Dram Review: Lagavulin Aged 16 Years (White Horse Distillers Bottling Bottled Circa Early 1990s)

[43.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled Circa 1990s・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Quite a spirited nose, the peat is fiery but not at all invasive, medicinal with green fruits and coal smoke combining really well together.  Iodine and campfire as it progresses, quite thrilling in a manageable manner. Palate & Finish: The soft fruits provide this pleasing sweetness and when…

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Dram Review: Lagavulin Aged 18 Years Feis Ile 2018

[53.9%・18 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 6,000 Bottles] Nose: Surprisingly quite dirtily peated, the oak also comes on quite strong.  Powdery sugar sprinkled atop of dried fruits. Palate & Finish: Jammy fruits and oily toffee, the fiery and tarry peat punches through, a heap of black pepper atop of a slightly waxy underlay…

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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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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: Laphroaig 1991 Vintage 23 Years Old

[52.6%・23 Years Old・Distilled in 1991・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 5,000 Bottles] Nose: Yup, Christmas fruitcake and chimney ash, a bruteness from the peat, iodine spilling and tar burning, dark berries laced with cigarette smoke and rosemary seasoned lamb roasting in the background. Palate & Finish: Gooey mix of toffee, molasses and ripe figs, the…

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Dram Review: Kilchoman Single Cask Release (For the Japanese market)

[59.9%・5 Years Old・Distilled in 2009・Bottled in 2015・Official Bottling・Cask No. 407/2009・Single Cask Release of 678 Bottles] Nose: Pungently brine-y, oily toffee with a hearty dosage of raisins and raspberries. The nose fares a tad earthy and dusty, with seaweed and ashes eased by fig syrup. Palate & Finish: More raisins coming through, maple syrup getting drizzled…

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Dram Review: Cask of Distinction Lagavulin Select Cask Aged 23 Years (Cask No. 9001)

[48.7%・23 Years Old・Distilled in 1995・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 9001・Single Cask Release of 396 Bottles] Nose: Surprisingly mellow, a relaxed setting of oyster shells, seaweed and iodine. A soft charcoal smoke ropes in plums and can pineapples as minerals run gracefully underneath. Palate & Finish: Bold entrance with the green fruits, the creaminess of the…

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Dram Review: Cask of Distinction Lagavulin Select Cask Aged 20 Years (Cask No. 0002)

[56.3%・20 Years Old・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Cask No. 0002・Single Cask Release of 240 Bottles] Nose: Mothballs and band-aid plasters, seaweed and diesel coming across as a tad muddy.  White fruits unfold in time with some smoked bacon getting baked in the background. Palate & Finish: Soft fruits poached in molasses, a nice dose of…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Bunnahabhain 17 Years Old Distilled 1965

[40.0%・17 Years Old・Distilled in 1965・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Majestically Sherried.  predominately leather but also comes with dates, walnuts, dried fruits and a hint of deep floral note, so essentially Christmas pudding like. Palate & Finish: The delivery is gooey and drying at the same time, sweet ripe fruits but also earthy with the…

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