Review 640: Highland Park 1956 18 Year

In one of our mega tastings we found this bottle in the line-up. It has been a while back since we had this tasting and I finally found the time to work out the tasting notes for it. I never before encountered this dumpy green bottle from Highland Park. I did taste the clear dumpy bottles of the 12 and the 18 and they where so much better than today’s expressions.

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Review 570: Arran Cognac Cask Finish 8 Year

Time to taste another Arran. This whisky was aged in Napoleon Cognac casks from A Hardy. A Napoleon Cognac designates a blend in which the youngest cognac was aged for at least 6 years. It’s a 8 year old Arran and the finish time is unknown.

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Review 567: Arran 1997 15 year

Well to start with the obvious: the label must be wrong! This can’t be from 1987 as the Arran distillery didn’t exist until December 1994 and started production around June 1995. So might this be a honest mistake or not? On the box it states 12-01-2013 and drawn from cask 235 at 53.0%. The rest of the label shows no useful information so this could be anything really. If the distilled date is a mistake and should read 1997 this would be a 15 year whisky.

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Review 513: Arran 1996 18 Year

This is the 14th whisky of the 2nd edition (2016) of the Whisky ProefOlympics (tasting Olympics) a blind tasting competition based in The Netherlands. Yet again a new expression for me. But thats the fun of blind tasting competitions like this: you get the change to taste something you haven’t had in your glass yet. BTW: I have tasted this blind. Well let’s see how this one performed in my glass

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Review 506: Highland Park Ice 17 Year

Today I have tasted the HP Ice, yeah I know a marketing hype and just to measure you I didn’t buy a bottle or sample as that would be supporting this marketing driven distillery. Nope, I tasted this in a shop I visited today. Let’s not get started on how I feel about this expresion and the route Highland Park is taking. Let’s concentrate on the liquid and how it performs in my glass.

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Review 502: Ledaig 1996/2014

This is the 5th whisky of the 2nd edition (2016) of the Whisky ProefOlympics (tasting Olympics) a blind tasting competition based in The Netherlands. Yet again a new whisky for me. But thats the fun of competitions like this: you get the change to taste something you haven’t tried yet. BTW: I have tasted this blind. Well let’s see how this one performed in my glass

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Review 493: Tobermory 1972 32 Year

When I visited my local liquor store today the owner, Thijs Dijkstra, offered me a change to nose and taste a dram from his private collection. This is his all time favorite dram and after saying that I couldn’t resit. This 32 year old Tobermory was distilled in 1972 and has been finished in Oloroso sherry casks. It’s bottled at cask strength of 50.1% and is non-chill filtered and has a natural colour.

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