Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
Appearance: Clear, bonze with red glints. Aroma: Fruity and spicy with orange peel, chocolate, Indian spice, cinnamon, smoked crispy bacon and menthol. Some dandelion and burdock. Taste: Huge, complex, fruity and raisiny with underlying spicy, citrusy bitterness over which are layered sweet flavours of liquorice, orange zest and juice, rhubarb, grapes and cocoa. Aftertaste: Slight smokiness to the lingering, quinine, bitter-sweet finish with a slight hint of curry spice. Overall: Rich, raisiny and honeyed with drying quinine and rooty bitterness and complex spices.
Appearance: Clear, pale golden. Aroma: Poached pear, honey roasted fig, elderflower, fresh peach, red bell pepper, fat yellow sultana, stewed apricot and orange marmalade. Taste: Gripping, lightly spiced, honeyed, yet tart zesty citrus fruit and bitter gentian. Aftertaste: Honey and citrus with pine-fresh tart marmalade.
Box - Dàlvve
"(...) Box Distillery shows us all what can happen when you just make good spirit in the first place – this is a lightly peated dram, a gentle whisky to start the evening, but what’s present is really impressive."
Nikka Blended - 12 Year Old
The Nikka 12 Years
This Nikka finely balances the best of both Miyagikyo and Yoichi, with a little bit of grain whisky thrown into the mix too. It embodies everything that is so good about Japanese whisky, its delicate, complex and so well-balanced. It’s got so much flavour and character that’ll keep you going back for more just to see what other flavours you can uncover. (...)
Kavalan - Solist Vinho Barrique
Top 10 Whiskies from the Summer 2018 - Whisky Advocate
This has a seductive nose of mango, kiwi, dried tropical fruits, rich oak, silky caramels, and milk chocolate-covered cranberries. The dynamics of this cask-strength whisky play out handsomely, with an opening gambit of warm berry fruits, peaking with emphatic spices, and ending with a reflective phase of butter toffee, mocha, and Ovaltine. A dash of water encourages clove-studded orange flavors and preserves the long spicy finish.—Jonny McCormick
Nikka Blended - From The Barrel
Nikka From the Barrel on Whisky Notes
Nose: fruity and floral, with apricot, banana and pineapple aromas, oranges and some fresh oak. Honey. Almonds. Cinnamon sticks and vanilla, a little pepper as well. A balanced sherry nose. Mouth: creamy with plenty of punch at the same time. The grains are maybe a little too sharp around the edges, but the rest is very tasty. Malt and nougat. Caramelized sugar. Fresh lemon. Fruit tea. Drier towards the end, with spices like nutmeg. Even a hint of peat? Finish: quite long, malty and spicy with a lightly bitter edge.
PEAT Full Proof
EOI Peat Full Proof on Whisky Notes
Nose: citrusy and clean, with straightforward peat, as expected. There are plenty of ashy notes, minerals and hay, but they wrapped in a bright, slightly scented layer of grapefruit, pear and floral / heathery notes. Hints of oysters. A little vanilla and malty sweetness as well. Water makes it slightly less fresh, I prefer it neat. Mouth: really hot, much more powerful than the nose suggested (although the ABV already hinted otherwise). Quite raw and grassy, with lots of peppery notes and hints of sweet liquorice. Water works better on the palate: it stays fresh and citrusy, with more spices, a leathery touch and fruity notes. Finish: long, peaty, slightly more medicinal. Fades on charred notes and a vanilla sweetness.