Whisky Review: World Bar Tour x The Drunken Master Cragganmore 1989 Aged 27 Years

Style: Fruity, Complex and Spicy Nose: Powerful spearmint heat carrying baked white fruits into sight. Creamy tropical fruits with a touch of wood polish, sweet nectarines sitting in the middle, white vinegar giving a bit of acidity. Stringent to begin with, but opens up fairly well overtime. Cinnamon, five spices and a hint of wood…

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Whisky Review: Cragganmore 12 Years Old

Style: Sweet and Complex Nose: Honeyed lime and papaya with a distinct touch of smoked bacon from the far side. Cedar wood tracing in, glazed fruits lightly soaked in vanilla milk. Peppermint hitting a few high notes. White flower confectioneries powdered with white pepper. A rather complex aroma. Palate: Vanilla milk spilling on more stewed…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Original Cask Natural High Strength Cragganmore Distilled 1976 Aged 12 Years

[56.6%・12 Years Old・Distilled in 1976・Bottled Circa. 1988-1989・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The nose is aggressive and on the sharp side, pine tree, truffle salt and anise with a waxiness sitting beneath.  Buttered burnt toast and toasted cereal rising up in time.  The fruits are being somewhat muted. Palate & Finish: Orange and toffee crisp,…

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Dram Review: Highlander Inn Single Cask Bottling 2017 Ben Nevis Aged 20 Years

[55.9%・20 Years Old・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2017・Highlander Inn Bottling・Cask No. 97・Single Cask Release of 595 Bottles] Nose: The nose is filled with thick leather and that signature confectionary meatiness. Absolutely rich but still retains a roundness and balance. The minerals in the background fare cleanly with sultana, ripe figs and shell cordovan leather in time.…

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Whisky Review: Talisker Aged 25 Years 2007 Edition

Style: Dignified Fruits, Smoky and Vibrant Nose: A silky sherry veil wrapping around deliciously baked tropical fruits gently. Grains of sea salt and black pepper sprinkled into the mix, lemon myrtle and spearmint streamlined and embedded at the core. Raspberry sorbet, coconut milk and subdued tarry smoke flickering at the back. Harmonious aroma but at…

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Whisky Review: Douglas Laing’s Old Particular Craigellachie 20 Years Old Exclusively Bottled for Shinanoya Tokyo, Japan

Style: Complex Sherry Bomb Nose: Red and black currants falling into a pool of dissolved muscovado sugar on the nose. Satisfyingly sweet. Peppermint pampered by icing sugar, reasonable heat considering it is a 59.1%. Christmas cake and roasted almonds. Round, waxy tone and earthy spices keeping the shape of the malt. Nice. Palate: Assorted red…

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Whisky Review: Silver Seal Sestante Collection Linlithgow 1982 23 Years Old

Style: Waxy Fruits, Oaky and Spicy Nose: Powerful but a clean set of aromas on the nose. Refreshing green pine wrapping around lemon-orange citrus and candle wax. Coconut cream, overripe fruits hitting the sweet spot with spirit spices and herbal elements acting as counterbalance. Remarkable stuff, making me wonder why did this distillery have to…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 29.234 Laphroaig “Smoked and salted toffee apples”

Style: Fruity, Smoky and Vibrant Nose: Sticky caramelized apples, pulled pork, honeycomb and frozen raspberries on the nose. Green peppermint garnished on top. Sea salt ingrained into the dense sweetness. Subtle citrus notes, smoked almonds, tar and mineral notes painting on the barley. Sweet and vibrant. Palate: Smoked plums and apples building on an increasingly…

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Whisky Review: The Nectar of the Daily Drams Springbank 1994 23 Years Old

Style: Fruity, Sooty and Comfortable Nose: Incredibly clean and crisp mango and green papaya closing in gracefully. A quick icy peppermint ping. Sooty smoke rising quietly, while deep earthy peat gradually stacking up. Balmy fruits casually unwinding with a subtle farm-y hay signatures. Very nice. Palate: Stewed tropical fruits, tobacco ashes and earthy peat braiding…

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Dram Review: Bunnahabhain Aged 28 Years Cask No. 7713

[43.5%・28 Years Old・Distilled in 1989・Bottled in 2017・Bottled for Kevin & Steve・Cask No. 7713・Single Cask Release of 100 Bottles] Nose: Ultra fruity and stupendously expressive, tropical fruits, Nashi pears, candy floss and some rosemary as well.  Subtly waxy and oily with traces of menthol infused tobacco and traces of orange peels.  In time the nose grows…

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