Highland Park The Light 17 Years
After a successful Highland Park The Dark 17 Years, which symbolized autumn and winter, a new Highland Park The Light 17 Years is ready to be announced. It is matured in refill American oak casks, with aromas of pear, vanilla and nutmeg. It is bottled at 52.9% ABV and limited (cough) to 28.000 bottles. Expected early May 2018 for around € 200-220 (RSP £ 190).
You may notice the slightly nuclear green hue, it is a Freya-style green glass bottle, not a colour calibration problem. The whisky itself is said to be light golden (natural colour).
Update: my Highland Park The Light review
Port Askaig 33 Year Old
After the Port Askaig 30 Years there are now rumours of a Port Askaig 33 Year Old, a single cask release bottled at 50.8% ABV, exclusive to the US importer ImpEx Beverages. Only 115 bottles will be available.
As always the distillery is undisclosed but based on the age (+/- 1984 vintage) there’s a good chance this is Bunnahabhain or (my guess) Caol Ila.
Nectar Grove (Wemyss Malts)
Wemyss Malts launched Nectar Grove, a new blended malt whisky finished in Madeira casks (I believe finishing a blended malt is quite novel). It is bottled at 46% ABV and the packaging is inspired by Portuguese tiles. Available soon (9000 bottles) for around € 50.
My review is coming up shortly, let’s just say it’s probably the nicest blended malt I’ve had from Wemyss…
Update: my Wemyss Nectar Grove review
Things that may not have been widely announced but that grabbed my attention in shops recently…
- Compass Box Hedonism The Muse
- A whole list of new TBWC bottlings: an undisclosed sherry bomb for LMdW, an Irish Malt 12 Years, Undisclosed Islay 25 Years, Clynelish 24 Years, Smögen 5 Years and many more…
- Battle of the Blends judging set (a blind battle, you can add it to your order for just € 0,01)
- Elements of Islay Tasting pack
- Hampden 2000 rum (Berry Bros)
- Vallein-Tercinier coffret (a 20cl set from my favourite cognac brand, see my article on Vallein-Tercinier cognac)