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April 14, 2022



Hagar The Horrible, Chris Browne

They now come underneath a number of monikers, Secret Orkney, Highland Malt, Island Malt, Whitlaw, Man O’ Hoy, Kirkwall Pearl, Heathery Mysteries, Northern Highlights, Korny Orkney, Captain Kirk’s, Heather Climate, Viking King… (please word that not all names do exist in actual life, but, ha… The deal being one identify = one beer)…

Probably Orkney's Finest 12 yo 2008/2021 (48.4%, Douglas Laing, Old Particular, refill hogshead, cask #DL 14290, 430 bottles) Probably Orkney's Finest 12 yo 2008/2021 (48.4%, Douglas Laing, Old Particular, refill hogshead, cask #DL 14290, 430 bottles)

In all probability Orkney’s Best 12 yo 2008/2021 (48.4%, Douglas Laing, Outdated Explicit, refill hogshead, cask #DL 14290, 430 bottles) Four stars

Solely Solely ‘In all probability’ Orkney’s Best? That ought to please house owners Edrington, hoist with their very own petard! Is not all of it getting a bit Shakespearian? Color: white wine. Nostril: no-fuss inexperienced apples, beeswax, mild smoke, seawater, olive brine, chalk, grist and lamp oil. I do have the sensation that this will probably be quick and fast. Mouth: relatively within the type of the official 10, solely with extra oomph because of the next energy. Bare chalk, pepper, honey, apples, dough… Having stated that it is also turning into a bit raisiny and sweetish. Add water or not add water? Oh, let’s strive that… With water: that did not fairly work. End: relatively lengthy and smoky, however the place did this honeyed sweetness come from? Feedback: extraordinarily good, only a tad candy for me. One thing mysterious right here, however good smoke.

SGP:562 – 85 factors.

Whitlaw 15 yo (47.7%, Forgotten Gems, Master of Malts, refill hogshead, 11 bottles)

Whitlaw 15 yo (47.7%, Forgotten Gems, Grasp of Malts, refill hogshead, 11 bottles) Four stars

Eleven bottles! Let’s examine if this one’s rightly Nigel-Tuffnellian, or if they need to have poured it into a mix as an alternative. If I humbly could. Color: white wine. Nostril: full on paraffin, candles, then violets and lavender (proper, 4711), plus white asparagus (excessive season is right here) and similarly-shaped salsify. Love salsify, hope nobody ever forgets salsify. Mouth: peat up mucho, salt as effectively, lemon ditto, and oysters besides. Hope you may perceive this gibberish. Kerouac, deep apologies! End: relatively lengthy, salty and peaty certainly, whereas to be completely trustworthy, I might counsel somebody’s been pouring two bottles of Ardbeg Ten into this wee vatting. In fact nobody ever does that. The aftertaste is a bit bitter. Feedback: a really smoky HP. It is vitally good, questioning if Dr Sam was concerned in some unspecified time in the future, as there are tiny notes of guitar lacquer right here and there.

SGP:464 – 87 factors.

Orkney 13 yo 2007/2021 (50.2%, Whiskyfacile, Scylla & Charybdis, refill hogshead)

Orkney 13 yo 2007/2021 (50.2%, Whiskyfacile, Scylla & Charybdis, refill hogshead) Four stars and a half

I would guess this Italian HP will probably be fairly Homeric. One other one from the peatier years, I might guess. Color: white wine. Nostril: minimal, a bit Japanese in that respect, Bauhausian, ultra-clean, on recent bread, one olive, grist and chalk, mercurochrome. With water: paint thinner and extra grist and bread. Mouth (neat): riesling, chalk, inexperienced lemons and inexperienced apples, plus plasticine. With water: hints of williams pears. Excellent however the hoggie did not over-exert itself, did it. End: medium, salty. Liquid oysters, one olive within the aftertaste. Feedback: a telegraphic word for an ideal younger HP completely al pure. I will dig into these Scylla and Charybdis issues later. Possibly.

SGP:363 – 88 factors.

Orkney 13 yo 2008/2021 (53.2%, Thompson Bros., refill hogshead, 356 bottles)

Orkney 13 yo 2008/2021 (53.2%, Thompson Bros., refill hogshead, 356 bottles) Four stars

The brothers would inform us that this child’s spent a further six months in a primary fill barrel. I am unsure we wanna know. Gorgeous label, nonetheless. Color: white wine. Nostril: from the identical fabric, besides that this one has received gentian, whereas I might kill for gentian. Like, say a swollen Russian dictator. With water: bandages, grapefruits, kelp and oysters. Undoubtedly coastal. Mouth (neat): pears and gentian, plus chalk and bone-dry riesling. A bit juniper and pepper too, which I discover a tad much less pleasing. With water: again to critical chalky and doughy issues. Hints of coconut and vanilla within the background (eh?) End: lengthy, however this bitterness retains bothering us a tiny wee bit. The remainder is simply good. Oysters, citrus pips and skins within the aftertaste. Feedback: relatively a tough nut to crack, however high quality’s excessive for certain. The barrelly (I do know) touches solely present occasionally.

