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Highland Park Viking Honour 12 year old

The nose on this is salty and fruity, with some seaweed, a hint of rubber and a prick of alcohol even at 43% ABV.    The taste is rich with toffee, burnt coffee, caramel at first then some more acrid camp fire notes and along with bitter fruit peels and spices.  The finish is gentle hum of heat and peppermint along with some smokiness.  At 43% ABV it can take a drop of water and still hold up, but it doesn't need it.  Overall a delicious expression from one of my favourite distilleries.

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  • Thursday, 28 March 2013 01:16

    Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner....

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    It goes without saying I had a great time at WhiskyLive London last week.  Highlights for me included meeting fellow bloggers Dave Worthington and Kat Pressly (aka Whisky Discovery), trying Glenlivet new make with Ian Logan, a quick chat with Richard Patterson of Whyte and MacKay and a Kavalan Masterclass with distiller Ian Chang.  There were of course some very good whiskies (and a few rums) being poured as well and some of my favorites of the day are listed below.  I somehow managed to miss fellow Texan Chip Tate of Balcones, a man much in demand right now, but I am sure we will meet soon.  I also visited The London Distillery Company and had a chance to catch up with Darren Rook and taste some of their new Dodd's gin before the show... more on that in a later blog.  All in all, not a bad way to spend a snowy Saturday in March.

    Grant's 25 year old http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/546-grants-25-year-old

    The Glenlivet New Make http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/548-the-glenlivet-new-make

    Penderyn Portwood http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/549-penderyn-portwood

    Kavalan Solist http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/551-kavalan-solist

    Dalmore Millenium http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/553-dalmore-millenium

    Enjoy!

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