Wednesday, April 22, 2009

HP Bicentenary


I pulled this one out of the closet and while I always loved it, i had forgotten about it. This was put out by the distillers as a 21 year old bottled in 1998 to celebrate 200 years of distilling at Highland Park. What Michael Jackson said about it: Nose - Polished oak. Leather upholstery. Palate - Minty. Creamy. Freshly-peeled satsumas. Orange peels. Dark cherry flavours. Very bitter black chocolate. Astonishing complexity and length. Long development of drier flavours. Finish -
Violets. Lingering flowery, scented flavours. Comment - After that voluptuous dinner.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Thanks Ronnie at Duncan Taylor


Ronnie hosted us for a tasting at the DT shop in Huntly. Many thanks for the 10+ drams and great list of bottles being sent back. This is now our favorite source for whisky - and yes, they ship to the US. http://www.singlemaltsdirect.com/index.php

Flora and Fauna collection


Our research trip to Scotland was an opportunity to begin the collection of the 'Flora and Fauna' series. This is a series of UDA / Diageo distillery bottlings that Michael Jackson dubbed the Flora and Fauna series for the look of the labels. There are 26 different bottles. 4-8 of them are extremely rare. We have 16 of the 26 on their way back to our collection. We saw the whole set at the Highlander Inn (where we stayed and tasted a few).