Islands

Whiskies from the Islands region of Scotland.

April 22, 2017
Highland Park 10YO review

Highland Park 10 year old review

Highland Park 10 year old comes from the most northerly whisky distillery in Scotland, the Highland Park distillery in Kirkwall, Orkney Island. This distillery has found its way to my heart, being one of my favorite distilleries. Never disappointing, always delivering top quality whiskies like their core range 12 and […]
February 20, 2016
Ola Dubh 12 review – amazing ale aged in whisky casks

Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 review

This is probably the greatest, or at least one of the greatest ales I have ever tasted. Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 comes from the Harviestoun Brewery in Clackmannanshire, Scotland. Based in the town of Alva, their brewing story began in 1983 – known for beers like Schiehallion Lager and […]
September 10, 2015
Talisker 10 year old single malt whisky

Talisker 10 year old review

Talisker 10 year old is truly a seaside dram. Powerful single malt whisky from the Isle of Skye, filled with coastal notes and strong character – classic Scottish Island dram. I am not a big fan of seafood and if you have to name one whisky that resembles seafood, Talisker […]
July 11, 2015
Highland Park Valhalla Series – Freya

Highland Park Freya 15 year old review

I haven’t tasted the first two, but I got a chance to try the third release of Highland Park’s Valhalla Collection: Freya, a 15 year old single malt whisky. This one was named after the Norse Goddess of Love. Freya the Goddess was sensitive and wise – a valiant protector of human […]
July 6, 2015
Highland Park Warrior Series: Einar

Highland Park Einar review

Highland Park has released six NAS (no age statement) whiskies for their Warrior Series, made for European travel retail market: Svein, Einar, Harald, Sigurd, Ragnavald and Thorfinn (in order of price). Named after Einar, one of the most feared vikings of his time. Einar was tough and successful, making lots […]
July 6, 2015
Highland Park Warrior Series: Svein

Highland Park Svein review

For the European travel retail market, Highland Park released 6 different NAS (no age statement) whiskies: Svein, Einar, Harald, Sigurd, Ragnavald and Thorfinn (in order of price). Named after a legendary Viking leader Svein, who was also known for his generous nature and hospitality, as well as his fiery temper. Highland […]
July 6, 2015
Highland Park Warrior Series: Harald

Highland Park Harald review

Highland Park released six NAS (no age statement) whiskies for the European travel retail market: Svein, Einar, Harald, Sigurd, Ragnavald and Thorfinn (in order of price). Named after the Norwegian king, Harald Fairhair, who established the Orkney earldom. King Harald also had a well-known victorious army. Highland Park Harald has […]
June 30, 2015
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Highland Park 12 year old review

I haven’t bumped into any confirmed info about the maturation of Highland Park 12 year old single malt whisky, but I’m guessing it’s Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Sherry casks. Probably re-fill sherry casks. They do talk about the usage of Olororoso sherry casks, so probably those and some American oak. But I […]
June 28, 2015
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Isle of Jura 10 year old review

Isle of Jura 10 year old is a steady executor, smooth from the start until the finish. Matured in Ex-Bourbon casks, not at all a complex single malt whisky. Bit spicy but nothing like Jura Superstition in spiciness. I’d say that Jura 10YO is a safe option. A nice afternoon starter for example. […]
March 13, 2015
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The Naked Grouse blended malt whisky review

This BIRD is hard to comprehend, yet it’s rich The Naked Grouse is a blended malt whisky from The Famous Grouse brand by The Edrington Group. The malts are from Highland Park and Macallan, matured in first-fill Sherry casks. It has a higher proportion of above-mentioned malts, than in the […]
March 13, 2015
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The Black Grouse Alpha Edition review

The Black Grouse Alpha Edition is a peated version of the Famous Grouse. This is a little bit peatier than the ordinary Black Grouse whisky released in 2007, developed for Swedish market. In the label, there’s that grouse again, this time it’s a black one (tetrao tetrix). Miss Whisky has a […]
March 13, 2015
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The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky review

Matthew Gloag & Son Ltd. started the Famous Grouse production in 1897 and nowadays it’s been made by The Edrington Group. Named after the famous British moorland bird called red grouse (lagopus lagopus scoticus), which is Scotland’s national game bird. “It has been the highest selling whisky in Scotland since […]
March 4, 2015
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Highland Park 18 year old review

