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23 Mar 2012

Highland Fusilier 21 years

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * Blends

Highland Fusilier 21yo labelsThe Highland Fusiliers are Princess Margeret’s personal Glasgow and Ayrshire regiment.

For the Tercentenary anniversary of the Scots Regiment of Foot (1678 – 1978), Gordon & MacPhail released a 21 years old vatted malt (“Pure malt”). Although there is no mention of the distilleries involved, the vatting probably includes some 1950’s Macallan.

Surprisingly they are seen with at least five different labels (click to magnify). Many of them found their way to Italy through Sestante and Pinerolo. I’m not sure whether all versions contain the same vatting. They seem to have the same colour though.

 

Highland Fusilier 21 yearsHighland Fusilier 21 yo
(70° proof, Gordon & MacPhail 1978, Specially vatted for the Tercentenary of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 75,7 cl.)

Nose: excellent nose, sweet with a juicy sherry character (sultanas, dried apricot). Tobacco leaves. A leathery note and some vanilla (hints of high-quality American bourbon). Light smoke in the background, as well as some dusty / musty notes. Overall very Macallan-esk indeed. Mouth: a short sweet introduction (caramel and sultana), quickly taken over by oaky and bitter notes (herbs). Not as full as I hoped, not too complex either. Slightly past its due date maybe. Finish: not too long, hesitating between caramel sweetness and herbal oakiness.

One of these old drams with a great nose (91-92 points) and a palate that’s slightly less impressive. That being said, it’s a lovely example of the 1950’s sherry style. Around € 150 in auctions.

Score: 88/100

Highland Fusilier 21 years 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-03-23

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