Posts Tagged “Orkney”

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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The Islands come together in the Rock Oyster Vatted Malt

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The Islands come together in the Rock Oyster Vatted Malt

It’s no secret that I’m curious about vatted malts (and no secret that I’m somewhat of a holdout on calling them “blended malts”, in compliance with the SWA’s decree). While this category was completely abandoned by the big corporations, the independent bottlers have definitely come into this category, and are in the midst of an…

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Whisky and Norse Mythology – Highland Park 12

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Whisky and Norse Mythology – Highland Park 12

Highland Park is the most northern Scotch whisky distillery in the world. By a bit that is! The island of Orkney holds two distilleries, Highland Park and the much less known Scapa distillery. Highland park lies about 600 meters (2000 feet) north of Scapa. Highland Park adopted the Norse mythology that pervades Orcadian history and culture,…

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Highland Park at Full Peat – Dark Origins

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Highland Park at Full Peat – Dark Origins

It seems that I’m writing quite a bit about NAS expressions lately, which is not surprising since almost all the new distillery expressions out there are NAS. I’ve said it before, and will just reiterate, I’m not opposed to NAS on principle (unless it’s on single cask bottlings). NAS whisky can be good, and several…

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One Quick Dram: Highland Park 22 Years Old Single Barrel SMWS 4.190

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One Quick Dram: Highland Park 22 Years Old Single Barrel SMWS 4.190

This Highland Park spent 22 years in an ex-bourbon cask, and came out a real beauty. It was part of the June 2014 outrun and was one of 246 bottles dubbed by the society tasters as “big boys smoking in the sauna”.  The beauty of the SMWS, and all single cask independent bottlers, is that…

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One Quick Dram: Highland Park Svein

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One Quick Dram: Highland Park Svein

Highland Park has some pretty high end whisky, but I actually want to talk about the other end of the spectrum here: the Highland Park Svein. Highland Park introduced a series of NAS (no age statement) expressions for travel retail, and the Svein is the entry level  expression in this, the Warrior, series. Now, I…

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