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…

Lagavulin 12yr Cask Strength 2013 Limited Edition Whisky Review

Had this one the other day at Shirt Bar in Sydney. Great bar by the way, highly recommended. The 2011 release of 12yr Lagavulin was exceptional and I expected nothing less of this one. Notes Eye: Pale golden hue Nose: Smoked cured meat, agave with hints of honey. This is…

Bowmore Tempest Batch 4 Whisky Review

Tempest is Bowmore's range of first-fill bourbon cask matured whisky, released at 10 years old. It's sibling and complete opposite is 'The Devil's Casks', a 10yr sherry matured release. Lets get to it.. Notes Eye: Sand Nose: Citrus, Salt, and a light amount of smoke. Very mineral but no earthy…

Douglas Laing Ardbeg 18yr 1991 Old Malt Cask Whisky Review

Early 1990s Ardbeg, it really doesn't get much better than this. Bit of age under its belt too. I haven't had many from the 1990s that were sherried. Notes Eye: Mahogany infused honey Nose: Sweet ocean spray mixed with an Australian bushfire smoke element. Australian bushfire? Yep. Hints of creaminess…

Laphroaig 25yr Cask Strength 2009 Edition

I have been waiting a long time to try this one. On my recent adventure to Shirt Bar in Sydney I noticed this on the top shelf. Couldn't say no given bottles of this go for upwards of $500. Notes Eye: Dark amber Nose: Apples, wax and vanilla honey. Iodine…

Talisker Dark Storm Whisky Review

Recently a friend of mine returned from holiday with a bottle of Talisker, I had heard him mention "Storm" so I figured it would be the Talisker Storm bottling. When he showed me I was quite surprised. Dark Storm? I hadn't seen this one before. Had I missed the news…

Bowmore 23yr 1989 Port Cask Whisky Review

This whisky was released in late 2013 as one of Bowmore's limited releases. Massive thanks to Dave from The Oak Barrel for acquiring a sample for me. Since seeing it released to market I had wondered how a Port influenced Bowmore with some age behind it would fare. Notes Eye:…