Whisky Review: Highland Park Aged 25 Years (Bottled in 2004)

Style: Delicate and Complex Nose: Fragrant and silky aroma on the nose. Begins with intoxicating sweetness and winey cherry rum cake and milk chocolate. Plums followed by slight bitterness and tartness of plum skins. A delicate layer of leather and pine oil glossing over heather honey, which is misted over by spirit peppermint. Gentle peat…

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Whisky Review: Talisker Neist Point

Style: Sweet and Smoky Nose: Warm, rich almonds with a touch of signature meatiness on the nose. Subtle, dry maritime minerals clinging on the wave of vanilla meringue which is lightly smoked by the peat. Sweet plums painted with caramel sauce, dry black pepper crackling gently. Pleasantly balanced aroma. Palate: Sea breeze riding more on…

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First Impression: Highland Park Flowing Feature 1992

[45%・24 Years Old・Silvano Samaroli Bottling・Cask 1252] Nose: Rose petals and orchards, the grassiness gets blended in like a roll of superfine wool, a tastefully maintained lawn on the front yard. Marzipan and other fresh orchard fruits complete the picture. Palate & Finish: A playful delivery, lightness dancing on the palate with green bananas and fruit…

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Whisky Review: Highland Park Odin

Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: Begins with red currant candy shell around the Highland Park Malt. Within it we have heather honey, vanilla and lemon wrestled by robust peppermint spice. Flipping over to the drier side in comes black liquorice, hay stack peat and dry ginger. Aroma passive at times, but nonetheless a multi-faceted one.…

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Whisky Review: The Arran Smugglers’ Series Volume I

Tasting Notes: The Arran Smugglers’ Series Volume I Style: Sweet and Spicy Nose: Begins with fragrance of ripe mangosteen, sourness of passion fruit, pears and other tropical fruits. Followed by nose-drying ginger spice. Cutting through it, we have some coconut vanilla ice cream. A hint of dryness, probably some smoke? But definitely a faint hiss…

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Whisky Review: Artist #5 Ledaig Aged 10 Years by La Maison du Whisky 

Style: Sherry bomb and Peaty Nose: Staggering sherry sludge flooding in – thick red fruits, jammy and immensely sweet. Minerals, match box and sand paper notes buried within giving a balancing dry tone. A rather briny core hides in the deep, sea breeze and mossy, hmmm, a hint of salted fish. A sherry curve ball…

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Whisky Review: Highland Park Dark Origins 

Tasting Notes: Highland Park Dark Origins ✔ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery] Style: Sweet Sherry and Delicate Nose: A thick red fruit and raisin notes rolled in with dried chilli flakes on the nose. For an instance very faint scent of matchbox can be detected, slyly hidden beneath. Some smoke and camouflaged mineral-like touches lurking in…

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Whisky Review: Highland Park Thor

The wood influence is what shines the brightest on the nose, clean white oak shave with raw almond nibs with a criminally smooth sherry note. Candied ginger surfaces eventually with a citrus note from Chinese style aged lemon peels and a sandalwood note providing a lighter tone. Syrup drenched raisins and lemon marmalade delivered sleekly…

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Whisky Review: Gordon & MacPhail Secret Stills Distillery 1 Release 2 (Talisker)

On the nose it’s black forest sponge cake made with fine vanilla grain and a couple of mint leaves to dress, so soft it feels like falling on a bed of cotton. Despite the sherry influence though the maritime note still retains its prowess character. Salty with burning incense and bonfire wood crackling in the…

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Whisky Review: The Arran Machrie Moor Cask Strength Edition Batch 2

  Tasting Notes: The Arran Machrie Moor Cask Strength Edition Batch 2 Style: Spicy Sweet and Peaty Nose: A peculiar nose, starts with an attention seeking peat at the front, followed by a mix of sour and sweet notes – vinegar and honey, carbonated drinks at one point, slight creamy and then there is reinforcement…

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