Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Few Wee Drams

It's that time again.  Well, actually, it's well past that time, as I finished my samples from Master of Malt a while ago. They deserve a review, Jessica-style!

Highland Park 13 Year
First up is the Master of Malt bottling of Highland Park's 13 Year Old Single Cask.  Coming in at a healthy 114-proof (57% abv), this one's not to be taken lightly.  If you've read any of my other reviews, I am not one to linger on confusing tasting notes.  You can easily read this online if you follow the link!  However, this little number is aged in bourbon casks and we all know I have a certain fondness for bourbons! So, 13 years after hitting the casks, this little number comes out warm, sweet, and slightly smoky. Yum. Yum. Yum!  And best of all, no water needed! Although it's cask-strength, it's not over-powering!

Caol Ila 30 Year
And on to the Master of Malt Caol Ila 30 Year Old Single Cask.  Man, oh man!  Distilled when I was a wee lass of 5, scampering around the streets of Miami, it emerges with some serious punch! Slightly stronger than the Highland Park, at 57.4% abv, it still isn't too boozy. However, it's full of flavor..spicy, a bit fruity and vanilla-y, and loads of good smoke!  A total winner.  A bit hard on the wallet, but a wee sample would make a great little treat!

As always, simply follow the links to get your own.  And...many thanks to the very very kind folks at Master of Malt for letting me try these lovely whiskies!