Dram Review: Cadenhead Pure Malt Scotch Whisky from Glen Grant-Glenlivet Distillery

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Distilled in 1972・Bottled in 1988・Cadenhead Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Somewhat on the mild side, hay straws, honey and soft fruits. Palate & Finish: Wonderfully juicy with the elegant dose of Sherry cask inspired raisins blossoming and flirting with some light hints of white peaches and lychees. The fruity nectar playfully dances on, with the…

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Dram Review: Fuji Gotemba Distiller’s Select 2016

[48.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Peppery and still quite new make-y, floral car fragrance with grain and char coming on. Palate & Finish: Somewhat new make spirit orientated, but it settles down for notes of lemon with brown sugar, chocolate dust and Italian herbs. Rounded and gentle with some dried fruits. Thoughts: A mild…

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Dram Review: Highland Park Valknut

[46.8%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Some gritty notes of barley husk to go with vanilla and custard, a lemony note signifying the presence of some distant diluted fortified. A vague smoke adding to the generic profile. Palate & Finish: At 46.8%, the dram conveys a decent thickness with its sweet, jammy nature. Baked walnuts…

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Dram Review: Ferraretto Highland Park

[43.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 1980s・Ferraretto Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Raisins and cherry syrup, red apple nectar and honey with nougat. Impressively soft, with just a subtle hint of grassy peat. Palate & Finish: There is this overly sweet dark honey that coats the ripe fruits. A soft but elongated follow through with the white peaches. The fruitiness disperses…

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Dram Review: Highland Park Vintage 1973 Cask Number 11151

[45.4%・27 Years Old・Distilled in 1973・Bottled in 2001・Official Bottling・Cask No. 11151・Single Cask Release of 500 Bottles] Nose: Proudly Sherried, quite leathery with the prunes lifting the acidity; sugared cream, milk chocolate and honey baked leg ham all in the background alongside cinnamon sugar and cardamom as there is a vague suggestion of peat blocks being lit…

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Dram Review: Highland Park Vintage 1973 Cask Number 11167

[50.4%・27 Years Old・Distilled in 1973・Bottled in 2001・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 524 Bottles] Nose: Rounded, expressive and leans on the confectionary style, the dram carries an old school oily body. Cream Sherry and sweet toffee joined by roasted malt. Honey and wax with jammy orchard fruits with slight inferences of some vegetal notes and Japanese…

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Whisky Review: Highland Park Loki Aged 15 Years

Style: Sweet and Complex Nose: Soothing, aromatic notes of fresh apples, honeydew and apricots, heather honey dripping lightly onto pine cones. Red fruits, a delicate but vibrant floral core builds up with a gentle, smoky kiss. Mmmm, all the signs of a good Highland Park… Lemon peel and peppermint edges, which is rounded off with…

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Whisky Review: Highland Park Freya Aged 15 Years

Style: Green Fruits, Oaky and Spicy Nose: Peppermint arrowhead stringing a thin thread of lemon honey heather behind. Raw but reasonably fragrant tropical fruits, followed by an unexpected blot of sooty peat. Once it opens up pineapple panna cotta gently dusted with icing sugar comes in focus. Black and white peppercorn, a light briny end…

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Dram Review: Bowmore 20 Years Old (Bottled by Intertrade)

[48.5%・20 Years Old・Distilled in 1965・Bottled in 1985・Intertrade Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The nose boosts a marvellous curation of chocolate sponge cake, cherry jam, red tea and roasted capsicum. Aged ginger and ground cinnamon bringing out the luminousness of the Sherry casks as aged leather soothes the boldness. In time, the ashy core of the dram begins…

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Dram Review: Talisker 12 Years Old (Bottled Circa 1980s)

[43.0%・12 Years Old・Bottled Circa 1980s・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Quite a bit more creamier with more Sherry influence than the current batches of Talisker entry level expressions, lovely submersion into citrus and malted barley, with sea salt and seaweed sweeping across.  Wet sand, burnt sugar and dried twigs, the ocean saltiness and minerals become more prominent…

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