Heartwood Devil in the Detail 15yr Whisky Review

As soon as Tim Duckett from Heartwood announced the release of this whisky on Facebook I ordered a few bottles. How could I resist? Every whisky I have tried from Heartwood has been spectacular and I expected this to be no different. Was I right? Yep, bang on. All good,…

Bowmore 18yr 2013 Whisky Review

Bowmore is one of my favourite distilleries, big on the maritime elements and always a quality dram. A few years back the 17yr old, which I was a very big fan of, was replaced by the 18yr old. Different profiles and different styles. The 17yr had more of a bourbon…

Berry's Bowmore 11yr 2001 Berry's Own Whisky Review

Berry Bros. & Rudd release spectacular whisky, and this one is no exception. 2001 vintage Bowmore, in what appears to have been a refill Bourbon cask. Giddy up. Notes Eye: Light gold Nose: Honey, agave, ocean and light peaty smoke. Hints of lemon and vanilla with time. Light floral notes…

Miyagikyo NAS 2014 Whisky Review

This one was brought back from Japan for me by a good friend, Jeremy. We can get this here in Australia but it is three times the price. This whisky is produced by Nikka and is from the Sendai region of Japan. Apparently this particular whisky is about to be…

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,…