Whisky Review: The Whisky Agency x The Whisky Exchange Bunnhabhain 1989 Aged 27 Years

Style: Delicate and Fruity Nose: Lemon honey custard cake dressed with steaming fragrance of barley sugar. Beeswax, tropical fruits painted with a touch of tar. Cold breeze of peppermint, thyme and a twist of subtle citrus. Ethereal peat smoke becoming evident as the aroma slowly opens up. Palate: Lemon balm diving into thick vanilla cream…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich The Bordeaux First Growth Series Cuvée F Pomerol Aged 16 Years

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2008・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The oak is evident through out, but it’s in the comforting form of mellow vanilla with a sprinkle of pepper and match sticks.  There is a vague muskiness in the background with the wine fruits faintly popping out, seductive but sedated. Palate & Finish: Figs and prunes…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich The Bordeaux First Growth Series Cuvée E Sauternes Aged 16 Years

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2008・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Wild violet with a calming oak veil, well decorated with a lemony presence, and just underneath the peels lies an apple cider note that conveys a natural sweetness.  Some mangos and apricots in the background reintroducing the bright sugary fruitiness and is complimented by a gentle creaminess.…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich The Bordeaux First Growth Series Cuvée D Pessac-Léognan Aged 16 Years

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2008・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The nose is restrained with the wine influence uncharacteristically held back and thus setting the tone a bit low.  There are some dry and vegetative notes initially, but in time notes of ginger, gun powder and cotton candy surface even though the dark fruits still fell suppressed.…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich The Bordeaux First Growth Series Cuvée C Margaux Aged 16 Years

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2008・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Floral with a buttery undertone, some early French oak notes as the mellow citrus wraps around a wine cask inspired strawberry creaminess.  Slight smoke in the background with an inviting brie cheese note. Palate & Finish: Red apples with black cherries and packing some spices.  Dark chocolate…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich The Bordeaux First Growth Series Cuvée B Pauillac Aged 16 Years Pauillac Aged 16 Years

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2008・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 12,000 Bottles] Nose: The nose starts off creamy with the buttery toffee note, though much softer than the usual upfront fragrances of wine casks.  There is a hint of slightly burnt toast from the base, and as the nose unfolds it becomes apparent that the dram is…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich The Bordeaux First Growth Series Cuvée A Pauillac Aged 16 Years

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2008・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The tone is set a bit low with the musk, some apple fragrances and pitted cherries.   There is a vague incense note in the background, almost like smoke from paper burning.  As time passes, the charred cask notes surface. Palate & Finish: Apple vinegar with an…

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Dram Review: Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish

[53.9%・Bottled in 2016・NAS・Original Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The maritime influence arrives in strides alongside notes of chargrilled vegetables, the subdued smoke pairs well with the translucent woodiness.  The ashy note has been kept at bay. Palate & Finish: The dram conveys a mellow honey sweetness with a sprinkle of lemony note that lays down a path…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 53.239 Caol Ila “Ham Hock and Blackcurrant Jam”

[59.7%・ 19 Years Old・Bottled in 2016・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: The peat smoke politely arrives on scene, smoked trout and iodine fill the room with a touch of anise.  A fireplace getting started by burning scrunched up newspapers. Palate & Finish: Forest berries and sweet peat make for a friendly entry.  A chilli zing brings…

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Whisky Review: Ardbeg An Oa

[46.6%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Earthy peat filling out the initial scene, it’s organic but it is not at all confronting.  Oomph of peat burning away like glowing coal toasting sheets of nori but at the same time it feels mellow and very much approachable with the sugary aromas, some fine vanilla followed by…

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