Park Avenue Liquor Shop “#10yearchallenge = 10% Off 10 Year Olds” – Whisky News

Park Ave

10% OFF Select 10 Year Olds

May as well make the #10yearchallenge viral sensation work to your advantage

Oh silly social media!

The latest viral trend sweeping through social media platforms is the #10yearchallenge – Basically people are just posting images of themselves next to an image of them 10 years later. We know ~ Fascinating. So while you’re currently being subjected to this viral sensation we thought we’d turn it into a fun opportunity for you. The listed 10 year old spirits in this email are 10% Off through the end of January. Only these select bottles.

Use the Promo Code: 10YEAR (in Caps) 

Please contact us with any questions and don’t forget to RSVP if you’re interested in attending our ‘Burns Night’ after-hours single-malt scotch tasting on the 25th.  

Cheers!
Jonathan, Eric Marlon
The Park Avenue Liquor Shop
270 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
212-685-2442
jonathan@parkaveliquor.com
eric@parkaveliquor.com

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WhistlePig 10 Year Old Straight Rye 

Nose: Allspice, orange peel, anise, oak, char and caramel

Palate: Sweet, hints of caramel and vanilla, followed by rye­spice and mint

Finish: Long finish, warm butterscotch and caramel.

PRICE: $90

AFTER DISCOUNT: $81  

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 Ardbeg 10 Year Old Islay Single Malt  

“For peat lovers, Ardbeg 10 Year Old is probably the highest-quality ‘entry-level’ single malt on the market, and the distillery many Islay connoisseurs would choose as their favorite. A whirlwind of peat and complex malty flavors”.  

PRICE: $75

AFTER DISCOUNT: $67.50  

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Widow Jane 10 Year Old Straight Bourbon 

AROMA:  Butter, cream and toffee.

TASTE: Honey and cherry wood. 

FINISH: Charred oak, orange peel and smooth spicy finish.

PRICE: $85

AFTER DISCOUNT: $76.50  

 PA4

Yame ‘Eight Goddesess’ 10 Year Old

Japanese Whisky 

Yame – Eight Goddesses – is a Japanese Whisky blended from whiskies matured in oak for 10-13 years inspired by the mythical Yametsu Hime said to protect the scenic mountainous beauty of the Yame Region, home of the famed Kitaya distillery.

Super Mellow, Delicate notes of Vanilla interlaced with Citrus.

PRICE: $65

AFTER DISCOUNT: $58.50  

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– Bushmills 10 Year Old –

Single Malt Irish Whiskey 

“A superb 10 year old Irish single malt and winner of Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey at the 2007 World Whiskies Awards.  Aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso sherry casks.

The Wisky Bible previously awarded  Bushmills 10 year old 92.5 points.

Nose: Banana skins.

Palate: Medium, very fruity, chocolate pudding.

Finish: Floral, tannic”.

PRICE: $63

AFTER DISCOUNT: $56.70  

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 – Ben Nevis 10 Year Old –  

Single Malt Scotch 

Ben Nevis 10 Year Old is a superb introduction to the distillery’s style. Full-bodied with a whiff of peat, lots of tropical fruit, and hints of coffee and dark chocolate, this is a great example of western Highland whisky.Nose: Fresh and quite dry. A supple greenness with soft leafy notes with a rich fruitiness. Hints of orange and Seville marmalade with a light vinous character and nutty undertones.Palate: Gentle dryness. Toffee. Looming omnipresent are solid peat notes with a bitter sweetness.Finish: Silken, toffee and caramel notes balanced with a touch of ‘mochaccino’ and dark chocolate.PRICE: $98 AFTER DISCOUNT: $88.20  

Once again this offer is through the end of January. Discount applies ONLY to listed items and CANNOT applied to any other bottles. We are not responsible for any typographical errors or the Jets hiring a Head Coach that the Dolphins just fired. Notes and descriptions are not necessarily the opinion of Park Ave. Please contact the store with any questions.

The Park Avenue Liquor Shop | 212-685-2442 | 212-689-6247 |  parkaveliquor.com

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MYSTERY MALT ORKNEY 15 YEAR OLD 2002 BERRY BROS EXCLUSIVE #3 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Orkney
15 Year Old 2002
Cask #3
$84.49

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Highland Park 15 Year Old 2002 vintage Orcadian single malt Scotch whisky. Single sherry cask #3 bottled 2018 by Berry Bros Rudd exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. 180 bottles at cask strength. This sherry butt has archived the tricky balance of peat and sherry beautifully. Aromas of cigar box, leather and honey abound. The palate delivers a near perfect orcadian whisky, combining dried figs, dates and runes with peat smoke and complex floral notes. The is superlative whisky finishes with clove rock and more rich fruit.

