Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Monday, 29 August 2011
Nose: Fresh raspberries, coconuts, melon and citrus oranges- into marmalade notes. Such a huge range of fruit, tempered by an underlying light floral smoke. Unmistakably HP, but with the fruit salad levels pushed up to 11. Notes of sandalwood and spice bring up the rear.
Palate: Spritely, but following with huge complexity; lingering sweet fruits, fruit gums, hints of spicy fruit compote, then into smoke and oak. Is this a mix of old and young? Similarities to the 12yo, but with something darker and older at its core...
Finish: Juicy fruit and oak notes linger on the palate.
Overall: An exercise in balancing all the best fruity bits HP has to offer, with that classic, non-smoky floral smokiness!
Nose: Earthy, peppery, with a wonderful mix of fresh & dried fruits, classic blackcurrant leaf notes, barley sugar, a light dry smoke and a waft of strawberries & cream. Superb.
Palate: Wonderfully oily and waxy, with humbugs, sweet, rich Manuka honey, cherry drops, white pepper and creamy oak.
Finish: Light smoke, with waxy, honey throat lozenges.
Overall: Absolutely sensational in every way. This is Gerry's favourite dram of Highland Park and it is easy to see why. A shame it isn't bottled at a higher ABV, but even at 40%, this is sterling stuff.
Our final dram is another distillery-only treat. Except that it isn't just a distillery-only bottling, but is also available should you fancy traveling the 6000+ miles to Taiwan, where a small number of bottles are available.
Palate: Again, very fruity with more of the sherrywood influence, developing into peppery notes, with classic blackcurrant leaf and vanilla.
Finish: Dry and spicy, with lingering oak and aromatic herbs on the death.
Overall: Solid, flavoursome and exciting- a huge departure to the Capella bottling, but more in keeping with the recent Magus Saga bottlings. The smoke and sherry influence is much more prevalent, making this a powerful beast indeed.
Sunday, 21 August 2011
Friday, 19 August 2011
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Friday, 12 August 2011
The first big whisky event of September is Whisky Live Glasgow, taking place on Saturday 3rd September at the Glasgow Thistle Hotel. As usual, there will be plenty of distilleries turning up with their wares, but alongside the ability to get to know whisky a little better, you'll find Whisky & food combinations, a Collectors Corner for valuations, a blending room where you have the opportunity to combine different whiskies, create and bottle your own blend with unique characteristics which will hopefully be palatable. And as usual, there will be plenty of Masterclasses.
There are several different types of tickets available, which you can check out at www.whiskylive.com along with all details of the Masterclasses on offer. However, we are giving you, dear reader, the chance to win a pair of Full Day & Masterclass entrance ticket by answering this simple question:
Which Masterclass at Whisky Live Glasgow has analysis drawn from the Whisky Magazine Index ?
Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 28th August. Tickets will need to be picked up on the day and you must be over 18 years of age to enter.