Dram Review: Bruichladdich The Bordeaux First Growth Series Cuvée A Pauillac Aged 16 Years

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2008・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The tone is set a bit low with the musk, some apple fragrances and pitted cherries.   There is a vague incense note in the background, almost like smoke from paper burning.  As time passes, the charred cask notes surface. Palate & Finish: Apple vinegar with an…

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Whisky Review: Johnnie Walker Blue Label “The Casks Edition”

Style: Rich and Spicy Nose: A simultaneous display of both sweetness and dryness here. Dried fruits and red liquorice wrapped around by robust peppermint. Plenty of dry spices laying around, complex overtone of white pepper, brass and meat stock. Honey drops bouncing off green tea leaves. Sweet, bit icy and meaty at the back. Palate:…

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Dram Review: Johnnie Walker Blender’s Batch Espresso Roast Exp#9

[43.2%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Johnnie Walker Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Muscovado syrup with a hue of Speysider grassy top note. The oomph of toasted coffee bean is understated with a vague seaweed-y peat note sipping out. The wee grain grittiness wears thin and it draws a soft gingery kick. Palate & Finish: Can pineapples with the charred oak…

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Whisky Review: Johnnie Walker Blender’s Batch Rum Cask Finish Exp#8

Style: Delicate and Fruity Nose: Sweet pineapple unwinding over a thin line of pulled pork. Caramel sugar cascading with dry spices. A fragrant touch on bright tropical fruits, very nice squeeze of green lime which lunges from the back. Pretty well constructed aroma. Palate: A much fuzzier delivery on the palate. Vanilla milk clouding over…

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Dram Review: Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years

[40.0%・18 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Johnnie Walker Bottling・General Release] Nose: The nose is on the approachable side, ripe fruits, marmalade with pear sweets and a light splash of grain spirit spices.  Just underneath lays a hint apple cider vinegar with the light creaminess and sandalwood interwinding together.  In the background, there’re traces of mineral water laced with…

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Dram Review: Louis XIII de Rémy Martin

[40.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The nose is elegant and composed.  Complex fragrances from a broad spectrum but certainly not overwhelming; balanced acidity complimented by an understated sweetness and a fine brush of clay earthiness.  The aromas of white fruits and white flowers are effortlessly pleasing, with jasmine and orange blossom leading way.  The…

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Whisky Review: Glenfarclas Aged 40 Years

Style: Sherry and Dignified oak Nose: Starts with tobacco skin and dark cherry, the aroma carries a nice weight. Massive dark-red fruits expanding quickly, prunes, a wee bit of plum wine, black liquorice contributes some sweet earthiness, followed by a more elusive copper and meaty tone. Firm malt cake sitting deep at the core. Palate:…

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Dram Review: Glenfarclas Passion

[46.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 6000 Bottles] Nose: Candied ginger, almond butter and fine vanilla grain.  Give the dram some time to breathe and the bright fruity notes are released along with the toffee treacle.  The malt then returns for a seamless visit. Palate & Finish: Golden honey sweetened further by the natural sweetness…

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Dram Review: Glenfarclas Springs

[46.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 6000 Bottles] Nose: Lime twists and toasted almonds.  Honey glazed leg ham and stone fruits.  The nose conveys a typical refill Sherry influence and is not overly complex at all. Palate & Finish: In contrast to the lighter notes on the nose, the delivery oozes of caramel.  Molten white…

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Dram Review: Glenfarclas Team

[46.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 6000 Bottles] Nose: The nose is young with a settled oiliness to it.  Apricots and Cadbury’s Chocolate with a hint of lime peels and a layer of fragrant barley.  The toasted barley note gradually thickens in time, it’s as if one is standing in front of a working mill.…

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