On the way out from Bruichladdich I walked by this truck. We want 1 bottle of the new limited releases and 1 of another.... but are we whisky collectors dreaming to small? 😂 Anyhow, it will be intresting to follow crowdfunding in the whisky business during the coming years. Maybe whisky collectors in the future join forces and buy a loaded truck or even a distillery? Seen some new distilleries taken in money this way already. Speculate in the whisky future is always fun 😀
The nose on Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel is rich and complex, hinting on what's to come. Ripe dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, toffee, with some oak. The flavour follows with the dark fruit character, vanilla and toffee, a hint of pepper and cinnamon spice and pleasant soft oak. Warming, syrupy with a good long satisfying finish. One of the best from @russellsreservebourbon @russellsreserveaustralia ⠀
Tonight we are at @mjolnersydney for a 5 course @jagermeister master class with Nils Boese. He has just flown in this morning and pumping hard on the cocktails and jäger profile emersion. @jagermeisterau #jagermeister#cocktails#nilstour2017
A few shots covering off our premium spirits experience last night at the @thefiddlerrousehill downstairs in The Dungeon. A great mod was set for the night with a cognac Tonic before we kicked off into the spirits tastings and dinner.
Went to @mikesiu10 and @chewy389 place for a few drinks last night. Tried the Ledaig 10 years (46.3%). Quite light on the nose with an unmistakable peat smoke. The taste is quite well balanced: a mixture of oak, smoke and spice. Thanks for the drink guys, a very good whisky indeed 🥃 #ledaig10#islandsinglemalt
HIGHLAND PARK DARK ORIGINS 🇬🇧
Islands Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93.6 Proof / 46.8% ABV
A little background on Highland Park, it’s the northern most distillery in Scotland. The biggest confusion about it is that it’s not from the Highlands, which is the area that surrounds Speyside. The name comes from the local area being named “High Park” because it’s higher than the area around it. The confusion is significant because Highland uses locally cut peat and that imparts distinct flavors to the spirit, a flavor that is absent from traditional Highland and Speyside malts. . The name Dark Origins refers to the illicit distillery run by founder Magnus “Mansie” Eunson that would later become Highland Park. What separates it from Highland Park 12 is that they used twice as many first fill sherry casks and so much of what is passed along to the spirit is more intense. .
Initial light smoke that’s familiar with HP with spice, sherried notes of dry fruit, and a hint of banana.
Nice body, smoke on the front and then many of flavors associated with a sherry maturation like spices, walnuts, almond, and some orange peel.
Lingering sweetness reminiscent of over-ripened fruit.
Apparently many Orcadians prefer Scapa to its Orkney sibling Highland Park.
Personally, I'm more of a HP man as I like the hint of smoke present in HP whiskies which just hasn't been there in the Scapas I've tasted.
Scapa Skiren, which is what I am drinking tonight, is a sweet, apple tasting malt. Slàinte!