This is another expression of the 12 year old Orcadian malt which I’ve grown to love. I’ve previously tasted Dragon Legend and Viking Pride and the notes are on this blog. Viking Honour is different from both and worth investigating
The nose has loads of honey with overtones of sweet fruit and fresh cut grass. It also reminds me of sweet Christmas cake
The palette initially offers honey and dark toffee but not as dark as treacle toffee. I also detect a hint of smoke but not as pronounced as in the other expressions
There’s a nice long nippy finish that suggests light peat with a bit of a spice
Highland Park is a recent discovery of mine but one which has become a firm favourite. It’s not a particularly spectacular dram but easy to drink at any time
This was a gift this week from one of my very closest friends. It was entirely unnecessary but, as a whisky, much welcomed gift. I was taken aback by the name as he knows my tastes but was keen to challenge them, and I’m delighted he did.
The nose is hugely peaty but once you get beyond that there are massive overtones of rubber inner tube. That stays for a long time and it’s easy to accept that’s all there is, but do persevere as there is a heathery finish
The palette is very smoky which gives way, eventually, to toffee and salty sea air. I also detected marzipan and dried fruits
The finish is very long and very pleasant. There’s heather and honey and some light citrus with salty air
This dram wouldn’t be one that I’d have chosen but I’m delighted that Calum chose it for me as it challenged my perception of peaty malts. Despite its name it isn’t a typical Islay malt but could be a pathway to you trying some. I’m keen to hear your opinion. Sláinte! 🥃
This dram has a fantastic colour, deep golden with autumnal overtones. It’s been matured in bourbon and sherry casks before “harmonising” in a large Solera vat which gives it a warmth and depth
The nose is fabulous, it’s one of those drams that you close your eyes when nosing and could climb in to! The immediate smell is sherry, as you’d expect, toffee and light citrus like a blood orange
The palette is sweet like a malty loaf with spice and more sherry. It gives your tongue a tingle and nips the back of the throat when neat. When you add water it becomes velvety smooth and reminds me of foam sweetie bananas
The finish is medium with a pleasant glow as it slips down. The after taste is like a slab of Christmas pudding with loads of raisins.
I like this dram a lot and it’s ideal for a winter evening in front of the fire
I’ve been looking forward to tasting this since I first read of it and it didn’t disappoint. It’s been finished in casks that held Tokaji dessert wine (no me neither!) to give it a noticeable sweetness. The nose is immediately filled with oranges which then give way to gingerbread and clotted cream and then loads of burnt toffee
The palette is as smooth as you’d expect from Glenmorangie with lots of vanilla, honey and chocolate, particularly Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Later I got nutty overtones
The finish has a real bite with loads of oranges and the taste of Crunchie
This is a well balanced dram that, whilst it doesn’t remind me of any particular cake, does have lots of sweet, creamy and fruity notes commensurate with finishing in a dessert wine cask
I visited Dewar’s World of Whisky today and was keen to try Aultmore as I have an empty cask in my back garden that once contained this spirit. I tried the 12 year old and the 21 year old and this was my preference as it, naturally, has more character. The colour comes from its maturation in refill hogsheads for over 20 years and it’s not chill filtered
The nose is really fresh with lots of fruit like peaches and mangoes with mint and rosemary. It’s a really unusual nose but fantastic all the same
When you taste it the rosemary is really obvious but then you get porridge with bananas and toast. That makes it sound like a breakfast whisky but it’s a wee bit more sophisticated than that!
The finish is really long and smooth and packs a kick as its 46% abv and it leaves you with a nip in the throat
This is close to Balvenie’s Caribbean Cask albeit at 3 times the cost, but worth the investment IMHO. Slainje