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…

Read More

Dram Review: Glen Extra (Springbank) 12 Years Old

[70 Proof・Bottled Circa 1960s・12 Years Old・Robert Watson Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Grassy with this certain attractive antique style white fruit note. Some burnt toast follows as well as leather and tobacco, some jasmine too before it turns somewhat savoury with grilled capsicum to go with a perfume-y undertone. Palate & Finish: Smooth white fruits along with…

Read More

Dram Review: Springbank 21 Years Old Specially Bottled for Malt House Islay

[54.1%・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2018・21 Years Old・Official Bottling for Malt House Islay・Cask No. 118・Single Cask Release] Nose: A proper showing of meaty Sherried Springbank but at the same time it gets evened out by some vibrant light fruits. Quite leathery and malty with some fainter fragrance hanging on, followed by a clean wave of ripe…

Read More

Dram Review: SMWS 27.109 Springbank “Guns on the Grouse Moor”

[58.3%・Distilled in 1998・Bottled in 2015・16 Years Old・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 738 Bottles] Nose: Perhaps not a surprise for a Springbank matured in a Gorda cask, the nose is driven by meat broth and salted meat, with a tinge of gun powder sulphur in the mix, thick confectionary layer giving an oily sweetness, rounded with…

Read More

Dram Review: Springbank 18 Years Old (Bottled in 2009)

[46%・Bottled in 2009・18 Years Old・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 7,800 Bottles] Nose: The nose begins with a charming and accomodating dose of dark fruits and some dried fruits, minerals brushed over raisins and berries with discrete hints of wet grassiness and earthiness as well as a faint lace of smoke. Palate & Finish: Pleasing dried fruits…

Read More

Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Glen Grant 1948 (Cask No. 2154)

[48.6%・70 Years Old・Distilled in 1948・Bottled in 2018・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Cask No. 2154・Single Cask Release of 210 Bottles] Nose: It is remarkable how lively the dram still is!  Honey is laid down in a stately and elegant manner, the floral notes mingle with some Italian herbs as the creaminess from the oak melts into a certain…

Read More

Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Mortlach 1988 (Batch No. 18/068)

[48.8%・30 Years Old・Distilled in 1988・Bottled in 2018・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release of 129 Bottles] Nose: Quite fascinatingly tropical, dried mangos, dehydrated bananas, passionfruit sauce and can pineapples held together by a rice paper dryness.  The dram slowly opens up to aromas of natural barley sweetness.  Golden honey drizzled atop of granola and caramelised almonds with…

Read More

Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Craigellachie 12 Years Old Distilled 1971

[40%・12 Years Old・Distilled in 1971・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: For a 40% the nose is exceptionally beautiful, there is this certain voluminous creaminess that is silkily mesmerising. The sweetness is right on point, gliding through gracefully without daring too heavy. The oak merges so well with the crisp fruits as hint of ginger flower…

Read More

Dram Review: Dobson’s Belle Epoque

[60.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2016-2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Strange showings of mothball and wasabi.. some Manuka honey in the mix with the peat being present but weak. Vanilla nougat joins in as the dram becomes more grassy. Palate & Finish: Grassy and muddy, the palate is just too earthy, it feels dirty and not in the typical…

Read More

Dram Review: Dobson’s Empire 8 (Cask No. 87)

[60.0%・6 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2016-2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 87・Single Cask Release] Nose: At 60% this doesn’t feel too sharp or expressive and instead actually rather muted. Vanilla custard and butter-sugar crepes, some caramelised almonds amongst the spirit-y presence. Palate & Finish: A muddled splatter of syrup and cane sugar somewhat incoherently with candied orange and vanilla…

Read More