Dram Review: Dun Eideann Bladnoch Aged 23 Years

[50.8%・23 Years Old・Distilled in 1966・Bottled in 1989・Dun Eideann Bottling・Cask No. 1636・Single Cask Release] Nose: Pleasingly robust aromas of thick old school Sherry sweetness, brown sugar syrup generously poured over creamed Sherry and Vienna almonds, pair with sugar preserved orange slices. Palate & Finish: A sauce like texture that coats the tongue, conveying that thick syrupy…

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Whisky Review: Gordon and Macphail Connoisseurs Choice North British 1990 Aged 28 Years

Style: Sherry sweet and Spicy Nose: Strong entrance, distinctive meaty nose with grain signatures embedded within. Cured meat, raspberry jam and carrot cake cake filling up the body. Earthy nutmeg powdering on ginger shreds. Strong spirit spice, chilli, black peppercorn with a more subtle banana and tropical fruits hidden at a lower level. Palate: Dense…

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Whisky Review: Rare Malts St. Magdalene 1970 Aged 23 Years

Style: Sweet, Waxy and Spicy Nose:Woof, powerful spice carrying the signature Linlithgow lemon-waxy aroma. Abundant red chilli, mineral notes quickly strapped itself on a doughy malt. Syrupy, tropical fruits and white fruits starting to shine in the middle. An unexpected touch of gunpowder and whetstone which have been trying very hard to stay out of…

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Dram Review: Signatory Vintage Bladnoch Vintage 1966 (Cask No. 2674-76)

[43.0%・23 Years Old・Distilled in 1966・Bottled in 1989・Signatory Vintage Bottling・Cask No. 2674-76・Single Cask Release of 800 Bottles] Nose: Having experienced the current Bladnoch expressions this is frankly a relief.  A mellow velvet like sweetness made up of roasted marshmallow, coconut chips and followed by banana oil, shortbread biscuits and slightly burnt oats.  A Lowland delight in…

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Dram Review: Zenith Rosebank 12 Years Old

[43.0%・12 Years Old・Distilled Circa 1975・Bottled in 1987・Zenith Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Pleasingly old school, gently malt, mild fruitiness and light creaminess. A slight respectful citrus brings a vibrant note. All is rounded and well balanced. Palate & Finish: A gentle and crisp drop, honey, limestone and hay wrapping the dry malt. Just a subtle hint of…

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Dram Review: Rare Malts Rosebank Aged 20 Years

[60.3%・20 Years Old・Distilled in 1979・Bottled in 1999・Diageo Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Green fruits and aloe vera but the strength lends an exciting raw sandalwood note. Malted barley soothed with rose water infused simple syrup emitting this lighthearted floral vibe.  In time white pepper with hint of salted popcorn. Palate & Finish: Sticky syrup turns elegant with…

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Whisky Review: Silver Seal Sestante Collection Linlithgow 1982 23 Years Old

Style: Waxy Fruits, Oaky and Spicy Nose: Powerful but a clean set of aromas on the nose. Refreshing green pine wrapping around lemon-orange citrus and candle wax. Coconut cream, overripe fruits hitting the sweet spot with spirit spices and herbal elements acting as counterbalance. Remarkable stuff, making me wonder why did this distillery have to…

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Dram Review: Ailsa Bay (Bottled in 2016)

[48.9%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Gooey confectionary aromas and poached ripe fruits, with a passive smoke that is dirty but sweet in the background.  Splashes of minerals with a curious scent of tiger balm all patched together. Palate & Finish: The palate is somewhat overwhelming with this stickily sweet toffee note along some peanut…

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Dram Review: Bladnoch Adela

[46.7%・15 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2016-2017・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Cow shed and heavy toffee cream form the pillars of the nose. It has a curious cheese note whilst also being on the oaky side with cookie dough, orange essence oil and walnuts. Palate & Finish: Rich chocolate sauce and honey stirred with prune syrup. Tree gum…

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Dram Review: Bladnoch Talia

[49.2%・25 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2016-2017・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Pungent but quite a rich nose with some wonderful aromas, vanilla and leather to go with honey and beeswax. The nose is layered with hints of green apples, lemon honey, and air dried oak unfolding in time. Palate & Finish: Green apple and lemon flavoured bubble gum.…

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