Dram Review: Samaroli Longrow Natural Strength Sherry Wood 1974

[56.0%・Distilled in 1974・Bottled in 1987・Samaroli Bottling・Limited Release of 408 Bottles] Nose: A charming combination of a lucid sugary delivery infused delicately with fresh cropped grass orientated peat. The Sherry influence is restrained, presenting itself in the form of stewed apples with a fascinating edge of soft cheese, served upon a fine layer of buttero leather.…

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Dram Review: Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Redlands Distillery Redlands Release 2 (Cask No. TIB RD 009)

[49.6%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Bottling・Cask No. TIB RD 009・Single Cask Release] Nose: Toffee brittle and dried raisins swirled in a creamy affair, dried walnuts with a familiar musk much like a junior version of early Heartwood Port casks. Palate & Finish: Smooth flow of succulent late harvest grapes and caramel tablets, dried raisins and…

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Dram Review: Corra Linn Barrel 61

[53.0%・NAS・Official Bottling・Barrel No. 61・ Single Cask Release of 97 Bottles] Nose: Curiously flour-y, there is a hit of spirit sharpness but otherwise it’s muted and deprived of noteworthy flavours; very, very faint hint of apple fragrance perhaps and slightly buttery. Palate & Finish: Quite a spicy hit and otherwise, just a particularly new make driven…

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Dram Review: Highland Park 14 Years Old Hand Selected for Mjølner

[56.5%・14 Years Old・Bottled in 2019・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 1,731 Bottles] Nose: A bit brute and heavy, ain’t it? Gunpowder and simmering caramelisation of dates and figs, red apple infused honey being hammered by wood spices as a proper peat smoke presence continues to build. Palate & Finish: Warming delivery of red apples and burnt honey…

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Dram Review: McHenry Single Malt Barrel No. 7

[44.0%・4 Years Old・Distilled in 2012・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 140 Bottles] Nose: Clean, but simple, but clean, with light honey and wood shaves amidst a grassy vibe, pepper with almond flavoured sugar, some nectarines and mint leaves. Palate & Finish: A light mouthfeel of rather easy to drink honey and apricot jam, mint…

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Dram Review: Fleurieu Selected by Whisky & Alement

[50.1%・3 Years Old・Distilled in 2016・Bottled in 2019・Official Bottling Selected by Whisky & Alement・Single Cask Release of 150 Bottles] Nose: Honestly faring quite young and very spirit driven, with mowed grass and minerals as well as the heavier oily toffee note from the distillate and the dried grapes, poached fruits, dried twigs and floral aromas from…

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Dram Review: Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection Glen Grant-Glenlivet Aged 13 Years

[55.1%・13 Years Old・Distilled in 1980・Bottled in 1993・Cadenhead’s Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Quite untamed but malty, sharp and piercing before a rather rich toffee note develops, slightly metallic with notes of green mangos and caramelised candied peanuts. Palate & Finish: Condensed barbecued pineapple caramelisation, honey churned with citrus pineapple chutney, lychees on the mid palate. A white…

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Dram Review: Signatory Millenium Edition 1968 Bowmore

[43.0%・Distilled in 1968・Bottled in 1999・ 31 Years Old・Signatory Vintage Bottling・Cask No. 3817・Single Cask Release of 238 Bottles]  Nose: Clean for its age and a wee bit grassy, a hint of crisp bubbly perhaps, notes of vanilla, banana peels complimenting the malty weetbix base. Palate & Finish: A pleasurably juicy affair, bright orange peels seasoned with…

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Dram Review: Kingsbury Islay Bowmore 1966

[43.7%・Distilled in 1966・ 35 Years Old・Kingsbury Bottling・Cask No. 3300 ・ Single Cask Release of 300 Bottles] Nose: A first impression that makes one just cusses a little in awe.. a wondrous and pure bouquet of splendidly refreshing pear and mint gelato finely drizzled with elderflower syrup and served with slices of soft white peaches; silkily…

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Dram Review: Duncan Taylor Rare Auld Bowmore Aged 37 Years

[41.5%・Distilled in 1968・Bottled in 2006・ 37 Years Old・Duncan Taylor Bottling・Cask No. 3823・Single Cask Release of 158 Bottles]  Nose: Ahhhh, beautiful. Full of tropical fruit nectar with a delicate touch of ashy peat, peaches, strawberries and icing sugar embodied in a fine layer of smoked applewood chips as the more dignified aromas of oak from Shinto…

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