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Highland Park Fire Edition (45.2%)

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Highland Park Fire Edition (45.2%)

The Fire joins the Ice in a series dedicated to the elements of creation in Norse mythology. I tasted the Ice Edition on Orkney, with Highland Park Appreciation Society‘s Orkney Ambassador, Ian Moir, at the wonderful Shed Bar. The Ice is a 17 year old matured in ex bourbon casks, like the Freya (but sadly is…

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Highland Park Thor – Valhalla Series (52.1%)

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Highland Park Thor – Valhalla Series (52.1%)

Back in October, during my visit to Orkney, Ian Moir, our most gracious host and local ambassador to the Highland Park Appreciation Society, took us to the Cliffs of Yesnaby, and the first thought that popped into my mind was that right here, according to Norse mythology, Thor brought down his hammer – Mjölnir – and created…

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Highland Park Single Cask Bottling for Braunstein & Friends Danish Market Exclusive (58.3%)

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Highland Park Single Cask Bottling for Braunstein & Friends Danish Market Exclusive (58.3%)

There is an onslaught of beautiful single casks from Highland Park hitting northern European markets in the past two months. They’re all market specific, and play on the special relationship between Orkney’s Nordic roots and Scandinavia. The distillery, well Edrington, invests quite a bit in this relationship (just follow Martin Markvardsen – HP’s Senior Brand…

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The Favorite Distilleries of Secret Facebook Maltheads: A Survey

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The Favorite Distilleries of Secret Facebook Maltheads: A Survey

Facebook is full of secret whisky associations, and the most secretive of those, with only 104 of the most discerning whisky nuts, is the WFFA. While I can’t say any more about the group, since one can’t ask to join it, and as two of the three rules the group has were taken out of Chuck Palahniuk’s…

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Highland Park Loki – Valhalla Collection (48.7%)

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Highland Park Loki – Valhalla Collection (48.7%)

You have to love the Whiskyfabric, that group of whisky enthusiasts who’ll both go out of their way to meet you wherever you might be in the world to share a dram with you, and send samples halfway around the world just to allow you to taste some nice bottle they have. Jesper Thomsen is…

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Highland Park 1999, 16 Year Old, Gordon and MacPhail TWE Exclusive, Cask 4260 (56.6%)

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Highland Park 1999, 16 Year Old, Gordon and MacPhail TWE Exclusive, Cask 4260 (56.6%)

When you think of Highland Park, you immediately think of the gentle peat and sherry combination so characteristic of the most northern of major whisky distilleries in Scotland. Indeed, whereas over 90% of Scotch whisky is bottled in ex bourbon casks, Highland Park has sherry maturation as one of its five keystones. Additionally, Highland Park…

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Highland Park, Bottle Your Own (53.3%)

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Highland Park, Bottle Your Own (53.3%)

I probably have no right to be pissed off, but if there’s something that gets me angry in the whisky industry it’s lack of transparency. The reason I have no right to be angry about this one, is that I didn’t travel 725 miles (1166 kilometers) to buy the bottle in question. In fact, my…

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Highland Park 1968 – Orcadian Vintage (45.6%)

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Highland Park 1968 – Orcadian Vintage (45.6%)

Seven refill hogsheads and one refill butt walk into a bottling plant….. This isn’t the beginning of a joke, rather the story of this gorgeous expression, the second in the Highland Park Orcadian Series, bottling old vintage bottles. It started with the 1964 and includes the 1968, 1970, 1971 and the 1976 vintages. The 1968 is relatively…

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Highland Park Odin, 16 Years Old, Valhalla Collection (55.8%) – Nice Sherry Bomb

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Highland Park Odin, 16 Years Old, Valhalla Collection (55.8%) – Nice Sherry Bomb

Like Thor and Freya, who got days named in their honor, Odin was known in Old English as Wōden, and got Wednesday named in his honor, so this review being posted on his day, is quite appropriate. Odin – ruler of Valhalla, the hall of dead warriors, and father of Loki and Thor –  is the…

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Highland Park Freya – Valhalla Collection (51.2%)

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Highland Park Freya – Valhalla Collection (51.2%)

The Valhalla series is Highland Park’s tribute to Norse mythology, this time saluting gods, rather than warriors. Loki, the trickster shape-shifting god and hammer yielding Thor opened the series. I have yet to get to taste them, and will, of course, review them as soon as I can. My friend Ishai, however, brought me back…

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