Dram Review: Yoichi 余市 Manzanilla Wood Finish

[48.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 4,000 Bottles] Nose: The nose is compellingly rich, buttery and meaty toffee through and through and in time the equally rich malt begin to unfold. Palate & Finish: The Manzanilla finish lends a mellow and sweet side to things, with smooth honey leading and accompanied by mandarin peels, clean…

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Dram Review: Nikka Single Cask Malt Whisky (Yoichi 余市 Cask No. 400600)

[62.0%・15 Years Old・Distilled in 1992・Bottled in 2007・Official Bottling・Cask No. 400600・Single Cask Release] Nose: A stately and proper sense of oak.  The peat combines well with the oak; tobacco leaves, dried porcini and wet sand with a spray of brine. Palate & Finish: A deep and sharp stroke of acidic fruits together with a gentler underlying…

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Dram Review: Blackadder Four Years Old Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu (Cask No. 2862)

[63.0%・4 Years Old・Distilled in 2013・Bottled in 2018・Blackadder Bottling・Cask No. 2862・Single Cask Release of 237 Bottles] Nose: A thick woodiness grips the attention with plenty of leather. Some saltiness from the oak leaks into the spirit. Robust barley oozing out and in time more of that caramelised char surfaces as well.. Palate & Finish: Big bold…

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Dram Review: Asta Morris Chichibu (Cask No. 1552)

[60.9%・6 Years Old・Distilled in 2011・Bottled in 2018・Asta Morris Bottling・Cask No. 1552・Single Cask Release of  207 Bottles] Nose: Quite citrus on the nose, more so than how I remember the first batch fared. Spirit and a hint of copper move in as in time the dram boosts a buttery note; some fruits also appear but on…

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Dram Review: Chichibu The Single Cask Floor Malted (Cask No. 1774)

[63.3%・6 Years Old・Distilled in 2012・Bottled in 2018・Original Bottling・Cask No. 1774・Single Cask Release of 182 Bottles] Nose: First impression of banana oil alongside the raw strength of the spirit, the nose is creamy and immensely powerful, with ample of pepper and a vague aromatic sense of wild floral note carrying the natural malt fragrance. Palate &…

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Dram Review: Cadenhead Single Cask from Linkwood-Glenlivet Distillery Aged 24 Years (Bottled for Whisk-e)

[55.1%・24 Years Old・Distilled in 1992・Bottled in 2017・Cadenhead Bottling for Whisk-e・Limited Release of 240 Bottles] Nose: Sweet and malty evenly presented, corn bread brushed with velvety caramel and an abundance of vanilla. Palate & Finish: Luscious body of pineapples and stone fruits, heaps of vanilla sauce drizzled atop with baked red apples and custard on the…

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Dram Review: Cadenhead Small Batch from Linkwood-Glenlivet Distillery Aged 24 Years

[50.9%・24 Years Old・Distilled in 1992・Bottled in 2017・Cadenhead Bottling・Limited Release of 384 Bottles] Nose: Vanilla and marshmallow, fine honey with a mellow layer of candle wax. Spirited with the light oak mingling with clean pasture and a mild floral note. It’s quite composed. Palate & Finish: Gorgeous gooey honey infused with vibrant tropical fruits. Excellent mouthfeel…

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Dram Review: Cadenhead’s Linkwood-Glenlivet Special Individual Cask Bottling

[55.8%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1969・Bottled in 1991・Cadenhead Bottling for Dival di Gabri・Single Cask Release] Nose: The cask, drenched with vintage Sherry, imposes a powerful and deep richness.  Antique tea leaves, salted caramel, and oven dried strawberries in addition to notes of moist Charistmas cake and ample tannins.  This is the epitome of an epic vintage…

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Dram Review: Cadenhead Small Batch from Linkwood-Glenlivet Distillery Aged 18 Years

[54.7%・18 Years Old・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2015・Cadenhead Bottling for The Whisky Hoop・Limited Release of 270 Bottles] Nose: A clean and direct welcoming from the malt and honey, complimented by toasted cereal. Palate & Finish: Honey and spices, slightly peppery note amidst the crisp malt. An animated follow through if poached fruits dosed in honey. A…

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Dram Review: Cadenhead Pure Malt Scotch Whisky from Dailuaine Distillery

[46.0%・22 Years Old・Distilled in 1962・Bottled in 1985・Cadenhead Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Apple flesh and apple peels, the refreshing sweetness is well countered by the crisp aromas of barley fragrance, rice paper and pepper with the spirit that’s initially held quite tightly begin to peel off. Palate & Finish: Flowing honey with a slight wax coating, some…

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