First Impression: Berry Bros & Rudd Clynelish 1997 Cask 6867

[55.3%・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2013・16 Years Old・Berry Bros & Rudd Bottling・Cask 6867・Single Cask Release] Nose: This one needs some breathing initially but once it sits for a while the old school sherry note surfaces.  Pu’erh tea with an underlying waxiness.  Caramel tart dressed freely with chocolate sauce and caramelized banana mush.  Hint of old dunnage…

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You’re Invited: Coming to Australia

Once again, we will be hosting the upcoming sharing session at the Oak Barrel on Friday, 8 September 2017 with the help of Mr. Fitzsimons and the rest of the team. I can think of no better place to share these Australian whiskies I have been meaning to try with all my fellow Australian whisky…

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First Impression: Samaroli 1977 Ardmore

[45%・Distilled in 1977・Bottled in 2003・Samaroli Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Gentle minerals with a light dose of that clean Highland peat smoke.  Freshness from the stone fruits and guava compliment a smooth execution of vanilla.  Classy and chic, the Maestro had once again reinterpreted a distillery brilliantly. Palate & Finish: Caramel fudge with a slice of candied…

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First Impression: Gordon & MacPhail Old Pulteney Distilled 1969

[43%・Distilled in 1969・Bottled in 2006・37 Years Old・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: A crisp pear sweetness mingles with the salty and brine-y note.  Lime zest infused within the salted caramel swirl.  Classic Old Pulteney but with the age it fares even more balanced and tender, with an even mix of maltiness and vague seaweed note…

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Whisky Review: Duncan Taylor “the Octave” Bunnahabhain 1991 Aged 22 years

Style: Oaky and Aromatic Nose: Deep refined sherry cream on the nose. Vanilla showering down with chilli flakes. Wood staves firing all sorts of spices – Oak driven, dry spices fragrance giving a nice oomph to the aroma. Palate: Explosive flavours hits the palate. A burst of raisin sweetness accompanied by crisp spices and strength.…

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Whisky Review: Signatory Vintage Caol Ila 1983 Aged 31 Years (Cask Hand Picked By The Whisky Exchange)

Style: Fruity and Dignified Nose: Refreshing and light-hearted fragrance on the nose. Black pepper and sea spray followed by balmy lemon tea. Stew fruits reduced to puree sweetness, almost winey at times. Subtle tropical fruits and apricots. Another whiff of distant sea breeze fluttering through touches of peat smoke. Sweet, balmy and peppery. Very nice.…

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First Impression: Adelphi’s Liddesdale Batch Release No. 10 Distilled at Bunnahabhain

[46%・Bottled Circa 2017・21 Years Old・Adelphi’s Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Raisins with the barley imparting a slightly smoky vibe.  There is a meaty note, but it’s swiftly blanketed by a sense of green grapes bursting through, foreboding a juicy palate to come. Palate & Finish: The delivery doesn’t disappoint at all, classic Bunnahabhain vibes with the juicy-turns-lager-y…

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First Impression: Adelphi’s Glenborrodale Batch Release No. 3

[46%・Bottled Circa 2017・8 Years Old・Adelphi’s Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Rather expressive with the strawberry reduce and the toffee fudge, the red berries gift a refreshing acidity. Palate & Finish: Red berry coulis with a creamy sherry presence on the palate.  Just a pinch of spices and oak coming through as well. A slight spike in acidity…

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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: Adelphi’s Glenborrodale Batch Release No. 1

[46%・Bottled Circa 2016・8 Years Old・Adelphi’s Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: An appealing nose, pleasant aromas of chocolate powder, gingery spices with a lace of smoke with vintage vibe. The sherry influence is subtle in the background with the main theme being the reinvigorating grain spices along with toffee fudge. Palate & Finish: A gorgeous delivery on the…

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