Dram Review: Sullivans Cove Double Cask Bottled for Whisky + Alement (DC-WA1)

[50.3%・10 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling for Whisky + Alement・Cask No. HH0042, TD0225・Limited Release of 218 Bottles] Nose: Rather a grand presence of thick, gooey honey, buttero leather, lemon zest and French vanilla, slightly burnt butter off the crust of pastries fresh out of the oven with some hay and coconut flakes at the back.…

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Dram Review: Fleurieu River’s End

[53.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 200 Bottles] Nose: Starts off with a robust oomph of raisins and dark chocolate, maraschino cherries leading a spike of sugary acidity with the roasted barley brushed with some fennel seed oil taking a backseat. After some time, the fruits begin to soften and unfold, more buttery toffee sauce…

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Dram Review: Liquor Library and La Maison du Whisky Sullivans Cove 12 Years Old

[58.0%・12 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・Liquor Library and La Maison du Whisky Bottling・Cask No. TD0114・Single Cask Release of 268 Bottles] Nose: Concentrated grape juice and crystallised raisin sugar, the exotic musk marries the buttery and syrupy goodness. Palate & Finish: Incredible burst of pleasurable wine-y sweetness gelling with rich toffee and sticky honey, as a buttery…

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Dram Review: Belgrove Rye Smoke’n Barrel

[58.4%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: Overtly ashy, much like the aftermath of a small bush fire; burnt plastic and burning manuka, extremely herbal and eucalyptus driven. Palate & Finish: Intensely sweet followed by an engulfing wave of ashes, Chinese herbs, eucalyptus and menthol. Earthy Muscovado with burnt plastic and dry spices. An earthy…

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Dram Review: Corowa First Drop

[63.1%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 320 Bottles] Nose: Hot and spicy with some caramel and Christmas spices, youthful spirit wrapping some marshmallow. Palate & Finish: Sweet and big prune juices, your typical Aussie Port cask matures whisky packing ample of spices with some blueberry and blackcurrant coulis to go with the prunes. A swift…

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Dram Review: Corowa Bosque Verde

[56.6%・2 Years Old・Distilled in 2016・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Very grassy and still very young, new make-y with pinewood flavoured wax polish. The Port barrels left a faint touch on the nose, with a mixture of meat broth, wet carpet and some toasted seeds seeping through. Palate & Finish: Quite acidic on the palate,…

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Dram Review: Spring Bay The Rheban Cask Strength (Cask No. 14)

[58.0%・Distilled in 2016・Bottled in 2018・2 Years Old・Official Bottling・Cask No. 14・Single Cask Release] Nose: There is some fattiness to the nose, but otherwise it’s surprisingly quite flat, some wood influence in mix with some chalk and cream cheese with the dram getting lemony in time. Palate & Finish: Quite sweet on the palate, too sweet perhaps…

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Dram Review: Starward Ginger Beer Cask #2

[NAS・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] This whisky has been matured in a ginger beer cask. I can’t think of anything more fitting than this to pay homage to the Australian culture. Nose: Gingery nose, ginger beer with a touch of vanilla. You are getting what you’ve paid for. Fresh white oak in the backend with cumin…

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Dram Review: Lark Limited Release 43%

[43.0% • Original Bottling • Bottled Circa 2012-2014 • No Age Statement • Limited Edition] Nose: The port is evident on the nose. You get a splash of spice and notes of fresh cucumber. Palate & Finish: Spicy at first, but then you get all these summer berries, fresh apples and vanilla grains. Incredible. Warming and…

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