Mystery single malt that don’t want to reveal their true identity. Rummage around and with a bit of investigation you are sure to find a rare unspecified bottling from independent bottler.

TWB 337

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/mystery-malt-orkney-15-year-old-2002-berry-bros-exclusive-3-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada January 2019 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS Jan19

LIP-SMACKING SEDUCTION
CASK NO. 135.4
CASK: 2nd fill barrel
AGE: 17 years
FLAVOUR PROFILE: Sweet, fruity mellow

COOL AS A CUCUMBER
CASK NO. 70.26
CASK: Refill barrel
AGE: 9 years
FLAVOUR PROFILE: Young spritely

MAKING A HAZEL BOW
CASK NO: 9.134
CASK: Refill barrel
AGE: 11 years
FLAVOUR PROFILE: Juicy, oak vanilla

RELAXING IN A SAUNA
CASK NO: 46.57
CASK: Refill hogshead
AGE: 24 years
FLAVOUR PROFILE: Spicy dry

BEESWAX ON A CELLO
First release from distillery 68 for SMWS Canada
CASK NO: 68.12
CASK: Re-charred hogshead
AGE: 8 years
FLAVOUR PROFILE: Deep, rich dried fruits

A MASCULINE ENIGMA
CASK NO: 93.90
CASK: Refill hogshead
AGE: 16 years
FLAVOUR PROFILE: Lightly peated

SMOKED SALT ORANGE PEEL
CASK NO: 53.250
CASK: Refill hogshead
AGE: 11 years
FLAVOUR PROFILE: Lightly peated

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada
Suite 160
104 – 1240 Kensington Road NW
Calgary, AB  T2N 3P7
403-969-8225
curious@smws.ca
www.smws.ca

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AnCnoc Peatheart

Cambus 25 Year Old 1991 Liquid Treasures

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul vr, januari 11, 2019 07:19:11

Distilleerderij: Cambus
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Cambus 25 Year Old 1991/2017, Liquid Treasures ‘Faces of Angkor’, sherry
butt
Kleur: brons
ABV: 52.7%

Old School Sherry

Cambus is niet meer. Opgericht in 1813 was ze op een bepaald moment zelfs
de grootste van Schotland, maar sinds 1993 is ze onherroepelijk dicht. Vandaag
de dag is er enkel nog een – volledig geautomatiseerde – kuiperij. We proeven
een distillaat uit 1991 dat een kwarteeuw rijpte op een sherryvat, iets wat je
niet zo vaak tegenkomt. Het Duitse Liquid Treasures bottelde op vatsterkte.

Mocht je me dit blind voorgeschoteld hebben, zou ik – op de neus althans –
niet meteen aan whisky denken. Dit heeft vooral veel weg van old school cognac of sherry. Muf en is
mierzoet, aromatisch, rijk en rond op sigarenbladeren, belegen eik, walnoten,
Luikse wafels, blauwe bosbessen, speculoos en nat zand. En… het is ronduit
geweldig. Prima neus die erg oud aandoet (wat het met zijn 25 jaar ook wel is,
natuurlijk).

Heerlijk romig en donkerzoet, hoewel hij betrekkelijk snel droog wordt.
Opnieuw heel wat donkerzoete toetsen die eerder aan oloroso sherry doen denken
dan aan whisky, maar wie maalt daar om als het zo lekker is? Luikse siroop,
Colombiaanse koffiebonen, mais op de barbecue, gesuikerde popcorn, geroosterde
noten… heerlijk… maar toch geen whisky? Tja, blijkbaar wel, hé.

Er lange, licht pikante, donkerzoete maar drogende afdronk.

Dit is een vloeibaar dessert dat me echt aangenaam verraste. Maar van het
typische Cambus-profiel schiet absoluut niets over. So what? Zo’n 150 EUR, wat hij zeker waard is. Koop ‘m nu je nog
kan!

