You’re Invited: Not a Masterclass

Thanks to Mr. Fitzsimons and the rest of the Oak Barrel team for once again hosting our whisky sharing session, this one will be on Friday, 20 October 2017. No theme for the evening, there will just be whiskies I want to try myself.  A little single cask omakase if you will, here’s the line…

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First Impression: Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990

[43%・ Distilled in 1990・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The nose is courteously restrained, mildly floral and showing its greenness.  Some faint suggestions of Oloroso amidst the more obvious caramelisation of the Bourbon barrels.  Green mango, Lotus Biscoff, golden honey and caramelised banana with a sprinkle of white pepper and cut basil. Thoughts & Finish:…

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Whisky Review: SMWS “Exotic Cargo” 10 Years Old 

Style: Sherry and Fruity Nose: Begins with red licorice followed by peppermint, green paprika carefully dusted with white pepper giving some hotness to the aroma. Sherry fruits notes gently weaving into a layer of fragrant stewed fruits. Sweet and perfumed, very nice… Going deeper you find more red grapes and almonds which slowly evolves to…

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Whisky Review: Starward Distillery Only Single Cask 170525A

Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: Starts with subtly sweet aroma, soft dark cherries, prunes, tropical fruits, mellow honey and ester fruits all brushed with a layer of dry husk barley. Follows with a speck of peppermint, ginger and nutmeg. Touches of floral nectar and malty rims glittering gently. Aroma drying up at the back, finishes…

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Whisky Review: Three Rivers Tokyo x The Whisky Agency Auchentoshan Aged 21 Years

Style: Delicate Fruits and Floral Nose: Spearmint and white flower bouquet powdered up by icing sugar. Caramel snaps, more green herbs. A light touch of hibiscus flowers, orange liquor, throwing in some dry chocolate nuts and chilli spice. Palate: Delicate with positive floral notes, delicious orange chocolate and while white flower nectar flowing onto the…

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First Impression: Ballantine’s 17 Years Old (Bottled Circa 1970s)

[86 Proof・ 17 Years Old・Bottled Circa 1970s・Ballantine’s Bottling・General Release]  Nose: Quite rounded and gentle on the nose, a classy build-up of rose petals, sticky dates and malt. Palate & Finish: Sugary dates, a gentle delivery infused with subtle citrus, blood oranges perhaps.  The wee grain content has been smoothened out on this occasion. The finishing…

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First Impression: Adelphi’s Breath of Speyside 10 Years Old

[58.4%・ 10 Years Old・Distilled in 2006・Bottled in 2017・Adelphi Bottling・Limited Release of  541 Bottles] Nose: Rich and indulging with milk chocolate, caramel fudge, banana skins and grilled pineapples, some dried dates surface in time. Palate & Finish: Quite a heavy sweetness with the toffee and honey, the tone is a bit weighted down.  Rum and raisins…

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First Impression: Sullivans Cove Double Cask DC090

[40.0%・ 9 Years Old・Distilled in 2007・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Barrels HH0245, TD0224, HH0355, & HH0497・Limited Release of 1235 Bottles] Nose: Faintly aromatic, clean grass and mango hand cream.  Laid back vibes signifying how approachable this is. Palate & Finish: Mango sorbet and honeyed granola dressed with toasted almonds.  The delivery is on the thin side with…

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Whisky Review: Silver Seal Whisky is Classical Collection “Il Barbiere Di Siviglia” Pluscarden Valley 1977 38 Years Old

Style: Rich and Sweet Nose: Rather dense, musky red fruits with great oiliness. Toffee apples, fried banana sided with crème brûlée, a pinch of peppermint and caramel sauce. Dates, cinnamon dust and Christmas cake flowing onto vanilla malt. Palate: Caramelized apples on the palate with plenty of sweetness. Apple pie, stew fruits with immense oiliness…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 120.8 Hakushu 白州 “A surge of sweet peat”

Style: Complex and Spicy Nose: Roasted macadamia nuts closely trailed by clean forest fruits. Pine nuts lightly grilled by peat smoke. Sweetness gradually opens up as shy glazed pineapples and passionfruit lollies step in with light green herbs and clove oil. A touch of smoked mackerel from the back, all the layers nicely overlap and…

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