Whisky Review: Silver Seal “Whisky is Art” collection Macallan 1989 24 Years Old

Style: Citrus, Malty and Oaky Nose: Sweet malt syrup trickling down at the front, Tropicana orange juice injected with a fresh grassy breeze, while chilli spice floating on top of the surface. Clean malty aroma we have here. Ink sinks into lightly toasted oak, pretty nice depth. Palate: The sweet citrus-malt theme continues on the…

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Dram Review: The Macallan 18 Years Old Distilled in 1981

[43.0%・18 Years Old・Distilled in 1981・Original Bottling・General Release] Nose: The mahogany and Spanish oak take a commanding lead as stickily sweet brown sugar draws out perhaps a hint of sweet smoke.  There is a curious hint of acidity to the casks driven dark fruits, lime perhaps. Palate & Finish: A satisfying dose of concentrated sweetness from…

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Dram Review: The Macallan 18 Years Old Distilled in 1980

[43.0%・18 Years Old・Distilled in 1980・Original Bottling・General Release] Nose: A thick presence of pu-erh tea and old school Sherry casks, some lighter red apple notes amidst the heaviness of the Christmas cake.  The floral note is dry and intense, and the nose becomes more tannic as time passes. Palate & Finish: A steady syrupy sweetness of…

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Dram Review: The Macallan Reflexion

[43.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: An elegant and effortless delivery of Sherry raisins and fine chocolate on the nose, combined with a silky vanilla note. There is perhaps no surprise at all. Palate & Finish: The sweet note is persistent with just a hint of buttery barley.  Sweet chocolate and ripe red fruits seamlessly…

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Dram Review: The Macallan Select Reserve 1946

[40.0%・52 Years Old・Distilled in 1946・Bottled in 1998・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: It’s peated, as Macallan whiskies were known to be in that period.  Slightly dusty and dirty at first and a bit woody, but after some time to breathe, the honey and ripe fruits reach out.  The smoke is well integrated with a certain umami note…

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Dram Review: Whisky Magazine Editor’s Choice Cragganmore 22 Years Old

[55.7%・22 Years Old・Distilled in 1992・Bottled in 2015・Whisky Magazine Bottling ・Cask No. 4614・Single Cask Release of 239 Bottles] Nose: The spirit driven dram leads with clean malty aroma and a lick of spices, there is a sense of distillery identity on the nose.  It then opens up to green apples and limes with some sandalwood and…

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Dram Review: Kingsbury Cragganmore Distilled in Speyside 1989

[58.9%・NAS・Distilled in 1989・Kingsbury Bottling ・Single Cask Release of 305 Bottles] Nose: The nose is held quite tightly with only glimpse of citrus initially in midst of a spicy profile, in time the vanilla sugar becomes more relaxed, splashes of sandalwood and freshly cut grass with the green barley developing notes of burnt toast and molten…

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Whisky Review: World Bar Tour x The Drunken Master Cragganmore 1989 Aged 27 Years

Style: Fruity, Complex and Spicy Nose: Powerful spearmint heat carrying baked white fruits into sight. Creamy tropical fruits with a touch of wood polish, sweet nectarines sitting in the middle, white vinegar giving a bit of acidity. Stringent to begin with, but opens up fairly well overtime. Cinnamon, five spices and a hint of wood…

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Whisky Review: Cragganmore 12 Years Old

Style: Sweet and Complex Nose: Honeyed lime and papaya with a distinct touch of smoked bacon from the far side. Cedar wood tracing in, glazed fruits lightly soaked in vanilla milk. Peppermint hitting a few high notes. White flower confectioneries powdered with white pepper. A rather complex aroma. Palate: Vanilla milk spilling on more stewed…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Original Cask Natural High Strength Cragganmore Distilled 1976 Aged 12 Years

[56.6%・12 Years Old・Distilled in 1976・Bottled Circa. 1988-1989・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The nose is aggressive and on the sharp side, pine tree, truffle salt and anise with a waxiness sitting beneath.  Buttered burnt toast and toasted cereal rising up in time.  The fruits are being somewhat muted. Palate & Finish: Orange and toffee crisp,…

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