Whisky like THE INTERNATIONAL Highland Park 18 year old single malt is a Gold Medal winner of the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Praised by Whisky Bible’s Jim Murray, along with many other whisky writers and critics all over the world, one intriguing movie comes to mind: The International, […]
February 15, 2015
Compass Box Peat Monster review

Compass Box The Peat Monster blended malt review

Compass Box The Peat Monster is a vatted malt of Islay, Speyside and Isle of Mull, created by John Glaser from Compass Box. The Speyside malt comes from Ardmore distillery. Islay is represented by a village of Port Askaig and some south coast Islay too. Also with some peated malt from […]
October 21, 2014
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Scapa 16 year old review

Scapa 16 year old single malt whisky is matured in New American oak casks. Coming from the island of Orkney, the sea breeze does show in it. The package already tells you a story, what’s coming. Looks like a view from a lighthouse. And the whisky surely feels like it. […]
October 20, 2014
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Tobermory 10 year old review

WHEN WE WERE KINGS – again Tobermory 10 year old single malt is a very energetic whisky, matured in ex-bourbon casks. It has a dry and fruity kick, which is nicely gentle and that’s why it fits very well to my mouth. I usually don’t like the very dry and fruity […]
October 15, 2014
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Arran Lochranza Reserve review

I experienced THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT with this whisky Arran Lochranza Reserve is matured in bourbon and sherry casks. Named after the home village of Arran Distillery built in 1995. Created by the famous distiller James MacTaggart to to show an even lighter side of Arran, And this is where it gets […]
October 10, 2014
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Talisker Port Ruighe review

Talisker Port Ruighe is matured in re-fill American and European oak casks. After that it’s been transferred to deeply charred barrels and finished in Port wine casks. This single malt was released quite soon after Talisker Storm’s launch in early 2013. Another no age statement release quickly after Talisker Storm. Port Ruighe is pronounced […]
October 9, 2014
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Highland Park Vintage 1994 review – distilled 1994, bottled 2010

Highland Park 1994 Vintage is 16 year old whisky matured in first-fill European (Spanish) oak sherry cask. Not at all like their Vintage 2001, which got a very good score from me. The 2001 version had a smoky palate because of the high proportion of first-fill American oak casks used in […]
October 8, 2014
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Isle of Jura Prophecy review

Prophecy is a peated Jura released in small batches. Matured in (French) Limousine oak casks and finished in 1989 Oloroso Sherry butts from Gonzalez Byass. Needless to say, with phenolic level of 35 ppm, this Jura is powerful with peat. And even though spicy, it’s not like the usual Jura […]
August 16, 2014
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Isle of Jura 16 year old review

Mellow whisky of SUGAR & SPICE Isle of Jura 16 year old single malt was matured in American White Oak Casks. It got a bronze medal at the 2004 International Wine and Spirits Competition. Like other Djurachs, it is spicy, but it´s much more mellow. Which suits very well for […]
August 6, 2014
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Ledaig 1996 Connoisseurs Choice review

Ledaig (peated Tobermory) 1996 Connoisseurs Choice by Gordon and MacPhail was bottled in 2013. Matured in refill remade Hogsheads, the young age does show, putting this dram more on the mediocre side. According to Ralfy, whisky from Tobermory distillery tend to need much aging. The new version of the 10 year […]
June 17, 2014
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Highland Park Vintage 2001 review – distilled 2001, bottled 2012

Highland Park Vintage 2001 was made for travel retail and duty free shops, high proportion matured in first-fill American oak casks to bring up the smokier side of Highland Park. It was my very first encounter with Highland Park. I actually didn’t know what to expect. I certainly didn’t realize, that […]
March 17, 2014
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Isle of Jura Superstition review

My taste buds scream: APOCALYPSE NOW! “I love the smell of napalm in the morning” The words of Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore (Robert Duvall) came to my head, when I took my first sips of Isle of Jura Superstition. Even though the smoke is very delicate in this one, the […]
February 28, 2014
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Arran 10 year old review

CLOCKWORK ORANGE kick in the throat Arran Malt 10 year old hasn’t got oranges in it. I just got the same vibes from it as I did when I saw Clockwork Orange for the first time. Kubrick’s groundbreaking film was violent and disturbing but at the same time, funny and […]
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