Highland Park 28, Cadenhead’s Wood Range – Wine Cask

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I forgot to take a picture when I took down the notes, only had a small sample.

This is an independently bottled malt from Highland Park distillery on the Isle of Orkney, bottled by the veteran bottler W.M. Cadenhead as part of their Wood Range. The Wood Range aims to show off the effects of various casks types on a whisky, this one being matured in a port hogshead for a little under 10 years (couldn’t find info on what it was matured in before that so going to assume refill bourbon).

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Ledaig 19 Marsala Cask Finish

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I’m always happy to try whatever comes out of Tobermory distillery, particularly if it’s a Ledaig. They have this weird edgy funk to them that just makes them really unique and they go well with just about everything. The distillery is also going to stop producing whisky for about 2 years due to renovations, and while they have announced that they have plenty of stock to put out during that time period, I’m a little worried that it’ll somehow give the collectory types reason to horde and drive up prices. So best to enjoy as much as I can now.

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SMWS 121.90 Spiced Pear Planter’s Punch (Arran 1999)

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An Arran, been awhile since I’ve had one of these (finished by bottle of “The Bothy” a few months back and don’t think I’ve had any since then). A newish distillery, so older expressions are still a bit of a novelty although they’re starting to permeate more and more.

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Talisker Young & Feisty – Provenance

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I’ve always been fond of Talisker. A Lovely, characterful malt from the Isle of Skye, I particularly like their 10 year old expression, over and above their older expressions which I feel lose that unique character. Some time ago I attended a Talisker tasting with a brand rep from Diageo’s importer here, and they had brought along a bottle of Talisker new make, mainly just to show what unaged whisky looks like. After some chatting and mild pestering they poured me some of the new make and I found it fantastic. Full of huge smoky character.

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Ledaig 2004 Signatory Vintage

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Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

One of the best things that ever happened to me was when I first discovered Ledaig. This underrated little malt from Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull can hold its own with the most monstrous of Islay’s beasts while still maintaining it’s own unique character.

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