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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Dram Review: Clydesdale Laphroaig (Cask No. 5967)

[53.5%・18 Years Old・Distilled in 1979・Bottled in 1997・Clydesdale Bottling・Cask No. 5967・Single Cask Release of 222 Bottles] Nose: The heavy cowshed presence is surprising, hints of coal smoke, apple wood incense lingering above a wholesome, oily base of overripe pears, honey and malt.  Traces of iodine, white pepper and aged ginger cubes vaguely surface from the background.…

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Dram Review: Kinko Moon River Blend

[46.5%・36 Years Old・Distilled in 1980・Kinko Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Stylistically very much a Japanese style Sherried whisky, poached fruits wrapped in rice paper, with cinnamon dust and date syrup dressed atop.  There is also an aged furniture vibe to things, and later on becoming slightly toasty, with some fine aromas from mango and passion fruit sauces…

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Dram Review: The Whisky Cask Glengoyne Aged 37 Years

[51.8%・37 Years Old・Distilled in 1972・Bottled in 2010・The Whisky Cask Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Heartwarming aromas of lemon butter, beeswax and egg custard getting heated up an elegant white floral note brings about notes of toasted almond and newly sanded white oak. Palate & Finish: A generous oily honey sweetness makes for a warm delivery, the equivalent…

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Dram Review: Sestante Port Ellen 14 Years Old

[43.0%・14 Years Old・Distilled in 1974・Bottled in 1988・Sestante Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: A stroll along the rocky beaches of Islay on a cool morning.  Oyster shells and seaweed washing ashore with a mild layer of sooty ash that brings out a sugary note. Palate & Finish: Sweet flowing lemon butter drizzled with coarse sea salt, the taste…

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Dram Review: Clynelish 200th Anniversary Aged 20 Years

[57.3%・20 Years Old・Bottled in 2019・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 1,819 Bottles] Nose: The Sherry theme is noticeably heavy right from the get go with a whiff of spirit intensity coming across as rather strong.  Toffee crisp adding to the weight with some poached fruits adding to the mix in time.  Quite oily at first but develops…

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Dram Review: Nikka Single Cask Malt Whisky Yoichi Nicol’s Dram

[57.8%・14 Years Old・Distilled in 1986・Bottled in 2000・Official Bottling・Cask No. 126941・Single Cask Release] Nose: A heavy belter with a heavy-handed serving of intensely creamy vanilla splashed generously with cinnamon spices.  The oak begins to char in the background as the coal smoke draws some cured meat notes to go with the ripe fruits from the spirit.…

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