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Springbank Local Barley 9 (57.7%)

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Springbank Local Barley 9 (57.7%)

This is the fourth installment in Springbank‘s Local Barley franchise, in its modern incarnation. In 2016, the series was launched with a 16 year old that was absolutely wonderful. It was followed in 2017 with an 11 year old, and last year with a 10 year old. We’re moving down the years, as we now…

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Highland Park Wings of the Eagle (44.5%)

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Highland Park Wings of the Eagle (44.5%)

Highland Park Wings of the Eagle is the third expression in the new travel retail series offering. You’ll recall that I was somewhat underwhelmed with the two first expressions in this series. I found both The Spirit of the Bear and The Loyalty of the Wolf quite mundane. This expression, despite being very much a…

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Bunnahabhain 1997 Palo Cortado Finish (54.9%)

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Bunnahabhain 1997 Palo Cortado Finish (54.9%)

Before circling back to the Highland Park travel retail series, I wanted to celebrate my wife’s 50th birthday. I chose a special dram indeed, the Distell Limited Edition Malts Bunnahabhain 1997 Palo Cortado. This is also an opportunity to toast the new upgrade that has started at the distillery. The upgrade will include the building…

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Glenmorangie Allta (51.2%)

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Glenmorangie Allta (51.2%)

Glenmorangie Allta is Glenmorangie’s 10th Private Edition, marking a decade since Sonnalta PX appeared. While the Sonnalta PX was mostly proof of concept (put a finish on the Glenmorangie Original and get it out to market, test the idea of the “Private Edition”). It was followed by the peated Finalta and the very different Tuscan…

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Highland Park 14 Loyalty of the Wolf (42.3%)

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Highland Park 14 Loyalty of the Wolf (42.3%)

The second expression in the new travel retail series it the Highland Park Loyalty of the Wolf 14 year old. The whisky is matured in American oak casks, part of the recipe comes from seasoned in sherry and some from ex bourbon casks. The bottle is a one liter bottle, as is the standard for…

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