Another one from that crazy night with the Toronto Whisky Society people. And, excitingly, another one that they selected themselves!
I tried the Tobermory that they had done first blind and really enjoyed it, so was intruiged by this whisky distilled on Orkney that definitely isn’t Scapa (yeah, its Highland Park, duh).
Orkney 2000 The Whisky Agency 52.9%
Colour: Light Gold
Nose: Very natural and mineral, lightly smoked porridge, a great little funky note. Its a little closed and austere but it opens up over time and with a little warming, reminds me of a Benromach from a Bourbon barrel or Springbank Local Barley.
Taste: Soft arrival, beautiful balance of light lemon, minerality and light smoke. Quite austere again but great. Nice spices and good level of dry oak, white pepper.
Finish: Long length. The white pepper and dry oak really stick around and build with some great minerality.
Bottled for Toronto Whisky Society at 17yo in 2018. Another really good pick guys. Quite smoky for HP I thought, while still being clean and well balanced.
Thanks for reading!
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