Dram Review: Springbank Aged 21 Years (Bottled Circa 1990s)

[46.0%・21 Years Old・Bottled Circa 1990s・ Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Aged elegance of crystallised sherry sugar, sultana and dried leather. Palate & Finish: A marvellous mouthfeel of old school Sherry-led umami, sweet raisins balanced with a perfect acidity from the figs as the dark chocolate conveys a seductive bitterness. Dried leather with more dark chocolate in…

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Dram Review: Springbank Aged 32 Years

[46.0%・32 Years Old・Distilled in 1971・Bottled in 2004・ Official Bottling・Limited Release of 2,400 Bottles] Nose: Immaculate malt, creamed honey with all that beeswax just being extremely attractive with complementary notes of soft sandalwood, breakfast cereal and hints of ginger flowers and chalk. Palate & Finish: Lemon jam and passion fruit syrup atop this chewy cereal base,…

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Dram Review: Springbank Ten Years Old (Bottled Circa Late 1970s)

[57.0%・10 Years Old・Bottled Circa Late 1970s・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Masculine and full of pineapples, honey, vanilla nougat, mango cubes and a festive tropical vibe in general. Ginger flowers and fresh grassiness give a refreshing touch amidst the sweetness as the malt fares full and hearty as expected. Palate & Finish: A magnificent burst of rewarding…

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Dram Review: Lombard Jewels of Scotland Springbank Aged 30 Years

[46.0%・30 Years Old・Lombard Bottling・ Limited Release] Nose: Feels dated but carries the surprisingly endearing notes of wood and mothballs, with soft fruits, pepper and other dried spices. The malt feels a bit green as well. Palate & Finish: The dram is really driven by soft fruits, banana jam with some other fruity enzymes followed by…

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Dram Review: Moon Import Caol Ila The Sails in the Wind

[46.0%・Distilled in 1977・Bottled in 1993・ Moon Import Bottling・Cask No. 4659 & 4660 ・ Limited Release] Nose: Starts off with a herbal setting but with quite a sweet layer of cotton candy, well balanced with the sooty presence that opens up to notes of lemon, menthol and whisky crumble and later on fruits and soft nougat.…

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Dram Review: Thompson Bro’s Caol Ila 2008 Vintage Aged 10 Years

[51.0%・10 Years Old・Distilled in 2008・Thompson Bro’s Bottling・Limited Release of 338 Bottles] Nose: Wood fire smoked kippers, clean petrol and iodine. Palate & Finish: Flowing honey, with orchard fruits and an ashy, mouthwatering punch of smoke. Sweet and swift with traces of peat smoke dispersing. Thoughts: An easy-going young Islay, good fun for a casual session.…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila Distilled 1980 Imported by Giuseppe Meregalli

[40.0%・Years Old・Distilled in 1980・Bottled in 1993・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling Imported by Giuseppe Meregalli・Limited Release] Nose: Filled with seaweed and sweet peat, minerals and some floral notes hanging about followed by a salty broth with smoked candied bacon flakes, the smoke just gets dirtier and dirtier in time. Palate & Finish: That Sherry burst is radiant,…

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Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Chibadaru Single Cask (Cask No. 286)

[61.9%・Distilled in 2009・Bottled in 2013・ 3 Years Old・Official Bottling・Cask No. 286・Single Cask Release of 160 Bottles] Nose: Spirit driven with notes of sour plums, lemon custard, green malt, matchsticks and honeyed nougat. Palate & Finish: Bold juicy delivery of honey, raspberry gelato and cherry marmalade with a sharp edge. It’s oily also with a rice…

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Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Peated (Cask No. 2088)

[63.2%・Distilled in 2012・Bottled in 2017・ 5 Years Old・Official Bottling・Cask No. 2088・Single Cask Release of 225 Bottles] Nose: Smoked leg ham and chimney soot, wee tropical with the spirit giving out a peanut butter creaminess. Palate & Finish: Rather sweet and gooey to the taste, watermelon jelly and syrupy tropical fruits followed by an immensely peated…

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Dram Review: SMWS 116.19 Yoichi 余市 “Tobacconist by a Sweetie Shop”

[61.3%・20 Years Old・Distilled in 1994・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 526 Bottles] Nose: Saucy and buttery, caramelised popcorn, a pinch of furikake amidst the brown sugar and maple syrup. It’s intense and marvellous, rich creamy tobacco together with a splash of lime as the woodworking ambience sets in. Palate & Finish: A robust showing of prunes…

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