Monday, October 29, 2012

God of Thunder

I served Highland Park's Thor to pals at Lela's BM... it went really well with the heavy beats. Also a great wooden box!

A review i agree with: :   Taking inspiration in the distinctly Nordic heritage and unforgiving climate of the Orkney Islands where the celebrated Highland Park distillery stands, the recently launched Thor single malt scotch whisky is as powerful as the Norse god for which it's named. As the first release from the much anticipated Valhalla Collection, the 16 year single malt is characterized by a "forceful" nose dominated by "an explosion of aromatic smoke". Once past these initial notes of gingerbread, cinnamon and vanilla, the dry flavors give way to a sweet body that settles nicely on the palette. It is bottled at 52.1% abv—nearly 9% stronger than the highly sought-after Highland Park 18—the concentrated Thor is unabashedly flavorful when enjoyed neat and responds well to a splash of water, mellowing the peaty bite to a more mortal level. While some purists may scoff at the idea, Thor has the integrity to withstand a bit of dilution while remaining strong enough to put a bit of hair on your chest.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Truly Imperial Dram

Standing tall among a table of notable and potable whiskies at last week's Fiddich, the 19 year-old Duncan Taylor Imperial beckoned. Bottled at cask strength, the 101.8 proof malt cried out for a touch of spring water to soften things up a bit. Distilled in Jan. 1990 and bottled in Mar. 2009, the Imperial offered a rich flowery bouquet with hints of honey, vanilla and orange.

Beautiful color of heathery gold, rich nose. Fruity, slightly peppery and downright delightful on the tongue. Clean, medium-long finish. A dram to be savored.