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06 Aug 2014

North Highland 1995 (Svenska Eldvatten)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glenmorangie

Swedish bottler Svenska Eldvatten is not giving us a distillery name this time, only the indication North Highland. This 18 years old malt from a first fill sherry cask is said to come from a distillery rarely bottled by independents. Make a guess and read on.


North Highland 1995 - Svenska EldvattenNorth Highland 18 yo 1995 (56,1%, Svenska Eldvatten 2013, first fill sherry butt #233123, 428 btl.)

Nose: toffee apples and rhubarb compote. Sweet and sour. Berries, oranges and vanilla. Some hay and soft minerals. Dried apricots too. A profile that’s very open and inviting but complex at the same time. After a while it gets more leathery with hints of eucalyptus oil, camphor and a hint of polished cedar which I find rather ‘Japanese’ if you know what I mean. Mouth: punchy, oily, nicely sherried, with syrupy fruits, red apples, raisins and hints of candy. Some drier, grassier notes as well as cloves and grape pits. Muscovado sugar. A mintiness like on the nose. Finish: medium long, fruity with some cocoa and toasted notes.

Could this be a sherried Glenmorangie? I don’t see why not. It surely fits their wood engineering skills, resulting in an interesting (American) sherry oak expression. Maybe a little woody but very flavoursome. Around € 100, still available.

Score: 87/100

North Highland 1995 (Svenska Eldvatten) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2014-08-06
  • Eric

    The Creative Whisky Company has also bottled two different North Highlands at different age (14 and 17 year old). Both were Glenmorangie based on my tastes (imagine a woodier version of their 10 year old). It’s also easy to guess via process of elimination since the other North Highland distilleries (even Dalmore) are independently bottled under their original names.

  • SauronTNT

    When you say it is still available, it is in which web marchand or shop ?

  • WhiskyNotes

    Master of Malt, Whiskybase and Systembolaget.

  • SauronTNT

    Thanks a lot



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