87/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 07-10-2018
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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AnCnoc Peatheart

Cambus 25 Year Old 1991 Liquid Treasures

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul vr, januari 11, 2019 07:19:11

Distilleerderij: Cambus
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Cambus 25 Year Old 1991/2017, Liquid Treasures ‘Faces of Angkor’, sherry
butt
Kleur: brons
ABV: 52.7%

Old School Sherry

Cambus is niet meer. Opgericht in 1813 was ze op een bepaald moment zelfs
de grootste van Schotland, maar sinds 1993 is ze onherroepelijk dicht. Vandaag
de dag is er enkel nog een – volledig geautomatiseerde – kuiperij. We proeven
een distillaat uit 1991 dat een kwarteeuw rijpte op een sherryvat, iets wat je
niet zo vaak tegenkomt. Het Duitse Liquid Treasures bottelde op vatsterkte.

Mocht je me dit blind voorgeschoteld hebben, zou ik – op de neus althans –
niet meteen aan whisky denken. Dit heeft vooral veel weg van old school cognac of sherry. Muf en is
mierzoet, aromatisch, rijk en rond op sigarenbladeren, belegen eik, walnoten,
Luikse wafels, blauwe bosbessen, speculoos en nat zand. En… het is ronduit
geweldig. Prima neus die erg oud aandoet (wat het met zijn 25 jaar ook wel is,
natuurlijk).

Heerlijk romig en donkerzoet, hoewel hij betrekkelijk snel droog wordt.
Opnieuw heel wat donkerzoete toetsen die eerder aan oloroso sherry doen denken
dan aan whisky, maar wie maalt daar om als het zo lekker is? Luikse siroop,
Colombiaanse koffiebonen, mais op de barbecue, gesuikerde popcorn, geroosterde
noten… heerlijk… maar toch geen whisky? Tja, blijkbaar wel, hé.

Er lange, licht pikante, donkerzoete maar drogende afdronk.

Dit is een vloeibaar dessert dat me echt aangenaam verraste. Maar van het
typische Cambus-profiel schiet absoluut niets over. So what? Zo’n 150 EUR, wat hij zeker waard is. Koop ‘m nu je nog
kan!

87/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 07-10-2018
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Cambus 25 Year Old 1991 Liquid Treasures

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul vr, januari 11, 2019 07:19:11

Distilleerderij: Cambus
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Cambus 25 Year Old 1991/2017, Liquid Treasures ‘Faces of Angkor’, sherry
butt
Kleur: brons
ABV: 52.7%

Old School Sherry

Cambus is niet meer. Opgericht in 1813 was ze op een bepaald moment zelfs
de grootste van Schotland, maar sinds 1993 is ze onherroepelijk dicht. Vandaag
de dag is er enkel nog een – volledig geautomatiseerde – kuiperij. We proeven
een distillaat uit 1991 dat een kwarteeuw rijpte op een sherryvat, iets wat je
niet zo vaak tegenkomt. Het Duitse Liquid Treasures bottelde op vatsterkte.

Mocht je me dit blind voorgeschoteld hebben, zou ik – op de neus althans –
niet meteen aan whisky denken. Dit heeft vooral veel weg van old school cognac of sherry. Muf en is
mierzoet, aromatisch, rijk en rond op sigarenbladeren, belegen eik, walnoten,
Luikse wafels, blauwe bosbessen, speculoos en nat zand. En… het is ronduit
geweldig. Prima neus die erg oud aandoet (wat het met zijn 25 jaar ook wel is,
natuurlijk).

Heerlijk romig en donkerzoet, hoewel hij betrekkelijk snel droog wordt.
Opnieuw heel wat donkerzoete toetsen die eerder aan oloroso sherry doen denken
dan aan whisky, maar wie maalt daar om als het zo lekker is? Luikse siroop,
Colombiaanse koffiebonen, mais op de barbecue, gesuikerde popcorn, geroosterde
noten… heerlijk… maar toch geen whisky? Tja, blijkbaar wel, hé.

Er lange, licht pikante, donkerzoete maar drogende afdronk.

Dit is een vloeibaar dessert dat me echt aangenaam verraste. Maar van het
typische Cambus-profiel schiet absoluut niets over. So what? Zo’n 150 EUR, wat hij zeker waard is. Koop ‘m nu je nog
kan!

87/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 07-10-2018
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7 deadly sins WHISKY tour, Northern Ireland….

 

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7 deadly sins WHISKY tour, Northern Ireland

Five days and nights in Belfast, a vibrant city with so much to see both in the city and surrounding areas, this is a tour Paul, Mark and Sean love to bits! Five days, five nights, seven deadly sins!

