Highland Park Valkyrie

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Thanks to Rani for the sample.

So a few years ago Highland Park rebranded to put more emphasis on their Viking heritage (well the Isle of Orkney’s Viking heritage). Now they’ve gone and rebranded some more with even more Vikings. This one is supposed to replace the Dark Origins expression which was a non-age stated, very sherried expression with a very cool black design.

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More Douglas Laing with Malt Mongers Israel

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Once again our whisky club, Malt Mongers Israel (MMI), met up to try some more whisky, because there sure it a lot of it to try. And once again we tried some Douglas Laing bottlings. DL’s importer here in Israel, SIPIL, has brought in some more bottlings and let us have a preview of them.

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Strathisla 13 Distillery Reserve Collection – BTC 2017 #18

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This is the final dram of the 2017 BTC. It’s been a really wild ride and I feel very lucky to have been able to participate in something of this caliber, especially after watching from the side for 2 years. I’ll try to post a write up-about  what I learned from it, but for now onto the whisky.

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Bowmore 17 SMWS 3.271 The Perfect Cure – BTC 2017 #17

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Image pilfered from the SMWS website because I was silly and forgot to take a picture for this one.

I smelled Islay on this right away but it was odd because it was quite subdued in its peat profile, yet obviously cask strength. The only thing that came to mind was one of Kilchoman’s Cask Strength 100% Islay realeses. I didn’t even think about good old Bowmore. Bowmore is quite notorious for having sub-par distillery bottlings but an excellent base spirit, a lot of the damage being done by chill filtration and low ABV and this is an example of just how good the spirit can be if just left to do its thing.

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Speyside 25 Cadenhead – BTC 2017 #16

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This distillery always confuses me. Aside from being one of the less common distilleries from the Speyside region it also carries the same name, so you can’t always be sure if we’re talking about the former or the latter. Anyways I was also confused because this tasted super-duper young, so I went with a young Craigellachie, but it least I bagged some region points.

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Old Pulteney 2006 Hand-bottled – BTC 2017 #15

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Old Pulteney would not be something I’d expect in a blind tasting competition, most malt-heads are very familiar with the distillery bottlings (the ones worth drinking anyway) and independent bottlings are few and far between, so this was a complete surprise. Another bottle only available at the distillery, not only younger than all of their age stated expressions, but at cask strength too. I went with a young independent Clynelish bottling as it had some of the lighter notes one finds in Clynelish and I could tell this was very active stuff.

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Ledaig 2005 Signatory Vintage – BTC 2017 #14

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Always happy to find a Ledaig in the mix. I knew what this was the moment I opened it. Ledaig has a very distinct funk to it that most people eventually learn to love. This is from a signatory bottling, one of several sherrycask Ledaigs released over the last year or so as part of their Cask Strength Collection series.  The sherry was quite weird on this one and felt a bit muted compared to the other two bottlings I’ve tried from this series, so I guessed it was the 19 year old marsala cask released last year.

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Glen Moray 1992 Cadenhead – BTC 2017 #13

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Lucky number 13 of the BTC. This one is a vatting of 3 casks from Glen Moray distillery. Yet another one I’m not very clued up on (my preferences tend more towards the Islay/Island side of things), apparently the driving malt behind the Label 5 blend, it sits near Elgin in Speyside (ironically my initial guess it was a Glen Elgin, a nearby distillery named for the town).

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Glenturret 12 Single Cask Edition – BTC 2017 #12

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Another unfamiliar whisky tonight, from Glenturret distillery in the highlands. Aside from being a lesser known distillery they do peat their malt a little which was also confusing. That’s why for my guess I went with an older Glen Garioch (then changed my mind to a younger Glen Garioch but that’s what put Glen Garioch in my head in the 1st place) which at least netted me some points for the right region.

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