SMWS 53.215 Youthful dragon having fun Whisky Review

Tried this while visiting a whisky bar in Japan that had a decent stock of Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottles. Caol Ila, refill bourbon cask, and a recommendation from a friend meant that I couldn't say no. Notes Eye: Light blonde Nose: Heavy barbecue with lots of fresh citrus. Ocean…

SMWS 120.7 Sweet, fragrant and satisfying Whisky Review

I picked up a bottle of this a little while ago from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Australia but hadn't opened it yet. You can imagine how happy I was to walk in to a bar in Japan and find it available by the dram. Winner! Notes Eye: Almost…

New World Projects Ginger Beer Cask Release 2 Whisky Review

This is the second Ginger Beer Cask released by New World Whisky Distillery under their New World Projects range. Notes Eye: Orange amber Nose: Waxy ginger and lemongrass. Smells richer than the first batch that was released. Red fruits and sugar. Palate: Ok, so this is still ginger Starward on…

Laphroaig PX Cask Whisky Review

I was pretty keen to try this whisky when I saw it at the duty free store in Sydney on the way to Bali a while ago. It had been on my list for ages but due to a lack of travel I hadn't been able to pick up a…

New World Projects Ginger Beer Cask Release 1 Whisky Review

A while back at a Starward master class at The Oak Barrel in Sydney hosted by David Vitale we were lucky enough to be given a sample of a new creation from the team. I was very impressed with the results. I am quite the Starward fan and was really…

Caol Ila 25yr Whisky Review

Picked this one up a while ago from Europe. Bargain too, coming in at less than half the price you can find it for in Australia these days. Caol Ila has always been a favourite of mine. I have enjoyed every official bottling I have tried, and a lot of…

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…