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 85.48 Glen Elgin “Prickly Pear Punch”

[60.8%・9 Years Old・Distilled in 2007・Bottled in 2017・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 238 Bottles] Nose: Kinda on the sharp and prickly side, but there’s a fruity edge, overripe pears, violets and a white floral tone somewhat mellowing out the spirit hotness, a blueberry tart note in time alongside aloe vera jelly. Palate & Finish: Bursting with…

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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: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu White Wine Cask Exclusively Bottled for Chichibu Whisk(e)y Matsuri 2019

[63.1%・9 Years Old・Distilled in 2009・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 2352・Single Cask Release of 245 Bottles] Nose: The cask gives a densely sweet presence on the nose, some sultana and apple vinegar note faring a tad sharp. Hint of smoked bacon along with oak in time. Palate & Finish: Bursting with energy with the floral honey…

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Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt & Grain Single Cask World Blended Whisky Exclusively Bottled for Chichibu Whisk(e)y Matsuri 2019

[58.4%・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Cask No. 5298・Single Cask Release of 244 Bottles] Nose: German caramel biscuits and vanilla fudge, some citrus flavoured pastries, some passion fruit pulp as the dram lets out its grainy side in time. Palate & Finish: Quite intensely sweet to the taste, caramel crystals and caramelised popcorn, though it does carry lighter…

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Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Single Cask Peated Exclusively Bottled for Modern Malt Whisky Market 2017

[62.9%・Distilled in 2013・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Cask No. 2655・Single Cask Release of 232 Bottles] Nose: Impressively peaty, ashy, antiseptic with a hint of sweet peat amongst things, lemon marmalade churned with vanilla grain and seasoned with Italian herbs. Palate & Finish: Robust hint of peat with a lemony infusion, dried twigs, iodine and an earthy presence.…

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Dram Review: Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Single Cask Exclusively Bottled for Modern Malt Whisky Market 2017

[60.2%・Distilled in 2011・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Cask No. 1320・Single Cask Release of 223 Bottles] Nose: Substantially tropical with pineapples and apricots generously coming through, plenty of honey to go with splashes of pepper, quite pleasing indeed. Palate & Finish: A transcending tropical sweetness under the immense strength. Wondrously fruity with some sweet soy bean note layered…

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Dram Review: Bowmore The Fèis Ìle Collect1°.n 2018 Aged 15 Years

[52.5%・15 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 3,000 Bottles] Nose: Quite salty and herbal from the cask, dense with chocolate dust, vanilla fudge, smoked peanuts and roasted almonds, in time it develops a certain musk from mushrooms and herbs. Palate & Finish: Dried figs and salted nuts, herbal with smoked black tea as the…

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Dram Review: Scotch Malt Sales Bowmore Aged 12 Years

[57.0%・12 Years Old・Distilled Circa 1970s・Bottled Circa 1989・Scotch Malt Sales Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Happy to say this is not even close to being hot and overwhelming, in fact it is pretty poised and relaxed, sweet peat drawing from the syrupy base as molten salted caramel gracefully flows out. Palate & Finish: Substantial, luscious mouthfeel of sexy…

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Dram Review: Scotch Malt Sales Bowmore Aged 18 Years

[57.0%・18 Years Old・Distilled Circa 1970s・Scotch Malt Sales Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Boosting an indulgent thickness, chocolate, smoked figs and other mushed Sherry fruits get churned with toffee and caramelised popcorn, stupendously expressive. Palate & Finish: The Sherry influence is phenomenal, fragrant dark fruits carrying this certain sensual saltiness from the cask. The aged Sherry note folds…

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