Day 1.  Welcome to Northern Ireland and the Country’s capital Belfast, where you  will stay for your duration of your tour. We start this morning  taking a tour of Belfast with some Game of Thrones locations en route, (quite different as your driver spent years as a soldier on the streets of the city during the troubles).  Free time to pub crawl in Belfast.  Your driver lives locally so knows the good spots in the city, overnight Belfast.

Day 2.  We head up the outstanding North Antrim Coast, visiting various Game of Thrones locations, such as Ballintoy Harbour which was the back drop for Theons return to the Iron Islands – and where the burning at the stakes was held on the beach, Portsteward Strand.  Early scenes of the Dothraki on horse back were filmed here, also the coast of Dorne, Downhill beach, which was the shores of dragonstone’s. The Dark hedges, which was the Kings road and one of the most requested locations to visit, were planted in the 18th century to impress visitors by the Stuart family.  Visit Cushendun Caves, where the red priestess Melisandre gave birth to the shadow creature.  See Larrybane Quarry, where Renly Baratheons camp in the storm lands and where the tournament in which Brienne of Tarth is introduced. Time for lunch in the Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy, it also has a GoT themed room and the fantastic door of thrones No6 to 10 carved from the trees of the Dark Hedges. There’s a a private dining room set in the world of GoT complete with banners and its’ own replica Iron Thrones.  We also visit Giants Causeway and Bushmills Distillery – In the small village of Bushmills, on the banks of the river you’ll find the oldest working distillery in Ireland, for over 400 years kept to the philosophy that hand crafting small batches is the way to produce beautifully smooth tasting Irish whiskey.  Matured in Sherry Casks is Paul’s favourite. Black Bush combines a high amount of malt whiskey matured in former Oloroso Sherry casks, with a sweet, batch-distilled grain whiskey. Return to Belfast where you stay overnight.

Day 3.  This morning we head down to Castle Ward, where in the opening scenes (season one), the 5 stark children and the bastard John Snow each adopt a Direwolf pup.  Get to meet real Direwolfs Odin and Thor and the chance to dress up in the costumes for photo ops.  Visit the castle where Bran falls from the window ledge in the winter fell courtyard and the cottage (aka) the Brothel of Winterfell. Then we drive to Echlinville Distillery – Northern Ireland’s first licensed distillery in over 125 years distilling its first spirit in 2013. Tours will be personally welcomed and guided through the process, from the barley arriving from the fields, to the maturation warehouse where the Angels are certainly enjoying their share. And after you have discovered the flavour, colour and mouthfeel of our spirits, relax and enjoy drinks of your choice in our bar. Tanks are also on this tour! Return to Belfast. Shall we blend tonight darling? https://whiskytours.scot/dunvilles-old-irish-whiskey

Day 4.  A drive south of the Border today, to the Great Northern Distillery  a private company owned by the Teeling Family, Jim Finn and David Hynes who between them established the Cooley Distillery and rebuilt the Kilbeggan Distillery before selling them in 2012. The Town of Dundalk has always been ideally suited to foster a distilling industry with access the purest water from the nearby Cooley Mountains. Since the late 1600’s brewing has been at the heart of Dundalk with breweries in the area. The Dundalk Distillery operated in the Town between 1708 and 1926. Two of the distillery buildings, the grain store and maltings, still exist and now house the County Museum and Dundalk Library. The Distillery operates two distinctive distilleries pot stills and columns that produce a diverse range of Irish whiskey spirit’s including grain, triple malt, double malt, peated malt and pot still whiskey. The distillery has a current capacity of 16 million litres of spirit with an opportunity to expand production. We spend some time down here in the Republic, with free time in Dundalk to experience the local pub scene. Back to Belfast.

Day 5. This morning a drive to Gosford Castle and park.  The castle has become known as the gloomy home of HouseTully. It was first seen in season 1 when Rob Stark executes Richard Karstark for treason and later used for season three’s gory Red Wedding in which several main characters were killed. Then a visit to Armagh to see the two main churches in the city situated on two hills, one Protestant and one Catholic.  Return to Belfast, your final night.

