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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Dram Review: Signatory Vintage Bowmore 1972 Aged 36 Years

[45.4%・Distilled in 1972・Bottled in 2008・ 36 Years Old・Signatory Vintage Bottling・Cask No. 3890・Single Cask Release of 540 Bottles]  Nose: Exceptionally theatric and captivating, rich prunes and figs mingle with a stately leather featured vintage mahogany piece, think Finn Juhl’s Chieftain.. creamy red tea leaves giving off that tannic aroma, whilst an earthy espresso is being topped…

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Dram Review: Bowmore Aged 25 Years (Bottled Circa 2004-2005)

[43.0%・Bottled Circa 2004-2005・ 25 Years Old・Original Bottling・General Release] Nose: Full and rich at 43%, heavier tones of herbal and vegetative tones, milky, vanilla sundae sauce with some over-ripen fruits. Dirty peat and oily fudge in time giving a rounded experience. Palate & Finish: Strawberry preserve infused with cloves and dirty peat smoke, the peat inspired…

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Dram Review: Ardbeg Guaranteed 10 Years Old (Clear Glass Bottling Circa 1980s)

[40.0%・Bottled Circa 1980s・Official Bottling・General Release]  Nose: Soft doses of iodine and barley sugar, faint cowshed and haystack notes leading way to pear lollies seasoned with ginger and pepper, powdery and dusty with the ashy element. Palate & Finish: Slightly on the dry side with just a wee sweetness from the malt. The peppery tar eventually…

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Dram Review: Samaroli Balvenie Unblended Malt Scotch Whisky 1974

[56.0%・Distilled in 1974・Bottled in 1987・R.W. Duthie & Co Bottling for Samaroli・Limited Release of 408 Bottles] Nose: Unmistakably Speyside and fairly Balvenie-esque in a splendidly clean manner, light honey and orange essence, a hint of pineapple sweetness followed through with a clean grassy note. The slightly sweet aromas remaining soft and in time expand with notes…

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Dram Review: Cardhu Matured 5 Years (Imported by Wax & Vitale S.p.A., Genova)

[40.0%・5 Years Old・Bottled Circa 1980s・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Glimpses of pineapple sweetness amidst the swirl of creamy vanilla alongside inferences of meat broth. Palate & Finish: Vanilla custard just melting onto the taste buds, silky caramel drippled on creamy coconut gelato and dressed with milk chocolate flakes. Finishes with hint of light yogurt dusted with…

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Dram Review: Glen Grant-Glenlivet 9 Years Old (Bottled by J. & A. Mitchell & Co. Ltd for Samaroli Import)

[45.7%・9 Years Old・Distilled in 1969・Bottled in 1979・Bottled by J. & A. Mitchell & Co. Ltd for Samaroli Import・Limited Release of 360 Bottles] Nose: Strikingly fruity but also there is a remarkable presence at this strength, sweet cream brushed over corn bread, complimented by vanilla beans and wild hay. The soft white fruits subtly unfold into…

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Dram Review: The Macallan Edition No. 5

[48.5%・NAS・Bottled in 2019・ Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Aromas of raw walnuts, oily toffee fudge and milky vanilla custard churned together whilst there being a growing sense of a dusty leather briefcase. With time the toasted oak dominates with just a hint of varnish. Palate & Finish: Just a wee hint of savoury soy note to…

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Dram Review: Wemyss Malts Bowmore Nostalgic 70’s Flavour

[57.4%・22 Years Old・Distilled in 1995・Bottled in 2018・ Wemyss Malts Bottling for KUO, F.A.T, Aqua Vitae & Spirits Salon・Single Cask Release of 210 Bottles] Nose: A bacon smokiness cuts through the sweet soapy aromas, hint of burnt plastic to go with the barbecue smoke. Palate & Finish: Vibrantly juicy with the tropical white fruits with just…

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