruity, Smoky and Vibrant Nose: Sticky caramelized apples, pulled pork, honeycomb and frozen raspberries on the nose. Green peppermint garnished on top. Sea salt ingrained into the dense sweetness. Subtle citrus notes, smoked almonds, tar and mineral notes painting on the barley. Sweet and vibrant. Palate: Smoked plums and apples building on an increasingly…

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Dram Review: Bunnahabhain Aged 28 Years Cask No. 7713

[43.5%・28 Years Old・Distilled in 1989・Bottled in 2017・Bottled for Kevin & Steve・Cask No. 7713・Single Cask Release of 100 Bottles] Nose: Ultra fruity and stupendously expressive, tropical fruits, Nashi pears, candy floss and some rosemary as well.  Subtly waxy and oily with traces of menthol infused tobacco and traces of orange peels.  In time the nose grows…

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Dram Review: SMWS 3.307 Bowmore “A Journey Into Joy”

[55.9%・ 20 Years Old・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2018・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 564 Bottles] Nose: The nose is surprisingly and rather incredibly meaty with some burnt and deeply roasted barley notes lurking, perhaps living on the edge of sulfur street..  The obligatory deep, dark Sherry inspired dried fruits are there and are gorgeous.  Running parallel…

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Dram Review: Bowmore 15 Years Old (Hong Kong Whisky Bars Special Joint Bottling 2018)

[52.0%・15 Years Old・Distilled in 2002・Bottled in 2018・Butler, Club Qing, Ginger, Nocturne, Tiffany’s New York Bar Joint Bottling ・Cask No. 135・Single Cask Release of 100 Bottles] Nose: Very clean and towards the light side, wood staves torched carefully to give a delicate smoke that moves really well with mild floral note and some ocean breeze.  There…

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Dram Review: Caol Ila 2006 Exclusive for Hong Kong

[46.1%・11 Years Old・Distilled in 2006・Bottled in 2018・如果我們的語言是威士忌, Drink More, 香港威士忌(烈酒)分享站, 香港威士忌同好協會 Joint Bottling・Single Cask Release of 238 Bottles] Nose: Noses like a standard young Caol Ila that is quite well curated and much richer, grassy with ample caramel and vanilla.  As it sits in the glass the peat grows more prominent  with this wholesome charred…

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Dram Review: SMWS 29.241 Laphroaig “A Perfect Moment”

[49.3%・20 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 222 Bottles] Nose: Lime twist and tiger balm, the nose is on the tight side and a bit sharp initially.  The peat level despite the dram being quite coastal is actually rather restrained with the malt gently laid down, the tar slowly emitting from the background…

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Whisky Review: Port Charlotte 2007 CC:01

Style: Sweet, Barbeque smoke and Spicy Nose: Sticky Riesling injected with a dose of barbeque smoke and iodine. A string of sweet white grapes, powerful chilli spice peeling off a layer of earthiness. Spearmint overtone, sugared green mangoes, dried apricots and meat stock shining at the core. Sweet and feisty. Palate: Sweet, smoky apricots served…

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Whisky Review: Port Charlotte 10 Aged Years

Style: Herbal, Citrus fruits and Ashy Nose: Starts with a pleasing blend of citrus drops, barbecue smoke, maritime notes and earthy peat. Vanilla milk emerges, a touch of herbal overtone, which then morphed into some generous seaweed signatures. Smoked ham, more citrus lollies and some apricots perhaps hiding up at the attic. Optimal chilli and…

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Dram Review: Ralfy.com Meteorite Port Charlotte Aged 12 Years

[56.2%・12 Years Old・Ralfy.com Bottling・Cask No. 0941・Single Cask Release of 233 Bottles] Nose: From the get go there is this mouth-salivating smoked thick cut bacon note that is just fantastic.  It’s quite salty, squid ink linguine and a meatiness that is propped up by the Sherry. In the meantime a touch of maple syrup elevates the…

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Dram Review: The Whiskyfind Port Charlotte Aged 13 Years

[56.9%・13 Years Old・Distilled in 2004・Bottled in 2017・The Whiskyfind Bottling・Cask No. 1049・Single Cask Release of 302 Bottles] Nose: The milky, seaweed-y note are quite upfront and generous, iodine and Chinese mushrooms leading to smoke and some peppery notes. A touch of almond butter oozes out in time as the smoke brings about a creamy, malty quality…

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