Jolly Toper Tasting - Glasgow's Whisky Club

Last night Glasgow's Whisky Club had the pleasure of welcoming the

Jolly Toper

(Mark Davidson) to the Iron Horse in Glasgow for our regular monthly tasting. We really were spoiled with a fantastic selection of drams as Mark offered his interpretation of the "Classic Drams". My personal favourite was a Springbank which had a nose of: raisins, demerara sugar, rum and seaweed - sadly this wasn't a commercial bottling so I'll just need to remember it fondly.

  • Bladnoch (SMWS)
  • Age 24
  • 53.3%
  • £101
  • Nose:  fruity, green.
  • Palate: highland, apple, liquorice, ginger, bananas.
  • Clynelish - Cadenhead (small batch)
  • Age 21
  • 51.6%
  • £65
  • Nose: vanilla, jelly fruit, sweet.
  • Palate: Dry, salty, chilli.
  • Mortlach -Gordon & MacPhail
  • Age 15
  • 43%
  • £40
  • Comments: meaty and sweet.
  • Highland Park - Cadenhead's
  • Age 22
  • 59.6%
  • £85
  • Nose: honey, sweet, sherry.
  • Palate: complex, fruity, earthy.
  • Caol Ila - Cadenhead's
  • Age 30
  • 56.2%
  • £150
  • Nose: spicy, apples, green tea, road tar.
  • Palate: a lovely subtly, smooth Islay.


Review - Highland Park 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10161) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

I've not tasted huge amounts of Highland Park but in general previous encounters have been pretty positive (I've got thoughts to share re Einar but that can wait till another time). This is a smoky, sweet single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing. It was distilled in November 1995 and bottled in December 2013 with an outturn of just 332 bottles.

ABV 48.4% vol
70cl
Price £102
Nose 22/25 - seaweed and rock pools from childhood summer holidays, also shellfish served simply with olive oil and lemon. There's some TCP too.
Taste 22/25 - BBQ pulled pork, cloves and a hint of pepper.
Finish 21/25 - longish, with an old fashioned liquorice shoelace hint.
Balance 23/25 -  well balanced, well worth your money.
Total 88/100