Highland Park 12 Year Old - OB – 40%
Continuing my series of self purchased, standard range drams, let’s take a focus on Highland Park’s entry level whisky… a well priced dram from a much loved distillery!
Colour: Light gold. I’m reliably told that HP don’t use any colouring in their whiskies, good to know!
Nose: A friendly sweet malt greets you with hints of peat, honey and heather. We’re talking a dry mainland (or Orkney) type of peat here, not the Islay type of coastal iodine peat, it’s a much gentler beastie. There’s hints of dry spice, grass / hay, oak and liquorice.
Bowmore 18 Year Old – OB – 43%
Continuing my set of reviews of standard range bottlings purchased by myself rather than samples given to me for review I’m going to take a look at the high end of Bowmore’s range, their 18 year old.
Colour: Dark golden copper. There’s some caramel colouring here but it’s hard to tell how much.
Nose: Gentle Islay peat, not the iodine type you get from the three southerly distilleries on the island but a more gentle middle of the road sort of peat, much more accessible to many I’d suggest. Toffee and cask char along with winter fruits and sweet malt in this middle aged dram.
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Lady of the Glen 21 Year Old Littlemill – 53.6%
With roots as old as 1750 the Littlemill Distillery was rumoured to be the oldest in Scotland before it burned down in 2004.
Nose: Bees wax and woody honeycomb sweetness amongst a field full of barley. Leather. Slight alcohol nip if you inhale too strongly.
Palate: Thick and fairly woody with a dollop of spice. With time the grassy barley malt comes through along with citrus tropical fruits and a slight slate or flinty stone like quality.
Cù Bòcan 1989 vintage limited edition – 53.2% ABV
Review below, but first for a quick bit of info…
Tomatin have announced the launch of a Cù Bòcan 1989 vintage limited edition.
A rare bottling from a vatting of three casks (37470, 37471 and 37472) which have been lurking quietly in Warehouse 9 at Tomatin Distillery since a rare and unintentional production of peated whisky at the distillery on 7th June 1989.
Released at cask strength, non chill filtered and natural colour. The smoke is more prominent than in the standard edition but retains the instantly recognisable sweetness.
Let’s take a look at the whisky…
Glengoyne 25 Year Old
(vs Glengoyne 21 Year Old)
If you’re a regular whisky follower you probably saw that Glengoyne recently announced the release of their new 25 year old… looks pretty sweet doesn’t it?! Here’s the PR blurb:
“The Glengoyne 25YO is an extremely special malt. Matured in our traditional dunnage warehouses for 25 years in the finest European oak sherry casks, unchill-filtered and bottled as taste insists at 48%ABV, the result is a flavour of soft oak, cinnamon, stewed fruits and a Seville marmalade tang. A perfect after dinner dram.”
Read on for my review of it… and some comparison notes and thoughts about the 21yo, the next one down in the range…
The Lost Distilleries Blend (Batch 4) – 50.9%
If you were following the recent World Whisky Awards, then you might have noticed this wee blend pop up as doing rather well… if you didn’t notice, then you should have because the judges obviously loved it!
- Winner – World’s Best Blended Whisky – 2014
- Winner – Best Scotch Blend – 2014
- Gold – Scotch Blend No Age Statement – 2014
I’ll review it in a sec, but before we do, just a quick run down of what’s in it, and it’s got a hell of a lot of goodies in it that’s for sure!
Some of you may know by now that Bowmore has released three new Travel Retail exclusives. If you don’t know what Travel Retail is, then basically it means you can only buy it in airports / duty free… so unless you’re a frequent flyer (I’m not!) then you’re not going to find these on general sale.
However for one night only I’ve been lucky enough to get onto a Twitter Tasting to try out the range… my reviews below may help some of you if you’re going through airports, you never know! Bowmore have been kind enough to include some chocolate in with the tasting pack, that’s definitely a treat in my book.
So on to my thoughts on these whiskies…
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