Highland Park Full Volume

Highland Park Full Volume

Price: $100 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Highland Park / Edrington Group

Region: Island

47.2% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 18 years

Cask Type: First-fill bourbon

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: No


Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Honey, malt, white grapes, ash, light peat, citrus, salt, minerals

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Pepper, vanilla, cinnamon, smoke, leather, light salt and costal spray

Finish: Medium warmth and length, peat smoke and pepper, ash taste returns with vanilla

Thoughts: So to me this tastes like what I’d image Caol Ila with balls would taste like, still nothing mind blowing and I think the “Full Volume” is a marketing misstep for this bottle.

Score: 80 out of 100

Tobermory 10

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Price: $55 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Tobermory / Distell

Region: Island

46.3% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Salt, honey, malt, oak, mushrooms, earthy, stone fruit

Feel:Medium, warm

Taste: Earthy caramel, and vanilla, malt, cereal, pepper, cinnamon

Finish: Saline and citrus with earth, vanilla, malt, and oak, medium warmth and length

Thoughts: A really earthy scotch, with a coastal influence.

Score: 77 out of 100

Arran 13 Single Cask Nation

Arran 13 Single Cask Nation

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Arran / Single Cask Nation

Region: Island

55.9% ABV

Aged For: 13 years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: 2nd fill oloroso

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honey, malt, alcohol, dried fruits, citrus

Feel:Medium body, spicy

Taste: Vanilla, pepper, ginger, citrus, walnuts, malt

Finish: Spices, pepper, oak, dried fruits, and a bit of toffee

Thoughts: This was interesting as usually things with sherry influence don’t have this much pepper and spice in them.

Score: 84 out of 100

 

Talisker Port Ruighe

Talisker Port Ruighe

Price: $60 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Talisker / Diageo

Region: Island

45.8% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon casks, finished in Port casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Light orange

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Smoke, malt, vanilla, earth, salt and blackberries

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, dark berries, earth, smoke, oak, salt, peat

Finish: Light heat and medium length slight port wine notes with oak tannins and earthy smoke

Thoughts: I think this was a bit more Smokey than the 10 year, and the slight blackberry and port notes were a nice addition I think.

Score: 80 out of 100

 

Arran 2006 Connoisseur’s Choice

Arran 2006

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Arran / Gordon & MacPhail

Region: Island

46% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 8 years

Cask Type: Refill Casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: White wine

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Honey, malt, yeast, vanilla, floral

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Barley, pepper, oak, vanilla, and baked bread

Finish: Medium warmth and length, oak and vanilla with bits of pepper and wood shavings

Thoughts: If Arran’s underlying malt wasn’t that good it would show here, but it actually is rather tasty. This is no frills malt whiskey.

Score: 80 out of 100

Highland Park 15 Signatory Vintage

Highland Park 15 Signatory

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Highland Park / Signatory Vintage

Region: Island

46% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 15 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Honey, smoke, vanilla, oak, heather, salt, and spice

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, smoke, heather, grass, sea spray, gentle peat, and caramel

Finish: Medium, slight warmth, vanilla smoke, and earthy undertones.

Thoughts: Less fruity than the OBs I’ve had, has a sort of salty, earthy vanilla going on.

Score: 83 out of 100

Arran 10

Arran 10

Price: $55 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Arran

Region: Island

46% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 10 years

Cask Type: Ex-Bourbon & sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Malt, honey, nutty, grass, citrus, and gentle oak

Mouthfeel: Waxy and medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla and honey, with grass, earth, and oak

Finish: Medium and lingering finish, with vanilla, honey, ginger, and pepper

Score: 79 out of 100