Whisky Review: SMWS 76.130 Mortlach ‘Forever Young!’

Style: Vibrant, Fruity and Complex Nose: Refreshing on the nose, hmmm, a lighter and greener Mortlach than usual, especially for a 28 years old. Forest breeze, pine cone, a hint of saffron, leather gently wrapping around baked fruits – more on peaches and tropical fruits. Jell-O floating on top, while coffee beans sitting underneath with…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 7.197 Longmorn “Mature way beyond its years” 35th Anniversary Bottling

Style: Young, Spicy and Sherry Nose: Sharp, herbal spearhead thrusts through on the nose. Muscovado sugar taking a hint of rice vinegar, within the heat there’s pickled cucumber, more peppermint, lavender flowers and even some rice crackers. Hot, dark sherry sweet with slight drier notes on the side. Palate: A more refined entrance than what…

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Whisky Review: Gordon & Macphail Connoisseur Choice Glenlossie 1968 Aged 12 Years

Style: Chocolate, Perfumed and Vintage Nose: A touch of stewed tropical fruits followed by soft grassy notes combined with nice waxy tone. Delicate fruits at a comfortable pace. White pepper, fragrant walnut oak polish. Faint capsicum and earthy spices reeling at the back. Palate: More fragrant stewed fruits and walnuts converges at the tip, papaya,…

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Dram Review: Straight From The Cask Glenburgie 1963 Aged 39 Years

[58.0%・39 Years Old・Distilled in 1963・Bottled  2002・Signatory Vintage Bottling Selected by La Maison du Whisky・Cask No. 4750・Single Cask Release of 185 Bottles] Nose: The dram opens with a clean, mellow dose of stone fruits, then it is like opening the wardrobe to find your Barbour Bedale freshly brushed with wax together with your oil finished tin…

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Dram Review: The Balvenie Single Barrel Aged 25 Years Cask Number 7004

[47.8%・25 Years Old・Distilled in 1989・Bottled Circa 2015・Official Bottling・Cask No. 7004・Single Cask Release] Nose: The nose exerts rich honey, and gooey caramel, luxurious but very refined.  Very much Balvenie-esque with a hearty dose of malt.  The wood is well and truly mellow, with hints of pure poached pears and some marzipan as more sweet custard note…

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Whisky Review: Glengoyne Aged 12 Years

Style: Sweet, Subtle sherry and Smooth Nose: Coconut shreds showing down onto caramelized apples, a subtle showing of cherry bars. Wee dry with peppermint and copper tone gripping on the aroma. Slowly it opens up nicely and we have golden syrup. Vanilla strawberry yoghurt sitting at the base. Palate: Rich and smooth delivery of red…

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Whisky Review: The Balvenie Caribbean Cask Aged 14 Years

Style: Toffee fruits and Spicy Nose: Round and composed aroma we have here – cereal, creamy oatmeal stirring with fresh green and apples. Toffee base, a mix of peppermint, peppercorns and copper notes floating atop. Apricots jam to finish. Palate: Toffee apples hitting the ground and tangerines hopping into the fruit wagon. More fruits dipping…

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Whisky Review: Royal Brackla Aged 12 Years

Style: Fruity and Grassy Nose: Fresh peach and nectarine soaking in eau de vie. Subtle but spritely grassiness flashing on a lower level, fennel and perhaps some linseed. Vanilla pods and macadamias, honeyed fruits on the back. Palate: Oloroso-led malt infused with soft woodstove smoke at the front. Nectarine syrup drizzling on white bread. Baked…

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Whisky Review: The Macallan Estate Reserve Ernie Button Limited Edition

Style: Rich and Sherry Nose: Started with red plums and prunes, sweet and around aroma. Plenty of chocolate sauce pursues from behind. Menthol, then we have digest biscuit and roasted malt to buffer the acidity. A few almond croissant and cookie dough dissonant hidden within, while subtle, graceful grassy and floral notes sitting deep at…

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Dram Review: Antique Lions of Spirits Mannochmore Aged 28 Years

[47.9%・28 Years Old・Distilled in 1988・Bottled in 2016・Joint Bottling of Jens Drewitz, Max Righi (Whisky Antique) and Diego Sandrin (Lion’s Whisky)・Single Cask Release of 267 Bottles] Nose: Warm salted caramel poured on creamy vanilla ice cream.  Pears, stone fruits, rice paper and toasted nuts. Incense wood in blended with shades of dried flowers in the background.…

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