Whisky Review: Hakushu Sherry Cask 2014

Style: Sweet and Elegant Nose: Brilliant mix of forest fruits, pine and raisins. Tree sap and green grass flickering charmingly. Deeper hides an inkling of smoke and malt, spotless cucumbers and cereal notes rising from the back. Palate: Delicious raisins land with perfect weight. Sweetness of pears, dark cherries and oranges congregate at the fore.…

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Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Redder Still 1984

Style: Sweet and Elegant Nose: Ruby pomegranate cascades over melted vanilla ice-cream on the nose. A touch of copper followed by feisty mints piercing through glistening but delicate tropical fruits. The core sits unusually deep inside, coconut sago pudding accompanies the soft chocolate malt. Palate: Deep, resonating ruby fruits residing nicely on the palate. Redcurrants,…

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First Impression: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice BenRiach 1969 12 Years Old

[40%・Distilled in 1969・12 Years Old・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling] Nose: It’s astounding that for a young malt the nose carries such a musky perfume tone, rather alluring indeed. Still, there are traces of coarseness that sip out in time.. hay straws, burnt toast and dried flowers. Rounded with notes of cafe later and milk chocolate, the…

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First Impression: Aberlour 15 Years Old Double Cask Matured

[40.0%・15 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2017・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Poached pears and apple sauce, there is a toffee presence with some Italian herbs and perhaps a faint hint of smoke. Palate & Finish: Vanilla sauce and liquor soaked oranges; sultana and nutmeg with distant traces of milk chocolate coming up, bringing along a touch of red…

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Whisky Review: Octomore Edition 07.2

Style: Smoky and Peaty Nose: Started with an intriguing mix of aroma – French dessert wine, vanilla milk, herbal peat, smoke, damp forest wood, spice and raspberries. Scent swirled and entwined together in a rather gentle fashion. Spice a bit sharp fresh from the pour, but it significantly opened up after 15 minutes of breathing.…

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Whisky Review: Cragganmore 25 Years Old 2014 Special Release

Style: Fragrant and Complex Nose: Delicate, fragrant mix of aroma on the nose. Massive peach and sticky apricots, milky almonds, both stewed and dried tropical fruits. Subtle walnut oak infused with light chocolate malt. Peppermint sugar and a touch of dry herbal note. Palate: Quiet but a robust diffusion of incense cedar and sandalwood on…

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Whisky Review: Yamazaki Aged 12 Years

Style: Sweet and Fruity Nose: Velvety, fresh fruits sided with deep, fragrant oak spices and white pepper. Orange and cherry gummies, vanilla and a touch of red licorice. Gentle spices winking, warm, refreshing and balanced aroma. Palate: Deliciously sweet, ripe orange and peach sharpened by dry pepper spices and wood fragrance. Flavour contracts in the…

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Whisky Review: Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1990 #1276

Style: Light and Delicate Nose: A light burnt match smoke tint reveals delicious baked dark cherry pie on the nose. Fresh green apple spices, aroma oily and rich. Incredibly refined tone to almost perfect smoothness, round and sweet. Red apples and roasted almonds, traces of slight overburnt gunpowder. Poached pears and syrup water mashing with…

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First Impression: Dobson’s Empire 8 Cask Strength Cask #81

[60.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2016・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: After Eight chocolate with the inner filling of crème de menthe overflowing, swirled with a somewhat artificial injection of toffee.  In time there is a slight peppery presence, hint of rosemary along with some sultana. Palate & Finish: Highly acidic, the sheer sourness from the sour plums and…

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Whisky Review: Highland Park Aged 25 Years (Bottled in 2004)

Style: Delicate and Complex Nose: Fragrant and silky aroma on the nose. Begins with intoxicating sweetness and winey cherry rum cake and milk chocolate. Plums followed by slight bitterness and tartness of plum skins. A delicate layer of leather and pine oil glossing over heather honey, which is misted over by spirit peppermint. Gentle peat…

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