Dram Review: Bowmore 20 Years Old (Bottled by Intertrade)

[48.5%・20 Years Old・Distilled in 1965・Bottled in 1985・Intertrade Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The nose boosts a marvellous curation of chocolate sponge cake, cherry jam, red tea and roasted capsicum. Aged ginger and ground cinnamon bringing out the luminousness of the Sherry casks as aged leather soothes the boldness. In time, the ashy core of the dram begins…

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Dram Review: Lagavulin Aged 16 Years (White Horse Distillers Glasgow, Bottled Circa 1990)

[43.0%・Bottled Circa 1990・16 Years Old・Original Bottling・General Release] Nose: The seaweed driven peat is fascinating, thin crust of sea salt brushed against fine layers of tar and curry spices; with a faint underlay of creamy fragrance. Palate & Finish: A refined cut of peat that draws out a burst of lemony zing; followed by a gentle…

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Dram Review: Ardbeg Single Cask 1998 (Cask No. 2763)

[55.6%・11 Years Old・Distilled in 1998・Bottled in 2009・Official Bottling・Cask No. 2763・Single Cask Release of 270 Bottles] Nose: Quite a relaxed, but certainly not shy dose of maritime peat, brine-y with some coffee beans, just a tinge on the sharp side with the cedar shoe trees.  Dry twigs and wet mud on a herbal base, but still…

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Whisky Review: Bowmore “Springtide”

Style: Rich and Spicy Nose: Intense spices wrapping around massive toffee, followed by stewed tropical fruits, fresh tropical fruits, fresh figs, dried figs and strawberry jam. Flaring chili flakes and robust peppermint. Oily, dense texture. Fisherman friends, smoke lightly reeling while the aroma gently placed on top a stack of tobacco leaves. Palate: Condensed flavours…

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Whisky Review: Kilchoman Single Cask 100% Islay Exclusively Bottled for HNWS Taiwan 

Style: Sweet, Herbal and Smoky Nose: A half-syrupy, herbal dose of Islay smoke. Barbeque pork on the main palate whereas the Kilchoman confectionaries are scattered on the side. Semi-dissolved muscovado sugar lightly brushed on top of it. Iodine, dirty kelp and roasted barley sitting quite deep. Interesting aroma. Palate: Waves of brown sugar water rush…

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Dram Review: Elements of Islay Bowmore Bw7

[53.2%・16 Years Old・Distilled in 2001・Bottled in 2017・Elixir Distillers Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The brine combines with big Sherry, a meaty base with all the glorious characters of chocolate mud cake drizzled in dark plum sauce; dirty smoke adding such an interesting facet to things, rounding off with sweet smoke, molasses and barley sweetness on full show…

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Dram Review: The Nectar of the Daily Drams Port Ellen 27 Years Old

[53.0%・27 Years Old・Distilled in 1982・Bottled in 2010・The Nectar of the Daily Drams Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The faintest hint of cowshed farm-y note on the nose which is subsequently taken over by a bouquet of stone fruits, white peaches and Chinese style preserved fruit peels.  A fatty peaty foundation with hints of seaweed and cream cheese…

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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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