First Impression: 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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First Impression: 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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Whisky Review: SMWS 29.202 Laphroaig “Smoke Cherry Bomb”

Style: Smoky and Punchy Nose: Classic big smoky Laphroaig on the nose. Sharp, a touch of citrus lemon and orange leading to round apricots and cherry sweetness. Flanking chilli spices, a faint kiss of coastal waves and saltiness, TCP with medicinal undertone. Tight but oily, subtle coffee ground too finish. Palate: Salted caramel popcorn on…

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Whisky Review: Bowmore Hand-Filled Single Cask #32161 2015 Aged 17 Years

Style: Fragrant and Maritime Peat Nose: Dynamic fragrance, beautiful ripe garden berries in the form of balmy candle, deep tobacco leaves impressions, followed by a dash of iodine and sea salt. Maritime influence taking over at deep. Distinct seaweed, mineral touches as blurry vanilla and malt lying underneath. Palate: Massive sweetness with a twinge of…

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Whisky Review: Duncan Taylor “the Octave” Bunnahabhain 1991 Aged 22 years

Style: Oaky and Aromatic Nose: Deep refined sherry cream on the nose. Vanilla showering down with chilli flakes. Wood staves firing all sorts of spices – Oak driven, dry spices fragrance giving a nice oomph to the aroma. Palate: Explosive flavours hits the palate. A burst of raisin sweetness accompanied by crisp spices and strength.…

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Whisky Review: Signatory Vintage Caol Ila 1983 Aged 31 Years (Cask Hand Picked By The Whisky Exchange)

Style: Fruity and Dignified Nose: Refreshing and light-hearted fragrance on the nose. Black pepper and sea spray followed by balmy lemon tea. Stew fruits reduced to puree sweetness, almost winey at times. Subtle tropical fruits and apricots. Another whiff of distant sea breeze fluttering through touches of peat smoke. Sweet, balmy and peppery. Very nice.…

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First Impression: Adelphi’s Liddesdale Batch Release No. 10 Distilled at Bunnahabhain

[46%・Bottled Circa 2017・21 Years Old・Adelphi’s Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Raisins with the barley imparting a slightly smoky vibe.  There is a meaty note, but it’s swiftly blanketed by a sense of green grapes bursting through, foreboding a juicy palate to come. Palate & Finish: The delivery doesn’t disappoint at all, classic Bunnahabhain vibes with the juicy-turns-lager-y…

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Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Redder Still 1984

Style: Sweet and Elegant Nose: Ruby pomegranate cascades over melted vanilla ice-cream on the nose. A touch of copper followed by feisty mints piercing through glistening but delicate tropical fruits. The core sits unusually deep inside, coconut sago pudding accompanies the soft chocolate malt. Palate: Deep, resonating ruby fruits residing nicely on the palate. Redcurrants,…

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Whisky Review: Octomore Edition 07.2

Style: Smoky and Peaty Nose: Started with an intriguing mix of aroma – French dessert wine, vanilla milk, herbal peat, smoke, damp forest wood, spice and raspberries. Scent swirled and entwined together in a rather gentle fashion. Spice a bit sharp fresh from the pour, but it significantly opened up after 15 minutes of breathing.…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 33.133 Ardbeg “Whipped with happiness”

Style: Honey and Smoky Nose:  Begins with salty breeze, seaweed and soft mineral notes. Then unveiled the thick pancake stack steaming with honey maple syrup! Powerful spice, going slightly vegetative, aroma of sizzling pan fried onions and crisp bacon. A lick of strawberry jam at the bottom. A Scottish breakfast indeed! Palate: Heading happily to…

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