Whisky Review: SMWS 55.37 Royal Brackla “Choc a l’orange”

Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: A sweet, powerful whiff of apricots, vinegar over tone, slightly grassy with a sturdier earthiness. Orange chocolate, chilli flakes dusting over. A mix of dry spices, nutmeg, five spices and cinnamon at the back. Palate: More sweet orange chocolate rolling onto palate. Herbal overtone, delicious honey hovering over ripe apricots…

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Whisky Review: Adelphi Limited Cragganmore 1986 29 Years Old

Style: Fruity and Complex Nose: Dense fragrance, ample apricot jam followed by free flowing white flower nectar. Powerful peppermint drive, more apricots, incensed wood spice combines with tasty sugar plums. Subtle lemon balm, stewed fruits gently highlighted, chocolate oak softly infused giving a hint of tobacco leaves bitterness. Beautiful sweetness. Palate: Powerful yet delicate entrance…

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First Impression: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice BenRiach 1969 12 Years Old

[40%・Distilled in 1969・12 Years Old・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling] Nose: It’s astounding that for a young malt the nose carries such a musky perfume tone, rather alluring indeed. Still, there are traces of coarseness that sip out in time.. hay straws, burnt toast and dried flowers. Rounded with notes of cafe later and milk chocolate, the…

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First Impression: Aberlour 15 Years Old Double Cask Matured

[40.0%・15 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2017・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Poached pears and apple sauce, there is a toffee presence with some Italian herbs and perhaps a faint hint of smoke. Palate & Finish: Vanilla sauce and liquor soaked oranges; sultana and nutmeg with distant traces of milk chocolate coming up, bringing along a touch of red…

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Whisky Review: Cragganmore 25 Years Old 2014 Special Release

Style: Fragrant and Complex Nose: Delicate, fragrant mix of aroma on the nose. Massive peach and sticky apricots, milky almonds, both stewed and dried tropical fruits. Subtle walnut oak infused with light chocolate malt. Peppermint sugar and a touch of dry herbal note. Palate: Quiet but a robust diffusion of incense cedar and sandalwood on…

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Whisky Review: Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1990 #1276

Style: Light and Delicate Nose: A light burnt match smoke tint reveals delicious baked dark cherry pie on the nose. Fresh green apple spices, aroma oily and rich. Incredibly refined tone to almost perfect smoothness, round and sweet. Red apples and roasted almonds, traces of slight overburnt gunpowder. Poached pears and syrup water mashing with…

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First Impression: Aberlour 12 Years Old Double Cask Matured

[40.0%・12 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2017・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Freshly plucked apples and grainy malt; light traces of chocolate, raisins and candle wax.  Simple but clean and pleasant. Palate & Finish: Mouthfeel is a bit thin but there is a creaminess to it, a clean delivery of  apple crumble and cinnamon dust with a splash of…

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Whisky Review: The Macallan Edition No. 1

  Style: Light Sherry and Spicy Nose: A quick strike of matchsticks brings us to a musky mist over brown sugar and dried (still unmistakably Macallan) sherry fruits. Slip of Balsamic vinegar over subtle walnuts. Spice hiding rather deep with the malt. Palate: Timber spices lashes out unexpectedly on the palate. On hot glowing tracks…

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First Impression: Gordon & MacPhail Macallan Distilled 1936 70°

[70°・NAS・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling] Nose: Mmm.. aged soy sauce, rather umami indeed.  The creaminess is transcending with the underlying raisin note tiptoeing in, the warming bone broth note gradually surfaces. Palate & Finish: Soft cotton like mouthfeel, the presence of the raisins fares more like an armagnac, strawberry jam and seville oranges intertwine to release…

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Whisky Review: Silver Seal “Whisky is Art” Glenlivet 1979 35 Years Old

Style: Sherry and Complex Nose: Quince, dark prunes lightly veiled by surprising vibrant ginger spice at this archaic age. Brown sugar clusters around salted caramel pecans. Next we have raisins and roasted almonds. Multiple layers of red fruits on display here… Quite enjoyable. Palate: Effortless, elegant entrance, a mix of umeboshi and salted caramel sauce…

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