Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt & Grain Single Cask World Blended Whisky Exclusively Bottled for Chichibu Whisk(e)y Matsuri 2019

[58.4%・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 5298・Single Cask Release of 244 Bottles] Nose: German caramel biscuits and vanilla fudge, some citrus flavoured pastries, some passion fruit pulp as the dram lets out its grainy side in time. Palate & Finish: Quite intensely sweet to the taste, caramel crystals and caramelised popcorn, though it does carry lighter…

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Whisky Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu On the Way 2013

Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: Begins with orange drops, vanilla touches, and fresh peppermint brimming with beautiful wood fragrance. Light herbal overtone highlighting the sweet confectionary core. Oily, malt sponge, cake taking a hint of new make notes. Palate: Assorted green herbs, all bright and medicinal bringing in more orange confectionaries onto the palate. Malt…

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Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Single Cask Peated Exclusively Bottled for Modern Malt Whisky Market 2017

[62.9%・Distilled in 2013・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Cask No. 2655・Single Cask Release of 232 Bottles] Nose: Impressively peaty, ashy, antiseptic with a hint of sweet peat amongst things, lemon marmalade churned with vanilla grain and seasoned with Italian herbs. Palate & Finish: Robust hint of peat with a lemony infusion, dried twigs, iodine and an earthy presence.…

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Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Single Cask Exclusively Bottled for Modern Malt Whisky Market 2017

[60.2%・Distilled in 2011・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Cask No. 1320・Single Cask Release of 223 Bottles] Nose: Substantially tropical with pineapples and apricots generously coming through, plenty of honey to go with splashes of pepper, quite pleasing indeed. Palate & Finish: A transcending tropical sweetness under the immense strength. Wondrously fruity with some sweet soy bean note layered…

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Whisky Review: Bowmore Aged 26 Years The Vintner’s Trilogy French Oak Barrique

Style: Sweet and Delicate Nose: Ruby grapes dipped into chocolate, raisins and almonds building up some beautiful sweetness. Cinnamon stick, cloves, orange drops sitting at the deep. Black pepper and ginger slices stacking up to a higher order. Distant sea spray, a touch of grilled sea shells. Sweet and elegant. Palate: More ruby grapes and…

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Dram Review: Bowmore The Fèis Ìle Collect1°.n 2018 Aged 15 Years

[52.5%・15 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 3,000 Bottles] Nose: Quite salty and herbal from the cask, dense with chocolate dust, vanilla fudge, smoked peanuts and roasted almonds, in time it develops a certain musk from mushrooms and herbs. Palate & Finish: Dried figs and salted nuts, herbal with smoked black tea as the…

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Whisky Review: Signatory Vintage Bowmore 2000 Aged 14 Years Cask Hand Picked by The Whisky Exchange

Style: Fruity and Floral Nose: Smoked ham, squid ink and dry barley mixing with some iodine blots. Followed by a layer of chilli and Sichuan pepper spice which buries a subtle honey mead-tropical fruits sweetness at a lower level. White fruits, nectarines coated with lemon balm gradually emerge, albeit at a lesser form. Mossy and…

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Dram Review: Scotch Malt Sales Bowmore Aged 12 Years

[57.0%・12 Years Old・Distilled Circa 1970s・Bottled Circa 1989・Scotch Malt Sales Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Happy to say this is not even close to being hot and overwhelming, in fact it is pretty poised and relaxed, sweet peat drawing from the syrupy base as molten salted caramel gracefully flows out. Palate & Finish: Substantial, luscious mouthfeel of sexy…

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Dram Review: Scotch Malt Sales Bowmore Aged 18 Years

[57.0%・18 Years Old・Distilled Circa 1970s・Scotch Malt Sales Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Boosting an indulgent thickness, chocolate, smoked figs and other mushed Sherry fruits get churned with toffee and caramelised popcorn, stupendously expressive. Palate & Finish: The Sherry influence is phenomenal, fragrant dark fruits carrying this certain sensual saltiness from the cask. The aged Sherry note folds…

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Dram Review: Glen Extra (Springbank) 12 Years Old

[70 Proof・Bottled Circa 1960s・12 Years Old・Robert Watson Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Grassy with this certain attractive antique style white fruit note. Some burnt toast follows as well as leather and tobacco, some jasmine too before it turns somewhat savoury with grilled capsicum to go with a perfume-y undertone. Palate & Finish: Smooth white fruits along with…

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