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: Springbank 18 Years Old (Bottled in 2009)

[46%・Bottled in 2009・18 Years Old・Original Bottling・Limited Release of 7,800 Bottles] Nose: The nose begins with a charming and accomodating dose of dark fruits and some dried fruits, minerals brushed over raisins and berries with discrete hints of wet grassiness and earthiness as well as a faint lace of smoke. Palate & Finish: Pleasing dried fruits…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Glen Grant 1948 (Cask No. 2154)

[48.6%・70 Years Old・Distilled in 1948・Bottled in 2018・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Cask No. 2154・Single Cask Release of 210 Bottles] Nose: It is remarkable how lively the dram still is!  Honey is laid down in a stately and elegant manner, the floral notes mingle with some Italian herbs as the creaminess from the oak melts into a certain…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Mortlach 1988 (Batch No. 18/068)

[48.8%・30 Years Old・Distilled in 1988・Bottled in 2018・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release of 129 Bottles] Nose: Quite fascinatingly tropical, dried mangos, dehydrated bananas, passionfruit sauce and can pineapples held together by a rice paper dryness.  The dram slowly opens up to aromas of natural barley sweetness.  Golden honey drizzled atop of granola and caramelised almonds with…

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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Craigellachie 12 Years Old Distilled 1971

[40%・12 Years Old・Distilled in 1971・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: For a 40% the nose is exceptionally beautiful, there is this certain voluminous creaminess that is silkily mesmerising. The sweetness is right on point, gliding through gracefully without daring too heavy. The oak merges so well with the crisp fruits as hint of ginger flower…

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Dram Review: Dobson’s Belle Epoque

[60.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2016-2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Strange showings of mothball and wasabi.. some Manuka honey in the mix with the peat being present but weak. Vanilla nougat joins in as the dram becomes more grassy. Palate & Finish: Grassy and muddy, the palate is just too earthy, it feels dirty and not in the typical…

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Dram Review: Dobson’s Empire 8 (Cask No. 87)

[60.0%・6 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2016-2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 87・Single Cask Release] Nose: At 60% this doesn’t feel too sharp or expressive and instead actually rather muted. Vanilla custard and butter-sugar crepes, some caramelised almonds amongst the spirit-y presence. Palate & Finish: A muddled splatter of syrup and cane sugar somewhat incoherently with candied orange and vanilla…

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Dram Review: Laphroaig 1991 Vintage 23 Years Old

[52.6%・23 Years Old・Distilled in 1991・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 5,000 Bottles] Nose: Yup, Christmas fruitcake and chimney ash, a bruteness from the peat, iodine spilling and tar burning, dark berries laced with cigarette smoke and rosemary seasoned lamb roasting in the background. Palate & Finish: Gooey mix of toffee, molasses and ripe figs, the…

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Dram Review: Kilchoman Single Cask Release (For the Japanese market)

[59.9%・5 Years Old・Distilled in 2009・Bottled in 2015・Official Bottling・Cask No. 407/2009・Single Cask Release of 678 Bottles] Nose: Pungently brine-y, oily toffee with a hearty dosage of raisins and raspberries. The nose fares a tad earthy and dusty, with seaweed and ashes eased by fig syrup. Palate & Finish: More raisins coming through, maple syrup getting drizzled…

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Dram Review: Signatory Vintage Glen Grant Vintage 1964

[46.0%・25 Years Old・Distilled in 1964・Bottled in 1990・Signatory Vintage Bottling・Cask No. 107, 17, 18, 19・Limited Release of 1,300 Bottles] Nose: Creamed red tea filling the nose, really just rather sensationally Sherried, a generous handful of dark berries giving a fragrant presence with molasses pouring over the top. In time, the oak arrives, polished mahogany and cedar…

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