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Month: February 2018

Talisker – Port Ruighe

Talisker – Port Ruighe

A relatively new release from Talisker which has no age statement. It’s been finished in Port casks in an attempt to bring something unusual to the table. Read on to see my thoughts! Bottled at 45.8% ABV Nose: Peat, walnuts, I want to say port, but I can’t place it at all.A little oak. You really have to work hard to get anything actually. A little smoked mackerel late on. 3/10 Palate: Heavy oak, peppery spice, harsh and very dry….

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Kilchoman – Sanaig

Kilchoman – Sanaig

Kilchoman is the newest distillery on Islay. They also only produce relatively small batches of their products. These two things combined make their spirit quite desirable, and therefore quite expensive to buy. Vatted in bourbon and sherry casks, bottled at 46%ABV.   Nose: Peat smoke, followed by damp charcoal, treacle toffee, baked apples with cinnamon, traces of cordite. It’s November 5th in a bottle! Old leather bound books, rain on a hot day. So much going on. 10/10 Palate: Loads…

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Starward – New World Malt Whisky

Starward – New World Malt Whisky

Something a little different here. This is Australian whisky, made with Australian barley and matured almost exclusively in Australian Apera barrels. Apera is a fortified wine, similar to Sherry. It’s always good to see new places making whisky, and it’s a treat to try them, even if they are a bit strange. Spoiler: I found this a little weird. Bottled at 43% ABV. Nose: Marzipan, mint, candied peel, milk chocolate, nutmeg. Really unusual. 8/10 Palate: Very oaky, spicy and prickly,…

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Oban – 14 Years Old

Oban – 14 Years Old

It’s International Scotch Day, and that calls for a decent dram, or 2! Bottled at 43% ABV. Nose: Raisins, peat smoke but very gently, a little vanilla, lots of briny seawater, almond essence 6/10 Palate: Brine, pepper, oak, quite mellow and smooth, gentle peat 5/10 Finish: Dry and warming 5/10 Value for Money: We’re talking £46 a bottle here. A good price for 14 years of storage, but, honestly, I wouldn’t buy it at that price. 5/10 Looks: Understated and…

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Maker’s Mark

Maker’s Mark

A staple bourbon – one you’ll see in so many popular TV series and films from America. Interestingly this has no rye in the mash. It has been replaced with Red Winter Wheat. This is to reduce the burn you get from rye and make it a lot smoother to drink. Bottled at a decent 45% ABV. Nose: Vanilla, malt, stewed fruits, brown sugar, artificial strawberry flavouring – like you get in strawberry laces. 6/10 Palate: Medium spice. Sweet, sugary…

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