Whisky pubs we recommend in Belfast; The Harp Bar, incorporating the Dunville Swinging Diddy Lounges is decorated in plush red velvet fabrics and adorned with antique furnishings resonant with Victorian Belfast. Walls and cabinets feature rare memorabilia inspired by the building’s origins as a bonded warehouse – the headquarters of The Old Bushmills Distillery Company. Paul’s favourite Belfast bar.  The New Orpheus. The Orpheus: Ballroom of Romance has been a vision of Willie and Joanne Jack, alongside their late business partner and friend, Bruce Kirk. An extension to the Harp Bar on Hill Street Belfast, The New Orpheus is a stunning monument to one of Belfast’s lost architectural treasures, the Orpheus Ballroom, York Street (1932). The Dark Horse and you can enjoy some of the finest coffee and Suki tea served in Belfast. You can also appreciate the superb decor and special atmosphere with beautiful antique surroundings, furniture and artefacts from some of the city’s most famous hotels and buildings from bygone times – all providing a rare and unique glimpse of Belfast’s historical past…Nestled along a narrow, cobbled alleyway, The Duke offers a traditional Belfast welcome of craic, music and humour in contrast to the modern, fashionable establishments currently blowing into the surrounding streets.  All these bars are owned by rhe same people and, all within yards of eachother, but YOU MUST pay a visit here, in the midst of all the bars; The Friend at Hand is a unique whiskey off-licence combined with a mini museum charting the whiskey distilling history of Belfast. Browse and buy from the biggest collection of Irish Whiskeys available anywhere and get exclusive access to own brand 13yr old whiskeys. https://whiskytours.scot/seven-deadly-sins-whisky

Paul McLean

Your Host Paul Mclean

Some further reading  https://whiskytours.scot/whisky-or-whiskey

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1995 Blair Athol 23 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength – Scotch Whisky News

KL Blair Athol

One-of-a-Kind Single Malt You Won’t Find Elsewhere

“There’s no reason a whisky this good and this old should be this inexpensive.”
—David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

Almost never seen in the United States, Blair Athol is a rare treat for collectors of Scotland’s finest drams. The bottling featured here, a 23 Year Old that was brought up in sherry cask, counts among the best expressions we’ve ever encountered. Heady, expressive, and with a seemingly unending cascade of Amontillado spice, it is a pure delight from start to finish. Blair Athol has developed something of a cult following over the years, and based on the balanced power this 23 Year Old reveals, it’s all too easy to see why. Because of its scarcity, one might expect this scotch to cost twice the price, but that’s the beauty of our direct-import program—we are able to offer it at an unbeatable price. We urge you to scroll down and read our staff reviews, as they paint a picture of a Highland malt of the highest caliber. Previous casks of Blair Athol have sold out in no time, and we expect much the same of this magnificent expression.

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1995 Blair Athol 23 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” KL Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($109.99)

The exceptional Blair Athol Distillery sits just outside the picturesque town of Pitlochry at the base of the great Cairngorm Mountains. This small stone distillery has provided KL with several of our most renowned single barrels, namely a few old refill casks from Signatory, which were dark refill sherry butts. This barrel showing up just a few years after those exquisite examples of this low-key distillery further proves that sherry and Blair Athol play in perfect harmony. Famous in the U.K. as the home of the well-regarded Bell’s Blend, it has no real no real presence in the States. Nonetheless, it’s become sought after partly due to our efforts and because more of our customers are heading over to Scotland. Since invariably a stop in the quaint little village just to the north of the distillery is recommended, every year more people coming home dreaming about it. Once you taste that flora and fauna expression, it must feel rather tragic to realize that no regular expression of this lovely malt is available in the U.S. So when this stupendous cask popped up, we knew we had to nab it. I’d happily sell this exceptional whisky, filled into a fresh sherry butt back in 1995, for $200. I absolutely think it’s worth that much. We crushed the 26 Year Old from Signatory (albeit slightly older and darker) at $180 a bottle years ago. While it might not be as unique as some of the year’s other offerings, it’s is easily the most lovable malt of the season and another insane value from OMC.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 14, 2018

The lovely Blair Athol distillery is the spiritual home of the Bell’s Blend, which gets a bad rap from some whisky geeks, but when we see the excellent distillery in the warehouse we take note. Very few things are more appealing to me than an extremely affordable Blair Athol charged from a sherry. One whiff and we knew we had to have this majestic barrel. The nose has a big note of Oloroso, but also some complex malty fruit in the background. With a bit of water, dark fruit compote, exotic spices, and a subtle, almost Amontillado-like savory quality, emerge. On the palate it’s wonderfully textured with big taffy notes and a woodsy herbal quality—although much cleaner after water than the Ben Nevis, it still has a bit of funk to start. This is a total no brainer—an ultra-balanced, but overtly sherried malt in what might be arguably its perfect state of maturation. You barely notice the high proof, but it does love a little dollop of spring water, which opens it up in the most impressive way. Those that love the balance between dark sherry tones and rich maltiness will want to load up on this while it’s still around. There’s no reason a whisky this good and this old should be this inexpensive.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 11, 2018

