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Maltbarn Clandestine Very Old Blended Malt
Another blended malt with a Cognac-style (no) age designation from another German bottler. The last one I looked at from Whisky-Fässle was very good, and I have had good experience with Maltbarn so am hoping this is a good 'un too. Maltbarn Clandestine "Ver...

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Springbank 1998 (PSI Cask)
I'm not exactly sure if this is a ten or eleven year old Springbank, but it's a 1998 vintage released in 2009 for the Australian market and matured in a selection of small casks (sherry mainly I'd think) before presumably being dumped into cask 08/2631- the...

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Heartwood The Toddler
A whisky from Tasmanian independent bottler Heartwood who, in my somewhat limited experience, have a very good track record with their bottlings. I tried a wee sip of this amongst some other Heartwoods at a tasting the other day but, knowing that I had a sa...

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Whisky-Fassle Blended Malt "Very Old"
A blended malt (that's vatted malt to those of you reading this ten years ago) from German bottler Whisky-Fässle. No details as to the distilleries involved, and the age information is limited to the label's simple "very old". I'm not particularly fazed by ...

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A Whisky Adventure
As an international man of leisure now that my family are on
holiday back home in Cornwall (please come back soon!), I attended a “whisky
event” here in Melbourne yesterday . I don’t normally go to these type of things, not only due to
family commitments an...

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Glenmorangie Astar
In a previous Glenmorangie review  I noted my partiality to the house style, in particular to the reliable 10 year old throughout the heat of summer. While we're still a couple of months away from summer here, somebody forgot to tell The Weather this little...

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Springbank 2000, 13 Year Old, SMWS 27.106 "A boiler suit in ballet shoes"
A Springbank from what must be the most active refill bourbon cask in the history of history. And casks. Springbank 2000, 13 Year Old, SMWS 27.106 "A boiler suit in ballet shoes", 50% Nose : Quince jam, peat smoke and a touch of ash, too, perhaps. Hint of s...

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Springbank 17 Sherry Wood (2015)
Forgive me Communist heathen Pope, it's been some time since my last entry. Springbank 17 Sherry Wood (2015) 52.3% Nose : Leather, ginger ale, mild and sweet heathery peat, and chocolate. After a while some fruit emerges - papaya mainly, with perhaps a hint...

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Glen Ord 1983, 31 Year Old, Cadenhead Single Cask
You (and by that I suppose I mean I) don't tend to see a lot of Glen Ord around (although I note that  Signatory have just recently released another single cask ), the bulk of the 162 independent bottlings listed on whiskybase coming from Signatory and SMWS...

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Clynelish 1997, 17 Year Old, Maltbarn, 48.6%
Maltbarn would have to be one of my favourite bottlers at the moment. Great selections (I haven't yet tried - in my somewhat limited experience - anything that I'd classify as a complete dud), great labels and great people. This is the second 1997 Clynelish...
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