Dram Review: Iniquity Gold Batch No. 003

[60.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2017-2018・Official Bottling・ Single Cask Release] Nose: An elaborated nose of meaty notes and chilli spices, yet it carries some floral aromas with a strong vanilla and cereal presence. An almost Manuka smoke like influence from the background along with some matchsticks. Palate & Finish: Lemon cola gummies with a rich honey syrup note…

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Dram Review: Spirit Thief First Release French Oak Tempranillo Cask “Hector Musselwhite”

[48.3%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Spirit Thief Bottling・Limited Release of 110 Bottles] Nose: Caramelised popcorn, slightly lemony with some lime zest. Pinch of chilli with the malty spirit moving past.. Palate & Finish: Quite syrupy sweet, flowing with some raisin sweetness followed by a plateau of honey. Soft finish.. Thoughts: A first release (NAS) from one of the…

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Dram Review: Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Old Kempton Distillery Redlands Release 4 (Cask No. TIB RD 0013)

[47.7%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Bottling・Cask No. TIB RD 0013・Single Cask Release] Nose: Remarkably malty as some rather young spirit at play. Creamed honey sprinkled with nibs of pepper, ginger and wild flowers. Palate & Finish: Mild sweetness as the spirit begins to reveal itself, pear sweets and citrus easing in. A light finish that…

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Dram Review: Tasmanian Independent Bottlers A Renowned NSW Distillery Renowned Release 2 (Cask No. TIB ?? 005)

[49.1%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Bottling・Cask No. TIB ?? 005・Single Cask Release] Nose: On the raw side but the dilution has kept things civilised, a polite Sherry imprint left on the new make.  There is a certain spirit oiliness that coats notes of raw sugar, citrus fragrance and charred toast. Palate & Finish: Fine delivery…

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Dram Review: Tasmanian Independent Bottlers A Renowned NSW Distillery Renowned Release 1 (Cask No. TIB ?? 004)

[49.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Bottling・Cask No. TIB ?? 004・Single Cask Release] Nose: A fair toasted barley note forms the theme with some light inferences of raisins, moist banana bread, walnuts, and ginger flower; slightly on the diluted side. Palate & Finish: A polite showing of raisins and lemon marmalade; lime jelly, milk chocolate, cinnamon…

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Dram Review: Signatory Vintage Bladnoch Vintage 1966 (Cask No. 2674-76)

[43.0%・23 Years Old・Distilled in 1966・Bottled in 1989・Signatory Vintage Bottling・Cask No. 2674-76・Single Cask Release of 800 Bottles] Nose: Having experienced the current Bladnoch expressions this is frankly a relief.  A mellow velvet like sweetness made up of roasted marshmallow, coconut chips and followed by banana oil, shortbread biscuits and slightly burnt oats.  A Lowland delight in…

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Dram Review: Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2012

[54.5%・15 Years Old・Distilled in 1997・Bottled in 2012・Official Bottling・Cask No. 1894・Single Cask Release of 624 Bottles] Nose: The salty and metallic notes paint a scene of a fishing boat entering a small harbour.  Iodine and paprika mixed with menthol and a sly honey sweetness, nougat and seaweed followed by a casual splash of pepper. In time,…

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Dram Review: Zenith Rosebank 12 Years Old

[43.0%・12 Years Old・Distilled Circa 1975・Bottled in 1987・Zenith Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Pleasingly old school, gently malt, mild fruitiness and light creaminess. A slight respectful citrus brings a vibrant note. All is rounded and well balanced. Palate & Finish: A gentle and crisp drop, honey, limestone and hay wrapping the dry malt. Just a subtle hint of…

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Dram Review: The Odd Whisky Coy Southern Coast Cask 43

[65.9%・4 Years Old・Distilled in 2011・Bottled in 2015・The Odd Whisky Coy Bottling・Cask No. 43・Single Cask Release] Nose: Muscovado sugar & dark chocolate, it’s sticky with plenty of Christmas spices to go with charred orange peels.  Heavily oaked with a faint whiff of dark soy sauce. Palate & Finish: Loud and spicy on the palate, a full…

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Dram Review: Whisky Magazine Japan Spirit Safe Karuizawa 19 Years

[60.8%・19 Years Old・Distilled in 1991・Bottled in 2010・Whisky Magazine Japan Bottling for Oxfam・Cask No. 3206・Single Cask Release] Nose: A substantially malty number, quite obviously alcoholic with some underlying notes of toffee, cereal, vanilla biscuits and burnt butter. Palate & Finish: The dough-y biscuity note seems to be the theme of the dram.  The spirit is untamed…

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