Whisky Review: Canadian Club Aged 8 Years

[40.0%・8 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Lime zest, faint charred oak note in the background; corn syrup lurking with a hint of dry rye. Palate & Finish: Glucose syrup with a wee dose of vanilla essence, soft marshmallow with a very subtle, almost unintended hint of lime twist, apricots and sugared mochi. A…

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First Impression: DYC Single Malt Aged 10 Years

[40.0%・10 Years Old・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Quite green and quite spirity, industrial with the barley grist and artificial with the butterscotch overloading.  Caramel and shoe box, pre-loved shoes. Palate & Finish: Sugary water, toffee diluted with water with quite a new make-esque presence. A bitter-ish after taste that unfortunately sticks on though it’s weak enough…

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Whisky Review: Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique W121213065A (Bottled exclusively for Australia & New Zealand)

Style: Sweet and Spicy  Nose: Fragrant, fresh berries opening, followed by a firm layer of stewed tropical and citrus fruits, red grapes notes nicely laced within it. A rather refreshing tartness balances the aroma. Orange marmalade, floral jam spreading over creme brûlée, maraschino cherry garnished on top. Mellow grassy and copper tone at the back.…

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You’re Invited: An evening of Kavalans

We are very pleased to officially announce that on 18 May 2017, we will be cracking six rather special offerings from Kavalan distillery in Taiwan. The line up of the evening is as follows (The pours are ~20ml): Kavalan Cask S090306002 This is a bottling selected by “Brother Tiger”, a famed figure active at the Hong Kong…

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A Chat with Mr. Paul John from Paul John Indian Single Malt

Earlier this month I have been invited to sit down and chat with the man behind Paul John distillery, Mr. Paul P. John himself to share a few drams and talk about the whisky. He visited Sydney for a tasting and public greeting event, which was held in J&M Cocktail Bar in Angel Place. It is…

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Whisky Review: Paul John “Oloroso”

Style: Sweet and Complex Nose: Oloroso sherry trot gently over the surface. Then we have fragrant, silky red fruits elegantly weaved their way into signature Paul John nutty, vanilla core with an herbal overtone. Eye catching roasted peanuts, white flowers fluttering on the ridge of deep mineral spice. White pepper and timber scattering across the…

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First Impression: Armorik Cask #8014 Exclusively Bottled for the Australian Tour 2017

 [56%・10 Years Old・Original Bottling・Limited Release of 250 Bottles] Nose: The Sauternes influence has seemingly received the steroid treatment, sweet grapes and lychees bursting through with the crispness cutting through the presence of toasted oak staves. Fresh pasture and roasted barley with a tinge of matchstick in there but the velvety soft caramel glides in seamlessly…

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Whisky Review: Paul John ‘Edited’ 

Tasting Notes: Paul John Indian Single Malt Edited☆ [Recommended] Style: Fruity and Peated Nose: A velvety layer of fresh, raw bananas and reeling smokiness unlids an aromatic, ripe tropical fruits core which sits underneath. Lemon honey drops, fat toffee and a quick slick peanut butter brush around it. Dazzling nutty touch, very nice. Palate: Clean ripe…

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Whisky Review: Paul John Indian Single Malt “Bold” 

Tasting Notes: Paul John Indian Single Malt Bold ☆ [Recommended] Style: Fresh and Peaty Nose:  Take off with a sublime aroma of green mango and coconut jam. Vanilla pods, oak with a trace of smoke and ash. The acidity brings out the sweetness and creamy notes. Barley sugar undertone. Palate: Green fruits overture quickly disrupted…

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First Impression: Paul John Classic Select Cask

Peppery on the nose with an oomph of tanned leather note. There is a buttery waffle note, pine wood shave that leads way to a roasted barley note that feels rathe enormous. Vegetal on the side with somewhat a gum tree note. Bright lemon zest and ripe peaches with a brush of saltiness from the oak.…

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