Once again we have Blair Athol on the shelves! It has been far too long and I’ve fielded too many customer requests from people hoping for a bottle of our previous casks to pop up. While a touch younger and nowhere near as dark in sherry color, this wonderful cask shows off all of the splendor of sherry-aged Blair Athol with more sophistication than our previous bottlings. The chocolate fudge and spice cake of the sherry butt is more deeply integrated and the nutty texture and earthy flavors of the malt shine through. Don’t let that gentle sounding description fool you. The nose is just as robust as the first fill sherry monsters of yesteryear, but the palate doesn’t attack you, it lulls you into a false sense of security instead. At nearly 60%, for all its grace, this malt still packs a wallop. With a water addition it softens (a little) and exposes more of a dried orange peel and caramelized candied almond profile. A big malt for those who want power in their glass. And all for a pittance in comparison to the pair of 1988s we’ve offered in the last couple of years.

William Beare | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 25, 2018

It’s a cold and blustery evening here in Redwood City as I take my first few sips of the Blair Athol 23. The days are getting shorter and the winds are picking up. But in a large, deep glass, just the nose on this feels like a space heater for my soul. There is a small handful of fire in each inhale, but such a seductive, sweet fire that you feel dared to keep breathing deeper. The palate is filled with sweet honeycomb wax—unbelievably textural with a healthy dose of orange zest and a nutty finish. Well worth the price tag, and way too easy to drink for your own good.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 25, 2018

There’s big fruit on the nose with notes of syrupy brandy cherries coming in first, followed by orange zest, kumquat, and apricot. Nice bright caramel and rock candy scents come through next, then just a little earthiness and a whisper of smoke. The palate is initially dominated by salted caramels and stone fruit flavors, but then there’s a bold transition to cherries, spices, and some leather in a nicely long finish.

Jackson Lee | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 21, 2018

This cask offering from Blair Athol is unapologetic in the way it presents itself. When first poured into the glass, notes of iodine, peat, astringent, leather, and oak are apparent—stereotypical but then a honeyed apricot and Nilla wafers come in to soften those hardened players. On the palate that sweetness at the end of the nose comes through on the tip of your tongue, hitting you with sweet cashew brittle and green apple undertones. The finish is long and you get a little spice and heat on the end, while that sweetness keeps its promise to the end, drawing out notes of pencil shavings after it..

Anthony Russo | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2018

This is a highlight of what Scotland’s Highland region can achieve. This whisky typically goes into a bottling that does not reach the United States, so just the opportunity to taste it is incredibly special. The nose is wildly interesting, loaded with all types of fruits and spices. The palate definitely follows up nicely with a flavor I did not expect: a touch of malty sweetness that keeps the finish long. I am very excited about this release, especially at the price/cask strength ABV.

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The Good Dram Show – Episode 295 ‘Port Charlotte & Octomore’ – Scotch Whisky News

Chris Goodrum

Welcome to the first episode of the show for 2019! I’m kicking off the year with a peaty epic!

https://youtu.be/1RqnknrLI5E

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Highland Park 1988 (SV 30th Anniversary)

Number two in our (short) list of reviews of the recent 30th Anniversary bottlings from Signatory Vintage. A 30 years old Highland Park distilled in 1988 and matured in a hogshead.

 

 

Highland Park 1988 - Signatory 30th AnniversaryHighland Park 1988 - Signatory 30th AnniversaryHighland Park 30 yo 1988 (49,7%, Signatory Vintage ’30th anniversary’ 2018, hogshead #755, 220 btl.)

Nose: quite fruity (ripe apples, grapefruit, lime) with heathery notes and the typical coastal side. Distinct floral notes too, mixing with hints of beeswax. Just a whiff of earthy peat. Highly polished and inviting. Mouth: a similar bright fruitiness, now clearly more tropical (tangerine, passion fruits, lime, pink grapefruit). Still a waxy feeling, alongside mint and camphor. Leafy touches. Very subtle hints of salted capers and herbal notes. Great mix of drier and rounder notes. Finish: long, maltier, with grapefruit, hints of dried ginger and mineral earthy notes.

Really beautiful Highland Park, slightly feminine in a way and very elegant. Just short of € 500 and maybe too expensive for what it delivers but an outstanding example of this profile nonetheless.

Score: 92/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/highland-park/highland-park-1988-sv-30th-anniversary/