Glenmorangie Astar Whisky Review

This Glenmorangie caught my eye, cask strength and using White Oak from Missouri. Notes Eye: Golden Nose: Rich vanilla, caramel, honey, pear, hints at citrus and spice, with time comes heavy cream. Palate: Bourbon influence is strong. Spicy warmth with caramel and oak. Very smooth. Water brings out more fruits…

Douglas Laing Ardbeg 10yr Old Malt Cask 1993 Whisky Review

A nice young indie from a great period in Ardbegs distilling history. Notes Eye: Blonde white wine Nose: Lemon maritime smoke... heaven. Barbecues. Harbour diesel. Chalk and clay. Quite mineral. Vanilla with time. Classic early 1990s Ardbeg. Palate: Syrupy, restrained lemon and trademark Ardbeg smoke. Has a thick oily feel.…

Heartwood Vat Out Of Hell Whisky Review

I was lucky enough to try this one at a Heartwood tasting at The Oak Barrel in Sydney. Tim is a great host, if you get the chance you should attend one of his tastings. Notes are a bit short. According to the Heartwood website this one is a combination…

Bruichladdich Centenary 1965 15yr Whisky Review

Very special bottling here from Bruichladdich, imported to Italy by Moon Import. Was lucky enough to get a sample. Notes Eye: Red Nose: Strawberry, wood varnish, dried mango, fine sherry wood. Hints of maritime elements, little bit of peat but it's quite shy. Palate: Floral, Chalk, Rosehip, very sweet, varnish,…

SMWS 66.31 Apples at Hallowe'en Whisky Review

The SMWS are always bottling great stuff. I grabbed this one at auction a while back. Notes Eye: Golden with a Mahogany Hue Nose: Well used BBQ meets burnt limes and burnt apple. Whiffs of wet bitumen after rain. Peat is present but not in your face. Cream, with no…

La Maison du Whisky Laphroaig 7yr 2001 Tartan Whisky Review

It isn't too often you see a 7yr Laphroaig at cask strength. This whisky was bottled by the old Douglas Laing and Co for La Maison du Whisky's 'Tartan' range in 2008. Notes Eye: Clear white wine, water Nose: Medicinal overload. Hospital ward and iodine meet heavy peat reak. Hints…

Douglas Laing Bowmore 20yr 1983 Old Malt Cask Whisky Review

Bowmore distilled in the early 1980s. For me this is heaven. There has been a lot of change in the profile of Bowmores distillate over the last few decades. To sum things up the 1980s produced some very floral spirit. I'll leave it to the reader to find out more…

Laphroaig 10yr Cask Strength Batch 3 Whisky Review

Cask strength Laphroaig. Sadly hard to come by in this country, and that is an understatement. I wonder why this is the case? Australia is a big country and has a lot of Laphroaig fans. Certainly can't be an issue of demand. Notes Eye: Light Nose: Medicinal with buckets of…