Bruichladdich: The Laddie Ten

Bruichladdich The Laddie Ten

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Nose: Honey, lemon, shortbread, honeydew melon; hints of vanilla, and the slightest waft of sea-spray.  Quite a few fresh yet mellow florally notes hiding in there as well. Palate: The nose really gives it away with this whisky - mostly what you smell is what you get, which is by no means a bad thing as the nose is delicious.  The palate really does just continue on from the nose, adding some candied winter fruits and a scattering of sultanas with just a hint of oak spices present as well. Mouthfeel: Gloriously thick and dry with little to no oils…

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Teeling: Single Grain

Teeling Single Grain

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Nose:  Honey, baked apricots, nutmeg, red apples, cinnamon sugar, coconut milk, bees wax, vanilla, soggy Weet-Bix covered in brown sugar.  A slight grassy tinge just wafting lazily in the background. Palate:  Honey, grapes, sultanas, and more of that soggy and sugary Weet-Bix.  Some apples are also present somewhere in the background - this time green rather than the red apples on the nose.  A tiny amount of cinnamon - proper cinnamon, not cinnamon sugar.  Quite sweet, but not overdone. Mouthfeel: Thicker than any other Teeling whiskey that I've tried - resonably weighty for an Irish whiskey, medium weight when compared…

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Teeling: Single Malt

Teeling Single Malt

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Nose:  When first opened there's a whiff of straight alcohol which quickly runs away to be replaced by grape juice, and chocolate chip muesli bars.  Also faint traces of grilled banana and pineapple lumps (the lollies, not chunks of fresh pineapple - for those of you not from the antipodes). Palate:  Vanilla, oak spices, citrus, cinnamon, honey.  Quite malty and peppery as well.  Probably unsurprisingly given the number of different casks that the spirit was finished in, there is quite a lot going on in this whiskey.  Unfortunately it never really seems to get its act together - there seems…

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Teeling: Small Batch

Teeling Small Batch

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Nose: Spiced rum is big on the nose along with some earthy spices, nutmeg, toffee, and brown sugar. Palate:  Quite sweet with dark golden syrup, burnt toffee, lots of oak spices, toasted oats with brown sugar.  A bit grassy and peppery. Mouthfeel:  A fair bit of alcohol heat in this whisky, particularly at the tip, and the back of the tongue - but not a particularly harsh heat; more sparkle than burn.  Reasonably creamy without being thick or chewey.  The burn doesn't last particularly long, although the mouth remains warm right through drinking and into the finish. Dry, and not…

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Bruichladdich: Islay Barley 2007 – Rockside Farm

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2007 Rockside Farm

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Nose:  Sweet and creamy malted barley, some fresh citrus, and a trace of regular Bruichladdich floral notes.  The nose of this whisky is very similar to the 2006 Dunlossit Farm, but softer and more subdued.  The slightest hint of creamed honey is also present in the nose. Palate:  Similar to most Laddies, creamy malt is the predominant flavour on the palate of this whisky.  Some green apple and lemon peel are also present - as are traces of vanilla pods, cinnamon, and creamed honey.  Also the smallest trace of ginger right at the back trying to hide but not quite…

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Bruichladdich: Islay Barley 2006 – Dunlossit Farm

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2006 Dunlossit Farm

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Nose:  Malted barley is fully present - rich and creamy.  Some slight floral notes that are so very Bruichladdich, and the slightest waft of a sea breeze - but predominantly creamy sweet malted barley. Palate:  Quite a complex beast this one - so many flavours bumping into each other, yet not fighting each other at all.  There's loads and loads of malt everywhere; clean and crisp, yet creamy and sweet without being cloying.  Some winter fruits - green apple peel and some juicy pear.  The smallest dash of honey, some light citrus notes, and the smallest pinch of ginger almost…

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