SGP:362 – 85 factors.

Whitlaw 5 yo 2016/2022 (60.8%, Whisky Is The Limit, 1st fill Latour, cask #240/2016, 440 bottles)

Whitlaw 5 yo 2016/2022 (60.8%, Whisky Is The Restrict, 1st fill Latour, cask #240/2016, 440 bottles) Four stars

This by our late-night-fondue-loving mates in Geneva, Switzerland. Having stated that, every little thing is frightening right here, particularly the age (5) and the wooden (Lafite, king of Pauillac, thus Bordeaux). Color: apricot/salmon. Nostril: fairly tight, the loopy Pauillac (why do not they inform us concerning the classic, since they solely use their barriques as soon as???) stays relatively unobtrusive, however some acetone’s relatively apparent. Now, the energy is excessive… With water: loads of wooden glue, acetone certainly, then blackcurrant buds, fig leaves (cautious), poached white peaches, then simpler scents, redcurrant jelly, peonies, distant echoes of horse and cow dung, horse saddle, hay… A bit stressed in your nostril, however keep in mind, solely 5. Mouth (neat): big, tight, pungent, aggressive, probably good. Varnish, strawberries and pepper. With water: and there, peach syrup, smoky white cherries… These profiles often are likely to turn into very rubbery (in my meagre expertise) however that is not fairly the case right here. End: lengthy, grassy, leafy (that is the Bordeaux), fairly peppery and salty. Feedback: some struggle right here, I imply, Lafite in opposition to Highland Park!. A bit robust and really entertaining.

SGP:462 – 85 factors.

Kirkwall 17 yo 2000/2017 (58.1%, WFFA, bourbon, cask #27, 266 bottles)

Kirkwall 17 yo 2000/2017 (58.1%, WFFA, bourbon, cask #27, 266 bottles) Three stars

I feel I have been figuring out what the acronym WFFA used to imply. Color: mild gold. Nostril: dough, mild heather honey, overripe apples, lime stones, beans, plaster, grass, cider apples… Not the best HP to date. With water: bandages and chalk, plus a wee glass of kirschwasser. Mouth (neat): means, means sexier than on the nostril when neat, with very good citrus and wonderful chalky doughs. With water: similar, this isn’t a nosing whisky. Bone dry white wine, chalk, white pepper, lemons, extra pepper… End: and extra pepper but, chilli, cactus, contact of cleaning soap, artichokes and eggplants… Feedback: superb, however this very austere dram does push you a wee bit. Get transformed – I am unsure I’ll myself. Critically, it’s a little robust, rubbery, bitter, difficult…

SGP:462 – 82 factors.

We might strive a final one… Or two.., emptying the HP field…

Highland Park 1980/2013 (47.8%, Malts of Scotland for Der Feinschmecker, 1st fill oloroso, cask #MoS N°FS 7, 50 bottles)

Highland Park 1980/2013 (47.8%, Malts of Scotland for Der Feinschmecker, 1st fill oloroso, cask #MoS N°FS 7, 50 bottles) Five stars

How about an obscure previous HP for some well-known German gastronome journal? Certainly, Der Feinschmecker actually is ‘das führende Connoisseur-Magazin’. Hoppla. We have already tried some magnificent 1980 HP. Color: full gold. Nostril: pretty! Shoe polish, teak oil, balsa wooden, embrocations, eucalyptus, fir honey, previous pears (no names), chocolate, extra shoe polish, hints of glutamate, miso… It truly is one other period, virtually one other world. Much less targeted, much less apparent, extra complicated, rather more tertiary. Mouth: big peat, salty wines (manzanilla) and kippers. Probably one of many saltiest and smokiest HPs I’ve ever tried; that is virtually brutal. At 33! End: intense and very lengthy, geared in direction of lemon focus. Robust and tight boy. The aftertaste could be a notch troublesome, actually vey grassy and lemony. Feedback: woo-ooh, what was that? In all probability one of the crucial terrifying HPs I’ve ever tried. And thirty-three years previous (age of Christ!) Extremely-dry previous HP, whereas most was once relatively softly honeyed and waxy. Now then once more, fifty bottles, ought to that depend?

SGP:372 – 90 factors.

We have discovered a 90+, we’re completely happy, that is it.









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