Peated Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland
Tasted November 25, 2020
I did something recently which probably makes flippers and collectors dumb-founded. I opened a hard to get inaugural release. Well, first thing is first, before we actually get to this whisky: we have to deal with the 800lb gorilla in the room. That is the sheer silliness of 3yr old first releases getting bought by collectors at prices 3-5x over its entry. Look at the recent Mc’Nean. On the shelf for a whole 1 minute at $50, then flipped the next auction for $200. Then there’s the first few releases of Waterford. Ratheadon, Ballyclavan and Bannow were $60, but flipped for $400-500. This is another one as such—-bought for $50, but now in the secondaries for $300. A 3yr old should barely be $50, not in the same playing field as well established 20+ yr olds. Anyway, enough of my rant...will get off my soapbox. So, this is the newest Highlander, owned and operated by Adelphi. Their claim to fame is the use of blockchain technology to track everything from crop to buyer. Can’t help but applaud them for using state of the art technology. That’s all good...but how’s the liquid? Well...it’s decent. Herbal and briny on the nose. I had to look up whether this was an Islander or not. Acts like an Islander, but it’s a Highland. Oak, spice, driftwood on the palette. Really feels like it’s an Islander...it’s as if Talisker would be at 3 yr and no peat. Just brine, driftwood and oak. I want to say “this is a great start for a 3 yr old”, and it is. At $50, yeah it’s worth it. But don’t pay a penny over it. Sadly, this 3yr old sold out in minutes, only to show up in secondaries for multiples of that price.
50.0 USD per Bottle