Whisky Review: Bowmore Aged 26 Years The Vintner’s Trilogy French Oak Barrique

Style: Sweet and Delicate Nose: Ruby grapes dipped into chocolate, raisins and almonds building up some beautiful sweetness. Cinnamon stick, cloves, orange drops sitting at the deep. Black pepper and ginger slices stacking up to a higher order. Distant sea spray, a touch of grilled sea shells. Sweet and elegant. Palate: More ruby grapes and…

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Dram Review: Bowmore The Fèis Ìle Collect1°.n 2018 Aged 15 Years

[52.5%・15 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 3,000 Bottles] Nose: Quite salty and herbal from the cask, dense with chocolate dust, vanilla fudge, smoked peanuts and roasted almonds, in time it develops a certain musk from mushrooms and herbs. Palate & Finish: Dried figs and salted nuts, herbal with smoked black tea as the…

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Whisky Review: Signatory Vintage Bowmore 2000 Aged 14 Years Cask Hand Picked by The Whisky Exchange

Style: Fruity and Floral Nose: Smoked ham, squid ink and dry barley mixing with some iodine blots. Followed by a layer of chilli and Sichuan pepper spice which buries a subtle honey mead-tropical fruits sweetness at a lower level. White fruits, nectarines coated with lemon balm gradually emerge, albeit at a lesser form. Mossy and…

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Dram Review: Scotch Malt Sales Bowmore Aged 12 Years

[57.0%・12 Years Old・Distilled Circa 1970s・Bottled Circa 1989・Scotch Malt Sales Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Happy to say this is not even close to being hot and overwhelming, in fact it is pretty poised and relaxed, sweet peat drawing from the syrupy base as molten salted caramel gracefully flows out. Palate & Finish: Substantial, luscious mouthfeel of sexy…

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Dram Review: Scotch Malt Sales Bowmore Aged 18 Years

[57.0%・18 Years Old・Distilled Circa 1970s・Scotch Malt Sales Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Boosting an indulgent thickness, chocolate, smoked figs and other mushed Sherry fruits get churned with toffee and caramelised popcorn, stupendously expressive. Palate & Finish: The Sherry influence is phenomenal, fragrant dark fruits carrying this certain sensual saltiness from the cask. The aged Sherry note folds…

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Dram Review: Laphroaig 1991 Vintage 23 Years Old

[52.6%・23 Years Old・Distilled in 1991・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 5,000 Bottles] Nose: Yup, Christmas fruitcake and chimney ash, a bruteness from the peat, iodine spilling and tar burning, dark berries laced with cigarette smoke and rosemary seasoned lamb roasting in the background. Palate & Finish: Gooey mix of toffee, molasses and ripe figs, the…

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Dram Review: Kilchoman Single Cask Release (For the Japanese market)

[59.9%・5 Years Old・Distilled in 2009・Bottled in 2015・Official Bottling・Cask No. 407/2009・Single Cask Release of 678 Bottles] Nose: Pungently brine-y, oily toffee with a hearty dosage of raisins and raspberries. The nose fares a tad earthy and dusty, with seaweed and ashes eased by fig syrup. Palate & Finish: More raisins coming through, maple syrup getting drizzled…

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Dram Review: Cask of Distinction Lagavulin Select Cask Aged 23 Years (Cask No. 9001)

[48.7%・23 Years Old・Distilled in 1995・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 9001・Single Cask Release of 396 Bottles] Nose: Surprisingly mellow, a relaxed setting of oyster shells, seaweed and iodine. A soft charcoal smoke ropes in plums and can pineapples as minerals run gracefully underneath. Palate & Finish: Bold entrance with the green fruits, the creaminess of the…

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Dram Review: Cask of Distinction Lagavulin Select Cask Aged 20 Years (Cask No. 0002)

[56.3%・20 Years Old・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Cask No. 0002・Single Cask Release of 240 Bottles] Nose: Mothballs and band-aid plasters, seaweed and diesel coming across as a tad muddy.  White fruits unfold in time with some smoked bacon getting baked in the background. Palate & Finish: Soft fruits poached in molasses, a nice dose of…

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Whisky Review: Hand in Hand Laphroaig 2011 Selected by Sansibar Whisky for Liquor Library, Helvetica Bar, Whisky and Alement and The Oak Barrel

Style: Delicate Sweetness, Young and Smoky Nose: Begins with classic Laphroaig signatures – lemon candies, liquorice, barbecued oysters, sooty smoke with some earthiness to it. Citrus fruits building up a cool, amiable sweetness, the underlayer swift towards more dry spice – cumin, nutmeg, chilli shreds with a touchof curry powder. An acidic overtone bridging the…

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