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Highland Park 18 Year


Highland Park 18 Year Taste ProfileStats – 43% alcohol, sherry cask matured, Orkney
Price – $150
Color – Amber
Nose – Rich baked apples
Palate – Distilled in Orkney, a chain of islands off the northern tip of Scotland, Highland Park has been paying tribute to the Norse heritage of the island lately (with a run of named whiskies like Freya  as part of the Valhalla Collection). Though with less fanfare and more demure packaging, the 18 year old has found itself among some of the most respected whiskies around the world since 1997. Spicy and fruity with apples, plums, and white peaches mix with malty sweet and biscuity flavors like a warm cobbler. A hint of nutmeg and baking spices add warmth and familiarity. The fruit carries all the way through to the finish which never dries out too much, surprising for the almost two decades this one spent sitting in a barrel. It is dessert wine-like, also rich and sticky like a rum with molasses and coconut. For 150 bucks, you should expect the best from a whisky, and the Highland Park 18 Year certainly delivers.

Highland Park 18 Year Tastes Like:

  1. Oola – Waitsburg Bourbon (84%)
  2. Southern Coast (82%)
  3. Cragganmore 1993 – The Octave (81%)

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Talisker 57° North


Talisker 57deg North Taste Profile
Stats – 57% alcohol, Island
Price – $90
Color – Straw
Nose – Cereal, white grapes, and a little apple.
Palate – Named for the latitude of Talisker’s distillery on the Isle of Skye (where the opening scenes of Prometheus were filmed).  Much like the newest of the Alien movies, this is interesting right from the beginning, and no, we don’t know what that black goo was either.  Very rich, sweet white grapes and barely any heat, surprising for the proof.  It’s hard to believe this is 57% alcohol!  Buttery, a little beeswax and a slight floral hint.  The spice builds a touch as it sits.  This is really good stuff!

Alternatives:

  1. Glenmorangie Astar (87%)
  2. Edradour 10 Year – 1999 Sauternes Cask (83%)
  3. Longmorn 18 Year – Signatory (80%)

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Ledaig 12 Year – Dun Bheagan


Ledaig 12 Year - Dun Bheagan Taste Profile
Stats – 46% alcohol, unchill filtered, butt cask #800007, distilled March 1997 and bottled 2010 by Dun Bheagan, from the Tobermory distillery, Isle of Mull
Price – $70
Color – Light straw
Nose – Warm and sweet, some alcohol, well rounded and peaty
Palate – Very smooth, the midpalate is a touch spicy and grassy, but a warm and buttery taste combine with smooth smoldering peat takes over for the long and slow finish.  The iodine and sulfur quality of most Island malts is present at the end, but doesn’t overpower any of the other tastes here.

Alternatives:

  1. Ardbeg Corryvreckan (90%)
  2. Caol Ila 9 Year – Burgundy Cask Finish (89%)
  3. Ardbeg Alligator (87%)

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Jura 10 Year


Jura 10 Year Taste Profile
Stats – 43% alcohol, Isle of Jura
Price – $40
Color – Dark amber
Nose – Malty, sea-spray and iodine
Palate – Malty sweetness met with iodine and sea-spray and maybe a touch waxy.  There is a little bitterness and cereal notes on the finish.  The medicinal astringency is slight, but runs throughout the palate, you definitely get the coastal island character from this scotch.  Nice and smooth and well rounded and sweet.

Alternatives:

  1. Redemption Rye (88%)
  2. Scapa 16 Year (88%)
  3. Inchgower 14 Year – Flora and Fauna (88%)

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