Dram Review: Cadenhead’s Caol Ila 35 Years Old For The Auld Alliance

[58.4%・35 Years Old・Distilled in 1982・Bottled in 2017・Bottled by William Cadenhead Ltd. for The Auld Alliance ・Limited Release] Nose: Soft fruits merging into salted caramel that has been folded into multiple layers, the creamy and waxy base is particularly alluring.  Ripe fruits all around as the smoke ever so delicately applies to the scent, in a…

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Dram Review: Port Ellen 15th Release 32 Years Old

[53.9% • 32 Years Old • Distilled in 1983 • Bottled in 2015 • Limited Edition of 2,964 Bottles] The 15th rendition of the Port Ellen annual release has been aged for 32 years old, a staggeringly long period when you think of your usual Islay suspects. There exists a common consensus that a true Islay…

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Dram Review: Ardbeg Perpetuum Distillery Release

[49.2%・NAS・Bottled in 2015・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Plenty of vanilla flavoured milk on the nose with a proper coastal influence, iodine with a surprisingly soothing peat note. There is a touch of tropical fructose, lychee and white pepper with a rather refreshing white tea note. The sherry influence is faint but vaguely noticeable. Palate & Finish:…

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Whisky Review: Port Charlotte Heavily Peated

  Tasting Notes Port Charlotte Scottish Barley Heavily Peated ☆ Style: Vivid and Deliciously Complex Nose: Lovely notes rising out from the glass with fresh apricots and cheese, followed by a wave of barley, lavender and vanilla scent. Undertone of smoke and creamy peat (which I can relate this to the milky touch of Octomores) gradually…

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Dram Review: Laphroaig Aged 25 Years 2013 Cask Strength Edition

[45.1% • 25 Years Old • Bottled in 2013 • Official Bottling • Limited Edition] Nose: Fresh dill and tea smoked trout on the nose. Bacon and banana jam. Let it breathe and it develops a woody peat with a hint of sea salt and lard, and a pinch of cumin, pepper and tea leaves.…

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Dram Review: Bowmore Aged 18 Years

  [43.0%・Bottled Circa. 2013-2014・18 Years Old・Original Bottling・General Release] Nose: An addictive blackcurrant note on the nose. A dose of sea breeze, the artificial lozenge sweetness is there. Rather refreshing eucalyptus and mint. There is an underlying hint of toffee, with a hint of burnt toast. The seaweedy peat is just noticeable on the back end.…

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Dram Review: SMWS 43.3 Port Ellen

[64.7% • 10 Years Old • Distilled in 1981 • Bottled in 1991 • SMWS Bottling • Single Cask Release] This is a vintage SMWS Port Ellen that was bottled all the way back in 1991. Nose: On the nose, apricot and honey, a touch of coastal breeze, very pleasant on the nose. Vanilla and…

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Dram Review: SMWS 33.119 Ardbeg A Gumtree Bonfire Barbecue on the Beach

[58.5% • 10 Years Old • Bottled in 2012 • SMWS Bottling • Single Cask Release of 219 Bottles] I had this Australian exclusive which doubled as the most powerful and unique Ardbeg expressions I have had to date:- Nose: The nose is ashy with seaweed and charred oak notes. It really is like a…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich Octomore Edition 06.3

[64.0%・5 Years Old・Distilled in 2009・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 18,000 Bottles] Nose: You can smell the peat from the next room when the cork is popped.
The nose is very milky. Subtle Chinese style charcoal barbecued meat jerky. A handful of smoked almonds and antiseptics in the back end. A splash of ocean saltiness and…

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