Posts Tagged “Islands”

Tobermory 42 (47.7%) – Whisky Review and Full Details of the Release

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Tobermory 42 (47.7%) – Whisky Review and Full Details of the Release

Just before we delve into the Fèis Ìle week celebrating Islay malts, I have an update on on of the most outstanding of my drams of 2015. Back In December 2015, one of my birthday drams was a precious sample of the Tobermory 42, which wasn’t released at the time. You can find the original post…

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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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Ledaig 15 Pre 2007 (43%) – Whisky Review

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Ledaig 15 Pre 2007 (43%) – Whisky Review

Ledaig is the brand name for the peated whisky produced by the Tobermory distillery on Mull. The distillery is not one with a very large number of core expressions. In fact, each of the two brands only have two core expressions. Tobermory has the 10 year old and the (excellent) 15 year old, and Ledaig…

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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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Highland Park 25 – Comparing Old (Pre 2012 – 48.1%) and New (Post 2012 – 45.7%)

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Highland Park 25 – Comparing Old (Pre 2012 – 48.1%) and New (Post 2012 – 45.7%)

I’ll start this review by saying that getting to taste two versions of what is to me the finest Highland Park up to the 30 (I didn’t taste the 40 or 50 year olds yet) is a special treat. I got to taste two 30 year olds here, but one of them was an Intertrade…

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Highland Park 21 Year Old (47.5% ABV) – The King of Spice

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Highland Park 21 Year Old (47.5% ABV) – The King of Spice

The Highland Park 21 is a classic example of an expression that migrated successfully from the travel retail market into the general market. Yes, it did undergo some trials and tribulations, including being released at 40% ABV for a while, but it got back on track. The nose on this expression is absolutely stunning, but the…

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Tobermory 42 – Celebrating the Replacement of 42 Year Old Stills – With 42 Year Old Expressions

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Tobermory 42 – Celebrating the Replacement of 42 Year Old Stills – With 42 Year Old Expressions

I have a lot of respect for Burn Stewart Distillers. Taking all their whiskies to 46% (or 46.3%) with no chill filtration or coloring is a move that shows their commitment to quality and transparency, and above all, to the whisky drinking community. It is also no secret that one of their entry level whiskies…

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