Gordon and MacPhails’ Connoisseurs Choice Ardbeg 1974

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Ardbeg | Gordon and MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 1974 | distilled 1974 and bottled 1996 | 40 % | 

Info: In 1974 Ardbeg still used its own malt, malted in their kiln. Later on they were mothballed (once again) and after that used malt they got from Port Ellen Maltings, like most distilleries on Islay do. Continue reading

Ardbeg Supernova 2014

Ardbeg Supernova 2014

I had this dram bind as a part of a quite nice line-up of blind samples I had the chance to try two years ago. I spare you the rather long post about it, but if you want to read it all, here is the original reddit post. All I knew going in was that all these drams were rather special and that there were four Scotch whiskies, one Worldwhisky as well as one Bourbon, one Rye and one Wheater. I leave you with my original notes but I left out all of the guessing and in-between thoughts, if you want to read it all check out the reddit post I linked to above. Continue reading

Highland Park 12 Old and New Review

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Info: I bought a bottle for christmas as I really like Highland Park when I’m not in the mood for Islay and the 12 is a nice all around crowd pleaser. I have had it again and again over the last years and while I was posting some of my older Highland Park reviews, I saw my review of the HP12 from more than two years ago and hence I figured it will be fun to have a new review of the rebranded HP 12 side by side with a review from two years and about 200 reviews ago. Bear in mind that this is not (!) a side by side of the old and new bottling and that most if not all of potential difference are most likely due to me and my tastebuds changed and that I had one or two drams in between which might changed my perception and preferences a wee little bit… Continue reading

Highland Park 18

Highland Park 18Since the not really complementary review of the Voyage of the Raven was the only HP review I posted here, I figured I needed to upload more of my older HP reviews to make up for that as I actually like the distillery quite a bit. Again, this one is more than a year old.


Highland Park | 18 | 18 yo | 43% | Bourbon and Sherry Casks |CF, NCA Continue reading