Posts Tagged “Islands”

Ledaig 12 Year Old 2004 – Single Malts of Scotland (58.1%)

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Ledaig 12 Year Old 2004 – Single Malts of Scotland (58.1%)

In the latest sample pack I got from Specialty Drinks there were two Ledaigs. Today’s 12 year old and an 11 year old  in a sherry cask that I’ll get to reviewing in the next few days. Ledaig was actually the original name of the Tobermory distillery has been producing it’s dual brand since 2007,…

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Ledaig 2008, 7 Year Old – Signatory Vintage (46%)

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Ledaig 2008, 7 Year Old – Signatory Vintage (46%)

Young Ledaigs seem to be all the rage these days, with some very memorable sherry matured 7-9 year olds that hit the market over the past two years. This marks a certain profusion of barrels of Ledaig beginning with the 2004 vintage. The move into Burn Stewart Distillers’ hands was really good for the brand. This expression falls…

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Scapa Glansa (40%)

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Scapa Glansa (40%)

It’s been only a few weeks since I’ve written about the death of house styles, and here comes along a sample of the Scapa Glansa, a prime example of the trend. I had a quick nip of the Glansa when I visited Scapa in October, but was unable to take notes, so I’m happy the…

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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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Ledaig 19 Marsala Cask Finish (51%)

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Ledaig 19 Marsala Cask Finish (51%)

Tobermory is shutting down at the end of the month for a two year overhaul of both the stills and the visitor center, and general repairs to some of the older buildings, during which Ledaig (and Tobermory) whisky will be available as normal, including the special limited releases we see pop up like the 19…

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Opinion: The Death of House Style and the Rise of Whisky Profiles

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Opinion: The Death of House Style and the Rise of Whisky Profiles

I recently published a review of the GlenDronach Peated, and that got me thinking that there’s a major shift happening in the tectonic plate alignment of the whisky world. We’re moving away from distillery house styles to a whole new way of looking, experiencing and thinking about whisky. The second decade of the third millennium…

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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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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present – 2016

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present – 2016

Here we are at the beginning of the holiday shopping season and gift buying is about to kick into high gear! I’ll give you my top 12 bottles that would make a great holiday gift. Obviously, they are all bottles I’ve tasted, and many of them adorn my own whisky cabinet. A small note on exchange…

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Yula II – 21 Years Old Island Malt – Douglas Laing (52.3%)

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Yula II – 21 Years Old Island Malt – Douglas Laing (52.3%)

Yula is a celebration of the traditions of the islands around Scotland, much of which is Norse. While reviewing the first Yula, the 20 year old, I brought the full story which you can read here.  I will say, however, that Yula is deeply connected to the story of the formation of the islands. The…

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