Whisky Fun Review
It is the current ‘regular’ 30 years old, bottled at reduced strength since quite some years. What, 2007 or something? We’ve tried earlier batches many times and always liked it a lot, so… let’s see. Colour: reddish amber. Nose: yes. Kills Odin and all the gods, semi-gods and quarter-gods that they have up there at our great friends’ in Scandinavia. This is much more complex, ‘traditionally’ HP (heather honey and stuff), orange-y, brioche-y, fudge-y, perfume-y (that’ll do, S.)… And I simply love these notes of ‘a new pack of Camels’, even if I haven’t smoked any since ages. But I remember them well, I believe Camel was the first, and later on the very last pack of cigarettes I’ve bought. But we’re digressing, aren’t we. Mouth: oh sweet Vishnu, this is perfect. It’s got the bite, the coastalness, the peppery smoke of any true HP, and then the rounder, aromatic, glazed-chestnut-like notes that complement the saps and honeys that are so emblematic of HP in my own little book. And this lovely old rancio from the sherry casks. Perfect. Finish: long, both lively and rounded, with a perfect complexity. Does ‘the peacock’s tail’. Great smoke and saltiness in the aftertaste. Comments: this, is luxury whisky, and it is understandable that this kind of bottle wouldn’t be priced like any junky modern wood-and-wine-driven-hidden-age composition. Expensive, but I’m afraid it’s worth its price. SGP:552 - 91 points.