Dram Review: Elements of Islay Bowmore Bw7

[53.2%・16 Years Old・Distilled in 2001・Bottled in 2017・Elixir Distillers Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The brine combines with big Sherry, a meaty base with all the glorious characters of chocolate mud cake drizzled in dark plum sauce; dirty smoke adding such an interesting facet to things, rounding off with sweet smoke, molasses and barley sweetness on full show…

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Dram Review: The Nectar of the Daily Drams Port Ellen 27 Years Old

[53.0%・27 Years Old・Distilled in 1982・Bottled in 2010・The Nectar of the Daily Drams Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The faintest hint of cowshed farm-y note on the nose which is subsequently taken over by a bouquet of stone fruits, white peaches and Chinese style preserved fruit peels.  A fatty peaty foundation with hints of seaweed and cream cheese…

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Dram Review: Corowa First Drop

[63.1%・NAS・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 320 Bottles] Nose: Hot and spicy with some caramel and Christmas spices, youthful spirit wrapping some marshmallow. Palate & Finish: Sweet and big prune juices, your typical Aussie Port cask matures whisky packing ample of spices with some blueberry and blackcurrant coulis to go with the prunes. A swift…

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Dram Review: Corowa Bosque Verde

[56.6%・2 Years Old・Distilled in 2016・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Very grassy and still very young, new make-y with pinewood flavoured wax polish. The Port barrels left a faint touch on the nose, with a mixture of meat broth, wet carpet and some toasted seeds seeping through. Palate & Finish: Quite acidic on the palate,…

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Dram Review: Springbank 15 Years Old (Bottled by J. & A. Mitchell & Co. Ltd for Samaroli Import)

[45.7%・15 Years Old・Distilled in 1964・Bottled in 1979・Bottled by J. & A. Mitchell & Co. Ltd for Samaroli Import・Limited Release] Nose: A nose that puts the mind in peace, well placed elements of wild flowers, poached pears, pickled pears, sultana and orange peels lightly tossed with nice dressings of elder flower syrup and soft honey; it’s…

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Dram Review: Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection Springbank Aged 34 Years Cask Strength

[52.2%・Distilled in 1964・Bottled in 1998・34 Years Old・Cadenhead’s Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: Probably one of the most beautifully Sherried Springbank I have come across, evoking delightful thoughts of warm toffee syrup being poured on chocolate mud cake that’s made with sweet almond nibs and dried muscat grapes. The elongated sweetness is not overloaded though as it…

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Dram Review: Spring Bay The Rheban Cask Strength (Cask No. 14)

[58.0%・Distilled in 2016・Bottled in 2018・2 Years Old・Official Bottling・Cask No. 14・Single Cask Release] Nose: There is some fattiness to the nose, but otherwise it’s surprisingly quite flat, some wood influence in mix with some chalk and cream cheese with the dram getting lemony in time. Palate & Finish: Quite sweet on the palate, too sweet perhaps…

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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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Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Secret Stills Distillery 01 Release 02 (Talisker)

[45.0%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1986・Bottled in 2007・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release of 1860 Bottles] Nose: On the nose it’s black forest sponge cake made with fine vanilla grain and a couple of mint leaves to dress, so soft it feels like falling on a bed of cotton. Despite the sherry influence though the maritime note…

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Dram Review: The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch No. 8

[50.2%・NAS・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 2,700 Bottles] Nose: Sweet mahogany on the nose, the fragrant note is so smooth it simply skids through, followed closely by a gentle honeyed woodiness. Toasted spices adding to the depth with just a touch of cinnamon sprinkled upon a brush of vintage sherry inspired acidity. Palate & Finish: The sweetness…

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