Whisky Review: Cadenhead Small Batch Blair Athol 1988 Aged 28 Years

Style: Fruity and Spicy Nose: Sweet purple grape bubblegum, blue berries and dried apricots mix comfortably with stewed tropical fruits. Razor-hot peppermint edge carves in, while a touch of vanilla cream hides behind it. Plenty of barley sugar clusters around the core, distinct black peppercorns formed at the back. Dry spices finish. Palate: Bountiful blueberries…

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Whisky Review: Cadenhead Small Batch Glentauchers-Glenlivet 1990 Aged 26 Years

Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: Begins with a powerful whiff of spirit spice, which is quite surprising as it is a mere 52.6%. When I get used to the hotness we have sweet grapefruit candies, vanilla custard and apple pies. In comes another wave of fresh orchard fruits, within hides an unusually (but in a…

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Whisky Review: Cadenhead Single Cask Glen Grant – Glenlivet 1984 Aged 31 Years

Style: Sherry and Malty Nose: Brown sugar casually sprinkled down on coffee jelly. A rather “deep” vibe here. Plenty of black currants floating to the top, while peppermint haze shrouds around a hearty malt. Pencil shavings, caramel sauce with a teasing acidic note. Black peppercorns and dry spices at the back. A rather delicate aroma.…

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Whisky Review: Balvenie Tun Deconstruction 1982 Cask Sample European Oak

Style: Stewed fruits, Waxy and Dignified Nose: White flower flies high while an elegant and waxy touch applied on cereal notes. Pear drops and barley singing softly and expanding throughout the whole aroma. Spice lunges from the back, nutmeg with slight earthiness. Palate: Another big waxy brush on stewed fruits cooking up nicely on the…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail The Book of Kells Benrinnes 21 Years Old

[40.0%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1968・Bottled Circa 1989・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Strawberries and raspberries swirled with light cream. Fresh grassiness carrying white pepper and minerals. Clean citrus, stone fruits, lime twists and oranges with mild strokes of toffee, creme brûlée and vanilla sugar and perhaps hint of cigarettes. Palate & Finish: Just like the…

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Dram Review: Glenfarclas Distilled 1974

[43.0%・25 Years Old・Distilled in 1974・Bottled in 2000・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 2732 Bottles] Nose: A rater introverted nose, lemony with some freshly shaved oak.  Fresh strawberries sprinkled with icing sugar to set a rather refreshing vibe. Palate & Finish: Strawberry jam and air dried strawberries with a hint of malt as the dram grows more acidic,…

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Dram Review: Cadenhead Small Batch Glenlivet (Minmore) Aged 42 Years

[40.2%・42 Years Old・Distilled in 1973・Bottled in 2015・Cadenhead Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Soft ripe papaya and watermelon syrup gets balanced by equally assertive doses of oak and biscuity malt. There’s some delicate floral note lingering, before taking a curious turn to a slightly green theme but at the same time it leans on the wood influence. In…

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Whisky Review: The Glenlivet “Code”

Style: Fruity and Spicy Nose: Frosty peppermint sweeps through the background, equal dose of fruit and barley on the nose. Poached pears and kumquat showing at the core, followed by a tighter balsamic vinegar squeezing from the sides. A touch of cherry liquorice quickly buried by black peppercorns, dry and spicy end note. Palate: Juicy…

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Dram Review: The Macallan Cask Strength 10 Years Old (Bottled in 2000)

[58.8%・10 Years Old・Bottled in 2000・Original Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The usual suspects of raisins and leather are heavily featured, there is a wee savoury note to it that comes with a light brush of floral honey.  The wood is quite prominent on the back end with hints of vanilla and cereal. Palate & Finish: The high ABV…

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Dram Review: Samaroli The Glenlivet 1976

[45.0%・25 Years Old・Distilled in 1976・Bottled in 2001・Samaroli Bottling・Cask No. 5521・Single Cask Release of 648 Bottles] Nose: Ahhh, this is nice, soft English toffee, Muscovado sugar, and buttero leather; red tea with just a bit of gingery kick.  Beautifully Sherried in such a manner that embodies the characters of Italian independent bottling as the malt moves…

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