Whisky Review: Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 15 Years Old

Style: Sweet and Complex Nose: Big trademark meaty aroma up front, red grapes filled the body quickly and then we have some dense cereal notes with a hint of salted caramel troops in, delicious scent of oven-baked potatoes at the back. Palate: Sherry glistering gracefully on the first touch, honey, aloe vera, chocolate malt and smoke.…

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First Impression: SMWS 2.98 Glenlivet “Frothy Cappuccino”

[58.2%・13 Years Old・Distilled in 2003・Bottled in 2017・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 166 Bottles] Nose: Syrup drenched walnuts with a lemony undertone.  Thick caramel intercepted by a sharpness from the spirit and the wood. Palate & Finish: Cask-led vanilla with a thick creaminess which as the name of the dram has suggested, feels frothy.  Orchid fruits…

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Whisky Review: Glenfiddich 15 Years Old Distillery Edition

Style: Sweet and Delicate Nose: Elegant autumn apple on the nose. Baked pastry, lemon tart underlined by subtle barley husk and honey brushes. Going deeper we have almonds and cinnamon dust comes with considerable chilli spices at the back. Icy and crisp. Palate: Warmer as we have a bigger malt presence on the palate. Vanilla…

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First Impression: The Macallan Edition No. 2

[48.2%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: A dense delivery of diverse flavours, on one hand there is the depth carved out by the Spanish oak, the weight from the leather and tobacco and the richness of dried fruits; on another there are the lighter notes of lemon, vanilla and ginger.  The heaviness of the Macallan…

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Whisky Review: Silver Seal “Whisky is Nature” Mortlach 1989 25 Years Old

Style: Fruity and Musky Nose: Lively fragrant duet playing on the nose – Immensely sweet, creamy and musky on one side and the drier, dusty and grassy tone on the other side performing simultaneously. You hear solo movements from each side at times, but they combine together from time to time as well. Summer berries…

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Whisky Review: Balvenie Single Barrel Sherry Cask Aged 15 Years #241

Style: Sherry and Delicate Nose: Deep raisins and Christmas pudding on the nose. Almonds, white chocolate cake and plenty of cinnamon dust on the side. Peppermint overtone clouding touches of barley sugar, followed by red cherries, black currants and finishes off with milk chocolate and a light fizz of ginger spice. Palate: Delicate, comfortable red…

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Whisky Review: Mannochmore The Manager’s Dram 1997

Style: Ultra Sweet and Spicy Nose: A heavy breath of chilli spice followed by full-bodied aromatic sweetness. Parma violet, slightly soapy, vanilla sugar and malt syrup. Boldly sweet. Nose-burning, eye-watering peppermint spice assaulting your senses. A curious mineral flick, honey dripping onto oak staves towards the end. Palate: Massive sweetness smashes in with tremendous force, spirit…

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First Impression: SMWS Aultmore 73.83 “Anzac Biscuits and Cricket Bats”

[56.9%・Distilled in 2001・Bottled in 2017・15 Years Old・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 522 Bottles] Nose: The nose is perhaps on the shy side at first, still there is a good inherent presence of Oloroso; sticky prunes, figs with a wee sprinkle of gunpowder.  Give it some time to to breathe and it develops a floral musk…

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Whisky Review: Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1978 Spring 2015 #746

Style: Fruity and Floral Nose: Mellow, charming floral aroma on the nose. White flower nectar lightly buttered by warm caramel sauce. A trace of walnut. Peppermint spices pick up momentum as chilli flakes soaring up high. Deeper sits the sweetness of quince paste and strawberry jam. Pistachios and malt syrup towards the end. Palate: Strawberry…

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Whisky Preview: Glenrothes 1997 Single Cask Bottled for The Oak Barrel Sydney Whisky Fair 2017

Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: Playful dark red fruits swaying on the nose, sweetness quickly surrounded by fresh-cut ginger and sharp spices. A small pinch of gunpowder mixed within. Blackcurrants, plums rising on a peppermint surge, while subtle umami drops deeper. Light combination of caramel, figs and malt towards the end. Palate: Demerara sugar converges…

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