Dram Review: SMWS 35.188 Glen Moray “A Complex Delight”

[55.2%・25 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 222 Bottles] Nose: Bourbon char and creamy vanilla wrapped in a tropical perfume.  Spirit-y but still rather poised as a deeper floral note develops. Palate & Finish: Honeydew nicely transitions to more of a floral presence, a chewy mouthfeel of milk chocolate and liquor soaked cherries.…

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Dram Review: SMWS 73.90 Aultmore “Pear Flans in a Patisserie”

[54.6%・16 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2017-2018・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 240 Bottles] Nose: Playful oomph of creamy custard and pear crumble stirred with a hint of rose water. Some minerals as it grows a tad milky and farmy. Palate & Finish: Lightheartedly sweet at first as the nashi pears and aloe vera really pop but then…

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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…

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Dram Review: SMWS 1.183 Glenfarclas “A Vibrant Enigma!”

[48.0%・48 Years Old・Distilled in 1965・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: Rich honey with a beautiful and transcending polished wood note indicative of its age, undoubtedly a result of a deep imprint of the oak over the years, certainly in a class of its own. It has this armagnac like earthiness with the richness of syrup cured fruits…

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Whisky Review: SMWS 66.66 Ardmore “Ginger Makes Fred Smile”

Tasting Notes SMWS 66.66 Ardmore “Ginger Makes Fred Smile” ☆ [Recommended] Style: Ginger and Spicy Nose: Huge, dry notes at the front – Autumn leaves in early winter breeze, followed by a robust scent of vanilla yogurt, full cream milk with a swirl of honey and figs. Ginger spice kicks in with a hint of ashy peat…

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Dram Review: SMWS 64.55 Mannochmore “A Sultry Soirée”

[55.8%・24 Years Old・Distilled in 1990・Bottled in 2014・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 173 Bottles] Nose: A savoury barbecued meat note on the nose with a slight hint of anise sharpness. Waxy with thick doses of honey, toasted vanilla cream and white chocolate sauce. Cinnamon and caramel notes intertwined within. Some fruity notes in there as well…

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Dram Review: SMWS 43.3 Port Ellen

[64.7% • 10 Years Old • Distilled in 1981 • Bottled in 1991 • SMWS Bottling • Single Cask Release] This is a vintage SMWS Port Ellen that was bottled all the way back in 1991. Nose: On the nose, apricot and honey, a touch of coastal breeze, very pleasant on the nose. Vanilla and…

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Dram Review: SMWS 33.119 Ardbeg A Gumtree Bonfire Barbecue on the Beach

[58.5% • 10 Years Old • Bottled in 2012 • SMWS Bottling • Single Cask Release of 219 Bottles] I had this Australian exclusive which doubled as the most powerful and unique Ardbeg expressions I have had to date:- Nose: The nose is ashy with seaweed and charred oak notes. It really is like a…

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